Does the name R.M. Moses. ring a bell? If your answer is yes, good on you. If the answer is no, let us familiarise you with this exceptionally talented filmmaker and screenwriter.
R.M. Moses is the head writer and director of production company Blame The Consumer. 2015 has been major for Remy and the BTC team as they took on the task of making four short films earlier in the year. To celebrate this brilliant achievement, Blame The Consumer held a premiere at East London’s Genesis Cinema on October 13th and Certified UK were invited! Here’s what we thought of the night…
As we arrived at reception, the place was already buzzing with good energy, the atmosphere thick with excitement and anticipation. Almost everyone in attendance was dressed to kill and had beaming smiles on their faces as they greeted each other and made friendly conversation before the screening.
As the place gradually filled up, it was time for everyone to make their way to into the cinema to finally see these films that Blame The Consumer had been working tirelessly hard on over the last few months. Remy introduced each film before it started and did a short Q&A following each film, allowing guests to pick his brains. The films that premiered on the night were (in order) Carousel, Baddies, Signs of Silence and Sapiens. Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming post where we’ll share our opinions on each film.
Of course, we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to speak to the man of the evening. Check out our conversation with Remy below…
How did you start making films?
I was always writing poetry and short stories. I taught myself how to edit script templates on YouTube and now it’s second nature to me. I can write a good script in a day.
Did you take any film courses or go to film school?
No. I planned to go to university but I dropped out of college and changed my mind. I was always filming music videos and I had nothing else to do so I just started [making films].
All the films that premiered tonight were shot over the summer. Which film was your favourite one to make?
All of them had their merits. Signs of Silence we shot in five consecutive days, Sapiens over a period of four months and Baddies over a period of five months. All of them were really fun to make and all had their ups and downs. I couldn’t really choose a favourite.
What challenges did you come across when making these films?
The initial hurdle was convincing the actors that this story was worthwhile. Any indie filmmaker can come to an actor and say ‘I’ve got a project and it’s going to be massive’ but I came to them with the idea and my vision, and the journey I was gonna go on afterwards and they believed in me which is proper humbling. I’m happy they have stayed with me throughout the journey till now.
What’s next for Blame The Consumer?
We have three more projects in the works. Three short films in between now and March, and then the Sapiens TV series which we’ll try and get funding for in the summer. Baddies the feature film which we’ll hopefully try and get into production in the summer. That’s it for now.
Where can people see the films [that were screened tonight]? Are there plans to release them online?
They won’t be released online, but all of them will be doing film festival circuits so they’ll be shown across London, the UK and across the world. That’s where people can see them again. We might sell them on DVD, but it depends how well they do on the festival circuit so it’s a big might.
What do you like, or dislike, the most about the indie film scene in the UK?
I don’t think there’s enough creativity. Industry professionals turn a blind eye to urban dramas from the UK, especially if there are black actors and there’s no real creativity. There’s no scope to how big UK film can be. At the moment, everything that’s coming out of the UK is non-creative, there’s no real spark to it. I want to do art where I can paint new stories and get my stories heard.
We also got the chance to catch up with one of our favourite rising actors in the UK, Nathan Hector, who we ran into at the premiere. Mr Hector is a very busy man. He told us that he’s just finished filming for Kojo’s The Weekend movie which will be out next year, as well as (at least) two more feature films coming out in 2016 and he’s got a lead role in a feature film that has the working title of Hustle and Effect. In addition to all of that, he’s got some short films in the works; a web series with Big Tipper coming out soon and is also working on a web series called Brothers In Suits which you may have seen being talked about on Twitter. The CUK team definitely can’t wait to see it when it hits our screens in 2016. So which actors does Nathan look up to? “Idris Elba, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal are amazing. And just everyone I’m around to be honest. Everyone that I know who’s active and in the scene, especially underground indie actors, there’s a strong movement of us. A lot of us are really trying to come through and smash this online thing. There’s Big Tipper, Tommy Xpensive, Kayode who just done #HoodDocumentary, a lot of indie and signed actors who are creating their own pieces of work and making statements and smashing the scene up.”
Does he have plans to venture outside acting anytime soon? He doesn’t give too much away. “I’m looking to get into a bit of writing next year. Remy [Moses] and I are looking to write something, a psychological thriller. I won’t say too much, but I’m excited about it. I also do drama empowerment workshops where I visit schools and let kids know where I come from and my story to let them know that nothing is impossible. I’m nowhere near where I want to be, but it’s amazing to be in this position and inspire young people to do what they want to do. I think as an actor it’s important to tell your story every step of the way and not wait till you get that big break to tell people your story.” When asked how he wants to leave his mark and be remembered as a person and actor, for Nathan, it’s all about being good to people. “Treat people how you want to be treated because you never know who you’re talking to. Be gracious, be humble and work hard, that’s important to me.”
The night was a huge success, with over 500 people coming out to show support for the films and the Blame The Consumer team. The positive energy in the room following the screenings was insane
R.M. Moses is an extraordinary talent in the independent UK film scene and his writing, vision and level of creativity, we feel, is rare. We are certain that very soon, R.M. Moses will be a name that you’ll see everywhere.
Make sure you follow Remy on Twitter and look out for any casting calls he puts out, or collaborators he might be seeking.