Your new movie Let
Me See Your Eyes - in a few words, what is it about?
'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.
did the project come together in the first place?
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).
would you describe your directorial approach to your story at hands?
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.
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
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
Jack Nathan Harding
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.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
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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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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