We have director-writer-producer Frank Hall Green on the show with us today! Frank’s directorial debut WILDLIKE is out in theaters and on-demand this Friday, September 25th. In his interview, we dive behind-the-scenes in the making of WILDLIKE, Frank’s screenwriting process, how he fleshed out an authentic heroine, why he chose Alaska as the location to film, approaching sensitive topics during the shoot, the film festival circuit and how its helped his movie, and so much more.
Mackenzie (ELLA PURNELL), a troubled but daring teenage girl, is sent to live with her uncle in Juneau, Alaska. She longs for her struggling, absent mother, but as her mom’s phone calls become less frequent and her uncle’s care is not what it seems, she must flee. Her only thoughts are to escape her uncle’s grasp and contact her mother somehow, but as she plunges deeper into the Alaskan interior she is suddenly helplessly alone. A chance connection with a loner backpacker, Rene Bartlett (BRUCE GREENWOOD), proves to be her only lifeline. As Mackenzie shadows Bartlett across the last frontier, she thwarts his efforts to cut her loose until Bart has no choice but to help her survive in the wilderness. Against the backdrop of a spectacular Alaska landscape, they discover the redemptive power of friendship. Mackenzie and Bartlett prove to be the unlikely salve for each other’s scars, until the damage Mackenzie carries with her threatens to destroy her newfound sanctuary. Returning to civilization, Mackenzie is once again at risk of capture by her uncle (BRIAN GERAGHTY) as he hounds with manipulative calls and messages. When Bartlett finally discovers her alarming secret, he must make a bold choice to take real responsibility for Mackenzie and help her escape her traumatic past and return home.
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- How Frank garnered a large following for his movie through the film festival circuit
- Frank breaks down his screenwriting process
- Frank’s advice on how to capture and save notes that pop up sporadically for your script
- How writing from a visual standpoint helps Frank with his screenwriting process
- How he storyboards his film
- Frank’s process in preparing for the shoot
- Why Frank specifically chose to film in Alaska
- How observing and listening to people around him helped Frank pull inspiration in making authentic character choices
Learn More About Frank Hall Green
Frank Hall Green is a film producer, writer and director. His directorial debut feature WILDLIKE is produced by Christine Vachon/Killer Films, Tandem Pictures and Joseph Stephans. It was filmed on 35mm in Alaska and stars Ella Purnell, Bruce Greenwood, Brian Geraghty, Nolan Gerard Funk and Ann Dowd. He is currently producing the adaptation of BOY21 by Matthew Quick (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK) to be directed by Lasse Hallstrom (WHATS EATING GILBERT GRAPE, CIDER HOUSE RULES) and REMITTANCE, the sophomoric feature of writing/directing team Joel Fendelman and Patrick Daly (DAVID). Recently, he produced GHETTO KLOWN on HBO, the award-winning one-man show of John Leguizamo. He was a producer on ALLEGIANCE starring Aiden Quinn, Bow Wow, Seth Gabel and Pablo Schreiber, and 1-900-TONIGHT starring John Turturro based on the film by Theo Van Gogh, among others. Frank cut his teeth producing far too many short films and has an MBA from NYU’s Tisch School of Film & Television. Before NYU’s graduate film program, Frank worked in Venture Capital and emerging technology. He is also an alumnus of NYU’s Gallatin School, an avid backpacker and a member of MENSA.
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