Atlantic Filmmaker Focus - Andrew Bush

The Atlantic Film Festival is a champion of Atlantic Canadian filmmakers. In keeping with this promise, every month we will be profiling some of the most incredibly talented people in the filmmaking industry, today. This month, we look at writer/director/actor, Andrew Bush.

Andrews latest project, EVERYONE’S FAMOUS, is a is a webseries/TV show that takes a look at what happens when a normal person chases unexpected fame after their fifteen minutes is up.

Andrew Bush

DOB: Sept 7 1978
From: Halifax
Currently Resides in: Halifax

Working on: A few things but mainly the release and promotion of EVERYONE’S FAMOUS.

AFF: What first got you interested in film?

AB: I got my start on CBC’s STREET CENTS at 17 as a host, and was there for 5 years. I eventually moved into writing and directing a couple pieces.  I moved to Toronto for acting, and that was great, but I got into filmmaking in 2005. I remember seeing 
a SIMPSONS live action video on Youtube and thought it was neat.  Looked into podcasting and thought what the hell, I’m going to try this. So I went to the Toronto library and spent hours learning all I could for about 4 or 5 month about filmmaking. Then one weekend I rented equipment and shot three short films. 

AFF: When did you first decide that filmmaking would be a career for you?

AB: I haven’t.  Ask me when I’m 80. I love what I do and when I don’t, then I’ll stop doing it. I love telling stories.

AFF: Is there any local talent you haven’t worked with that you want to, in the near future?

AB: Jackie Torrens. She has had a couple films in the Atlantic Film Festival. She’s a great filmmaker, writer, actor… a jack-of-all trades. She has been in HAVEN. I, like her, like to jump back and forth between the roles. I considered being the lead in EVERYONE’S FAMOUS but I am glad I decided not to. I am a big fan of Ryan Bell and was thrilled that he wanted to do this. I would like to work with Glen Matthews, and look forward to working with all the Picnic Face family again as well. 

AFF: What advice would you give to an aspiring filmmaker?

AB: Just go do it! Don’t listen to anyone who tells you to wait. Practice your craft! Just get out and do it. Make mistakes and learn from them.

AFF: What was your inspiration for EVERYONE’S FAMOUS?

AB: The idea came from my own experience on the Internet. Several failed but fantastic relationships. The story of a guy who is so wrapped up in work that he’s not very good at. Wrong goals. He just knows he got excited, when the video of him getting attacked by the dog became popular. He wants to experience that again. He wants to recapture and re-create that and it leads him down a dark path.

AFF: Based on your own experience? Does that mean you sat in the home of a creepy clown?

AB: You think that’s creepy? That’s me at a three! I’m excited to get creepier, to the point where people are like, “You are now different to me.”

AFF: What were some of the challenges of making this webseries?

AB: Well, it was filmed in six days, during what turned out to be the coldest week of the year. It was cold and uncomfortable for everyone. It was supposed to be filmed in October but because of the schedule it got moved to January. It was written for summer. For instance, there is the scene where Pat is in a bear costume and is sweating. In the winter, he might not be. There is a scene where Donald is supposed to be naked but I had to re-write that. Although it is a webseries, it is also going on television and so I had to try and follow some time restraints. I had about 2 days to shoot per episode. I’m not used to shooting under the gun with not a lot of money. Great thing about this city, is that everyone always pulls together for the common goal and the sets are always fun.

AFF: How big was your crew? How many were local?

AB: I’m not sure but I would estimate 20-25. All the crew was local. The actors are a mix of people from Toronto and people I met in Toronto.

AFF: What do you look for when casting?

AB: The magic of filmmaking IS casting, in my humble opinion. Do your job casting! 
There are so many things going on when shooting, you can’t be working too much on performance. I had worked with everyone and saw everyone else perform.

AFF: What were some unique differences to making this web series as opposed to regular TV or Film?

AB: Well it’s different because it cuts out the middleman. With a web series you are the broadcaster, distributor and creator. 

AFF: How/why did you decide to put your grandmother in the end of the show?

AB: In the scenes with my grandmother, we are talking to the audience. We are  having a web conversation and trying to engage our audience.  I like to include my grandmother in what I do. She is the reason I am in the industry. She is a wonderfully energetic woman. She is in her mid 80’s and still has so much energy. 
She inspires me. She loves it, she says she doesn’t… but she does.

AFF: Do you have a favorite scene or moment?

AB: There are some funny stories and I don’t want to give anything away but I’d have to say, the kid soldier, in episode 3. It was pulled off fantastically well. My grandmother didn’t like it… she said it promoted child soldiers.

AFF: How many episodes will there be?

AB: Right now there are seven. There might be a season 2…maybe…

Thanks for talking with us, Andrew! Let us know when our 15 minutes is up!