Your new movie Cut! - in a
few words, what is it about, and what can you tell us about your character in
Is a genre thriller horror film. There are many
twists and turns and you will want to watch it twice.
My character Jake Anderson comes across as a
want-to-be an actor, but as the story unfolds his role goes much deeper
Is much more than just another horror film, and Iím
lucky to have been offered such a tour-de force role.
What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how
much of Chris Moir can we find in Jake?
character has three personalities, part sarcastic boy next door, part want
to be actor and part serial killer.
How did you get
involved with the project in the first place, and to what extent could you
identify with its dark subject? And how did you end up on the production
side of things as well?
I was asked to come on board as an actor, and I was
so impressed with the script, I offered to help produce and do whatever it
took to make this film more successful.
As far as the dark subject of the film, horror
movies are always fun to work on because itís
like playing dress up on Halloween. I became obsessed with the project and
David Rountree [David
Rountree interview - click here] asked me if I could be more involved as a
producer and DP.
What were the challenges of the
shoot from a producer's point of view?
real challenge was to make a quality film on a limited budget. We had to
be resourceful and come up with solutions to things that would normally
cost a lot of money. It was a team effort and everyone involved did it out
of love for what we were trying to accomplish. I think the final product
is a real example of what a great team can do.
What can you tell
us about your director David Rountree [David
Rountree interview - click here], and what was your collaboration
Chris, Dahlia Salem, Suze Lanier-Bramlett,
David Rountree, David Banks at the
Rountree is very generous and extremely hard working, He has been a great
inspiration for me and I have learned much working with him. Rountree and
I shot most of the movie together, me operating camera and Rountree
directing. We spent most of our time on camera angles, lighting and
creating a mood visually.
What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and
the on-set atmosphere?
a horror film I think is more like making a comedy. Both are usually so
far from reality that itís
ridiculous. Or is it?
With David Rountree [David
Rountree interview - click here], you have since also shot 108
Stitches - so you have to talk about that one for a bit!
with David Rountree on 108 Stitches was an amazing time. We played
baseball day and night for ten days in a minor league stadium. I got the
chance to work with some old friends, Erin Cahill, Allen Maldonado and
Alysia Joy Powell. Working with Bruce Davison was invaluable. David has
given me the opportunity to learn and grow as an actor in every project Iíve
done with him. I see every job as an opportunity to learn and grow as an
future projects you'd like to share?
have several projects in development at the moment as a writer and
producer. I have recently worked on a pilot with Ellen Barkin, Holland
Taylor and Christopher Lloyd called Hollywood
What got you into
acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
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started in musical theater alongside Zack Levi in Ojai CA at the local art
center. I have studied under Larry Moss, William Stanford Davis, Playhouse
Sally Kirkland, Lesley Kahn and Jeff Kober. My long time coach and biggest
inspiration has been Bobbie Chance.
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
been in a number of independent feature films over the years.
would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to
bring your characters to life?
the the techniques of Lee Strasberg, Sanford Meisner and Bobbie Chance
Actors (and indeed
actresses) who inspire you?
I have been most inspired by Jack Lemmon, Paul
Newman, Russell Crowe, Jack Nicholson, Ewan
McGregor, and of course Flipper and Mister
Your favourite movies?
and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Dr. Strangelove, One Flew Over the
The Life Aquatic, The Big
Lebowski, A Clockwork Orange, No Country for Old
Men, The Hustler and Dumb and Dumber!
for the interview!