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by Mike Haberfelner

March 2017

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It's a British comedy horror about a road side rubbish monster that comes to life and takes revenge on some naive builders who illegally dump their waste.

 

With The Flytipper being a monster movie, is that a genre you're at all fond of, and some of your genre favourites?

 

Yes, I grew up watching Tremors, Aliens, Predator, Braindead and Evil Dead. I was alway fascinated with practical effects from a young age and what I was watching had been crafted in a workshop. Those early viewings were probably what made me get into prop making.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration when dreaming up The Flytipper?

 

I always wanted to make a monster movie but I was unsure of what my monster was. I knew it had to be practical but I didn't want it to just look like bloke in a suit. I came up with The Flytipper after walking through my local forest and seeing some dumped fly-tipped rubbish. It all fell into place very quickly and I wrote the film around the monster. I've always done comedy so making the monster look ridiculous seemed like the right thing to do.

 

You claim somewhere that you "want to make the goriest, most ridiculous and entertaining short horror film you’ve ever seen" - so do talk about your movie's approach to horror and humour for a bit?

 

Yeah I'm unsure if I've been drinking when I wrote that. I may have been. I really want to make a great British monster short for sure. With a background in comedy, I'm unsure if I'll stick to your archetypal horror tropes but I'll do my best to cover everything in a shit tone of blood.

 

You of course have to talk about your movie's monster for, and how much of a say do you have in its design and creation?

 

Well I originally designed the structure and the early look and feel of the monster. Those designs are still very much alive today. I've just been fortunate to have two brilliant designer friends who have helped turn my scraps of drawings into something absurd, terrifying and downright bonkers. We have released pictures of the monster now as part of our crowdfunder so please do have a look. We are building the monster at the moment and we are sticking to the original designs to an extent, but we'll also ramp it up. I'd hate to show exactly what my monster looks like before we've even shot the film. That would be terrible!

 

What can you tell us about your movie's overall look and feel?

 

I'm quite keen on playing the film straight and the comedy will come from the dialogue and the performances. The more real we keep the world our characters live in, the more we have to play with when they begin to get picked off one by one by a monster that's part shopping trolley.

 

Anything you can tell us about your projected cast yet, and why exactly these people?

 

We are casting at the minute. I have a good idea of who I'd like to play each character. We are seeing some fantastic actors for the parts and I've been blown away by the response the casting call has had. People seem really keen to work on the project which is fantastic.

 

As far as I know, you're presently running a fundraiser for The Flytipper - so please do talk about your campaign!

 

Yes we are. The Flytipper is not reallly the film to take to private investors so crowdfunding seemed like a good place. At time of writing, we are 8 days in and have raised 36% So we're not doing to bad. This film is for people like me who grew up watching those splatter films. I'm hoping, and trying, to connect with that community and hope that they can chuck in a few quid to help raise the film to another level. We've had a great start and I hope I can keep it that way. It's also like having a full time job and I don't think I slept for about 4 weeks. The prep was crazy, as is the campaign itself. It just such a mental thing to do. One minute I'm over the moon from all the generosity that we've received, and the next minute I'm 2 steps away from a full blown break down! I fully believe that crowdfunding should come with a health warning.

http://igg.me/at/theflytipper

 

Once the budget's in place, what's the schedule - and even if it might be waaay too early to ask, when will the film be released onto the general public, however tentatifely?

 

It's a very quick turnaround. We shoot on the last weekend of April for 4 days. So as well as running a crowdfund, I'm of course helping the producer to put the film together. We've got such a great team that the guys are doing a cracking job getting the ball rolling. Thank god for teamwork. We hope to have a finished film by late May or early June.

 

Any future projects beyond The Flytipper?

 

When The Flytipper is doing the festival circuit, I'll get to work on a new project. I have one in mind that I've partially written the script for. It's a short comedy horror with actors and stop motion. It's very silly and could be a lot of fun. It's another practical effects film.

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject? And what can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Flytipper?

 

I've worked predominately as a comedy actor for 12 years. 6 years ago I started a small production company called Dogged Films. We make sketches, short films and mockumentarirs on YouTube. We've done pretty well out of it and it's definitely opened up some doors for us.

I've always mucked about with cameras and filming equipment. I'm a self taught filmmaker which has its advantages and disadvantages. YouTube is such a powerful tool these days. A great place for education if you want to learn about the ins and outs of filmmaking. I've been doing it all for 10 years now so I'm more than ready to step it up a gear.

 

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John Carpenter and Lloyd Kaufman are great inspiration. Those are guys that went out and did what they wanted to do. For me, in the last few year, Ben Wheatley has been my main inspiration. I fucking love that guy. Everything he and Amy Jump touch turns into gold dust. He's a fantastic filmmaker and someone to inspire to be like. My first viewing of Kill List blew my mind.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Tremors, Predator, Alien, Aliens, The Thing, They Live. You get the idea.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?

 

Here's the link to the crowdfunder: http://igg.me/at/theflytipper

Link to Dogged Films: YouTube.com/doggedfilms

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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