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An Interview with Gabrielle Rosson and Kris Salvi, Creators and Stars of Kill Me in the Moonlight

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2020

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Kill 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?

 

Gabrielle: We had a dead skeleton in the trunk of my car that we wanted to use.

 

Kris: 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 and control.

 

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 fun.

 

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 good story.

 

Kris: I guess you could say it's a noir film disguised as horror film.

 

You 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.

 

Gabrielle: Hahah.

 

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.

 

You both 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.

 

A few 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.

 

The $64-question of course, where can Kill Me in the Moonlight be seen?

 

You 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 to share?

 

Kris: Yeah absolutely. Weíre doing another one soon and hopefully another one after that.

 

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!

 

Ever so welcome, and thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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