We felt we could tell the story of Dr. Chong and his daily lifestyle through his hands. Why? Given that Dr. Chong’s profession is so hands on it was only fitting. And, it goes much deeper than that. I think the hands really symbolize someone who is in control of all aspects of their life (even driving the car reinforces this metaphor) – control of one’s life equates confidence and success.
Most of Mommy and Me was shot in an apartment in downtown Calgary and we had some issues with traffic noise bleeding into our dialogue tracks. I was very impressed with how I was able to completely remove those sounds using Voice De-Noise and some manual repair on the more problematic sections. One segment in particular had a piece of dialogue covered by the action of actor Carlee Ryski putting a tube of lotion down on the tile countertop. This was easily fixed by manual repair.
As we are putting the final touches on our Storyhive funded short film I Phub You, we want you guys at home to get to know us, the filmmakers, a little better. In the weeks leading up to the February release we are going to be posting a series of interviews with the people that made this film happen (cast, crew, etc!). We are going to be asking about their process and their take on the film.
Today, we are lucky enough to have Dianne Mahoney, who stopped by and answered a few questions about her experiences working on the film. Dianne is the Production Designer of I Phub You, along with Costume Designer, Props, and Makeup! – and, Dianne is the reason this film was pitched to Storyhive in the first place. You could say she’s the captain who brought all of us together. Without further adieu here is Dianne Mahoney:
You’re one of the main reasons this film was made in the first place. You organized everyone for the original pitch video – what made you want to pursue making this film happen and pitch it to Storyhive?
I was already contemplating of pitching a project with Storyhive with a different director using another script written by Justin Kueber. When that didn't work out, Shannon messaged me expressing her interest in directing around the same time. I asked Justin for any other available script he has written. After reading I Phub You, I immediately loved it and knew we had to try and let it be heard especially how it resonates and is relevant to today's society. Having previously worked with Justin and Sam of Guerrilla Motion Pictures, and knowing the quality of their work and vision along with their experience, I knew they're the perfect guys to pitch to Storyhive with.
What has your process been for the Production Design/Costumes/ and overall style of I Phub You?
Production design for I Phub You is very specific since it is also a love letter to the silent film era. The look I was going for was a familiar vintage feel in this modern age. We didn't want it to be a complete blast from the past especially because of its relevance to these times so I went with a balance of incorporating 1920's style that it evident from the locations we chose to the wardrobe inspiration of our main characters, Janet and Kurtis, who we wanted to stand out physically as well.
Do you have any memorable stories or experiences from working on set or even building some of the set pieces?
This production experience is definitely the best I've had thus far. Everyone from the cast to the crew is simply joyous to work with and it was such a pleasure bringing to life a project with ease from start to finish. The props were interesting since I haven't made a medieval inspired armour and giant phone prior to, and also quite a challenge because of the time constraint, but a few cuts and burns later at the end of the day it did its job and (mostly) held together during the production.
What is your favorite silent film?
I haven't watched a lot of silent films but I'm most captivated by The Musketeers of Pig Alley, it being one of the first to start the gangster film genre which I am absolutely a huge fan of.
Thank you so much to Dianne Mahoney for this wonderful insight into the world of I Phub You. Look for the film to premiere on Telus Optik February 6, 2017 where we will be looking for your vote for Top Film in Alberta!