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An Interview with Jason Bognacki, Director of Mark of the Witch a.k.a. Another

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2014

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Your new movie Another/Mark of the Witch - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Just a family working out their inner demons.

 

How did the project get off the ground to begin with?

Another started out as a short film (completed at the end of 2011).  During the production we decided the story justified a feature length treatment. So, upon finishing the short (and the birth of our second son), we wrote a new ending and added the Aunt Ruth character and began feature production. 

 

The occult background of your film - did you put much research into it, or was it pretty much all made up? And (other) sources of inspiration then writing Another?

 

Without giving too much away. Some inspiration was taken from the Biblical account of the Nephilim. The Nephilim (“Fallen Ones”) were the offspring of sexual relationships between the sons of God or Demon and daughters of men in Genesis 6:1-4. We played with this idea a bit, but we take it in such a different direction.

 

How would you describe your directorial approach to your story at hand, and what can you tell us about the look and feel of your movie?

 

Another has some of the style and mystery of a giallo, but I think it is a unique film unto itself. The film has a real unsettling feeling, before audiences know it they are upside-down in the story just like Jordyn, sinking deeper into the nightmare.

 

On the technical side, Another was shot with the RED ONE, and EPIC-X 4K cinema cameras. Shooting RED is the closest thing to shooting film in the digital realm. After years of shooting RED I am still in awe at the images these cameras produce.

 

Another doesn't look like it but it was made on a shoe string budget ($20K) I wore many hats during production, cinematographer, editor, colorist… etc… etc. A lot of late late nights, and with the birth of our second child I would pull double duties. After we managed to get everyone into bed I would work on the film until the early early hours. Sometimes sleeping in the editing chair. It's really a miracle this film got completed. All the distractions and personal responsibilites in a way kept me really focused on completing this film, and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out. Our newborn son even made it into the opening scenes of the film. BONUS!

 

With Another being a horror movie - is that a genre you're at all fond of, and how would you describe your film's approach to horror?

 

We all love horror. The horror genre has such a rich history of experimentation, and it is such a subversive force in cinema. I think this is what draws me to the genre. It's constantly reinventing itself, and in horror anything is possible.With Another we tried to show audiences things they have not seen before. I think some of the visual images in this film will stick with people for a long time.

 

Do talk about your key cast for a bit, and why exactly these people?

 

We were extremely lucky to have such a great cast. Paulie Rojas (Last Resort) plays the role of Jordyn. She brings such an innocence to the character, which is in such contrast to where Jordyn ends up at the end of the film. It's fun to watch. 

 

Paulie Rojas

Maria Olsen

Nancy Wolfe

Maria Olsen (Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief) [Maria Olsen interview - click here] - what can be said, she's the hardest working woman in horror. I've worked with Maria on a few projects now, and she's always such a pleasure. 

 

Nancy Wolfe (Helter Skelter) - for me she steals the movie. I just love her character. We added Nancy to the film when we decided to make Another full length. She plays Aunt Ruth, the loving and caring stepmother to Jordyn, but she holds a dark secret. Nancy really brings her to life on screen. We truly had such a great cast for Another.

 

The $64-question of course: When and where will the film be released onto the general public?

 

We've had a lot of interest in distribution, but until we premiere at festival the release date is TBD.

 

Any future projects beyond Another you'd like to share?

 

We have a few projects in development. Can't really say much, but we will bring the darkness.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Another?

 

I started my filmmaking career in 2004 with my directorial debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was Loma Lynda: Episode II, it was a live film and music project that tells the story of a Young Clair Prophet's journey to Los Angeles and her eventual abduction into the doomsday cult the Church Universal and Triumphant. Loma Lynda: Episode II was the first feature of its kind at the Sundance Film Festival. Winning much stellar praise from film and music lover's world wide. Loma Lynda: Episode II screened and was performed live alongside such greats as Radiohead, the Pixies, and the Cure, at film and music venues such as Coachella, CMJ, Viper Room, the MOCA.

 

After Loma Lynda: Episode II I made a a film called The Red Door. It's a blood-drenched psychological mystery. The Red Door went on to screen at many US and international festivals, and garnered many festival awards.

 

"Jason Bognacki's The Red Door... the most horrifying thing I've seen committed to film in a long, long time... Immensely stylish... Unrelenting, astounding... -
DVDTALK.com (DVD review)

 

"A sensational visual style; beautiful floating camerawork... a mesmerizing cinematic experience that swayed like a sensual dream gone awry..." - Horrorphile.net (review)

 

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"This film is art."
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Another is my first narrative feature film.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I am at heart an experimentalist. I love to play the role of mad scientist. I like to break things, and see what's inside; Frankinsteining new creations, and watch them have a life of their own. That's the biggest thrill, and I guess that's why everyone creates.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever?

 

Another on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Another-A-Film-by-Jason-Bognacki/101104546640677

My production company page: fullframefeatures.com - you can stream films here!

Filmmaker page:: https://www.facebook.com/bognacki

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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