Donny Broussard QNA
How did you wind up coming onboard as Producer on The Shelter?John Fallon and I have been close friends for years, and he had told me his idea for The Shelter one beer infused night. I thought the idea was great and would make for a fantastic low-budget first feature for him. At that time both of us had a lot going on and the idea got pushed to the bottom of the pile, but it was always in the back of our minds. So, after a year or so we started talking about it again, and John and I both agreed that we should move it to the top of the work pile and move on it right away. That’s it. We both loved the idea of making the most non-mainstream film we could make on our own terms, and because of John’s passion and script I was able to pull together the right crew and elements to make The Shelter a reality.
How thrilled were you to have Michael Pare be cast?
I was beyond thrilled when Mike came on board. We initially had another actor in mind because we weren’t sure we could get Mike, but I kept pushing John to try and in the end it all worked out. Mike brought the magic with him and owned every second he spent on set.
What would you say was the biggest challenge of the pre-production process?
The biggest challenge of the pre-production process for me was lining up the schedule and trying to get all the necessary elements needed for production into place within a very small time-frame. On a small movie like this you don’t have a lot of time for pre-production, so I’d say time was the biggest hurdle.
How would you describe the shoot from your perspective? Arduous, smooth sailing, somewhere in between? Please expand!
It’s an indie shoot, so it was definitely arduous, but in my opinion those are the best types of sets. Sure, The Shelter set was tough, but it was a hotbed of creativity. Everyone came together to help John make his dream a reality. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. If I’m going to go to war, then there’s no crew I’d rather go to war with than the one that made The Shelter.
The most fun day of shooting for you was…? And why?
The most fun I had on set was this day we shot out on a lake in the middle of nowhere. It was a beautiful day, the crew was in high spirits, Mike was chewing up the scenes, and after we wrapped the day we all relaxed with a few beers. By that point we were like family and no one was in a rush to head home. We just enjoyed our time filming and our time together. Good times.
What would say was the most valuable thing that you learned via this experience?
Don’t try to do everything yourself. It’s impossible to handle it all on your own. Thankfully I had a wonderful crew that supported me throughout the process of getting the film made.
What’s next for you in the film industry? Anything in the works?
I have a few things going on. I just shot a short film, and I’m producing a documentary called Finding Metropolis, and prepping another narrative feature for production in the middle of 2016. And of course I’m always waiting for John to call me with another idea. If you’re interested in what I’m up to you can always check out my company site mallowentertainment.com
The film will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.