Your upcoming film Daisy - in a few words, what is it about?
Daisy is about two girls, Alice
and Daisy, who were best friends until one of them does something she shouldn't
have done. Just a typical "girl fight", but with much
more blood, gore and overall craziness.
Daisy being a film about jealousy and revenge - how much of the
movie's story is based on your own personal experience/wishful thinking?
Well I used to have a best friend and she didn't necessarily do anything
bad to me, but I guess all of us think of things that would never really
happen but we just imagine them. Don't get me wrong, this film is pretty
fucked up and not based on my experiences at all but we write what we
know, that's what all writers do, just exaggerated a bit more.
sources of inspiration for Daisy?
Before I wrote
this film I was reading The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. It
gave me the idea to write something inspired by that. Just with a little
less class and truly make it something based of this day and age. And
also, my whole set design was inspired by Rob Zombie's films. Grungy, Rock
'n' Roll and a lot of pentagrams/inverted crosses.
being a horror film - a genre at all dear to you, and why?
since I could remember I have been watching horror films, with Jaws being
the first one. I always wanted to be a writer as well and take after my
dear ancestor Mark Twain. But I combined the two and two together in 2011
and made my first movie. I would say I wrote a script for it, but Cemetery
Party was all improv mostly by me. I also went to my first convention in
2009... alone. I guess I'm more eccentric than the rest of my friends and
they also don't find walking around a room with a bunch of actors who
weren't on Entertainment Weekly that fun either.
did you approach the horror aspects of your story (as in all-out gore vs
restraint, suspense vs sudden shocks, explicit violence vs atmosphere,
I approached the horror aspects by showing the
audience something they can relate to. Women or men. Everyone has
experienced a friendship and they have experienced their first love
(well most of us), and they've probably experienced a psycho bitch in their
life too. So I would say explicit violence vs gore vs suspense. All three
of them sum it up. And I would love to touch more on the explicit violence
scene but I can't get away with too much :(
Jade Olsen on set
How would you describe your directorial effort as
Well I always
thought that being a director meant making a film with a big budget, good
name actors etc. But it's not about that at all. It's about the art.
Making movies for me is expressing things that are out of the ordinary and
completely new to the audience's eye. Even though my film has inspiration
off of another, it is still completely different. I think people try to be
someone that aren't and 10x out of 10 they literally fail. I can say that
because I see it first hand. It's about QUALITY not QUANTITY. Putting
effort into finding a good actress for a specific role, figuring out how
to do light design when you have zero professional lights and most of all
making your story POP from the paper. To me, filmmaking is art. It's not
about anything else and if I can produce at least one good film every 10
years then so be it... the people want to see what they want, so therefore
I will blow their fucking minds.
What can you tell us about your principal cast,
and what made them perfect for their roles?
with the infamous Devin Coffin (who plays Alice). Right when I was writing
this film I knew first hand she would kickass at the role. She fits the
girl perfectly. I even told Devin this character is her if she could get
away with it. Devin is one of the most craziest girls I met and she
doesn't care what anyone thinks of her, which is how Alice was written.
Then there's Kelsey Weber, my sweet Daisy. This script was written
completely different and I wasn't going to use Kelsey at first and then I
changed it around and made a phone call and she was on board. She is a
great actress and really made the character Daisy. She put in so much
effort to give me what I wanted which is why I am so happy she was
involved in this.
Now there's Jesse Kozel [Jesse
Kozel interview - click here], even though he made a cameo in
the film, his character is still crucial. Jesse plays Ryan, Daisy's
boyfriend. Jesse's character isn't seen on camera that long but instantly
you can see the type of person he is. From his clothes, eyeliner, glass of
liquor and black nails. His part was so much fun and I am so happy he
could make an appearance in my film.
Last but definitely not least is
Shannon Lark [Shannon Lark
interview - click here]. Her part is very small too but I was so happy that she could
be involved in my short film, she's a great actress and great friend.
was filmed by the ubiquitous Wolfgang Meyer [Wolfgang
Meyer interview - click here] - so what did he bring to the table?
is great to work with. I met him on Joe Hollow's Disciples [Joe
Hollow interview - click here] and instantly
thought to myself "I NEED THIS CAMERA GUY!" He understood
exactly what I wanted in each shot and everything was perfect. Everything
I imagined in my head as I wrote the script, he helped me bring to the
camera. Our creativeness was just going nuts on set and I loved every bit
Jesse Kozel, Shannon Lark
can you tell us about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?
shoot was 3 days, almost 12 hours each day. It was so much fun. The
atmosphere was great, since it was a short film there wasn't a lot of crew
so it was very enclosed and I knew mostly everyone personally. The last
scene of the film was shot on the last day and it was insanely cold
outside. I can just say that Devin and Kelsey really pulled through
(especially Devin being half naked). I was happy the film was shot at my
house and I designed the whole set myself, I throughly enjoyed every
minute of it.
$64-question of course: When and where will the film be released onto the
should be completely done by February 2013 and after that I am going to be
sending it off to film festivals for the year. I am going to have a
private screening though for my friends/family and cast/crew to see but
more details on that soon! The general public can expect a release in
another year, but I promise you won't be sorry for waiting :)
Let's go back to the beginnings of your
career: What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you
receive any formal education on the subject?
got me into filmmaking. When I met John Carpenter in 2009 I thought to
myself, I want to write something like Halloween and I want to be a
filmmaker. Like I said before, I had always been a writer so it was easy
to put both things together. I did not receive any formal education on
filmmaking, I just have taken a Creative Writing class at UCLA which
really helped me learn how to produce some words on a paper, but other than
that I never felt the need to spend so much money on film school.
you tell us about your filmwork prior to Daisy?
made my very first film called Cemetery Party. It was very low budget and
it was a silent film. I personally thought it kicked ass, it was just that
right amount of weirdness but also had a good plot around it. Since it was
my first film and it was me experimenting, all the music wasn't legally
mine... therefore YouTube took it down. But I did pass out the DVDs at
Weekend of Horrors in 2011. So if anyone reading this wants a DVD let me
know and I'll send it their way!
future projects you'd like to share?
I do not have any
future projects as of now, I started writing my first fiction book but
that isn't something that would be out anytime soon. Although I can say it
is not horror one bit. I think horror is a genre to get stuck in, so I
feel the need to jump in and out of it.
You also work as a
makeup artist, right? To what extent does that influence your work as a
I barely just
began working as a Freelance Makeup Artist. I'm still young so I figured
why not try and do a bunch of things in life until I find what I love.
Well, I love filmmaking but it doesn't pay the bills. So I am doing makeup
for the time being and I am a licensed Esthetician. Very very different than my horror side. But my career goal right now is to open up my own
salon next year, so I'm hoping that happens.
How would you
describe yourself as a director?
love others' opinions and inputs, I am so thankful I have continually
surrounded myself with a crazy creative mind like myself. I also can say
that I have to drink insane amounts of coffee when I am directing to keep
me awake and my mind going!
Filmmakers who inspire you?
Zombie, Richard Linklater and James Wan.
Dazed and Confused is my favorite
movie..in the world. After that I would say Empire Records, Halloween
(original and remake) and The Doors: When You're Strange.
... and of course, films you really
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I am starting to really despise zombie and vampire
movies. I always saw zombies as a scary thing (just as they were in Night
of the Living Dead) but after Zombieland... it irritated me. Now they are
just another example of lame ass horror. And vampires too, what happened
to Dracula? Now all I see is teenager flicks with drama like I'm watching
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever
My Facebook: www.facebook.com/jadeoh
Daisy's Facebook: www.facebook.com/daisyfilm
Anything else you are dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
Yeah there's one thing, I just want to give credit to Jesse Kozel [Jesse
Kozel interview - click here]
because I couldn't have done this without him. He helped me write this
film and gave me the wisdom I needed to really create it. I would
randomly call him and send him different ideas for my script and so on
and so forth and he was always there for me. He introduced to most of
these amazing people in the horror genre I've been able to work with and
is not only a big part of this film but one of my good friends. (Now
move back to Los Angeles.)
K, I'm done :)
Thanks for the interview!