'Brampton's Own' director Michael Doneger on obstacles faced while filming: "Making a movie is like playing that game 'Whac-A-Mole'"

Michael Doneger, in an interview with Meaww, talks about the casting process, the biggest hindrances he faced while filming, and the small cameo he played in the movie


                            'Brampton's Own' director Michael Doneger on obstacles faced while filming: "Making a movie is like playing that game 'Whac-A-Mole'"

It is not often you see a movie that embraces romance with intelligence because most romantic films often give way to psychological trauma or ends up with too much sex in it. But when it comes to the recently released movie 'Brampton's Own,' it does not fall in any of those dark areas, but instead looks at love in a whole new perspective. The movie revolves around a struggling minor league baseball player who arrives at a decision to retire and return back to his hometown in order to try and win back the girl he loves and whose heart he ended up breaking. 

'Brampton's Own' stars, Alex Russell (Chronicle, Only The Brave), who plays Jim Street on CBS'SWAT, Rose Mclver (The CW's iZombie), and in supporting roles; Spencer Grammer (Rick and Morty), Scott Porter (Dear John), John Getz (The Social Network), and Jean Smart (FX's Legion).

The film was written and directed by Michael Doneger (The Escort, This Thing With Sarah), and produced by Doneger's Cloverhill Pictures and Mark DiCristofaro in association with his company Perspective Productions, and co-produced by Matthew Harper. The film had its world premiere at the Nashville Film Festival.

Doneger makes his feature writing and directing debut with this movie, and in an interview with Meaww he talked about the casting process, the biggest hindrances he faced while filming, and the small cameo he played in the movie. 

Starting off, he spoke about what inspired him to tell the story of Dustin, the minor league baseball player, and how the movie is somehow connected to how he chased his own dream in order to make it a reality. "I began writing this story when I was in the midst of chasing my own dream of becoming a filmmaker and I kept thinking about the sacrifices one makes to stay so focused in order to make that dream a reality," he said. "It’s a tricky balance in trying to remain relentless in your pursuit of that dream while also staying connected to your old life. And so, I decided to inject that point of view into a struggling minor league baseball player."

The making of a movie is definitely not all sunshine and rainbows, to have an outcome that stuns the viewers, there is definitely a large amount of pain and hindrance makers face. And Doneger revealed the kind of obstacles he faced while shooting the drama. "Making a movie is like playing that game 'Whac-A-Mole' at the arcade. No matter how many obstacles you overcome or fires you put out, more continue to arise. But the hardest challenge was getting everything we wanted to get in our limited 15-day shooting schedule," he revealed.

The director then spoke of how they faced more obstacles because they had to keep moving all over LA to film the movie, unlike other movies that have a tight schedule. "A lot of films with that tight of a schedule usually are set in a house so you don’t have to do any company moves. But we were filming all over LA, from Pasadena to Santa Clarita. When I look back on it, it really is remarkable how we fit everything in. We were literally filming up until the very last minute on the 15th day, with no time to spare. Our 1st AD had to shut it down. Luckily that last shot was just an insert and we fit in a take of it," he continued. 

If you are someone who's already watched the movie, you would have noticed the small cameo Doneger played. He played the role of Robby, a real estate agent who happens to be an old friend of Dustin. Talking about his Stan Lee-esque move, he unveiled how he came upon the idea of playing the character and how he almost ended up not playing the role.

"Robby certainly is a far departure from who I am in real life. I’m also an actor, but have never gotten the chance to play an arrogant character like that, so, I thought it’d be a fun role to play. That was a hectic day on set, with tons of extras and lots of pages of film, so I almost pulled out of playing that character the day before, fearing I wouldn’t have the time to get into character while also directing. But I’m glad I stuck with it. It’s a fun scene," he said.


 
 
 
 
 
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Finally talking about the casting process, he spoke about how his casting directors Lauren and Jordan Bass did an incredible job in rounding up the movie's talented cast. He also added how he came upon the idea as to who should play Gavin, the 40-year-old Brampton lifer who still wears his varsity football letterman jacket around town.

Gavin also happens to be the only person who wants to hang out with Dustin in the film. "The one character I wrote specifically for an actor was that of Gavin. My good friend Kevin Linehan is one of the funniest actors I’ve ever met. And when I started conceiving the character of Gavin, there wasn’t a question of who the best actor for that particular role would be," he revealed saying a lot of people are going to be looking up his name after they see his performance. 

Watch the trailer for 'Brampton's Own' here: