Directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer Talk STARRY EYES, Working With a Smaller Budget, Casting the Perfect Lead, and the Film’s Violence

     November 13, 2014


Starry Eyes finally comes out this week and I can’t wait to see the general public’s reaction to the film.  It’s got a great script along with assured direction, strong performances and more than a little of the red stuff once the carnage gets underway later in the picture.  I recently sat down with the writing/directing team of Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer to talk about their approach to making such a complete cinematic experience on a lower than usual budget.  We also talked about the hunt for the perfect lead performance, their writing process, and how they pulled off the gore effects in the movie.

Starry Eyes stars Alex Essoe, Noah SeganAmanda Fuller and Pat Healy.  It was produced by Travis Stevens‘ Snowfort Pictures and hits theaters and VOD (here’s the iTunes link) tomorrow, November 14th.  My advice it to check out the brief but tantalizing teaser trailer and then dive right into the movie without seeing too much of it beforehand.

starry-eyesKevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer:

  • On making a complete feeling film on a smaller budget.
  • How they found lead actress Alex Essoe.
  • Making bold choices that are right for the film.
  • How they approach their writing from a character standpoint.
  • The pacing of the film was dictated around the world and life of Essoe’s character and subverting expectations.
  • Pulling off the gore in the film.
  • How the Wonderland Murders and Manson Murders influenced this Hollywood tale.
  • Moving from an orchestral score to a temp score.




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