David Holechek is a filmmaker and television editor from Los Angeles, CA. He has either produced, directed or edited six feature-length releases and over a dozen short films. His 2012 short film, ‘A Finger, Two Dots Then Me’ has screened at over 80 film festivals around the world and won over 35 awards including the CINE Master’s Series Award and the Heartland Film Festival’s Crystal Heart Award. He also produced and edited the feature film ‘Ragamuffin’ – based on the life of renowned singer/songwriter Rich Mullins which was released in 2014 through Millennium Entertainment. He has edited over 50 hours of broadcast television shows including Fox Sports’ ‘Replay’, Lifetime’s ‘Killer Kids’ and as lead editor of Animal Planet’s ‘Pit Bulls and Parolees’. He owns and operates Duality Filmworks with twin brother Daniel. Company editorial and VFX credits include ‘The League’ on FX, ‘Family Tree’ on HBO, ‘Deadliest Warrior’ on Spike TV and the return of the mock rock band Spinal Tap in the DVD release ‘Spinal Tap: Back From The Dead’.
Q & A
If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in?
We hint at the world outside the house the film takes place in having gone to hell a little bit, so no, but the idea of a world with time travel becomes a different question. You want to say you want that world because of all of the good we could conceivably do, all the mistakes we could correct, but then you get into the scary questions of who exactly has access to time travel?
Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way ticket to?
Cloud City. Duh.
Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level?
Teen Wolf’s dad.
Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?
Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence?
Friend on paper/by design, but once they have to start dealing with us on a daily basis will they stay that way?
What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films?
I thought robots making Hollywood films was already a thing.
Will you support them in their endeavors?
If I see a robot that yearns to express its unique blend of circuitry through the arts, how could I say no?
In 1996, Bugs Bunny recruited Michael Jordan and Bill Murray to form the greatest basketball squad of all-time, the Tune Squad; you’re Bugs, who’s on your Sci-Fi Tune Squad?
Gizmo, Yoda, Orko, Jiminy Cricket, and The Feral Kid (I’d go small ball).
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas.
I wrote a feature script and a sequel about the “trials and tribulations” of my friends and I in an all-boys private school in New York when I was in high school. I think both scripts totaled about 250 pages. Every copy has been burned. What a dick.
How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
Nothing to do but keep writing what interests you until you get something on paper that doesn’t make you nauseous when you re-read it a week later.
Do you consider yourself part of a sci-fi community?
Yes, but like the hermit guy who lives on the outskirts of town that people tend to avoid eye-contact with.
Or when your brain is in the future and your body’s in the present, is that isolating?
Sounds quite liberating to me.
Do you consider yourself more of an analog or digital person?
I’ve been told I have an analog way of thinking…think that means I’m not a multitasker?
What kind of balance do you strike between the two?
So much technology is designed and built to make our lives easier so we can have more time to discover the meaning of life or whatever. So I strike whatever balance requires me to put as little effort into figuring out how what kind of balance to strike.
Is there a disconnect between the technology you make films about and the technology that you make films with?
There is a massive disconnect and it pisses me off. I’m sure all filmmakers in post production would appreciate the ability to go back in time.
When you’re creating the props and sets that make a new world, where do you look for inspiration?
I like looking at expos for cars/phones/etc. of the future.
How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
It’s always good for the tangible side of this to be grounded in a recognizable reality. People like seeing how things they know will evolve.
Lightning round: Star Wars or Star Trek? Philip K. Dick or William S. Burroughs? Practical or CGI? Dystopia or Utopia? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Wars, Dick, Practical, most sci-fi utopias are dystopias in disguise and I think it’s about time we give a utopia an honest-to-God shot in one of these things, Post Apocalypse.