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An Interview with Christian Grillo, Director of Apocalypse Kiss

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2014

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Your new movie Apocalypse Kiss - in a few words, what is it about?

 

The main plot is about the battle between glamour kills and kills for survival. The sub plot is about love lost and love unaccepted.

 

What were your inspirations when writing Apocalypse Kiss?

 

After successfully releasing two films on the global market, I wanted to venture further into the entire art of filmmaking, making sets, wardrobe and transporting the viewer to a new world. Apocalypse Kiss gave me that platform while being able to keep it on a modest budget.

 

With Apocalypse Kiss being (among other things) a science fiction film of the end-of-time variety - is that a genre you're at all fond of? And what can you tell us about Apocalypse Kiss's rather unique genre mix as such?

 

Well, as far as the genre mix goes. Most films today add a little of every genre into their structure. A little bit of everything. I do the love the end of the world type of sci-fi films. It's fun and dismally pleasing to me to imagine what if.

 

In the light of a dying world, who would you identify with the most: The girls who just want to survive, even if that includes killing, the psychopath who sees himself as an artist, or the cop driven to solve one last, personal case, even if it doesn't change anything in the long run?

 

I would have to side with Gladys and Katia... to me, those are the most realistic characters in the film. Not so much on the killing side of things but the survival part. We as people do what we have to in order to get by in this world. That's reality.

 

How would you describe Apocalypse Kiss's look and feel?

 

Beautiful trash.

 

Apocalypse Kiss does contain its fair share of gruesome scenes - so how were these achieved, and was there ever a line you refused to cross for other than budgetary reasons?

 

Not really. If I think it up I try to put it in the movie.

 

Apocalypse Kiss also features some pretty impressive visual effects - so you obviously have to talk about those a little!

 

David Gechman (the VFX coordinator) and I shared the workload on this movie. There was a lot I wanted to do and see in Apocalypse Kiss. But my biggest thing was not trying to compete with the Hollywood films. I can't. I rather impress with the use of imagination in the VFX. Such as... the kinetic scan that sweeps down the alleyway in a couple scenes or the door grid. They look like something out of an 80's sci-fi on purpose. They make you think back to that. That's more impressive to me than 100 people in a room making a helicopter crash into a building.

 

What can you tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Carmela Hayslett [Carmela Hayslett interview, click here] will always star in every Potent Media project as long as she wants to, she is a team member. This is what we do. D.C. Douglas was her idea and I'm glad we chose him to play the killer... he killed in it. As far as the rest of the cast it came down to finding the best people for th job at the price we could afford. No special story.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere!

 

The energy on this set was magical between the cast, crew and myself. Everyone got it, they saw it, they felt it. That "it" is the feeling that they were working on something more than just another local indie flick. It was an achievement what we did in that 200 year old building in the freezing cold. Everyone could see that Apocalypse Kiss was different. We made a Hollywood film for close to nothing. We had big genre names, we built awesome sets, everyone was in wardrobe and we made things look bigger than life. You couldn't walk onto the set and not feel the electricity.

 

What can you tell us about audience and critical reception of Apocalypse Kiss so far?

 

Well so far it's great! We have received more press for Apocalypse Kiss than any other Potent movie. The majority of the press and reviews have been very much in our favor. People seem to really love Apocalypse Kiss. I'm thrilled.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

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Of course. Potent Media is always on the next project by the time the current one comes out. Next week we are shooting the first scenes of Potent Media's Sugar Skull Girls. We will be shooting Michael Berryman and Carmela Hayslett [Carmela Hayslett interview, click here] in some really fun scenes together. The Sugar Skull Girls will be starring some well known faces... Addy Miller (The Walking Dead), Carmela Hayslett (every Potent movie), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes, Star Trek 4), Leslie Easterbrook (The Devil's Rejects, Police Academy). Please take a look at the teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn7Xb3iGsgs&list=UU7ALZWbUyS8AzhDtzRM3eeA

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

http://potent-media.com/

 

Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

You can purchase/rent Apocalypse Kiss on the following places:

 

 

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

You're welcome... thank you.

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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directed by
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written by
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starring
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