All-nighters are standard for filmmaker William Norton, the founder of Remote Station Entertainment, as he races for the premiere of his first feature film “False Colors.”
Norton’s interest in filmmaking began when he was a child running through the woods of Maine, shooting improvised films on a friend’s super-8 camera with whatever film stock he could find.
“I feel like I’ve always been working towards making my first feature,” Norton said. “With the advent and availability of high quality HD video cameras, I knew the time had arrived. I began writing the script, my first, while researching all the other elements I would need to pull together.”
At the time, Norton said he was affected by what he saw happening in the United States and the world after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
After putting together a rough version of the script, Norton and his wife Jessica knew this was a story people wanted to see. They decided to produce the film themselves.
Norton said creating a film that could hold its own against big budget studio fare, but on a budget most would consider unthinkable, was important to him.
“Based on budget alone I knew that to achieve what I wanted ‘False Colors’ to be, I needed to wear many different hats,” Norton said. “Realistically though, I knew I’d need some help, so I called upon a small core group of professionals, the best people I know in their fields, and hired additional crew when they weren’t available.”
Norton said his wife played an integral role to the production’s success.
“My wife was an enormous help, not only in the script editing phase, but also whenever she was available to come to busier shoot days and keep everything organized,” Norton said.
Norton filmed mostly in and around Los Angeles in one or two week blocks over the course of several years. He managed a three day trip to Washington D.C. and a 17-hour round-trip drive with his male lead, Matthew Gilliam, to Arizona to shoot with “the perfect cactus.”
Norton said he and Gilliam arrived at dusk and had to make due with a “decent cactus,” before losing light. Filming took a while.
“I had to stop until we could afford to continue, but in doing so many things myself, I just needed to regroup and prepare for the next round,” Norton said.
“False Colors” is a political thriller that stars Gilliam as international weapons inspector Ted Keller and Lavinia Postolache as congressional aid Ileana Popescu.
Just before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 all weapons inspectors were told to leave by the U.S. government.
“In ‘False Colors’ Ted stays behind, and in doing so uncovers something that no one was supposed to see, which immerses him in a shadowy world where truth is deadly,” Norton said. “He must return to the U.S., staying one step ahead of those who want him silenced while trying to unravel the mystery surrounding his find.”
Norton feels actors are talents to pay attention to. Of the pool of actors he chose from, considering the film’s nonunion status, Norton was thrilled to find two leads with exceptional talent and heartening attitudes.
“‘False Colors’ is the first feature for both of them and they completely threw themselves into the process and delivered what I think you’ll agree are two outstanding performances,” Norton said. “I was very fortunate to find two leads that were able to realize my vision for the film so perfectly, and they have both gone on to do other films since, I’m certain with more to come. I’m looking forward to working with them both again.”
Gilliam attended University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Theatre, Film And Television, Trinity College School of Drama in Dublin and the Stella Adler Studio.
Postolache was Miss World Romania in 2010, studied at the University of Monaco and the New York Film Academy. She later moved to Hollywood to pursue her acting career.
“I’m currently in the final phase of production,” Norton said. “I’m working with a composer on the score and am finalizing a few visual effects as well as the sound mix and color correction.”
The trailer for “False Colors” is available on its Facebook page False Colors where updates about the film’s release are shared.
“It’s been an incredibly rewarding process as Jessica and I watched my idea grow into the type of film we both love to watch,” Norton said.
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