Daniel Schechter always wanted to make movies and believes his desire to communicate is best served by his skills as a filmmaker. He calls "Supporting Characters" a significant departure from his previous films ("The Big Bad Swim" and "Goodbye Baby") because of its semi-autobiographical nature. While writing the script with friend and star Tarik Lowe, what started as a standard rom-com became more alive when they "kept cherry-picking moments directly from our personal lives." Schechter got his "top personal choice for every single role," including: Alex Karpovsky (HBO's "Girls"), Arielle Kebbel ("90210"), Kevin Corrigan ("The Departed"), Sophia Takal ("Green"), Melonie Diaz ("Be Kind Rewind"), Lena Dunham ("Tiny Furniture") & Tarik Lowe ("Blue Bloods").
What it's about: It's a comedy about two best friends, who are film editors in NYC, struggling with their careers, friendship and relationships with women.
Schechter, on his biggest challenge: "To produce a polished-looking, entertaining film, that could exist outside the festival circuit, for no money (WELL under 100k) in twelve shooting days. I'd like to think we accomplished that because I was fully prepared and incredibly fast (which I was), but it had so much more to do with a) surrounding myself with relentless, hardworking people and b) having an absurd amount of good luck go my way,..It was as though the Universe was telling us what this movie should be and even though I don't believe in anything really, I see it as ungrateful to not acknowledge how much good luck we all had."
On the films that inspired him: "'Modern Romance', because it's a deeply personal comedy about relationships, that happens to have a sub-plot about film editors, though it never devolves into 'a movie about making movies.' It's an Albert Brooks gem that holds up incredibly well. 'Tiny Furniture', because its just such a well-written, well-filmed, personal story with a fresh, original voice behind it all. Lena Dunham took the 'mumblecore' film movement to the next level, shedding the genre of all its flaws and enhancing its mainstream potential by making a film you could actually recommend to a non-filmmaker. Both films remind me that the more specific and honest you are, the more universal your story can be. They remind me to be brave, not cool, and that there's no fairer butt of a joke than yourself."
What's next? "My next project is an Untitled Elmore Leonard Project, based on his novel 'The Switch.' It stars Jennifer Aniston, Dennis Quaid, Yasiin Bey, John Hawkes and Ty Burrell, so far. Its about a kidnapping, but that's all I really want to say about the story. There are some terrible plot descriptions floating around the internet. None are accurate and few make the movie sound as incredible as its going to be. Its a dream project for me in every way."
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