Your new movie The
Devils Door - in a few words, what is it about?
Basically the war between good and evil.
what extent is The Devils
Door based on actual myths, and how much research did go into that
aspect of your movie?
I researched alchemy and read up in
demons etc. I made up all the other stuff.
Other sources of inspiration when
writing The Devils Door?
main man Stanley Kubrick.
it comes to violence, The
Devils Door doesn't exactly hold back - so do talk about the gory
bits in your movie for a bit, how were they achieved, and was there ever a
line you refused to cross?
Well, there's definitely some gore
violence in this. I'm more for the quicky stuff and it's fun to figure out
how to make it real without a lot of CGI. As for crossing lines, no children.
Do talk about your overall
directorial approach to your story at hand!
I just think about the shots per scene, always two
cameras, long, mid, close shots (at least 3 takes or more per set-up,
unless you have a actor that's
screwing up, then it's much more) ,and then the specialty shots - if you shoot
enough coverage it gives you much to choose from when editing ... but it also
makes editing a bitch because there's so much footage, but I am there when
it's shot so I know the material and I try to get a rough edit the next day
(when the final product is done I only use about 10% of the footage shot).
What can you
tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people?
just put out feelers in the Facebook casting pages and had them send self-auditions on
tape. I hate auditions where they give you a page of dialogue
two days before, you drive a zillion hours to get to the audition, you
walk into a room with 4 strangers, you fuck up the lines because you're so
burnt from the drive or haven't had enough prep time, and drive a zillion
hours back depressed. I won't put somebody through that, give me self tape
over that nightmare anytime.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
work, we joke but everybody has to make a living elsewhere so time is
valuable, shoot the bitch!
$64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The
Devils Door yet?
2 reviews in, both great, but too
early to tell.
Any future projects you'd like
Ya, I'm probably going to shoot something this year.
What got you into filmmaking in the first
place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?
is kinda wild, but I'm a musician, I've sung in a couple bands with some radio
action, Toast and Fat Sam, I was in LA recording a studio project, and was
staying at Grafton on Sunset hanging out on the bar balcony watching the
scene on the strip. I struck up a conversation with a very nice English
woman, well after a few beers it turned out she was a well-known line
producer and was in LA scouting out locations for the movie Goal. I was
like wow, can I be in the movie, she said sure ... anyway long story short 6
months later I'm in the movie with Brian Johnson from AC/DC, I gave him some
of my music and he came up after lunch and said (in his heavey gruff
english accent) "I really liked your shit" ... then I was hooked.
When I got back to Virginia I decided to go for extra work on films and I
would give the directors my music etc. As I did this I went on enough
shoots to learn the process, in the meantime I landed some small speaking
roles and then larger ones ... then nothing! WTF, if Hollywood ain't calling I'll
write and produce my own and that's the story.
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The
Lots, check my IMDb, plenty of stories.
How would you describe yourself as
I suck (if you always think you suck you'll
always strive to get better).
Filmmakers who inspire you?
Kubrick is my favorite but I study them all when I watch film, I watch a
lot of the old flicks on AMC also.
Platoon, Clockwork Orange, The
... and of course, films you really
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
I watch em and can't say I deplore them but all
this cartoon CGI crap the big studio's are throwing out - Darryl Zanuck
used to say a
movie starts with a good story.
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever
Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
Not really ... if you think of
something else hit me back!
Thanks for the interview!