Awkward Two is more than just a collection of 33 amazing microshort stories; it is also a unique experiment in instant adaptation. We asked five of our favorite independent filmmakers to create adaptations of stories from the book; the results are embedded in the iBooks version of Awkward Two and available for public consumption right now at films.awkwardpress.com. The movies will also soon be available on a special-edition DVD, only available through the Awkward Press Store.
So who are these incredible filmmakers? Let’s meet ‘em! We sent the same 7 questions to all the filmmakers. These are their answers.
When we first started the Awkward film project, Joel was one of the first filmmakers we approached. After reading through Awkward Two, he was immediately attracted to Wayne Scheer’s fantastic story Zen and the Art of House Painting. Within two weeks, he’d put together an excellent script, and we started assembling a crack cast and crew who were willing to work for the sheer experience of being involved in something great.
Unfortunately, the universe was not kind to the Zen production. One unexpected hurdle after another kept cropping up, forcing us to delay the shoot multiple times. It nearly became our Don Quixote. But to Joel’s credit, he managed to stay focused and determined no matter how many obstacles the universe tossed his way. And I’m glad he stuck with it: the end result is a wonderful, hilarious short film with which I’m extremely proud to be associated. Kudos to Joel and the cast and crew for pulling it off in spectacular fashion and giving us the final piece we needed to make this project a roaring success.
Also, with the completion of Zen, we are now able to press the DVDs that were included as a free bonus with web orders. So if you’ve been waiting patiently, your wait is almost at an end! We’ll get the discs in the mail by the end of the month. Thanks to everyone for their support and we can’t wait for you to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Now, let’s meet Joel!
The Interview Portion
Majestic And The Masked Man
1 – Who are you, and why are you here?
My name is Joel Maguen. Due to a temporary existential crisis, I don’t know the answer to the second part of that question. (more…)