Luke had requested that they film the interview somewhere other than on the set, preferably somewhere residential.
“I want everything to be relaxed and natural.”
It was McCall who had suggested his house. “You can do it out on the terrace if it isn’t too windy. The movie is shooting some scenes there so it would be appropriate.”
As Holly pulled her hair into a ponytail and watched through the glass doors Luke setting up the camera, she could feel her nerves starting to act up.
“It will be alright,” said McCall suddenly. She turned, surprised. “You were looking tense.”
“This interview has to be good.”
“I’ve watched some of Luke’s videos. As we thought, he doesn’t beat around the bush for too long, but that is what we need. We need to tell a compelling story here and I think Luke is just as invested in that as we are. This is a big opportunity for him as well.”
“I know. I know, I’m just scared about saying the wrong thing.”
“If he turns the conversation to Montell Studios just remember not to accuse Grant of anything. As long as we avoid a lawsuit, we’ll be fine.”
Holly laughed. “You know not too long ago, avoiding lawsuits wasn’t something I ever had to worry about.”
Lukelook up and waved.
“I think he’s ready,” she said.
She slid open the glass door and stepped outside. McCall followed her and took a seat a discreet distance away as Luke helped her on with her microphone. Holly then sat down and watched as Luke made one final adjustment to the camera before they began.
“Welcome Holly to the show!” Luke started. “I’m excited to be chatting with you today.”
“Thank you very much for having me.”
“We’re going to talk about your new movie: Antigone. Maybe you could say a little something on what it’s about? I know it’s a Greek classic and I should really know it but I’m afraid I’m not really up on the story.”
Alright, you have to make it sound interesting. Remember what McCall said: ‘a political thriller’.
“It’s an adaptation really. We’ve modernized the story. It’s about a young woman who plots to undermine a corrupt political regime in order to clear her brother’s name of a crime he didn’t commit but was executed for. Which is a little different from the source material while still keeping the spirit of it while having it make sense in a modern setting.”
“I thought so. The first time I read the script I was hooked. It’s definitely intense, but in a good way.”
“Do you know when the film is coming out?”
“We don’t have a release date yet. We’re still filming though.”
“Has the filming been delayed at all? I know you’ve lost some cast and crew.”
“Actually we haven’t lost that much time. Maybe a week at most? Everyone has been working so hard because we’re all so excited about this project.”
“It must be tough. I mean you’ve switched directors mid-film, that’s got to be difficult to bounce back from.”
Alright, this is it, Holly thought. She’d been hoping he’d approach the subject this way; she’d been planning for it. It was how she’d plotted to bring in the David and Goliath narrative that McCall thought was so vital.
“Not at all. Henry had a great vision for the movie and it’s a vision Walsh is more than capable of not only following but improving on. I’ve worked with Walsh before and he’s incredibly talented. Of course we all regret that Henry couldn’t stay and see the work through to completion. But at the end of the day we are an indie film. Because we have such a great story to tell, we’ve attracted some fantastically talented people to work on it, people it’s natural that big studios are going to want to hire. But again, we’re making an independent movie. No matter how good a movie it is, it will always be an uphill battle to promote it and let audiences know we’re out here. It makes perfect sense that someone would choose to work with a major studio who can offer them long term career opportunities. But it does speak of the high caliber of the people who have been working on Antigone that so many studios, especially Montell Connected Studios, are eager to work with them. And I’m happy for all the opportunities our cast and crew have been offered after their work with us.
“Additionally every one made sure they left us at a time when it wouldn’t hurt the film.” Holly winced a little inwardly at the fib and barreled on. “We all really believe in Antigone. We think people will love it if we can bring it to them. It’s an uphill battle, Hollywood isn’t an easy world for indie films, but we all know we can do it because we’re passionate about the project. So it may be a struggle to get the film noticed when there are so many bigger films out there from big studios getting big PR budgets. But to adapt a phrase from one of my favorite children’s books when I was little, I think Antigone is the little film that can. It’s riveting, it’s complex and layered and we have had so many amazing, fantastic people working on it.”
Out of the corner of her eye Holly saw McCall give her a thumbs up behind Luke’s back.