There are multiple scenes in the film where dialogs fades out, and audience cannot hear but fully understand what characters are saying. When you were preparing, did you know for sure when to fade out voices in such scenes? For instance, the parking lot scene.
«Wither With Her» features a lot of elements of mocumentary genre. Is it challenging to create dramaturgy with such approach? Would you call it mocumentary?
No, he is a drug addict, dude, he’s the real deal. He is an opioid addict. In between
every single shot, he was nodding off, completely out. He is a real addict, he was
telling me stories, everything he said, when I sat down to interview him, was real. There
is nothing fake in that interview, that’s him. Everything he says, when he talks about
addiction and almost started crying, and when he said maybe he would rather
overdose - that’s him. I didn’t write that. He told me 2 weeks before it (the film shoot)
he was shooting up with somebody and they died in front of him.
He is also an actor as well. When I was writing the script, I found him, and I started
reading on his stuff, so I wrote him into the script. First, I had an idea of a cold,
sociopathic kind of guy, I wondered - who could play him? And I started looking for
actors, saw him and immediately knew - that’s him. This is the guy right here. On the
first day of shooting, we lost him and we spent 3 hours finding him in the city.
Obviously, he was picking up drugs in order to make it through the shoot. He’s actually
a great dude and was awesome to work with.
Soundtrack is outstanding: it’s dark, captivating and flows perfectly with the story. Was it a natural click with the composer, or it took some time for God-Like-Storm to understand the atmosphere you desire? Is God-Like-Storm actually you as well?
They probably can. I cant consider the opinions or feelings of every single person
who would potentially watch it, there are millions of different kinds of people out there. I
am not responsible for how they would respond to or interpret it either negatively or
positively. They can respond any way they want, that’s the beauty of it. I make
something, and then they can chose to hate it or love it or not even bother paying
attention at all. Same thing when it comes to morality. I honestly think people who are
affected by these things (drugs) would find more truth in this than in anything else
released nowadays. The idea of contriving films is exponentially more harmful than
trying to get to the truth of something, which is what I am trying to do. You can always
just turn it off and forget about it, and if you can’t forget it, maybe I did something right.
Could you share any information on future projects you are working on?