Oh My! From Cockroach eating, cross country road trips, home-made flamethrowers, a tricked out car, and wild young hormones all are present in the explosive Bellflower. The film releases in Dallas, TODAY – 9/9/11 and PSD was able to chat with the Writer/Director/Producer/Star/Flamethrower builder Evan Glodell.
The word Ballsy immediately came to mind when I finished watching Bellflower. The Synopsis of the film gets at the basics of what the story is about.
Synopsis: Best friends Woodrow and Aiden (Tyler Dawson) spend all of their free time building Mad Max-inspired flamethrowers and muscle cars in preparation for a global apocalypse. But when Woodrow meets a charismatic young woman and falls hard in love, he and Aiden quickly integrate into a new group of friends, setting off on a journey of love and hate, betrayal, infidelity and extreme violence more devastating and fiery than any of their apocalyptic fantasies.
Apocalyptic? Well this is the poster of the film!
Yeah there are big ass explosions, flame-throwers, wild kids doing naughty things, and of course those kids battling to the death (well sorta)! The film feels raw, fresh and paves the way for a bold young director and cast to open some intriguing doors.
The story isn’t something new, it’s gotten Romeo and Juliet written all over it (well sorta again!). Guy falls for Girl. Girl hurts Guy. Guy and Guy’s Friend (the before mentioned Woodrow and Aiden) take things into their own hands…or hands that are holding a giant home-made flamethrower or driving an “upgraded” car that is named Medusa.
Ok its nothing like Romeo and Juliet, unless Juliet was super hot and ate cockroaches. So what is this movie about, the synopsis doesn’t really touch upon the intriguing mind of Evan Glodell and what he’s created in Bellflower. Evan wrote, directed, produced and stars as Woody (our Romeo if you will). I was able to chat with Evan about the film, the technical “improvements” he applied to his camera/car/flamethrower(s), and also an intriguing plot structure from this first time writer/director/producer/star of film (yeah this is Evan’s first go-around and that is why this movie is so intriguing).
I started out asking Evan what sequences or elements were the main plot devices for the film and he gave a great run-down of shots he seen in his mind before filming.
I was asked how Evan and his DP Joel Hodge approached given the film its unique look and feel?
Now as PSD is based out of Dallas, Tx the fact this film’s plot has a fun jaunt from Cali to Texas (a sweet date for our Romeo & Juliet – Woody and Milly – Milly is the debut for Jessie Wiseman) was something I of course had to ask about. It lead Evan to clarify the reality of where the “love story” comes from in Bellflower’s plot.
The film itself had quite an amazing time at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Evan talked about the incredible turn of events at Sundance.
I was curious what made Evan apprehensive about the Sundance screening and he talks about what he hopes audiences will get from the film.
One of the elements of the film that gives it such a unique feel is the usage of titles in the film. Evan talked about the reason for having titles and talked about how they came up with the background shot used for all the titles in the film.
My final question for Evan was about the Apocalyptic mushroom cloud in the film.