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An Interview with Jason M.J Brown, Director of A Date With Ghosts

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2015

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Your new movie A Date with Ghosts - in a few words, what is it about?

 

A Date with Ghosts is about a bunch of people getting trapped by unknown forces, in a haunted Abbey, with the devils using the monks to find the perfect soul to walk the earth.

 

What were your inspirations when writing A Date with Ghosts? And since I have likened your movie to both Amando de Ossorio's Blind Dead movies and Lucio Fulci's Gothic Trilogy, did they influence you at all when dreaming up the movie?

 

No, I had not even seen Tombs of the Blind Dead, watched it the other day. I can see the connection there, what a great 70s movie.

 

What can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

I wanted to try anv do something a little different and not just do something that's been done lots of times like zombie films, so I got the actors to say lines and  improvise, so they try and come across more natural in the scenes.

 

You also play one of the leads in A Date with Ghosts - so did you at all write Jack with yourself in mind, and what did you draw upon to bring your character to life?

 

I couldn't find a male actor for the part, I didn't want to be in it at all, haha. I just wanted to get the film rolling, so just put myself in the role, having studied acting for two years, and gave it my best shot. I just tried to bring a real person to the part thats trapped in the abbey.

 

What can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Sadie Kime acted with me at college, so I knew her from that, and everyone else had some sort of acting background too, they all just wanted to be in the film and help out.

 

I think one of the major assets of your movie was your great location - so do talk about it for a bit, and about the advantages and also challenges filming there ... and how did you find it even?

 

Most of the places you see in the film are 30 minute walk from my house, some even closer, plus I know the vicar, so he let us use the churches, which was great! Plus a lot of these places are also meant to be haunted, even the church. Lots of ghost stories about these locations.

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

Well it was a tricky shoot, we had to work around people's day jobs and shoot when we could. It was always creepy filming at these places with real ghost stories attached to them.

 

A few words about audience and critical reception of your movie so far?

 

People like it. Seems they appreciate the effort and time gone into it, which I am extremely happy about.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Dark Vale, a script I did years ago but never had the money or time to do it. Finally I have started production on it - https://www.facebook.com/DarkVale2015?ref=hl

 

What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

No I never went to film school, I had the passion to learn and just kept making short films and now moved into features. It seem like the only way into it, by making films.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to A Date with Ghosts?

 

I won awards for short films by submitting them to festivals, and just tried to get good at telling stories. It has led to me getting a mentor from Hollywood and get me noticed a little by making films, and keeping doing it.

 

Your movies are mostly of the horror variety - so is that a genre you're at all fond of, and why (not)?

 

I did gangster films for short films, I am very interested in doing a treasure hunt film in the future, I think I will try something new for my 3rd film.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I am not the best filmmaker, I think passion and drive for wanting to get into the business keeps me going, it seems to work for me. Just trying to get good at it.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

John Carpenter, Robert Rodriguez, Shane Meadows, James Cameron.

 

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

 

I think some filmmakers just want to make money, I want to try and make good films. It's never been about just money for me. I don't think most filmmakers set out to make bad films, not sure off the top of my head what films are "bad", but you can see the passionate filmmakers and the bad ones.

 

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

 

https://www.facebook.com/DarkVale2015?ref=hl

https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Date-With-Ghosts/197033006988888?ref=hl

http://www.nottinghampost.com/Hollywood-calls-budding-filmmaker/story-20881792-detail/story.html

 

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

 

Keep a eye out for A Date with Ghosts! Best Buy, Amazon, Midtown Comics! Thank you so much! 

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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