TOMMY LEVINE Small Talk Scene Ten by Nicole Witte 12

Tommy was played by producer/songwriter and longtime NYC “cultural antogonist” Martin Bisi

I had him in mind the whole time I was writing Tommy for some reason, even though Tommy isn’t based on Martin and the main similarity they have is the superficial fact of owning and running a studio. I just kept imagining Martin reading Tommy’s lines. He has subtle, sweet quality about him that was useful in imagining Tommy, who I wanted to be genuinely kind and sympathetic in contrast to all the awful men in the film.

We sadly ended up cutting most of his part of the scene just for pacing. We ended up cutting most things that weren’t crucial to the plot

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Sure, Starks. Jay Starks. Small Talk Scene Ten by Nicole Witte 12

This is another Ghostface Killah-inspired thing. I was listening to a lot of Fishscale while writing Small Talk, and I kinda wanted to name Jay something similar to Tony Starks. Not because he has anything to do with Ghostface, but he is a cocky dude with money

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Tania pulls out her phone, Chuck grabs and throws it, hard. It smashes against the door and Chuck turns back to Tania. He pushes her against the wall. Small Talk Scene Nine by Nicole Witte 3

Anthony and Ruthellen really went for it. I was so lucky to have actors who were so enthusiastic about the physical acting, knew what they were doing and threw themselves into it. We didn’t have prop phones, we used the actors' real phones, which were all coincidentally outfitted with protective Otterbox cases. Let me tell you, those things really hold up. Anthony was really hurling them. Luckily no one got hurt from the flying phones! The camera had a close call.

We shot most of Small Talk in my apartment. None of my neighbors complained. The day we shot this scene we put up a sign explaining that we were filming, for fear someone would call the cops because of all the banging and screaming. It was a difficult, intense scene to shoot

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Tania shoots a nail into Chuck's brain. He drops, dead. Small Talk Scene Nine by Nicole Witte 3

This was really just inspired by Snoop, one of my favorite characters on The Wire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N_UuImPL4E

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CHUCK: Tania around? She wasn't at home. Small Talk Scene Nine by Nicole Witte 3

Chuck was played by the very talented Anthony Perrelli.

Anthony passed away shortly after this film was completed after sustaining serious injuries in a fall. He is sorely missed and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to know and work with him.

Anthony’s family is setting up a scholarship in his name if you would like to donate

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ANGRY CALLER OS: Who the fuck is this? Put that bitch back on the phone. Small Talk Scene Eight by Nicole Witte 10

Ian and I actually ended up recording a lot more dialogue that he ad-libbed for the audience can hear through the phone both when Al has him “on hold” and when Mike’s trying to talk to him. It’s this unending spiel of paranoid coke babbling. His adlibs are probably my favorite part of the whole movie. Recording the adlibs was also one of the most fun parts of making the thing

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MIKE: Say it to my face. You know where. 442 St. Francis, ground flo... Small Talk Scene Eight by Nicole Witte 10

Doesn’t exist. None of these addresses really exist. I checked. A lot of the street names are real and correspond to the area they’re supposed to be in, but there’s nothing with any of these street numbers on them

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AL: (under breath) Boyfriend.

MIKE: (surprised and skeptical) Boyfriend?
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Al is a lesbian, which Mike suspects and vaguely disapproves of, hence his initial surprise and delight re: her “boyfriend”

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Pollock-style? Small Talk Scenes Five, Six and Seven by Nicole Witte 2

Jackson Pollock was an influential US American painter known for his style of drip painting

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I have a bad feeling about this? Small Talk Scenes Five, Six and Seven by Nicole Witte 2

This got cut from the film. Too bad. But it wasn’t worth keeping just for the Star Wars reference

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lytZ7fYOlgU

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