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An Interview with Jacob Grim, Director, and Sal Hernandez, Producer of Dreadtime Stories

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2015

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A party turns bizarre when a malevolent book makes its way into the hands of the attendees who reveal its tales of monsters, madmen and the supernatural.


How did the project fall together in the first place?


SAL: Jacob and I were just hanging out, reminiscing about our recent success with our short called The Roommate, which somehow teetered off into a discussion on how we both love horror anthology films and how there should be more of them. When we began to entertain the idea of doing our own, and what the vignettes might be, we realized we each already had written several scripts and treatments that could be utilized. We also realized that this would be a great opportunity to work with some of the best talent in the coastal bend, so as far as we were concerned that night, we decided to do our first feature film.


What were your sources of inspiration when writing Dreadtime Stories - and what was your collaboration like during the writing process?


JACOB: Along with our love of classic horror, we were inspired by things that really scare us, like situations and concepts that get under our skin.


Were all episodes written and shot specifically for Dreadtime Stories, actually, or were some shorts from an earlier date?


JACOB: The vignette Home Cooking was a film previously written and shot by Sal Hernandez and we rebooted it for Dreadtime Stories. Stained Affection was a remake of a short we wrote and filmed for a 72 hour film competition and the short Useless was written and shot almost 6 months before just for fun, but became the first installment for the anthology.


When it comes to their approach to horror, the vignettes of Dreadtime Stories are literally all over the place - so which kind(s) of horror do you personally prefer, actually, and which episodes were the most fun/exciting to write and shoot?


JACOB: I prefer suspense horror, the slow burn before the scare type of films. I would have to say my favorite production would have to be when we filmed the vignette called Punishment. The entire short was completed in one 18 hour day which included extensive make-up and a full body suit.


SAL: I like the hard gore, what the fuck type of horror, the kind that damage the human psyche. For me the most fun was when we were on our 16th hour of filming the installment Distention. It was like 40 degrees and it was technically Monday morning. By this time it didnít matter what anybody said, we just could not stop laughing. Itís hard to remember what exactly set it off, but I vaguely recall something about Chiclets and chicken tenders.


Jacob, what can you tell us about your directorial approach to your stories at hand?


JACOB: My approach was different from story to story. I let the scripts dictate the style of each installment. As the cinematographer, I made efforts to make each vignette visually unique.


Sal, what were the main challenges producing Dreadtime Stories, and how much of an hands-on or hands-off producer are you, actually?


SAL: I would have to say it was definitely difficult doing this film with no money. We paid for everything out of our own pockets. But it was for sure our discipline, innovation, business sense and the passion of all involved that made this film look like we had budget. I supposed Iím a hands-on kind of producer, however I make sure I stay in my lane, but I donít have problem injecting myself when I have to.


What can you tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people?


JACOB: We had worked with most of our actors to some extent before and wanted to showcase some of our local talent as well. I guess we are partial to South Texans.


Do talk about the shoot(s) as such for a bit!


JACOB: With a full time job and family, it was a challenge to juggle and balance responsibility, especially with the hours we kept, but we did it. Shooting exclusively on weekends also took its toll, but the advantage there was that most times, we didnít have to go to work the next morning. Itís hard to label any part of the production as ďdifficult,Ē we welcomed every challenge; we overcame them and are better filmmakers for it.


A few words about audience and critical reception of Dreadtime Stories so far?


SAL: The response has been for the most part very positive and encouraging. Itís very interesting to see the different reactions to each story or the film as whole. For sure, every type of horror fan will find their favorite vignette.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


SAL: Well at the moment, we have been doing music videos for the occult band Sabbath Assembly, but we are also in pre-production for our next feature film Deviant Behavior. Itís a straight up suspense, slasher movie with a disturbing theme.


How did the two of you first meet even, and what can you tell us about your collaborations prior to Dreadtime Stories?


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JACOB: We had worked off and on together since about 2010. After filming our award winning short The Roommate, we decided to officially form STX Media in 2013.


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Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


Yes! Be sure to check out the official Dreadtime Stories music video. The song is ďDonít Go Blame it on Me,Ē the end credits song, performed by the band Koruptore.


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