Exclusive Interview With Paul Andresen

We got the chance to ask the director Paul Andresen some questions for MrMovieFiend!

1. When you were younger did you always see yourself getting into the movie business? If so, did you have an experience that really set you on that path?

– When I was a sophomore in highschool I got a chance to take a cinema class. It was the only year it was offered and was taught by a teacher just back from a sabbatical where she got to hang on the set of a TV movie of the week. It was a Dennis Weaver film about a wheat farmer. It was a very cool class where we watched all kinds of mature movies like Bonnie and Clyde, and On the Waterfront. One day she showed pictures from the set of the Dennis Waever movie. The shots were of the crew working on the set. It was a revelation. I thought to myself that I could maybe get a job working on movies. Right there and then I knew I wanted in the business.

2. You have many titles such as Actor, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, which of these are you most proud of?

– It all seems like one thing to me. I can’t say. I try and do the best at whatever is needed at that moment.

3. Along with the question above, which is the hardest to do and which is the most fun?

– I really enjoy getting into situations that I don’t know how I am going to pull it off. And then you get into the trenches and suddenly all the work you did getting ready starts to pay off and at the end of a project you have the great satisfaction of a job well done.

4. You directed a movie called Deadly Swarm, that movie involved regular actors and not musicians, what is the difference of working with people who have been in the business from people who may be newer such as musicians?

– Non actors all have the same reaction when they get on a set. They are totally amazed when we ask them to do the scene over again. Its like they think that movies and tv shows just happen and the cameras get everything perfectly. Rappers are great to work with because they seem to able to remember their lines better then most folks. Maybe cuz they are so used to spitting lyrics and lyrics and lyrics that remembering dialogue comes naturally.

5. Who are more fun to work with, actors or musicians?

– There are easy people to work with and pains in the asses to work with and that goes equally for actors and musicians.

6. Is it safe to say that you are a fan of the music of the Insane Clown Posse, and all of their affiliates?

– It is safe to say that I am known to bump some hatchet music. Love the Boondoxx, Blaze and Twiztid.

7. The insane clown posse have been known for some crazy antics on stage and off, when you would encounter them on set would they carry around that persona that the fans perceive them to have?

– When ICP and I work together we are usually spending great quantities of Joe and Joey’s money. They come prepared and ready to get it done . Its also such a joy to do what we get to do that everyone wants to make the most of the short time we have to make the best project we can while having a maximum amount of fun.

8. When you took the challenge to do the documentary A Family Underground did you get to go around with them and how were they with their fans?


– There is no doubt that ICP and their fans have a special relationship that goes beyond way the average artist and audience communication. In A Family Underground’s
autograph tent scenes you can feel the sense of community. That devotion is what first made me interested in ICP. I wanted find out what brought these folks together.

9. With being a director for the disc Metallica: The Videos 1989-2004 did you get a chance to meet the members of Metallica?

– I directed one of the videos in the compilation. It is called ‘A Memory Remains’. The band is in a room on giant swing and features Marianne Faithfull who was Mick Jagger’s girlfriend in the late sixties.

10. Last question, what is your next project that we should be looking out for?

– Check out season 4&5 of 1000 Ways to Die, and I just did my fourth season with Jimmy Smith of Ax Men. It will be his funniest season yet. I’m also trying to put together another movie. Thanks for asking.

We would like to thank Paul again for the opportunity to ask him some questions and we wish him the best in all of his future endeavors!

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