Your upcoming movie Gore Feast - in a few words, what is it
going to be about?
Gore Feast is about twisted lives.
What were your sources of inspiration
when dreaming up Gore Feast?
I was inspired by the
work of Herschell Gordon Lewis [Herschell
Gordon Lewis bio - click here], Texas
Chainsaw Massacre and numerous 80's slasher's such as
the Friday the Thirteenth films.
Why did you choose
the anthology format for Gore Feast, and where do you see the
advantages and challenges there?
chose the anthology format because I love those old Amicus compendium
films. I find that with anthologies even if you don't like one story you
might really like the next story. Also
I have been making short films since 2008 and writing an anthology
seemed less daunting than writing one long feature length story.
Now the title Gore
Feast alone suggests quite a bit of, duh, gore - so do talk about the
bloody bits you have planned for your movie, and how do you intend to
I have been working with two exceptional SFX makeup artists, Jenny Gilbert
and Natasha Mann-Harwood, who specialise in SFX makeup on a low budget. Needless
to say they will be creating plenty of gore including: stabbings,
Do talk about your movie's overall
approach to horror, and is horror a genre at all dear to you, and why
Feast has an over the top and comical approach to horror similar to Peter
Jackson's film Braindead. Horror is extremely dear to me, however I'm not a
big fan of modern
supernatural and paranormal horror I find them boring and feel they lack
the atmosphere of Hammer
horror and Amicus
films [the Amicus story - click
A few words about the film's intended overall
look and feel?
I want Gore Feast to have a look that is a
modern twist on classic slasher films such as Texas
Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween.
Anything you can tell us about Gore
Feast's key cast and crew yet, and why exactly these people?
from SFX makeup artists Jenny Gilbert and Natasha Mann-Harwood, there are
a number of directors of photography including Nicholas Wright and Edward
will be working on Gore Feast. I have worked with Nicholas Wright before on
a short called Deathface and I worked with both Nicholas Wright and Edward
Dinnage on the
Gore Feast trailer and both did exemplary work.
Another DoP working on Gore Feast is Sigita Silina whose work I have seen
previous examples of
and have been impressed. John H. Shelton [John
H. Shelton interview - click here], a close friend of mine, is
producing Gore Feast. As regards cast, very few parts have been filled. I
can say that Rachael Caulton will
be starring in Gore Feast and playing more than one role. Rachael is a
23 year old Nottingham-based actor and I was extremely impressed with her
work on the Gore Feast Trailer.
far as I know, you're currently running a fundraiser for Gore Feast
- so do talk about your campaign for a bit!
IndieGoGo campaign is being launched at 1am on Tuesday 28th March. We are
looking to raise ten thousand pounds for Gore Feast. We have a number of
unique perks including signed
photos of Gore Feast star Rachael Caulton, Gore Feast posters signed by
myself, masks to be worn by characters in Gore Feast, digital downloads of
some of my previous shorts unavailable
online and associate producer credits.
budget's in place, what's the schedule, and any idea when and where the
film might be released onto the general public yet?
are looking to shoot Gore Feast during the summer and autumn of this year.
Hopefully Gore Feast will premier just before Halloween at Mayhem Film
Festival 2018. I feel this
will be a fitting premiere as my first short The Unknown Serial Killer
premiered at Mayhem Film Festival in 2008. Mayhem Film Festival has also
supported and screened a
number of low budget features from British directors including Colin and
future projects beyond Gore Feast?
I would like to
make one of the stories in Gore Feast into a feature film.
What got you
into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
started writing scripts in early 2008. I then did a course at The Broadway
Cinema in Nottingham, Directing for Drama, by Steven Sheil, director of
Mum and Dad and Dead Mine among other
notable films. I then did a National Diploma in Film and TV Production
between September 2008 and July 2010 at Confetti Institute of Creative
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to Gore Feast?
to Gore Feast I have made a number of shorts including The Unknown Serial
Killer, Unstoppable Killing Machine, Jack the Ripper Gave Birth to the
20th Century and two recently finished shorts,
Deathface and Serial Killing for Beginners.
How would you
describe yourself as a director?
would describe myself as someone who spends as much time directing actors
as he does concentrating on the camera and crew.
Filmmakers who inspire
The filmmakers that inspire me include Hershell Gordon
Lewis [Herschell Gordon
Lewis bio - click here], Tobe Hooper, Tim Burton, Yoshiro Nishimura and Michael Powell.
Your favourite movies?
favourite movies are The Wizard of
Chainsaw Massacre, Murder Set
Gore Police, Witchfinder General and
A Matter of Life and Death.
... and of
course, films you really deplore?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
The Blair Witch
Project - nothing actually happens in it whatsoever until the end which
is terrible. It is also a poor man's The Last Broadcast, which is a great
website, Facebook, IndieGoGo whatever else?
else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
is probably obvious, but this film is in part a tribute to Hershell Gordon
for the interview!
Thanks for the interview to you too, Mike!