Inside the Quickies: The Bonus
An interview with David C. Jones!
Good Vibrations is proud to present the 2012 QUICKIES Erotic Short Film Competition on Friday, October 26th at the Castro Theater.
Get tickets and more information at GoodVibesQuickies.com. Producer Camilla Lombard interviews the directors and participants inside this year’s Quickies!
How did you find out about the Good Vibrations Quickies Short Film Competition?
A friend had a film in the festival a year ago or so – so it was on my radar.
Tell us a bit about your film. What’s it about? And what inspired you to create it?
The film is about a man who wants to do something wicked and fate conspires against him leaving him in a precarious situation. It was inspired by a true story.
Seven minutes or less is a pretty tight limit. What are some of the challenges in creating a short erotic film?
First I drafted and embellished the true story and then we paired it back down. Created a lot of backstory that all got cut. Pace is everything – how do you create suspense without being boring or taking too much time. This is not a traditional erotic film in the sense it is about possibility and promise of carnal delights. It’s a comedy about what could be and what will happen now.
What’s your background in film or in making erotic films? How does making an erotic film differ from making a non-erotic one?
This was my first film with nudity and fetish gear and luckily we had really great actors who respected I was trying to doing something naughty but classy. I have made films with romance and desire – this was my first ‘sex romp’. Because I lived the real situation I did not thin it was funny at the time – but it was a friend who said “you should film that” when I told him the story.
What do you hope audiences will get from your work?
I hope they have fun. I hope they also decide to take risk for sexual adventure like this guy does.
Who are your performers, and how did you meet them/invite them to participate?
The lead actor I saw in a couple of plays and when the idea of possibly filming the story was forming I immediately thought of him and hoped he would be interested and available. He still had to audition but he knocked it out of the park. The boyfriend was harder to cast. (It’s a gay story – although one of the actors is straight in real life). We saw about a dozen actors and none of the them embodied the right sexuality and machismo and sly wink that I wanted. As I lamented what I wanted (based on the real man) – I guess I was really descriptive because the producer suddenly lit up and chatted with the AD and after she nodded in agreement – a call was placed and 45 minutes later Sean Carey walked in and landed the part. Patricia came to me through the audition process. She was the best of over a dozen actresses we saw.
Were there any funny or unexpected moments while filming?
We had a variety of fetish clothes loaned to us from Priape – many we did not use – we had to shoot the film all in one day which took 17 hours. Sean Carey amused and delighted us by dressing up and modelling some of the clothes. Probably the hardest part of the filming other that the gruel ling day – was as we were in editing and still selecting music – the hard-drive crashed and after months of trying it was declared irretrievable. We had lost all the footage and the sound track of the actors voices. I was devastated – there was no back up. A couple of more months past I was working on one of my portable drives and noticed at the end of the menu folder was an oddly named file. Clicked it – it was one of the early cuts – thankfully high quality – of the rough edit. We had to re-shoot an insert shot (the security guard sign) and the actors had to come back in to re-dub their voices. But the film was saved almost 8 months after it was thought lost forever.
What projects are you working on now/next, and where can we find you?
I made a short documentary since The Bonus and I have a lesbian musical in the works. My web-site is davidcjones.ca – I also am being cast in a lot of projects right now. I guess I am a late bloomer. I wonder if I can find a partner to have sex with somewhere on set. Maybe there can be a sequel to The Bonus.