Hello Ed Vela, it’s a pleasure to have you with us for this interview. Congratulations on your award at last season of the “Casablanca Film Factory Awards”.
Q: Your new movie is “The Confab”; in a few words, what is it about?
A: A fading child star has a illuminating conversation with his tell it like it is agent about his career.
Q: When did you plan to do this film?
A: We shot it a couple of years ago.
Q: What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
A: I started out my creative life is a playwright, but found the permanence of film fascinating, so I bridged into writing screenplays. I usually direct them myself, sometimes act in them and try to always edit them.
Q: What can you tell us about your film work prior to this film?
A: I had done two short student films: The Battle of Jericho and STEP! Prior to doing a couple of ultra low budget films: Pubic Enemy/Number 2 and Causes, but most of my time and effort before this film was taken up with a web series I created on YouTube called Dad vs. Lad, doing it for many years and 8 seasons between 2012 and 2017, 49 episodes in total.
Q: Can you explain or tell us some of the important elements of this film that makes it interesting?
A: I’ve always found the short shelf life of a child actor fascinating! When you think about it, even young actors, stay in the business as adults and have an adult career, they are never going to be that kid again, the one you originally found and thought so captivating. I always wanted to explore that moment when a kid actor realizes his kid actor days are over, and he may not have an adult career on the horizon. The fact that I tackled it with dark humor seems very apropos.
Q: How big was your team and what were the cameras that you used?
A: I always use a minimalist team on set, as I feel it’s less inhibiting for the actors, to not have a huge crew. This one consisted of just my director, a boom guy and one I’m old school so therefore PA.
Q: Directors (and indeed actors) who inspire you and what are your favourite movies?
A: I’m old school so therefore I of course grew up watching the work of Steven Spielberg, Peter Medak, Wolfgang Peterson and the early work M. Night Shyamalan we’re extremely inspirational to me. These were men who truly knew their craft and how to manipulate an audience into feeling deeply about the characters and stories of their films.
Q: Where can people see your work?
A: I have several films on my YouTube channel as well as the entire series of Dad vs. Lad. Just Google “the films of Ed Vela” and you’ll find me.
Q: What are your future projects?
A: I’m currently about to launch into a re-edit of a horror film I did called: Rent a Grandpa, and in keeping with that genre, I have another script: The Darkest Place I’ve Ever Known, in pre-production. I also have a producer in North Carolina doing another sci-fi/horror script I wrote a year ago called: The Field. They’ll be shooting that one this fall.
Q: Thank you for this very inspiring interview, Ed Vela. Here at the “Casablanca Film Factory Awards” we look forward to seeing and appreciating your new film productions!
A: I will try to send you more of them in future!