by Adam J Spinks
Production / Initiative Motion Pictures and Sunglass Films
Starring / Adrian Annis • Aislinn De'Ath • Lauren Hutchings • Noeleen Comiskey • Robert Dukes • Toby Oliver
Adam Spinks, The director of “Survivors” and “Extinction: Jurassic Predators” among others is back and this time with a short film that will make you think...
As usual, let’s get started with a few questions:
1/ Adam, could you please introduce yourself as well as your background?
I’m a director and screenwriter from South East London. I’ve been working on projects since 2012, producing two features ‘Survivors’ and ‘Extinction: Jurassic Predators’ which were both released in 2015. Since then, I’ve been focussed on story development for new projects and also directing more short form content to really start telling the kinds of stories I feel are important and personal.
2/ Writer and director where did the inspiration comes for your latest short film “Spaceman"?
I grew up watching Spielberg at the height of his powers, films like E.T and Close Encounters. And I got to thinking, after seeing a particularly unpleasant run of cinema blockbusters, I realised that something was missing. Why, when we have now all the powers to create incredible spectacle, do films just feel a little less special than they used to? Spaceman came out of my desire to try to find an answer to that question .
3/ This is a bit different from your previous work, specialy Survivors but it is a 10/10 for me. How did this project differ from what you did before?
Thanks so much for the kind words, Survivors was a very special project to be a part of and it’s still one of my favourite film related experiences. I’ve actually just signed a new deal with Film Volt for a UK and ROW VOD release for Survivors so hopefully more people can enjoy our mad indie film adventure! Spaceman was different, thats true, but with shorts it’s possible to explore new ideas and styles, and all my shorts have tried to achieve something different. We shot Spaceman on the Arri Alexa Mini in anamorphic, we even used vintage lenses to create an even more aged look. We wanted to fully embrace the Hollywood aesthetic too.
4/ The actors are simply brilliant, the story telling is totally my kind but one thing that strikes me is the soundtrack, the score is simply perfect for the exercise. How did you get to choose and why?
Some friends of mine at Lowkey Films had just finished their rather brilliant short called ‘Infinite’ and they couldn’t stop talking about their composer. I reached out him and I was just blown away with the things he was creating and after a chat about the film we agreed to work together. Harry Brokensha is supremely talented and I’m proud to say he’s scored all of my projects since Spaceman and I hope he’ll come back to score many more.
5/ This is not a question but a blank card to introduce "Spaceman" and explain our readers why they should watch it:
Spaceman is a love letter to our pasts. I grew up watching films like ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ and ‘E.T: The Extra Terrestrial’. Pieces that imbued a sense of awe, wonder, magic and mystery through their immersive storytelling and strong visual language… Spaceman is my love letter to my fond memories and my attempt to come to terms with my own adulthood and whether that means all of that magic and awe is lost forever.
It is important, I think, to revisit those times and to not lose that sense of wonder and magic in our lives. I’m sure we have all been guilty of doing it as we get bogged down with work pressures, struggles and other ties of adulthood, so through telling this story, I hope that we can all re-awaken that sense, even if for a few minutes, within each other.
6/ Any other projects that you can share?
Earlier this year we launched another short film ‘Imagineer’ which reunited the Spaceman team onto the festival circuit. I believe thats being released later this year or very early next year and I’ve just finished what I think is my final short ‘Like Glass’ which has begun a festival run around the world, winning two awards at it’s first event. That should be available in the middle of next year depending on our festival success. These three shorts have paved the way for some new feature length productions I hope to be able to announce soon.
7/ And the usual questions: If you had to describe yourself in one word what would it be and why?
Driven. Because you have to be, you have to be prepared to work hard and work long hours and independent filmmaking is a brutal industry. One of my lecturers once said ‘the road to success is paved with bodies, most of them suicides’ meaning that so many people eventually give up because the road is so tough, she wasn’t lying but I love telling stories and it’s something I HAVE to do.
8/ Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
It’s difficult to know but my dream would be to be continuing to have the privilege of telling stories for a living.
I want to thank Adam for his time and wishes him the best of luck and all the success he deserves.