Film Courage: So you’re doing research on sort of a holiday-themed film or maybe because it’s that you also like holiday-themed films? We talked about this earlier about movies such as A CHRISTMAS STORY, etc. What makes a good Christmas film or even Halloween-inspired, something that is a theme which the audience knows every year is going to come up, people are going to want to watch it. People will want to watch it in a certain environment, they are going to be in a certain place in their lives, whether on vacation or having time off from work?
David Willis: Well, when I decided to write a Christmas story for this low-budget Christmas movie, I looked at my favorite Christmas movies that I liked (ELF and A CHRISTMAS STORY, even BAD SANTA and movies like that) and I analyzed them. I mean…it’s my business, it’s my job. So I analyzed them and I see what do they have in common, what makes it a Christmas movie and why do I like it? I discovered some things in common with the good Christmas movies.
First of all, Christmas has to be in jeopardy. Christmas must be in danger. In ELF, literally Santa can’t fly his sleigh until people believe in Christmas again. In A CHRISTMAS STORY…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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