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About two days ago, I posted a post called How I Met Another Stephen King’s Fan and I also mentioned that I will have a simple interview with him.
Why would I want to interview a King’s fan? you might ask!
Well…this fellow King’s fan happens to be a talented Young Director.
I was born from an artistic father & a scientific mother, under the August moon and constellation of Leo. Been writing stories since 7 years old. Love science, art, tech, good food, movies, and books. A grandson of an actress of the 50s. Has a twitching third eye.
Marky was graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology’s school of fine arts and design. He had directed 4 short films, His Chair, Lolonii and Strangers (click on the title to see the film) . All three of them have been nominated in many movie festivals. He has also received many praises from critics. He had also directed art video and documentary
Marky is not only a Director but also an actor and a writer.
It’s going to take a whole page to write about his achievement…therefore, I have created a second page for you to read more about his works. Please go click>> HERE.
Now…let’s begin the interview … and since we both are Stephen King’s fans, I can’t resist the urge to ask him few things about SK 😉
Hi Mark, thank you for allowing me to ask you some questions related to your involvement with Stephen King’s first adaptation in Indonesian Movie Industry. Since we both love Stephen King so much, I hope you don’t mind if I ask a bit about your admiration toward one of the best authors the world ever produced.
I love reading ever since my childhood. Ranging from picture books, comics to short stories, & novels. But I also love to wach movies, & it was through movies that I first discovered SK. Not until later when I was 15 or 16 years old that I started reading his books. I love all genre. And there are so many authors that I fancy, from Shakespeare, Joyce to William S. Burroughs, Chris van Allsburg, Alice Sebold, etc. But if I had to pin my choice down into just one author, then it would be Mr. SK.
But if you asked me for a specific genre preference, I’d say that it is the ‘fantastic’ that I always feel at home in, either science fiction, fantasy, or horror.
What differs SK from the others? SK’ works tend to have that imagination & emotional facet balance that I find crucial in artworks. He applies everyday realism to bring out the fantastic aspect of his yarns. It is always about people. The human. It is, his strong characterizations that draw me the most. This technique is also demonstrated by my favorite Spanish surrealist – Salvador Dali, & my favorite movie director – Steven Spielberg.
You see, some writers are cerebral, while some other, like SK writes with their heart. That’s the main reason why he could reach out to such a vast array of constant readers, world wide. He writes with his heart. Even though he is an imaginative fiction writer.
‘Hearty’ writing as you so eloquently put it.
My whole family is a fan. My close friends are fans. 🙂 I have that tendency in influencing my surroundings w/o any intention to do so by my habit of sharing. I love to share, you see. Good food, good books, movies, music, anything I find interesting and wonderful, I share w/ people I care about.
There aren’t many readers in our country to begin with. We do have quite a crowd of populations. It’s just that, not even 1% of it falls into the category of active avid readers. It is improving though. At least, as far as my observation goes.
And our readership is controlled by the publisher. And the publishing (just like the distribution in the movie business here) is monopolized by a particular party – one gargantuan publishing entity. It is almost authoritarian, sadly. What they publish, promote, & offer, the readers would eventually buy & read. It’s the mainstream situation here. So, since they haven’t introduced SK to this country until later in the mid 90s or so, & (to my opinion) their capability in choosing SK’s books to be published are quite inadequate, SK readership in Indonesia grow so slow.
The story always comes first, for me, regardless of the writer who writes it.
And I’m certain that a lot of people can identify w/ this particular drama w/o even knowing anything about SK. And most of Indonesians don’t care too much about such background. It is a perfect story that I want to retell in a movie medium, that has some significances as a device for my personal sentiment.
And I also got some treat for SK fans in this movie, you’ll see. I’m not going to spoil the fun. 😉
They’d been incredibly wonderful in the whole process, until the contract was signed. I’d understand if they hesitated or reluctant, since this is the 1st ever non English movie adaptation of SK’ work so far, but, they waved the GO flag for me, so here I am.
O I wish..
He’s one of the heroes that shaped my dreams & creative life. For me, there are three Kings of Pop (as in popular culture) Michael Jackson, Steven Spielberg, and Stephen King. Oh how they inspire and fill me with power! So no question about it!
It has got to be released this year! I’ve been trying some experiments with it, from an extremely bold to an incredibly verbatim-faithful to the source. All approached with extreme caution. It is not the hardest work, but it is the most demanding for me. Since it is an SK piece that I’m working on, so, It takes more time & thinking than my other work usually do.
Skylar Pictures owner/exec. producer – Mr. Sarjono Sutrisno is a long-time SK fan himself, and he’s going to support this production all the way. He’s one of the best in the industry. I mean, really, to my personal experience, it is so rare for Indonesian movie producers to have such an audacity, and gutsy enough to boldly to go unique, w/o dismissing the business aspect of the production. I’m hoping not only to write for him (we’ve been working on some ambitious project developments), but to direct his movies too. It is such a treat to know him. Such a dream-maker!
Are you familiar with Guillermo del Toro? He’s been called ‘Godfather’ for his industrious prone to discovering & orbiting new young talents from all over the world into Hollywood-dom, usually from their short movies. And for me, Mr. Sutrisno is the closest thing that we got to this.
Topnotch actor/actress that could bring the characters to life better that the ones in Frank Darabont’s movie! 😉
Both (especially SK fans all over). But my proposal was to adapt this into a movie that is powerful enough for world-wide festival circles.
The best there is. The one that is worthy to carry on the torch of the story-tellers of the world. You see, story-tellers hold the most important floor in a civilization.
#12 For my last question, I love to know what have you done so far. I read bits of you through google, like you’ve made a short story called Red Shore and you’ve won several award for your short films. I would love to know it all straight from you.
Red Shore is a science fiction/dark fantasy feature film, inspired and based on H.P. Lovecraft universe. It will be ground breaking, especially in Indonesia. Lovecraft has millions of fans all over the world, so it has solid prospect. To adapt Lovecraft universe within Eastern angle would be such intriguing fresh approach.
I’m still looking for the right producer – local or overseas, for Red Shore.
Yes, I was lucky enough that my previous short movies got awards & nominations from Indonesian, some other regional & international film festivals.
I have been working on a heavily computer generated FXed short movie entitled SHE USED TO BE PANDORA (the 1st in Indonesia to utilize digital VFX technology in such a scope). I’m hoping, this one will open up Hollywood opportunity for me & my team.
And some other movie & art projects, including comics and picture books.
Once again, thank you so much for doing this Q&A with me, Mark. It’s really nice to meet you and hope we can meet for real and talk endlessly about the man we both love. I wish you the best of luck with your career and may you be one of Indonesian greatest Directors.
No, thank you very much, Nov!
And, yes, we will.
I honestly think that Mark is a real artist, kinda remind me of my favorite actor, Cillian Murphy, who is willing to try everything possible to be better in their career…better in the sense of perfecting the art not in the sense of gaining more money.
Although I haven’t yet met Marky (I sure wish one day we can meet and talk endlessly about books and movies in general and of course about Stephen King).
There are things that I didn’t ask him because I have already read it in The Jakarta Post. He chose The Woman In The Room because of how it relates to his experience with his mother who had cancer. Stephen King, Marky and I…all of us have mother who had passed away because of cancer.
I wish Marky the best of luck for Wanita Itu (The Woman In The Room) and hope it’ll be a success both artistically and commercially.
…and, you can see clearly that the Q & A is a bit random, not focusing much on the upcoming movie. I really hope Mark will let me do another Q & A once the movie has been released 😉
Don’t forget to click page 2 to see his achievements. Unfortunately, I can’t put his short movies here because they were uploaded in facebook, but here are the links if you are interested: