I’m always on the lookout for interesting projects that relate to deep-seated issues of the human condition and the future of society and, as anybody who has read my recent novel When Winter Calls will know, I also enjoy interesting dystopian fiction that takes us away from the usual post-apocalyptic visions and into more unique and intriguing territory.
When I came across the short for Novek, I was immediately interested in the world-building and the clear talent behind the film-making and depth of cinematography. As of last week, the Firman brothers have now launched an official Kickstarter to take their idea to the next level and so I’ve been able to ask one half of the equation – Matt Firman – a few questions about the project and where they see it going next…
Tell us a bit about yourselves and what brought you to this point…
The promo for Novek is very evocative, it hints at a deeper story behind the apocalyptic framework – what is it that you feel makes this dystopian vision different from others?
The characters you introduce are all quite atomised and solitary, they are individuals forging their own path. What do you think this says about how we would deal with a crisis of this magnitude? Will the end ultimately be everyone for themselves, or is there still room left for charity and solidarity in the face of annihilation?
Who are your influences generally, and were there any specific ones for this project?
How do you feel about the Indie film scene at the moment? What are some of its current strengths and weaknesses?
What goes into figuring out the amount you want to raise through crowdfunding? Are there hard choices you had to make about what to include to find a balance between everything you need and an achievable goal?