Film Courage: You said something interesting and that was shooting two people is one thing…but you may not really grow from that. What do you think is tougher, adding more actors to the production or a location that is out in the public arena and there is no telling what could happen?
Chris von Hoffmann: Hmmm…
Film Courage: Sometimes more people make things much more complicated.
Chis von Hoffmann: Oh yes it does! Very much. I mean getting all that coverage and all those personalities and making sure that you are getting enough coverage to tell the story with all those people moving around. DRIFTER and this last feature they were both ensemble casts and this recent one much more so. It’s tough and tricky getting all that coverage. You’ve just got to cast well.
I remember John Carpenter said something when he was shooting THE THING because it had such an ensemble cast and a lot of people on screen at once he put the camera in the middle and like clockwork (get that person, get that person). But if you are outside the circle, you are completely screwed.
But I think shooting in a public place is the worst when you don’t have…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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About Chris von Hoffmann:
After a short stint at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and acting in several off-off-Broadway plays, Chris von Hoffmann moved to LA and turned to writing/producing/directing.
Chris von Hoffmann has made several short films including Fuel Junkie, White Trash and Vodka 7. White Trash had its World Premiere at the Chinese Theatre for the 17th Annual Dances With Films film festival and won Best Guerilla short for the 10th Annual Action on Film film festival. Vodka 7 won Best Cinematography at the WILDsound film festival in Toronto and screened at Tribeca Cinemas for the 9th Annual Big Apple film festival while Fuel Junkie had its premiere at Sony Picture Studios. In 2015 he directed his debut feature film Drifter which secured worldwide distribution and was released in 2017.
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