Film Title: Into Dust: Web Series (Episode 1 and 2)
Writer / Director: Amy Quick Parrish
Cinematography: John Mace, Robert Murphy
Cast: Erin Taylor, Kole Collins, Marie Dupont, Geoff Ingram, Aaron Reyes
SHORTFILMTEXAS (SFT): What is “Into Dust” the web series about?
AMY PARRISH (AP): “Into Dust” is about a teenage girl who uses her superpowers to keep her town and family safe.
SFT: What was your inspiration for the web series?
AP: The web series, which is shot in Buda, Texas, came about after I wrote the feature screenplay, The Adventures of Zara Zancón in Cactus Canyon, which was chosen for the second round of consideration in the 2008 Sundance Screenwriting Labs. The feature is a prequel of sorts with the same characters and tells how Janey Santiago first gained her superpowers. The web series begins immediately after the end of the (as of yet) unproduced feature.
SFT: What are you shooting and editing the web series on? Any likes or dislikes?
AP: John Mace shot episode 1 on a Sony EX1. Robert Murphy shot episodes 2 and 3 on a Sony Z1U. Several editors (Jason Huggins, Kate Dawson and Robert Murphy) edited on Final Cut. I prefer the Z1U because the files are easier to handle, but the image quality of both cameras was outstanding.
SFT: Tell me a bit about your cast.
AP: Despite only posting local ads, I received responses from across the country. The actors I cast came from all over Texas– as far away as Dallas, as near as Buda, and everywhere in between. Erin Taylor was exactly what I was looking for in Janey Santiago – I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Janey. All of the cast fell into place after I cast her, and they were a wonderful group of actors: Kole Collins as Janey’s brother Carlitos, Marie Dupont as Janey’s friend Pilar– then Geoff Ingram as the bully Len Hawkins, Michael Vera as intimidating Oscar Martinez and then Vernon Tuck as tough guy Eddie Romero. Aaron Reyes played Augusto Trueno, Janey’s mysterious love interest and mentor.
SFT: Tell me about your crew.
AP: I was fortunate to have a very experienced crew that has worked on a number of features, TV, and independent productions. Many of us met via internships at the Austin Film Society and at Richard Linklater’s Detour Filmproductions. Vernon Smith worked on all three episodes as Assistant Director. Because of all the extras and the interior shots in the school, Episode 1 had a huge crew — we went smaller as the episodes continued. John Mace was DP, Jason Huggins was a gaffer/sound. Jim Kolmar served as 2nd AD, Danny Sutedja, Jess Rae and Marjie Kelley were PAs. Gaston Romero was our still photographer and catering was done by Tracie Stookesbury’s Pairings Catering. Robert Murphy, of In Search of a Midnight Kiss, shot the desert scenes of Episode 1 and then went on to be the DP / cinematographer for Episodes 2 and 3, with Matt Pulliam as a camera op on portions of Episode 3.
SFT: How many episodes are in the works?
AP: There are three episodes in this first season of Into Dust, but I see potential for a second season. If things go well, my ultimate goal is to find funding to shoot the feature.
SFT: What’s been the most challenging aspect of making the web series?
AP: Timing the actors’ schedules and travel requirements with the availability of funding spread our shooting schedule out more than I would have liked. Then with the time lag between shoots, the weather presented other challenges. It was 101 degrees the day we shot the fight scene in Episode 1. It was 25 degrees the day we shot the fight scene in Episode 3. And in between there were cloudy, rainy days that didn’t match the previous shoots. I have to say I was extremely fortunate: everyone believed in the project and sacrificed a lot to make it all come together and I appreciate their hard work.
SFT: Tell me about a favorite moment while making the series.
AP: It was 104 degrees the day we climbed those rocks to shoot Janey and Augusto’s desert scenes in Episode 1 and 2, but despite the heat, watching the two of them standing there in the rocks at magic hour, with the sunlight hitting their faces, looking so much like the characters I’d imagined in my head for so long…Just amazing. Watching something from your imagination become a reality is an amazing experience I hope everyone gets to experience at some point in their life.
SHORTFILMTEXAS: Cheers to that! So what are you working on now?
AMY PARRISH: I’ve always got lots of ideas stewing and brewing but right now I am fine-tuning the feature, originally titled “The Adventures of Zara Zancón in Cactus Canyon,” so we can start shooting that!
Thanks so much, Amy. Can’t wait to see “Into Dust: Episode 3!”
Watch Episodes 1 and 2 of “INTO DUST” Below.
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