Monday, 11 July 2016

Movie Tag: SendCake Films

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It's the start of a new week & I know that we could all use some great #MondayMotivation and a good laugh.
Watch one of my all time favorite motivational songs

Feeling more confident to tackle the day, even the week now, don't ya?
Awesome, thanks to Akasha Garnier who graced us with the first brilliant Movie Tag here on the blog, I was able to meet the outstandingly talented Andy of SendCake Films or as I like to call him, "Goose" :-)
His journey is simply awe-inspiring and filled with golden nuggets. ENjoy!

Meet Andy of SendCake Films

Andy’s voice makes him sound like he should be on a US TV drama series - where that Englishman is the evil villain driving a Jaguar. In the real world, he’s not a villain. Andy is fanatical about filmmaking, writing and photography, but would still quite like that Jag. He trained as a teacher and started writing a novel in the middle of his finals at university, when he couldn’t sleep. Eventually Andy moved to London for a job and took up photography. He wrote his first full-length screenplay over the course of about 7 years. While waiting for feedback on that script he got bored and decided to write and direct a short film… and so his filmmaking obsession was born.

Andy is really proud of the work he’s done with photography, where he focuses on performance and portrait work. He’s has had photographs published in various national newspapers, photography and life style magazine, theatre programs and websites. When Andy moved towards filmmaking he teamed up with the photographer who taught Andy everything he knows about taking a great photo. That photographer became Andy’s DoP for two shorts. The brief Andy gave him was ‘I want that feel and style and look you give your photographs, but moving.’ The results were fantastic. At that point Andy realized that as long as you can surround yourself with experts with a ‘can do’ attitude, you can probably do anything you set your heart on.

Andy acknowledges he really is only at the start of his adventures in filmmaking. He continues to write, produce and direct and has also started working with other writers, offering feedback and advice on their screenplays. People did so for him, so he feels it’s good and right and also fun, to pay forward the same favor.

Andy is slightly obsessed with cake. He likes to think he invented the hashtag #SendCake and #CakeJoy. The latter being what he gets from filmmaking, helping others and well… cake. The former actually now being his production company name SendCake Films.

·        What is the worst Apocalyptic scenario you have seen in movie/TV show?
The scenes in ‘Kingsman Secret Service’ where Samuel L Jackson’s character turns on the phone signal that makes people go nuts. The violence is Apocalyptic, if left unchecked. It’s terrifying. But the scene that really gets me is; where the toddler is locked in the bathroom and its nuts mother is trying to break down the door to kill her (in the style of Nicholson in ‘The Shining’). An amazing bit of writing.
·        What’s your favorite genre?
I call myself a film slut. I love everything. If I had to get specific and chose say something I’d watch on a Friday night - In film I love a good black comedy. On TV I am a huge fan of things like ‘Castle’, ‘24’, ‘The Blacklist’ and ‘Fringe’.
·        In what movie/TV series would you like to replace the main character?
Yikes. I’m not sure I could do that. If I don’t like a character it will be because someone wrote them a specific way for a specific reason. Maybe I’m not supposed to like them? I guess the only character I’d like to replace would be the beast in the fist ‘Jeepers  Creepers’. I’d never let the audience see it. The film’s opening is fantastic and scary and gripping. Right up till you see the beast… then it looses its scare.

·        Do you believe in happy endings?
Yes. Do I believe all TV or films need to end happily? No.
·        Which movie represents the best love story?
The last Toy Story film. Sometimes the best love story isn’t about boy meets girl etc etc. It can be about family and friendship, long-standing relationships and sometimes being able to let go.
·        Which movie was the Best representation of a book?
The Neverending Story (Die unendliche Geschichte) by Michael Ende . The book was amazing – the film just beautiful.
·        What do you consider a “binge-worthy” TV series?
 HIMYM (How I met Your Mother), Bones, Fringe, Dexter.
·        Do you get emotionally attached to characters?
Yes. Both to love and hate.
·        Do you get emotional while watching TV Series or Movies?
Yes. But if you tell anyone I’ll deny everything.
·        If you had to choose a main character from a TV series/movie to come save you, who would you choose?
Raymond Reddington from ‘The Blacklist’. It would be an action fuelled rescue but there’d be cigars and luxury at the end.
·        Who was your childhood Hollywood crush?
 Daphne Zuniga as seen in ‘The Sure Thing’ with John Cusack.
·        Which popular shows do you think are overrated?
Don’t hate me – Game of Thrones.  I turn over when it comes on.
·        Which movie/TV series centralized around one of your favorite cars??
Has to be ‘Knight Rider’ – who wouldn’t want a Kit looking after you?
·        Which movie do you think deserves a sequel the most?
Spies Like Us. If it could be as amazing as the first… which I doubt. I’m not a big fan of sequels.
·        Which movie would you like to see a prequel of?
Inception – though again I doubt it could be as good. Not a fan again. It’s normally only about making money at this point.. is how I feel anyway.
·        Which TV series would you love to revive?
"The Professionals" (1977 TV series in the UK). Just simple cops and bad guys lead by three contrasting characters. Great stuff.
·        What’s your favorite mythical creature / monster from movie / TV series?
The thing in John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’. First horror I saw when underaged. Scared the hell out of me.
·        Who’s your favorite director?
Paul Greengrass - Recently directed Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks
·        Do you prefer older movies or movies with a lot of CGI?
I don’t really mind. Bad CGI ruins a film, though. I think I prefer older movies – if that means story driven ones.
·        Who’s your favorite actor?
Javier Bardem. His acting ability is phenomenal. I’d love to write something for him one day!
·         Which Indie Movie is your favorite & why?
‘My First Mister’. A simple but real life concept-driven film, amazing acting, a story line you can relate to and no CGI. A wonderful example of what indie cinema could be like.
·        If you had just One message, One Golden nugget to share with other Adventurers/Writers out there. What would that be?
Stop planning. Start doing.
24.  Movie vs. TV Series
25. Anime vs. Reality TV
26. Antique road show vs. Car show (Top Gear)
Car Show
27. Horror vs. Comedy
28. Superman vs. Ironman
Iron Man
29. Charlie Chaplin vs Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

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Exciting News from Andy:

We’ve just gone into preproduction on the film that took me 7 years to write, which is very exciting. I say we – the company who helped produce my first short – SevenSeas Productions in Canada in the form of James Highet is producing it and I am doing my best to help! I decided not to direct it as I think to raise the money we’d need to get it made, investors would need a more experienced director. We found a talented theatre and film director called Ian Hylands to direct.

It’s a British romcom called PhatNav. It’s about a withdrawn, shy and anonymous voice over artist (with the most heard voice in the world) who falls in love with a free-spirited heiress, who in turn is being pursued by a sleazy fortune hunter.

It’s similar in style to ‘Notting Hill’.

At this stage we have found couple of very talented actors for supporting roles, an experienced casting director in Canada (Tamara Shelley of TLS Casting) and a 2016 Oscar nominated producer who seem to be interested in helping us get the project going - which is fantastic. We just started looking for a lead actor – where the voice will be paramount – and other support cast. We’ve a big social media campaign planned, including chances to make some big decisions for us and to win days on set watching filming.

Overall – it’s slightly terrifying. But I’m trying to learn from my short experience thus far in filmmaking and surrounding myself by experts who are unconscious competent: Those who know what they are doing, without having to think about it.

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Bonus Question!
Thanks to a Brilliant suggest from Christine Tatum over at 200 Saturdays Until Paris
We forgot to ask Andy the most important question:
·         What is your Favorit Cake?
I love all cake... But chocolate cake. The gooier the better, would be at the top of the top. The top gun of cake.. The best of the best :-)
Though it's more the dream of the perfect cake of which my life is an endless search! Haha!
Made by Andy's wife for his Birthday
Chocolate cake, chocolate & jelly filling, chocolate fingers around the outside, chocolate icing on top of a layer of peanut butter M&Ms with more pbutter M&Ms you can see on top! Pure chocolate sugar rush!

~Be Kind To One Another~ Ellen Degeneres


  1. Really cool interview. I like the pic with Jim Carrey, it's so true. You never know what life can throw at you. But if your work is something you love, it brings happiness to you and those around you, especially in his case

  2. What a fun interview. I love the quote and photo of Jim Carey, it is perfect :)

  3. What a great interview. I love his honest funny answers

  4. Love this song,very motivational! There is Mike Shined from Linkin Park? Amazing interview with Andy, I have a friend he is a filmmaker too! The hashtag #SendCake and #CakeJoy is simply cool!

    1. Hahah yes! Mike Shinoda from Linkin park, awesome you should connect your friend to this. would love to feature them on their very own movie tag

  5. Great interview, I think just like him except for the GOT one hahaha..I'm binge-watching it right now

  6. I love the Panda quote about racism! I never thought about it that way. Just love it. Thank you!

    1. I'm so taking a screen shot of this. One of my idols just commented on my blog. ahhh! I love that quote too & always push out equality vibes. #PandaLove

  7. Ah. but I kind of like happy endings! Yeah at this stage of my life, the sappier the better. Almost.

  8. what a great interview. I really like the song as well.

  9. Good interview! I love the answer of "happy endings" question. Not all TV shows should have a happy ending.

  10. I really like that song, it gets you motivated especially during the morning. I think Andy's amazing and it's nice that he's passionate about his work. Too bad he doesn't like GoT though, lol.

  11. That panda quote says it all! We should just learn to love and care for people despite their race.

  12. The world seriously needs to take a step back and see how twisted everything has become. None of this hate is getting us anywhere except for pushing us backwards.

  13. this is a fun interview, I love those answer I have an idea for my incoming interview.

  14. Interesting to read that his favorite show was Knight Rider. That would be one that he and my husband would enjoy together probably. He loved Knight Rider growing up, too.

  15. It's interesting that his favorite actor is Javier Bardem. I like him too, he seems to be able to get into the skin of the characters he plays very well.

  16. Fantastic interview. Andy (Goose) sounds like a really interesting guy. Love the shots too.

  17. Wowza! That cake is serious business. Now I see that Send Cake Films is a perfect name. I love it! I love the interview, too!

  18. This is such a great interview. I have to say that the cake looks amazing too!

  19. I love the interview with Andy. It seems like he's very knowledgeable about films and TV!

  20. Making list of your favorite things are so fun to read! You can know a person by simple list like this one.

  21. Wow, I like reading this! My favorite cake is choco-overload cake, my kids love it!

  22. Lol this was pretty fun! Love the responses and your pictures

  23. I love this! It is always fun to see what people say. I am a total movie buff and yes, I get emotionally attached to characters. I also love The Neverending Story and thought it was beautiful made!

  24. I like Jim Carey movies, he is so funny! This post is funny too!

  25. It is true you never know what curveball life can throw at you next. Also love Jim Carrey.

  26. Omg this was one great interview!!!! I definitely chuckled the whole way through!

  27. I love the beat of the cool! Sounds like an awesome interview! Thanks for sharing!

  28. That was such a fun and pretty interesting interview :) I had fun reading it!

  29. Thank you all for all your lovely comments, thoughts and shares. They are lovely to read. Thank you also for not hating me re game of thrones... :-)

    May your days be full of #cakejoy.

    Cheers again!


  30. #FoodieFriday cheers & love the quotes + perspective, especially about the broader POV on pandas, love stories and gooey chocolate-y #cakejoy!!
    Many thanks Alfonzo Words & Andy/Goose! Happy to keep sending cake and sharing such wonderful stories. :)