LAMP Interview Series:
Cathy Washburn

This is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the cast and team from LA Motion Pix’s latest film, “Bouquet of Consequence.” we will try to bring you behind the scenes interviews, updates, photos and videos as we lead up to the release. If you would like to ask any questions to any member or cast, you can email us at pr@lamotionpix.com or leave a comment below.

1. Cathy, I must admit, when we first met I did not have the impression, “This woman needs to be in a horror film.” However, after seeing your performance… I understand fully how dead-wrong I was. Do you have a history of working in the horror genre?

Not much! I played a Cheesman Park zombie ghost for the Travel Channel one time. I thought I was pretty scary that time, and I didn’t even get a credit. I would never have even seen it if my son hadn’t realized the show I had described was coming up as he was channel surfing & managed to record it.

2. Not everyone has the ability to be scary. I remember ducking behind a chair during your scene. In fact, I couldn’t really get far enough away. Even Christian, behind the camera couldn’t keep his composure. What’s your secret to being so frightening?

I guess it’s the same process as becoming a different character to fit any role for a play or a movie.  You get your mind and heart into what it would be like for that person to have to face the situation she finds herself in.  I’m pretty sure they call that acting.

3. Your character in Bouquet of Consequence, Ellen Thomas, is battling dementia. You seem to have a great sensibility towards this… how did you prepare for this role?

I spent some time with the husband of a friend who has Alzheimers, which helped me see how to be there without really being there, if you know what I mean.  Also, I had played a grandmother named Mattie who was developing Alzheimers in another movie a couple of summers ago.

4. When the audience leaves the theatre, how do you want them to remember Ellen?

I want them to see Ellen as a tragic figure who gets trapped inside her own mind.

5. In between scaring people, you are also performing currently at the Spark Theatre as Anfisa in Chekov’s, “The Three Sisters.” Can you talk a little bit about this project?

The joy of performing in a period piece at the Spark Theater is the close proximity of audience members.  You can almost sense what’s going on in their minds as they watch the story unfold just feet and inches from where they’re sitting, with the actors’ taffeta skirts swirling around their toes..  This particular version of the famous Chekov play is unique because it’s an all female cast.  The sisters remember pieces of the history and re-enact the roles of the male characters who had impacted their lives in a most engaging way.

5. What sort of roles excite you?

Roles that excite me are those that stretch my comfort zone and teach me something new about myself and the world.  I guess Ellen Thomas is teaching me that I had a hidden part of my psyche that I really hadn’t explored thoroughly.  I do feel respect and compassion for her, and I appreciate the opportunity to bring her to life, thanks to Bill and Travis.

LAMP Interview Series:
James Tobin, Sound Mixer

This is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the cast and team from LA Motion Pix’s latest film, “Bouquet of Consequence.” we will try to bring you behind the scenes interviews, updates, photos and videos as we lead up to the release. If you would like to ask any questions to any member or cast, you can email us at pr@lamotionpix.com or leave a comment below.

1. The first thing I have to ask, is do you have to have a degree in Sociology to become a production sound mixer?

Well, the short answer is no. My path to production sound mixing was long and convoluted. It mostly revolves around my love of music. In the grand scheme my Sociology degree is a blip on the radar.

When I was a kid I played piano and was in chorus. I also played the trumpet up until high school when I traded that in for a bass guitar and fell in love with Industrial and Techno music. In college I got a computer and started messing around with computer music software and graphic arts. It is there that I (miraculously) ended up with both Visual Arts and Sociology degrees. After beating cancer and a brief stint as a graphic designer, I found myself working at Wax Trax Records and, a few years later, starting my own record label (Dorje Records).

During this time I was contracted to design the audio installation for a very large theme park’s haunted house. That led to more similar work and eventually I struck out on my own, designing audio content for installed exhibits, toys and amusement park attractions. While networking some new gigs I was asked if I would be interested in mixing the audio for a feature film. I jumped at the chance… by saying no. I suggested hiring a friend of mine who had experience with production audio, and then hiring me as his assistant. That worked and I was hooked.

Inspired by the production and post production environment, I enrolled at the Berklee College of Music and got a Master Certification in Audio Production and Technology. I specialized in composition & production for new media, all the while, boom operating, sound mixing, and recording sounds for my library.

2. With such diverse interests—visual arts, music, interactive media, sociology—what made you steer towards sound mixing?

I like production sound mixing because it combines art and science happening together in a live environment.  There are many players involved in production audio. Sometimes field recording/sfx gathering is a very solitary experience… it can be tough to escape the noises of man. In other words, it is a great balance of technique, the technical, and creative problem solving. Every shoot is different, every day is different, every location is different. Sometimes you only get one shot at capturing what you need. There is something I enjoy about all that.

3. Besides “Bouquet of Consequence,” what other projects are you currently working on?

Right now I have lots of projects on my plate that are in various states of production. Currently I am working on 3 feature film projects ranging from a period western, to a documentary, and even a musical. I am also mixing the post audio for a short dramatic thriller film, as well as, creating and implementing the audio content for a PC video game. I also edit audio books for the Colorado Talking Book Library.

4. Where do you see your contributions in regards to the finished product?

In other words, if you do your job right… will the audience ever notice your work? It is my hope than my work on location goes entirely unnoticed by the viewer. The sound effects, on the other hand, I hope will make the audience scream, wince, grit their teeth, gasp, gag, or worse.

5. Is creating sound for a horror movie different than sounds for a video game? And would you consider “Bouquet of Consequence” a typical horror movie?

Creating sounds for games is a very different task than creating sounds for film. That said, many of the tools are the same and the goals are also the same. In either media, the audio is primarily there to tell the story. In addition to literally telling the story, audio creates emotion and gives the viewer cues for important moments in the story.

“Bouqet of Consequence” has many opportunities for the audio effects to be a driving force in the story telling. Without giving anything away, I think “Bouqet of Consequence” is NOT your typical horror story. It has some classic horror story elements and the use of audio will be traditional as well, but I wouldn’t call it a typical horror movie.

5. Considering the genre, the script, the characters, what sort of challenges are you going to face?

The challenges are usually the same for a production sound mixer, regardless of script or content. The biggest challenge is NOT recording the things that are distracting to the dialog and the action on screen. Things like traffic, airplanes, HVAC, crew noise and equipment, creaky floorboards, lawnmowers, and dogs tend to be the most common obstacles to deal with.

LAMP Interview Series:
Peter Yellen, Actor, Musician

This is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the cast and team from LA Motion Pix’s latest film, “Bouquet of Consequence.” we will try to bring you behind the scenes interviews, updates, photos and videos as we lead up to the release. If you would like to ask any questions to any member or cast, you can email us at pr@lamotionpix.com or leave a comment below.

1. Peter, I understand you were originally sought after for the role of the Doctor in “Bouquet of Consequence” rather than the therapist. How did this change come about?

I received a script and knew right away I would rather have the part of the therapist. I went to the reading with the intention of getting that part. Sometimes that works…

2. How would you describe the role of the therapist in “Bouquet of Consequence?” What is the significance of the therapist to Rachel’s character (played by Meggie Maddock)?

Rachel is in a crisis and is manifesting a reason to “go on.” My character is attempting to help Rachel sort it all out. The therapist represents Rachel’s higher thinking.

3. Are you a fan in general of horror movies? What is your favorite movie and/or director?

Not a fan of this genre. Abe Ferrara is a dear friend. I had a part in “Driller Killer” so out of respect and loyalty he is my favorite director. My favorite film is any film that has a social slant. Stories about a greater or higher love that stir our notion of interconnectedness speak to me. Elia Kazan’s “On The Waterfront” is the closest thing to a perfect film.

4. There is a scene where you are sitting next to a ghost. Could you tell us about this? Have you worked with child actors before?

Rachel sees the ghost but I am the therapist so she does not appear to me. My task is to act this… I think that was my first scene with a child. Adult children yes… many.

5. How do you want the audience to feel after seeing this movie?

Tragedy is an awful house guest. It changes everything and it makes it hard to hold on. People should feel a great sorrow for Rachel and a hesitation when judging anyone. Under grim circumstance people are capable of great triumphs but often despair has only one destination.

6. When you’re not playing therapists, what other projects are you working on?

I have a very busy life. My main focus is “Dressed in Black”. This is a band that performs at events. Great musicians and great people. I have produced 2 CDs in the past few years and am currently considering doing another. I had so much fun on “Bouquet of Consequence” I plan to shake the trees for other opportunities like this. I only hope that any future projects will be as thoughtful and well done as this was.

LAMP Interview Series:
Alex Biagi with Addictive Vibe Records

This is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the cast and team from LA Motion Pix’s latest film, “Bouquet of Consequence.” we will try to bring you behind the scenes interviews, updates, photos and videos as we lead up to the release. If you would like to ask any questions to any member or cast, you can email us at pr@lamotionpix.com or leave a comment below.

1. How did you get started with LA Motion Pix and movie soundtracks?

I met Travis Lupher in college back in 2001. We took several classes together, and I was interested in composing short films before I met him. I was still learning how to compose and engineer music at that time, but one day in one of our media classes, we started talking and I learned that Travis and his brothers were making short films. After that I shared some of my music and he liked it enough for him to use one of my songs in his short film called “Fixed”. After that I continued to work on short film projects with Travis and the Lupher brothers and we have been friends ever since.

2. What is Addictive Vibe Records? What type of artists do you represent?

In 2011 I decided to create my own record label called Addictive Vibe Records. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve had the name for a few years before and decided to take the leap and go into business for myself.

I’ve met many talented producers over the years on a website called Internet DJ.com. It is an indie electronic music community where you can post your music and get feedback from strangers, to improve your music and network with other producers and musicians. I asked several of my good friends on the site if they wanted to release music with me and they did. After a little over a year we now have 26 talented artists from all over the world producing everything from chill out/lounge music to Electro House and Dubstep. We are distributed to all of the major downloads torrents including iTunes, Beatport and Amazon MP3. We don’t cater to one genre. I love all forms of electronic music so I decided the label would be a melting pot of genres. If you like electronic music we have something for everyone in our catalog.

3. In addition to the soundtrack to “Bouquet of Consequence,” what other projects are you currently working on?

In addition to working on the label I am currently working on my debut artist album called “Chill The F*** Out.” It’s been 2 years in the making. For the title track I am fortunate enough to have Eric Lupher who in addition to being one of LA Motion Pix’s composers and casting director, is also a very talented singer. We have been working on the track together and it is sounding amazing.

4. In our first interview for the series, we talked with Eric Lupher. Could you talk about your relationship with Eric and the projects you’ve worked on?

Eric and I have a very good relationship. Our styles may differ a little bit, but Eric is very open-minded and when it comes to working on different music projects together that is a huge plus. We have done several short films together and each one gets better and better.  Eric is  able to do what I can no longer do.

About 8 years ago I lost the ability to use my hands due to a rare autoimmune disease that effects the peripheral nervous system i.e. hands, legs and feet. It’s very similar to MS. It’s called CIDP. Roughly 8 in 1 million people have this disease. So it is super rare. I have enough hand strength in my right hand to use a mouse and work electronically on music and compositions. Having Eric be my hands in a way is a huge benefit for me. Before losing my hands I played the piano from age 6 to 24. Not being able to play limits the emotion and subtlety I can capture using software.  Eric is a fantastic pianist, just as good as I used to be and he can capture the emotion that I lack using the software.

5. Have you ever worked on a horror soundtrack before?

I wouldn’t say it was horror, but I worked with Travis and the guys on their vampire shorts called “Demise Of The Damned” it had some creepy elements to it of course, but it was more action-based.

6. How does your experience working with Eric, Travis and Bill help you with the soundtrack to “Bouquet of Consequence?”

After working on several short films with the guys I have an idea of what they like and what they don’t. I know what sounds to look for and having just upgraded my studio the new equipment will make “Bouquet Of Consequence” our best score yet.

LAMP Interview Series:
Meggie Maddock, Actor

This is part of an ongoing series of interviews with the cast and team from LA Motion Pix’s latest film, “Bouquet of Consequence.” we will try to bring you behind the scenes interviews, updates, photos and videos as we lead up to the release. If you would like to ask any questions to any member or cast, you can email us at pr@lamotionpix.com or leave a comment below.

1. First things first, I hear you’re not a horror fan. How did you end up with the lead of a horror film?

I am definitely not a horror fan, only because I always get too involved in what’s going on and I feel like I am actually experiencing it. I have seen “Scream” about a million times and I still jump. I think that my family and my friends love to watch horror films with me because they get more amusement seeing me than actually watching the film.

2. What inspiration can you bring to the role of Rachel in “Bouquet of Consequence?” What drew you to this part?

Playing Rachel has been super challenging for me. I definitely have to go to the dark side of myself in order to really search how I would feel if I were to lose my own child. I have had to dig to the deepest parts of me to understand how it would feel to have nothing left to live for.

For this role, I have drawn from one specific personal moment of mine. I have attended numerous funerals in my lifetime. One of the most memorable funerals was for a dear friend’s baby. He was born premature and died after 13 days. With an open casket in front of us, I sat next to two mothers who both lost their own children. One died in a car accident at age 19 and the other lost her son at age 20 in a hunting accident. While reading this script, I was instantly drawn back to this moment, sitting next to these women, watching as their grief consumed their entire being.

3. How is “Bouquet of Consequence” unique from a typical horror film?

To me, “Bouquet of Consequences” is more of a thriller. It’s not your typical psycho killer or violent crime. It is a heart wrenching film about the trials, tribulations and nightmares that a devastated mother goes through after losing her child. It’s about the haunting revelations that lead to her ultimate demise.

4. What personal challenges do you face with this character and how do plan on overcoming them? How do you prepare for such a role?

I am not yet a mother, but I love children and I plan on having my own some day. It is very difficult to imagine losing your child, but if I were to, I think that it has to be one of the most difficult experiences that anyone has to go through.

Understanding Rachel is the first step to becoming Rachel. Rachel felt so alone, so alienated and completely haunted by the memory of her child. Her husband no longer understood her and was suffering from his own pain.

I imagine that a mother who has lost her child would experience an incredible amount of guilt and anger, almost a sense of “Why not me?… Why my baby?…” It would be something that would always haunt you, never escaping your mind. Those precious, magical moments are forever gone in an instant, fleeting and indescribable.

The grief would adhere to you, making it difficult to live without it. As guilt consumes you, you begin to fear forgetting about your child and wondering if the death was somehow your fault. Your life becomes a feeling of abandonment, alienation and a sense that no one could possibly understand what it is you are going through… often wondering, how you’re going to make it from one day to the next without your child.

Rachel is the most challenging role that I have had to play to-date. Nonetheless, I have enjoyed finding my own inner voice and serving Rachel’s legacy.

5. This is your first movie with LA Motion Pix. What has your experience been like thus far?

I have never worked with such a wonderful, like-minded group that is so passionate about what they do. I think that what makes them different is their true dedication and determination to make this project a success. They believe whole-heartedly in not only this project, but in each individual who makes up this ambitious team. I have never had a director who has put so much time and effort into his talent. Even though this can be a very sad film, they love to keep it light on set. We always have a lot of fun until it’s time to get into character.

I can truly say that I feel very blessed to be apart of such a wonderful group and I look forward to continuing to build our relationship together.

6. You are surrounded by some seasoned actors. Can you talk about working Peter Yellen and Daniel Langhoff?

Three words: THEY AMAZE ME.

Outside of acting, Peter is a very talented musician. When Travis and Bill first saw Peter read for the psychologist, they knew that he nailed it. This role has Peter written all over it. I have to laugh when Peter and I start talking about our characters, because he starts to sound like he is counseling me. Peter is a natural Psychologist.

Daniel, my husband in the film, is a remarkable actor in everyway. His intensity and vulnerability makes everything real and come to life. Besides being extremely talented, he has a great sense of humor and is a lot of fun to work with.

Truly, It has been an honor to work with both of them.