Your movie Beware - in a few words, what is it about?
just simple, fun, low budget, slash.
is a throwback to the slasher movies of old. What do
you find fascinating about those, and some of your genre favourites?
like a lot of slasher fans I love the Friday the 13ths and the
What I loved of those movies (especially the early ones) was that fact
that they weren't perfect but they entertained and you could have fun
watching them, flaws and all.
sources of inspiration for Beware?
the obvious my other inspirations just came from movies or directors I
have loved over the years. All those different things inspired the movie
in some way or another.
slasher without a good killer - so what can you tell us about your killer
Shane, and Edward Madera, the man who plays him.
I like to
think of Shane as a dog who has been mistreated and set free - "You don't want to get near his territory!"
Ed Madera is "The
Shit" who put up with so much crap and never uttered one
complaint the entire shoot. He was pleasure to work with and can't wait to
work with him again!
words about the rest of your key cast?
The entire cast was
so easy to work with and they trusted us and what we were doing, that was
important. What they brought to the movie we could have never written.
They are the charm behind the movie.
Violence and gore
is another key element of slasher movies. So what can you tell me about
the gore effects in your film, and was there a line you just refused to
Hmmmm. Interesting question. It wasn't that we
refused to cross the line, but we had teetered around with one of the
characters being pregnant but we decided to leave it out based on the flow
of the story. I personally don't believe that every kill has to be gory
but there were a few gore shots we were not able to accomplish due to the
budget and shooting schedule, but I think it worked out in the end. We had
some really great guys who busted their asses to give us some quality stuff.
Also, I think finding the right locations is
important for a good slasher to succeed - so what can you tell us about
Another category where we got extremely lucky was
location. Friends of my family were renting out their house and in-between
tenants at the time, so they allowed us to film for the month. Their
property was made for a horror film and we are so grateful to Angie and
the Vyner Family, muaa, muaa, muaa (that's me blowin kisses).
How would you describe your directorial approach
to your subject at hand?
1 indie filmmaking:
the best of what you have. Try your best to get your vision across
dealing with the limitations you have. You have to grasp that notion
going into the project and your goal must be to complete the film. You
have to figure out a flow that works for you to get the movie done, whether
it's shoot less takes in one scene so that you can have more
takes in the next scene, whatever... it's a constant balancing act.
2 making a Slasher:
wanted to just make a slasher, not a parody of one, just be a group of
people putting their hearts into a movie and whatever comes out comes
Slashers seem to cause
reactions with everybody, some good, some not so. So what can you tell us
about critical and audience reception so far?
a Slasher then an Indie Slasher at that, we only have a certain audience
to begin with. That being said the indie fans have been awesome, we have
gotten very supportive emails and feedback from everywhere, it literally
has left us speechless from time to time.
course you can't please everyone but that's Ok, you can't be mad at
someone for their opinion... as long as they appreciate our effort as
indie filmmakers maybe they'll like something we do in the future. We
are just grateful to be in a category to be judged.
back to the beginnings of your career. What made you want to go into
moviemaking in the first place, and did you receive any kind of formal
education on the subject?
I am self-taught from an early
age, and that has come from loving movies and the desire to make movies, I
love every aspect of the filmmaking from writing to editing.
What can you tell us about
your filmwork prior to Beware?
Well I did the micro
budget version of Beware
back in 1999/2000 and that set me on my way to
making contacts and getting to work with other filmmakers. After that I
worked on several shorts here and there and indie horror films in mainly
assistant roles directing/editing.
projects you'd like to talk about?
Right now Shawn and I (Road 8
Entertainment) are getting prepared for a sequel or whatever comes
our way... we are just waiting for things to fall into place.
Directors who inspire
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Andrew Davis, Tony Scott, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Gibson,
Richard Donner, Clint Eastwood to name a few. I like them all for
different reasons but maybe there is some common thread, I don't know.
Your favourite movies?
Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Braveheart, Exorcist,
Superman, Jaws, True Romance... there are too many to list.
... and of
course, films you really deplore?
Anything that feels like
there was no effort put into it.
website, Facebook, whatever else?
You can link to all our
pages (Youtube, Facebook) through
Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
just very thankful for all the support from fans and those who continue to
support Indie Horror :)
for the interview!
our pleasure. Thanks for having us!