Corey Adams and Alex Craig have been doing the film festival circuit promoting their new film Machotaildrop. We caught up with Corey to talk to him about this unique film that centers on an average kid Walter Rhum, who gets sponsored by one of the greatest skateboard companies in the world called Machotaildrop. Imagine skateboarding mixed with Willy Wonka, complete with beautiful cinematography coupled by a creative narrative and highly eccentric characters.

Did you have any experience in the film industry prior to making the movie?

Yeah, I worked in Vancouver in the film industry for ten years as a SPFX make-up artist. I ended up getting really burned out. It was hard to see so many people working on films and not caring at all about the movies they were making. I ended up quitting and getting a job washing dishes. 

How did you enjoy washing dishes? 

It was a nice change (laughs). When you’re in the dish pit you don’t have to deal with people just dishes. You become one with the porcelain. 

Had you made any films before Machotaildrop? 

I have been making films since I was about 15. The early ones were not so much films as they were experiments in figuring out how it all worked. I’m 35 now so it’s been happening for quite a while I guess. 


Machotaildrop was a result of a Fuel TV competition can you tell us about it? 

Well, Fuel TV had a competition for a short film in which the winner would get 1,000,000 dollars. We made a movie called “Harvey Spannos” and had our friend Rick McCrank (the professional skateboarder) attached to it so that helped. We won that and went on to make a full-length feature film, which is Machotaildrop.

Where did you get the idea for the movie? 

Two friends and myself went out to Hope B.C. where the first Rambo movie was filmed. My friend had a cabin out there. We went out into the woods and lived in tents and set up hammocks and just wrote for like a week and got drunk.

So the idea was to soak up the Rambo energy? 

Yeah, exactly.

Can you tell me about the main character in the movie called the Barron? He seems really eccentric. 

Well actually we had originally written the movie with the actor Brian Blessed who is quite well know in Europe. We sent him a bottle of whiskey in an ornate wood box and had our friend write in calligraphy asking him if he would play the part even though we couldn’t afford to pay him his usual wage. He accepted but never ended up playing the role.

Why did he back out? 

Well we were filming in Budapest and he flew from England the week before his shoot for costume fitting and rehearsals. Everything went great. Then the next week he flew in on Friday and when he landed we were told he had a mild heart attack on the flight over. He wanted to go back to England to see his doctor. 

He is really funny because you can never tell when he is acting or serious. So when Alex was driving him back to the airport to catch his flight home Brian was sitting up front silently. Then he turns and looks at Alex and says, “There is only one other person who can play this part. He is a friend of mine James Faulkner. Here is his number call him.” 

So did you end up calling his friend? 

Yeah, that was Friday night and we were set to shoot his part starting Monday for a week. So we called James and he answered the phone and we explained what had happened and he replies, “It’s my Christian duty to help.” So he flies out and was ready for the shoot on Monday.

He did an awesome job. Brought with him an array of moustaches and wigs and just took the character and made it his own.

Was filming in Budapest a challenge?
Yes and no. At times people would hear we were from North America so they would ask for more money for a location or things like that. Hungarians are kinda shifty and don’t really trust people. They told us early on in the shoot that the Hungarian people were unified by hate. So that sort of laid the groundwork for what was to come. We showed up early one morning to this old hospital and the guy we rented it from wasn’t there. We waited then called him. He said that he was going to need a $1000 more. We just ended up carrying around an envelope of money around to deal with situations like that.