Interview: ‘Catfish’ Filmmakers Get Real About Their Documentary

Is it? Is it kind of a weird experience?

Henry: Getting sent scripts? Yeah. It is.

Nev: It’s also weird cause I’m not part of that, I’m not a filmmaker. I mean, I’m not the kind of filmmaker that they are. And it’s crazy cause I’ve seen scripts come through the office over the last few months that are now being made, that potentially you guys could be making, it’s just like wild. And obviously they couldn’t cause we knew we had this coming, but…

Henry: I mean there have been one or two things that we were interested in and kind of got in the preliminary stages of talking about and then for one reason or another they didn’t happen…

Rel: Like the 3D Justin Bieber doc. Seriously. I could have done something with that.

That would have been a big chunk of change.

Rel: I don’t think anyone’s going to pay us much.

Oh really?

Henry: I think it scale based on experience.

Oh well, certainly yeah.

Rel: I think it could make a big chunk of change though.

Definitely yeah, you’d have to get your backend deal worked out, get some points.

Nev: I’m also pursuing my photography more.

[Rel, Henry and I laugh]

Nev: Which is what I was doing at the time.

Sorry to talk about…

Henry: No no, back to you Nev.

It’s really all about Nev.

Nev: Yeah, I mean the movie is sort of about me and I’m a photographer so I think that’s important.

[Everyone laughs]

No that’s good, are you going to try to do like gallery shows or…

Nev: Yeah, I’d love to, I mean the film has certainly opened doors for me…

Yeah, you’ve definitely gotten some more exposure based on this.

Nev: So it’s sort of the push that I needed to take my art a little bit more seriously.

Well it had to have been kind of a different experience thinking all right well we’re going to submit it to Sundance, and 300 people will be at the screening and maybe another 300 at the second screening. How do you go from that to actually getting a wide release and potentially millions of people seeing the film?

Henry: I don’t know yet.

Nev: I’m scared, I’m very nervous and scared about it…

In what way?

Nev: In a weird way. I mean just because like you just have no control. Even in the marketing, we get creative consultation, but the reality is the movie now has its own legs, it has its own lifeforce, its own energy. And people have such different feelings and reactions to everything. I mean even what could be the most simplest thing like this bottle opener, like you could hate it, you could love it.

Henry: I love it.

Nev: Yeah, I happen to also love it.

Rel: I like it too.

Or just like me thinking that the title card was kind of mean-spirited and you guys being taken aback by that.

Henry: Yeah.

Nev: Yeah.

Rel: So either the movie’s going to hit a nerve or it’s not.

Nev: Yeah, but either way like it’s nerve-wracking for me, because it’s about me, or something that happened to me. I don’t know…it’d be one thing if I were acting in a film that was a buddy copy comedy and some people loved it and would come up to me and be like “oh you were great in…whatever Rush Hour 6” or “oh I…

But this is like “you were great in your life.”

Nev: Right, and if they don’t like me…

Rel: Or you sucked in your life.

Nev: Right, it’s very personal. So you know, I gotta be ready for that and I’m a little nervous about it. But excited.

Understandable. Well I wish you guys the best of luck with it.

Nev: Thanks.

Rel: Thanks, man.

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