By: Kathryn Price
Life— it gives everyone a different point of view on the world and their surroundings. The events in people’s lives can cause success and struggle. Many people that I know have had those moments where they get fired from the job you hate or move somewhere new for an opportunity. In the words of Taylor Swift: “It’s hard not to find it all a little bitter sweet.”
“Just Drive,” a film in pre-production, is about how movie stars are given so much fame and fortune that they become secluded from the rest of society. This film emphasizes the loneliness stars feel by having most of the story take place inside a limo. I had the opportunity to talk to the Under Dog Film Fest award winning director and writer Kris Hulbert. He received this award for another one of his films called “The Perfect House,” which gave him a lot of postproduction trouble.
“We tried to ride it out on our own and it’s been a really dark period,” Hulbert says. ” Where friends and family gave up on us people relieved them and were not the friends that we thought they were. We went through such a storm that we didn’t know who our friends and family were. There were people who were only involved for the fame view. They thought we were going to bring them overnight stuff and when that overnight stuff didn’t come. We were alone trying to pick up the pieces and we didn’t know what to do. That is where Just Drive came.”
Hulbert’s “The Perfect House” turned out to be an excellent horror film, something he wasn’t prepared for. Hulbert put his money toward this film and says people tried to take advantage of him. He says people used this to their advantage to resemble the story of “Just Drive.”
The film’s told through the point of view of Hollywood stars trying to climb up the socioeconomic ladder, which causes them to become lonely and lost. Hulbert incorporated his own struggles into the film.
“That if I could get to the place that I want to be in 30-40 years considering myself looking back on the choices I have made and people I have lost and all the things,” Hulbert says. “When we are getting sucked in the story of these characters we got to all that day that when we get to what we care is to provide them who struggle day in and day out for. And once our alarms go off for fame and fortune, where is all the people that I care about? And how to keep control.”
We’ve made Hollywood stars into idols for perfect success. When a person in our society gets to “star status” it’s equivalent to working hard and providing well for one’s self. People are, thankfully, becoming more aware of the outcomes of stardom. A person can easily fall down a slippery slope by having the power to get practically everything and can easily lose sight of their morals. This film shows this struggle through the confines of a limo, where no one can see. The vehicle is symbolic of wealth and luxury. Hopefully, it’ll help people also understand why these events happen and can prevent these struggles in their own lives.
Hulbert is trying to raise money for the films “Just Drive” and “Call Box.” If you’d like to watch “The Perfect House,” you can go here.