EXCLUSIVE: Dichen Lachman’s Insight On The Making Of LUST FOR LOVEFebruary 07, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Dichen Lachman’s Insight On The Making Of LUST FOR LOVE

Dichen Lachman / LUST FOR LOVE (Gravitas)

Astor’s (Fran Kranz: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS, "Dollhouse") happy tenacity spoils his one chance at love with his lifelong crush Mila (Beau Garrett). Convinced he needs more experience with women to win her back, he engages her ex-best friend Cali (Dichen Lachman: "Last Resort," "Dollhouse") to teach him how to woo women. Together they dissect his failings, and Astor makes his awkward pick-up attempts. As Astor begins to juggle multiple opportunities, he discovers the source of the rift between Cali and Mila, and the trio is forced to confront their conceptions about love.

The film was written, directed, and produced by first-time filmmaker Anton King with Dichen Lachman and Jack Wylson producing alongside him. Gravitas Ventures will release LUST FOR LOVE on VOD and across all other digital platforms on Friday, February 7.



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Dichen Lachman’s Insight On The Making Of LUST FOR LOVE


LUST FOR LOVE was written by Anton King in 2010. He sent me the script and I immediately loved it. When he asked me if I wanted to make it with him, I was terrified because I didn't even know where to start. I'm still terrified but also very happy, because I've seen so many people enjoy it. Part of the budget was raised using kickstarter and the rest was Anton, myself and few people from kickstarter who extended them selves to finish the film. 


I wasn't sure about playing such a big role with all the other work involved. However Anton assured me that I could do it. He believed in me a little more than I did at the time and I'll always be grateful for that support. (I wasn't always during filming:) we butted heads and cried together because it was so hard but we made it through.)


LUST FOR LOVE (Gravitas)


A kickstarter film has a unique ... something about it, maybe it doesn't, but it was my first experience as a producer. There's a huge responsibility to the people who believed in you. Because of them we did everything we could to deliver the movie finished. It has been the hardest thing I've ever been involved with. I have so much more respect for independent filmmakers after having experienced collaborating in one, on many levels. You just don't realize how much goes into it. We were very fortunate that people were so generous which made things a little easier. Fran's parents kindly let us shoot in their back yard, friends of Anton's let us take over their house for days.


Something you really don't think of when you just acting is how much time goes into simply finding locations. Lust for Love has a lot of locations for the budget and it really adds to the movie. Oh and background! Background artists. They are so hard to find for free. It's such a hard job. Lots of waiting around and moving around for long hours. Thanks to Chris Boulos, Jason Dolan and Adam Yeend we had people. We didn't even think about it. There were days when we were scrounging for people it was one of the hardest things to organize. Valmik Cambell makes a few appearances in the film so does Jason and a lot of our crew! The list goes on in terms of the plethora of things a production team has to think of. It strains the mind.

As a first time producer on a small budget film

I was unclogging toilets... 


...cleaning incessantly, helping department heads dress sets and carry equipment, mustering all my strength to assist in anyway I could, and with all that, I didn't work half as hard as the amazing people who came out to help us make this movie happen. We had so many volunteers it warmed my heart so deeply. Their spirit, work ethic and passion kept me going and kept me smiling. The first week of shooting I was actually in Vancouver shooting "Being Human." 


LUST FOR LOVE (Gravitas)


One night at 1am Adam Yeend called me and said the power had gone out, the wind was howling and blowing everything apart, the crew were freezing and we had no idea when things were going to be up and running. I felt so bad, I wanted to do something to cheer the mood but I was in Canada thousands of miles away shooting something else. Completely stressed between takes. Pacing. Adam was updating me every chance he could. Finally I came up with the idea to call urth cafe for delivery. So between takes I was out in the snow in Canada working on getting the crew in LA warm and fed. Trying to problem solve with Adam. When I got back to LA everyone thanked me for the pumpkin pie and coffee. It was such a small gesture considering the night they had. I was shocked they even remembered. But that's just one tiny example of the angels we had working with us. Rachael the makeup artist even took off her own socks for Fran to wear in the Rocky scene because they weren't on set when we had to shoot and were losing light.

As an actor making 'things' is becoming more and more important. Felicia Day has been a huge inspiration to me. She was there trailblazing her way through. She has been such an incredible example to so many people around the world. We don't have to wait for someone to allow us to be creative. We just have to be creative and have a voice. Living in LA makes it easier. Almost everyone here is an aspiring artist in some way shape or form so I recognize that it's a privilege to live here. However with technology rapidly improving it's going to open up if it hasn't already. I really hope we inspire some people too.



LUST FOR LOVE (Gravitas)


This film was made with so much love and hard work. The cast we managed to bring on deck, all friends, bring this film to life in a beautiful and different way. It's inspirational to see what we were able to achieve for relatively little. It's charming and fun and heartwarming.


It's shot in LA (so rare these days)

and LA is beautiful!


Like Steve Martin wrote 'it's a desert where people came to build their dreams'.


Dichen Lachman



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