Your new movie OMG...
We're in a Horror Movie - in a few words, what is it about?
We're in a Horror Movie is
about seven friends who must deal with the
stereotypes of horror movies after finding out that theyíre in one.
Is horror a genre especially dear to you, and how much fun was it
to dissect genre formulas as such?
actually donít watch many horror films. I get scared to easily and
scream in a
unbefitting of the manly persona I give off. I also get tired of seeing
tropes over and over without any changes. So making OMG...
We're in a Horror Movie was fun
I got to comment on all the things I see being repeated in every horror
out there. And one of my favorite things to do is to kill clichťs, which I
to do a lot.
Other sources of
inspiration when writing OMG...
We're in a Horror Movie?
obviously Scream and Scary
me ideas. I would also say Cabin
the Woods was
very inspiring to watch. And oddly enough The
movie had an element that helped to tell the story of OMG...
We're in a Horror Movie more
What can you tell us
about your co-writer Tom Hatfield, and what was your collaboration like?
and I went to school together at CALARTS. He was a musician and I an
After graduating I was getting fed up with auditioning for roles I had no
of getting or for scripts that were super clichťed and under/over
So I started writing the concept of OMG...
We're in a Horror Movie, not really knowing anything
what I was writing other than I wanted to act in it, and I wanted my
act in it. Tom came over and I talked to him about what I wanted to do and
bouncing ideas off of each other. He added a lot of funny to the script.
added unique voices to some of the characters that I couldnít do. Twas a
to have his help.
talk about your movie's approach to both horror and comedy for a bit!
comedy is mainly situational which was easy enough to write given the
Two black guys trying not to be in a horror movie is just a funny idea so
we had to do was write and film it honestly. I didnít want the movie to
the use of one and done jokes. I wanted the jokes to help inform
and add to the story. So putting people in odd situations and having
come to semi logical conclusions makes for great comedy.
for the horror aspect, that was harder. The movie isnít all that scary,
my lead actress couldnít handle it which made me happy. The horror
had to be figured out on the day of shooting. Writing something like
walks down the hallway, not seeing Kyle sneaking with a knife behind
is all well and good but it doesn't scare anyone. So I focused on how it
and how it was acted to give certain scenes an element of horror.
can you tell us about your over-all directorial approach to your story at
think it is safe to say that Iím an actors' director. I focused on how
intention, energy, etc. I let my DP, Greg Loebell, go nuts with all the
and camera angles. When we first started shooting I relied heavily on him
find shots that looked interesting. I wanted to spend as much time with
as possible so that they at least sounded good. I was also doing a little
everything, so I was constantly running from room to room trying to figure
to get something done. I had a hard time distributing jobs. It was a great
process for me.
You also play one of the leads of OMG...
We're in a Horror Movie - so have you written the character with
yourself in mind, and what did you draw upon to bring him to life? Oh, and
to ask something stupid, what did it feel like wearing this dress?
totally wrote AJ with me in mind. It was basically the point in writing
None of my friends were booking gigs, so I wanted to write one for all of
to be in. And to bring AJ to life I just had to play younger than I am,
naively exuberant. And nothing makes a man feel sexier than wearing a sea
dress from Target. It's strange to see footage of me being all directorial
that ridiculous makeup on and that dress. I donít know how people took
can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?
are hilarious! And great people to work with. Shanna, Sharon, and Chris
parts written specifically for them. The others Tom and I adapted the
them better. Nils Jansson was a great bad guy. Brendan Mcgowan was the
male lead. Liz Fenning embodied my ex-girlfriend perfectly. Everyone had a
of skill and great ideas about the script, plus they were all super
project. Itís hard to not cast someone who was as devoted as these guys
Best cast ever!
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
found that when I direct I focus on the work entirely. For the most part
going. Only when lines were lost was there any sort of tension. But I
everyone happy and positive. If something broke or went wrong, I didnít
over it, I just fixed the problem. Itís so much easier to not take
and keep a happy set. I will say, the crew sometimes were laughing so
that whole takes were unusable. But thatís all in good fun and it meant
comedy held up.
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of your movie?
far both audience and critics alike have enjoyed the movie. I think the
we got was a 7 out of 10 because it wasnít scary enough. But that made
to me. The movie is a comedy-horror, not a horror-comedy.
future projects you'd like to share?
currently just finished another screenplay called Thank
You For Trying. Itís
com about an extremely awkward date with people who are too in their
to realize they are perfect for each other. Iím also currently filming a
I wrote called X Ex-Girlfriend, which
is about three people trying to avenge
broken heart of their best friend by paying his ex girlfriend a lethal
sequel to OMG...
We're in a Horror Movie is
being written as we speak.
What got you into
filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on
been a movie buff since 1995, watching Denzel Washington in Crimson
always wanted to make movies and act in big budget films. It helped that
supported me the whole way (best people every). I went to CALARTS to
theatre acting and writing. I made OMG...
We're in a Horror Movie to
learn how to film a movie. That
a hell of a learning curve.
What can you tell us about your filmwork
prior to OMG...
We're in a Horror Movie?
We're in a Horror Movie I
didnít really know much about filmmaking. I had shot some web
videos with Chris Hampton and Sharon Wang. I had edited a music video
Shanna Malcolm once. I had been in front of the camera way more than
it. So I really didnít have much experience and I made all the rookie
that you can possibly make. Now I only make professional mistakes. So
How would you describe
yourself as a director?
and open Iíd say. I try to listen to the advice that everyone gives me
make the best possible answer with what Iím going for. I ask other
when I think we could be getting more. I have a stick I keep with me so
when my ego gets to big I can beat it down. I think most people like the
I know what I want. I hate working on projects when the director has no
is going on. Iím trying to become a quicker director, a constant
Filmmakers, actors, writers,
whoever else who inspire you?
and Dad! They inspire me. Best people ever for more reasons than you can
I made a documentary with them when we went to Indonesia and it
how awesome they are. Aside from them, anyone who has a dream and
for it everyday inspires me. Anyone who can control themselves and keep
mind what they are going for inspire me. People who understand the motto
to do it, than live with the fear of it,Ē inspire me. And of the people
Sharon Mae Wang inspires me the most. The girl fights for what she wants
a smile on her face, she doesnít let her issues get the best of her, and
so hard to make everyone around her better, even when they donít
to be. Sheís a great person.
Your favourite movies?
many. Iíll just name like 2. Hott
Fuzz, Love Actually, Galaxy Quest, Kiss Kiss
Bang Bang, Singing in the Rain, Atonement, Man on Fire,
Star Wars Episodes 4-7, Her, Shaun of the
Dead, Silver Linings Playbook, Dark
Knight, The Mask, Inception, Memento, the Lord of the
Rings, and OMG...
We're in a Horror Movie!
so thatís more than 2.
and of course, films you really deplore?
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pretty good at blocking out the movies that I hate, but the top of the
list has to
X-Men 3. I about killed people once the movie was done. I canít really
Potter movies because I grew up with the books and they cut out my
parts. I tend to throw a fit when I have to watch those movies.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
is our website. "OMG Weíre in a Horror Movie" is our Facebook.
@Omghorrormovie is Twitter.
our iTunes link.
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
out the movie on iTunes and leave a review! Also go to YouTtube and look
OMG Music video and watch the hilarity!
for the interview!