Your new movie The Thin
Man - in a few words, what is it about?
It's about 3 friends that have been making videos together for years,
they've been looking for their viral video and a project that would get
them noticed, but they have failed time and time again and these friends
recently have been under a lot of stress and have been dealing with
difficult life situations and in the movie these friends haven't made a
video together in about a year because my character Bayden has dealt with
tons of issues with health etc - it's derailed their projects and they are
basically just looking for their big comeback video but hoping that after
years of trying they'll finally go viral and be noticed for their efforts,
so they decide they want to chase after a dark and sinister urban legend
Man and either prove it exists or prove it's a fake...
and of course the result speaks for itself.
years, you have returned to the character of the Thin
Man time and again - what do you find so interesting about him,
and is he based on an actual urban legend, actually, or made up out of
Back in 2013 a friend of mine named John Von
Shelton had started a anthology series called Creep Tales and he had asked
me to shoot a short film for this new anthology for him, the theme was
Halloween, and I was trying to think of a story, so Dylan and I sat down
and came up with the origin story of The
Man, I really wanted to do a
found footage short, but not only did I want to do a found footage short
film, I also really wanted to come up with my own cool urban legend, and
after 2 hours of chatting with my brother one evening we had come up with
a rough idea of how our short film would go and we had nailed the basic
origin story of The
Man, and the legend was created and ever since
creating it I just have been attracted to the story of The
the whole legend of it all, I've loved the story ever since I came up with
it and I feel personally that it deserves to be seen on a much wider scale
audience and that this could be a modern horror icon.
What were your sources of inspiration when
writing The Thin Man,
and to what extent was your movie actually based on a script, and how much
We wrote a basic shot list, a scene
selection so to speak and we basically ad libbed everything, all the lines
were pretty much improvised, we had a solid idea of what we wanted for
everything but it was all in the mind, not on the paper, spur of the
moment type stuff. And I think that it being improvised really helped with
it feeling more natural and real and because everyone knew each other so
well it just worked a treat.
Why did you choose the found footage
approach for The Thin Man?
ever since we first started The Thin Man it started as a found footage and
the sequel short film was a found footage flick so I wanted to stay true
to the roots of it being a found footage flick and I just always had a
found footage vision for this particular franchise... I know most people
aren't very fond of this particular way of filmmaking, but it was just my
own personal creative vision really. If I was ever going to do it non-found footage I'd definitely want to give the origin story of
Man a go and tell that story in a non-found footage film, who knows, I might
even want to do a movie on the legend itself non-found footage style, just
depends, but for now it's found footage through and through.
talk about your co-director, your brother Dylan, and how did you share
We call each other "The Two Man
Crew", we've always worked together basically as a 2 man crew, so
that means with the directorial stuff... we don't really make a decision
or nothing goes ahead on our movie unless we both agree with each other's
ideas, so with direction, we don't do something unless we both agree on if
that particular thing is right for our movie so I'd say things are pretty
50/50 with both of us when it comes to direction and such. I am more
active on social media and such and I'd say I'm publicised on media as
more of the visually seen and heard director, Dylan wasn't really and
hasn't really been active in speaking out heaps as a director and such,
he's kind of like that special force behind closed doors, he's like God,
you don't see him much but you hear a bit about him, I'm like Jesus, God
in the flesh, you see him and hear a lot about him running around and
being amongst the people etc, and that takes me back to the direction and
those issues, we are very much like one mind and one body of ideas, in a
directorial way, people say Jesus and God and the holy spirit are like one,
being all rolled into one, it's kind of like that with me and my brother,
we are like one big creative force, no one gets Dylan's vision on this
movie but through me and no one gets my vision for this movie unless Dylan
approves of it, so we both talk things out and yeah, we share everything
and okay everything together and look at it in one big picture and think
okay, is this going to benefit our movie? Yes? Okay keep it, if not get rid
What can you tell us about the
character you play in The Thin
Man, and to what extent was he based on yourself?
have had issues with health, so that part is correct, the other part of me
being a toad kicking women berating drunken idiot is totally not true, we
find that those negative aspects of our characters were for a comedic,
silly and original tone to give our movie something different, and we just
wanted to have the first half of the movie feel real and have a fun and
energetic feeling, Dylan, myself and Jordan Stopforth, we know each other well and
have for years so we had the chemistry nailed down perfectly and it felt
so natural watching us hang out and act like idiots because we just easily
can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?
Lee Westcottwas a friend I knew since I was a younger boy, she was actually the real
life ex of Jordan, so not only in the movie were the exes, they were also
exes in real life, AWKWARD!!! (laughs) It was actually rather weird doing
that Skype call scene because before we did that scene the actual last
time they had ever spoken with each other is after they had broken up and
Jordan was drunk and called her on Skype and was carrying on like a
douchebag, very much so like in the movie... so it was really funny to
get them to do that scene together because it was like a revisiting of
their final Skype call they had together in real life. But it's funny
because everyone involved in this was interested in acting and film etc
and we all knew each other well and I wanted the realtionships to feel
very realistic and not feel fake or forced, that's why there are a lot of
truths thrown into a mix of falses with this movie, because if there is
something I hate as a found footage fan, it's gotta be fake and horrible
forced acting chemistry that just doesn't work for a movie at all. That's
one thing I cannot stand in found footage films.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
was fairly easy going, everyone had fun, we all very much enjoyed making
the movie and loved doing it together, it was a very pleasant experience
and that was what we needed for this movie for it to be a success and be
somewhat decent because when I had made The Victim, which is the title of
my first ever feature film which never saw the light of day for many
reasons, the shoots were long, hard, and everybody had time frames when
they could and couldn't film, of course that kind of thing is always going
to be an issue... time itself and shooting hours etc, but with this movie
it wasn't as such a big issue as it was in the past, in the past things
would have to be rushed sometimes due to everybody's limits and that is
never ever good for a movie.
few words about audience and critical reception of your film so far?
far everybody has said they have enjoyed it and that it is a very well
made creepy flick, and that is what I set out to make, I've not heard any
negative feedback of people saying it sucked or anything like that, so it
seems we did a decent job, I'm just so thankful to have all the supportive
and nice people that have been behind us and supporting our movie. So
thanks to the fans!
future projects you'd like to share?
Well, I want to make
sequels to The Thin
Man, I have plans to make it a franchise, I also look
to start a franchise of Parasite Pete and that is a franchise of a killer
that gets thrown into these certain situations as each film progresses the
situations become more outrageous and insane and hilarious, it's a fun
idea for a franchise we also want it to be the longest running film
franchise of all time, just for the sake of having that title but we'll
see how all that goes as we approach that. We also want to make The Doll
feature film version, we have plenty of feature film ideas and stuff and
we really just want to keep on making movies because that is what we love
and Parasite Pete will hopefully be a really cool and very fun franchise
that we can start and that fans of comedy, horror and 80s action flicks
can really, really enjoy.
What got you into
filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal education on the
Well, when I heard of Stephen King's stories as a
young boy, I wanted to be a writer and be like him and that is where my
creative mind began and then I also at the same time wanted to become an
actor and as the years went by I still had creative passions like that but
when I was about 14 I started having desires to make my own films but
couldn't because I did not have my own film gear, I did my first short
film on a webcam when I was about 13 or 14, it was pretty terrible though,
did a few other shorts after that but then after that I moved to a town
called Albany and met other young people that were interested in the same
thing and we started doing films together and we basically progressed as
the years went by and then I bought my own gear and just really improved
on my own and these other certain friends became less interested in the
film stuff so then I started recruiting certain other friends that had a
bit of curiosity about being in my short films and making movies with me
and so I just started doing films with new friends and trained them like I
had basically learnt with hanging out with my other filmmaking buddies
from when I was younger so I have passed on the torch to some new friends
and shown them what I have learnt by hanging out with my buddies and
making movies with them and passing it on to some other friends of mine
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
to The Thin Man?
made 2 other feature films, and a load! and I mean a huge LOAD of short
films, hundreds of shorts and webseries, I have also done some things on
stage, I have done a few musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar and Hansel
and Gretel, Oliver Twist, and a few other things.
would you describe yourself as a director?
I'd say I'm very
visual, but I am also very audio as well, with horror itself I like to
focus on things like actual terror, I don't like cheap ways of achieving
what could be recieved to the public as cheap or as common tools of
filmmaking and common ways of achieveing certain things like terror and
such, I don't like relying on jump scares at all, I like to rely more on
sound and visuals to build up tension and draw the audience in, I also
like to allow acting to reel in and hook an audience and keep their
attention, acting is very powerful, I find it is all in the performance
and the power of suggestion and tension building using certain visual
camera techniques and also the power that sound effects and sound design
can have can also be very useful in creating a certain atmosphere and
acting is a big key factor, I must repeat that so I'd say I like to focus
on those things the most and being a filmmaker that would be my style I
who inspire you?
I think a lot of filmmakers are very
inspiring and each one has a unique mind filled with lots of different
things to offer, we live in a big world with tons of people in it with
even bigger minds, people such as Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock,
Stephen Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese. Also there are a
few YouTuber filmmakers, here's some names, Sawyer Hartman, Bloodycuts Films,
David Sandberg, the list goes on, there are many filmmakers that inspire
Your favourite movies?
I think every
genre has something special to offer, and of course they do, but horror, comedies, and
animation would have to be my three top genres that I love.
I love an animation film called Coraline, it's really great, has those
beautiful dark visual elements and it's also quite colorful and the
animation in that is so brilliant, I also love the horrifying story of the
movie. I also love the Stephen King movie versions of his stories, Cat's
Eye, It, Carrie, Riding the Bullet, pretty much every single movie adapted
version of his novels that I've seen has been amazing and great fun for
me. I love a good comedy, Planes Trains and Automobiles is great, Good
Morning Vietnam, Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji, World's Greatest
Dad, The Jungle Book,
Frozen, Brave, Inside Out, Terminator 1 and 2,
Die Hard, Rambo, Predator, so many movies that are my favourites.
and of course, films you really deplore?
The Hunted, 7500, Jaws.
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you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
like to thank you for the interview and thank everyone for being so
supportive of not only just my films but of myself too, I've really had some
tough years with health issues and recently I have had some issues with
the actual public health system in Australia also, and everyone has been so
supportive in this time of difficulty, I look forward to bringing you all
more films soon and starting a career that hopefully will be a very
memorable one! I look forward to starting Parasite Pete and the
many other films that I want to make.
for the interview!
My pleasure, anytime!