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InSight - Interview with Director Richard Gabai

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Thanks to Yahoo Movies for this interview:

What drew you as a director to "Insight?"

The script is compelling from page one. I couldn't put it down. I kept thinking I knew what was going on and then there'd be another twist that kept me interested. The pages turned themselves right up to the end.

The concept of someone seeing a person's murder through their own eyes because of a supernatural happening has been done before. What makes "Insight" a better film than the others?

On the surface, "InSight" appears to be just another "who done it" with some conventions that we have seen before; but that isn't what the movie is all about and it's difficult to present that in a promo or trailer without telling too much. "InSight" is a thriller, part psychological and part supernatural, and a murder mystery. It is also a film about what is real, what isn't, and what that means.

What makes it different?

Our story revolves around our heroine Kaitlyn's visions and perception, which are based on her experiences. What we've tried to do in crafting the film is allow the audience to do the same thing. Everyone sees it differently. When we premiered "InSight" at the Newport Beach Film Festival, there were screams, a few nervous giggles, and a couple of unintended popcorn dumps from the scares. In the Q&A afterwards there were some great questions and discussions about what had happened. Audience members started questioning each other about what they had seen and questioning their own perception. I think it all works because of the strong performances in the film. Natalie Zea, Sean Patrick Flanery and Adam Baldwin are right on the money. Christopher Lloyd is plain creepy as Shep Hagen.

What specific challenges did you run into when filming "Insight?"

"InSight" was shot for pennies and one of the ways we were able to pull it off was sharing the same location with another film. Every now and then, in the middle of a take, I'd hear another director yell "Action." This didn't happen too often but of course Murphy's Law applies to moviemaking and it always happened at the worst possible time. We also shot the film in just 15 days, which is crazy.

Share with us what the best part of directing "Insight" was.

Short of being with my family there is nothing more fun than shooting a movie. "InSight" was the single best experience I've had in my 20 plus year blue-collar filmmaking career. We had the most incredible cast and crew. Everybody came to the set ready to work. It really was a coming together of the right people at the right time in a project we all believed in.

Is there anything that was cut out of the film you wish would have been kept? Is there anything that you wish you could have put in the film in hindsight?

I was lucky in more ways than I deserve on this one. The producers I worked with believe in what I'm doing and allowed me to have final cut on the film. For better or worse - it is on me as far as that goes. There are a few scenes that I wish we had a little more time to shoot, but the story is there and that's what matters. The most important thing is that the film is going to theaters and will be experienced the way we intended and hoped.

"InSight" hits limited theaters on September 2, 2011. | InSight on IMDB


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