Man Vs. to Premiere at Sci-Fi-London

28th May 2015 - Kelsi Byers

In the movie “Man Vs.” Doug Woods (Chris Diamantopoulos, star of hit show Silicon Valley) is the host of his own TV series where he’s left alone in the Canadian wilderness. Except this time he’s not alone. “Man Vs.” is a unique take on a gripping found footage thriller about one man’s extraordinary desire to survive at all costs. The film was produced by Clark Stanley and Darius Films.

“Man Vs.” sees its world premiere June 3rd, in London, England at the Sci-Fi-London film festival.

Before Clark Stanley director Adam Massey jumps across the pond for the premiere (and 1 or 2 English beers), we talked to him about his vision.


How involved were you with the film?
As involved as I could be. I came up with the idea and approached my friends at Darius Films who helped me develop the storyline, work with a writer to develop the script, get the financing together, and then we shot the thing. And then our friends over at Smith were involved with helping us with the special effects.

How many days did it take to shoot?
We were on set for 15 days. In Rockwood Park in Ontario, Canada. That was one of the biggest challenges – we were shooting a movie where 90% of it was with 1 actor, and 90% of it takes place outside…exposed to all of the elements.

How was Chris Diamantopoulos chosen as the main character? 
I had met Chris on set of another film, The Art of the Steal, and I just had this gut feeling that he was my Doug Woods.

Where did your inspiration for the film come from? 
I would say a combination of things. Shows like Survivorman and Man Vs. Wild, mixed with films in the vein of The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity. I also spent a lot of my childhood camping up in Temagami where the movie is set. I like to think that at one point I was was a pretty decent outdoorsman.

Ok… so how would you survive if you were being hunted in the woods, using these outdoorsman skills you have? 
I would use my talent to get the F*** outta the woods.

Do you have any advice to indie directors who are trying to “make it?”
Go out and shoot a film. With technology today, there’s no reason you can’t. The most challenging part of this process was the financing. Have rich friends, and if you don’t, deal with it like everyone else.  Be realistic. Don’t write  a film that would cost 100 million to make. Know your limits.

What’s your favourite scene in the film? 
Probably the scene when Chris looks at the camera thinking it’s his friends playing a sick joke on him.  That’s my favourite performance.  That’s where you really start to see the character unravelling.

How is shooting a sci-fi indie film similar to the branded content projects that you produce at Clark Stanley on the regular?
It’s all visual storytelling.  It’s how to engage an audience. Not everyone can do it well.  A talented actor helps, and a real understanding of the characters and how they are relatable, and how the story is relatable to the average audience member.

What are you looking forward to the most at Sci-Fi-London?
Premiering my film in front of an audience for the first time.  It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time. I really hope the audience enjoys it.

Any future plans for “Man Vs.”?
Obviously I would love for “Man Vs.” to have a sequel.  It was written in a way that that’s entirely possible.  But it’s really not up to me. I’ve almost completed the script of my next project, which is another sci-fi piece so look out for that soon.

If you are going to Sci-Fi-London, check out “Man Vs.” and let us know what you think!

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