Your new movie Deviant
Behavior - in a few words, what is it about?
The film follows a masked self-made transgender, on a twisted
mission to become the most beautiful woman in town, who is interrupted by
Charlie Reese, a sleazy private detective who has discovered her world of
torture and depravity.
How did you get involved with the project in the first
I first got involved in the world of Deviant
about 7 years ago when I was brought in by Sal Hernandez to shoot
the original short film. Years later after Sal and I formed STX Media and
finished work on our first film Dreadtime Stories, we were looking at what
our next feature project would be and the idea of Deviant
came up and I
got instantly excited about expanding that story and characters.
Do talk about Deviant
Behavior's writer and producer Sal Hernandez for a bit, and what
was your collaboration like?
Sal is the originator of
the concept and story for Deviant
but as is the same on our
pervious works we get together and have these brainstorming sessions where
we break the story down and work out all the plot points and story beats.
We have a great collaborative relationship where we are not afraid to
challenge each other’s ideas for the story but at the end of the day we
are on the same page to only try and make the film as good as we possibly
Behavior does feature its fair share of violence and gore - so do
talk about the bloody bits in your movie for a bit, and how were they
Full credit for those effects goes to Sal
as head of our makeup department and his team of assistants. I really
just get to sit back and watch as they bring to life the kills that I may
have helped write or pitch and that is the thrill for me.
You of course also have to talk about the
killer's creepy mask, and were you in any way involved in its creation?
the look of the character of Hunny was established in the original short
by Sal. For the feature we did want to update the look a bit without
totally stepping away from what we liked about the original and I was
involved in the capacity of approving the final look after going through a
few design options.
can you tell us about Deviant
Behavior's approach to horror?
When we were
coming up with the story for Deviant
we made the decision to try and make
the horror feel a little dirtier than our last film. Which is why we
hang on the violence more as it happens and even on the moments that are
not necessarily gory, we wanted to just creep the audience out a little
with what they're seeing.
Do talk about the
movie's overall look and feel for a bit!
I'm a fan of
all film not just horror movies so I pull from a lot in terms of
inspiration. I really wanted to inject the feel of an old film noir
detective story into this, you know high contrast and long shadows with
some late 80's horror and grit.
What can you
tell us about Deviant Behavior's
key cast, and why exactly these people?
We knew from
the beginning that finding the right cast would be the key to making this
movie work. We did bring back one actor from the original short and that
is Alex Heatherley as Walter, but for the rest of the cast we held
extensive casting calls. Each actor was cast based on how we wanted the
characters to be portrayed. An additional success was that everyone also
brought something new and great to their characters.
A few words
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
shoot for the most part was fun, I know we laughed a lot. This was a
completely different experience than our last movie in that it was an
anthology. It felt different every couple of weeks like we were making a
new movie every time. This being our first singular story really, it felt
like we had time to slow down a little and try new things on set. A few
scenes in the film were never in the shooting script and made up on set
because of this freedom.
$64-question of course, when and where will your movie be released onto
the general public?
We have a distribution deal with
SGL Entertainment for the film to be released on Blu-ray and DVD as well
as on various VOD sites. They will also handle the release of the film’s
soundtrack which features all the original songs that play in the movie.
Currently there is no concrete date but we are looking at Summer of 2018.
Anything you can tell us about
critical and audience reception of Deviant
So far the reaction has been
very positiven which is great. Our goal with each film we make is to try
and take what we learned from the last production and make a better movie,
and so far people have told us that we have succeeded.
Any future projects you'd like to
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
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We have a number of projects in various stages
of development. Currently we are working on a webseries spin off of our
first film Dreadtime Stories
entitled The Dreadtime
Chronicles which will retain the anthology element. We are still
talking about what our next feature film will be.
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever
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Thanks for the interview!