I know we have talked about this before [click
here], but your upcoming movie Haddie - in a few words,
what is it going to be about?
Haddie is a story about the fear of dying and the lengths some will go
through to prolong the inevitable. It's about family secrets and the
untrustworthiness of the devil and those in his employ.
Do talk about Haddie's
approach to horror for a bit!
Wain Bradley and I are both fans of
horror films, and we miss the style and atmosphere of the older horror
movies (ie Hammer
Films, Universal, any of the "creature
features" from the 70s and 80s). We decided, early on, to keep
as many of the special effects practical and in camera as we could. There
will be minimal visual effects as well, but only when necessary.
We want our actors interacting with the monsters.
How did the project fall
together in the first place?
Immediately after The Devil
Lives in Hot Springs, most of the same crew and some of the same actors
went to work on an experimental thriller, Tuckerman. Almost
immediately following that project, the decision was made to do a third.
However, with Haddie, we knew we couldn't do it with no budget like the
first two, so we set out to do it the "right way". A
couple of tries and misses later, we met with Alexia Melocchi from Little
Studio Films who saw the originality in the script and the potential
in the project.
What can you tell us about
your director David Winning, and what's your collaboration with him like?
Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to meet David yet. He's an
acquaintance of Alexia with a HUGE list of films under his belt who read
the script and agreed to come on board in order to expedite the
production of the film. As soon as I learned that he had worked on
Are You Afraid of the Dark? (a favorite of mine since my children
were young), and Andromeda television series, I was excited to
have him as part of the project.
the writer and producer of Haddie, how hands-on or hands-off will
you be when it comes to actually making the movie?
Wain, plan to be on set every day. We have a certain vision for
Haddie and don't want that to get lost during the busy days of
production. I will also be working on the film as the
second unit director.
can you tell us about the team behind you, and what do they bring to the
David Winning we've touched on, and I can't say
enough about Alexia. She's very well connected with
international distribution and has worked with many well known
actors, as well as very talented up and coming actors. Her insight
into the project has been invaluable. Jeff Farley is handling the
special effects, and he's worked on films Freddy's Dead: The Final
Nightmare, The Serpent and The Rainbow, and on the TV series Babylon 5, as
well as much, much more. And Wain Bradley, of course, who's a
fantastic sound designer, audio technician, and musician.
Anything you can tell us about your intended cast
yet, and why exactly these people?
Although we have LOIs
from several actors who you'll recognize, I've only personally spoken to
two: Maria Olsen [Maria Olsen
interview - click here] and Steve Railsback. Both have been attached
to the project for a long time, but, since we've had so much time and
setbacks since my last conversation with either of them, we're hoping
they're still available when the time comes. We also have a few
"first timers" to features, but they are people we've worked
with before and we know what kind of intensity they're capable of.
As far as I know, as
we speak you're still running a fundraiser for Haddie - so do talk
about your campaign for a bit!
We're currently running an IndieGoGo campaign, trying to raise funds for the film. First and
foremost, we're trying to raise enough to get started on the monster
designs and get started building! If we're fortunate enough to raise
our entire goal ($175,000), we have two companies we can go back to that
have shown great interest in matching our campaign donations, which will
give us our full budget!
Once the budget's in
place, what's the schedule? And any idea when and where the film might be
released onto the general public yet, however tentatively?
will take approximately three weeks. As far as when we get to
production, that's anyone's guess. We hope to have the film
completed and out this year.
future projects beyond Haddie?
There's a children's action/adventure, Alienhead, that's being scripted
now. A horror remake that we'll be tackling as soon as Haddie is in
post, and, of course, if all goes well, Haddie 2.
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else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
think we've covered everything Haddie for now. But, if anyone would
like to check out some of my e-books, they're available at
they shoot me a message from the site and let me know they read about it
on (re)Search My Trash,
I'll send them a pdf of the original Haddie story - which is only the
beginning of what you'll see on screen, and not available on the site).
for the interview!