CJ WALLIS Also Known as FortyFPS Production Interview.
by Aaron Jay
Let’s see, where do we start with this man?
Deep in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia. One of the world’s most beautiful landscape scenerie there is to see. We take a look at Canada’s finest film director, producer, designer, and screenwriter CJ Wallis.
The 35 year old doesn’t seem to disappoint, ever. Starting his career off as co-founder of an online resource for the Academy Award-Nominated film director Paul Thomas Anderson back in the 90’s. Wallis isn’t new to this. From his signature slogan ‘Bird’s Eye View’ and famous website ‘FortyFPS’, to his partnership with Jet Life Records. His unique directing skills and camera work is a one of a kind as well as the designer’s creative inspirational stand out album covers, prints and musical visuals. Mr. Wallis gets it done.
Your new movie BB - in a few words, what is it about?
BB is about doing any and everything, inside and outside your means, for the person you love.
Basic question of course, why make a movie about a camgirl, and - even if this might sound silly - did you do any research on the subject?
I often have a bunch of 20 minute chunks of films in my head and as new fragments or elements occur to me, they get added to the pile. Occasionally the pieces fuse themselves together and become something that people haven’t really seen before.
A lot of stories I enjoy, things like Taxi Driver, involve the dark-side of the world willingly invited into the lead character’s life for one reason or another.
I hadn’t spent any time on web-cam sites previous to writing this or meeting Jen, our lead. If you’re looking for porn, watching a web-cam girl is like putting on Stairway To Heaven when you want to hear some heavy rock music quickly and just carry on with your day.
"A very tense thriller that's almost uncomfortable (for all the right reasons) to watch...between a psychopath and a tortured soul...heightened by extremely nervous camerawork and editing, and a intentionally slightly erratic sound mix. Plus, the two leads, despite alledgedly being amateurs, bring their all to the movie!"
With nothing better to do and being in need for money, Leah (Jennifer Mae) decides to become a cam girl. After all, she doesn't mind stripping down in front of strangers and masturbating, and is capable of handling dirty talk from faceless perverts with the necessary amount of charm. One thing she really wants to get out of this: Enough money for her girlfriend Alina (Victoria Fox) - yup, she's actually a lesbian - to fly over to her folks in Romania ... and she succeeds in that before too long. But once Alina's out of the country she continues camming - after all, it is easy money...
CJ Wallis presents us with one of the most challenging and honest portrayals of psychosis and paranoia in the internet age with its hypnotic repetition of sound and sight and relevant themes of connection in a forever evolving digital society, and outstanding lead performances, BB is a provocative, transgressive yet very accessible piece of cinema
Starring Jennifer Mae, Elissa Wagner and Carlos Velarde
Written & Directed by CJ Wallis
“BB is the provocative story of a girl named Leah who, under the name “Candy Cummings”, performs strip shows online from her apartment for thousands of strangers per day, never fully knowing the extent of evils that will be watching on the other side of the screen”.
Shot with a hypnotic voyeurism set to a dizzying soundscape of dark pop, BB is an unexpectedly masterful surprise, a crushing and tense thriller about sex and obsession in the modern age. So singular in style and content, it’s Spring Breakers by way of Nicolas Roeg. Unlikely to get the wide release and recognition it deserves due to its graphic content, BB is something you should all seek out.