March 19, 2012

Paul Bright Interview #Outlantacon


Paul Bright.
Welcome to the Outlantacon Special Edition, Paul. Glad to have you here! What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?

The traditional film distribution model of playing film festivals is seriously flawed. Festival programmers often select films they believe audiences 'should' see or 'wouldn't see otherwise.' This doesn't necessarily mean the films are interesting, enjoyable, or even any good.

Outlantacon occurs just at the moment that I'm finishing the edit on my sixth feature film, GOLIAD UPRISING, which is a near future sci-fi political drama. I wanted to take the film to an audience that is more representative of people around the country and I hope they really enjoy it. And since I will literally be rushing to finish the film in time to screen it in Atlanta I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with an enthusiastic audience.

We'll also be screening my film ALTITUDE FALLING, which released direct to DVD two years ago but suffered terribly from the global economic meltdown. Though many people find the film deeply disturbing because the potential reality is so great, it has only slowly percolated into the film market. People who see it often tell me they didn't think much of it at first, but then couldn't stop thinking about it for days afterward. That to me is the indication of a successful film; it gives you a lot to think about days later. 

Watch the trailer for Altitude Falling.


How did you hear about Outlantacon?

A sci fi short story writer I know mentioned Gaylaxicon and suggested I screen my sci fi films there. Outlantacon popped up on the internet as I was searching. I'm delighted I found it.

What panel are you looking forward to the most?

I'm not sure what panels I'll be on. The only one I think I might be on is related to writing while holding down a job.

Do you play role playing games? Which ones?

Probably not what you're thinking of, but yes, several times a week I'm role playing. Okay, so I'm an actor. In addition to making my own feature film once a year I work in front of the camera for many other directors and producers. Now that I live in New York City I'm working on set at least two days a week, and sometimes as much as five. Role playing games and acting are very similar: We assume the identity of someone else and bring it to life for our enjoyment and for the pleasure of our community.

The Public Can Find Me Here
What new project are you working on now?

Releasing GOLIAD UPRISING is a huge project that will take a lot of my attention through the summer. I also just released ABRUPT DECISION and am being invited on talk shows and doing screenings for that film. Meanwhile I'm starting work on the next film that I plan to shoot at the end of the summer. It will be another sci-fi feature. I can't tell you much about it, other than it involves cats, house cats, lots and lots of house cats.

How do you come up with ideas?

I listen to the interests and concerns of my friends and online community, and also pay a lot of attention to world events and how the media reports this information.

For example, the previous film ABRUPT DECISION is about a guy going through mid-life crisis and the idea for the movie came from an old college friend who I had re-united with. He was going through a mid-life crisis and for the first time I realized the crisis is not what the media represents it to be nor what I always assumed it was. I wanted to show a more realistic version of what it feels like to be in your mid-life and suddenly question everything you were doing.

 GOLIAD UPRISING and ALTITUDE FALLING are statements about the current corporate domination of the political process in the United States. Our rapid technological advances make surveillance and privacy invasion so common that we even perceive the notion of privacy completely differently than we did ten years ago. I believe that if we don't make immediate changes to our laws and our social code of acceptable behavior we will soon lose our autonomy as individuals in a country founded to provide personal liberties.

What is the most important thing you do for your career?

Keep trying. No matter how many failures I seem to endure and no matter how many times it gets depressing because plans didn't work out the way I'd hope, I will try something different to reach a similar goal.

I'm not sure you can define what my 'career' really is. In my life I've always done the things I wanted to explore. I was an actor, worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios, shined shoes and made beds while riding across the country on Amtrak, made reservations and sold tickets for an airline, worked as a conductor for three different railroads, drove a bus, ran an organic cut flower farm, taught school, was the artistic director for a repertory theater company, rescued abandoned animals, and cared for people who had been displaced because they didn't fit into our society.
Paul Bright

My career is my life. The most important thing I do is eat, sleep, and breathe.

What do you enjoy most about life?

Pleasant surprises. And roller coasters. Where is the nearest coaster and when are we going? (The freeway doesn't count.)


How do you balance life with deadlines and work?

Life is deadlines and work. It's not a balancing act, it is simply what we do every day. I should have died when I was 23. I tried to end it all, and failed miserably at that, too. Every day when things get hectic, the bills arrive, the loved one gets angry, the cat claws the couch and the internet connection goes down I remind myself that this simply means I'm alive. The alternative is nothingness. I choose to live with the hassles and challenges because it's much more interesting.

List two authors we would find you reading.

Joan Didion and Carrie Fisher.

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?

Blind, Deaf and Crazy at 93.

How do you respond to negative people?

Smile politely and quietly walk away.

What's the best way to say no?

Wow, thanks for asking. But, no.

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?

In my home state of New Mexico or just across the border in southern Colorado.

As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?

Coming home when it was over. In third grade it was my first boyfriend. In junior high it was the talent show every semester. In high school it was the theater arts classes (but not the dance class). Otherwise, I didn't like school very much.

Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^

Oh no....I don't kiss and tell. That includes my pet children. If they want to tell you embarrassing stories about me, you can go to their facebook pages. No doubt they'll gladly rat me out.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

He's an Aries. Nod and smile. Encourage him no matter what crazy idea he's talking about, then leave him alone.

Is this your first science fiction convention?
I'm slightly embarrassed to admit it is. I've read up on conventions a bit, but still don't really know what to expect. It'll be an adventure no matter what.

Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with pineapple .
I'm always ready for a lively Facebook banter by posting on friend's walls .
When I'm alone, I talk to myself and the cat, daydream, take several hour long soaks in the bathtub through the day and eat massive bowls of ice cream .
You'd never be able to tell, but I was a railroad conductor for seven years and worked under some extreme conditions.
If I had a halo it would be a Halloween costume.
If I could still sing I'd serenade you.
I can never say 'never' again because I vowed to never live in Phoenix, Texas or New York and have now lived in all three. There are no more 'nevers' in my life because anything is conceivably possible depending on the circumstances. Go ahead, dare me to move to Berlin.

Upcoming Projects
Distributing GOLIAD UPRISING and ABRUPT DECISION through the year, filming the cat themed sci fi film and continuing my acting work. I'm also replacing the plumbing this summer on a house I own in the Oregon Cascade Mountains. I've never worked with Pex before--that should be interesting....

Thank you for taking part in the Outlantacon Interview on Romance Lives Forever.

My pleasure! Thanks for asking.

17 comments:

  1. Good morning and thanks for inviting me to chat today. I'll be checking in through the day to answer questions or shoot the breeze. I have film editing work this morning, then a television show acting audition around noon, and an acting gig at 2. I'll be back online this evening. -Paul

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  2. Welcome, Paul! I'm glad you're here. I'm off to share the post with some of my favorite sites.

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  3. I'm back from the audition - it went fine - and the acting gig - it also went well. Will be here all night. Stop by for a chat. -Paul

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  4. Hi, Paul! Welcome back, glad to hear the audition and the acting gig went well. :-)

    Great post -- I loved reading about your work! I do have a couple of quick questions for you:

    -When did you know that you were going to make films?

    -Is there any way one might view your films (such as, for example, the cat sci-fi project, which is SO up my alley!) if, for instance, they weren't coming to a theater near me?

    Thank you!

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  5. Great interview, fantastic answers.

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  6. Ciao Paul. First of all, let me say that I really love Angora Ranch, one of the first gay romance I saw and so cute and tender. I know it's not your most famous movie, but I love it. Second we have a friend in common, Steve Callahan, he is in the jury of the Rainbow Awards I'm hosting (4 years now) and I bet he is reading a lot of gay romances (probably even more than he would like LOL). I actually directed to him and Matthew (Montgomery) another judge who adapted a Josh Lanyon's novel for the screen, and she told me Matthew was really kind with his advices, but I think the project got lost somewhere. I will direct her to this article, maybe she will find inspiration to continue trying. Elisa

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  7. S.W. -

    My first four movies are on Netflix. The most current release, ABRUPT DECISION, is available from the film's site (www.abruptdecision.com) for less money than thru Amazon or any of the other retailers.

    The movie that will be screening at Outlantacon, GOLIAD UPRISING, will release on DVD in late June.

    The cat sci fi film is shooting in August - most likely. It's then usually nine months after filming before the movie is out in the world. Be sure to keep in touch with me and I'll keep you updated on that one.

    Elisa- Great to hear from you! I'm so glad you love ANGORA RANCH. One thing I heard from Steve Callahan while we were working on ABRUPT DECISION is that he realized I made very different films each time. He's worked with some other filmmakers (who shall remain unnamed) who make the same movie over and over again. ANGORA stands apart from the others, which are all unique in their own ways.

    Will you be able to make it to Outlantacon this year?

    -Paul

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  8. Selena, thanks for dropping in. Good to see you. :)

    Elisa, you and me both on the cat scifi. That's very much where my interests lie as well. I'm happy you came over to say hello.

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  9. So here's a little insight into the cat movie: We all know that the human species was bred by another race that left the planet a very long time ago. But what we don't realize is that cats were left here with that new breed called 'human' to protect and warn them if a deadly space dust makes its way to this planet.

    This explains 1) why humans and cats live together, though cats do not serve humans nor listen to most of our commands. 2) Cats cough up hair balls which is how they survived this space dust for eons. 3) Cats knead with their front paws, which is how they will clear the clogged airway of their human companion 4) Cats hear a much higher frequency and have far superior taste enabling them to sense the arrival of this space dust, which has never been witnessed by the human species before. Even a cat's tongue evolved to clear the space dust from its coat.

    So when you take these things into consideration, it makes you think about tabby a little bit differently...

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  10. Paul, that's very cool! I like the way you put two and two together and come out with six.

    I have a series about feline humanoids who were created using the DNA of great cats. The Kin were only one race of created people who were planted on an alien world and left to thrive or die on their own. There are others in my universe, and a group of immortals who originally created them but were prevented from overseeing their development are now trying to find them again. I'm always interested in seeing how others view the concept of non-humans, ultra-humans, and outright aliens.

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  11. Fantasitic interview! Loved the questions, adored the answers! And the cat sci fi ... I just cannot wait! *laughs* Thank you for a great 'read' ... enjoyed stopping by immensely. Best of luck with your career.

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  12. Thanks for coming over, Layla. Good to see you! ^_^

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  13. That's totally cool, Kayelle. Interesting story concept.

    Great to hear from you, Layla! I hope we have the chance to talk at OutlantaCon.

    Been slaving over GOLIAD UPRISING tonight at the editing bay. Working on a very intense scene that involves a police raid that ends with mistakenly shooting an innocent bystander. The scene is about 2/3 into the movie and quite a trick to edit since there are five central characters involved.

    That's all I can do for tonight. I have three acting auditions tomorrow afternoon, and laundry to do in the morning. :)

    Have a great evening! And you're always welcome to keep in touch with me at FB www.facebook.com/sillybunnypictures.

    -Paul

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  14. You've been a champ today, Paul. Thanks for hanging out with us. I'll alert you if there are subsequent comments/questions.

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  15. Hi, sorry I'm late on this, been away from the computer for a few days. Great interview and I love the idea about the cats.

    Okay, I'm going to read the links now and look you up on Facebook. :)

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  16. Hey, Tracey! Good to see you. Yeah, he has a winner with the cats, doesn't he? ^_^

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  17. Paul,

    even if I'm often in the USA for job related travel, I'm actually based in Italy, so I cannot attend most of these events :-(

    But I hope we will have a change to meet sometime soon

    Elisa

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