Founded by Brandon Bruno and Tristan Francis in 2015, Abstrance Films is an independent production team that strives to create, produce, and distribute unique, professional films. We talked with the creative minds behind Abstrance to find out more about their dynamic, influences and upcoming releases.
How did Abstrance Films start?
BB: Abstrance Films came from a previous team called Abstract Mind Pictures that housed some of my earliest shorts. After creating Heavy Eyes, we felt as if the quality of our films had become much higher compared to our previous work and we wanted to have new branding to reflect that.
TF: While we were rebranding ourselves from Abstract Mind Pictures to Abstrance Films, it took us a while to come up with the name. We ended up with Abstrance after combining “abstract” (from Abstract Mind Pictures) and “trance,” inspired from our trademark film Heavy Eyes, which was the origin of our 80’s style.
What were the main influences that inspired you guys to start producing films?
BB: For me, that goes way back to watching movies like “Alien” and “Star Wars” with my Dad as a kid. I was always a big cinephile, but it wasn’t until I got to college when I realized I wanted to make films. “The Guest” was a movie that I saw when I was just starting out, and it actually became a major influence for my style of filmmaking.
TF: Films like “Drive,” “Gone Girl” and “Under the Skin” really inspired me to get into film. I think those films have really beautiful cinematography and I’m a very visual guy so I started off working with Brandon on his films as a camera operator and cinematographer.
How does the dynamic between the both of you, Brandon Bruno (Director and Editor) and Tristan Francis (Graphic Designer), work?
TF: On the film side, I work together with Brandon on color correcting and color grading as well as occasionally cinematography and story boarding. I take care of everything on the branding side which includes our logo, social media graphics, opening title, and film titles. With everything we do there’s always a lot of talking back and forth to reach our own high standard of quality.
Many of Abstrance Films have a dark, but comic feel to them. Is that something you guys aim for?
BB: I feel like a lot of our films started out that way with pieces like Holding Hope and Greenhouse, but we are reaching a point where Abstrance is broadening out more.
Something like “Symmetree” was an incredibly personal film for me compared to a lot of my earlier work, and I think I’ll continue to have a balance between films like that and more entertaining ones. It’s interesting actually because we are trying to gather an online audience to our content rather than going the festival route, so it becomes this idea now about how can we make a short that is watchable and will keep the audience’s attention, while also not compromising on our artistry.
Your films range from drama to comedy to horror, is there any particular creative process Abstrance goes through producing its films?
BB: We like to keep a tight creative circle when we come up with ideas for potential shorts. The directors that create for us have writers that they typically work with, and will let me know when a script is written that seems like it could be worth developing. Pre-production can take as long as it needs to so, we can make sure we are completely ready to tackle the film. Once we are casting, finding locations, etc, Tristan will begin coming up with concepts for how the film title could look. We also contact our composer in Los Angeles, Greg De Iulio, and give him a brief description of the project so he can start playing around with potential music for the flick.
What’s next for Abstrance Films, any new productions in the works?
BB: We currently have a few projects in post-production including an 80’s sci-fi comedy called “Backtrack Vodka” and a family drama entitled “Old Bones”. Abstrance is also co-producing a crowdfunded short fan film called “Star Wars: The Artifact of Sight” with director Devin Todd, and it is currently on Indiegogo. We are developing our first horror-comedy web series alongside of that. But the ultimate goal would be to produce our own feature, and we are actually in the process of writing a horror script that we think would be pretty cool. Any new updates and films can be seen on our newly designed website Abstrance.com.
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