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An Interview with Jason M.J Brown, Director of Dark Vale

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2015

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Your new movie Dark Vale - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Dark Vale is about a young couple that get trapped in a place for years called the vale. They slowly start to lose their sanity and start to question what's real and even if they are still alive. And to top that off they're being stalked by a ghost.

 

What were your inspirations when writing Dark Vale?

 

Local myths and legends from where I live in the UK, and taking inspiration from the stories you listen to and get told over the years.

 

What can you tell us about your movie's approach to horror (as in suspense vs sudden shocks, atmosphere vs all-out gore and the like)?

 

Actually I did decide to put more gore into this one, people go into a horror movie for that too, so I am trying to mix and match and add some gore to the film.

 

Do talk about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand for a bit!

 

I used a lot of drawings to show the cast and crew what I am trying to achieve with the scenes and let the actors have the freedom to bring their own take to the characters.

 

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

 

Cara Middleton [Cara Middleton interview - click here] is a trained actress and she as been on TV and film for a while, also worked on professional shoots over the years, she is perfect for the part of Leah in the film. She goes to acting classes weekly, as does Darren Randall [Darren Randall interview - click here] with his theatre group, the other lead in the film. Everyone involved are doing professional films and TV as well as doing indie work.

 

From the pictures I've seen, you have been filming Dark Vale in a few quite amazing locations - so do talk about those for a bit, and what were the advantages and also challenges filming there?

 

Some places are for free but other ones were like £100 for an hour's shoot so we had to move fast on certain locations, I can't just shoot anywhere, I think the scenery needs to be bang on and it's something I take my time with scouting out.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

It's been hard work, I started to do set-ups which are very tiring and take a lot of time to get right, everything's much bigger with this film, we are having fun with it too though, a lot of laughs on location.

 

Any idea when and where Dark Vale might be released onto the general public yet?

 

I have plans to screen it to people in LA, my first film went to the States and for me that seems like the way forward at the moment, I think the UK film industry seems up in the air unless it's TV or you're doing your own indie films. The States seem to be giving me a lot more chances. No official release date yet, but filming is almost finished.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

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I am thinking this could be my last horror for a while, want to try something different. I am looking at an action adventure type film, and hoping Dark Vale and A Date With Ghosts will give me the chance to get a much bigger budget for a third film.

 

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

 

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

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4809556/?ref_=tt_ov_dr

https://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Date-With-Ghosts/197033006988888

Teaser trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DOB65od_Ak

 

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

 

Look out for my next feature, guys, Dark Vale!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thank you, Mike!

 

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