Gary Kohn is an actor and a writer who is currently working as a producer on the upcoming film All My Boyfriends, Girlfriends, which was written by its star Megahn Perry; here is a link to the Kickstarter campaign page:
Q: What is All My Boyfriends, Girlfriends about?
A: It’s about a woman who has to go to her engagement party only to find out that all her fiance’s ex-girlfriends have been invited to the party. So one by one she gets to meet them and things just go from bad to worse.
Q: What made you interested in producing it?
A: It was originally done as a one woman show and was up on the Comedy Central Stage for 2 years. So when Megahn had the script done I wanted to see it right away. It was one of the funniest scripts I have ever read. Naturally it went straight into the studio system where it was optioned by pretty much all of them over the next few years. I think it was Fox that let go of the last option because they said there was no audience for “female driven comedies”. Well, we all know how that one ends! Can you say “Bridesmaids”. When Megahn came to me with it to make it independently I was thrilled!
Q: Why did you chose Kickstarter?
A: We chose Kickstarter cause it just seemed like the best way to let the audience and fans of these types of movies to speak up about what they want to see. We also have a good network of people we know that support this film and the team.
Q: Why do you think it has gotten so close to being produced?
A: Because it’s a great script, but back when it was in the studio system, everyone absolutely loved it but didn’t quite know where it fit. Getting something new and innovative through that system is very hard and only works when someone does it successfully. This type of film should be made independently.
Q: What made you interested in acting?
A: There’s something that happens when your in the zone of your work as an actor. The rest of the world disappears and the only thing that exists is right here and right now. It’s a feeling that you just can’t describe entirely. I feel that same thing as a writer as well.
Q: What was your most memorable celebrity encounter?
Living with Charlie Sheen! Enough said!
Q: What makes a film a good investment?
A: Well obviously something that has been proven successful in the past but what makes a film a great investment is to flip that successful model and give it an original spin that’s different. “Bridesmaid’s” did this. ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral did this”. And hopefully we will as well.
Q: How do you think female oriented comedy has changed over the last few years?
A: It’s become commercial. Woman have been given a voice in these films that empowers them in a completely different way. Their characters are written better and their arcs and heroes journey are really solid.
Q: How do your experiences as an actor effect the decisions you make as a producer?
A: I approach both the jobs very different. But my experience as a producer and development executive has helped me to better understand my place at the table as an actor and my experience as an actor when I am producing has given me the ability to get respect from the talent because I understand their job and give them the respect and room to do it successfully.
Q: If you could change one thing about Hollywood, what would it be?
A: I would change the way private investment is spent in Hollywood. Generally independent films are a bad investment for a number of reasons. Supply and demand is of course a problem but also the carelessness of inflated budgets. We were working with a producer earlier this year on “All My Boyfriend’s Girlfriends” who was going to be giving us 1.6 million to make the film. I told him we didn’t need that much to make the film exactly the way we wanted to with the cast we dreamed for. He couldn’t understand that. The business model is really simple for me. I figure out how to make the best film with the best elements for the cheapest price. If I make the same film for 750k that they want to make for 1.6 million and the movie makes 1 million, the investors loose, if we make it for 750k, they make money and now they want to give me more. You have to see the big picture and be responsible. People in Hollywood don’t always see that. This producer didn’t see that. We moved on. 800k above the line costs on a 1.6 million film is ridiculous!
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