After we had spotted Calgary native Actor Josh Emerson in the Magic Hour trailer we had to know more about the filmmaker of this riveting film! Cole Mueller sparked our interest right away with his film style.
COLE MUELLER: FILMMAKER
In May 2008, Mueller graduated from the prestigious School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California where he wrote, directed and produced a number of award-winning short films.
Throughout college, Mueller also gained valuable knowledge and experience by interning for various production companies such as the Michael Bay owned Bay Films and the Jennifer Aniston owned Echo Films.
Upon graduating, he immediately began work on the script for his first feature film, “Green Guys”, a crime film in the vein of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Wall Street.” By the following spring, the script was completed and “Green Guys” went into production with a budget of 130,000 dollars. “Green Guys” was released nationwide through Filmworks Entertainment on VOD, iTunes, some retails stores and rental outlets across the country, and, in 2012, was awarded the Silver Ace award at the Las Vegas Film Festival.
In the fall of 2011, Mueller began pre-production on his second feature film “Magic Hour” about a young man who is befriended by a local crime family. “Magic Hour” had a cast that consisted of C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders, The Amazing Spider-Man), William Russ (Boy Meets World), Kris Lemche (Final Destination 3), and is currently gaining interest from distribution companies around the US.
When did your interest for film develop?
Cole: The story goes, my mom says that I came home from school as a first grader and said I wanted to be a film director. She didn’t know where I learned the term. Years later, middle school, my parents bought me a camcorder and I started shooting little videos starring my little brother Chris. Which carried into high school and now is my profession.
What was your First project?
The first real feature film that I finished was Green Guys. I wrote the script when I was 22, shot and completed when I was 23 on a budget of 130 thousand dollars. This was around 2009 and seems crazy that it was that long ago because
it seems like yesterday.
What projects did you have out last year?
I take my time with my projects because I don’t want to just put out anything. If I release a movie, people should know that I put my blood, sweat and tears into it. Literally. My new movie “Magic Hour” will be out before the end of summer hopefully.
Describe your style of working on set?
On set I want my actors to create the character themselves, I want them to make it their own, OWN IT, BE THE CHARACTER, and I can just guide them. I don’t want to micromanage those decisions too much. For instance, Tommy Howell really wanted to wear a certain type of jacket for the character he played and I loved that he was so specific in his choice.
What all can you do, what is your background of education and favourite inspirations?
I went to USC Film School as a production major and my biggest influences have probably been Francis Ford Coppola and I guess Fincher or Spielberg, but it’s always changing.
Watch the trailer to Magic Hour!
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More of Cole’s work