A.J. Bond and Amy Belling (unrelated), have been making diabolical films together since 2007. A.J. writes and directs, Amy produces and shoots. Follow along as they finish their first feature film, Stress Position.
We didn’t know this was being filmed, but for better or worse, here’s the entire SPOILER-laden Q&A with director A.J. Bond after the Stress Position preview at Sci-Fi-London. Thanks to everyone who came out and especially Alex Fitch from Resonance FM for hosting such a thoughtful and interesting Q&A!
“I won’t always give satisfying answers…I hate even the idea of a synopsis,” Mr. Carruth said. “When stories are really working, when you’re providing subtextual exploration and things that are deeply layered, you’re obligated to not say things out loud.”
“I’m really curious about how far it can be pushed.”
By “it,” he explained, he means a more exploratory approach to narrative, which he has found in movies as different as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love and Steven Soderbergh’s Solaris.
While others succumb to gimmickry and doomsaying, Mr. Carruth remains a believer in the untapped potential of cinema. “Everybody’s saying we’ve got to go 3-D or virtual reality or choose your own adventure,” he said. “But there are other ways forward. I don’t think we’re done with film by a long shot.”