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An Interview with Donte Williams, Director of Not Another Zombie Movie ... About the Living Dead

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2015

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Your new movie Not Another Zombie Movie ... About the Living Dead - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Not Another Zombie Movie ... About the Living Dead is not just another zombie apocalypse film. We like to call it a "zomedy" that pits a group of "unique" individuals together who have to band together to survive the zombie outbreak. Although technically a spoof of the zombie genre, the characters in the film are very interesting, and some original such the mentally retarded Oscar (David Perry), the stoner Peanut (Calvin Evans) and the accidental asshole Mike (Jay Davis). Some of the characters and scenarios are based off of other zombie films/show but Jay managed to create something original with most of the script.

 

How did the project fall together in the first place?

 

Around late 2012, Jay Davis [Jay Davis interview - click here] asked if I'd be interested in directing a feature film. I asked what he had in mind and he sent me the script to Not Another Zombie Movie ... About the Living Dead. We were in the middle of shooting our 2nd sketch comedy project when I read the script and told him we needed to do this. I told him that the script was great and we couldn't wait for someone to greenlight it, so we decided to try to do it ourselves.

 

What can you tell us about your writer/producer/star Jay Davis, and what was your collaboration like? And how did you two even meet to begin with?

 

I met Jay around 2011. He showed up on the set of a music video I was directing for R&B artist J Hollins. J (Hollins) suggested that both Jay and I could benefit from working together so we started shooting comedy sketches that eventually became Choke on That. Jay is a very talented writer, he could easily be writer for your favorite sitcom or TV show. I think the combination of his brand of comedic humor and my visual and technical skills has been a benefit to us both.

 

To what extent could you identify with Not Another Zombie Movie ... About the Living Dead's brand of humour?

 

Having worked with Jay Davis prior to this project I've become very well adapted to his sick sense of humor. Plus I'm a fan of the zombie genre. What some may not know though is that I've even given Jay a few ideas that he has incorporated into our new sketch comedy Choke on That Reloaded. Along with Jack Johnson, we actually throw around some ideas that Jay uses and writes. But ultimately, a good portion of what we do comes from his sick, perverted mind, lol.

 

Is the zombie genre a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites? And what do you think makes Not Another Zombie Movie ... About the Living Dead stick out of the crowd of zombie movies?

 

I've been watching horror/zombie films for a long time, since I was about 5 or 6 and I'm 36 now. One of the first movies I saw and still one of my favorites is Return of the Living Dead. It was more funny than scary and introduced me to the genre. Other films/shows I like are The Walking Dead, Zombieland, and the Troma cult classic Class of Nuke 'Em High.

 

What can you tell us about your over-all directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

I always first want to get a mental picture from the script. I have a vivid imagination but a good script puts me in a zone where I can draw a visual from it. Secondly, I have to be able to get the emotion that the writer intended whether it be humor, horror, suspense, etc. With Not Another Zombie Movie ... About the Living Dead, I couldn't stop laughing while reading the script and knew immediately that I wanted to do the film.

 

Do talk about your collaboration with co-director (and star) Jack Johnson for a bit, and what did he bring to the table?

 

Jack was great to work with as an co-director, actor and stunt coordinator. He has many years of experience in the business and not only brought his added talent being the stunt coordinator but was my other set of eyes on the set as the co-director. He was also perfect in the role of Franklin, especially being that he and Jay have such good chemistry on camera. I look forward to collaborating with him on future projects.

 

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

 

The atmosphere was great although I had a lot of work to do. The first day of shooting was actually shot at my house and over 100 people showed up to be either zombies or victims. I only wish was able to network and meet with more of the cast. I wasn't able to meet many of the cast members during filming because I was usually focused on the scenes we were shooting.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Well, Jay and I are wrapping up Choke on That Reloaded, the sequel to our uncensored sketch comedy Choke on That, which will be released this fall, and we are also currently in the pre-production stages of Not Another Black Movie which we plan to start shooting sometime next year. I also have various music videos and other film projects on the table for next year.

 

What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?

 

I've wanted to be a filmmaker since I was a kid. I used to draw a lot and did a lot of creative things as a kid but when my parents bought me a Fisher-Price camera when I was 5, that was it. Around age 10 I started to really study films and music videos. I eventually went Illinois State University and minored in Cinema Studies.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Not Another Zombie Movie ... About the Living Dead?

 

While at ISU, I shot everything I could from various live performances to scripted projects such as PSA for The United Way of McLean County which I also wrote. My first short was a 2002 "mockumetary" which I also wrote, directed and edited entitled The Legend of Bootnee Lee (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbihLPxbf8Q). After college I went to work in the world of TV news as a photojournalist and editor, which is what I've done for over 12 years. In addition I've also shot live performances, music videos and commercials.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I'm not a very loud vocal director. If you're looking for a yeller or someone who belittles the cast and crew, I'm not that dude. I hate that. I will however get tough if things start to get crazy. I'm more laid back. I like for people to be relaxed and be natural and make the role their own. I prefer to communicate with cast members and let them know what I need from them. I'm also always open to new ideas, although I may not always use them. Also because I've been a TV news photojournalist for so long, I'm used to being able to make changes on the fly if need be.

 

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Your favourite movies?

 

Do The Right Thing, The Five Heartbeats, Hurricane, Selma, Goodfellas, The Breakfast Club, Malcolm X, American Beauty, etc.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

I don't like Twilight or movies like it. As a filmmaker though, I try to be open-minded when it comes to various projects. I do respect the work that goes into any project.

 

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

 

www.nazm2015.com

www.dontediesel.com

https://www.facebook.com/donte.williams.501

www.vimeo.com/dieselworldproductions

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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