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An Interview with Derek Cole, Director of Let Me See Your Eyes

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2014

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Your new movie Let Me See Your Eyes - in a few words, what is it about?


It's 'every man for himself' in this post apocalyptic world, where a biological mistake has turned most of the population into animalistic eating machines. And that's just fine with R.J. As a matter of fact, this proud hermit has adapted well to the new world order. He's even got heat, food, and a rare clean water source. For three years, R.J. has contentedly spent his days in a dark, cramped, and heavily barricaded room, drinking tea and reading paperback westerns by candlelight. One night R.J.'s routine is disrupted when he warily lets in a desperate young stranger. He soon realizes the person he let in may be more dangerous that anything he's been trying to keep out.


How did the project come together in the first place?


Jack Nathan Harding gave the script to Stephen Twardokus and Stephen brought me in to meet with Jack and when I read the script, I just loved it. Jack did an amazing job on the writing (and acting).


How would you describe your directorial approach to your story at hands?


Jack had written a lot of little things that both characters where doing during their conversation so it's not just 2 guys sitting and talking for 17 mins. because of this I wanted to follow their actions and reactions without a bunch of fancy camera moves to show off what we can do, but at the same time build the suspense between them using a more simple shot selection allowing the characters tell the story as it was so brilliantly written. This was a very easy script to visualize that I felt it would be more compelling to do the fly on a wall approach.


Your entire movie takes place in one single location, which has its obvious advantages but probably also challenges - so what can you tell us about this location of yours, and what was it like filming there?


This was a challenge because there was no room for anything. That room was about 6' high and about 9' by 8' and with having all those props that Jack's character had collected over the years. It was tough to light and tough to even have a monitor in the room while shooting. The coolest part was not having to go all over town shooting but more impressive than that was Jack made everything in that room. The stove was made of stuff he had around the house, it even had lights inside to replicate embers. It was amazing to see that room go from empty to having everything you see in there built and that was all Jack. He is truly amazing.


Jack Nathan Harding has not only written Let Me See Your Eyes, he also plays one of the leads - with that in mind, what was your collaboration like, and did you ever clash on creative decisions?


Jack Nathan Harding

Stephen Twardokus

We never had a clash. He was open to everything Stephen, Jon and I brought to the table. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to anything else he writes and I want to work with him more on anything I am doing. It was a lot of fun.


What can you tell us about your other lead Stephen Twardokus, with whom you have worked plenty of times before?


Stephen is awesome! What I respect the most about him is his work ethic. No matter what he is always there and ready and he wants to be challenged. In my mind when someone always wants to do more and do it better is all you can hope for in a production partner.


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


The shoot was a lot of fun. I had Josiah Patrow over to help me with camera and even some post work. We had a blast just joking around while in that tiny room setting up. It was crazy, some of the shots that I wanted but being such a small space it was hard to even stand up without hitting your head on something, but I am lucky that I am surrounded by people that are willing to cram themselves into a dark and creepy corner for hours cause they want the film to come out great just as much as I do.


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What can you tell us about audience and critical reception of Let Me See Your Eyes so far?


We have had a great response from the film thus far. We even won Shriekfest for Best Horror Short of 2014.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I can say that I am doing another short film titled This Side Up: The Story of Henry "Box" Brown, which is a drama. I am turning a new leaf as this story is very exciting to me and I look forward to doing a non-horror film. This film is a challenge to put together but it will be fun to shoot.


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