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)?
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
talk about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand for a
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
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?
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.
future projects you'd like to share?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
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
website, Facebook, whatever else?
Teaser trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DOB65od_Ak
Anything else you're
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
out for my next feature, guys, Dark Vale!
for the interview!
Thank you, Mike!