Our Storyhive funded short film I Phub You is officially complete and sent in to Telus. 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!) so you can get to know us a little better. We are going to be asking about their process and their take on the film.
Today we have the wickedly talented, Andrew Joseph Pahlke. Andrew is an Edmonton actor that has appeared in many films, commercials, and you may even recognize his voice from various video games! Andrew Joseph plays the role of Kurtis in the Storyhive funded, I Phub You.
When you first read the script what were your thoughts?
When I first read the script my initial thoughts were how unique and creative of an idea this script was! It’s genius. You rarely see anything like this (in ambition, scope and creativity) really being done on the big or small screen nowadays so I knew I NEEDED to be part of it.
What made you want to pursue acting in this film?
I knew as soon as I read the first draft from Keebs (Justin Kueber) that I wanted to be a part of this project. I love physical acting and the film required a lot of it (being a silent film). A special film like this only comes around once in a blue moon and I knew I had to be a part of it.
Silent film acting is much different than “talkie films”. How did you prepare for acting in a silent film?
I prepared by watching some oldie silent films, Chaplin ones mostly and naturally. Kueber gave me a list of films to prepare and he helped a lot as he knows this period better than anybody. Also a lot of physical acting in front of my mirror (laughs). The biggest worry for me was coming off as stiff or unnatural during the black and white scenes but my team reassured me I was doing a fine job.
Describe your character. Were there any influences to how you portrayed it?
The main influence I'd say on my character I play who is Kurtis is somewhat myself back in the day when I was a lot more shy and timid, especially being social around people I didn't know. A lot has changed since then (laughs). But I looked at the person I used to be when I was younger and added certain innocence to the character. Like a teenage cub in a pack of lions!