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An Interview with Michael Kazlo II, Indie Filmmaker, Head of Archangel Productions

by Dale Pierce

June 2012

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You operate the production company Archangel Productions out of New York. When was it formed and what previous experience did you have with film when starting such?


I started Archangel Productions in 2002 when I filmed my first short, a comedy called Help Wanted. Before that I had no experience with film other than writing some scripts.


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How did you select the name of Archangel?


My name is Michael and he is my patron saint - so I thought it fit.


Originally, you made some short films. What were some of the titles and plots?


Help Wanted is a comedy about a human resources exec that interviews a group of applicants who show how freakish they really are.


Scars is a three and a half minute short about a young woman telling of her experience dealing with the death of her grandfather and coming to terms with her own mortality.


The Hit is a mafia-themed short about an undercover FBI agent that is outed and must talk his way out of his execution when he is to be killed by his "friend."


Regret is a two minute short about the death of one of two young friends and how the guilty conscience of the other haunts him years later.


Have any of these ever made the rounds at contests or film fests?


Help Wanted and Scars has been shown at some local screenings but nothing more than that.


You are presently producing a film called Domain?


The Domain with Dr. GriGri is an online horror host show, not a movie. Dr. GriGri is a 12 inch tall voodoo witch doctor who interviews local filmmakers and reviews indie films and old movies. I plan on adding more episodes soon when I am finished shooting and editing my current feature, Cryptid.


So what can you tell us about Cryptid's plot and people involved?


Cryptid is a an 8 minute monster movie I am lengthening to feature length. Itís about a mysterious creature set loose in the Adirondacks that the government is trying to capture and contain. As I am filming it, Cryptid is reminding me of the Charles Band movies I grew up watching and still love to watch like the Ghoulies- and Puppet Master-movies. I want it to be fun with some comedic parts and hopefully some stop motion animation to go along with the puppetry. Hopefully this will be appealing to horror fans.


In the past, Archangel also produced commercials for people, wedding DVDs and the like? Do you still do this for the general public?


I do. Samples of the commercials can be viewed on the Archangel Productions website.


Aside from the obvious budgeting issue, what are some of the other difficulties, if any, in making a shift from shorts to features?


One is finding quality local actors who will act for free to little money. That can give an indie film unintentional character, if thatís what you are looking for. That coincides with the difficulty of getting a project funded with a decent budget. You get what you pay for, no matter how much ingenuity a filmmaker has to make a movie, you need actors with the same passion you should be having for your movie. Not just a bunch of buddies who think it will be cool to get together with the new prosumer video camera mom and dad just lent you money to buy and shoot some blood and guts on a weekend.


After Cryptid, do you have other projects planned?


After Cryptid I have at least two monster movies planned. One is an ice creature movie and the other is an evil clown movie with little six inch high clowns. I do have a documentary about local cemeteries in mind too.


For the short features did you actually do casting calls or go with people you already knew to fill in the parts?


I did casting calls for my first short, Help Wanted and my first feature, Bloodlust. None for any other shorts.


Among actors, actresses or related crew, are there any people you have worked with that really deserve mentioning or even a big push?


Considering everyone Iíve worked with and how much they are pursuing their acting and filmmaking goals, I would have to say Heather Blossom Brown, the Informant in Bloodlust, has the most potential as an actor. She is an excellent and professional actress who is still continuing to strive as an actor. She has also put out some very nice short films from her Baru Films production company.


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Jay Ruzicka is a friend and filmmaker who acted in The Vampire Assassin as Veronicaís friend. Also, filmmaker/actor/friend Jeff Kirkendall. They both have the most potential of all the Albany, NY area independent filmmakers.


What might you say would differentiate your productions from the tons of other indies out there?


I try to make my films look good and take my time setting up shots that look professional. An amateur filmmaker can make a very good looking film by not rushing into it and by planning everything first. Also, using people who are passionate about moviemaking is another way of making a film look better. Not just friends who think it will be cool to make a movie and do not want to commit their weekends when it is not convenient for them.


Anything else you would like to touch on that may have been missed?


Donít TRY to make a movie. If you want to make one, DO it. It doesnít matter how bad your first one looks. Improve on your shooting style, lighting, special effects, directing of actors. Improvement of yourself as a moviemaker will reflect on the evolution of your movies from cheezy homemade videos only your parents could love to film festival award winning movies worthy of mass distribution. Never quit no matter how bad critics say your movies are.


Closing comments?


Thanks for the interview and... buy and watch my movies!


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