Film Spotlight – Bruce Nachsin & Dark Specter
The magic city is a burgeoning city of art, music and film. Not just now but over the past 50 years! So as a tribute to the amazing collection of artists from and inspired by Miami we will begin featuring those that have made it on the map every week. This week’s featured film director on Midtown Miami Magazine is Bruce Nachsin, the visionary director behind Dark Specter. Watch it below and then get an inside peak at his mind with our exclusive interview.
1. What made you want to be a filmmaker?
I got my start as a film maker because I felt I needed to. I had been in the industry for a few years and mostly had limited results in getting out there and seen. I’ve always felt I fell in between types so no one really knew what to do with me. So I began to feel that it was up to me to show how I could be cast. That led to my first project as a producer, which was called Under the Doghouse (www.underthedoghouse.com). I found that I enjoyed the whole puzzle of putting a film together and that has increasingly become my focus.
2. What do you see as Miami’s role in film?
As I am not a native, I am not an expert in how Miami fits into the grand scheme of the film making industry but if I were to hazard a guess, I believe the very generous tax incentives make it easier for productions to get off the ground, and in turn helps to grow the local talent pool. As Los Angeles continues to fail to provide competing incentives, places like Miami become more attractive to take a film because of how much more bang you get for your buck.
3. How did the idea for DS come about?
Superheroes and Villains live in a very specialized world that moves to its own rules. These extraordinary beings face mythic adversity and challenges on a scale that is epic in scope. I had always wondered what a being like this might do in the face of the mundane. Probably the most mundane of problems we encounter as human beings is how we have to deal with family, since nothing can bother, upset and revert a person back to their most powerless quite like a family interaction. This made me think about what would it would be like for a villain to find himself faced with these challenges at the worst of times, when he is working. What effect would that have on him, to have all the power in the world and still be humiliated in front of an enemy by what may be the old person they have any love for. The script came easy after those thoughts.
4. Why would somebody from Miami watch DS?
Because everyone has a relative that can within a few words completely embarrass them and make them feel like they are five years old. Your mother can do that to you and I’m sure Miami has no shortage of the classical mother/son relationship. Besides, it’s funny.
5. What advice would you give young filmmakers in Miami?
While you should try and be realistic about what you can and cannot pull off, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You don’t really know what you are capable of doing until you try. Waiting for anything to be perfect will result in either stopping you or setting you behind. Be bold. If you end up making a mistake learn from it and move on. Strive to deliver the best that you can. Also, if you aren’t sure the best way of doing something, don’t be afraid to ask for advice. I’ve found that a lot of people are more than happy to share their wisdom.
6. What’s the next project you’re thinking of doing?
My next project is called Approve-o and it will be released in January. It is another short form comedy that is about dating and rules of consent. After that release, I am working on a few scripts and will also be assisting my producing partner with her first feature.