‘Moving On’ Interview Part II: Marcia Fields and Mike Spear

Marcia and Mike talked about casting, gender inequality, and next steps for ‘Moving On.’

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Directors and writers Marcia Fields and Mike Spear recently discussed the creative processes behind their first short film, Moving On, which screened last week at the Whistler Film Festival. In this comedy, Ross (Mike Ivers) is awakened one morning by professional movers (Robin Lord Taylor and Ryan Farrell), who deliver the news of his breakup and are ready to move him out of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment. In part two of my interview with them, Marcia and Mike talked about casting, gender inequality, and next steps for Moving On.

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Movers Mason (Ryan Farrell) and Nick (Robin Lord Taylor) arrive for the transition. Photo courtesy of the Whistler Film Festival.

The dialogue genuinely captures all the stages of Ross’s breakup.  How was the process for you on solidifying your script ideas?

Marcia: The idea came together when I was trying to ask Mike politely to do the dishes.

Mike: It got a little heated. We got to the point where [it was] ridiculous. If we break up because we don’t want to do dishes, we can’t tell our friends and our family that’s what happened.

Marcia: We’re writers. People will think this is the most uncreative way for a couple to break up. We need to come up with something better, so we started joking about hiring professionals to do it. That’s when— Continue reading “‘Moving On’ Interview Part II: Marcia Fields and Mike Spear”

Interview with Marcia Fields and Mike Spear of ‘Moving On’ (Part I)

Directors and writers Marcia Fields and Mike Spear recently discussed the creative processes behind their first short film, Moving On, which screened last week at the Whistler Film Festival. In this comedy, Ross (Mike Ivers) is awakened one morning by professional movers (Robin Lord Taylor and Ryan Farrell), who deliver the news of his breakup and are ready to move him out of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

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Movers Mason (Ryan Farrell) and Nick (Robin Lord Taylor) arrive in ‘Moving On.’ Photo courtesy of the Whistler Film Festival.

Thank you for doing this interview with Blogcritics. How was your experience directing your first short film, given that you’ve already worked as writers and producers?

Marcia: I think we look at it differently now in terms of a “director’s eye.” As a writer, which we’ve spent a majority of our careers doing, it’s all about the words. It’s very precious about you’ve written. We went into production with a seventeen page script and only two days to shoot it, which is not a smart thing to do. If we had looked at it as a director, we could have cut things that we knew we probably wouldn’t use even though we thought they were cute. Or looking at production moves, we probably would have changed the script a little bit, but that’s the hindsight of it. That’s the thing where you realize, “Oh, we probably could have cut a piece there and saved ourselves two hours and a crew move.” But that’s how you learn. Continue reading “Interview with Marcia Fields and Mike Spear of ‘Moving On’ (Part I)”