Your new movie Crazy Murder
- in a few words, what is it about?
It's a year in the life of a psychotic, homeless, serial killer.
What were your experiences when writing Crazy
A lot of the movie's dialogue is
improvised. Also we knew that we didn't have to show the script to anyone
in order to get it produced, so we didn't worry about formatting or
anything. We just came up with an outline of what happens in each
scene and the talking points that different characters had to hit. very
much like the way Christopher Guest shot Waiting for Guffman.
I am pretty sure Curb Your Enthusiasm is filmed that way also.
Once we had the story completed, I showed it to our executive producer
Stephen Saveski and he told us to start shooting.
What can you tell us about your
co-writer and co-director Caleb Pennypacker, and what was your
Caleb and I have been best friends
since high school. Caleb was on the West Coast while we were filming so he
helped guide me through the VFX shots over the phone. Caleb did all the
post-production VFX, we edited the film and made the music together (as
Cat Piss Clothes - yes ladies... I'm in a band!).
Murder goes very far in quite a few departments - to ask quite
bluntly, why, and was there any line at all you refused to cross?
Well we didn't hurt any animals (though the pigeons were probably sad that
they didn't get to finish the french fries). We didn't have any sexual
assault either. I don't find either of those things to be entertaining or
funny and I think most people would agree.
Murder looks as if it was filmed guerrilla style - is there any
truth to that, and what can you tell us about your shoot as such?
it was definitely filmed guerilla style! A lot of the people you see in
the background are real folks who were just passing by - including the old
man parading around with shit in his pants.
have to talk about your lead Kevin Kenny for a bit, and how did you find
him and what was your collaboration like?
I met Kevin when
we were both acting in a family-friendly improv comedy show in NYC. I knew
he was a great improv man, so when we decided to make the movie he was the
first person I called.
What can you
tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?
of them are personal friends of mine and some of them are actors we found
on craigslist. then we have our celebrity cameos. Mark Hunt was contacted
through Twitter and was nice enough to come down and act in the film. He
brought along Brandon Ropati who is a well known fighter in New Zealand.
James Quall was actually my neighbor in Los Angeles and so I offered him
the only paid role in the movie. The rapper Dane One makes a really quick
cameo too, he is a close personal friend.
few words about audience and critical reception of your movie so far?
response has been really positive! we just did an online screening and the
response was amazing! Obviously there will be some people out there who
are going to hate it, but I guess it hasn't reached most of them yet.
future projects you'd like to share?
Well, yes, but it's a
little early to discuss. Don't worry, it will be ultra gory for sure!
What got you into
filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on
I think I always wanted to make movies. We had
this straight-to-VHS camcorder when I was little and I used to try and
make movies with my toys. I ended up going to The New York Film Academy.
What can you tell us about your filmwork
prior to Crazy Murder?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
had only done some shorts and a few small commercials before Crazy Murder.
While we were working on Crazy Murder, Caleb and I also made an hour long
supernatural thriller called Leolex starring James Quall.
Here's the trailer: https://vimeo.com/46470424
would you describe yourself as a director?
Well I hope I
can answer that without sounding super conceded... but yeah I guess I'm a
super conceded asshole like all the rest.
who inspire you?
Oh man! David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Matt
Stone and Trey Parker, Christopher Guest, Tim & Eric, John
Kricfalusi (creator of Ren and Stimpy), John Carpenter,
Your favourite movies?
The Godfather, Office Space, Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar
Movie, Conan the
Barbarian, The Thing (1984 version of course), Team America: World
and of course, films you really deplore?
Ooohh, well I hate
to trash talk anyone's work because I know how hard we worked on Crazy Murder...
but anyway I guess Roman Polanski is a horrible person so I don't care about his
feelings... so yeah fuck all of that dude's movies
and fuck Michael Jackson's Moonwalker too.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
the main site for the film. You can buy and rent it there too. The Facebook
you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
you didn't ask if the puke was real... it was!
for the interview!