Filmmaker Spotlight


Michael Boston


FAME:Can you provide us with a little bit of background with your work in film?

BOSTON:Like many actors here in LA, I came out here with a dream and never let it go. I had a lot of success early on in film, TV and a bunch of commercials that always supported me but hit a brick wall around 2000, believe it or not, and took myself out of showbiz for over a decade. I needed to work on myself and needed structure but my heart hurt all of that time away from acting. About eight years ago, I made a commitment to start all over without any ties to the business and really not knowing anybody and decided I'm in for life. I've always been a writer as well. My first completed screenplay, Little Boy Blue, sold and was made a year later about 4 years before that long break. So, I'm writing again too, which included Dress Rehearsal and The Guitar, as shorts.


FAME:What was the inspiration behind your short film, "The Guitar"?

BOSTON:That story was kind of in my head for awhile but during that long break, I had someone close to me die of a heroin overdose. I've never been involved with drugs in any way but I struggled with alcohol, so I knew the power of addiction quite well. I'm sober nine years, btw. It hit me hard because I've been pretty fortunate not to have that many people close to me die. I knew the destruction all these addictions cause and how the drug of choice, whatever it is, will overtake anyone's dreams. I wanted to explore and share this theme in The Guitar. I also had to realize that those suffering an addiction aren't really selfish, mean people. They are our brothers and sisters and they are hurting so bad. We've heard about a few actors or musicians that ended up on skid row in LA, so that was the avenue I wanted to take.


FAME:What was underlining message you wanted to convey?

Boston:It'd be simple to say the message is anti-drug but more specifically, I'd offer that we're all human. That it really doesn't have to end this way. And, remember every homeless person has a past, which was much better than what your first impression is of them.


FAME: How would you describe your film for someone who has never seen it?

BOSTON:Almost a rags-to-riches-to-rags story with some redemption. I think the little boy, Aaron, has instincts and he can read between the lines in the short time he's with Leo and realizes that that musical instrument is attached to his soul. That element makes the story very redeeming. At least I hope so.

FAME:What challenges did you overcome in the creation of this film?

BOSTON: I self financed so there were a lot of sacrifices as one would guess. I'd much rather drive an old car and make a film rather than buy something new and regret forever that I didn't make this film. I really did everything on my own... union paperwork, permits, casting, props, catering, rentals. I even gathered all the shopping carts, bought tents and set up the entire alley, dressed it and spent a lot of time there. The incredible cast came with all the costumes and wow, they were all on the same. Was blessed to have Raquel Gallego, our DP, because she's quite talented and she brought in all her crew people from Spain, for the most part, and they worked for incredibly low wages to make this all a possibility.

FAME:Do you have any advice for aspiring filmmakers?

BOSTON: You really have to be all in. I mean completely all in. Make it the most important thing in your life, almost, and see it through. Realize that at a certain point that you're going to then need help and put your trust into those on your team. Make sure you have passion for your story because if you don't it will show. I consider myself very frugal because I have to be but it does not mean, cutting corners or sacrificing an important part of your production. Treat everybody with respect, keep everybody involved and don't ghost them like several filmmakers do months down the road. Remember, these people helped you create your art.

FAME:Do you have any upcoming projects you wish to tell us about?

BOSTON:I am definitely making a departure from the very dark themes of Dress Rehearsal and The Guitar (Little Boy Blue was even darker, hah!) with a sweet little romantic comedy. It's a short film as well. Guess, I'll keep driving the old car, hah! But i'd like to shoot it with a very diverse cast in a rough neighborhood in LA. It's theme would fall along the lines of it's okay to have a little faith sometime.
FAME:Where can people see your work or find out more?

BOSTON:Thank you for asking! Dress Rehearsal debuted on sofy.tv, a new video on demand site, about two months ago and am excited to share that The Guitar will itself get distribution in the fall on television. Man, am I excited and thrilled! I'll let you know the details when I'm completely done with all the legalities and paperwork.






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