Sunday, May 24, 2009

Interview with Logan and Noah Miller

It's exciting for me today to present my first interview with filmmakers! Oh and they're authors, too! Logan and Noah Miller are the authors of Either You're In or You're in the Way the fabulous memoir I reviewed earlier. If you haven't read this book yet and you're a fan of film, baseball, or great stories, then you'll want to put this one on your list.

What surprised you most about making a movie?

That we got Ed Harris to play the role of our father... Our father was homeless for the last fifteen years of his life, battling alcoholism. He ended up passing away in jail. We had visited him there shortly before he died, talked about making "Touching Home." Our dad asked "Who's gonna play me?" And we said, "Ed Harris." But we were joking around. We never imagined that less than a year later Ed Harris would resurrect our father in our movie... The second most surprising thing was that we actually finished the movie!

What surprised you most about writing a book?

That we were able to finish it without killing each other... Logan types and Noah writes freehand. Then we combine the two. We scream at each other. Yell and curse. And somehow at the end of the day we managed to put words onto the page.

I think the book is genius marketing for the movie...after reading the book I really want to watch the film and feel like I have much higher investment in it....was this planned?

Not exactly... We never planned on writing a book. We just wanted to make our movie, "Touching Home." But after we finished our movie, we'd run into friends we hadn't seen in a while and tell them the story behind the making of the movie and they would say, "That's an amazing story. That should be your next movie." And we'd tell them that we weren't even done with "Touching Home" yet. Then they would invariably say, "Then write a book about it." But we didn't think we had any time to write it, because we were still in post-production. Then Noah said, "If we write from five thirty in the morning until our editor shows up we'll have a first draft in a few months." Noah wouldn't relent. And so Logan finally gave in and we started writing "Either You're in or You're in the Way."

Are you still in touch with the people you met while making the film?

Some of them. It would be nearly impossible to keep in touch with everybody. We work every day with our producing partner, Jeromy Zajonc, and we talk to Ed Harris via email or over the phone about once a month. Ed has become a great friend of ours. And we are very close with our editor, Robert Dalva, and all the people at Skywalker.

Will you make more films?

Absolutely. We've written 11 other screenplays. (note from Amy: WOW!)

When can we see Touching Home?

We're working on getting "Touching Home" theatrically distributed. So the optimistic answer would be "Soon."

What other projects are you working on now?

Our goals right now are to get "Touching Home" theatrically distributed and "Either You're in or You're in the Way" on the New York Times Bestseller list. And we have no idea how we're going to pull that off.

What do you want people to come away with the most after seeing Touching Home or reading Either You're in or You're in the Way?

That their dreams are attainable... Follow your dreams and don't let anybody tell you you can't do it.

You can learn more about Logan and Noah Miller by visiting their website, The Miller Brothers.


Meghan said...

Not only do I want to read their book, now I want to see their film too! I hope that "soon" means actually soon. =) Great interview, Amy!

Julie P. said...

Awesome interview. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. Can't wait to see the movie too!

BurtonReview said...

Good Interview! And I think Ed Harris is a good pick, he is a great actor.

Marie Cloutier said...

Great interview Amy! Definitely going on my to-be-watched list! :-)

bermudaonion said...

I really want to read this book. Your interview is great!

Priya said...

Interesting interview! (lol, I loved their response to "what surprised you most about writing a book?")

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