Your upcoming movie Ghost Dance - in a few words, what is it
a classic spaghetti western with a bit of a supernatural twist at the
end. A mysterious rider known as The Stranger wanders into a
town and has a run in with the local ruffians.
With Ghost Dance being a supernatural
Western - could you elaborate on that in more detail, and what fascinates
you about the genre as such?
always liked westerns and wanted to use this film as an opportunity
to expand out from the sci-fi and fantasy genres Iíve worked on in the
past. Westerns have their own set of expectations and characters
work well together, the genre is well established and has great
entertainment opportunity by bending peopleís expectations a little bit.
(Other) sources of
inspiration when writing Ghost Dance?
been watching lots of westerns, all the Clint Eastwood classics.
10 movie on DVD pack from the $5 bin at Walmart started it all off really.
Very entertaining old movies, thereís no shortage of them, the one
stands out is Little Rita
of the West featuring a female gunslinger.
watching these to pick up camera shots and steal the occasional line for
to my information, Ghost Dance was your first screenwriting
collaboration with your producer Morgan Muscat [Morgan
Muscat interview - click here] - so do talk about the writing process for a bit!
producer, Morgan Muscat, and I co-wrote the script. I wanted to get
another pair of eyes on the project from the beginning to make sure I
wasnít writing a complete pile of trash. A great guide was the
screenwriting book Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. I took
outline and wrote the first draft (by hand), then typed it up and sent it
over to Morgan. We went back and forth a few times to
polish up the script and flesh out the characters.
can you tell us about the intended style of animation, look and feel of
going back to a style that I used in my first feature, Archon
Defender, with a toon-shader and ink lines around the characters to
them pop up. Iím still working on the look of the backgrounds.
I want to
mix the storybook look that I used on Origin and
the new techniques that Iíve figured out in Blender.
At what stage of production is Ghost
Dance presently, and where do you see the main challenges the rest of
now the audio is recorded, and the storyboards are finished. Iím
creating characters and will soon start modeling the sets and locations.
Iím looking to start animation now, depending on how things go.
It might be waaay too early to ask, but any
idea when the film might be released onto the general public yet?
going to take time with this project. Iíve typically done a
film in 2 years, you have to work hard and cut corners sometimes to make
that happen. Iím taking my time with this film and making it the
future projects beyond Ghost Dance you'd like to share?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
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always got lots of projects on the back burner. Thereís a fantasy
musical opera film epic that Iíve simply no idea how to pull off.
might go and do a music video next, to warm up for that project.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
all my other releases. My latest film,
Mirror is available on DVD and Vimeo VOD directly at
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
encourage any aspiring filmmakers and animators out there, regardless of
skill level or experience, to check out
community is diverse and supportive, with lots of tutorials and help for
the program. It can literally do everything you need to make an
film... And itís open source, and free.
for the interview!