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An Interview with Lou Simon, Director of 3

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2017

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It's about a man and a woman who kidnap her alleged rapist in order to force him to confess on camera, and how far they're willing to get that confession.


With 3 being a rape-revenge movie, your thoughts about the genre? And how do you think your movie stands out of the crowd?


I love the genre, but there are so many good ones that it would be hard to compete. 3 is less about the torture and more about the psychological and moral dilemmas behind the idea of seeking revenge.


(Other) sources of inspiration when writing 3?


I watched Saw and Hostel as well. Not for the torture scenes, but for the twists in those films. It was the reveals in those movies that made me love them, not the torture itself.


To what extent could you identify with Him or with Her in 3, actually?


If the film is successful, you're supposed to identify with everyone at one point or another. You're not supposed to know who to root for.


Though playing more on the psychological side of things, 3 does have its visceral moments - so do talk about the more brutal bits in your movie for a bit, and how were they achieved? And was there ever a line you refused to cross?


I'll be honest that, when I wrote it, I imagined the rape scenes to be more brutal, but I just couldn't do it. I think that it's a phobia most women have, because it is such a real possibility. In the end, I think it still works, even if it's not as I had imagined it


Location-wise, 3 is tied down to only a handful of rooms - in what way was that restraining, in what way perhaps liberating, and what kind of a challenge was it to keep things interesting with these limitations?


I knew that my biggest challenge would be to make a film that would keep the audience engaged despite the fact that it is mostly three people in one house. It was easier in terms of filming since we didn't have to be changing locations or even setups often. It was harder in terms of cutting a trailer, because there wasn't a lot of physical action that we could show without giving major plot points away.


What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?


For me directing is 90% done in casting. When you're doing a feature film in a couple of weeks and not a couple of months, you have to have the right actors. Often you can only get one or two takes, so the actors have to be at their best. These three actors were truly the best and completely prepared.


Do talk about your key cast, and why exactly these people?


I had worked with Todd Bruno and Aniela McGuinness before, and they were excellent. They've also become good friends of mine over time. When you're shooting a film, and the whole cast and crew is staying together, you really have to like the people you're working with. Mike Stanley stepped in after the initial actor couldn't do it, but I can't imagine anyone else in the role. He was extremely professional and fun to work with. He completely deserved his Best Actor award at HorrorHound Film Festival.


A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


We honestly had a blast. It was like summer camp where you just happen to make a movie with your closest friends. We had many things go wrong -- the basement where we were filming flooded and took out the power, we had to shoot on a fake floor because the room was unfinished -- but we always managed to have a good time.


The $64-question of course, when and where will 3 be released onto the general public?


We're talking to several distributors right now, so it should be spring or early summer of 2018.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of 3 yet?


So far the reviews have been great, and the audiences at the film festivals really loved it. One person came up to me at the Women in Horror Film Festival and described going through every emotion like a roller coaster in exactly the way I had intended. That was incredibly rewarding.


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I am in pre-production on a film title Adam 13. It's a sci-fi film so it's a little bit different than anything I've done before. It still has some gruesome scenes so horror fans should still like it.


Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


Just to encourage your readers to give the indie films that they like a good review. There are many trolls out there who don't take into account what hard work we do on our films. One guy compared my last film to Twilight as if they were even in the same universe in terms of budget etc. We need everyone to support indie filmmakers.


Thanks for the interview!



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