Your upcoming movie Dracula's War - in a few words, what is
it going to be about?
For generations, a battle has raged between the Van Helsings, their
allies the Harkers, and the creatures of the night. Drawing up a new plan
to infiltrate Dracula's defenses, Lukas Van Helsing, with a little help
from his family and friends, sets out to wage an epic war to end it all.
In this no holds barred saga, the Assassins must face vampires,
werewolves and all likes of supernatural enemies to once and for all rid
the world of Dracula's threat.
Basic question: Why Dracula?
always loved the story of Dracula
and have wanted to do my own version.
and how will your version of the character/story stand out of the crowd
be honest I think our film version will be a lot more fun. There’s more
humor but not too much that it overpowers the drama or horror aspects. I
think it’ll pretty much have something for everyone.
were your sources of inspiration when writing Dracula's War?
mainly Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Also really dug a movie called, Dracula’s Curse by Leigh Scott. Also we have a Detective Jekyll so
you might be able to see another inspiration there.
can you tell us about your writing partner Lewis Leslie, and what was your
Lewis and I met on Facebook and he had
seen on the Dracula’s War Facebook page that we were in need of a co-writer so he messaged us. We had talked before briefly. This time I just
sent my half of the script and he finished the rest and polished it.
Do talk about the intended look and
feel of your movie for a bit!
I’d have to say dark but
playful. If ya can understand that. It will be more like Francis Ford Coppola’s
Dracula mixed with Dracula 2000’s kind of look.
In Dracula's War,
you also play the role of Lukas Van Helsing - did you write the role with
yourself in mind, and what can you tell us about your character? And what
will you draw upon to bring him to life?
Lewis came on board, I was planning to play Dracula. It was even on IMDb
for a bit. It was going to be a younger Dracula. However when I started
working on a webseries that’s still in development called Supernatural Assassins: The Series, I wanted to play Lukas so I
decided when I started writing this draft to have Dracula be played by
someone else and I’d take over Lukas. To me it was the best decision I
ever made. I love Lukas a lot and can relate to him. I usually write with
myself in mind for at least one of the characters.
will you draw upon to bring Lukas to life?
As I said I can
relate to him. He has one quality that I don’t have which is cockiness.
I love to play roles where I’m a bit cocky or over confident because
I’m not really like that unless I’m writing characters to be like
What can you
tell us about the rest of your key cast, and why exactly these people?
key cast is made up of: Roberto Lombardi, myself, Andrea Marie, Billy
Blair, Melantha Blackthorne [Melantha
Blackthorne interview - click here], Chanel Ryan, Andrew Roth, Tina Grimm, Matthew
Ewald, Bill Obert Jr [Bill Oberst
jr interview - click here], professional wrestler Stro Maestro, Camden Toy, and
many many others. I have hand-picked every single cast member and it’s
been quite a ride. Everyone will be perfect for the roles I chose for
far as I know, Dracula's War is still in its fundraising stages -
so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?
we’re doing an IndieGoGo to raise money for the promo. We’re planning
to shoot a 3 minute trailer with as many of the characters as we can put
the funds are raised, what's the schedule - and any idea when the film
will be out yet?
The fundraiser will be ending on April
15th 2014. After that with how much we make we’re gonna do the 3 minute
promo and get a website up and running that will host the promo. We’ll
be shooting the promo in late June. No idea when the final release will be
As far as I know, you also have a
webseries in development, The Invited - so what can you tell us
about that one?
It’s a paranormal thriller in the vein of
CW-type TV shows.
Now how did that project come into
Jackey Hall and I had discussed it as a
potential short in 2011. When we realized it could be a full show we
decided to change the format. It went through multiple scripts and finally
all 6 episodes got written at the end of last year.
So what can you tell us about your
co-creator, co-director and co-star Jackey Hall, and what is your
Jackey was the one who came up with the
initial concept. She will also be playing the lead. However it's really
Lewis Leslie who helped co-develop the series.
did you decide on the webseries-format for The Invited?
love TV a lot more now than I used to and I’ve always been fascinated
with doing a web series that could potentially become a TV-series.
can you tell us about The Invited's intended look and feel?
will feel a lot like a CW-type show. Think American Horror Story meets
few words about your cast, and why exactly these people?
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Jackey was always planned to be the lead. It was written around her.
Justin Gardner is playing her best friend. Paul R. Sieber is playing her
father. And Andrea Marie is playing her mother. Those are the only
characters that keep popping up through the rest of the series. I picked
all of them because I love working with them. And I see something in every
single one of them that will bring their characters to life.
idea when and where the series might be released yet?
plan (knock on wood) is to release it at a film festival horror convention
this summer. Then actually release it online in October. We’re hoping to
get the rest of the series done after the pilot is finished.
other future projects beyond Dracula's War and The Invited
you'd like to share?
Well I’m still in works on Sasquatch vs. Yeti, Scavenger, and
Scream Queen Campfire. But right now these 2 have
become my main concentration.
Your/your movie's/your series'
website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?
Check me out
on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.a.moody
Check my company out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sickflickproductions
Check out Dracula’s War on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DraculasWar
Check out Dracula’s War on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/DraculasWar
Check out Dracula’s War on IndieGoGo: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dracula-s-war-promo-fundraiser/x/6117489
Check out The Invited on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Invited-The-Series/309784142397146
else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I do an online radio show called The Independent Corner. They
should all check that out right here http://www.blogtalkradio.com/JonathanMoody
for the interview!
Thank you for the interview!