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An Interview with Christopher Miron, Director of Pitching the Tent

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2015

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Your upcoming movie Pitching the Tent - in a few words, what's it going to be about?


Pitching the Tent is an upcoming low budget, independent Halloween slasher movie. The story synopsis is “Six friends decide to camp out on Halloween night after a party. Little do they know, someone or something has taken the "fright night" a little too far.”


With Pitching the Tent being a slasher movie, is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?


Oh yes, I love slasher movies. I grew up on them and watch them to this day. Not only slashers, but all sorts of horror movies, such as supernatural and the classic monster movies.


Other sources of inspiration when dreaming up Pitching the Tent?


Being a fan of the horror genre and working on a writing project, Pitching the Tent started off as a short story I was working on for an anthology. As the story progressed, the thought came into my head, that it would make a great movie. So I started working on a screenplay. It was originally different than where the story ends up today, but I am completely happy with it.


What can you tell us about your co-writer Jason Harlow [Jason Harlow interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?


Jason is great and very creative. His feedback has been so helpful. We are still currently working on the aspect of the script, fine tuning, if you will. We are constantly in touch with each other on everything from the story to the planning of the effects. You are going to see some great things from Jason.


What can you tell us about your movie's approach to horror (as in suspense vs sudden shocks, atmosphere vs all-out gore and the like)?


There will be some suspense and sudden shocks, with all the creepiness of the woods and taking place during the Halloween season. We (the cast and crew) definitely think that it will be a movie to remember. We are taking the likes of slashers from the 80's and giving it a modern technique.


Slasher movies demand their fair share of violent killings almost by definition - so how far do you plan in that direction, and anything you can tell us about your planned gore scenes yet?


In the words of the Saw franchise, “There will be blood.” I think the killings will be violent. I have been working very close with our special effects supervisor, Lynn Grabowski to make the most out of all the scenes, from the violence to the gore effects.


Do talk about the film's intended look and feel for a bit!


Well, in a way, I kinda want the feel of the old Friday the 13th meets the Halloween series of movies, but more modern. There will be some other surprises as well, but you'll have to stay tuned. I don't want to give away too many secrets just yet.


Luc Bernier

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


Liane Langford

Timothy O'Hearn

We are still in the casting process now, but the ones that we have so far are great. They each fit their characters very well. It has been a hard choice to make. We have Luc Bernier [Luc Bernier interview - click here], who will be playing Gordon Drake. If anyone can pull off this character, it will be Luc. He has the exact look and feel that agrees to the character. I can't wait to see what he does with Gordon. Michael Seragon will be playing Bobby, the principal lead. Michael has come a long way in the field and we are excited to have him be a part of this. Aaron Taylor Morrow will be playing Andrew, this character definitely fits in with Aaron. Cheyenne King is playing Sam. We will also see Liane Langford [Liane Langford interview - click here] and Timothy O'Hearn playing Carrie and John, a husband and wife team who learn a few surprises. I am excited to work with all of them, and I know they will bring these characters to life in the best way I could have ever pictured. We will be having more casting announcements soon, so please keep up with us.


As far as I know, Pitching the Tent is currently still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?


Yes, we are still currently in the crowdfunding stage. We (the cast and crew) have been working hard to promote the film and the IndieGoGo campaign. We want to raise the amount that will not only help make the movie, but make it better. We have been sharing the information all across social networking, such as Facebook and Twitter. We want to get as many people interested in our film as possible. We even released a teaser trailer a few weeks back to help them get interested in the feel.


Once the money's in place, what's the schedule, and even if it's waaay too early to ask, any idea when and where the movie might be released yet?


The movie will be made, just how big and awesome it is will depend on the funding. We are still scouting locations. I am hoping that we can start filming the 1st or 2nd week of October. If things go well, I think we will release Pitching the Tent next year.


Any future projects beyond Pitching the Tent?


I hope so, I have stories upon stories stuck in my head I would love to get out one way or another. After this film, I hope to start on writing the next.


What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


Films and filmaking has always been a passion of mine. This is my first trip around the “cutting block”. I have not had any formal training, but I am working with a great crew, from our cinematographer and editor to our special effects and sound person. We all work really hard and enjoy what we do.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


Well, this is my first try in the chair, it will be a learning experience, but a well worthy one. As stated, I do have an awesome crew, some of which have been behind the camera. I want the cast to be creative as well, and if they have input, I want to hear it. It is just as much their movie as it is mine.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


Oh geeze, there are so many. James Wan and Leigh Whannell come to mind first. George A. Romero is one of my huge influences. I remember watching his movies over and over again when I was younger, and to this day, I still do. I am really big into independent movies, and each person that tries inspires me. A movie came out years ago, called Hallow's End (directed by Jon Keeyes [Jon Keeyes interview - click here]), it is one of my favorite independent film.


Your favourite movies?


MJ Dixon's Slasher House [MJ Dixon interview - click here] is a new one I just discovered and really enjoy (looking forward to more of his work). Of course, the Dead movies, Jaws, Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street helped shape me. It's hard to pick favorites, there are so many out there that make my list.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


Films that use way to much CGI. I think they ruin it for me.


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


We really want to say thank you to the fans of horror and our supporters. Without them, we would have no reason to make this film.


Thanks for the interview!


Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me.


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