SuperMarcey.com was lucky enough to have to opportunity to have a chat with Evan Glodell (big thanks to Bill), about his film Bellflower, which has just recently released on Blu-ray and DVD in Australia. Evan not only directed Bellflower, but he also wrote the screenplay and stars in the film as Woodrow.
We spoke about what inspired the film and where most the budget went and much more. We here at SM.com are delighted to bring you this interview, Evan is a wonderful person and a pleasure to speak to. Bellflower is a very cool film and one that I highly enjoyed.
Marcey Papandrea: Hello Evan and thank you for taking some time to chat to me for SuperMarcey.com about Bellflower.
Evan Glodell: Hey there and thank you. How are you?
Marcey: I am very well and yourself?
Evan: Very good thank you.
Marcey: So your film Bellflower is finally getting a DVD and Blu-ray release here in Australia. I have been hearing about the film for such a long time.
Evan: Oh yeah?
Marcey: Oh yeah! I was extremely happy to hear of its release and very happy to finally have had the chance to see Bellflower. It is a very interesting and different film; I had a great time so thank you!
Evan: Oh no, thank you for that, it is very nice to hear.
Marcey: So where did the idea for this film come from? What inspired you?
Evan: Oh wow (laughs). It’s funny because I think a lot of people who have seen it think that it must have started with the Mad Max reference because of the car (laughs on both sides). But actually I had gone through a really brutal and intense relationship break-up when I was a lot younger. I got the idea then to perhaps make a film about what it was like to actually go through your first intense heart-break and all that comes with it. The story started with this idea and characters and the other stuff kind of came in later. I spent a lot of time re-writing it and working out how to make it as crazy as it felt.
Marcey: Yeah I think the relationship influence was something I really picked up on and it felt deeply personal. That aspect I think does come across well, I mean I actually wondered to myself as watching it “I wonder what Evan Glodell went through, some kind of traumatic experience.”
Evan: (laughs) Yeah, you picked up on that.
Marcey: (laughs) Yes – good instincts perhaps! For those checking this interview out that may not be too familiar with Bellflower, you actually directed the film, wrote the film and you star in it.
Evan: That is true! (laughs)
Marcey: So how did you end up as the star? Was this something you had thought about doing?
Evan: Yeah it is something I didn’t want to do when this started. I had worked on films with friends and I had appeared in them sometimes. I don’t know if it was something that ever felt serious, we were always joking around (laughs). So I was looking around trying to find an actor to play the lead role, without many resources or knowing where to find people – we were nobody with no real money – not easy. I thought perhaps well I am having this new experience as a director for a feature length film and I imagine no one knows the story better than me so maybe I could just try and be in it too. It ended up working out because then I had the lead character with me all the time. One of the most stressful parts was actually being in front of the camera!
Marcey: I think you did a great job in front of the camera as well as behind it. Your performance was very natural.
Evan: (laughs) Awe why thank you!
Marcey: I have nothing but lovely words (laughs from both sides). I really did enjoy the film. I am sure you have been asked many times about the car. So was it difficult to get Medusa (the car) together? You did have a small budget to work with, so what sort of issues, if any, were there?
Evan: Oh wow yeah – it is almost absurd to think about, but more than half the money that we could get our hands on for the movie went into the car!
Marcey: Oh wow!
Evan: Oh yeah, the car cost more money than the production did.
Marcey: That’s crazy!
Evan: Oh yeah it was! Originally I thought we were going to get this Ford Falcon for the movie, which turned out to be really expensive – it would have had to have been imported here. So we ended up having to try and find a cheap muscle car that looked tough – well as tough as possible. We got a Buick, which was in pretty rough shape. The biggest thing was trial and error, like anything on the car that dealt with fire. I had played a bit with fire as kid.
Marcey: Didn’t we all?
Evan: (laughs) Probably! But yeah I hadn’t done anything on this scale obviously so I didn’t really know how it would work. Like making flamethrowers that come out from the back – I think I got some new skills putting that together. But I think there were times we almost blew ourselves up (laughs) but it worked out in the end.
Marcey: I can’t imagine it would have been good if you had blown yourselves up, glad that you didn’t and things worked out in the end (laughs).
Evan: (laughs) No I am glad we didn’t get blown up!
Marcey: It sounds like it was an intense experience though – well worth it though?
Evan: Oh yeah, I realize now after having a bit of free time afterwards that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go through that with all my friends, taking so many risks with this project over a long period of time.
Marcey: This was obviously a huge undertaking, especially for your first full-length feature. What advice do you have for those in that position, making their first big film?
Evan: Uh don’t give up (laughs). It was a lot of work to raise the money for this film, sometimes things just don’t quite happen the way you expect. I think actually being active on your goals and not waiting for someone else to enable it, is one of the biggest things you can do. Don’t give up. I mean the first cut version of the film that we saw was ugly, not everything was there. It’s hard to describe that feeling, we had been working on this so hard for like a year and then I thought “We’ve just made the stupidest movie ever!” But we regrouped and kept working on what we needed, it took two more years after that before it really started to come together.
Marcey: It is an important thing – don’t give up. It would be rather trying to have so much time invested …
Evan: Yeah, but the time does go by and at the end I did have something to show for it.
Marcey: What does the future hold for Evan Glodell?
Evan: Well I have been working on a couple of things. Helping a friend out on their project and also finishing work on a script that is a larger scale project, which I am planning on doing next but it isn’t official yet. Soon hopefully!
Marcey: Don’t give up Evan! (laughs)
Evan: (laughs) Oh yeah! Well Bellflower has opened a lot of doors for me that I wasn’t expecting.
Marcey: Things have come a long way, your film is now opening up in awesome countries like Australia and I hope people seek it out and enjoy it.
Evan: It is great and you know when we first were getting distribution, I figured this would be a film that Australia would love because of the Mad Max stuff. And then it turns out to be one of the last places to get released. I am glad it is coming out there finally.
Marcey: We are used to waiting for our films (laughs from both sides), and Bellflower was certainly worth the wait.
Evan: Thank you so much.
Marcey: Well we have to wrap this up, but thank you so much for taking some time out to have a chat and thanks for a very entertaining film.
Evan: Thank you for watching and thanks for your time also.
Marcey: It was a pleasure and best of luck in the future.
Evan: To you as well, thanks!
Bellflower is available to order on DVD and Blu-ray, click the pictures below for details