Your new movie Human
Hibachi - in a few words, what is it about?
is basically a horror film filmed in found footage style. It has
elements of blood, gore, black comedy and suspense.
were your sources of inspiration when writing Human
My sources of
inspiration on making this film were great found footage films (Blair
Witch Project, Paranormal Activity etc). I also wanted to create something
original, which I believe I did with this.
Now I can of course only guess that
you're not a cannibal in real life - but honestly, how much sinister fun
was it to make up a story about a cannibalistic network?
This was easily the most fun
Iíve had as a director. There wasnít much of a film crew, it was easy
set-up because it was filmed without lighting. It was overall just really
fun. I added like 4 scenes on after principal photography wrapped because
I was having so much fun and I didnít want it to end.
choosen the found footage approach for Human
Hibachi - why is that, and what are the advantages but also
challenges filming that way?
Yes I chose the
found footage style because I believe it gives a sense of realism, which I
really like. It makes you feel like itís raw and gritty. It was
challenging because you have to do the whole scene in one take. There
isnít different angles that you can use to cut out bad performances,
flubbed lines, or other mishaps that happen. Very challenging in that
Do talk about your movie's
approach to horror and suspense for a bit?
The approach to suspense and horror I took on this film is
foreshadowing. The foreshadowing really helped. I also, think the found
footage style makes it seem real- and real always instills fear.
At least to
me, Human Hibachi
is also darkly humourous - would you at all agree, and if so, what can you
tell us about your film's brand of comedy?
put the dark comedy in the script. I canít say enough about the four
cannibals in the movie Andrew Hunsicker [Andrew
Hunsicker interview - click here], John Campanile, Jeff Alpert and
Stafford Chavis. They literally made the dark comedy come to life with
their chemistry on set. Very entertaining.
Do talk about
your overall directorial approach to your story at hand!
My overall directorial approach
to this film was just make it entertaining. Too many filmmakers forget
what is really important - to entertain!
can you tell us about Human
Hibachi's key cast, and why exactly these people?
The key cast were awesome! Canít
say enough about all the actors, they all did really well and it made my
job that much easier.
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
The atmosphere on set was really cool. Everyone was
enjoying themselves, having fun. There wasnít any tension. Everyone was
a team player and it made it really enjoyable.
$64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?
The film is hopefully
premiering at the NJ Horror Con film festival at the Showboat in Atlantic
City. After that we will decide whether to self distribute or search for a
distributor. Either way it will be available on VOD and DVD.
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Human
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So far the
critical reception has been great! People love the style, the way the
story is told and the twists.
Any future projects you'd like to
I have a film coming out soon that I
directed over the summer for Four Olives Productions called One
itís a love story. I also am working on a documentary that is set to go
into production in a few weeks!
Thanks for the interview!