VOD Spotlight on Joseph Morgan (ARMISTICE)January 26, 2014

VOD Spotlight on Joseph Morgan (ARMISTICE)

Joseph Morgan

In the role of Royal Marine, A.J. Budd, Joseph Morgan (IMMORTALS, “The Originals”) stars in this brutal psychological and supernatural thriller, in which he finds himself trapped in the Warhouse. Imprisoned, he is forced to fight for his life against grotesque, inhuman opponents. He must kill every day or die himself. His one glimmer of hope comes in the form of a diary, left by a former occupant of the house, WWI Lieutenant Edward Sterling, played by Matt Ryan (FLYPAPER, “Criminal Minds Suspect Behavior”). ARMISTICE is currently available on iTunes.

On Demand Weekly’s Sabrina Luppi spoke with Joseph Morgan about ARMISTICE, his previous roles and VOD.


On Demand Weekly (ODW): Are you doing so many horror/thriller movies & TV shows by choice or is it more coincidental?
Joseph Morgan (JM):
It’s choice really. The more I do the more I get offered. But I’m quite happy to be working predominantly in genre just because that’s always what I’ve watched and read growing up that’s what I’ve been primarily interested in. I read graphic novels and watch a lot of film and TV and most of it is genre stuff so I am a huge fan.


ODW: On Twitter you’ve talked about how proud you are of ARMISTICE, is there a moment when you’re watching that you feel most proud of?
I’m really proud of the sequence where I tear down the wallpaper and find the marks that Edward Sterling had left and it cuts between that scene and the scene of me sort of drinking in the cellar and kind of vocalizing all the loneliness and the inner torment. It’s a film with very little dialogue and that’s one point where the director allowed me to be vocal as the character.

It was a lot of improvised stuff that Luke [Massey] guided but allowed me freedom within those boundaries. I also felt like he and I were learning to work together and we really hit our stride by that point and I felt like it was a really positive relationship, so I’m proud of that. I also think, trying to be objective about the film, I think it’s the proudest I am of a performance in the film.

ODW: You also said, “After all this time it’s here.” Were there a lot of obstacles it had to go through to get to this point?
Oh man you have no idea. There were a lot of obstacles just editorially; it took a long time in post and a long time to finish. It was quite a different film when Luke and Ben [Read] conceived it and it really went through the ringer in post. There were a few characters that were cut from it to make the story a lot cleaner and more simple and it’s really become a very simple, clean, engaging story but it was quite convoluted initially.


Joseph Morgan

 I’m proud of Luke and his determination and commitment to the film and how he stuck with it and wasn’t satisfied until it became something that we could all be proud of. So it was a long time in the making and to have his first film get some sort of cinematic release I think is a huge achievement and he’s one of my best friends as well as the director so I’m hugely proud of him and happy that this film didn’t disappear into the ether and became something that people can enjoy.

ODW: What is the most unique, funny or interesting experience you had while filming ARMISTICE?

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The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIMSeptember 29, 2014

The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM

Lola Bessis & Ruben Amar, SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM

Full of art, music and everyday magic, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood depicting three intertwined characters at turning points in their lives. Swim Little Fish Swim focuses on the domestic life of Leeward (Defa) and Mary (Bloom), a young married couple at a crossroads. Mary is a hardworking nurse determined to turn the couple’s lives around while Leeward is a struggling musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and New Age visionary. Enter Lilas (Bessis), a 19-year-old French artist trying to make it in New York and escape the shadow of her famous painter mother.


When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple’s tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further. Written, Produced and Directed by: Lola Bessis & Ruben Amar.



SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM is now on iTunes, Vimeo, Google Play, Amazon Instant Video and VUDU.

Writers, Producers and Directers Lola Bessis & Ruben Amar Top 5 Things You Need To Know About SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM

1. The Story Was Born While Hanging Out in the Streets of New York

Since our “immigration” to New York we’ve never stopped filming our surroundings and scenes from our everyday life. The result is a diary made of short scenes we call “snippets.” Inspired by scenes from our “snippets” as well as what we observed in the city, we began to write a story.


One night in a bar in Brooklyn, we saw a zany musician performing; he was playing with a lot of crazy instruments and for some reason he inspired us. We were immediately intrigued by him because he seemed to be living in another world. His girlfriend was attending the show and little by little we started imagining what their life might be like. After only three weeks, this fantasy mixed with our own experience gave birth to a 60-page dialogue-free screenplay of what would become our first feature film.




2. A Very Specific Acting Method
Striving to avoid giving into sensationalism, we aimed at realistically depicting snapshots from the unembellished lives of our characters "drawn from life." This thirst for realism led us to place the actors at the heart of the creative process. We thus set up filmed workshops based on role-play and improvisation games. Every night for almost two months we would go through the footage shot with the actors on that same day, applying the necessary transformations and additions to the script. This method turned out to be extremely productive and conclusive and created a strong, lively dialogue.

3. Unexpected Meeting with the Perfect Musicians
During a casting call for musician extras to be used in a scene involving an evening with friends, a group walked in whose name stopped us in our tracks: The Toys and Tiny Instruments. Our character makes instruments that play by themselves using his daughter’s toys, so it had to be a sign! When they started to sing and strum on a ukulele, it was obvious; they couldn’t just play Leeward’s musician friends – they had to write the music! They managed to create...


the character’s musical universe

in perfect harmony with his marginal, madcap personality.

Incidentally, Colin Summer, the group’s singer, has become Leeward’s official “voice.”

4. Hurricane Irene
Hurricane Irene completely disrupted the shooting and jeopardized the film. It happened when we were already 3/4 of the way through. The apartment in which we were living that also hosted the main set of the film was in the mandatory evacuation zone and all of New York was locked down. We were forced to stop the shooting right away. We had to leave the apartment and all the shooting equipment behind us - which was insured for all events but natural disaster.


Fortunately the hurricane happened to be less violent than expected. When we returned, the equipment was still in good shape but it forced us to cut down the shooting time. We gave up on a few scenes since we had lost two shooting days and our team and actors had other commitments right after.



5. The Little Yellow Fish
During Hurricane Irene we had to leave our apartment in a hurry and for three days we left behind the yellow fish that is the source of the movie's title. Fortunately when we came back the fish was still alive. A few days later the shooting was over and it was time for us to come back to Paris. But what about the yellow fish?! We put a listing on Craigslist and a Brooklyn couple came over at the last moment to adopt the fish.


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