Your new movie Kill
Me in the Moonlight - in a few words, what is it about?
Me in the Moonlight
is about a cop haunted by the vision of a dead woman.
What were your sources of inspiration when writing Kill
Me in the Moonlight?
We had a dead skeleton in the trunk of my car that we wanted to use.
A prop dead skeleton.
Gabrielle: Right. A prop dead skeleton.
Kris: And we had locations that we wanted to use, and Gabby had a camera, and we had
all the time in the world to come up with something, so we did.
You two made Kill
Me in the Moonlight completely without any additional cast and
crew - so what was the idea behind this, and what are the challenges but
maybe also advantages filming that way?
Gabrielle: We wanted to make a movie using the principles of social distancing.
Kris: It was hard because we didnít have a full crew, but we were able to use that
to our advantage.
Gabrielle: Having a two person cast and crew allowed us to have complete creative freedom
Kris: We were in control by being out of control. I started out doing films this way
in college with no crew, no big cast, 2-3 people max, and we based our stories
on the locations that we had available to us. And that was always a lot of
So what was the
collaboration between the two of you like on Kill
Me in the Moonlight?
Gabrielle: We collaborated on Salvation and that was a great experience, so I didnít
have any reservations about working together again.
Kris: It was fun, it's always fun. It's always fun working with Gabrielle Rosson she
seems to be one of the few people who actually knows where I'm coming from, and
she was willing to let our creativity grow together. Gabrielle is like two
sticks that you rub together to make fire.
Do talk about Kill
Me in the Moonlight approach to horror for a bit!
Kris: We didnít set out to make a horror film, we set out to make a film with
certain imagery and certain themes that just so happen to evoke horror when
itís all put together. We were going for artsy black and white noir.
Gabrielle: And I think thatís why it turned out the way it didówe werenít trying to
scare people. We were going for creepy, sure, but we just wanted to tell a
Kris: I guess you could say it's a noir film disguised as horror film.
of course have to talk about your locations for a bit, and what was it
like filming there?
Kris: Our locations were dark, damp, muddy and semi-dangerous, and we wouldnít
have had it any other way.
Gabrielle: It was especially gross for me because I was barefoot throughout the film. But
Kris selected the locations, mostly. Iím not sure how he knew about the dump
location because that was pretty remote and creepyÖ but, Iím glad he did.
Kris: Garbage will often hang out with other garbage.
What can you tell us about your
directorial approach to your story at hand?
Gabrielle: Because we didnít have a crew and we were acting in it, we aimed for basic
coverage of every scene. The extra stuff, like the creative shots or the shots
of statues etc was all thought of on the spot.
Kris: It was all made up on the spot, sheís lying.
Gabrielle: We winged it. But I also think thatís what made it good, we let the
locations speak to us.
also appear in front of the camera in Kill
Me in the Moonlight - so do talk about your respective characters,
and what did you draw upon to bring them to life?
Gabrielle: I was a ghost and knew that my character wanted his character to find my body
in the unmarked grave, so I knew my motivation. Then I just set out to be
calmly creepy. I didnít have to act so much, I just had to be presentó and
that was creepy enoughóthat she just keeps popping up.
Kris: We discussed what our characters would be but we didnít talk about who they
were or where they were going or what their lives were like. There was no real
backstory. I just tried to be in the moment as well. I knew what my character
wanted but didnít know where he was gonna go from there and I still don't.
words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
Gabrielle: Thatís easy. Hilarious. In a word, the on-set atmosphere was hilarious. Kris
made me laugh the whole time.
Kris: The atmosphere was creepy and delectable.
$64-question of course, where can Kill
Me in the Moonlight be seen?
can watch Kill
Me in the Moonlight on our Facebook page and on Vimeo. Hereís the link: https://vimeo.com/412558608
Anything you can
tell us about audience and critical reception of Kill
Me in the Moonlight?
Gabrielle: I feel like people like this movie more than some of the other stuff Iíve
made - which is crazy because it is by far the easiest film Iíve ever made
start to finish.
Kris: People seem to be responding to it and thatís good.
Gabrielle: People have a lot of interpretations, and we just love that.
Based on your experiences
with Kill Me in
the Moonlight, could you ever be persuaded to do another movie
completely between yourselves? And/or any other future projects you'd like
Kris: Yeah absolutely. Weíre doing another one soon and hopefully another one
Gabrielle: I will work with Kris any day. He is my favorite person in the world.
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Kris: Keep an eye on our personal Facebook pages, we post a lot of our upcoming work
there, so keep your eyes open.
Gabrielle: Kill Me in
the Moonlight has itís own Facebook page, too.
Anything else you're dying to mention and
I have merely forgotten to ask?
Kris: I want to shout out Michael Lapore for making our movie poster.
Gabrielle: And a huge shout out to (re)Search my Trash for having us!
so welcome, and thanks for the