jueves, 19 de mayo de 2016

Low-budget and unpretentious

Aitor Molina will make a scene for Rodrigo Caro’s film “Macabre”

Rodrigo Caro has been working for two years in his directional debut film “Macabre”, a homage to B movies from the 70’s and 80’s “with plenty of blood, humor and self-awareness”. It tells the story of Mark, proprietary of a fast food restaurant who gets kidnapped by “vegan activists” which want him dead “to turn him into a dish”. But the characters are shoddy and “a crook begins”, so it becomes “a torture porn without tortures or porn”.

Aitor Molina explains how both cinephiles met by Facebook having Aureli Frikimania as a friend in common. Since he is an independent filmmaker who is creating the Unsuccessfuls webseries, Aitor imagined that Rodrigo’s project was going to be low-budget and “unpretentious”. Aureli shared a post where Rodrigo explained his film and was looking for an animator for a short scene.

Since nobody who could draw contacted, Aitor offered himself to animate the scene. He commented “sincerity before all” with a link to his most recent animation, The Fantasia Revenge, as an example of his limitations. He could do a similar job “because Lonk and me want to introduce ourselves in the working world”, he explained “with War of the Consoles”. The time Rodrigo gave to make the scene was wide, so Aitor could animate it in a moth without concerning about moving the mouths or legs. After all, the goal of the scene is visually differing from the rest of the film.

Script worthy of being realized

Aitor Molina asked to read Rodrigo Caro’s script with the idea of animating it “even if I don’t like it”. He “doesn’t know who has helped you”, questions, because “is thousands of times better than scripts written by college students of Audiovisual Communications”. He announces that Macabre as a title “may sound pretentious” for a low-budget film, but it’s a “well hidden joke because the script doesn’t explain it”. Being about a company that sells burgers, it makes sense “having a name which starts with mac”.

B movies have “the magic” of showing them to many people and not being liked by everybody. Aitor exemplifies that Army of Darkness “can be trash or the funniest thing ever” depending on who do you ask. He enjoys B movies not being a mainstream, even if “people make them after the superhero boom”.

The script of Macabre deals with many genres and couldn’t be surely labeled as a horror film. Rodrigo didn’t imagine jumpscares while writing the script, just a bit of gore. It’s the first time that Aitor laughs at loud reading a script and hopes the shooting “gives it justice” and opens his filmmaking career.

Rodrigo’s dream is studying Cinema on Spain or outside. “Macabre won’t be a big change on cinema history”, he states, “but I would love just to put it in my curriculum”. He enjoys that the film is “having an impact” on people who is helping on making it. Aitor acclaims the script for how clear, understandable and well-characterized is. He would love to make a “DVD review like Nostalgia Critic” when the movie it’s made for its self-awareness.

Laughing at the horror conventionalisms

Mister Tiger is a villain who breaks the schemes and the character whom Rodrigo Caro identifies himself the most. Both “laugh at some conventionalisms like Wes Craven did” with Scream, parodying and honoring at the same time. It is not limited to a single genre and the “ridiculous scenes” are acknowledged.

Aitor Molina points that people can think that Macabre is a Scream rip-off if they just watch the beginning. But he compares the plot to “something that could perfectly fit on South Park” as soon as the antagonist is introduced. He likes Mr. Tiger so much that would make a moveset of him for how he balances comedic scenes and seriousness. Rodrigo calls it the real protagonist of Macabre for being the character who makes the plot.

Even if the director is 16 years old, the film is achieving the parameters of black comedy without solely relying on schlock. One of Rodrigo’s biggest inspirations for the movie is Grindhouse, which can’t be labeled as horror. “Macabre won’t scare”, he explains, “maybe a little spooky in the first chapter”.

To bookend, Aitor thinks Macabre is “a great base as a first movie” as long as it’s edited as an acceptable product. He points the director’s age a lot because “filmmakers” of that generation just want to make generic online content or “unconventional review shows” with luck. He calls Rodrigo young promise with “ambition, will and power” of making his film. He foresees two reactions: people who doesn’t interpret Macabre as a tribute and who do. Real movie fans “know the effort of actually finishing a project like this”, he states.

Most of the actors weren’t even Rodrigo’s friends, they were found after an online casting. They have been working for 48 hours without sleeping, the director explains “one of them had to be taken because had a fit”. The actor who plays Mister Tiger is also the composer and the technical part was met in a cinema camp. He also thanks the Internet supporters like Axel Casas by crowdfunding and sharing to get the 800 euros of budget.

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