Just ask “Safelight” writer/director Tony Aloupis what it takes for a film to come together. Not only from the actual production side of things (although that’s important), but how about the inspiration and the personal journey of Aloupis himself? After all, what inspires a filmmaker to do the things they do, to write the scripts that they do, to incorporate the influences that finally make it to the big screen?
Aloupis, who also produced “Safelight,” as well, decided to make a film about two teenagers who take a voyage to photograph lighthouses and how this relates to the people they are and the circumstances from which they came. A relative newcomer to the mainstream film industry, Aloupis had a co-writer and co- executive producer’s credit on “Sugar,” which was directed and co-written by Rotimi Rainwater.
The couple in “Safelight” are played by Evan Peters (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “American Horror Story”) and Juno Temple (“Black Mass,” “Vinyl”), and while their backstories aren’t completely fleshed out, the audience does get a good sense of what is driving them on their journey.
Temple, who plays Vicki, is the more known quantity of the duo, having been an indie darling for the past five or six years. Peters, who has been working steadily for several years as well, surprises as Charlie; the character is given a physical handicap that’s never quite explicitly stated but something that is innately part of who he is but without defining the performance.
Aloupis, who began his creative career as a musician, has stated that on his train commute he used to see a boy who had a disability and this got him to wondering about how this person would think about things, react to the world, and go about taking journeys himself.
In this edition of the podcast, Aloupis talks about the filmmaking process and getting his latest feature film made.
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