Film Courage: What have you learned about genre in regards to selling a movie?
Blayne Weaver: Oh…interesting. I went to the American Film Market this year to help promote CUT TO THE CHASE and what not. And I learned a lot of interesting things like the genre film obviously is kind of king in that international market. I’ve always struggled because my movies are romantic comedies they tend to not really translate into international sales. Comedy is different. Most people who go to romantic comedies (especially foreign) want to see the famous people fall in love. And my people are relatively not famous [laughs]…but yeah, the whole horror films and thrillers and crime are really doing well internationally.
Domestically I feel like it’s really about what the response of the movie has been. Like at film festivals and what not. A good movie can get distribution in the States no matter what genre it is (I think). But if you want to make the money back…(Watch the video on Youtube here).
Blayne Weaver: Yeah, you know my last three films were romantic comedies and a lot of that reasoning is just budgetary. My first movie was $80,000. The WEATHER GIRL was under half a million and then 6 MONTH RULE was a million dollars. And slowly growing in budget, but always being a small-budget movie basically because I didn’t think I could do anything else because it’s way easier to shoot a kiss than to shoot an explosion. I just thought that was my only option. Like I could do a family drama or something but no action, no thriller and then I had this experience with filmmaker Paul Osborne making FAVOR movie, which I starred in with actor Patrick Day (watch the video on Youtube here).
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Weaver wrote, directed and starred in the Southern Film Noir thriller CUT TO THE CHASE. Previously he starred in writer/director Paul Osborne’s psychological thriller FAVOR and the acclaimed romantic comedy 6 MONTH RULE (alongside Martin Starr, Natalie Morales and John Michael Higgins) which he also wrote and directed. Previous films he’s written and directed include WEATHER GIRL (with Tricia O’Kelley, Mark Harmon, Jon Cryer and Jane Lynch) and OUTSIDE SALES. He also co-wrote and acted in MANIC (Don Cheadle, Joseph Gordon- Levitt and Zooey Deschanel), directed by Jordan Melamed, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. To date he has written 8 produced feature films.
He has appeared in films such as WHERE WE’RE MEANT TO BE, JUNK, DEEP DARK CANYON, OFFICIAL REJECTION and THE GOOD OLD BOYS opposite Tommy Lee Jones. His numerous episodic television credits include ER, NCIS, and THE MIDDLEMAN. He also provided the voice of Peter Pan in the Disney animated feature RETURN TO NEVERLAND.
Originally from Louisiana, Weaver currently resides in New York City and Los Angeles (read more here).
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