Q &A with Actor and Producer Errol Sadler of Supremacy Films.
"There is a stigma in Hollywood that our content is not marketable internationally; therefore, we lose integrity in our stories to make it more acceptable by the masses."
Is there a film right now you wish you were a part of its production?
"Gravity". Its shots were from a different perspective. Usually stories that take place in space is usually in a shuttle, for the most part. This story took place in outer space. The cinematography was great; the actors were great, overall it was a great product.
What’s your sentiment on slavery films? Are slavery films the only legacy of African Americans, in your opinion?
I think slavery films are a great way to keep our younger generation abreast of our history, but I feel we as African-America filmmakers need to dig deeper. For as far you can travel back in history for other races; African-American’s can go back just as far. Which means we were not always slaves, we were kings, queens, emperors, rulers, conquerors; let’s see more of those stories starring us.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of films made throughout the 20th and 21st centuries that depict other races as the savior of mankind… Many of them are epic fantasies, world saving films… Why do you think there haven’t been such films depicting African Americans in leading roles such as in “Gladiator,” “Clash of The Titans,” “Superman,” “I, Frankenstein,” “Star Trek,” Star Wars,” “The Time Machine,” or even “Cleopatra” and “Son of God?”
There is a stigma in Hollywood that our content is not marketable internationally; therefore, we lose integrity in our stories to make it more acceptable by the masses. That’s why I am such a supporter of Will Packer and Rob Hardy. They are able to tell stories that strengthen our culture, and it’s marketable at the same time.
The film “Eros” was a huge success. After reading the script, how did you know this movie could break through in popularity?
When we decided to write “Eros,” I was determined to win. Nothing and no one could tell me differently. I did not know much about budgets; all I knew was what I was going to shoot, and how it was going to look. The rest was up to the product.
"Try to master all the jobs that affect your job."
What genre of movies do you think is the hardest to produce?
I would not necessarily say hard but risky. Fantasy - It’s heavy with CGI, which makes for a bigger budget, which makes for an even bigger return needed in the box office to break even.
What celebrity would you like to work with in the future and why?
Will Smith. This man is a machine, and one of the hardest workers in the business. I have heard how hard I work, and I would love to meet someone that I think work as hard as I do.
As an actor what producer would you like to work with?
There are many great producers. If I had to choose, I would say Jerry Bruckheimer.
What producer inspires you the most and why? What drives your creativity?
Will Packer, because his story is real. I feel he laid the foundation for me since he started as an indie producer and has taken it mainstream.
"Know your stuff. Try to master all the jobs that affect your job."
How do you know a script is worthy of your attention?
Scripts usually pass through our director or development. Once it gets to my desk I will check it out. The first 10 pages are crucial because that’s the attention getter. If I feel the script can grab an audience attention, then I will give it the time of day.
What’s one advice you would give to someone following in your footsteps?
Know your stuff. Try to master all the jobs that affect your job. If you cannot master them, learn them all and understand how they affect you. This means taking writing classes so you will know a good script and a good pattern when you see one. Take acting classes, take producing classes, know numbers and understand directing. The more knowledge, the stronger your decision making process.
Any shout-outs you care to give?
I want to send love to my wife, my team, “Team Supremacy,” all supporters, and to everyone out there chasing a dream. “Your Dream is Valid...”
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