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Old 11-03-2013, 07:27 AM
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:10 PM
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ZACHARY QUINTO & NEAL DODSON TALK FORMING BEFORE THE DOOR PICTURES & ‘ALL IS LOST’
SSN: When you first created the company, what was the initial purpose for doing it?
Quinto: The idea was generated on the heels of my first season on Heroes, when I realized as an actor I had a platform that I hadn’t before. Then Star Trek happened and I realized there was a window opening for me that wouldn’t stay open forever. I wanted to seize that opportunity.

SSN: Was there a grand plan when you first got together?
Quinto: We didn’t have any idea what we were doing. (laughs) We just knew that we’d been friends for a very long time and there was an implicit trust and an investment in each other’s well being and success. We felt that was a good engine for beginning a creative venture. Any time where there was a crossroads, it’s that connection that we leaned into. It’s served us to this point.

SSN: How hard was it to have others take you seriously when you first started taking meetings for projects?
Dodson: It was certainly hard at first. We had a handful of meetings where Zach and I would leave and go, ‘Well they didn’t really want to take that meeting.’ Now that we’ve established ourselves, we’re not having to make that argument anymore.

SSN: Your two most prominent projects have been with J.C. Chandor. What is that relationship like?
Quinto: The great thing about our relationship with J.C., from a creative standpoint, is that it’s a mutual experience. [With Margin Call] we brought him an opportunity that he wouldn’t have otherwise had, and the success of that film brought us opportunities that we might not have otherwise had.

Dodson: He’s a great template for the kind of people we’re looking to work with. As we meet other filmmakers, the qualities we love about J.C. are things we look for in others—no drama queen screamers, no angry sets—just people who are collaborative, who have a secure vision in what they’re trying to do, and like working together to achieve it.

SSN: After Chandor directed Margin Call, did you have faith he could do something that was virtually a silent film set on water?
Quinto: It was one step at a time for all of us. We went into Margin Call not knowing if J.C. could direct that movie or if we could pull it off from a production standpoint … As a result, we started to trust that the ground would reveal itself under our feet if we just stepped forward with curiosity, confidence, and as much integrity as we could all muster under the circumstances.

SSN: When he comes to you with All is Lost, which is a complete 180-degree turn fromMargin Call, what do you say?
Dodson: All Is Lost was a big risk for all of us. To be candid, we didn’t know [if] J.C. could direct it, we didn’t know if the movie was going to be any good … The fences J.C. set around that project—no land, no dialogue, 77-year-old leading man, no other actors—were all risk factors for sure.

SSN: When were you sure that what you had with the film was something good?
Dodson: It wasn’t until we were sitting amongst 2,500 strangers at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie ended, people stood up, and clapped and didn’t stop clapping for somewhere between nine and 11 minutes, depending on who you believe in the stopwatch department. So it was that moment that we thought, ‘Oh maybe this worked.’

SSN: Neal, you were the day-to-day producer on that film along with Anna Gerb. How do you decide who takes the lead on a project between you, Zach, and Corey?
Dodson: The great thing about having partners is that it doesn’t mean all of us have to be there for every moment of every single project. While I was making All Is Lost, Zach was in the middle of shooting American Horror Story, and Corey took the lead on a horror movie we have coming out called The Banshee Chapter … We all sweat out everything from casting to contracts to financing.

SSN: Zach, you were both the day-to-day producer onMargin Call and an actor in the film. How come you have not appeared onscreen in any other Before The Door productions?
Quinto: I was in Margin Call to establish my association with the company … I haven’t been in any of the films that we made since because I’ve been pursuing other goals as an actor.

SSN: Does Before the Door have any specific aspirations as a company?
Dodson: So far, all our films have been fully independent, have all received releases, and we’ve given directors final cut. But in terms of where we’d like to go next, in addition to maintaining a sense of independence, we’d like to try our feet on a bigger studio project.

Quinto: It all comes down to material. All of us have similar enough sensibilities where we can recognize the projects that fit the parameters of what we want to accomplish creatively.
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Old 12-03-2013, 11:20 PM
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Old 12-17-2013, 08:51 PM
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Zachary Quinto Follows Brad Pitt’s Footsteps Producing Horror-Thriller, Oscar Buzz
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:41 PM
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"We have a little joke at Before the Door," says actor-producer Zachary Quinto of the special skills each partner at his increasingly busy Hollywood production company. "Corey Moosa is the heart of the company, Neal Dodson is the brains of the company, and I’m the face of the company."

That’s because Quinto, of course, is in the midst of a red-hot career in front of the cameras in both film and television with his role as Mr. Spock in the revived Star Trek franchise and as one of the ensemble players popping in and out of the anthological seasons of producer Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story. But as part of Before the Door, Quinto’s also has an exciting producing career in progress, responsible for such critical and commercial hits as Margin Call and All Is Lost.

The division of specialties among the partners, he says is “true in the way that each of us had to pursue our different responsibilities. I think one of my strengths in the company is my relationships in the business: certainly in the casting stage of any project I can reach out directly to actors and reach out to agents myself, and in a lot of ways might have a phone call returned a little more quickly.”

The current film from Quinto’s production shingle is the horror-thriller The Banshee Chapter – available now on VOD and in select theaters January 10 – from writer-director Blair Erickson, who like Quinto and his partners is a Carnegie Mellon University alum. “We have a large interest in supporting new works and new writers and directors, and he filled that criteria, and we responded to the script on a creative level,” says Quinto. “I felt like it was smart, I like the historical context of the story. I really am personally interested in the idea of mind expansion and the lengths to which people will go to experience it.

"It was exciting for us," he says. "We haven’t done anything in this genre before, and obviously with my fan base from American Horror Story and Star Trek to a certain extent, it felt like it was an appropriate project to immerse ourselves in.”

That said, Quinto – who’s currently most focused on his acting career and shepherding a few Before the Door projects to star in himself to the screen – definitely wants to expand his repertoire beyond the sci-fi, horror and superhero spheres he’s already hit big within for both sides of his profession.

"The last thing I’m interested in is being tethered to one kind of storytelling or one genre," he says. “If you look at the movies we’ve made – corporate thriller, we made a romantic comedy, a horror movie, a solitary lost-at-sea film, next up, another intellectual, adventure thriller kind of movie that we’re doing with J.C. Chandor – I feel like there’s a lot of diversity in that. We use different criteria to chose our projects, so creative integrity in a story that we all respond to, a director that we can really share the vision of, and then stories that we think people are going to be interested in and relate to.”

And there’s more that he hopes to add to his professional plate. "I definitely want to direct, and I’m looking for ways to do that even now," he says. "For me, that’s all about the story, and I haven’t found the story yet that I would need to be as passionate about to tell. But I do want to explore that territory, and to find out, when the time is right, how to make that step."

Given that J.J. Abrams, the director of the last two Trek installments, is stepping away from his behind-the-camera duties to focus on the Star Wars relaunch and new screenwriters J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will be joining returning scribe Roberto Orci. Quinto expects a new jolt of creative energy to fuel the franchise’s third outing.

"I’m certainly interested in who those people are, and I’m eager to figure out how we’ll communicate and how we’ll work together," he says. "I feel very open to the experience. As sorry as I am to know that we won’t necessarily have J.J. at the helm, I have implicit trust in his taste [as executive producer], and I’m confident that he’ll chose somebody that is really exciting and fun to work with."

Given his expanding list of creative hyphenated job titles, does Quinto have any behind-the-scenes ambitions within the Trek franchise, if opportunity arises? “I don’t know… I don’t know,” he says. “It seems so far-fetched, frankly. We only have one more movie that we’re guaranteed to do, and I know I am not going to be directing that one. I feel like it seems so far beyond my current capacity that I can’t imagine it ever coming around to that – but you know, we’ll see. I imagine it being a little bit of a smaller story and something that my production company can support. I’m creating this infrastructure for myself for a lot of reasons, not just to benefit me as an actor, but also to give me an infrastructure that allows me to tell stories in other ways down the line too.”

Having cultivated a warm personal and working relationship with Leonard Nimoy as he assumed the Spock mantle, Quinto’s garnered insight from the veteran actor, who parlayed his own creative investment in Star Trek as the director/producer of the third and fourth films features the original TV cast into a more diverse directorial career with movies like Three Men and a Baby and The Good Mother.

"We’ve spoken a lot about his experience and his career and the diversity of it," says Quinto. "And I know that it’s allowed him to feel like he’s had an incredible journey in his work and his life, and hopefully, I’ll look back on my experience with the same realization. It was interesting to have those conversations with him, for sure."
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Moore plans to answer that question, sort of, through a Pittsburgh-based reality TV series called “The Chair” that he’s producing along with home-grown producer Zachary Quinto and Quinto’s partner, Corey Moosa.
New Pa. reality series focuses on director's chair
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