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An Interview with Jason Mills, Director of Clown Motel

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2018

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Your upcoming movie Clown Motel - in a few words, what is it about?

 

A young couple, Tara and Shane, are expecting their first child and head on a road-trip on the way to a wedding. Work Obligations and a complicated relationship cause Shane to leave Tara at a remote motel on the outskirts of town. Unknown to them, the motel is not what it seems. The run-down and dirty motel is full of workers dressed up as clowns. But as soon as Tara is alone, she is not safe. Will Tara and Shane be able to find common ground and make it out of the motel alive?

 

As far as I know, you're planning to make this feature, from scripting to completion, in a mere two months time for under $1,000 - so how did you come up with that idea, and what kind of a strain is this putting onto you, actually?

 

As an indie filmmaker, I enjoy making films as fast as I can. I also try to be as budget-friendly so I am able to continue producing films myself. I love the intensity of the quick and fast shoots, and having a great cast and crew by my side is a big part of making it happen.

 

I find itís not much of a strain since I love what I do. It almost challenges me as a filmmaker to push a little harder to make the movies come alive. I also find it is very unique because of the time frame and limited funds. I am hoping my VLOG will inspire filmmakers to complete their projects by showing them some tricks and tips that I use to complete my films. Even if they take a note or two, I know I am helping someone attain their dream.

 

Basic question, why clowns? And what do you think makes them quite as popular as horror monsters?

 

I think if clowns are done right they can be really scary. I love the makeup aspects and once you are able to see their wardrobe and everything come together, it really has a great affect on the horror side of things.

 

Clowns in general are quite scary, itís like there is a hidden person behind the masquerade. I like how you can dive into the character development and also have the actor use a lot of physical movement to their character to enhance the fear.

 

Your inspirations for writing Clown Motel?

 

Some of my inspirations include the remake It.

 

Clown Motel was something different for me to make because I have not done a clown movie before. I was looking forward to going this route. Designing the costumes and having a makeup trial really inspired me to write based off the look I was going for.

 

Do talk about your movie's approach to horror for a bit!

 

I feel Clown Motel is in the realm of creepy slasher horror. It is a classic approach to horror with a nice twist.

 

What can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand? And since you've set yourself that close a deadline, is that at all influencing your work as a director?

 

I feel I give my actors the range to make changes and dive deep into their characters by giving them room to make educated choices. I like giving them the freedom to bring what they think the character should bring to the film. All the cast and crew understand the intensity of the sets so everyone is working on the same page! Since I DOP the films, I can direct by physically shooting and seeing what I want from both the cinematography side of things, as well as the actor side. I know what I need to shoot to be able to edit it. It really does speed up the production and post production. I wear many hats, but I enjoy multitasking. And again, I love the intensity and thrill it brings to have a tight deadline. I think it makes me unique.

 

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

 

Many of these people have been a part of my previous films before. They do an amazing job and they understand the way I filmmake and the time restraints that come with it. However, I aways love using new actors as well who believe in the micro budget filmmaking and see the vision of the indie film. My number one thing is as long as they are putting their full heart into the movie, and commit to their character, I will 100% support them being in my films!

 

At what stage of production are you at this precise moment, actually?

 

We are currently heading towards post production. We finished filming Clown Motel in three days and now we are just waiting for sound to send the sound clips to line up the movie.

 

So when and where can your movie be seen once finished?

 

Clown Motel will be premiered at the Cinematique Theatre in Vancouver. Dates are to be determined based off of availability. It will also be available via my website at www.millspicturesstudios.com as well as DVD release. For updates, please follow the Facebook page Clown Motel film as well as our VLOG on YouTube under the account Millspictures Studios. Feel free to like and subscribe!

 

You're also doing a daily vlog about Clown Motel's progress - so where can that be found? And any other websites, Facebook pages or whatever else you and your movie can be found at?

 

For updates, please follow the Facebook page Clown Motel film as well as the VLOG via YouTube under Millspictures Studios and the website www.millspicturesstudios.com

 

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I am currently working on post production on Beyond the Line, which is a WWII film that we filmed last summer. You can find it under the Facebook page Beyond the Line for more details!

 

I also have another horror releasing soon called Mermaid Isle, which surrounds a group of friends going boating to a remote island and come across something eerie in the lake. Itís definitely unique and intense! Follow the Facebook page Mermaid Isle for release dates!

 

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

 

Just want to give a shout out to my amazing cast and crew for working so diligently during the shooting of Clown Motel. Everyone put their full efforts into it and I think it is going to turn out fantastic. Donít forget to follow the VLOG on my YouTube account Millspictures Studios to follow the journey on making a movie for $1000 in under 2 months! Itís a fun ride.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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