Your upcoming film Dead Sea aka Black Lagoon - in a few words, what's
it going to be about?
A marine biologist travels to an inland
salt water lake to investigate the drastic dying off of its marine life.
She soon learns that it is actually because of a thought-to-be
mythic creature which reappears every few decades to collect a human
sacrifice so that the surrounding town may continue to exist.
With Dead Sea
other things a creature feature - a genre you're at all fond of?
not necessarily fond of the subgenre, per se, but felt that I could tell
an interesting story, plus we are shooting it in and around the Salton Sea
Area of California, which provides an interesting backdrop for this sort
inspired you to write Dead Sea, and how did the project get off the
It's semi-inspired on the legend of Canada's
OGOPOGO, particularly the notion that Indians used to offer the creature
How do you plan to approach your subject matter
from a directorial point of view?
Much like The Black Dahlia
Haunting, from the point of view of a psychological thriller.
I feel that even with "heightened" subject matter, there are
always interesting stories to tell about human nature. We all have a
past, and it can play into our day-to-day lives in unusual ways.
No creature feature
without special effects - so is there anything you can tell us about your
intended creature effects yet?
SyFy's own Monster Man,
Cleve Hall, will be heading up the practical effects. There will be
SOME CG, but extremely minimal. We're trying to make sure that the
"fright factor" is brough in spades as well. I think
something many modern films of this sort lack is the proper tension to
actually make creatures scary. They're often looked upon as some
sort of amusing, cheesy, circus sideshow and not as real films.
What can you tell us
about your intended cast, and why exactly these people?
few people from The Black Dahlia Haunting will be returning, as well as a
few surprises. The lead character will be portrayed by Alexis Iacono [Alexis
Iacono interview - click here], who portrayed Elizabeth Short in The Black Dahlia Haunting. She just happened
to fit the type that we had in mind for this particular story, and can
certainly bring it performance-wise.
I am assuming that a film like Dead Sea
involves quite a bit of
underwater photography - would you care to elaborate on that aspect of
Much like the CG, it will be used somewhat
sparingly, but only to make it more effective. Quite a bit of the
storyline entails what this "myth" surrounding the creature does
to the townspeople, so much of the story obviously takes place above
ground, though I can say that I do have some rather "unusual"
ideas of how I want to approach the underwater photography.
Hopefully it's effective. I think it will be.
From what I've read, Dead Sea
to be an "outdoors-film" - so what can you tell us about your
We are shooting primarily in the
desert, in areas that some may look at as places that time forgot.
We hope to make it feel almost like an alien world unto itself.
It might be waaaay
too early to ask, but any idea when and where Dead Sea
will be released onto the general public yet?
have distribution already in place. This is actually the first time
I - as a filmmaker - have had that. I'm sure we will have numerous
festival and convention screenings, as we did with The Black Dahlia
Haunting, but as for the actual release date, that isn't necessarily up to
us, but up to the distributors and store buyers... so we shall see. The Black Dahlia
Haunting is getting pretty good placement, so hopefully the same will
be in store for this film as well.
projects beyond Dead Sea?
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for more, better results ?
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There are a couple, but I
don't want to get too much into detail on them. As I've learned,
things can get switched around at the drop of a hat.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
(the film is likely to undergo a name change via the distributor)
for the interview!