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An Interview with Dan Lantz, Director of Bloodrunners

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2017

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

 

Bloodrunners centers on a turf war between a crooked cop and a power-hungry vampire over a small town soaked in illegal hooch during the height of Prohibition.

 

With Bloodrunners being a blend of gangster and vampire movie, are these genres you particularly enjoy, and some of your favourites?

 

I love all genres of movie. I am a true movie buff and will watch everything. I love the action comedy the best… so you will find many moments of action and comic relief in this movie. I am taking the vampire genre seriously, however. In my mind there is a difference between “having fun with” something and “making fun” of something. We are having fun. No mockery.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Bloodrunners?

 

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, “traditional” vampire lore. We are very subtle with the vampire stuff, so we wanted to stay true to “traditional” tropes - no sparkling (Twilight), no exploding vampires (True Blood).

 

What can you tell us about your co-writers Michael McFadden and Adam Danoff, and what was your collaboration with him like when writing Bloodrunners?

 

We had weekly brainstorm sessions. Adam brought in the vampire stuff, Mike brought in the history stuff and I focused on the story structure. The 3-person method worked pretty well, because whenever we had a disagreement, we always had a person for the tie-breaker vote.

 

With Bloodrunners being set in the 1930s, what were the challenges to get the period right?

 

Everything! Making a period picture is a nightmare. I literally became an expert on all things 1933. It was crazy, every article of clothing, every single prop in the scene. The biggest killer was modern day safety. Things like smoke alarms, door locks and plastic light did not exist back then - lots of digital removal in post production.

 

What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

My focus was to make it feel like a crime drama and downplay the vampire element until they reveal themselves. However, I made sure to leave vampire “bread crumbs” so the entire story made sense and the more inquisitive audience members could unravel the puzzle themselves.

 

Bloodrunners stars hip hop legend Ice-T - so how did you get him even, and what was your collaboration like?

 

Mike Harvey, one of our producers, is a friend of Ice-T and he introduced Ice to this project. Ice-T himself is a consumate professional, he just knows his stuff and was great to work with. When a line in the script wasn’t working, he would collaborate and work with us to find a better way. The rest of the cast was also impressed and I feel they all upped their game because of him.

 

What can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

The lead actor, Michael McFadden, and I did a movie together previously and he is a truely fearless actor. That is what impressed my so much about him and it’s why I wanted him to be part of the project. The rest of the cast was acquired by good-ol fashioned casting. We went to a casting director with a list of roles and we just held auditions.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

I like to call filmmaking “the worlds most expensive hobby”. I love it. Though the time pressure can get intense, it is something I thrive on. I find that most people on a movie are there because they want to be, so if everyone can be positive and stick to the schedule, it is a nice on-set atmosphere. Sometimes we have divas or jerks, but I quickly send those people home with their check and ask them to never return. I have re-cast actors on more than one occasion.

 

The $64-question of course, when and where will Bloodrunners be released onto the general public?

 

www.bloodrunners-store.com/

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Bloodrunners yet?

 

The audiences at the test screenings gave the movie good marks. Awaiting reviews.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I have a new movie in the works, but I can’t share it with the public yet. Sorry.

 

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

 

http://www.bloodrunnersmovie.com

https://www.facebook.com/SpeakeasyPicturesLLC/

https://twitter.com/Bloodrunners33

 

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

 

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A piece of trivia. We wrote a scene where a stake penetrates a vampire’s bare chest. I assumed this had been done before and all we had to do was find an example from another movie and copy the effect. After several months of scanning through vampire movies, we couldn’t find a single example. SO… I could be wrong, but I think we are the FIRST MOVIE IN HISTORY to show a closeup of a stake penetrating a vampire’s bare chest. Trivia.

 

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