January 6th, 2022
DIRECTOR OF GUYS WEEKEND
BEST COMEDY – 2021 NOVEMBER EDITION
Zach Foster and I have made many projects under our name Momma Outta Bullets. As a filmmaker my main inspiration came from Michael Mann and John Carpenter.
They are two filmmakers who have a style and tone that can be dark, but also fun. Momma Outta Bullets is the result of two friends who love comedy but also love suspense, thrillers and horror. Existing in a dark but funny world is typically the main inspiration and at this point we had not made anything about relationships.
Guys Weekend came to be from living in that dark world but tackling how complicated and stressful a toxic relationship can be and pairing it against a great couple who only tries to see the good in things.
All of the actors in Guys Weekend are close friends and we have all made projects together in the past. Everyone involved has already been part of other Momma Outta Bullets films, making it the perfect scenario to have fun and make a movie. We are all speaking the same language, we all get the same humor, we all want the same end result for the project.
The cast also doubles up as the crew whenever needed. Working with them in Momma Outta Bullets is the definition of teamwork.
When we wrote the script, Zach and I wanted each scene to only amplify how toxic they were as a couple. We wanted the viewer to know from the first scene that something was off about them, but not have it fully click that they are complete hypocrites and living in their own fantasy until the momentum picks up.
Using their out of control behavior to pair up against two solid, honest and caring people was always at the core of the humor and we never strayed from that in writing their dialogue
I’m a huge lover of movie scores, so the music is very important to me in the role it plays for the viewer. Donnie Gee is not only an amazing composer but he’s also one of my closest friends. He’s composed the music for just about all of the Momma Outta Bullets films and has also acted in many of them. He’s a triple, quadruple, quintuple threat and is a key factor in making our films work.
For Guys Weekend the approach was to have the music reflect the chaotic nature of the main couple. We didn’t want the music to feel organic, wholesome or familiar. The music had to feel like it was living in the heads of the toxic couple and Donnie did an amazing job of carrying that tension in the music.