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An Interview with Danny Saratino, Director of Black Friday

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2018

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Your movie Black Friday - in a few words, what is it about?


Without giving away too much... After a 13 year long hiaus, a terrifying paranormal entity wreaks havoc in a small town shopping center on Black Friday.


How did the project come into being in the first place? And what were your sources of inspiration for writing Black Friday?


I've never seen anyone take Black Friday and horror as a conceptual idea for a film. So I decided to come up with an idea for a film. I always wanted to make a horror film with a genuine concept. Present something to the audience that is gory, creepy, and scary all together. Horror movies today, rarely give us those components all in one.


What can you tell us about your screenwriter Shannon Smith, and your collaboration with her?


I've known Shannon for about 6 years. She is currently working as a ghostwriter and script doctor for clients around the globe. My collaboration with her on the Black Friday teaser was awesome. It's like we almost have the same brain.


With Black Friday revolving around a paranormal investigation - your personal thoughts on the subject?


I believe the paranormal to be very real. Do your research before investigating into an area of new mystery!


Do talk about Black Friday's approach to the horror genre?


Black Friday is a NEW concept approach to the horror genre. Hopefully, in the future it'll be brought up in conversations amongst the likes of Friday the 13th, Halloween, The Exorcist and many other classics.


With the Black Friday-teaser being shot found footage style - what attracted you to that approach?


I felt the best approach for the teaser was, take a scene from screenplay and make it a found footage style concept. Present the overall product as short teaser trailer without giving away too much in order to be effective.


Do talk about your key cast, and why exactly these people?


I felt the cast & crew I collaborated with created something special. The idea may have stemmed from one brain, but when you have a group of individuals who share the same creativity, imagination, work ethic, and communication, the finished product will show it.


What can you tell us about the teaser shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


The teaser was shot in the middle of October 2017. The location was an abandoned restaurant in Colorado. Everything came into place at the right time.


Any future projects beyond Black Friday you'd like to share?


I'm currently in development on 2 features. One is horror/thriller. The other is suspense, thriller, mystery.


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


When I was kid, my Dad would take me to the movies almost every weekend. Then, I'd reinact the movie when I get home afterwards. Movies always gave me an outlet to express my imagination. No formal training. Self-taught.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Black Friday?


Prior experience to Black Friday was basically being a PA on student and short film sets. Mostly hands-on approach learning. Watching a lot of movies too.


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How would you describe yourself as a director?


I described myself as a melting pot of a director. A conglomerate of a all directors put into one. I don't have a style or certain approach. No limitations.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Robert Zemeckis inspire me the most.


Your favourite movies?


That's a hard one. Back to the Future, Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, Terminator 2, and A Nightmare On Elm Street are some of my favorites.


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