Your new movie The Horror
- in a few words, what is it about?
is a psychological thriller that deals with the post-traumatic
stress of living through a standard horror film. We
a brother and sister after they survive a traumatic
and deal with it in very different ways.
You dreamed up the
story for The Horror
together with Raymond Creamer and Sarah Carman - so what was that process
like, and what were your sources of inspiration?
film came from a want to see this story. Raymond and I
talked about how terrifying it was to think about what
post credit sequence in horror films. We started at
place of interest and the film grew into what it is now.
with different coping methods we show both sides of
coin with Isabel and Malcolm.
of Raymond Creamer, who hasn't only written the screenplay but also
produced together with you and plays one of the leads - what was your
collaboration with him like in each of these functions? And how did you
two first meet even?
and I have collaborated on a handful of projects
the 5 years we have known each other. We met at a film
rental house that I worked at when I first got to
We talked about what we wanted out of our LA tenure
the goals matched so we got to work. This film was
collaborative not only with Raymond but all of the
and crew. Raymond and I would assemble the project and
the film would grow a little more in between trips to
We shot over 18 months to allow for the characters
actually age which I think really helped the project feel
Horror being a horror movie (duh!), it that at all a genre dear to
you, and why (not)?
horror genre is definitely a favorite of mine. When we
the film we wanted to add something to the genre and
feel like we accomplished this.
What can you tell us about your
directorial approach to your story at hand?
new project Little Hand has stretched me creatively
emotionally. This project is also very collaborative with
actors Raymond Creamer and Jessica Lynn Parsons. We
keeping the crew small and making an intimate project
I feel will hit home with a lot of people.
about your cast, and why exactly these people?
you are making your first film you have to make every
hit the screen. Some of the cast were friends that we
to collaborate with and we met the talented Callie
during casting. After meeting Ms. Ott we actually adjusted
script and made the world a little bigger since we were so
with her approach to the material. Getting to the
quickly though, they were right for the roles and
in the project as much as we did.
you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
lived in the lake house location for weeks at a time so it
kind of like summer camp (but way colder). One of our actor's
(Lexi Moeller) mother lived close and actually stayed
us and made 3 meals a day. Our cast and crew were like
and we had a blast in the cold Michigan days and
idea when and where your film will be released onto the general public
is available to pre-order on VOD at
and releases on April 1st, 2016. You can also
a limited edition VHS version of the film at
Anything you can tell us about audience and
critical reception of The Horror
response to the film has been overall positive. The audiences
seem to really like that we made them think and critically
they are impressed that the film is unique and not another
Any future projects you'd like to share?
I’d like to share my current project Little Hand. You can watch
all of my projects on www.moondog.media.
got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
I got into filmmaking halfway through college. I started out in
and marketing but realized I would be stuck at a
so I moved my focus. I kept those majors though so I
have a business focus to help with selling and getting
out to an audience. I don’t have any formal training
I have been working in the film industry the past 6 years
a gaffer on commercials and corporate videos. I also gaffed two
feature films last year.
What can you tell us about your filmwork
prior to The Horror?
Before The Horror I directed multiple short films and a
called The Marriage Counselor, which was Moondog
Media’s first project.
How would you describe yourself as a
I am a visual director and believe the camera is a very
important tool in the process. If placed in the wrong position or
at the wrong angle you can make an audience feel
something that was not the intended vision. I feel that a lot
modern filmmakers forget this is a visual medium, so I try
remember that what I do with the camera has an effect on
audience. When I am in pre production I always start with
a blocking map and find the exact shots I will need to stitch
scene together. This can always change on set but I think
need to do your homework before hand so you can stretch
that freedom once you actually get to work.
Filmmakers who inspire you?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
few of the major ones would have to be Stanley Kubrick, Samuel
Fuller, Cassavetes, Cronenberg, and Kurosawa.
couple of my favorite films of all time are the original Texas
Chainsaw Massacre and The Shining. After that
are films I can watch over and over and never get bored of
including Animal House, Fast Times at Ridgemont High
and American Movie. I own over two thousand films so
its always quite tough to narrow down your favorite ones, especially
when they all mean something different to me.
... and of course, films you really
feel like you learn the most from a bad film so there really isn’t
a film out there that I would use the word deplore for. There
are definitely some guilty pleasures though that aren’t really
the best movies in the world.
Your/your movies' website, Facebook, whatever
Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
go to www.moondog.media
and buy your copy of The Horror.
Your support in the indie film game is what makes it possible
for us and people like us to continue making films. My goal
is to not crowdfund to make these projects but to do that we
need help once they are finished. Thanks so much for helping spread
the word and I can’t wait to share my next film with you soon.
Thanks for the interview!