The People Behind The Film
There are many things to like about Eric Kissack. He’s charming, considerate, amenable and makes really good comedy films. When we wrote to him out of the blue to ask to feature his unusual short-film-rom-com, his reply within a day was thus:
“Hiya. I’d love to talk with you about the film. Let’s do it!” A day later (or so it seemed) and we had made all the arrangements for him to be in Snoovies. It had never been so effortless. How can you not like a guy like that? But there is one other thing above all others that fills us with awe. He has a view over Echo Park in LA and, as you can just about make out in our video, the Hollywood sign sticks out of his forehead. The man’s a god!
It was a great script right from the beginning, so we just got into it.
Having been the editor for such films as Bruno, The Dictator and Cedar Rapids he decided that he wanted to try his luck at directing. Blessing in Disguise certainly has an indie feel thanks to its unusual subject matter and script. The idea of a rom-com with herpes could have been so badly handled in the wrong hands but the crew and cast provided a delicate and sweetly judged work that makes a comedy, but not a joke, out of an unfortunate situation.
It felt like a passion project for everyone
The acting is superb with a strong pedigree of LA based actors, one of whom we were very lucky to have along at the interview. Ingrid Haas did a sterling job as our heroine and it’s hard to imagine that she once thought she could never do comedy. She trained as a Shakespearean actor but has no inclination to return to that. Check out her new sequel to Død Snø, Dead Snow: Red vs Dead.
This was my humble attempt to make a not painfully bad rom-com.
Despite Eric’s reservations about rom-coms he isn’t as scathing about them as you would think. He’s actually made another one now! Love, Sex and Missed Connections. We can’t help wondering whether he’s discovered his true calling – to fill the airwaves with alternative rom-coms that explore every aspect of society’s attitudes. Ingrid loves rom-coms unreservedly, even if she does forget them as soon as she leaves the cinema.
We want to make a western thriller comedy!
As you all must be aware we at Snoovies are hypothetically incredibly rich. Not only that but there is a strongly hypothetical strain of philanthropy that informs much of what we do. With that in mind we offered Eric and Ingrid two hypothetical suitcases stuffed with $100 bills to make the film they’ve always wanted to. What they come up with is probably not your typical Hollywood fayre. Can you imagine what the movie world would be like if independent film makers had the kind of funds the studios provide? Oh to dream.
However, our interviewees have to survive in the non-hypothetical world and so we wanted to know what they are actually doing over the next year or so. Eric has made a short called ‘The Gunslinger’, which you would think is about ballet dancing in Kyrgyzstan but is actually a western. We’re looking forward to seeing that one. He’s also editing ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ which has a lot of Hollywood A-listers in it.We’ve already mentioned Ingrid’s feature but she’s also delighted to announce that she is very shortly going to be appearing in a Dunkin Donut commercial. Variety is the spice of life.