Hello fans of Coffee!! JG Blodgett here, and I am happy to report that I was able to catch up with Producer Sean Moussavi, Producer of Tension(s)!! And not only did Sean give us a great interview, but he decided to sign on as a Producer for Coffee: a Hitman Story!! We could not be more excited about this news — so lets get to the interview!!
JG: How did you get into filmmaking/Producing?
Sean: This happened completely by chance for me. Unlike many who grow up with dreams and ambitious for a career in film, may it be actor, writer, director, etc. this was not the case with my story. I knew no one in the industry and nothing about it; expect for what you see on screen or read in the news. However, a chance meeting at a friend`s party back in 2008 with a writer/stunt performer from Paris changed all of this. At that time I was working as an ESL (English as a second language) teacher and during our discussion he mentioned needing help with edits for script (translation French to English). I agreed as it sounded interesting, things naturally progressed from there and the rest is history. We are still going strong together almost 10yrs later and now work internationally; him setup in UK, me Canada/US. That being said, my involvement in film, I do for the enjoyment not for the money. Best piece of advice I can give to any aspiring or new entrants to the industry. Keep a level head and don't go quitting your day job until you can achieve some level of financial self-sustainment within the industry. This is of course easier said than done and an unfilled reality for many, but no matter how hard things get don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.
JG: Did you go to film school? If so, where?
Sean: No. I considered the possibility, but after speaking to many accomplished within the industry the sentiment was the same. Don’t waste your money, best education you can get is to write a script, get a group together, pick up a camera and shoot. So this is what I did. This first short I made was awful, but gave me a wealth of experience and knowledge on the basics of film-making. I like to think the next short I did after was a bit better.
JG: I was checking out your IMDb and I noticed you have a couple writing credits as well. Which do you prefer more: writing or producing?
Sean: After writing a couple scripts I stopped. It wasn’t something I enjoyed and to be honest I wasn’t very good at it. I never considered myself to be a writer. I did it more for the experience and so I could learn to appreciate what goes into the process. I know it has made me a better producer in the long run.
JG: Do you see yourself directing anything in the future?
Sean: It is not something I have ever given any serious consideration for, but who knows what the future holds. If the right opportunity presented itself and the timing is right, it’s something I would give consideration for. But right now no future plans to sit in the director’s chair.
JG: You're one of the few that have had a chance to read Coffee: a Hitman Story. What do you think about the script? What can audiences expect... without any spoilers please.
Sean: From a production standpoint what I liked about ‘Coffee’ is that it truly is a one location/set story. And the fact that you easily forget this as the writing does a solid job of drawing the reader into the discussion, feeling as if they are sitting at the table and part of the discussion. I loved that within the script is a series of ‘mini’ self-contained stories set through all the characters and the lead, Paul, comes into discussion with during his time at the coffee shop. Each interaction brings a new theme and arch to the development of the story and Paul’s character centering out the ‘decision’ he has to make. Each interaction, each discussion, each dialogue services a purpose to move the story forward. Audiences can expect an intimate experience. I think everyone will be able to find a character they can relate too on some level. Though set in the same location, each interaction leading to the next will keep the audience’s attention in anticipation to see who is coming next and who Paul will come into contact with and what the discussion will lead to. I am very excited about the prospect of working on this film!