Milani says finding the humour in a situation spilled over into the making of the film itself earlier in the day when she had to tackle a chore that hadn’t previously surfaced in her short films: directing a love scene.
“Having to ask somebody, ‘Could you kiss them on their stomach?’ even talking about it now, I feel a little ‘bleagh’” she grimaces. “But you want to be very open about what you need, and at the time be respectful: ‘OK, could you open up his shirt a little bit more?’
“We had to shoot some of that kind of stuff on the first or second day, with actors who had never met one another, and came to the project only a couple of days before we were shooting, but we did it and it was amazing.”
Acquiring an actor from one of America’s most popular TV shows for your first feature is enough to get any filmmaker excited (well, that and financial backing). This was the fate of New Brunswick-based writer-director Gia Milani who managed to snag Glee star Cory Monteith for her debut film, All the Wrong Reasons, which is currently shooting in Halifax. The cast also includes Kevin Zegers (Dawn of the Dead), Karine Vanasse (Polytechnique) and Emily Hampshire (Cosmopolis). In All the Wrong Reasons, four people suffering from post-traumatic stress try to help each other cope in the wake of their individual ordeals. Prior to this project, Milani directed the award-winning short film A Dark Radius and won the Script Accessible Award at the Slamdance Film Festival. Helping Milani produce the film is Pacific Northwest Pictures’ Emily Alden, Shore Road Pictures’ Tony Whalen and Buffalo Gal Pictures’ Phylis Laing. The project is also receiving support from Myriad Pictures and Telefilm Canada and getting tax credits from Film Nova Scotia and the province of New Brunswick.