Over the summer, our alumni Max Radbill directed his very first feature length film entitled "The Sisterhood of Girls Who Won't Date Me" shot by Bethany Michalski.
Congratulations on finishing principal photography for the The Sisterhood of Girls Who Won’t Date Me! Any immediate thoughts on how the overall process of shooting your feature film went?
Shooting went really well! The whole thing was a huge learning experience, for me and everybody on the crew. The most exciting and most difficult part was definitely solving problems as they arose. Being an independent filmmaker, everything falls on you to solve, and I had to put out hundreds of fires, half of which I started. It was certainly a challenge, but it was fun, and I feel like I grew as a filmmaker.
What was your favorite scene to shoot?
I have a few favorite scenes in the movie - the first scene we shot, a pseudo-sex scene, is a lot of fun, and we shot it in the apartment I grew up in, which was really cool; this home that I've known for almost 20 years being an integral part of my first film, it was kind of surreal. my least favorite, and by far the most challenging scene, was the prom scene. We had 4 days to create a fake prom in an empty building, making it look like we had way more people than we did. but between the production design, the lighting, and the camera work, and some cleverly placed background actors, we were able to pull the scene off, and from what I've seen it looked incredibly convincing. And that's really my favorite part of filmmaking--making something out of nothing. As filmmakers we're magicians, and that scene really allowed us to work our magic.
What inspired you to write this feature length film?
The film was based on this stupid idea I had when I was younger, where I asked out every girl in school, and when they all turned me down I figured they must have had some sort of club where they all get together and talk about how much they all want to date me, but they can't. I thought that would make an interesting movie, and the story started to snowball into what it is now.
How has Lambda Kappa Tau benefited your professional advancement as a film maker?
LKT was a huge help in making this film. Almost all of the friends I made in college were from LKT, and some of the most professional people I know came from LKT, so having that network of people was truly beneficial. I also feel that most of what I learned about filmmaking--technique, process, set etiquette--all came from my experiences working with LKT throughout college. I feel that I am the filmmaker I am because of LKT.
What was it like working with your brothers from Lambda Kappa Tau on set?
It was lots of fun working with my LKT brothers, because we became a real family on set. We all came together, and everyone brought their passion and excitement for the project, and we worked in tandem to create something together. Everyone on my crew was hungry to create, and that hunger really pushed us to create something really cool
If you could start the whole process over again, what would you change or keep the same?
If I could start the process over again, I would certainly do more work in the beginning. I feel that you're never truly prepared for something until you drown yourself in it, and I learned so much throughout the process that would have made things easier from the get-go. Like nailing down locations before building a schedule, or getting insurance months in advance, or a bunch of other things. Ultimately, this was a huge learning experience, and the next time, I'll have a much easier time hitting the ground running.
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