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An Interview with Mikel Ledesma, Director of Tinsel

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2013

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


A young girl's nightmare becomes reality on Christmas Eve.


With Tinsel being a "Christmas movie" (however violent) - does it carry any of your personal feelings towards the holidays (which might be a stupid question)?


Not at all, I love the holidays. But I would have to say Halloween is my favorite Holiday.


Besides being a "Christmas movie", Tinsel is of course also a slasher - a genre at all dear to you?


It is. I love horror films. I wanna be able to do something new and different with this genre. And I strongly believe I did that with Tinsel.


What were your inspirations when writing Tinsel? And with the movie's "urban legends"-undercurrents - is it based on any actual urban legend?


This is the first time I have heard it be referred to a “Urban Legend”. Which is really cool, when I started on Tinsel. I had just graduated and moved out, and I wanted to prove to my parents if you have a dream you can go for it. No matter what life has thrown at you. So I sat down at the table and the lady I took care of started to tell me about her nightmares she had when she was younger, and I took it and ran with it. And now we have Tinsel.


What can you tell us about the writing process as such, and your collaboration with co-writer (and star) Kensley Grant?


Meeting Kensley was definitely a blessing. I actually didn’t meet him until late December, when the original Matt dropped out of the film. And Hollee McMurray (Hayden) told Kensley about the part and he contacted me. His interest in my film was crazy. And I was really too busy to do a casting audition with him. So I kept postponing it, until one day he texted me and I just went ahead and cast him. Then he wrote me about helping out filling in some gaps in the script. And we went back and forth until we felt it was perfect. It was a really cool experience, with this being my first project and film. I was blessed to have such a wonderful cast and crew.


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


I wanted to go dark, and creepy. The script and the actual movie itself are quite different. I also wanted to make sure I built up the suspense, and caught all feelings we needed for the film. Because the movie had everything in it, drama, horror, comedy, thrills, etc. So I had to make sure I could capture all that.


Since I happen to know there are quite a few gorehounds among my readers: What can you tell us about Tinsel's gore effects, and was there ever a line you refused to cross (for other than budgetary reasons)?


Not at all, I wanted to go big! Even some of the deaths changed when we got closer to filming their kill scenes. The bottle scene was the first kill scene I wanted to do. But I just wanted to do the craziest kill scenes we could have done with the budget we were working with. My F/X team sometimes questioned some of the kills but they ended up giving in.


Please do talk about your cast for a bit, and why exactly these people?


I cast my own film, again I had no clue what I was doing. But we had about 100 people audition for the film. And everyone I cast just brought who they auditioned for to life. For the majority of the cast this was all their first horror film. And for some their first film in general. But majority of them have been in the series Dallas as well as other projects filmed in the DFW Area. Again I do not think I could have cast this film better, everyone in my eyes did great.


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


The shoot itself was fun, everyone on set bonded. By the time we wrapped we were a family. When I called “That’s A Wrap” it was a bitter-sweet feeling.


What can you tell us about critical and audience reception of your movie so far, and when and where will the film be released onto the general public?


The reception was crazy. Everyone seemed to love it. We got accepted into some film fests, we got nominated for several awards, we won for Best Special F/X. 

The film should be out in March. So be on the lookout for it.


Is it true that you are presently working on a prequel to Tinsel - if so, what can you tell us about that project yet?


Yes, Tinsel Part II: The Beginning is in the works. We are slated to shoot in April and the film should be out sometime this Summer. It will be about how it all started, where the nightmares came from and all that. The film will have some twists and turns. But I think everyone is in for a treat.


Any other future projects you'd like to talk about?


I still have my two feature films I am trying to film, but budget reasons are causing a delay.

Man on the Roof is a horror thriller.

Crazy&Beautiful is a modernization of Romeo & Juliet meets Step Up.


Let's go back to the beginnings of your career: What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


Being a director has always been a dream of mine. I received no training, I had no idea what I was doing when I filmed Tinsel, it was all a learning experience for me. But I think it turned out great. I just wanted to prove if you have a dream you can go for it. Just believe in yourself and aim for the stars.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Tinsel?


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I had no film experience, I was in a short film Try To Survive - I played the role of Robert.

But other than that, I had no experience behind the scenes.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


Rob Zombie & Quentin Tarantino.


Your favourite movies?


Horror films - I love them all. Remakes to sequels to prequels, I love them. I always tend to like the sequels more though. Lol. I also love the Step Up-series.


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


I wouldn’t say I hate films - there are some that I wish could have been better. But I enjoy films for what they are, because they are a pain in the ass to make. So I think when you start doing films yourself you have more respect for films. So anyone making films I respect.


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


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


No. Thank you for the opportunity.


Thanks for the interview!


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