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An Interview with Marko Marinkovic, Director of Night Guards

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2014

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Your new movie Night Guards - in a few words, what is it about?

 

It’s about two night guards in an abandoned factory and their life after death.

 

With Night Guards being in a way a ghost movie, is that a genre dear to you, and to what part did Serbia's at times violent past play into the writing of the film? And other sources of inspiration for Night Guards?

 

The story is inspired by today's situation of many abandoned factories in Serbia, which mostly only have guards. They still come to work even though they were not paid for several years, in the hope that the country will reinstall their old life. However, for the country they are only "ghosts".

 

How would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand?

 

I wanted to show the story from the perspective of the spirits who have contact with living people and the situation seemed interesting to me, because usually horror stories are written from the perspective of the living. This led me to play a game with their thoughts and maybe memories if they have any.

 

Since the location is one of the key elements of Night Guards, you just have to talk about yours for a bit, and what were the advantages but also challenges of filming there?

 

For every horror film location and production design are a very important elements. As far as I know, there are not a lot of movies shot in abandoned factories. In my case, the abandoned factory was excellent and almost free space. The best is that we did not have to set anything up but literally just plug in the camera and shoot. We had problems with electricity that was needed for lighting and crew on the set though.

 

What can you tell us about your key cast and crew, and why exactly these people?

 

The older guard is played by a professional actor, Dragan Marinkovic, my father. He is an actor at a local theater in my city in Serbia. He has appeared in many theater productions and TV series. The younger guard is played by Stevan Matic, an amateur actor. He is very young and proved talented in many jobs regarding the film. The girl is played by Viktorija Arsic and the boy by Marko Vuckovic - young professional actors who are at the beginning of their acting careers. I chose them because of their desire to help a young director and their desire to do something different.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The filming took two days, precisely two nights. The crew did not have much free time, except for short breaks to rest, so it was a tense atmosphere to get everything done the way we wanted to. Only a few days later we were able to relax and think about the shoot.

 

Now what can you tell us about audience and critical reception of Night Guards so far, and when and where will the film be released onto the general public?

 

A few days ago I signed a contract with After Hours HD for the rights to distribute the film. The film will be available soon on Xbox and OTT platforms. For now it is playing at festivals in Greece, Uruguay and Serbia. The film received several positive reviews from Austria, Great Britain and the USA. Particular praise was given to the story from the perspective of a ghost.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I am working on a student project on history, because I'm ahistory student. I'm planning to create a film about Serbian history for elementary school students. This film will help them to enjoy studying "boring" history. I am slowly collecting money and crew for a new horror movie, too.

 

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

 

I don’t have any education in filmmaking. I came into the world of filmmaking in high school when I started watching horror movies. I had a great desire to shoot my own film. What also influenced me were my surroundings since my father is actor and I literally grew up in the theater.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Night Guards?

 

I have two more horror movies, Daimon and Fallen Angel. This are amateur found footage films. 

Daimon is about four high school students who went to  some creepy house in their village. "Daimon" means demon in ancient Greek. 

Fallen Angel follows a group of young artists who go to the theater to record their play. However, they find themselves locked in the building … Looking for a way out, they are stumbling upon some strange paranormal phenomena. In all of this confusion, a girl appears who leads them to the past, so-called flash back, and shows them the terrible historical background of the building. They discover that the building is not just haunted, but but inhabited by another, more evil being, the so called Fallen Angel. He is the one who invented the game, dictates the rules and determines the one who will survive.

 

A few words about the indie film scene in Serbia, and how easy or hard is it to get a project like Night Guards off the ground?

 

Indie film production doesn’t exist in Serbia. All movies in Serbia was made with part of the money coming from the state, another part painstakingly collected from sponsors. The only horror movie that was filmed in the past few years without the participation of the Serbian state was Mamula, a film directed by Milan Todorovic. For my film it's very hard to get attention, because locally, my film shows a mockery of local government.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

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A young director who is eager to learn from more experienced colleagues. A young man who makes mistakes of course, but who from film to film is making his way into the world of cinema.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

Serbian director Dejan Zecevic. Horror director James Wan and the one and only Steven Spielberg.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

The Spanish horror movie Rec. Horror movies by James Wan, The Conjuring and Insidious.

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

My Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marko.marinkovic.52056

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thank you.

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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