Your new movie Venial
- in a few words, what is it about?
is about a
women who loses her husband in an early 19th century war and turns her
back on her faith and her children. She suffers from hallucinations and
eventually becomes taken over by a demon in her own home.
were your inspirations when dreaming up Venial?
And knowing you don't always work from actual scripts, in how much detail
was that one put into writing before the shoot?
inspirations usually come from stories from the Bible. I then take those
verses and make stories out of them. I donít use scripts at all. I use
storyboards drawn on one piece of paper in small boxes. I find by doing
that I can allow an actor to become very creative in the moment.
being a rather twisted ghost story - is that a genre you're at all fond
Yes, I love suspenseful horror. Nothing too
bloody or over the top but enough to make a subtle cringe.
How would you describe your film's specific look and feel?
very cold, blue dark feel. Dead leaves, no sign of animal lifeÖ a feeling
What can you tell us about your key
cast, and why exactly these people?
I think Iím one
of the very few directors that just about keep the same cast for every
movie. I believe in casting the right actor in the right role regardless
of their station in the acting game. Iím not going to put an A or B list
actor in a film just because I feel they will draw attention to the film.
If I feel someone is right for the role I will cast them for it.
think one of the key factors of Venial
is its location - so how did you find it, and what were the advantages and
challenges filming there?
The way I make a film is
visiting a location first. I sit there by myself for a few hours and build
the story in my head. I create a movie that I would want to see based on
that location. The location is very unique and I have the utmost respect
for Father Leo for allowing me to film at the location.
can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
relaxed. Serious but fun. In this film especially we were surrounded by
true professional cast and staff. We all learned from each other.
few words about audience and critical reception of Venial
So far itís all been good but I anticipate
people going both ways as it gets released. Critisism is part of the movie
The $64 question of course, when and where
will the film be released onto the general public?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
at the distributors as we speak so I would guess that it will be released
Any future projects you'd like to share?
Iím currently casting for Prophetic and E-19 Virus, both of
which will be finished in 2015. Iím also rolling out with a new season
of Tales of the Dark in 2015 as well.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
Facebook: Joe Ciminera
Thanks for the interview!