Tyler (Mason Dye) is a young man who is desperately seeking for direction from a world that seems to have abandoned him. Everyday at school he fights for survival, as he is easy prey among the endless hallways of fellow student predators. Searching for answers he looks to his friend Indrid (Ryan Munzert) who appears to have it all figured out.
Tyler takes Indrid’s ideology and adopts it as his own. Not long after, Tyler sees the whole picture more clearly. But is this new vision for the better? Or could it be more damaging than he could have ever imagined? Soon, Tyler finds himself in the middle of the storm and gets caught up in something he may not be able to change.
Key People (cast, crew, etc.):
Katherine McNamara (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, FreeForm’s Shadowhunters, The Fosters), Anthony Michael Hall (Netflix’s War Machine, Foxcatcher, The Dark Knight, The Dead zone), Mason Dye (Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic, MTV’s Teen Wolf, Finding Carter), Amy Carlson (CBS’ Blue Bloods) and Ryan Munzert.
Why did you decide to submit to FirstGlance?
FirstGlance looked like a great opportunity to showcase my work in the heart of Los Angeles. This is the place to be if you’re in the film business and I really want to share the film with as many people as possible.
Will someone from your team be attending FirstGlance?
I am currently working on coordinating several of the cast members to be present before, during and after the screening of the film. Most of the lead cast members are locals and reside in the Los Angeles area so this should be easily manageable. I will be attending the screening as well.
What is something you feel is important for our readers to know about your film?
The film explores how teenagers can be tested greatly in the most crucial part of their lives as they make the transition into adulthood. It takes a close look at how adversity inside the high school atmosphere can challenge the very core of oneself and how the repercussions could be dire. But most importantly it focuses on the universal truth: that damage done by negative influences and hate can be overcome by the power of love, support and compassion from others. It is a current issue our young adults deal with today and the film has a message that needs to be heard. We can make a difference and no matter how hard things can get we all have it within ourselves to overcome all obstacles.
What should viewers expect from your film?
Viewers should expect a compelling, gripping and emotion roller coaster ride where we find ourselves attached to the characters and hoping things will turn out for the better. Viewers of all ages will take away, I hope, the important message of the film which is that we all can find it within ourselves to overcome adversity and that our influences on others can make a difference.
Do you have any production stories our readers might enjoy?
The first story that pops into my head is an interesting/scary one that pertains to the cast and production. The antagonist of the film played by the extremely talented Ryan Munzert, was a last second replacement, literally. We had the role filled but no contract signed and principal photography was approaching quickly. This role, to me, was the most important role of the film, so as the filmmaker of course I wanted it to be perfect. Three days before we were scheduled to start shooting, the person who verbally agreed to do the role backed out and we were left with no one. Panicking, my producers and I scrambled to fill the role and we reached out to several other possibilities and got turned down every time. Finally two days before principal photography began my producers found a last second replacement that had no reel, updated photo or even any example to show whether he could act. With absolutely no other options we made the offer and booked him. To recap, I didn’t know what he currently looked like, I didn’t know if he could even act and the only information we knew about him was that he was 5’ 10 with dark hair. It was probably the most stressful time during any part of production and the thought that this film would suffer greatly if he couldn’t deliver was heavy on my mind. Needless to say and to make a long story short, he showed up and knocked it out of the park and put on, in all seriousness, an academy award-winning performance similar to Heath Ledger as the joker in The Dark Knight. When people watch the film you will all know what I’m talking about.
What are you looking forward to most at FirstGlance?
I’m looking forward to meeting the other filmmakers and those who are attending the screenings. I love meeting new people and enjoying the work of my fellow filmmakers. Of course I’m looking forward to my film being shown on the big screen. It’s such an amazing experience being able to see your work in a theater, the way it was always meant to be.
Where can our readers find more information about your film?
The film has several social media outlets where people interested in the film can find everything they need to know, see pictures, videos and watch the trailer to the film.