‘Each Time Again’ dir. Kip Kubin
A serial killer discovers a secret machine that wipes the slate clean. Over the years he’s turned his habit into a ritual and his obsession into a religion. But a twist of fate turns the tables and he then has to fight for life.
Writer-Director: Kip Kubin
Producers: David Malus & Kip Kubin
DOP: Kip Kubin
C8: Where did the idea for ‘Each Time Again’ come from? How long did the script take you to write?
KK: ‘Each Time Again’ was based on a short story by David Malus. It took us about two weeks to adapt the story for the screen. Additionally, I augmented the story to encompass much more of the main characters back-story.
C8: The film is largely without dialogue. Was this always your original intention for the film?
KK: The film’s sparse dialog was intentional. I wanted to leave visual clues and show the plot rather than have the characters explain it in a conversation. The film is meant to be viewed multiple times. In order to pick up the clues which may be found in the images or the sound. For instance, the bruise on her cheek or the sound of the washing machine or the score and how it shifts from acoustic cello to an electronic enhancement of the score.
C8: Were you concerned that a film with sparse dialogue might distance an audience from the subject?
KK: My goal was to draw people in with the atmosphere and cinematography and let the story unfold. The subject or theme is a simple one. If you choose to continually do bad things in life, someday you will pay. I don’t think this was lost on anyone because of the lack of lengthy dialog.
C8: Not only did you direct and write ‘Each Time Again’ but you were also producer and cinematographer. How did you respond to working so many different roles on set?
KK: My having many roles on the production of Each Time Again was a simple necessity. The strategy to have things run smoothly was to have the rest of the roles filled with people who make films for a living. Our Key grip works on a network TV show and the actors had all worked on feature films before.
C8: Upon reflection is there anything you would go back and change about the film?
KK: In retrospect there are many things I would change about the production. But that’s the point of making your first short film. The first step is just to make one, to finish it but you will make some mistakes. I wish my female role was better written and had more depth. I wish I would have had two knives in the reveal. One that he was stabbed with and the one he was using to stab her. I wish I had another gaffer etc. But there are many more things I wouldn’t change. I’m very pleased with the outcome.
C8: What films or filmmakers influenced ‘Each Time Again’?
KK: The main influences of the short are easy to spot. At least they are to me. The first, in theme and tone, is the TV show ‘The Twilight Zone’. The main visual influence is Tarkovsky in the slow tracking shots and slower pace. The score was also influenced by Tarkovsky’s film ‘Stalker’ and it’s theme by Eduard Artemye.
C8: The film was shot in Nashville, Tennessee. Can you describe what the film industry in Nashville is like compared to other major cities such as LA or New York?
KK: ‘Each Time Again’ was filmed in Nashville Tennessee. The film community is really growing here. Most of the film work is in country music videos but there are TV shows that are filmed here and some features. The main boom is in short films with directors like Seth Worley, Red Giant Films leading the way. It’s hard to compare it to other cities as I haven’t really worked in them
C8: What had you done up in your career to this point and what have you done since?
KK: ‘Each Time Again’ was my first short film. Since then I’ve made and released another short film ‘SERAPHIM’. I am currently writing my next short film and developing a feature film.
C8: What advice would you give to emerging filmmakers looking to get their start in the film industry?
KK: I’m still learning but the advice I’d give to emerging filmmakers is to find stories you love and tell them. Do that in a reasonable timeframe then move on to the next one. You will get better so keep moving forward.
C8: What, do you think, makes for a good collaboration?
KK: When working with other people it’s important to realize that they may have a better idea than you. It’s important to listen carefully and have the leadership to throw your idea out for one that’s better. For me this happens a lot.
C8: What’s next for Kip Kubin?
KK: What’s next for me? I’m writing my next film.