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An Interview with Justin Beahm, Director of Only Dream of Me

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2014

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Only Dream of Me is the story of a boy and a ghost, and about the moments in our youth when innocence is slowly stripped away. It is a bit of a love letter to monster cinema, something I have wanted to dive into for a long time.


What were your sources of inspiration when dreaming up Only Dream of Me?


It is a blend of influences. Cinematically speaking, I would draw correlations to Let the Right One in, Monster Squad and Virgin Suicides. The main character has elements of autobiogrphy in him, which made writing him a rather emotional experience. Elements of love, fear, obsession, fascination, beauty and wonder are stirred together into a spooky stew.


What can you tell us about your movie's approach to horror (as in suspense vs sudden shocks, atmosphere vs all-out gore and the like)?


This isn't a gratuitous picture in terms of graphic horror, although there certainly are some grisly elements mixed with suspense, all oozing with atmosphere.


Do talk about your film's intended look and feel for a bit!


It is a contemporary film with a rather old fashioned approach. As I mentioned earlier, the heart of this project is rooted in my adoration for the classic monster films like Frankenstein, The Wolf Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon series. The story is rather simple, but the emotional components are complex, like any of us. The look will be rich with color and light. Vivid and clean.


Anything you can tell us about your Only Dream of Me's projected key cast and crew yet, and why exactly these people?


The team I have assembled as my core is absolutely amazing. Eric Fox and MorbX FX are a team I teamed up with for an event a few years ago, and we hit it off wonderfully. His turn on Face Off made him a household name, and I am thrilled to have him on board to handle the all practical effects makeup. Composer Rob Himebaugh is another dear friend, and a jack of all cinematic trades. His score for Silk, in which I appear, is nothing short of gorgeous, and I am excited to hear what he comes up with for this project. Everyone involved is a friend.

I am in the middle of casting now, and will have to get back to you on the folks in front of the camera.


Only Dream of Me is supposed to become part of an anthology movie eventually - so what can you tell us about that project of yours?


That is true. I don't want to say too much just yet, but I will say the anthology involves monsters as the theme, and that the other directors joining me on it are up and coming talents who have each had a home run of their own in the last year with big features. Such a good lineup. I am excited to make announcements, but need to focus on this little opus first.


As we're talking, Only Dream of Me is still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell me about your fundraising efforts?


The fundraiser is an effort to bring the audience into the filmmaking process, which until recently has had a big veil obscuring it. People who contribute get regular updates on the process as we shoot, as well as some great incentive items and opportunities. I love that filmmakers can reach out to the audience for backing and deliver a totally unfiltered piece of art in the end as a result. Nothing between artist and audience. I am really into that kind of approach.


Once your funds are raised, how do you plan to proceed - and any idea when and where your movie might be released onto the general public yet?


The funds are being put to work immediately upon receipt. This is a very short campaign, speeding along right into production which begins in early August.

As far as release goes, Only Dream of Me will hopefully be accepted into a few film festivals, and will then be put into the anthology feature, where it will travel in traditional distribution channels.


Any future projects beyond Only Dream of Me you'd like to share?


I am in development on a pet project called Blood Flower, a feature about a writer who will stop at nothing to become what she thinks she needs to be. I am really excited about it, and look forward to getting it into full motion once Only Dream of Me is wrapped and out of my hands. I am in or involved with a number of movies coming out over the next year.


What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


From a young age I have been fascinated with motion pictures, and early on I was making them with friends. The standard story. No formal training, unless you consider time in the trenches formal. There is no better place to learn about filmmaking than on set. Every role is crucial, and as director I want to know what the gaffer and grips are dealing with in effort to better work with them, and everyone else. Speaking the language of all the departments helps a lot, and makes for a smoother operation once on set regardless of the scale of the production at hand.


Do talk about your filmwork prior to Only Dream of Me for a bit!


I have worked on a number of documentary and narrative features and shorts in a variety of capacities. I have produced video releases for Shout Factory and Anchor Bay, and theatrical releases for Screenvision. I still pinch myself saying all that.


Besides making movies, you have also written about movies for quite a few well-known publications - so what can you tell us about your work in that area?


I am thrilled to have great working relationships with Fangoria, my home team, as well as Horrorhound and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines. It is especially nice writing for these three, as they are all distinctly different. Writing is home for me, and I am incredibly grateful to have had the editors behind these three mags believe in me enough to bring me into the ranks.


Going through your bio, one can't help but get the impression you have a soft spot for horror - at all true, and would you like to elaborate?


Horror has become the common thread, but I love most all cinema. All I ask of a film is to be entertained, so that is a pretty wide open set of doors. Horror, though, is where my cob webbed heart beats the loudest and proudest.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


Fun. Decisive. Interactive. Experimental. Immersed. Passionate. Compassionate.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


This list will be a mile long if I am not careful. E. Elias Merhige is a huge inspiration. His perspective on art and film completely revolutionized my outlook when we first met. We have developed a wonderful, very unique relationship over the last few years. Carpenter, Argento, Burton, Browning, Whale, Wynorski [Jim Wynorski interview - click here], Lynch, Wood [Ed Wood bio - click here], Olen Ray, Stone, Hathaway, Hitchcock, Scott, Kubrick, Clark, Aja... I could go on and on.


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... and of course, films you really deplore?


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The honor is all mine. Thank you for reaching out!


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