Creed inspired short film Knockout looks to become a reality.
With the film in pre-production the director of the film, James Carpenter joined us to talk about his latest upcoming sport themed drama film ‘Knockout’.
Hi, how are you?
I’m pretty good. Glad to be here. Heard many good things about Our Culture Mag.
You do seem familiar. So, you are directing the upcoming short film Knockout. How did the idea for the film come about?
It originated from when I tried to come up with an idea between a relationship with a father and son. A couple ideas came first with a father in the military or so. I wanted to create something pure and innocent but still have enough negative emotion to leave a lasting imprint on the audience.
What influenced the film?
Major influences come from ‘The Fighter’, ‘Creed’, ‘Southpaw’. All these sports films had more of an emotional side than the actual sports side, so I decided to take that element and put it at the front of the story.
“An exciting project that looks to awe its audience”
What is the character of John Saunders like?
He’s an honest man. He started off as a tradesman. Didn’t have many aspirations. Straightforward, everyday working-class guy. I feel that makes him much more relatable character than someone who had aimed to be a boxer since day one.
Describe Knockout in three words.
Hard hitting emotion.
When are you planning to release Knockout and how can we follow the film’s progress?
The film should be released in June 2018 if not a bit earlier. You can follow the progress the social media and our Indiegogo. Also, a dedicated YouTube channel will cover the film.
Thank you for being on OC James!
You can also join Knockout by becoming a backer on their Indiegogo here!