“Get It Right By Design, The First Time. Like Hitchcock:” A TDQ Q&A With Producer Steve Parker

Steve Parker

We scoured the internet to catch a glimpse of the man bringing us such mystery and horror films as The Dark Place and WTF!. We found a very personable looking Steve Parker on his IMDB page.

This week’s TDQ Q&A is with producer Steve Parker. Steve spoke with us about his latest project,” The Dark Place,” how the internet has changed movie making and his exciting upcoming projects. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Steve Parker: 

The Daily Quarterly: What made you want to be in show business?

Steve Parker: Being a film buff to the tune of watching feature-length films at 100 per year for years was what got me started. That, and a friend who was listening to me critique a newly released movie’s opening credit sequence. I was explaining how they’d clearly chosen to portray the character in a specific way by the composition they used in the credits. My friend said to me, “Steve, you want to make movies!” After spending a week in shock, I realized she was right.

TDQ: What was your favorite thriller/horror movie growing up?

SP: The original “Halloween” is just amazing. Still love seeing it.  As a general thriller, “The Hunt For Red October.”

TDQ: What is the best advice you ever got?

SP: “Instead of cutting film on a flat-bed, you could try this brand new thing for the Mac called Adobe Premier.” My very first film was a music video shot on 16mm, and I was so frustrated by the old-fashioned way of cutting a film. I’ve never looked back, and never shot on film again. Good riddance.

TDQ: What was the worst advice you ever got?

SP: The worst advice is actually recurring.  “You can fix it in post.” Horrible advice. Get it right by design, the first time. Like Hitchcock.

TDQ: Who are your influences?

SP: The directors whose films really got me interested in making movies were a bunch of the indies like Gus Van Sant, John Greyson (“Lilies” especially), in terms of directors have to be at the top of that list. But I’d say I’m also particularly influenced by actors, like Sean Connery, Glenn Close, Jack Nicholson, and Bette Davis. Their performances are amazing, and a great performance tells even more story than was in the script.

The Dark Place

When we asked executive producer Steve Parker how dark his film The Dark Place was he gave us this image and told us this was the film’s happy place.

TDQ: Tell us about your latest film, “The Dark Place”

SP: “The Dark Place” is a mystery-thriller set on a winery, where the main character has returned to make peace with his mother. He left on bad terms, addicted, and regrets his past. With his father and brother tragically gone, he wants that one remaining part of his family back. Upon his return, he finds his mother has a new family, and it quickly becomes clear that he, his mom, and their family winery are all in grave danger. He must use all his skills to survive and save the day. His unique skill is a real condition, hyperthymesia. An almost video-playback like memory which has been a disability for him. It has kept him replaying the worst moments of his life endlessly. Now, instead of trying to suppress that ability, he needs to use it to piece together the mystery. Turn by turn, you’ll be trying to work out who is after him and his family.
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With Alan Rickman’s Death At 69, “Die Hard” Reboot Is Now In Limbo

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman, left, on the set of RECOiL with writer/director Brian DiMaio, right. Rickman played the role of European criminal mastermind Rolf Dieter. His scenes were later cut because DiMaio didn’t feel like Rickman was pulling off the accent.

London—Severus Snape, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Hans Gruber all died Thursday as Alan Rickman succumbed to cancer. He was 69.

Cast mainly as villains throughout his successful career, Rickman also voiced the bad lion in “The Lion King,” as well as the Paranoid Android in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

He won an Emmy for his role as Rasputin in “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny” in 1996.

Besides appearing in every Harry Potter film, he also appeared in “Love Actually” “Dogma” “RECOiL” and “Galaxy Quest.”

Die Hard: Dorm DaysSeveral sources in Hollywood have said that Rickman was set to appear in a reboot of “Die Hard” with Dax Shepard taking on Rickman’s character Hans Gruber. The new volley of Die Hard (estimated at “four or five” by an insider) films will prequel the current Die Hard films, with John McClane, played by Ross Lynch, and Hans Gruber being college roommates whose relationship takes a horrible turn. Denzel Washington was also attached to the picture.

Rickman is survived by his wife, Rima Horton.

Blimey! Study Finds That Less Than One In One Hundred Americans Understand What Exactly Makes Up The United Kingdom

United Kingdom Quiz

Responses to the United Kingdom Quiz were varied, to say the least. One respondent just wrote “YOLO!” on the form in yellow highlighter.

St. Louis, MO—A new study published last week in a well-regarded geographical academic journal has found that a mere .7% of adults in the United States can successfully explain the makeup of The United Kingdom, and understand that, as Wikipedia states, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe. The country includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands.

Washington University’s Dr. Milton Stuckey and his team conducted the study, and while Dr. Stuckey said he “didn’t have astronomical hopes for the study” when he began, he was still “a little taken aback by the results, to be quite honest.”

Dr. Stuckey’s study found “one response that stated the person thought England was a city in London, which, while mildly amusing, is actually more sad than anything else.”
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J.K. Rowling Sues Over Article That Called Her “Litigious”

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling’s latest work, ghost written by her lawyer, may not sell as many copies as the Harry Potter series but it might bring in as much money.

London—Level-headed billionaire “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling was reportedly so upset over an article that appeared in the Times of London last fall calling her “litigious” that she has filed a lawsuit to prove what an outlandish lie that article was.

“It’s patently ridiculous, hurtful and infuriating that any article would insinuate or out-and-out state that I am litigious,” Rowling said through a spokesman. “It’s ludicrous. It’s slander is what it is, and I won’t stand for it.”

Suit was filed in London court yesterday seeking an undisclosed sum from the paper as well as the writer of the article and the newspaper deliveryman who delivered the paper to Rowling’s doorstep. It is unclear if the deliveryman has legal counsel at this point.

The article, published Nov. 31st of last year, mentioned in passing that Rowling had been involved in a number of copyright lawsuits as well as injunctions revolving around the “Harry Potter” books. The single mention of the word “litigious” midway through the article has apparently drawn the ire of Rowling and her supporters.
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Study Suggests Future Toys Will Take Burden Of Having To Use Imagination Off Of Children


Imagine, if you will, a system that can all but eliminate the need for imagination. Can’t imagine it? Just sit back and wait.

Bemidji, MN—A new study financed by toy manufacturers has found that children no longer like to use their imagination while playing with action figures, and would much rather sit back and watch the toys play themselves automatically, with little or no interaction whatsoever with the toys, which industry insiders have said will have a major impact on the future of toys.

The study, which will be published next week, said that the typical child no longer has interest in touching toys or action figures, and is overwhelmed when having to come up with scenes to play out by themselves for such toys, in this case, characters from superhero movies and the “Harry Potter” films. Researchers found that even recreating movie scenes using the toys was too much of a hassle for the study participants, and have suggested that toymakers begin work to develop toys that put less pressure on children to have to think on their own.
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