Without giving too much away what is the story of DRIFTER: BROKEN ROAD?
Five years after a brutal second civil war, a figure known as Drifter befriends the owners of a trading post on her trail to revenge.
Who is the Drifter and who plays her?
Formerly with the FBI, the Drifter is skilled in hand-to-hand combat as well as firearms. During the onset of the Second Civil War, she fought to preserve the U.S. government. Circumstances pushed her away and she joined the ranks of the Loudon Rangers, a militia group in Virginia for a short time before starting her journey west. She is played by Vanessa Leinani.
How did you discover Vanessa Leinani?
Vanessa actually found me, if memory serves me correctly. She had moved to the area a few years back and was looking for local filmmakers and actors. She was wanting to get involved in productions.
What does the 'BROKEN ROAD' mean to the story?
I think the title 'Broken Road' is very symbolic for the entire story. For me its about being on the right path and then you run into road construction or in this case some demolition. The story takes place after a second civil war. I wanted to avoid the whole post apocalyptic angle. What I mean by that is, no nuclear bombs or fallout. The world of Drifter takes place in a society torn apart by itself.
Think of it like this. New roads and highways look great when they are built. They can last forever if taken care of. Sure there will be some bumps along the way, but in the end, if you don't fix and keep everything up to date over time, a road that's been traveled over and over again becomes weathered, beaten, cracked, and over time, not safe to drive. This is the world of Drifter and can also be applied to each character in the story.
When do we get to see DRIFTER: BROKEN ROAD?
Are there any movies or directors that have influenced your directing or writing style?
John Carpenter is the man who inspired me to pick up a camera and make a movie. Every time I saw one of his films, I could always tell, this guy is just having fun telling a good scary story. That's what I wanted to achieve. Telling stories cinematically and just having fun doing it. From there, Sam Raimi, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, and Sergio Leone became huge influences. The first films I can remember that really influenced me at an early age were, Star Wars: A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and John Carpenter's The Fog.
Top Influences: 1. John Carpenter, 2. Sam Raimi, 3. Quentin Tarantino, 4. Roger Corman, 5. Sergio Leone, 6. JJ Abrams, 7. Joss Whedon, 8. Clint Eastwood, 9. Yimou Zhang, 10. John Woo.
How long did it take to film BROKEN ROAD?
We shot Broken Road at a breakneck pace over a total of 8 days.
Where did you film?
We filmed at a location 35 minutes past Buffalo, Missouri.
What are your plans for the Drifter in the future?
I have Drifter's journey mapped out as an online trilogy. Broken Road is just the stepping stone on that journey.
Do you have a favorite film?
1. Doctor Zhivago, 2. Once Upon a Time in the West, 3. Creature from the Black Lagoon, 4. The Hustler, 5. Indiana Jones Trilogy, 6. Lord of the Rings, 7. Cape Fear (1962), 8. The Empire Strikes Back, 9. Young Mr. Lincoln, 10. Rio Bravo, 11. High Plains Drifter, 12. Star Trek 6: The Undiscovered Country.
Have you seen THE GREAT SILENCE yet?
I have not. It is on my list of films to watch
Thanks for you time, Mr. Brasier.
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