MASON BUCHKO Director of Photography
Q. Describe the role you play in the movie?
A. I am the Director of photography, Cinematographer and editor for this film.
Q. How do you want your character to connect with viewers?
A. While I don't have any acting roles in this film, I think the characters will connect heavily with each viewer by the substance of their emotional developments throughout the film. These characters will go through intense ad interpersonal moments in their lives. The strength of Mara's resilience at the end of the film should inspire and resonate with all who see it.
Q. As the Cinematographer, how do you perceive the Winter family.
A. I see the Winter family as common family in a middle class society. I think that although they have their problems, they posess a strength and unity that will pull them together.
Q. Should viewers feel sorry for Mara Winter? Why? Why not?
A. No person is perfect and Mara is a complex study of this. Although she is subjected to drama within her family life, we all have the choice of resorting to anger or not. Mara is someone who must come to terms with herself and find peace. She is an incredible person who despite her shortcomings proves to be a devoted mother to her child. We may feel sorry for her and her situation, but it is up to her to truly make the difference.
Q. Derek Winter is a complex professional, husband, father. What drives his complexities?
A. Derek has no doubt let himself go in recent years. His drug addiction has taken a toll both physically and mentally, yet when Mara attacks him, he chooses not to reciprocate. He is perhaps just as, if not more so flawed than Mara, but within him remains a love for Mara and his family. Despite his shortcomings their is a good soul in him waiting to take fruition.
Q. How is humour injected into The Gold Fish Bowl, layered with shades of family trauma?
A. Humour is used in the film as a way of balancing the destruction and collapse of the winter family. It is a source of solace for Mara and her child, almost a make believe world separated from their issues. It allows the characters to catch their breath while reflecting on their actions. In a sense it provides a gateway for them to find peace and make changes.
Q. If you could re-shoot a scene from any film, what would it be and who would you cast in the parts?
A. This is an extremely hard question and I can't really give a serious answer as there are too many scenes to think of. How about Zach Galifinakis replaces Tom Hanks in the scene in Cast Away where Wilson is floating away into the sea.
Q. What actor do you think upstages most others? Why?
A. I can't say I've ever found any actors to truly upstage others but I do value those with true diversity and reach within their performances. I've always found the best performances are in the service of the story lines and ideas of the film, in that case I would have to say Tarkovsky's Stalker displays some of the finest acting I've ever seen.
Q. Your fav sf flick, fantasy flick, animated, romance………?
A. My favourite sci fi flick would either be Cube, Children of Men or 2001 A Space Odyssey (and certainly Minority Report.) My favourite fantasy flick would have to be the Lord of the Rings trilogy for its epic and emotional scale. My favourite animated film would no doubt be Ghost in the Shell although I also love Akira and Perfect Blue. My favourite romance film would have to be Cast Away as I found the bittersweet ending to be extremely powerful.
Q. If you could make a documentary, what subject would you choose and why?
A. I would probably make documentaries about the perspectives and philosophies of other filmmakers and artists, particularly how such views apply to their work.
Q. Favourite directors, favourite scores, soundtracks?
A. My favourite directors include Andrei Tarkovsky, Mamoru Oshii and David Lynch as they all have a very pure and philosophical relationship with their work. My favourite scores are hard to pinpoint as I love many soundtracks, however I would have to choose the scores of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Gravity, Cast Away and perhaps Taxi Driver for all evoking emotions which elevate their films.