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An Interview with Jason Mills, Director of The Changing of Ben Moore

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2015

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Your new movie The Changing of Ben Moore - in a few words, what is it about?

 

The Changing of Ben Moore is about a young man with no recollection of his childhood starts on a journey of self-discovery. While living alone in his aunt's house, Ben starts experiencing blackouts and health issues. His friends are concerned and start a video diary and soon realize that things are not as they seem, and they become entangled in a demonic nightmare.

 

What were your inspirations for writing The Changing of Ben Moore?

 

I always wanted to make a lost footage movie, and having a great title like Paranormal Activity to inspire me, I was able to actively create an original, realistic spin. It was amazing to me how Paranormal Activity could make you feel, and I wanted to see what my imagination could create for The Changing of Ben Moore. As soon as I start writing, I am able to envision the journey in which the character needs to take. Then, the scary parts really start to kick in!

 

Of all the main characters with all their strengths and flaws, who did you identify with the most?

 

Each character has something unique that I could identify with in myself, but if I were to choose one, it would have to be the one and only Ben Moore. Ben is ever evolving in the film, not only physically but mentally, and as an artist in the transforming industry, it takes passion and persistent to be where you want to be. Ben faces many obstacles and challenges along the journey, and I feel as though I am experiencing the same thing, but not demonic!

 

Why go the found footage-approach with The Changing of Ben Moore - what were the advantages and challenges here?

 

I wanted to make this movie as realistic and up close and personal as it could be. I wanted the fans to see Ben in his most vulnerable states. Lost footage has always been an interest of mine and I thought the story of Ben Moore fit perfectly with this way of filmmaking. Some of the advantages were being able to set up shots quickly and efficiently, however, having a small space to work in with all the equipment was difficult, especially taking into consideration the actors' space and thought process. However, we were able to make everything work and get the feel of realism into the movie.

 

Do talk about your movie's effects-work that went into the actual changing of your title character for a bit!

 

There are a lot of benefits having an visual effects artist as a brother. I am really thankful for my brother, Simon Mills, who is there to support me in my work. It is such a great feeling being able to bounce ideas back and forth and create something extremely scary for people to watch. I wanted Ben to look as demonic as possible; the eyes penetrating your soul.

 

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

 

The wonderful thing about independent filmmaking, is being able to find up and coming actors in our local film market. I want to be able to use people who love what they do. I wanted them to have as much passion about the project as I did, and I feel they worked extremely hard and were so focused on doing the best job possible.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

Filming a lost footage movie compared to my first film Above Us Lives Evil (AKA They Came from the Attic) was a complete change. The Changing of Ben Moore was shot in only five days! So it was definitely fast paced, all-nighters and a lot of coffee. Being able to use a solid location helped enhance the transition between scenes. The cast and crew were a blast to work with.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of your movie yet?

 

I am so thankful for being able to share my work with everyone, and the fans that support me. My main focus is to make sure my story is being received on all levels, and being reviewed and talked about!

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I am pleased to say that I am currently working on editing my third feature horror film called 3 Hours Till Dead. It tells the story of a young A.W.O.L soldier, along with his brother and close friends, who find life turned upside down when they come across a farm with hidden secrets. An outbreak from the city is heading their way, transforming people around them into "Passers". It's up to the survivors to band together to fend off the living dead. This is a definite zombie flick. I have an IndieGoGo campaign, raising funds to finish off the last touches to the movie before we release. Please feel free to check it out and share on Facebook!

http://igg.me/at/3hourstilldead/x

 

Your feature debut They Came from the Attic/Above Us Lives Evil has been released on DVD in the US only recently, right? So you obviously have to talk about that one, its plot, the story behind it, the shoot, and whatever else there is to tell?

 

My first movie was Above Us Lives Evil (AKA They Came from the Attic) which was bought by LionsGate UK and now is in distribution with Chemical Burn Entertainment in the U.S.A and Canada. Above Us Lives Evil starts when an accidental death takes the life of a young boy, the family moves to a country home for a fresh start, only to discover there is something much worse than their memories and guilt living in the attic. Creatures were the main theme of the movie, and since it was my first, I was able to put my imagination to the test.

 

What got you into filmmaking to begin with?

 

I have always been passionate about horror movies from a very young age. I have been into film in one way or another for most of my life. I have always liked to tell stories. You have free range in filmmaking to be able to create what you want. Back in high school, I had a writing assignment, and instead of just writing something, I also made a short film to go with it! That’s when I knew that this wasn’t going to be just a hobby for me, but a life passion that I wanted to pursue.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork apart from The Changing of Ben Moore and They Came from the Attic?

 

I have been able to work on various short films and independent projects, as well as shooting music videos. But my main focus has been on writing and shooting my own films!

 


How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I am a very hands-on director, being able to spread myself across the project in all forms. I try to work with my cast and crew as a solid team, giving everyone the opportunity to be heard! Everyone's opinion counts, and we are all striving for the same goal, to make the movie the best it can be. I consider myself to be very approachable, and a fun guy to be around! Sometimes going against the grain helps to make unique shots and choices in the movies. I am passionate about my work and want to tell the story to the best of my ability. It’s about the love of the art.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

I would have to name a couple great names in the industry, including Wes Craven, Steven Spielberg, and Oren Peli. They all see to push the boundaries of what is possible and I can really relate to that in my own work. Being able to have mentors to look up to helps me push myself harder, to see what I can bring to the table next!

 

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All of my favorite movies have to be horror films! Some of those include Scream, The Descent, Paranormal Activity and Child’s Play.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

Anything without blood and gore!

 

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

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Changing-of-Ben-Moore/180011858692775 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/millspictures 

Instagram: https://instagram.com/millspictures/ 

 

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

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped out with the film, as well as my fans and supporters. I believe independent filmmaking opens up a lot of opportunities to artists in the community and brings people together to enjoy the results!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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