MIFS: Where did the idea for the film come from?
As a writer, you often live in two separate worlds, especially when you’re creating. And I often feel that the world intrude on each other. I just pulled a little on that feeling and expanded on it.
MIFS: How much did the project change from concept to final edit?
There were of few different drafts of the screenplay before we started to shoot. Mainly, we made it more and more visual and removed a lot of exposition and dialogue. Then in the editing, we worked a lot on the emotional impact of the film, pacing, imagery etc.
MIFS: Where there any challenges during production?
This was a project with many challenges. We had problems finding the right location, we had a large crew that required coordination, and of course there were the mosquitos.
The pissing scene was originally intended to be in darkness after the sun had set, with only cigarettes to light their faces, but that proved too difficult, so I rewrote the scene as a pissing match.
MIFS: With the film completed, what has been the most rewarding thing about the whole experience?
I would have to say the look and feel of the film. We’ve shot on Red before, but this time we really managed to get the look we were looking for.
Hans won "Best Film" two years in a row with "Mannen med Kulorna" in 2009 and "Leka med Dockor " in 2010.
Scenen (Act 1 Scene 1) screens on Nov 10th as part of the 14th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival at 6:45pm in the Lubar Auditorium, MAM.