Alan Tracy is the Director at Colliding Pictures, LLC. The company is currently casting the film Death of July; here is a link to the website:
Q: What made you want to direct?
A: When I was a young boy at the age of 8, I saw Steven Spielberg’s E.T. and I absolutely loved it! I asked him, who makes Movies? He said the Director does, and that has been my focus ever since then.
I want to direct to share my vision with others. I think movies can bring people together if you tell the story right. Often times I want people to think about what they are seeing and sometimes go beyond the face value.
Q: How did Colliding Pictures come about?
A: Colliding Pictures took years to find the right name and develop the right content. It is about merging the new age technology while drawing from older film cinema and newer relevant content for today’s films. We provide free entertainment in short films online free to watch to anyone that has a internet device.
Q: What is Lab of Laughter?
A: It is a sketch comedy web series that has not yet been picked up. It is a way to experiment with ideas within comedy and make them happen and see what works and what doesn’t work. I am co-creator with 4 other men who made LOL possible.
Q: How did you go about selecting videos to be on it?
A: All content on Colliding PIctures’ website are original content and written from either myself or others I have worked with in Minnesota.
Q: What is Death of July about?
A: Death of July is in early development for our first feature film. We will be taking on a new role in the year which is transitioning from shorts to feature length films. We hope to have many of the pieces in place by this time next year.
Q: What are some of the roles you are casting?
A: Currently there are a few roles that will be in casting by mid summer held in Minnesota for the shorts. Feature work will have casting for concept work as well by the fall.
Q: What makes your films unique?
A: I would hope that what makes our films unique is that people want to feel and see things in new ways. Though they may not always be “happy endings” they are at least satisfying when it comes to what the overall film is about.
Q: What are you hoping to accomplish at Cannes?
A: I hope to establish good relationships with other filmmakers from places both in the U.S. and outside the U.S. You never know where this business will take you. I hope that through collaborations and working together on developments we can find visions that align with one another.
Q: Who are some of your artistic influences?
A: Of course Steven Spielberg is the man of my generation to follow, but artistically I am influenced by David Fincher and Alfred Hitchcock. If I am compared to the likes of them I am doing my job correctly.
Q: What kind of professional background do you have?
A: I have produced directed or written 14 short films as well as produced Lab of Laughter. I’m looking to get to 15 total shorts by the end of this year and then move into Feature works. I have been working on film for almost 10 years in Minnesota and I have been looking at a possible relocation to achieve stronger support to make a feature film. However, the development of the script will reveal where we will end up producing it, which I hope to be shot partially in Minnesota.
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