I SPOKE TO ASIEL NORTON ABOUT HIS RAINDANCE FILM FESTIVAL FILM ORION07:11:00
Good Morning Lovelies,
I am starting the day big today lovelies! With the Raindance Film Festival beginning tomorrow, I spoke to the director of Orion, Asiel Norton, who made the film starring Lily Cole and David Arquette.
Firstly congratulations on being selected for the Raindance Film Festival! How does it feel?
It feels good. A lot of [work] went into making the picture, and the picture was made to be seen, so it feels good that more people will be seeing it.
Could you tell readers who may not have heard about Orion what it is about?
Orion takes place in a future world a few generations after the collapse of civilization. The population has dropped to near zero. Enough time has passed that the few remaining people live amongst the ruins of our civilization but they have no idea about it. They have no idea where the ruins come from. New myths and legends have arisen and there are rumours and prophecies about a saviour figure called Orion. In this world there is a Virgin Mother enchained by a cannibal Shaman, and there’s a Hunter-gatherer who stumbles on the scene and attempts to save her, and take her to a last mythological city which may or may not exist.
Where did the idea for the film come from? And what made you want to make it?
The film came to me in an image. I had this image in my head of a Hunter-gatherer figure playing cards with this deathlike Shaman character, but the cards they were playing with were Tarot cards. But they weren’t reading Tarot, they were gambling. That’s how the idea started. Then I just thought about who these characters are, and what world do they live in. And I thought it would be interesting if these characters themselves are kind of like Tarot cards. And the cards they were playing with are themselves. So I built a sort of Tarot set myself with my own characters. And I just started building image on image. All archetypes. Virgin Mother, fool, etc.
There are some huge names in the film including David Arquette and Lily Cole. What was it about them that made you decide to cast them?
Lily I literally knew she had to be in the film by just looking at her picture. I’m a very visual person and in creating I really trust my instincts. For the Virgin I had a Cranach painting that really defined the character for me. When we were casting, the casting directors where sending me all these names for some good actresses and stuff, but none of them looked right at all for the character I had in my head. They were all attractive women, but they were next door pretty, LA pretty. Modern actress pretty. And I kept saying this character has to come from another world. She’s a bird in a glass cage. And sent them the Cranach image, and we were really pounding our heads. They couldn’t think of anyone, and I wouldn’t even meet any of the people they were sending me because none of them were right. And we can’t make the movie without this character cast. Finally, they sent me a picture of Lily, and I was like, that’s her. I didn’t have to meet her or see anything she was in, I knew from looking at her picture, it was her. I knew she could do it. And she could. David I met at a coffee shop, and I was highly suspect before meeting him. The character I had in my head was more of a Messiah. I thought of David more of as this crazy guy. More of an insane irreverent jokester, trickster, guy, which he is. But when I met him, it was very magical, very synchronistic. Just a lot of synchronistic things happened during our meeting. And I he has a very interesting offbeat energy that struck me. Again I thought about this character wondering around this alien desolate world, and I thought he’s not gonna be this fucking bearded Aryan Viking looking dude out of a Rubens painting, that’s bull shit. He’s gonna be this half-crazed dishevelled guy doing whatever he can to survive. Eating rats. I believe David in this world, he’s half-crazy already, he’d be totally real there. Beyond which David is a very likable person with a great energy. It’s really impossible not to like him, and the protagonist of this movie, should be off, but he should be someone that people like.
Is there a scene in which you are most proud of that the audience should look out for? Why this scene?
I like the ending, because I think it works.
Finally, can you tell us about anything you are currently working on or that we should look out for in the future?
Working on a few scripts. But not sure I want to go into it.
Look out for Orion at the festival lovelies!
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