"South of 8" The Movie © 2013
First Time Writer & Director
Tony began his professional career as a musician. However, developed a new love for storytelling, through film. He started helping out other local San Diego film makers, learning the fundamentals, of filmmaking, along the way. After working on other peoples' short films, music videos and web series episodes, he decided to write his own script. Within two months, he set out to direct and shoot his first DIY film. His company, Rosewood Five Studios, enlisted the help of producer, Luke Pensabene, and some talented local actors, and he was able to complete it within a year and a four months. Since his acceptance into the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival, he has written and shot a short film and began development on another feature screenplay.
"South of 8" is a crime drama set in San Diego during a very near dystopian future characterized by mass poverty and intense government surveillance. After a "Second Great Depression", unemployment and crime in the United States are at record highs, the nation’s farmlands have been crippled by several years of drought, and a massive diaspora to the already-crowded cities created a swell in the enormous homeless population.
The vast economic divide eventually spawns numerous subversive groups--each with their own agenda--and the police react by launching a brutal “dirty” war against them throughout the city, with drones being used routinely by the police and private companies as urban watchdogs to compensate for their downsized manpower. All the elements that forged the public enemies of the 1930’s are coinciding again, and history is set to repeat.
The story focuses on three youths who go into a life of crime, each for their own petty motives. They become known as "the Vanishers" to the public, and their methods become increasingly more violent as the police close in on them. When the stakes are raised, they enlist the help of other Depression-era criminals who adjust their tactics and augment their robberies, and they sink deeper into the underworld, past the point of redemption.
1) What does the title,"South of 8," mean?
- One of the major highways that divides South San Diego from North San Diego, is Interstate 8. A highway that runs east/west, and just below that highway is where this world resides.
2) With the incredible locations that are featured in the film, which was the director's favorite?
- It has to be the Bank locations. Although they were not real banks, the sets that were designed were incredibly cool to shoot.
3) How many films, prior to "South of 8," did the director/writer Tony Olmos complete?
- A grand total of 0 (if you read his bio above you knew the answer)
4) What was the biggest challenge during production?
- It's a tie between shooting in the rough summer in East Alpine and the coordination of schedules of our busy actors
5) How long was production?
- From start to finish, about a year and five months.