I recently got the chance to interview up and comer Evelyn Lee, writer/director for the film “Losing Game.” The film revolves around the story of the rocky relationship of a young couple facing problematic situations prior to Valentine’s Day. In this interview, we talk about film, the modern age, and long walks with Kevin Spacey.
Me: Hello Ms. Lee, how are you doing today?
Evelyn Lee: I’m well, thank you! Hope you are, too. And please, just call me Evelyn.
Me: Well, EVELYN, what was your primary source of inspiration for “Losing Game?”
Evelyn: In this day and age, it’s becoming more and more common for many interactions to take place via social media. Many of my friends, myself included, have been in situations where relationships, or friendships, have ended through social media or text messages. Whether it was a breakup text or email, or they were blocked on Facebook, it was all done in a very non-personal way, making it so much more hurtful. I wanted to make “Losing Game” as a way to explore the impact that technology has on relationships and communication, or lack of, in our contemporary society.
Me: What was the filming process like? I know a scene was done outside in the snow, so that must have been rough!
Evelyn: The filming process was a rather smooth one. I was very fortunate enough to be surrounded by a great cast and crew to help make this all possible. We were even able to get an expensive restaurant location for free. There were, of course, technical obstacles, but we were able to come up with solutions. We even managed to wrap well ahead of schedule.
Filming in the snow was tough. We had a brutal winter season in NYC. The ground was frozen with ice and the wind was around 20mph that day. The wind made it colder than it already was and made it harder for us to get clean sound. But with the cooperation of my cast and crew, we shot the scene in less time than anticipated. We actually got lucky because shortly after we wrapped the scene, it started to snow again.
Me: What did you shoot on?
Evelyn: The film was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with 50mm prime lenses. This allowed us to shoot with natural lighting and a more shallow depth of field.
Me: Ok, Kevin Spacey calls you. He wants to go on a run with you. Tell us about that experience.
Evelyn: Kevin Spacey calls to go on a run with me. I agree. We meet up two hours later and discuss his illustrious career as we run. He shares some of his Spacey wisdom with me. On our last stretch of the run, I start to slow down; I eventually stop to catch my breath. Spacey keeps going (he’s in great shape for 55). At the end of the block, he thrusts his arms up in the air victoriously - Rocky style. When I finally catch up, Spacey agrees to a coffee to discuss my next film, which he’s agreed to star in.
Me: Ok, and finally, where and when can we watch “Losing Game?”
Evelyn: “Losing Game” will be available on YouTube on Friday, October 3, 2014!
Me: Thanks so much!
Evelyn: Thank you!!