CORY REEDER - WRITER/ DIRECTOR
Raised in Southern California Cory's passion for fimmaking began when he started using his fathers Super-8 movie camera to make films starring his Star Wars toys. Now, after earning a degree in Film & Television production, he has been climbed the ranks form production assistant to Producer/ Director in Hollywood CA. For more information please visit www.coryreeder.com
THE INSPIRATION FOR ONCE & FOR ALL
I’ve always been a fan of the Foo Fighters, and as they were releasing their album Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace I happened to have my four year relationship end. Being a filmmaker and musician (I’ve played the drums for 20+ years) I buried myself in the album. As I played the songs on repeat everywhere I went, I began to visualize scenes from my past relationship and a story started to build in my head.
Call it self analysis, cathartic, or just plain crazy; I began to take these scenes and write them into a script. Each scene was written in relation to each song on the album. In the back of my mind I thought of concept albums like Pink Floyd’s The Wall, which was turned into an amazing film, and thought… “Well, no one has done anything like that lately, and indie productions are about expression, so why not express my pain and chaos along with the music of my favorite band?”
Don’t get me wrong, I knew it was insane to go do something like this, inspired by one of the biggest rock bands in the world, but I was driven by my passion and had to get this idea out of my head and into the world. So I said what the hell, I’ll give it a shot.
I was able to enlist an amazing group of actors, cinematographers, crew, and locations, many of who came out for next to nothing. I believe they could see my passion (or madness) and did what they could to play a part. Since I self produced the film with my savings, I was not only writer/ director, but producer, grip, electric, camera op, PA, editor and yes, actor. Anything to save a buck.
In the end, initial production was approx 25 days. The project worked through post for 6-8 months before we scheduled a few more days of pick-up shots and then another few months of editing and VFX got it to what it is now.
I can look back on the process and be truly grateful for how it helped me to heal from the lost relationship, made me aware of (some of) my demons, and introduced me to an amazing group of people who I still often work with today. I’ve gotten many different responses about OAFA, but what I am most proud of is being able to mix an amazing album of music (that was never meant to be a concept album) and tell a story that most people can relate to.
We do crazy things when we’re in love and when we loose love, and for me, being able to share my crazy with an audience… and possibly introduce them to a kick ass album by my favorite band, is a crazy I’m proud to keep.
writer/ director/ producer
Once & For All