Updated: Jul 4
Every week, we're featuring interviews with the cast and crew of Rooks. This week's spotlight is on Costume Designer Elizabeth Feinschreiber and Special Effects Supervisor Ramon Antonio.
Elizabeth Feinschreiber and Ramon Antonio on set
Ramon met director Robert Maynard by total coincidence one night while shopping at Staples in Londonderry. Robert worked there at the time, and he and Ramon started chatting about their shared interest in films and filmmaking. About 45 minutes passed, and the conversation had only gotten livelier. They exchanged numbers and connected during pre-production, when Ramon stepped up to be the film’s special effects supervisor. It was his job to make impossible things… possible. And in a science fiction film, this was undoubtedly a challenge. Liz's onboarding experience was rather different. Replacing another crew member, she hit the ground running and barely had time to meet with Robert before getting to work on the costume design of the film. Liz loved production, though… a friend of stars Justin Gatcomb and Eleanor Langthorne prior to the film, she slipped right into the crew seamlessly. Liz and Ramon both play characters in the film as well. Ramon discussed his process to bring his character Dennis Albright to life: “I’ve always kind of liked the idea of being able to step into the life of a completely different person and pretend to be them so well that other people believe it. I feel like it really gets me closer to realizing who I am, as well. I decided that, as Dennis, I would try to be an older and softer version of myself.” Ramon’s favorite experiences from set are the ones he designed with special effects, though. There’s a sequence early in the film where a character punches a keypad, “and the whole thing got destroyed, and we got the whole thing in one shot. It was great!” As always, we asked their favorite movies. Ramon said, “Depends the mood I’m in, but I must have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail maybe 30 times?” Liz's favorite is Tick, Tick… Boom! And their favorite filmmakers? Ramon said, “Leonardo DiCaprio has consistently impressed me,” while Liz offered: “Andrew Garfield and Sadie Sink are two of my favorite actors currently. Their vulnerability, honesty, and truthfulness to the actions and desires of their characters is a constant inspiration.” Though neither has any upcoming film projects to share, we thought we’d plug their other endeavors. Ramon runs and owns Ion Electrical, LLC, an electrical company, with his brother-in-law, and you can follow Liz’s acting career at her website!
LIZ'S WEBSITE ION ELECTRICAL'S WEBSITE
See Liz’s and Ramon’s work in Rooks, premiering at The Strand in Dover, NH, on December 17. On Amazon Instant Video December 23.