The Kid Stays In The Picture: A TDQ Q&A With Filmmaker Bryan Smith Of “8th Avenue Studios,” Part 2

The Fire Project, 8th Avenue Studios

The Fire Project, 8th Avenue Studios

Here is Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with filmmaker Bryan Smith:

Read Part 1

TDQ: Apart from the lack of a hundred million dollars or so from a huge studio, what’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced with “The Fire Project” so far?

Smith: Honestly the biggest challenge with this, or any micro-budget project for that matter, is getting people to take you seriously. Unfortunately, without a multi-million dollar budget, a lot of folks think you’re just “jerking around with a camera.” Luckily, I have a great crew, a supportive family and friends who are willing to act for free. Oh yeah, and trying to manage a shoot schedule with a full time job and two kids under age five makes it tough, too.

TDQ: What has surprised you the most about this undertaking?

Smith: I think what has been the most eye-opening thing is how prepared we are as a production company to take on large projects. Except for a few actors who have flaked out, the production went smooth. Now, in post-production we are incorporating visual effects and really turning out a high-quality project. I guess I knew we were ready, but I think it took a massive undertaking to really prove it.

TDQ: Once it’s complete, what is your ultimate goal for “The Fire Project?”

Smith: The goal is to get a solid audience. At the end of the 10th and final episode, there’s going to be a pretty big announcement for a new project we’ll work on very soon. We hope to bring that audience along for the next big undertaking. Also, we just want to show the world what “8th Avenue Studios” can do.

TDQ: Do you have an entertainment or filmmaking background?

Smith: Both my wife and I spent several years in TV news. I wouldn’t classify that as entertainment…okay, yes I would.

TDQ: Would this interview be your biggest professional accomplishment to date?

Smith: This would rank second. The biggest accomplishment was…yeah, this is probably the biggest.

TDQ: Isn’t it really all downhill from here after this interview runs?

Smith: I hope so. I’m pretty tired from climbing.

TDQ: Are you on Twitter? If yes, why aren’t you following @dailyquarterly?

Smith: I’m not big on Twitter, but I do it because of the sheer, raw power of social media peer pressure. And, I do follow TDQ…now.

TDQ: Better source of news using social media? thedailyquarterly.com online or @dailyquarterly on Twitter?

Smith: I would have to go with the website. It would be kind of hard to deliver quality news reporting in 140 characters or less. Then you’d just be like Fox News or something.

TDQ: Who’s a better filmmaker-Quentin Tarantino or James Cameron?

Smith: Is this a real question? Is James Cameron even a filmmaker? I thought he was more of a carnival barker. “Ooooooh, step right up and see the cool visual effects I made.” I prefer Tarantino as a pure filmmaker.

TDQ: Will you promise that once this project has gone crazy big and you become obscenely rich that you won’t go back and re-edit it or tweak it to better fit your creative “vision?” Han shot first, dammit!

Smith: Once I finish a project, I’m ready to move on to the next thing. “The Fire Project” is great right now, and I’m really proud of it, but when it’s done… it’s done. And yes, Han did shoot first.

TDQ: Where the hell was “8th Avenue Studios” when we were trying to get “RECOiL” some love?

Smith: What the hell is RECOiL?

TDQ: What the hell is-? Did he? Did he just-Okay, we’re done here. You’re welcome for our time.

Smith: Thank… you’re wel… cool, talk to you soon.

“The Fire Project” premieres May 10. To see the trailer, go here. For more information on 8th Avenue Studios, check out their blog and their Facebook page.

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