upcoming film Scavenger - in a few words, what is it about?
about a journalist and a group of people helping her go to the woods where
a man has supposedly grown up to become a savage hunter killing any kind
of food he can find for survival. There's more to it than that but that's
pretty much the gist.
were your inspirations when writing Scavenger?
love 80's slasher films, so this is a bit of a tribute.
What can you
tell us about your writing partner Jason Hughes, and what was your
Well Jason and I work well as a team.
I'll generally come up with the concept and then write about 40-45 pages
and he'll take care of the rest but we both work on the story together.
With Scavenger being a
slasher movie - is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre
I love the slasher genre. Ever since I was a
kid and saw the Friday the 13th films on
USA (back when they showed more
horror than they do now). So I guess the original Friday the 13th would be
my favorite. I also count Scream as the one that got me back into horror.
What can you tell us about the intended look
of your film, and how will you approach your material from a directorial
point of view?
Well we're planning to shoot on either the
Red or a Red Epic. I do want it to have sort of a grainy 80s feel to it.
It's not gonna be set in the 80s though, just kind of give that look.
As I know there are quite a few
gorehounds among my readers: So, will there be blood, and is there anything
you can tell us about your gore effects yet?
Can't say too
much about the gore FX but I can say that I think you're gorehounds would
cast yourself in Scavenger - so what can you tell us about your
character, and about Jonathan Moody, the actor?
character is the Deputy of the town. I wrote the character pretty much for
me. I wanted to play a character who was very sweet, down to earth, had a
good heart, but also had to have a bit of comedy to him.
of your key cast features quite a few names well-known within horror
cycles - so you just have to talk about your cast for a bit, and how did
you get these people and what makes them perfect for their roles?
pretty much I just asked them and sent them the script. Everybody that has
signed on has said they loved the script. Debbie Rochon [Debbie
Rochon interview - click here] came on because
David Marancik and her always wanted to play husband and wife. Now they'll
get that chance. Melantha Blackthorne is going to be working with me on my
film Dracula's War late next year and we've been talking about working
together a lot. She's been someone who's really helped me out publicity
wise. Jim O'Rear [Jim O'Rear interview
- click here] and Scott Tepperman were people who heard about the
project and had a lot of interest in it. Same goes with Eliza Jayne, Bob
Bozek, and Paul Sieber. And Sierra Holmes and I have been working together
for over a year now. We've done a few things together so it'll be nice to
get back to working with her. And Andrew DeHart has been going crazy over
how much he loves the script. Its awesome to have that enthusiasm!
few words about your crew?
Well Jason Hughes and I are
stoked beyond my belief. Since this is our first real collaboration
together we're excited to see where it leads. I love also that I'm giving
Sierra her first chance to be a producer. She has worked a lot on films
and this will be her chance to expand her horizons. And our First A.D.
Danny Terry is tearing it all up and making it a lot of fun. Also great to
finally work with Crystal Howell. And can't wait to work with Johnny and
Mariah Johnson again.
Since your film seems to be
what I would label an "outdoors slasher" - what can you tell us
about your intended locations, and to what extent have they influenced
Locations are still being figured out.
We're either gonna stay in VA or go to West Virginia. We'll find out more
later but the script only has the woods in maybe 30 pages of it. So not
even half is gonna be outdoor.
As far as I know, the
movie is still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about
your fundraising efforts?
We just put out an Indiegogo you can see it here...
Hoping to raise a budget of 30,000 at least. 50 grand would be great
but I think 30 is enough to get it done the right way.
Once your funds are raised,
how do you plan to proceed? And though it might be waaay too early to ask,
any idea when the film will be out yet?
If everything goes
according to plan we start shooting April 1st-17th. Then if we have the
money we need for post we'll have the post start for a whole month in
May-June with a premiere close to Halloween.
Let's go back to
the beginnings of your career: What got you into filmmaking in the first
place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
I always wanted to be an actor. And then I saw Clerks. and I
thought if Kevin Smith could put himself in his own movies that was a cool
idea to do. So I got a camera and started making my own little short films
and then the rest as they say became history. And no I prefer to say I
graduated from The Tarantino School of Filmmaking... AKA I became self
taught. I still have a lot to learn myself but I'm hoping I can get better
with every new filmmaking experience.
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Scavenger?
have a movie out called Scary Story Slumber Party - also if you
go to http://www.youtube.com/sickflickproductions
you can see some of the shorts and teaser we've done in the past.
future projects besides or beyond Scavenger you'd like to talk
Next on the agenda will be The Farmer's
Daughter, which once again Sierra will be the lead of. That's a rape
revenge thriller. After that our main 2 concentrations are Dracula's
War (a vampire war epic) and Scream Queen Campfire (a
One can't help but notice that your films tend to
be of the horror variety - a genre at all dear to you, and why?
of course. I love to be scared. Though it's been hard to scare me. Seems my
own dreams scare me more than movies do these days... maybe I should make
those haha. But yes I've always had a soft spot for horror.
few words about your production company Sick Flick Productions, and
the philosophy beind it?
Our philosophy: Making Horror
Movies Fun Again. I tend to put some comedy in my scripts. It usually gets
people mad at me because a lot of people like stuffy boring ultra serious
horror films and that's just not me. I'm more in to movies like Scream
where they do have comedy thrown in so you're not bored by it. That's what
we're trying to accomplish. You would never call Scavenger a comedy but
you would probably laugh throughout it (even if its laughing at something
sick and disturbing haha).
How would you describe yourself
as a director?
I'm pretty calm and I like to make sure my
cast/crew are taken care of the right way. I guess that comes with the
territory of being the producer as well. I'm not the best when it comes to
fantastic shots but I'm learning as I go and getting better each movie
project I do.
Filmmakers who inspire you?
Raimi is one of my biggest influences. I loved the first Evil Dead a whole
lot because some of the shots were very inventive of the time. Alfred
Hitchcock is of course the master. And I also dig Dario Argento.
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Ed Wood is my number one favorite
film. Ed himself was an interesting man the more I read up on him and if
it wasn't for that movie I may never have watched any of his films [Ed
Wood bio - click here].
... and of course, films you really
I try not to badmouth other people's films cause it
takes a lot to even make a movie. Its so easy to call this person and that
person the worst filmmaker ever. And some people these days are trying to
win the title I think. However if I can watch your movie from beginning to
end you've done a pretty good movie in my book.
Your/your movie's website, Facebook,
IndieGoGo, whatever else?
Well you can find me on
Scavenger's Facebook is here:
And once again the Indiegogo is right here:
Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
think you pretty much got everything. Hope I didn't talk for too long. I
tend to do that. Haha.
for the interview!