Eyan Cypher [eyancypher]
What is your specialty? Production, direction, something else?
I'm an independent filmmaker. HUCKLEBUCK is my feature film directorial debut. I served as the writer, director, producer as well as, being other key elements on the film. It was all shot on 35mm film.
Is there a link to a site where we can see references to your work?
How did you begin in this field? Who introduced you to it?
I've always been creative. I started out in a band that fused hip hop and live instruments. The sound was described as Public Enemy meets Rage Against The Machine. After that I began to do film and other music projects.
Which have been the most symbolic works of your career?
Writing what's in my head. Seeing it come to life on screen.
Do you work for a client, for the audience, or for your own creative adventure?
I do what I do for clients, the audience, but most important, I do it for the passion.
What should a good script have in order to interest you?
I'll know it when I read it. It has to keep me interested from page one.
Name three contemporary directors or producers that you admire.
Steven Spielberg, Tarsem, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Lee and David Fincher.
What movies or television shows inspired you to work in this field?
Too many to name.
If an actor delivers the lines but is not believable, how do you direct him/her?
Telling them their motivation.
What actor would you love to work with and what type of character would you propose to him/her as a challenge?
Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt and Angela Bassett. And there is a ton of young talent out there as well that I would love to work with.
Are you the type who instantly knows when a take is good, or one who does another three takes to be safe?
I'll know when it's good. But you should always think to be safe and have options.
What type of direction are you used to giving the director of photography?
We talk prior to projects, we compare notes and experiences to become one.
How interested are you in image technologies such as robotized cameras, special effects, etc.?
If I had the budget. But unfortunately, I don't have budgets that would afford me the opportunity. Anyone out there who would like to give me a shot?
Which has been your experience with conflicts between direction and production?
Conflict does not register in my vocabulary.
Do you enjoy post-production, or do you prefer to leave that in the hands of other professionals?
I love all aspects of the creative beast.
Do you approach an editing session with a clear idea of what you want to do or with an attitude of experimentation?
Both. Editing can save a movie. Editing can kill a movie. You have to have an open mind and work as a team to bounce ideas.
What magazines or websites of the sector do you follow regularly?
Porn. Just joking. It varies.
What is the best movie than you have seen in the last year, and why did it seem especially good?
I don't really get to see that many movies. The Dark Knight was excellent, I love Mouse Hunt, Wanted and UP.
Do you eat popcorn at the movies?
If I get to go to the movies I will. But whenever I see something amazing as the trailers for movies that are about to come out, I begin to tear up. Not crying like a baby, but tears run down my face because I know what it takes to create such work.
What do you think of public subsidies for cinema?
Haven't given this question any thought. Sorry.
What respect does the reality phenomenon deserve? What experiences have you had with this genre?
We need more scripted.
What works best for you when selecting an actor: an audition, seeing some of his/her previous work or having a long conversation with him/her?
All of the above and even plucking a no-name right off of the street.
Do you like to have a second unit or do you prefer to control every still of a production?
Depends on who is doing second unit. But with the right crew, I'd like doing that too.
Do you change the dialogue after selecting the actors in order to adapt the characters to them?
Creativity comes from bouncing ideas around. We might stumble onto something far better than what's on page. Happy accidents!
Which do you like more, large budget or small independent productions?
Give me any budget and I'll make it work! And it will be delivered on time.
Do you like to experiment with new technology immediately or do you prefer to wait for it to develop?
I like to let others work the bugs out first.
Is the future of cinema the Internet? Mobile phones?
The future of cinema should NEVER be the Internet or on mobile phones. However, not everything belongs on the big screen. I create with the big screen in mind. I just hope that all of my work will find an audience.
Does the concept of interactive video stir up creative thoughts for you, or does it leave you cold?
Never gave it a thought.
What recommendations do you have for someone who wants to break into in the industry?
Wear filters in your underwear for all of the smoke that'll be blown up your a$$. And to never burn bridges unless you have sweaty feet.