Check out our behind-the-scenes interview with The Liars Chair filmmakers Chris Marrs Piliero and Don Piliero.
We're searching for the next great sci-fi filmmaker with the Prototype contest, where eight filmmakers are vying for a chance to win a feature film deal with New Regency. You can check out the short films by all eight finalists right now, but if you want to go behind the scenes to learn more about the creation of these movies, we're publishing interviews with the Prototype filmmakers.
Today, you can take a peek into the minds behind The Liars Chair in our interview, where co-writer Don talks about the idea behind the film's so-called cowboy:
We tend to talk on a regular basis about random ideas we have, so it is hard to pinpoint where a lot of the ideas we kick around actually start. This one I know, in part, came from the idea we had of a guy who fancied himself a cowboy, while never really being one. An urban cowboy, if you will, but slightly better with a gun than John Travolta. For me part of my inspiration was wanting a hero who wore a costume, but not in the super hero sense. Our guy takes a persona, and runs with it. I feel that it's part of why he is able to get away with certain things, such as having a lengthy dialog with a group of criminals. It is very disarming to see a man dressed like a cowboy for no apparent reason in my opinion. You are just not sure what to make of it. And we tried to be very deliberate in making sure that came across. He has no accent. He didn't drive up in a pickup truck. He doesn't have any of the other stereotypical characteristics you could use to imply he had any business being dressed the way he is.
Because he is not really a cowboy. His clothes are a basically a costume. I like that about him.