Adam Bowers discuss film Paperback showing this year in 2016 Indie Grits Festival.
I grew up in Florida, and in 2008, after graduating from the state college there, before making my move out to LA, where I live now, I made a tiny feature in my college town with a few friends for a couple thousand dollars, called NEW LOW. And since then, I’ve been trying to find work in LA and, you know, trying to move up, but it’s hard to get that forward momentum, and after a few years had gone by and that movie had done its thing, I couldn’t get my next project off the ground, and I had started to feel like I hadn’t really left my first movie behind. Like I hadn’t moved on from my “college movie.” So with that looming existential dread creeping upon me, I got the urge to go back to my old college town and make another movie, about a guy who’s getting older and still hasn’t left his college town. You see where I’m going with that?
And so I gathered a few cast and crew in LA and we went back to Gainesville, where PAPERBACK is set, and made the movie with a ton of help from local people and businesses, who were insanely supportive and cooperative. And for me, it was weird to go back to my college town, where it felt like 95 percent of the people I knew had left. It was a weird, new feeling I didn’t expect to have while making this thing, but it was cool.
Oh, I remember a funny thing that happened on the first day of shooting. A lot of our local crew were students or recent college graduates, so a lot of young people who were excited to work on a production but didn’t necessarily have much experience doing it, and on the first day, the DP asked one of them for a half-apple, which if you don’t know is a half-apple box, a piece of equipment that’s basically just a box used to elevate other equipment, or actors, or anything, really. But after a few minutes, the crew member came back and handed the DP half of an apple. Like, the fruit. We thought that was funny.