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Jul 06, 2004 at 02:00 AM
Anyone who knows Sub Rosa knows that we have had a long, successful friendship with cult filmmaker Tim Ritter. Tim's latest work, a pseudo-doc about a beat cop who decides to take the law into his own hands, is his most accomplished production yet! Recently, Tim was kind enough to discuss the movie with us as well as some of his future plans...
Q: Tell me the basic back-story to DCND.
Tim Ritter: We wanted to do another movie shortly after SCREAMING FOR SANITY. For years, I had had it in my mind to do a mockumentary which would spoof cops. The strongest image I had was a cop pulling over an intoxicated driver and smashing the whole car up with his baton as punishment. Kind of a DIRTY HARRY meets BAD LIEUTENANT type of thing...I then added the little storyline of the lead "cop" having emotional problems because his father was an officer of the law, killed in the line of duty. The rest is just simply following this character around on his "tour of duty", capturing it all COPS-style.
Q: Where did you get the idea for the movie?
TR: The idea wouldn't get out of my head! It was just one of those things that had to be done. I figured spoofing COPS would be something people would enjoy, they seem to love "reality-based" shows on television. As a matter of fact, we almost made this movie before SCREAMING FOR SANITY, but I couldn't get the story down right. Also, I'm a big fan of the MANIAC COP movies but always felt they could go further in the crowd-pleasing "destroy the bad guys" scenes, so I wanted to do that with this one...
Q. How did you manage to cast Joel Wynkoop for the role in Dirty Cop?
TR: I always envisioned him in the role. First of all, we're good friends. Second of all, he's great at carrying scenes and improvising. This role was tailored for him to command the screen and just go off. Since there wouldn't be music and all the usual cinematic distractions, I needed somebody who would just...seize the day, so to speak. And he came through even better than I imagined. He was totally drained after each scene, though! He gave it his all!
Q: Did the local police get wind of the movie? What did they think of it?
TR: We tried to keep it very low-key, specifically because of the nature of the storyline. Some officers got very upset with what we were doing, others thought it was a great idea when I told them what we were doing. The biggest thing they didn't like was the cop using drugs while on the job, but all that kind of rectifies itself by the end of the movie when you realize that this guy isn't really a cop at all...he merely impersonates one. This flick is more of a twisted comedy...and what police officer wouldn't want to smash up a drunk's car? Or castrate a repeat offending rapist? Or throw dangerous homeless people into their trunks to protect the public? I'm sure they THINK about such things and they'd LIKE to do stuff like that, but they can't. This movie should be a great vent for their frustrations, I'd hope! It's all in the name of fun. Some of it goes a little further into absurd comedy, and hopefully they'd see that! But the ideas...I've spoken to a lot of cops who'd laughed their heads off at these ideas!
Q. Speaking of the drunk driver scene where Joel pulls over the intoxicated lady...he does destroy that car with his night stick. I know the budget was low for the movie, so how did you manage to get that car and what was the budget for the video?
TR: I think we spent about $350.00 on the movie! We were broke when we made it, as usual! With boxes and promotions, of course things get way expensive! But the bottom-of-the-barrel production cost was $350 bucks! I edited the whole movie from camcorder to VCR! I'm an expert at timing the ol' PAUSE button! Like I've stated before, if the vision is strong, do your movie! Money or no money, you'll find a way.
The car was integral to the video; it was the strongest image I had for the video. It was supplied by a friend of Joel's, who owned a junkyard. In exchange for letting us destroy the car, he got a role in the movie! He played the pawn shop dude! He also supplied the smashed cars used in CREEP (1995). Nice guy, he was just one of those cool people for the cause who wanted to be involved.
Q: What advantages did the "documentary" style afford you?
TR: Zero set-up time! That was excellent. No lighting set ups, no positioning of microphones and all that time-consuming stuff. All we did was rehearse and block, then shoot! I held a little battery-operated camping light I purchased at Sears for all the "key" camcorder lighting. The biggest problem was the long takes...since generally a "documentary" is very long and fluid takes, no one can screw up! You have to shoot a few minutes before you can cut to a new take! You have to have good actors that can improv well, and Joel is very creative, going right with the flow, involving the other actors even more in the whole style. It helps that the people he encounters can laugh and acknowledge the camera, it covers up any screw-ups! Since the camera is a character, it makes it more fun. Which is where I got the idea for the camera to acknowledge people and shake "yes" and "no" in response to things! The cameraman doesn't speak, but he is a presence all the same! Most the scenes we shot were a one-take deal! We rehearsed a couple of times, taped it, then went out to eat at Denny's afterwards! If we had extra cash, that is!
Q: Did any particular movies or directors inspire you when you made this movie?
TR: Pretty much Wes Craven and LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT. I read the MAKING OF LAST HOUSE book by David A. Szulkin twice in a row and found myself to be very inspired by the way that movie was made. The documentary style, the improvisation of the actors, the cheap but effective gags, and the over-the-top attitude the filmmakers had, not worrying about the political climate or what people might think while they made the movie were all inspiring to me. I even emulated the way they did their credits, with hand stenciling and superimposing effects as opposed to the traditional character generated method! It took us 10 days just to stencil the credits! It was a lot of fun; it was one of the best moviemaking experiences I had! I was totally inspired.
Q. There's a lot of hilarious dark humor in the movie. How did you keep Joel in character, as well as keep yourself from bursting out laughing while shooting?
TR: I ruined many takes laughing! Sometimes I'd start to lose it and you can hear me laughing, and Joel would just address the cameraman---you'll hear him say, "What are you laughing at, camera boy?!? Shut your mouth and film me!" Which would make me laugh even harder, but we got through it pretty well, all things considered.
Before we shot each scene I'd go over things with Joel and discuss key plot points, key dialogue bits and stuff, getting him in to character. Then he just became the character for the scene! Like I mentioned, at the end of each scene he was drained. He gave it everything he had and it shows on the screen. The good rapport was pretty much because we are also friends, so we could play a lot of stuff off each other. When we get together, we're naturally very sarcastic and weird, so it really wasn't much of a stretch! (laughs)
Q: Will there be a sequel?
TR: It might be fun and the budget sure is easy to come up with! The problem is we've pretty much hit all the "big" cop incidents and mocked them...drugs, prostitutes, vagrants, domestic disputes, felons, etc. The original has gotten such good reviews, I hate to ruin it! But on the other hand, it might be good to do a whole series of videos like this, spotlighting different crazy cops with different filmmakers doing each one. Almost like a television show! That might be fun. It's hard to say, but I do like to keep busy. Joel has been working on some stuff in Florida and there's some other possibilities going on with Donald Farmer, so it's possible that there could be two follow-ups to this movie in 2000! I don't know if they're really sequels, but more continuations of the concept. Also, with the BLAIR WITCH success, I think audiences are much more accepting of "mockumentaries" now, as opposed to before when they were viewed slightly different, maybe not as artistic! And the video format welcomes this style, so we'll have to see. Keep your eyes glued to DARK GALLERY for new developments!!!!

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Comment by Eren on 2015-10-27 22:16:44
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