We’re joined on the Starline by a Midwestern man who played in an average emo band chugging Mug Root Beer. He evolved into a filmmaker, writer, producer, cinematographer, creator of Blink-182’s “We Are Coming” music video and his feature film debut “I’m Totally Fine”. We welcome director Brandon Dermer.
Brandon, let’s go Beyond the Mic. We’re you surprised that it was so easy for you to come and direct the video for Blink-182?
“I’m Totally Fine” deals with an extra-terrestrial Faustian bargain. How did this happen?
Jillian, Natalie and the wonderful house all play important roles. The house adds such depth to the loss that Jillian has to portray.
How did the pandemic change you and the way you look at filmmaking?
As you started to help writing and direct this film. How did it free you ?
The Rockin’ 8:
It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.
1. Favorite music video you didn’t direct?
2. Best Halloween costume you wore as a kid?
3. You directed the Jonas brothers during a pandemic concert. So who’s your favorite Jonas brother?
4. Can you blow a bubble with bubblegum?
5. Best place you’ve ever seen a concert?
6. Where was the best road trip you’ve ever been on?
7. Which movie between Troll, Gremlins, Leprechaun and Wishmaster scared you the most?
8. Who is the best director of all time?
When the final cut was done, what were your first thoughts and emotions on a project that had such deep impact for you?
What’s you next project?
One Big Question:
If given the same opportunity, would you make the same choice as your character did?
Where can people see “I’m Totally Fine”?
What’s the biggest inspiration you have found in your life?
He’s scared by Gremlins, dressed as a Papa John’s delivery driver and won’t tell us his favorite Jonas Brother. We thank director of “I’m Totally Fine” Brandon Dermer for taking the time to talk with us today.
And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic short cut.
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Go see Brandon Dermer at his website here.
What do you think?