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An Interview with Greg Travis, Director of Dark Seduction

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2016

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Your movie Dark Seduction was actually shot in 1984, but hasn't been released until 2015 - so can you give us the lowdown on this story, and what kept you going over all these years to finally get it released?

 

I intended to finish it when we first made it in the late 80s but, I was dealing with a partner and working on the road as a stand up comedian at the same time, what also delayed it was trying to find the cut of the film which took me a long time because of the nature in which we shot it. The fact that I directed it and it was my first full feature film to direct this was what kept me motivated to finish it, but also the most important thing is that I felt the film was really unique and quite good for what it is, which I believe is a cult midnight movie.

 

Has Dark Seduction in any way changed from what you intended to release back when?

 

Yea it's gone through many versions and now has a completely new updated soundtrack with live instruments and it has actually finished with a polish that it would not have had if it was finished sooner, which I believe will keep it relevant in many years to come.

 

Let's return to the film as such - why a film noir homage, is this a genre at all dear to you? And why cross it with new wave vampires?

 

Yea I love the black and white film noir genre. I just think it is very romantic, macho and super cool. Dark Seduction is a parody of noir but also stands on its own as a film noir. The new wave vampire idea was sort of obvious in the mid 80s.

 

What can you tell us about your co-writer Steve Bishart, and what was your collaboration with him like?

 

Steve is the one who brought me into the idea and he had a 20 page script that was mostly about the vampires, and I brought the idea of the detective and combine these ideas to form the full concept. He taught me a lot about the technical side of making a production. He acted more like a cameraman than a producer, and I was more of an actor being a director. Later we drifted apart when the partnership didn't work out.

 

Do talk about your directorial approach to your story at hand!

 

I try to figure out what the overall mood of the piece is first, what the tone is I think is important, and then that will give you clues as to what the look should be and how the character should act, and the overall energy and mood. It is a matter of working with the script to shape it into a film. I don't believe a director has a clear vision of a shot of the film because things are constantly changing and the director needs to be flexible. What ultimately ends up on the frame belongs in the frame. I also like to let the actors go off script and improvise once they understand who the characters are, many times they will give you little pieces of gold.

 

You also play a supporting part in Dark Seduction - so do talk about your character, and since you're an actor first and foremost, why not pick a bigger part in your own movie?

 

I don't remember really how my character came about but obviously it was loosely based on me at the time, and I didn't play a bigger character because I wanted to spend more time directing and making the movie.

 

What can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

They were all friends and acquaintances in the business that I knew would be perfect for the parts they were cast in. I feel like I got very lucky with this cast.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

Pretty chaotic atmosphere, lots of last minute things and low budget but ultimately because of the great people it was loads of fun.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Dark Seduction?

 

So far at the two screenings I've had nothing but great audience response. We haven't gotten back too many reviews yet because the release is coming up on Oct 11, 2016 but the film plays much better with an audience than without. I guess that's every film.

 

You have directed a few movies after what happened to Dark Seduction - so what can you tell us about those? And basically, what kept you going?

 

Night Creep 2003 and Midlife 2013. I want to be a director and filmmaker and I try my best to make a movie whenever possible. Midlife is available on iTunes and many other media outlets … it's more of a modern character study and rooted in reality unlike the other two.

 

Any future projects you'd like to talk about?

 

Yes I have 3 movies I have been planning and developing for a long time, but that's all I can say for now.

 

Since you've started out as an actor, what got you into acting in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?

 

I got into acting in a high school drama class. Then I became a magician during that same period which also is being an actor, and that led me to stand up comedy which ultimately led me back to acting. I have an Associate in Arts degree. I also went to a film school called Sherwood Oaks Experimental Film School.

 

Having been in the business for over thirty years, and in both big budget and indie productions, how have things changed over the years?

 

There is a lot more movies being made in other parts of the world and country. Hollywood is no longer the center of the universe for filmmaking, which means less work for actors along with much more competition makes it now a difficult soup to swim in.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actor, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

Mostly a character actor I just do as much research as possible on each character needed to shape and mold it, and draw from many real life experiences. Acting is a small variation on your own personality.

 

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Actor, comedian, director Greg Travis is available for interview or to be a guest on your show, to promote his new film Dark Seduction set for release Oct 11, 2016.

Feel free to look up IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0871393/

Here is the Dark Seduction trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQXi4nwxYTs

Dark Seduction making of: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjvhBYcYwzI

Website: http://www.gtfilmproductions.com/dark-seduction

Contact: travisg@earthlink.net

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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