247 Ink Magazine’s Steve Azzara recently had a chance to speak with Director
Craig Singer about 6:45, his great new psychological thriller/horror film. Steve
also got to speak to Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini, Allie Marshall and music producer
45 King who produced Hard Knock Life for Jay Z, The 900, and Queen Latifah’s
All Hail The Queen, Eminem etc. Film is out on Valentine’s Day but here’s an early look. It was a fun day for sure. So here are the Exclusive Interviews and on set images. Enjoy!
Your new movie 6:45 – in a few words, what is it about?
In this heart-racing psychological thriller, we are introduced to Bobby Patterson who is taking one last romantic shot at saving his rocky relationship with his girlfriend Jules Rables on a weekend getaway. The couple arrives for vacation in the quiet island resort called “Bog Grove.” To their bewilderment, the sleepy beach town is curiously deserted and they quickly learn about its deadly history that’s about to repeat itself.
Bobby’s struggles with Jules are cast aside in order to overcome a dementing cycle of terror that transpires. No matter what he does to try to avoid it, he and his girlfriend wake up at 6:45 each morning to the same nightmarish chain of events that lead to them being viciously murdered with no chance of escape.
How did the project fall together, actually, and how did you all come on board?
I was a Creative VP with Walt Disney and had been thinking about doing 6:45 for many years. I had known Augie Duke who always would encourage me to simply “Go for it” and make the film with whatever we could raise – in many ways I credit her for helping build my confidence to dig back into my indie film roots.
When I left the studio the media landscape had changed considerably and folks wanted you to make your film with an iphone and a few hundred dollars 🙂 The new landscape was both extraordinarily challenging as well as humbling.
What can you tell us about 6:45’s approach to horror, and how could you all relate to that approach?
I see 6:45 as a love story at its core, something very relatable. All relationships have many challenges and in the case of 6:45 things simply are heightened a bit and as things go from bad to worse the audience is invited on that ride. The audience needs to feel comfortable with the couple and hopefully root for their relationship. This means you need to spend some time getting to know them and that speaks to pacing etc I knew 6:45 would have to take a thoughtful measured approach. Naturally I consider films that possess attributes and characteristics I admire.
Craig, what can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand?
It’s a tough question – for me while there is a good deal of planning you tend to find your film while making the film. It really is a process of discovery and no matter how much one plans there’s a consistent number of curve balls that come your way and a filmmaker must embrace some level of chaos and be able to adjust to things beyond his or her control.
What can you tell us about your location, and what was it like filming there? And did I read that correctly that the place actually felt haunted?
We filmed in and around the Jersey shore – I don’t want to give that much away but there’s a very good chance our location was actually haunted 🙂
Any future projects you’d like to share?
I’m prepping a film called TAT that revolves around the world of memorial tattoos to be shot in Philly as long as it can be made in a safe environment. It’s take place in the world of Memorial Tattoos
Anything else you’re dying to mention and I’ve merely forgotten to ask?
Just that 6:45 was a case study in perseverance and I’m often asked about how one goes about making a film a reality and I like to talk about the three “T’s” – timing – talent and tenacity – we only have control over one of these – tenacity – so keep focused – head down into the wind & ONWARD!
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As a young fighter, did you ever think you would one day be acting and producing?
No, I never thought of acting or anything else when I was fighting, boxing was my sole focus. I started to be represented by the William Morris Agency in 1983. I was offered to do cameos in different TV shows and some movies but I was never able to take advantage of the offers because I was in training camp so regularly. Near the end of my career, I had lost the love for the fight game and I was looking to transition into another career. CBS was going to make a “movie of the week” based on my life and career and they actually had me audition to play myself. They offered me the role to play myself, a la Audie Murphy but I was scheduled to go to training camp for my last fight, at the exact same time that they had scheduled to shoot the movie. In retrospect, it was better to have had an actor portray me but it sparked my interest in acting and the entertainment business. Plus, during the audition, the camera didn’t punch back and the worse thing that happened was, “take two”!
I didn’t realize until today just how much acting and producing you have
done over the years.
Yes, when I made the move to LA, in June of ’85, I started auditioning for parts, I got some roles but missed on more. But after a couple of years of that, I realized that I had to take some control over my career, much like in the ring. In the ring, it’s in my hands, “I win, I win. I lose, I lose” but I control my destiny. In the entertainment world, you control very little and I had to control what I could, the best that I could. So, in 1987, I created my own production company, not knowing anything about production, to create opportunities for myself. I started acquiring intellectual properties and little by little, got to know writers and producers and learned the business through trial and error. Eventually, acting in my own productions as well as others.
That’s great! You were in Richard Marx’ Satisfied video..as a fighter. Did that increase your desire to still be you but show more sides and levels?
I got to know Richard and his wife Cynthia (Rhodes) through the years and Richard asked me if I’d be interested in doing the video because in the beginning of the video, he envisioned this, rat-a-tat-tat, on the heavy bag, to start it. So obviously, I accepted because I was very honored that he asked me. Plus, the video was seen in wide rotation on MTV, which back then was the biggest thing.
What can you tell us about your experience with this movie?
Being included in this movie, being able to work with my son, was a beautiful experience. From the first time that I read the script, I knew that I wanted to be part of it in some way. Whatever role Craig had in mind for me, I was excited about portraying. I think that this movie will do very well, especially now, during this time. People want to be moved when they see or watch art and this one will move you in a variety of ways.
One last thing I just thought of. I was married for about 2 ½ hours to
an ex roommate of Tony Danza, and you did Who’s The Boss. Did you
ever both go to a gym and go a few friendly rounds? How good a fighter?
Was he cocky and did he try to get a few unexpected shots in? Thoughts in
So you’re heavily involved in this film. You acted in it, you’re the associate producer, and worked on post production. Pretty big commitment going in. How do you prepare for that?
I am very grateful and happy to be so heavily involved in this film. To be honest, the preparation has been partly conscious, partly subconscious. I’ve known Craig for a while and we have spoken about working together for some time, so I knew the day would come. I read this script a while ago and I couldn’t wait to work on it with him. As far as preparing for my role, I have been acting for many years and applied my usual prep work for that. In regards to being an associate producer, that was a completely new experience for me. I started out on this film by shadowing Craig, who wrote my part in for me so I could act in the film as well. He is a dear friend and honored the fact that I am passionate about acting, so he was very kind to make sure I had the opportunity to do what I love most while working on this film! I ended up becoming a second assistant director during filming and handling communications and coordinations with talent. As we all continued to work really hard on this film, Craig announced that I was promoted to associate producer and it was such a humbling and wonderful honor. With post production, this is all new for me so I am learning as I go! So, short story long I suppose, my preparation for acting came from my prior training, but the rest had been a go-with-the-flow, hardworking, learning experience!
Which job do you love the most?
My passion has been and will always be in acting. The ability to become someone else to tell their story is such a privilege and an exciting thing, that for me, there’s nothing else like it. Working behind the scenes is a new experience that continues to teach me things every day. I love being a part of something I am proud of, like 6:45, so I truly love all of the jobs that I have done on this project to see it through.
You were in The Irishman. Not a big role but anything interesting to share?
Well, it’s a funny story. I ended up booking a role as a waitress in an important scene that was to be shot the very next day. In order to film, I was required to join the Union, which I was eligible to do after working on the Lifetime Movie, “Sorority Nightmare”. The SAG office was closed in NYC, but luckily with the time zones, the LA office was still open. I filled out the paperwork, I was super excited. “I’m officially in the Union and I just booked a speaking role in The Irishman!” …. buuuuut then the character got cut before filming even started. It happens sometimes, you know? I was just so grateful that I was chosen in the first place and that it gave me that push I needed to join the Union. I ended up going on set one of the days so I could get a feel for the set and watch some of my idols work!
Everything I read on you lists another project as your latest. You are one busy lady! As of today, what are your latest projects and what can you tell us about them?
Thank you so much! I feel very fortunate to have worked on such wonderful projects with really great people. It’s a weird time right now with everything and it’s hard to say when things will be fully up and running again. That being said, I am super excited to be working with Craig on his next feature! For now, my lips are sealed- keep an eye and ear out for details to come!! I am constantly updating my website with information on upcoming projects, so feel free to keep an open eye at www.alliemarshallofficial.com.
You produced Hard Knock Life for Jay Z ..doesn’t get any better than that, we’re done, Thanks! (laughs) Did you think at the time that would STILL be a major record?
Who knew – no. Sometimes these things take on a life all their own. It was very exciting and naturally I’m really happy it turned out the way it did.
The 900, Still major, Queen Latifah All Hail The Queen, Eminem, just an amazing career. Who are you listening to now that you want to work with?
Steely Dan and editing short video clips for instagram.
How did you get involved with 6:45?
My manager is good friends with the director. Also Craig and I worked on a music video years back with the lead singer of The Misfits called No Rain, I have a small Cameo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twHhMqlEUds&feature=emb_logo)
How much fun was it for you?
I’m still excited, I’ve been on a lot of video shoots, but never a movie.
Toughest part of doing the movie?
Doing the scene over and over again – crazy long hours but we had a great cast and crew. I made some great new friends.
A lot of editing short videos and working on a script. Craig has been encouraging.
Hell yeah, it’s fun, plus I think it’s a good creative outlet.
(everything is on my laptop – do most everything at my home – better than spending too much time in the city!