Onyx Movie promises to leave you questioning your reality

Do you love psychological thrillers as much as I do? If so, I think Onyx Movie will be the film for you! I am especially interested in this project because my friend Patrick White is acting in it AND directing. It also interests me since it is an indie project that can become a reality through crowd funding and fan support. Be sure to follow Onyx on Twitter and Facebook to find out all the latest info and be sure to support the campaign so we can get this film from concept to reality. Also check out the following interview I did with Patrick and Nati Rabinowitz and the trailer for the film below that. I think you’ll find it quite the teaser!

Q: Congratulations on your work with Onyx Movie! Can you tell me a little about what the film is about and what it means to you?

NATI: The Onyx story on its most basic level is about a man experiencing some very real realities while in a coma. It’s a film that can certainly be interpreted various ways, none are wrong.

PAT: Onyx really is about the possibility of losing everything. I mean when we are at our happiest is when we are most vulnerable. This is one mans battle with loss.

Q: This was your directorial debut, correct? What was that experience like?

N:Hard to say, as we haven’t shot the film yet, but so far the writing process, development and shooting of the teaser has been exciting. Overwhelming at times, but that’s been the advantage of working with a writing and producing partner. Patrick and I both keep each other motivated and on track with the project.

P: We haven’t shot the film yet so it will be a fun experience. Collectively we all have a lot of experience working in front of the lens, but this process from idea to completion is a huge learning experience about the business of making movies and is completely different than only preparing the script or our scenes.

Q: What advice do you have for fellow actors who want to direct?

N:Just do it. Start writing. Today.

P: if you really want to make a movie the first thing you should do is read other scripts. Decide if you want to write it and if not make sure you have some creative friends.

Q: What would you tell someone who wants to be an actor but isn’t sure about the right path to take or the right way to get started?

N:Sign up for classes. The rest will fall into place, the business aspect of things. Once you sign up I highly recommend my first acting coach Matt Newton’s book “10 Steps to Breaking into Acting.”

P: Take a class and see if you like it. Audition for student films and try to just get in front of the camera as often as you can.

Q: How can people help to make sure Onyx Movie is seen by the masses?

N: We need funding to make the film. The more funding we have the more amazing the film can be, and the more likely it’ll be to get into festivals, perhaps be made into a TV Pilot or feature film. That’s way down the line but right now we need your dollars. :)

P: the campaign is super important. Raising the money let’s us make the movie. We know not everyone can donate and that’s okay, but sharing the campaign with anyone and everyone is a HUGE deal. We want anyone who wants to see this movie, to have an opportunity to participate.

Q: Where can we find you and the film online and on social media?

N&P: We’re on Facebook at @OnyxShortFilm

Instagram as @OnyxShort

N: I’m @natirabinowitz on both Instagram and Twitter.

P: I’m @PatrickWhite_ on just about everything.

Q: What is one thing you absolutely cannot live without and one thing you wish we could all live without?

N: I can’t live without a good kitchen, I absolutely love cooking and do so often. Without? ISIS. Seriously, we can do without them.

P: Food. Literally I love good food. Cheese specifically. I wish money wasn’t so important, everyone would be a lot happier and less stressed.

Q: What is the best advice you have ever received? Who gave it to you?

N: Advice is like food. There’s healthy, phenomenal tasting food. There’s terrible, bland, unhealthy food and there’s food that’s just mehhh. But there’s no best food. I’ve been pushed to not play it safe, to get out of my comfort zone. It makes sense - as being adventuring with food is important too. Don’t eat grilled cheese every day. As for giving advice, and following it, I certainly think I try and pass on and follow the lessons passed on to me.

P: My mom always told me not to be a dick, you’d be surprised how far you can get in life by just being genuinely nice and caring about other people. As for advice I would give? Never eat expired cheese. Seriously. I’ve done this once or twice so I guess that tells you how good I am at listening to my own advice.

Q: What’s up next for Patrick White or what else do you have in the works?

P: What’s up next for me? Well that’s up in the air. I have a lot of fun ideas I’d like to develop but I’m taking it one day at a time and hoping this film is as fun for everyone as it was for us to make it.

Teeco71: Here it the trailer for your enjoyment, I hope you find it as intriguing as I do!

Michael Coulombe and The Birth of a Psychological Thriller

Recently, I had the chance to talk with writer/director/producer/filmmaker Michael Coulombe about his new film, AX. Michael is no stranger to the film industry, he has been working in film for over five and a half years and has worked on over 70 films.  He has also created two film festivals for others to show off their talents, one of which is the upcoming 30Under30 Film Festival.  He is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to raise money needed to get the film out there for all of you to enjoy. I hope you will check out the campaign to find out how you can help him accomplish his goal.

Here is the conversation I had with Michael about his career, the film, and the entertainment business:

Q: Tell us a little about you.  I know you have been writing since you were ten years old. Did you always know you wanted to do films?

A: My story is really simple. I started writing at the age of 10. That’s it. I spent hours after school with a note pad and a pencil sitting in my grandfather’s old recliner just writing. Mostly stories and poetry, anything I could write. I was full of ideas and they needed to be let out because I couldn’t sleep…….

Q: Your new film, ‘Ax’,  is your first directorial gig. Is it a natural progression from writing the script to directing it?

A: Yes, it’s my directorial debut. I’m really excited. It is in a natural progression in some ways and not in others. I work in film as a script supervisor, that means I work closely with the director and the other department heads in the creating of the film so I have that knowledge there. But directing your own work is good because you are familiar with the ideas, themes, and the story. Even so, movie making is a collaboration.

Q: You have an Indiegogo campaign going right now to raise money to make the film. How has Social Media changed the film making industry? How do you use it as a tool in your work?

A: Social media and crowd-sourcing has changed the film making industry greatly. Well, in this time everything is digital thus it is already easier to make and have access to the tools to make movies. Being able to reach out globally to people on an idea for a movie (as well as for distribution) has brought the ability to the masses.

Q: Speaking of Social Media, where can we find you and your work online?

A: Well I am on Facebook and my twitter is @michaelcoulombe

Q: Besides writing and making films, you also created two film festivals. The 30Under30 festival is coming up soon in LA. Tell us a little about that and what it means to you.

A: The 30 Under 30 Film Festival is my newest creation. It came from a conversation I had with my lead actor from my play “You Can Call Me Eve,” which was produced last year in Hollywood. Then my business partner Klinger (@klinger716) and I sat down and began to brand the idea. The concept is simple, showcase 30 films by filmmakers under the age of 30. Help them to meet and network with industry professionals through mentoring, networking events, seminars, and workshops…as well as the actual film festival itself. The 30 Under 30 is not just a film festival but a young filmmaker resource.

 Q: Who are some of the actors you would love to work with? Do you ever write a script with a certain actor or actors in mind?

A: There are actors I’ve worked with who I admire and then there are actors who I would love to have act in projects I have written. Yes, sometimes I write projects with certain actors in mind. It makes it easier some times to form a character. But then I believe most writers use actual people (or a combination of people) when writing characters. With that I would love to write a role for Meryl Streep…..

Q: With the changing face of entertainment, do you think actors are more willing to do Indie work and webseries?

A: Yes. I’ve worked with actors in shorts, indie films, and web series. Actors need work. I find no shame in actor working on an indie film. Truthfully, indie films have more control and sometimes make amazing films….that seem to focus more on story and less on special effects. Actors want to portray characters who have devices and face tragedy and suffer like real humans do…that is the allure of acting. A lot of actors themselves have stories that they themselves want to write or direct or even act in…..

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring film makers?

A: Yes…never give up. Film making is NOT an easy process….but I truly believe it is well worth it. If you have a story that you feel needs to be told, tell it. No one can take that away from you. Also, be willing to adapt. Remember, film making is a collaboration and therefore the people who are there to help you with the project will provide feedback. Don’t be afraid to listen to their ideas. Ultimately, they want to tell an amazing story as well. The idea is really to collaborate with people who understand your idea/vision. I have seen so many people come and not be willing to adapt or grow in the artistic process. I feel, that in the end, you are only a detriment to yourself. Art is a living, breathing entity…and like a child needs room to grow.

Q: What would you like to leave the readers with?

A: I do everything I do with the hopes of helping people achieve their goals. Six years ago I walked off a good job because I had a dream I wanted to follow. The following two years after were subsequently the hardest two years of my life…and I would do it all over again if given the opportunity. Sometimes it still isn’t easy. I truly believe in helping others in order to help yourself. Raising money for my short film is my way of asking for help. Spreading the word about the 30 Under 30 is also my way of asking for help. But always know that I will always continue to help people in return. I get emails, tweets, and Facebook messages daily about people who are seeking advice and guidance in following their dreams. I treasure each question. Thank you for the support.