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An Interview with Michael Kazlo II, Director of Cryptid

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2013

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

 

When Dr. Nannoc's assistant transports a dangerous new creature to a scientific facility for disposal, the creature escapes and begins a rampage of DEATH! A secret government agency is called in to clean up the growing mess. That’s Cryptid’s synopsis; which is a monster movie in the vein off the low budget creature movies of the 80’s.

 

Watching Cryptid, I couldn't shake the feeling of being reminded of old Charles Band movies - at all an intentional/inevitable effect, and (orther) sources of inspiration?

 

I’m glad you were reminded of Charles Band’s movies. It was not intentional. It was the product of me being a fan of his movies and others like him, wanting to make a fun low budget monster movie. I admire the work of movie makers like Charles Band, William Castle, Roger Corman [Roger Corman bio - click here] and Lloyd Kaufman. Their movies are fun to watch and I come back over and over to watch them. This is what I want people to do with my movies, repeat their viewing experience.

 

As far as I know, you have designed Cryptid's creature yourself - now what thoughts went into the creation of this? And maybe you can also talk about the film's overall effectswork for a bit?

 

I did create the basic design and look of the creature and it was refined, detailed, molded and cast by an Albany NY area FX artist, Jared Balog. What I wanted was a mouth and stomach on two legs. It eats people whole which is why it has a gaping maw with dozens of jagged, snaggly shark-like pin teeth. I also thought the backward bent legs added a bit of weirdness to Fluffy.

 

This was not an effects heavy movie. Whenever a person gets eaten it is off camera to allow the viewer’s imagination do the work. What effects there are, are pretty simple. Some Karo syrup/food coloring blood being sprayed and splashed around, hair gel and food coloring blood being dripped on the floor. One of my actors, Ward Benoit built a severed arm out of gelatin, wood sticks to simulate bones and a pressurized system to spurt blood. I am pretty simple and basic when it comes to the effects but make them realistic enough to fool people into thinking a plate of mushed bananas and red food coloring is a skull full of brains or that panty hose filled with cotton balls and soaked with Karo blood are intestines.

 

Michael J Cannon

Josh Harrington

Jennifer Kazlo

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

 

My cast consisted of local actors from the Glens Falls and Albany NY area. There are many talented people in this area willing to act in low budget movies. The main  cast consisted of Michael J Cannon (Dr. Nannoc), a “darn good actor” who has been in most of my movies and is a fixture in many independent films in the Albany and NYC areas. He was cast for his “mature, seasoned” look as a mad scientist. 

Josh Harrington (Agent Lindsey) was originally an extra but he has acting experience and was young enough to pull off being a newbie FBI agent. 

My beautiful wife Jennifer played Dr. Olzak. I wanted a woman whose look screamed that she meant business and, with her bangs and hair pulled up and wearing a pant suit, she effectively pulled off that look (especially when she’s mad at me). 

Other key cast members were people I had previously worked with, such as Aaron Lambert and Frank Palangi, or had met through a casting call like Ward Benoit and Kevin Ira Miller, both of whom played the pot heads.

 

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

 

The shoot revolved around everyone’s regular work schedule and took place on weekends. I keep my sets casual but I like to get in and out as fast as possible so there aren’t any unnecessary multiple takes and no dilly dallying as far as the set ups and rehearsals go. I think, from what cast members have told me, they have fun which is what I want. They aren’t being paid other than being fed so it is a priority of mine to make the experience enjoyable for everyone since most of the cast have no experience being on a set and may be nervous as to what to expect.

 

The $64-question of course, where's the movie available from?

 

Cryptid is available on the merchandise page of my website: www.archangelproductions.org

Signed DVDs are available as well as online versions.

 

Could you ever be tempted to make Cryptid II, and what would that movie be like?

 

I would very much like to do Cryptid II. I’m thinking it would need to be set in New York City with Fluffy the creature having a rampage on a subway car. Even though I love practical effects and the fact that Fluffy was a puppet, I think some CGI, especially for wide shots of Fluffy walking around, would be needed.

 

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I always have a project running through my head desperately trying to make its way out. One is a killer clown movie using miniature clown that have special powers to kill people, going back to my Charles Band inspiration. I also have a monster movie that involves an ice creature that I would be able to make on a low budget. There are also some horror and sci-fi screenplays I’ve written that would need a larger budget that I would like to sell too, so if there are any agents out there that would like to sign with me... wink wink, nudge nudge.

 

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

 

Cryptid can be found though my website: www.archangelproductions.org  

Archangel Productions’ FB page is: www.facebook.com/pages/Archangel-Productions/128144606469

Cryptid and my other titles are also listed on IMDb.com.

 

Anything else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Just ask your readers to support low budget indie filmmaking and check out all my films that are available on my site.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thank you for reviewing my films and having an interest in asking me questions about them!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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