New York filmmaker Matt Post reminds us that high school hiearchy is as important as canned-fruit pyramids in his new feature film 'Super Spree'. The film follows supermarket employee Billy as he gets the revenge all high school underdogs always dreamed about.
What it's really about: "Billy, a supermarket errand boy, combats butchers, cashiers, and his lazy boss, in an undying effort to complete his workload. His positive attitude towards the job takes turn for the worse when his enemies refuse to let him finish his hardest assignment to date, create three canned-fruit pyramids. I originally wrote the film as a satire on the bullying that has come into prominence as of late. It pokes fun at the status quo and the high school hierarchies and shows what ultimately happens to most of those people as life goes on; the little guy wins, becomes enlightened, blossoms, etc."
What inspired you to make this movie? "This movie was originally supposed to be animated. I don't remember what exactly made me want to make an animated movie but I just got this idea in my head and I couldn't let it go. Reality hit maybe at my tenth draft when Tony Mancilla, my producer, and I realized that the actual cost of making a fully drawn animation, not computer animation, was going to cost us way too much. That's when Tony mentioned the fact that he thought we could pull off live action. Lo and behold, he was right, and I think the film came out beautifully."
His outside inspiration: "Every Coen Brothers film inspires me. I love their ability to create quirky dramas and dark comedies, they have such a unique voice, and every one of their films really inspire me."
What was your single biggest challenge in developing or producing it? "Without a doubt, the biggest challenge for us was our schedule. We were shooting in a fully operation supermarket overnight. The location closed at 10pm and opened again at 6am, which was tough because every night we came we had about and hour of set decoration and lighting and then another hour of reset at the end of the night, which effectively cut my shooting time to about 6 hours each night. To make matters worse our limited budget only allowed me to have 3 shooting days."
What do you think SnagFilms audiences will respond to most in your movie? "My ego wants to say my directing and story telling, and just make it all about me (which is secretly what every director wants to say, but wont) but I think that everything melds together so well in this film, the acting, the cinematography, the music, the sound design, etc. that people will forget about who made the movie and just celebrate how the movie comes together."
What's next: "I have two shorts in the works right now and my first feature is being financed. One of the shorts takes place in the 70's with 7 year olds to be produced by a good friend, Emily Iason and Bora Bora Films. The best way I can describe it is an imaginative, quirky coming of age piece. The other short takes place in Vienna and is about a ballerina's fall from grace, this one being a drama, is also imaginative and a bit on the experimental/art house side of the spectrum, tapping into the after life and questions of God, heaven and hell, including extensive use of visual effects. The feature has a similar tone to Super Spree, a dark comedy taking place in present day New Orleans, about a man who rescues a girl from a mugging, and after receiving a cash reward from her, decides to kidnap her himself."
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