Ep. 4 Funny Bunny director Alison Bagnall


Episode 04: Ryan Watt speaks with Funny Bunny director Alison Bagnall about the eleven-year process to make the film, her writing style and developing characters before the plot, the benefits and challenges of crowdfunding and the long editing process.

Funny Bunny follows a hapless anti-childhood obesity crusader and a maternally neglected trust-funder bond as they vie for the heart of a troubled animal activist.

Read our review by Joshua Goolsby

The film premiered at the 2014 SXSW film festival.

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Show Notes:

Joy Kevin, filmmaker Caleb Johnson

Treefort Festival in Boise, ID

Likes audience to project their own experiences

Alison Bagnall

Alison Bagnall

Characters over Plot

Inspiration for the characters

Suicide Girls meets Wizard of Oz

Incest survivor research

Theme of innocence stolen

First draft written with Greta Gerwig

Howard Hawks notion that all you need are 4 or 5 great scenes

Create set pieces first in script then fill in-between

Inspired by Joe Swanberg on Nights & Weekends to get back to filmmaking

Filmmaking distilled to the essentials

There is no money on small films so they must be fun to make

Kate Lynn Sheil originally cast

Producer Ted Speaker suggested Joslyn Jensen

Polanski notion of casting close to the actor’s real personality

Louis Cancelmi wrote/recorded his own web videos during shoot

Shot in Philly

Factory Farming and Childhood Obesity

Treating serious subjects with humor

Hierarchy/Power Dynamics within cause organizations

Being paid to be abused

Computer replacing Telephones in movies

DP – Ashley Connor, shooting masters

Long editing process, no budget for post

To make great art you almost need to walk to the brink of disaster

Kentucker chipped away on edit


NEXT WEEK: This is Martin Bonner actor Paul Eenhoorn


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1 Comment

  1. James Morrison on

    Great interview! It’s inspiring to hear Bagnall talk about her process. I’ve been looking forward to FUNNY BUNNY for a long time and can’t wait for it to become available.

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