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AN INTERVIEW WITH Stephen Bowker, DIRECTOR
As a filmmaker, please introduce yourself.
My Name is Stephen Bowker Film maker and Script Writer.
Why you became a filmmaker?
Always been interested in making films after seeing an old movie with John Wayne (The cowboys).
Give some more information about yourself and the films you have made so far, about your experience?
Get a job ya bum was my first short movie, and I learnt a lot about how not to do things but that
comes with practice and pushing forward.
What are the films or people that had impacts on you and deeply inspired you to become a filmmaker?
A hard one, You know how you see that B grade movie and think, I could do better? or an ending
of a movie that just finishes and you know it needed a few more scenes to make it great. They
inspired me to make good movies.
You have made your film "Get A Job Ya Bum" which was Officially Selected in the
"American Golden Picture International Film Festival".
As a filmmaker, why you decided to make it?
I decided that a story had to be told, and Get A Job Ya Bum gave me that opportunity., remember we
were in production a year before Covid-19 hit.
What were some of the challenges you faced in making this film?
Wow some. With the actress that was meant to play the leading lady not turning up on day one of
shoot Cameraman Mia second shoot. Then Melanie who plays the main character Julie broke her
leg eight weeks into filming. Then Covid-19 and sound issues. To many locations that fell apart.
Welcome to film making.
Let us more about your experience in this film?
It was fun even with everything going against us it was great great cast great crew.
What was it like to work with your team, Cast & Crew?
Once we got a good crew it was great, people new their jobs and understood the vision I had for the movie.
I take my hat off to their great work and experience in their
fields and thank a lot of the grips and boom operators,
that stepped in at the last minute when needed.
For you what was the biggest lesson you had to learn
after making this film?
One big one would be don't pick to many locations as its
a nightmare if they fall over at the last minute.
What keeps you inspired to continue filmmaking?
I would have to say seeing the finished product spurs
you on to want to make another.
The most important part is distributing the film. What did you do for distributing your film?
I entered it in to Film Festivals and to agents, I promoted the trailer on the social media platforms
and my website too.
What are your filmmaking goals?
To make more movies in 2021 and beyond.
What is your next project?
Currently working on a net series called "Odd Ones Out", hope to start filming in early 2021.
GOOD LUCK Stephen
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