Zach Hardy - Director
Kyla Trull - Director of Photography
Thesis Title: The Fantastic Death of Barry Schmidt
What got you into filmmaking?
Zach: Comedy films were and still are a big part of why I want to make films. I was raised on Mel Brooks movies and tons of other “spoof” films. I love the feeling of laughing and it’s all the more satisfying to make other people laugh. And for some reason, making people raise an eyebrow or two is always amusing to me.
Kyla: A trip to Universal Studios when I was like 8 is what sparked my interest. Hitchcock had an interactive attraction at the time where they talked about his techniques and revealed how he tricked the audience with movie making magic. It was just so cool to me! Seeing miniature sets and backdrops made a connection with me I felt like I belonged! I was really excited, and wanted to not only learn more, I wanted to do it!
Description of Thesis:
When the woman he loves falls victim to a nuclear tampon causing her to grow 10 times her size and 10 times as angry, a would be hero must take his magic sword to fulfill his destiny. The fate of the universe hangs in the balance as he is forced to choose between love and saving the world.
What is your inspiration for making this film? Why do you want to make this film? Zach and I are huge fans of red-scare era monster movies; films like “Creature from the Black Lagoon”, “It Came from Outer Space”, and obviously “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”. We want to make a film that’s entertaining with a nod to the old classics. We want to tell an exciting story where the underdog falls for a girl who’s out of his league. We also wanted to be able to add a woman’s point of view to monster movies that are typically associated with masculinity.
How will the FSU Spark funding help your production? It will help us reach the lofty goals set by our imagination. Much like the old classic monster movies, we are going to be doing most of our effects practically. That means we will be building model sets for our actress to interact with, giving the illusion that she is giant. The model sets will be miniature buildings, houses, planes, cars, etc. Props. No good movie is made without props. We’ve also been reaching out to professional actors about playing featured characters in our film. Any money we receive will be used to create this fantastical world we have created in the script in the most vivid and detailed way we can.
Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?
Kyla: Whoopi Goldberg.
Zach: Yeah, Whoopi Goldberg.
Kyla: She’s got amazing range.
What is the weirdest thing about you that not many people know?
Kyla: I used to put my cat in my doll’s clothes and would use entire rolls of film taking pictures of her with my stuffed animals! I can probably dig up some of the photos if anyone wants to blackmail my cat. I was an odd little girl.
Zach: I’m not a natural blonde