White Night is a feature film that will be entirely shot on the night of Nuit Blanche. Written by Dan Slater and directed by five different directors, White Night tells six different stories that all take place over the course of Nuit Blanche. Featuring a stellar cast, including Parveen Kuar, Adam Booth and Darrell Faria, White Night promises to be a Canadian feature film worth waiting for.
We talked to Dan Slater and Adam Booth, two of the creative forces behind White Night, and got insight on how a film like this comes together.
Please tell us about yourselves and how you’re involved in White Night:
DS: I’m Dan Slater, I’m the writer and one of the directors of White Night.
AB: I’m Adam Booth, I’m one of the actors and I’m also one of the producers of the movie.
What is White Night about?
DS: The idea is all these people are going through a little bit of a transition in their lives and they find themselves out on this one night, Nuit Blanche. The film is about how they all change and how the night affects them. Some of the stories feature Nuit Blanche a little bit more heavily and some people just happen to be out on that night.
What are some of the challenges you’ll face filming during Nuit Blanche?
DS: I’ve heard that five hundred thousand to a million people come out for Nuit Blanche and we’re going to be right in the heart of that, and we want to be right in the heart of that. So the challenge is that we want to focus on the artists and all the exhibits and we want the people going to Nuit Blanche to be part of the film. It’s obviously the kind of environment that you can’t completely control, so we’re going to have to be okay with that and roll with it. Filmmaking is often very precise and this film isn’t going to be like that, which is exciting in some ways.
AB: It’s going to kind of run like a play, where everyone knows their lines. We’ve done full rehearsals…it’s going to be very similar to theatre in that sense. It’s going to be very spontaneous and coming from an acting background, the truth of acting is the surprises that you get and the things you have to deal with in the moment. Our cast is unbelievable and some of the best actors I’ve ever seen and I know they’re going to handle those situations really well and stay in the moment.
You’re both wearing different hats, how do you juggle different roles?
DS: We’ve been working on this film for two years, from conception to where we are now and we want this to be our job, it is our full-time job, to focus everyday on it. It’s great, it’s an insane project, but it doesn’t feel that overwhelming and the people we have on board are so great and we’ve really taken our time with it. We take it one day at a time and check mark things that we’ve accomplished and then we move on to the next thing.
AB: We pretty much live in this office right now. We’re here for sixteen hours a day. We play ping-pong to relieve stress – we’re also roommates. We go out and we’re still talking about the movie, we go home and we’re still talking about the movie.
Can you talk about the Indie GoGo campaign? What makes your campaign unique?
DS: We decided to do an Indie GoGo campaign because this project is so collaborative and we wanted as many people as possible to be part of the making of it. It’s a very Toronto-based film and we figured we’d get everyone involved, which is actually reflected in our perks. Instead of trying to give away things, we wanted to make it very experiential. Come out, be a part of the film! We have a perk where you can come out and draw your own art on Emily’s (our main character) exhibit of the night. We want to have a screening where people can be the first to see it and be the first test screeners. We’re trying to keep it collaborative and the collaboration to come from as many people as possible.
AB: We’re also giving away tickets to the wrap party as well!
What’s your favourite Canadian film and what does Toronto film mean to you?
AB: The thing about Toronto that I’ve always found very interesting is that everyone talks about Toronto being a ‘big movie city’ – we get things like Total Recall and Resident Evil and they’re not based in Toronto. They’re not set in Toronto or with Toronto actors. You rarely see Toronto as the backdrop in a movie, that being said, I don’t know what my favourite Canadian movie is off the top of my head – that’s a hard one!
DS: For me there was a movie called Splice that came out in 2009, directed by Vincenzo Natali, and I worked on it – I was a stand-in for it, and it was the first movie I ever worked on that took place in Toronto. Actually, I think it took place in Hamilton. It was nice to see that it was possible, that you could put money into something and have it based in Canada…Right now we’re starting something; we’re all starting something here and it feels really good.
The Cast of White Night
If you would like to learn more about Dan, Adam and their production partner Matt Purdy, feel free to check out Multiname Productions and see what they’re up to on Twitter. And of course they will be out shooting during Nuit Blanche so keep your eyes peeled!