A group of young scientists are working on a secret project that may allow them to travel ahead in time. They test it by sending one of their own ahead one hour. He returns pleading with them to shut it down, explaining that within that hour, they will all die.
Writer and director, Michael Hurst, is known for “Ninja”, “New Blood”, and “Room 6.” In an interview with Celebrity Examiner Jae Monique, Hurst discussed what inspired him to write “Paradox”, the challenges involved, and his favorite part about directing this film.
Jae Monique: What inspired you to write Paradox?
Michael Hurst: Frankly, my love for this type of film making, my love of things like “The Terminator.” I love the genre and I wanted to put my directory in it.
JM: How long did it take to finish writing?
Hurst: I’d say it took about two months to do some outlines and what they call the ‘beat sheet.’ Just wanted to make sure all of it made sense. When I honed it on that, I had the basic shape of it. I knew it was going to basically take place in one hour he goes forward and then he goes backward to repeat it. Once I knew it took place potentially in real time, the screen play took two weeks to write
JM: What was challenging about bringing this script to life?
Hurst: As always with a tight budget is a tight shooting schedule–just practicalities like that. Everything has to be pre-planned and previsualized in my mind. I’d write these very long, laborious, detailed shot lists and the hardest part was the labor involved because obviously I had to travel to the set every day. I had a 12 hour filming day and 2 hours of travel every day. Then, I would get home and have to do the shot list for today, so I would work like 16 to 17 hours a day.
JM: What was your favorite part about directing this film?
Hurst: My favorite part was working with Zoe, I think she was great. I think she was really pleasant and very talented. When you’re a writer and director, it’s really good fun to watch good actors bring your words to life. Malik is an interesting acting star; he’s very contained on the set. He feels like he’s giving you very low energy and then you realize that he is actually lasering down the lens and the lens is getting quite a lot of energy and the cameras are getting a lot of energy, and it was fascinating to watch. That was another experience for me as a director that I enjoyed.
JM: How is this production bringing something new to this genre?
Hurst: It’s across the Sci-Fi action genre with the kind of Christy ‘who done it’ genre. So it’s essentially people trapped in an environment or a situation where there’s a killer amongst them. They have to figure out who it is and they’re being picked off one by one. It’s very Agatha Christy, but then at the same time you’ve got the James Cameron time travel aspect where they’re going forward and backward in time to try to stop it or try to work out what happens afterwards then go back and figure it out. I’m hoping that people will enjoy the two genres crossed together.
JM: Who in the show is most like their character?
Hurst: I think Zoe is pretty close to her character, she’s very pleasant, decent, and a nice human being. Adam is great. Zoe and Adam are pretty close to their characters.
JM: What can the audience expect from this film and why should they see it?
Hurst: If they want to watch a film that has some twists and turns they won’t see coming, hopefully it’s a decent ‘who done it’ with a surprising resolution.