The People Behind The Film
When Alex Gianopoulos buys a new DSLR he has a need to test it out. Unlike most people, who would pop outside and take a few shots in the garden under various lighting conditions, Alex decided to make a full on action comedy with dramatic chases through downtown Albuquerque, with guns blazing and tires squealing.
That is the simple origin of ‘M v. W’. The production team had worked together on numerous other short film projects and so the shoot was pretty quick from set up to wrap. Post-production was another matter.
When you make short films and you do it on your own, sometimes it just takes forever.
Alex doesn’t come across as a perfectionist but he doesn’t believe in releasing a film until he’s happy. So it took a while to complete ‘M v. W’. Apart from a few small things getting in the way, the main reason for the delay was that Alex likes to use original music. There are just so many talented musicians out there, it seems a shame to not take advantage of that.
We did it on weekend mornings, when nobody would notice us!
The film was pretty much shot to script with a couple of lines cut for pacing. And the film certainly cracks on at a tremendous rate. Within a few minutes of our two heroes meeting each other they’ve slapped, punched, groined, rubbish bagged and finally shot at each other in a progression that is ridiculous, but never seems forced. It must be pretty restrictive filming gun-toting car-chasing scenes in the middle of a city but the simple solution is to just get on with it and worry about the paperwork later (don’t do this at home kids!). Alex did get a bit of a telling off and quite rightly, your honour.
If you overanalyze movies like that, they’re all pretty ridiculous.
Alex enjoys action films and has worked on quite a few as a location scout and occasional actor – more about that later – but doesn’t think they’re anything to be taken too seriously. Independent film in America is struggling now with the demise of various companies and Alex thinks this may part explain the rise in quality of TV serial dramas. With the rise of on demand TV, films and shorts he thinks that we are at a turning point, and who knows where it could take you.
I was actually in the final episode of Breaking Bad
Alex’s career has been a little unorthodox. He’s been lucky to live and grow in a city with plenty of the wild west still rolling with the tumbleweed. The studios love the location and he knew it, so that’s how he started out. His association with the movies and close contact with the production teams meant that he got the opportunity to do small roles and has even appeared in ‘Breaking Bad’, for which he also scouted. So now he wants to be an actor. It gets us all in the end.
‘M v. W’ became Alex’s favourite short film of Ultimatum Pictures times and it’s easy to see why. Even though it didn’t feature any ‘names’ it is slick, well acted by two committed professionals and funny. We have a suggestion. He talks about writing more pilots. We think ‘M v. W’ is a great set up for a series. Not only that, keeping the actors for the two leads would make for a screen dynamic that would be brand new and very fresh. Come on Alex. You know you want to.