The Filmcraziest Show – Nicholas Ashe Bateman, “The Wanting Mare” (Podcast Interview)

For today’s episode of The Filmcraziest Show, I was joined by Nicholas Ashe Bateman, the writer, director, producer, VFX supervisor and editor of the new drama fantasy epic, The Wanting Mare.

The film is set in a world called Anmaere, about a city inside of it called Whithren. Whithren’s most valuable export is wild horses and every year, a giant ship comes to transport these horses to the wintry continent of Levithen across the sea, and that’s where everyone wants to go. The story concerns mostly three generations of women who pass down recurring dreams to each other.

The film stars Jordan Monaghan, Josh Clark, Yasamin Keshtkar, Edmond Cofie, Christine Kellogg-Darrin, Maxine Muster and Nicholas Ashe Bateman. It’s written and directed by Bateman, with cinematography by David A. Ross and production design by Cassandra Louise Baker. My review of the film can be found here.

Nicholas Ashe Bateman
Nicholas Ashe Bateman. (Courtesy of IMDb.)

Some conversation topics from this episode include: The world building; Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights; working with a small team and what it took to get this film off the ground; spending so many years with cinematographer David A. Ross and production designer Cassandra Louise Baker and what they meant to the film;  a great and moving moment where Nicholas commemorates Cassandra; as well as the visual effects of the film and how those were created; and what it was like working on David Lowery’s The Green Knight as a VFX supervisor.

You can listen to the podcast directly below or go here to download it.

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