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An Interview with Mark Anthony Del Negro, Writer and Producer of The Undead

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2013

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Your upcoming film The Undead - in a few words, what's it going to be about?

 

It's going to be about life during a post nuclear accident, think Chernobyl. Where people need to adjust to their new lives - which consists of radioactive material floating through the air and zombies!

 

With The Undead being a zombie movie, is that a genre you can at all relate to, and what will set your film apart from the usual genre fare?

 

Ironically I'm not a huge zombie fan but I do like Night of the Living Dead. What will separate this from most zombie films is the unique story line and character development.

 

concept art by 

Dan Brownlie

Suzi Lorraine

Ashleigh Lawrence

Your inspirations when writing The Undead?

 

Night of the Living Dead, The Walking Dead.

 

What got the project off the ground, what made you decide to produce it?

 

The project somehow came to me, it was jut one of those things that took off. It's hard to explain, when things seemed like they were falling apart in my life they were actually falling into place.

 

Your director Dan Brownlie [Dan Brownlie interview - click here] - why him, what will he bring to the table?

 

I chose Dan because he has worked with Suzi Lorraine [Suzi Lorraine interview - click here] before and I fell in love with Three's a Shroud. He brings professionalism and name recognition to the film, especially in the UK as he works for Loaded TV.

 

Being in charge of both script and production, how much creative control are you planning to keep/give up during the actual shoot?

 

Depends - I trust Dan and other collaborators, we're all like-minded individuals so we're going to make the best film possible.

 

Zombie movies demand quite a bit of gore almost by definition - so how far do you plan to go in this department?

 

We'll leave that up to our make up and VFX department, we're currently attaching some well known names in that field so stay tuned.

 

Kaylee Williams

Anthony Del Negro

Jessica Mazo

concept art by

Dan Brownlie

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

 

It's all about chemistry, people who have worked with each other before.

Suzi Lorraine [Suzi Lorraine interview - click here] because she has come highly recommended from Dan Brownlie and her voice is identical to my cousin Pam, so every time I speak with her it feels like I've known her my entire life. 

Kaylee Williams is a grinder, that girl can act! 

Jessica Mazo is a perfect fit for her character being from New York and being Italian. 

My distant cousin Anthony Del Negro is a very talented actor who has just completed a high profile project, he also works well with Kaylee. 

Victoria Broom is a very talented British actress who has also worked with Dan and Suzi on Three's a Shroud, her character Dr. Victoria Good is probably going to steal the show. 

Then there is Ashleigh Lawrence, I can't say enough about her, I fell in love with this girl the first time we met on Skype. Not love as in wanting to marry her or anything like that, but from the first minute I met her I said to myself. "This girl is going to be in my film and I need to steal her before a big studio or agency casts her in something big." It's ironic at first I did not think even want to interview her, Dan told me to contact her because he had just finished Serial Kaller with her. However she killed her audition and there is a good story behind that, she originally auditioned for Sara, so I turned her down, she was disappointed but professional. However then I told her that the reason she was being turned down for Sara was because I thought she would do better as Tiffany and she lit up! Kaylee Williams was originally cast as Tiffany but after Anthony came on I wanted the chemistry between Kaylee and Anthony without recreating Tiffany. Therefore I gave custom written characters to both Anthony and Kaylee which they're going to knock out of the park!

 

In my opinion, the effectiveness of zombie movies more often than not also depends on the right locations - so what can you tell us about yours?

 

We're shooting in Massachusetts so right off the bat we have the tax incentives to our favor :) $$$ We're also shooting during the New England Fall Foliage, so we're going to capture some great scenery shots, there is no place more beautiful than New England in the mid-to-late fall.

 

So what's the schedule, when will the film go into production, and any idea when it'll be out yet?

 

Right now we're slated for mid to late October, we're planning on an early 2014 release, but we're going to do it right. We're not going to rush through post to just spit out a movie. Our primary intention is to win awards at festivals and have it sold to a major distributor.

 

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

 

concept art by 

Dan Brownlie

I've always been a natural entertainer so to say, in terms of formal training with writing I have an MBA so I've been writing over 20 years, lol. I also attended a couple seminars in LA at The Great American Pitch Fest. I have placed highly in The Nicholl Fellowship, which is conducted by The Academy Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. I have several friends who have written produced scripts who have read my work and let me read theirs provided feed back to each other. I also bought a book called the Screenwriter's Bible which I use as a guide if I get lost. In terms of acting I was Meisner and Stanislavski trained in high school, but got a traditional degree in college. I'm currently taking acting courses at CP Casting in Boston, their resume speaks for itself as they have cast for films like Mystic River, Good Will Hunting, Shutter Island, The Town and RIPD to name a few.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork apart from The Undead - and any future projects you'd like to share?

 

There are a couple of other projects in the works but nothing compared to the hype we're receiving for The Undead.

 

Writers, filmmakers, whatever else who inspire you?

 

Writers Francis Ford Coppola, filmmakers Steven Spielberg, and I inspire myself to always be better tomorrow from what I am today.

 

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

 

None, I wish everyone the best of luck as fellow filmmakers.

 

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

 

https://www.facebook.com/THEUNDEADTHEMOVIE is our Facebook fan page. In terms of our website, our IT guy Richard Ducat has just been engaged so we're giving him some R & R for now, but he'll show up on game day when we need him. Congratulations Rich!

 

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Please join our Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/THEUNDEADTHEMOVIE.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thank you for having me, it's been a great pleasure.

 

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