Dec. 22, 2012 - Issue #897: Michael Rault
Fava Profile: Wes Miron'First of all, I've got to start out by saying it's not a film about autism; it's a film about a guy with autism," states local filmmaker Wes Miron over coffee.
He's speaking about his feature film venture Inside Out, the story of a non-verbal autistic man who learns to communicate for the first time in 12 years after he meets a troubled teen. The film recently received FAVA's letter of recommendation for the TeleFilm Micro-budget Grant, which assists emerging talent in Canada's audiovisual industry to get their first feature film off the ground. Miron is now one step closer to receiving that funding thanks to the recommendation, and the next step is to get the film officially selected for the grant by TeleFilm.
"He just happens to have autism and that's his major obstacle in terms of being able to communicate with other people," Miron continues of Inside Out. "He doesn't speak ... all he does is write math equations all day."
Miron has had personal experiences with autism, teaching a 17-year-old autistic boy to rock climb while he was living in Vancouver. Miron recalls the boy being very communicable, but having unexplained, unprovoked fits of rage that could last up to two hours. However, these experiences are not the driving themes of the film, but rather sparked an interest for Miron in exploring the inability to communicate and what that means for a person.
"A lot of people say write what you know, but I don't really have any story where it was about this because I wanted to expose this about the guy," adds Miron, who has been making films for the past 15 years. "It was nothing like that. It was more being empathetic toward this guy and even though the character in the film is very different and deals with his own set of obstacles, the core of the whole thing is still the same in that it's somebody who's trying to communicate."
Miron has a background in theatre and acting, but says the draw to tell stories has been in him from an early age. In fact, he recalls his mother recounting him telling fabricated stories as a child and trying to convince people they were true. Now it's the language of film, the subtext of a story, that is the medium's biggest draw.
"There's subtext in everything right? Which is the very underground psychological things you're trying to communicate, but not being straight upfront with," explains Miron, who hopes to bypass the stigma of Canadian films, which are held in high regard internationally but often viewed as subpar at home. "It's communicating those ideas through actors, through performance, through composition of frames ... what I love is the subtle communication of emotions and ideas, that it's what you think you're getting. It's all the stuff underneath."
Over the course of his career, Miron's credits have varied through personal and corporate works, as well as those with local production company Loud Whisper Productions.
"I work in a lot of different things; it depends on what the project requires, which has been really good for me and totally bad for me in other ways, but because I do so many things, after 15 years of doing it I'm starting to be fairly proficient in all of those areas," he says. "I make my living as a cinematographer generally, but directing is the way I'm going and I'm hoping this film [Inside Out] can be a career shift." V
Check out some of Wes Miron's work at http://vimeo.com/56052896
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