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An Interview with Marc Hamill, Director of The Wrong Floor

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2015

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It’s a story of toxic hobos, gangsters, guns, monsters, corruption and retribution. Ultimately one man must find his missing father and save the world in the process.

 

You cite 1980s B-movies and grindhouse flicks as one of the main inspirations for The Wrong Floor - care to elaborate?

 

B-movies and grindhouse movies in particular set out to exploit specific genres to deliver as much ‘bang for your buck’ as possible on tight deadlines and minimal budgets. Sometimes the results were ridiculous, unintentionally hilarious or brilliant - but always entertaining. Grindhouse producers didn’t care much for dramas, love stories or mysteries and neither did their audience. It was all about horror, action, sex and sci-fi - or at least that’s what they would market the films as. The Wrong Floor is a mixture of all of the classic grindhouse genres, with huge concepts shot with similar constraints.  

 

Other sources of inspiration when writing The Wrong Floor?

 

There is a growing underground music scene known as synthwave/darkwave/outrun. I have been a big fan of this music for the past 5 years or so. The music is inspired by movie soundtracks of the 80s. Artists such as LA Dreams/Sollerekt, Absolute Valentine (who features on the trailer), Mitch Murder (who did the soundtrack for Kung Fury) to name but a few. This was definitely the main reason that I wanted to make it with an 80s feel.

 

Heather Percival

The Wrong Floor's plot outline does suggest quite a bit of violence - so how did you go about this aspect of your movie?

 

The violence is OTT in places. Tazers, guns, decapitations, people crushed, guts ripped out etc… It was mainly done with practical effects and it does add some horror elements to the mix.

 

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

 

Although we had Roger Ellis on second camera who did a brilliant job, most of the camera work was done by myself. With such a small crew, it was mostly a case of shooting as close to the way it played out in my mind in the quickest way possible. Sometimes I had to compromise on the shots as we didn’t have the time or money to be setting up cranes or using drones etc, but ultimately, that’s what grindhouse is all about - doing the best you can with what you have to work with.

 

Carl Hamill

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

 

The lead character is my brother and co-writer/co-producer Carl Hamill. I wanted Carl as the lead as he has experience as a stage actor and he knew the story inside out. Plus he was always available! The next person we cast was Heather Percival. Heather really stood out as the ideal candidate to play the lead female character - Clarissa. Heather is very experienced in stage acting & directing.

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

Filming took 2 years with shoots happening most weekends as well as evenings, as most of the actors had day jobs. The atmosphere was always great. The whole cast (over 200 in total) got on like a big family and everyone was 100% committed to the project. There were plenty of tough times when things over-ran etc but the cast were always very understanding and supportive. With so many different locations, and some shoots featuring up to 40 actors, the supportive atmosphere really helped us to get through relatively unscathed. Aisleen Hodges from Gatling Gun Productions helped us out on such occasions to act as production assistant which really helped the efficiency and organisation of the big shoots.

 

You're presently running a fundraiser for The Wrong Floor - so do talk about your campaign, and since the movie's already in the can, what will the money be used for?

 

Although we are now in post production, we still need to get the film finished and out to the audience. The money will go towards special effects - gunshots, explosions, greenscreen etc... as well as colour grading, sound design and music. These elements are an essential part of the overall film production without which the film will never be complete. We also need funds to produce press releases, promotional materials and festival submissions. We have however saved one final scene to be shot. This will feature some of the donators to the IndieGoGo campaign :-D There are other perks available such as pre-release limited edition DVDs, Blu-rays and retro VHS tapes!

http://igg.me/at/thewrongfloor/x/8859939

 

Any idea when and where the film will be released onto the general public yet?

 

All being well and subject to funding, we are hoping to have some local cinema showing showings over the Christmas period. Dates and venues to be confirmed

 

Any future projects beyond The Wrong Floor you'd like to share?

 

We have several ideas for future productions including a creature feature, a post-apocalyptic adventure, a nazisploitation movie and a zombie flick, we may even shoot the trailers and let the audience decide :-D

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?

 

I have made short films for fun for many years. I ran a professional recording studio called Roasted Studios for 12 years. During that time there was a shift away from audio and more towards video production. That gave me the perfect excuse to get into movie production :-D I studied Music Technology at university, and taught briefly at Leicester College, but I also did a film making course called Max Q, which was a great introduction to the subject.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Wrong Floor?

 

The only films I produced for myself were as a teenager with a Sony handycam. Titles such as Cheap & Nasty Superheroes and Home Alone 5 - luckily both have disappeared. I have produced quite a few music videos, but to be quite honest, I didn’t have much creative input into those.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

Enzo G. Castellari [Enzo G. Castellari bio - click here] with less zooms (not for lack of trying).

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

Enzo G. Castellari, Spielberg, Richard Donner, Terry Gilliam, Shane Meadows.

 

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http://igg.me/at/thewrongfloor/x/8859939

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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