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A Talk with Tony Krantz, Director of The Big Bang.

May 25, 2011
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I had the opportunity to have a one on one interview with Tony Krantz, director of the indie film The Big Bang. Krantz has also worked on numerous television programs and additionally directed Otis and Sublime.

Q: How was directing The Big Bang?
A:THE MOST FUN I’VE EVERY HAD PROFESSIONALLY.

Q: What was it like on set?
A: VERY FOCUSED. ALL THE ACTORS KNEW THEIR LINES, THE CREW KNEW WHAT SHOTS WERE PLANNED AND EVERYONE WAS HAVING A FOCUSED, PROFESSIONAL TIME MAKING A MOVIE.

Q: How was it working with Antonio Banderes?
A: HE’S ONE OF THE NICEST MEN I KNOW. FULLY PROFESSIONL, EXPERIENCED AND CREATIVE. HE’S A GREAT MOVIE STAR AND WAS A THRILL TO WORK WITH HIM. HE’S WARM AND WELCOMING.

Q: What’s your next project?
A: HONEY VICARRO. A MOVIE SET IN THE 60s ABOUT THE TELEVISION BUSINESS IN LOS ANGELES. IT TURNS INTO A THRILLLER.

Q: What was the hardest part of filming TBB?
A: GETTING A SCRIPT WRITTEN THAT WOULD GET AN ACTOR THAT WOULD ATTRACT FINANCING. IT ALL STARTS WITH A SCRIPT. I HAD TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT EVERYTHING. THAT TAKES A LOT OF WORK AND CONENTRATION.

Q: If the studio asks for a sequel, will you be interested in doing it?
A: SURE, IT WOULD BE A PLEASURE.

Q: What was the scene that you regretted taking it out of the movie the most and why?
A: ALL THE SCENES IN THE SCRIPT ENDED UP IN THE MOVIE SO WE DIDN’T TAKE ANYTHING OUT.

Q: Who has been your favorite performer to work with?
A: SNOOP DOGG AND WILLIAM FICTHNER. AND ANTONIO BANDERAS.

Q: What actor or actress would you love to work with in an upcoming project?
A: THERE ARE SO MANY, BUT KATE BLANCHETT AND JEREMY RENNER WOULD BE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST.

Q: What was the one thing you dreaded about directing TBB? What’s your least favorite part of your job as a director?
A: THERE WAS NOTHING I DREADED. STANDING OUT IN THE COLD IS PROBABLY MY LEAST FAVORITE PART. BUT THAT’S WHAT HAND WARMERS ARE FOR — BUT IT WAS STILL FREEZING. 17 DEGRESS AT NIGHT.

Q: While filming, what was the most challenging sequence of the movie? How did you manage to accomplish it?
A: THE NIGHT DESERT EXTERIORS WITH PURPLE SMOKE, A CHASE AND ACTION. IT TOOK 4 DAYS, ALL AT NIGHT, AND EACH SHOT WAS PRECISE AND PRECIOUS. NOTHING WENT TO WASTE.

Q: Do you have a film or TV show that inspired you to enter the industry?
A: APOLCALYPSE NOW IS MY FAVORITE FILM. THAT INSPIRES ME EVERYTIME I THINK ABOUT IT. AND THE GODFATHER FILMS. THEY ARE MORE THAN MOVIES TO ME — THEY ARE PIECES OF LIFE.

Q: Do you read your own reviews?
A: YES. SOME OF THEM. THE GOOD ONES MAKE ME HAPPY AND THE BAD ONES MAKE ME SAD. I’M TOLD I SHOULD FOLLOW THE MIDDLE PATH AND NOT READ THEM, BUT IT’S LIKE OPENING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS — YOU CAN’T HELP YOURSELF.

Q: What has been the strangest thing to happen on one of your sets?
A: I LOST MY VOICE AND HAD TO WHISPER ALL MY DIRECTIONS FOR A DAY.

Q: Who or what inspires you?
A: GHANDI AND NELSON MANDELA AND THE WORK OF GREAT ARTISTS AND GREAT BUSINESS PEOPLE. SO MANY PEOPLE INSPIRE ME. PEOPLE WHO DO THEIR ART OUT OF A SENSE OF COMMITMENT TO THEIR ART AND TO OTHER PEOPLE INSPIRE ME.

Q: You seem to be partial to a thriller…Is there any other genres you want to explore?
A: ANY AND ALL. I LIKE ALL KINDS OF FILMS. I’VE MADE A BLACK COMEDY AND A SURREAL HORROR FILM TOO — THEY WERE EARLY FILMS MADE FOR DVD RELEASE ONLY.

Q: Is it difficult to have creative control while having to incorporate a studio’s vision with yours?
A: THIS IS A GOOD QUESTION. YES IT IS. YOU HAVE TO GET EVERYONE TO AGREE AND WHEN MONEY IS CONCERNED, ART AND MONEY DON’T ALWAYS MIX. IT REQUIRES PEOPLE WITH COURAGE AND NOT PEOPLE DRIVEN BY FEAR. WHEN FEAR TAKES OVER, PEOPLE MAKE BAD CHOICES.

Q: In this movie which is more important action or drama in human relationships?
A: DRAMA FOR SURE. IT’S ALWAYS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. ACTION IS WINDOW DRESSING TO THE DEEPER ASPECTS OF A FILM.

Q: How important is it to come to terms with your actors? Like they do like you say and not vice versa.
A: ACTORS ARE PROS. THEY WOULDN’T BE BIG STARS IF THEY WEREN’T ABLE TO WORK WITH LOTS OF DIFFERENT OPINIONS. IT IS CRITICAL THOUGH THAT THEY ARE MAKING THE MOVIE THAT YOU WANT TO MAKE. YOU HAVE TO COME TO TERMS WITH THEM BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM ALL YOU HAVE ARE SETS AND LIGHTS AND PROPS! AND THEY ARE WONDERFUL.

Q: Which movies and directors do you think influenced your work the most?
A: FRANCIS COPPOLA, DAVID LYNCH AND DAVID FINCHER AND THE COEN BROTHERS. APOCALYPSE NOW, BLUE VELVET, THE SOCIAL NETWORK AND NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN.

Q: How involved are you with the DVD extras? Is it something you think about during production?
A: VERY INVOVLED IN THEM AND ALL ASPECTS OF EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE MOVIE.

Q: Directing is a 24/7 job. Do you have time to rest or do you also think about the movie in your dreams while shooting?
A: IT’S VERY CONSUMING. I HAVE LITTLE TIME FOR ANYTHING ELSE — I HAD TIME FOR MY FAMILY AND YOGA SO IT’S POSSIBLE TO BE ABLE TO DO OTHER THINGS AT THE SAME TIME! BUT FILMMAKING IS A PASSION AND I LOVE IT AND ANYTHING THAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT SHOULD BE ALL CONSUMING. THAT’S WHAT LIFE IS FOR. TO BE CONSUMED BY YOUR PASSIONS.

The Big Bang is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray & VOD and is currently showing in select theaters.

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