Interview with Scott Sikma – Director of Root of the Problem

Interview with Scott Sikma

We were lucky enough to be able to talk to director Scott Sikma, whose latest film Root of the Problem is coming to streaming platforms on the 7th July. I want to send out a personal thank you for giving us the time to discuss the upcoming movie.

Without further ado, here is the interview

Hello Scott, thank you for taking time to answer a few questions about your upcoming movie Root of the Problem.

Q1. What drew you to the project of Root of the Problem?

A1. I was drawn to this project originally after reading the novel Root of the Problem and loved the passion and light in its messaging. I knew from that point on, that I wanted to turn it into a screenplay to share with the public.

 Q2. If you had your own money tree and could treat yourself to something luxury, what would you pick?

A2. Well as long as it wasn’t the same consequences as my movie I would either buy myself a train locomotive for the backyard to turn into my office or buy my own movie theater to enjoy movies with my friends and family everyday….. when I’m off set.

Q3. We get to see the Porsche be a major point in Paul’s crazy spending, was that the only choice of car, or did you get to try out a few different options first?

 A3. We did have a few cars in mind when looking at the script but in the end the who doesn’t want a Porsche?

Q4. Are there any genres of film you would like to get your hands on in the future?

A4. I love all kinds of genres and have worked on a majority of them throughout my career, but I have come to fall in love with family dramas that inspire and deliver a good message at the end of the day. I hope to continue making films in this genre. Having said that, I am always keeping my mind open to new adventures.

Q5. You were lucky enough to work in Interstellar, what was it like working on a Christopher Nolan movie and how much did you learn with this experience?

 A5. It was an absolute honour to work on Interstellar. I worked as a cast assistant which allowed me the opportunity to be onset where I could watch and learn from Christopher, the cast and the crew. That experience taught me alot about structuring scenes, pacing and bringing characters to life. To this day it is a highlight in my career, as is learning and growing from each project that I take on.

Q6. Which directors inspired you to get involved in the movie industry?

A6. I grew up watching movies with my grandfather and loved everything from Alfred Hitchcock to Guy Hamilton. I fell in love with their styles and storytelling and I knew from an early age I wanted to work in film one way or another.

Q7. Do you have a movie recommendation that you don’t hear many people talk about?

A7. I have many movie recommendations, a few that come to mind is the 1960 Swiss Family Robinson family drama and Finding Neverland. They both are “feel good movies”, with wonderful storytelling.

Q8. Are you working on any projects you can talk about in the future?


A8. Yes, my next film that I will be directing in early 2021 is Christmas By The Book. A seasonal comedy about the author of a best selling holiday memoir who becomes entangled in tinsel when she and her kids are dispatched by a TV talkshow to an isolated rural town, where she is given just a few weeks to recreate the magical childhood Christmas described in her book.

If you would like to see more of Scott Sikma work, check out there IMDB.

I would like to thank the director one more time for giving us the time to talk about Root of the Problem. Read the review here.

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