We got a chance to speak to director of Hi-So Aitdya Assarat. Take a look below as he gave us some insight into his new movie Hi-So, being released tomorrow.

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1.       When it comes to writing your scripts, what inspires you?
Different things, depends on the project.  I’ve written some things for
certain actors, others for certain locations, but mostly, an idea just
catches a hold in my head, and if it doesn’t go away, then I know there’s
something to it.  So those are the ideas I turn into films.

2.       Do you think your time in America has had an influence on your
filmmaking style?
I watch mostly American films, though I don’t know if that has to do with
having lived there.  I suspect most people around the world watch American
films, even if they never set foot there before.  But yes, I like American
films.  They are the most entertaining.

3.       How did you feel being selected as a protégé by Mira Nair?
I was surprised.  There were four finalists – three women and me who went to
interview with her.  So I thought I’d be her last choice.

4.       How was it working with her?
It was an eye-opener.  I realized that making movies is the same everywhere
in the world.  What she was doing and what I was doing was the same thing,
except she just had a lot more toys to play with.  But at the heart of it,
was just the director working with a couple of actors.

5.       Hi-So was the first film you worked on when you left grad school,
but you released Wonderful Town first. Was there a reason you decided to do
this?
I couldn’t get Hi-So financed and the project fell apart.  Back then I
didn’t have a company and didn’t know anything about producing.  I was like
any other kid coming out of school who had a script and big dreams but no
knowledge of how to get it made.   So I struggled with that for awhile, then
decided to put it aside and move on to other things.  After Wonderful Town
won some prizes I got the chance to make another film, so resurrected Hi-So
as my next project.

6.       What inspired your concept of people who have and people who
haven’t for Hi-So?
I suppose its just the reality in Thailand.  Lots of difference between
people who have and people who haven’t.

7.       In Hi So, your cinematography utilises an interesting blend of
locales, both beautiful and desolate. Is this a conscious choice?
Oh yeah, I like the possibilities of different locations.  With low budget
movies, you don’t have money for spectacles and special effects, so you end
up mostly working with only two things: actors and locations.  They’re
similar for me.  Actors and locations project certain personalities.  And I
use that for the tone of the film.
8.       Also, you seem to use extras very sparsely – is there a reason for
this?
Probably to save money.

Chris Hughes 

HI-SO is in cinemas 1st and 2nd March. Check www.day-for-night.org for listings