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1. Ice breaker question, what’s your favourite games console?
I'd have to say the Super NES/Famicom. So many good games and so many good memories with that system. It was the kind of console that almost EVERYONE had. Before all this online gaming stuff, my friends would gather over at my house to play either Street Fighter II or Metal Warriors.
2. What inspired you to become a film maker?
Seeing movies in general. I'd always head to the video stores (when those STILL existed, R.I.P) around town back in Canada and rent everything from Anime to Hong Kong Action to Hollywood B-Movies. When I realized my addiction, it just clicked that if I can get a job in this kind of medium, that'd be a sweet deal.
3. What was the initial spark that inspired the idea of Gun Caliber?
The year was 2009 and Kamen Rider Kiva just ended. It was a horrible show with horrible actors and the toys were just not attractive at all. Then Kamen Rider Decade started up and that's when I got fed up with Sunday morning Toku at the time and decided to make a Tokusatsu Hero MY way. The kind that I wanted to make without having some sort of dipshit producer tell me what to do/about what sells and what doesn't.
The tokusatsu industry prides itself on making wholesome superheroes that are kid friendly, yet can appeal to the mothers by casting young male leads. I can only put up with so much of that and wanted to make a superhero that would be a mix of macho 80's action heroes, Kamen Rider, Ken Shimura, and Benny Hill. The result was Gun Caliber.
4. How many years did it take you to make it?
Pre-production took about a year to a year and a half since I needed to teach myself how to make the suit. Principal photography took about two years since my and my crew were only able to meet up on weekends with the odd weekday or vacation here and there. I was editing as we shot it as well, but that went on for awhile after too so maybe about a year there too. Overall, this movie has taken about 4 years out of my life span.
5. There are a lot of hilarious scenes in the film such as the park fight scene and the bar scene where your character and the other local heroes get high, were they scripted or improvised on the spot?
I'm terrible at writing scripts, so each and every scene that you see in the movie is improv. We adlibbed the ENTIRE movie for the two years we shot it.
6. Dare I ask what gave you guys the idea for the villain sex scene?
I wanted to do a superhero sex scene, but then I saw Watchmen and was a bit discouraged since everyone would probably refer my movie's sex scene to that. So instead I decided to have the Kaijin have sex with each other as well. Turned out to be more funny than I imagined.
7. What is your all time favourite toku show?
Kamen Rider Faiz, hands down. It was a real character driven show and was very addicting. Since it was during the early Heisei time, someone was dying almost every episode.
8. How did you get into toku?
I watched Kamen Rider Black when I was a kid, just like all the other little Filipino boys. lol From time to time I'd rent a movie like Hakaider or Mirai Ninja, but I really got back into Toku when Kuuga finished and totally binged on the DVDs.
I think Toei should just not hire Yonemura to write for them anymore. lol
10. You mentioned on facebook you got to work with Koichi Sakamoto on Ultraman Ginga S, how did that come about and are you involved in any future projects with him?
For the record, I never worked with Mr. Sakamoto. He simply invited me to his set and I observed how he worked. Kind of like "Job Shadowing". He's a busy man, so it's not like he can teach me how to make movies. However, he lets me watch him work and whenever I have a question, he kindly informs me.
I honestly don't think I'd be able to cut it on his set as one of his crew as they're all some of the most hardest working people I've seen in the industry, but I would definitely like to collaborate with him one day in one way or another.
11. Last year you debuted a awesome short movie in co-operation with YouTube Space Tokyo titled Yakuzambie. How did that come about? Are there any more projects planned with them in the works?
I was approached by YouTube Space Tokyo to make something using their Halloween set. It was a set designed by the director of Hellboy and Pacific Rim, Guillermo del Toro. Other creators were basically filming themselves playing cellphone games, vloging or doing make-up in there since that's all that the typical Japanese YouTuber knows how to make. So I decided to actually film an action horror comedy and the YouTube Space was all for it.
12. Hayate is looking awesome so far in the two teasers we've seen. What can we expect from that? What inspired you to make a kid friendly show?
But even though it's a kids show, you can still have good amount of action in it to make it exciting. I wanted to give it a try and hopefully I'll be able to finish filming Hayate sometime within the next few months or year.
13. Any words of advice to anyone out there who’s trying to get their own indie toku project off the ground?
You can't do Toku alone. You can kickstart it by yourself with an idea, but you will eventually need to be able to lead people and have them understand your vision. If you have no idea of what your doing, everyone around you will be doubtful.
Also, taking that gamble of making the hero's suit first helps. Have a design and make the suit and shoot some screen tests with it. Everything looks good on paper, but people will actually believe you're serious once there's something tangible. A lot of people are willing to follow that kind of person because its one of the first steps to show that you have the skill to pull it off.
14. Last question and just for fun, if you could own a Metal Heroes armour just for fun, which one would it be?
Shaider. Cause Filipinos.
Thanks for having me.
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