Kourosh Rahimpour interview


Last month I wrote a review on Batman: Defenders of the Night, a fan film that was… interesting to say the least. Recently I was able to get the creator / director / writer / star of the film, Kourosh Rahimpour to sit down and answer a few questions about the film. I found that he is a really nice guy, considering that I bashed his film in to the ground in my review.

Joe:
What was your inspiration and motivation for Batman: Defenders of the Night?

Kourosh:
It all started when we decided to be Batman and Robin for halloween and I wanted to show Arvin my costume. I sent Arvin (Robin) a short clip which I have attached for you. He saw it and we decided it would be cool to make an actual movie while we were at it. Obviously, we had no experience, but everyone’s gotta start somewhere.

Joe:
How long did it take you to cook up a script?

Kourosh:
I some ideas in my head about what direction I wanted the film to go in. I really wanted to make a serious movie, in the style of Batman Begins. I had a lot planned out in my head that never happened. But when we all got together the whole thing was just too fun and we started improvising and doing all kinds of crazy stuff. It obviously lost its serious tone. It ended up being more like Batman Forever.

Joe:
Were you happy with the results?

Kourosh:
I have to say we were happy with the results. While it wasn’t the film I originally had in mind, it was a lot of fun and people always laugh when they see it. Someone said it’s like Napolean Dynamite, since it gets funnier everytime you watch it.

Joe:
What advice would you give to aspiring independent fan film creators?

Kourosh:
I would say just have fun with it. Not every movie needs to be as dramatic as Dead End or Patient J. Those movies are amazing, but the fact is that most people don’t have film companies at their disposal. I think its ok for beginners to make movies too. If people don’t like it, so what. Some people do, and that’s all that matters.

Joe:
The costumes in Batman: Defenders of the Night were outstanding, where these manufactured specifically for the film, or were they purchased?

Kourosh:
Robin’s costume was made completely from scratch. I thought it was amazing. I bought a mask for Batman, which was actually very hard to find, aswell as a belt and gloves. I cut the cape out of simple cloth and made the logo out of a very expensive resin which needs to be light cured with a special machine. It’s funny because the cost of the material used to make the Batman Logo is probably worth more than both costumes put together. Good thing I didn’t pay for it.

Joe:
Do you have any plans for a sequel?

Kourosh:
Absolutely. People have been asking for it, so we will do it. It will probably be ready sometime in Febuary, so be on the look out for that.

Joe:
Can you give us an idea what the sequel will be about?

Kourosh:
I actually wanted to make a more serious movie this time, so I was thinking about trying to do things with improved acting and a better story. One idea is having Robin become evil, and Batman eventually is forced to fight him, only to discover that there are more to the story than meets the eye…… Stay tuned!!!

Joe:
Your depiction of Batman and Robin seemed to be that of a homosexual couple. Was that your intention? If not, then why were they holding hands in the final scene?

Kourosh:
I absolutely do not think of them as a homosexual couple. The campy ending with all the dancing and hand holding was just kind of making fun of the 60’s TV show. It was just a silly Austin Powers type thing.

Joe:
Where was this film shot?

Kourosh:
In the San Francisco area, in the Presidio.

Joe:
How long was the production time for this film?

Kourosh:
4 hours, give or take 15 minutes.

Joe:
Will you be able to reunite the original cast for the sequel?

Kourosh:
Hopefully. I really want the acting talents of Michael, who played the Riddler in the next movie. I felt like he really made the film.

Joe:
Any funny or interesting experiences during the filming?

Kourosh:
No, it was all business. Everyone was very professional.

Joe:
What kind of budget did you have to work under?

Kourosh:
I spent about 50 bucks for the Batman costume. I think the Robin costume cost 12 bucks.

Joe:
What are some positive things you were able to take away from this experience?

Kourosh:
I just thought it was a great time and a great first experience with movie making. I can’t wait to do it again and see how much better we can make the next one.

Joe:
Do you see yourself pursuing a career in directing, acting, writing or filming after the total success of Batman: Defenders of the Night?

Kourosh:
Only for fun. We all have other careers which will probably keep us very busy. But it never hurts to make a Batman movie in your free time.


7 responses to “Kourosh Rahimpour interview”

  1. A man with vision, who will probably be making more in about 2 years than you idiot critics combined. Joe, you idiot and shit for brains, will be nothing compared to him. He is one of the smartest kids in a top dental school, and you sit and criticize his BS film he made for fun, as if its his life. You morons!! Haha shit for brains.

  2. Cyrus: uh, it’s all in good fun. I think you’re the one that’s taking it over the top. Kourosh seems to be having fun with all of it, after all he agreed to the interview.

    On top of that, Kourosh put himself on the line by creating the film and has to take whatever heat is throw his way.

    One last thing. Before you call someone “shit for brains” you should realize that you are the psychopath criticizing me for criticizing Kourosh… in the comments of a blog none-the-less… so what’s that make you? Who says I’m trying to “be” anything to begin with?

  3. Joe, there is a good lesson to learn here. When you make a critical review of someone’s work you need to remember the possibility that their overly aggressive life-partner may read it and come after you later. Tone down on the estrogen pills Cyrus, it seems to be making you moody – either that or get over your man-crush on Kourosh.

  4. need to remember the possibility that their overly aggressive life-partner may read it and come after you later

    Alas, it is a lesson I must be resolute to bear in mind.

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