Yesterday we featured the official trailer for MONOCHROME: THE CHROMISM, which you can check out here if you missed it. Today we’re sitting down with Kodi Zene (Writer and Director) to get some insight from behind the scenes and talk about what fans can expect to see in future.
Kodi, thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to talk with us, we’re so excited to have you here! Can you tell us about your inspirations when making MONOCHROME: THE CHROMISM?
Kodi Zene (Writer/ Director): I’d say my inspiration stems from many things. My love for big adventure movies, post-apocalyptic/dystopian genre movies and games, stories with positive messaging, and having the best support system (my wife and my family) telling me it was possible.
It’s clear that a lot of blood sweat and tears went into this, but what would you say were the biggest challenges in production?
KZ: In a general sense, and as cliché as it sounds… money. Going into it we knew we would be a low-budget indie. But we were waiting on some funds to help with the costs. However, we never received them. So it was from then on truly a “make-it-work” mentality. And we did, and we are better now for it.
Can you tell us about the funniest or most memorable moment on set?
KZ: There are so many. Our very first shot in production became quite a blooper. It was a simple “focus on the alarm clock” shot right as it struck 8am I believe. A lot of the crew met for the first time that morning. We spend a good while getting the “morning sun” lighting just right through the blinds. We were so excited to finally get things going. All of these things and anticipation building… So, I punched the time in the clock, 7:55am and we rolled sound, camera and ACTION! A good, quiet 30 seconds go by before I spoke up and said that we should probably set the time a bit closer to 8am. We broke into laughter.
What do you hope people will take away from MONOCHROME: THE CHROMISM?
KZ: I truly hope people enjoy it for what it is, and secondly (most importantly), I hope people love it for what it stands for. There are so many purposeful parallels that happen in the movie that are going on right now in the real world. There are scenes that still give me chills. Is it a scary movie? Not at all. But to see these visuals and know things like this have happened or happen all over the world is the truly frightening part. I hope in a graceful, artistic way, these messages of equality and inclusion are heard and absorbed.
What’s your earliest movie memory or which movies had the biggest impact on you growing up?
KZ: I can remember watching Star Wars and Indiana Jones with my Dad. I loved big adventure, epic tales. I remember wanting to go to those places or create new ones to bring others with me. I’d watch the movie award shows and see the emotion and passion behind them. I wanted that more than anything.
What advice would you give your past self if you could?
KZ: Just do it. For too long I played it safe with what I truly wanted to pursue in life. I clung to stability because it is the natural thing to do. However, it does not mean it is the most rewarding thing to do. Quitting my 9-5 day job and pursing this world of MONOCHROME and other creative projects, is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
What’s next after MONOCHROME: THE CHROMISM?
KZ: THE CHROMISM is our origin film in this world of MONOCHROME and prequels a trilogy. Once it’s out in the world we will be able to switch focus on the next film which takes place one year later. In the non-movie sense, we will also be continuously working on the MONOCHROME comics which introduce new characters and some crossover characters.
Where can our followers go to find out more?
KZ: We have our film website monochromemovie.com and for news relating to all things MONOCHROME we have monochromeworld.com.
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