We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Greg Earnest, Director/Writer/Producer of “Echoes.” This film will be screening Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 4:15 p.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
This film was inspired by the Philip K Dick short story, Explorers We. Tensions are high as Joel tries to convince Drew and Terry that he is who he says he is, and Drew tries to find the courage to follow through with the job he was given: to kill Joel.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
I learned that if you have a reasonable deadline, you will do what it takes as a filmmaker to get everything done by then, even if that means learning to edit. Also, the woods look very pretty in the morning after a light rain.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I have been acting for about four years, and have been on several movie shoots. I first started writing for film when a friend told me about a 2 minute film contest, and I had so much fun doing it, I plan to keep writing and making films.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
I think some people will be a little confused about the ending and who Joel really is, but I wanted to leave that ambiguous. Instead of saying “alien” or “clone” I wanted each audience member to imagine what’s behind the plot.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
My wife, Meaghin, and I plan to film another short in March or April, one that is more personal and subtle. I am also currently writing a feature film that I hope to begin filming next year.