A fierce warrior on a destructive war campaign is betrayed and left for dead. He is taken in and healed by the princess of a hidden tribe who believe he is the savior they have been waiting for in the movie, The Veil. Directed by Brent Ryan Green of Toy Gun Films, Brent is here talk about the film for this week’s Creator Conversation.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your role with The Veil.
BRENT: Born and raised in Oklahoma City, I am the Director and Producer of the film The Veil. Making this film here in Oklahoma is something I have been working towards since I started working in the film industry over 10 years ago.
What four words would you use to describe the film?
BRENT: Action, Complex, Unpredictable, Scenic
What is The Veil about?
BRENT: The Veil is set in a war-torn land where tribal factions live in fear of annihilation. The Veil tells the story of a deadly warrior, William Levy, leading a destructive war campaign. When he is betrayed by his own people and left for dead, he is taken in by a hidden tribe that believes he was chosen to wage a final battle. The movie follows his journey in this unknown world.
What got you interested in making movies?
BRENT: It was mainly the opportunity I had in college to go to Panama for 5 months and work on a film called End of the Spear. When I went down there I knew nothing about the industry and had no desire to make movies. I just thought it would be a cool adventure. However, by the end of the shoot 72-day shoot, I was hooked.
What was the greatest challenge you overcame in this production?
“One day it was so cold that the camera froze and we had to stop shooting.”BRENT: The hardest part of the production was shooting on locations for 23 days. Spending 14 hours a day outside in Oklahoma was difficult. The weather started off great but by the end of the shoot, we had snow. One day it was so cold that the camera froze and we had to stop shooting.
What did you enjoy about making this movie in Oklahoma?
BRENT: Just being in my home state was great. Also, I really wanted to feature some unique locations that would show Oklahoma in a new light.
Where do you think people should travel to in Oklahoma?
BRENT: Well since The Veil was shot there I think people should check out Turner Falls and Red Rock Canyon. It’s another side of Oklahoma that’s worth exploring.
What advice do you have for other filmmakers?
BRENT: Keep making films and green light your own projects. Meaning be realistic about what you have access to. Use those limitations to inspire creativity and make a project that you don’t have to wait for someone else to say yes to.
Why should one see the movie?
BRENT: To see another side of Oklahoma.
Anything else you want to say or let people know?
BRENT: You can watch the film now on iTunes.