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 Lozen Fükem (Producer) to get some insight from behind the scenes and talk about what fans can expect to see in future.
What or who were your biggest inspirations in making MONOCHROME: THE CHROMISM?
Lozen Fükem (Producer): Kodi originally started this with telling me this story that had come to him and when he told me, I knew it was something that needed to happen. I knew it was possible if we approached thoughtfully and used resources that we had already established professional relationships with once the teaser trailer he created back in 2016 started coming back with awards.
As far as what inspired me through pre production and making the film: Music. Everything from Gogol Bordello, Led Belly, Amy Winehouse, Thoa & the Get Down Stay Down, Against me!, Modest mouse and the Circle Jerks. Post production took an even stranger turn musically for the song lists.
And lets not forget politics and basic human rights!
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?
LF: I would say casting. I knew it had to be about forming an integral group of people from different walks of life, that believed in the project. The interview process was more for our candidates than most productions and you could tell it threw them off but I just wanted to get to know my people and make sure they were all comfortable with one another to pull this off. Thats a hard thing to pull off and these guys did that. They all started forming friendships and making connections with one another and becoming a second family for Kodi and I. The process paid off beautifully.
Can you tell us about the funniest or most memorable moment on set?
LF: Two words. Border Patrol….
What do you hope people will take away from MONOCHROME: THE CHROMISM?
LF: Our children are our biggest reason for doing this. To show them that yeah, it might be a crazy idea but if you put in the effort…. It can happen. And this project is accomplishing something much more than that. Its also a demonstration of how to communicate and function as one when we are many. Thats what I want people to see. There are lots of Easter eggs too so viewers should probably take those with them as well.
What’s your earliest movie memory or which movies had the biggest impact on you growing up?
LF: Drop Dead Fred and Tank Girl. Those are pretty big hitters for me. I wanted to be Fred and I wanted to be Lori Petty. My favorite of them all has to be Mr. David Bowie as the Goblin King….. He started my obsession with androgyny.
What advice would you give your past self if you could?
LF: You don’t need the certificates and the diplomas to value yourself. Put in the work. Study your passion and keep challenging yourself to go further. Push the envelope.
What’s next after MONOCHROME: THE CHROMISM?
LF: Right now I am starting to take on the next comic for Monochrome. I want to put a different spin on it though. I did the first two pages with another artist/fan and the collaboration gave me some ideas. So I am going to make it happen. I will start casting live actors for my comic characters and bringing some in from the origin film. But the exciting part is to do our film festival stuff with the Chromism and start production on the next Monochrome film.