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An Interview with Mike Reeping, Director of Who? What?! Where?!? Wolf!!!!!

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2016

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Your upcoming movie Who? What?! Where?!? Wolf!!!!! - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Well, its a horror comedy set in a ficticious northern island town overtaken by some odd circumstances by werewolves. And a group of friends trying to survive the night any way they can.

 

Is the werewolf movie a genre particular dear to you, and some of your favourites? And how do you think Who? What?! Where?!? Wolf!!!!! will stand out of the crowd?

 

I have always been a fan of a good old fashioned monster movies, comedies and sci-fi. I just always thought they were very fun to watch. As a kid I was raised on An American Werewolf in London, The Thing, The Howling and all of those great early 80's movies. Who? What?! Where?!? Wolf!!!!! hopefully someday will be catagorized as one of those fun, scary, "Remember that scene when..."  movies we all love. And that's the kind of movie we're all trying to make.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Who? What?! Where?!? Wolf!!!!!?

 

A lot of beer (hahaha) and I just always loved the average person stuck in terrifying situations, survival stories. Did I mention beer?

 

What can you tell us about your co-writer Thomas Reeping (any relation by the way?), and what was your collaboration like?

 

Tom is in fact my older brother. He's a practicing veterinarian and a huge movie buff like myself so we always throw ideas at each other. He starred and co-wrote my first feature as well and is hands down my best writing partner because he has no problem saying "Mike, that idea sucks." Haha!

 

Do talk about your movie's approach to both horror and comedy for a bit!

 

Well, the way it's coming along, I'm trying to steer away from just throwing in random comedy shticks. I want any laugh to be in the context of the story and characters without it being gimmicky or throw-away, ya know? Which isn't that easy sometimes. So it's really a balancing act. The thing I always loved about a horror movie or going to haunted houses was the laugh after the scare. Like the "you got me!!" laugh. That's just fun to me.

 

You said somewhere that there are mostly practical effects in your movie - so you obviously do have to talk about the effects work in Who? What?! Where?!? Wolf!!!!!!

 

Like I said, I was raised on those old school monster movies and to me, you just cant touch the effects in them. Stan Winston was a god when it came to monster making. There's, to me, just something about those kinds of effects and that's what I'm trying (with a very limited budget and a lot of work) to achieve. Granted, yes, there are some impossible shots I came up with (I blame the beer) that will require CGI and other techniques but those are very minimal and not stand out. It was just tough to wrangle up hundreds of wild werewolves on set.

 

What can you tell us about the look and feel of your movie?

 

Well, the look and feel I'm going for, and me and my director of photography Roger Gelik are both on the same page, where we are using alot of slow pans, long shots  and static shots throughout the first part of the film, then pretty much all hand-held once the shit goes down. Really get the audience in the scene with these guys.

 

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

 

My key cast is amazing!! Seriously, not just saying this because chances of them reading this are pretty high. Hi guys!  But really, some of Pittsburgh's best, most commited, dedicated cast you could ask for. Nick, Brandon, Brian, Evan, Brandon, Torrie, and Tom have been on board since day one and very very patient with the shooting schedule as we all work separate schedules and try to squeeze in what we can when we can. Theres a huge level of improv and collaboration on set when it comes to some scenes and we all just throw ideas off each other to figure out what would work best at that time. If you ask any of them, they hear me say "trust me" pretty much all the time when filming, because I trust them and I direct as an editor so when I got the shot, I got the shot. There's just a really really great enthusiasim from all of them which radiates on screen and I could not be happier and love them all.

 

As we speak, Who? What?! Where?!? Wolf!!!!! is 40% in the can, right? So what can you tell us about the shoot as such and the on-set atmosphere so far?

 

It is about 40% shot and we haven't even started getting to the really really fun, bloody stuff which we are all looking forward to!  Like I said, the shoot's been going great, looks fantastic in the roughs and we cannot wait to push on. A lot of exterior shots and Pittsburgh in January isn't the best setting for a "autumn" movie so right now we're working on the interior scenes and the fundraising and editing what I have.

I like to have a very loose, relaxed feeling set because as an actor myself, those can be long days. So keep everyone happy, comfortable, and excited about the film! We always have a movie or sports on and drinks and especially in an ensemble piece like this, that's important for the off-camera relationshios to develop.

 

You're currently running a fundraiser for Who? What?! Where?!? Wolf!!!!! - so please talk about that one!

 

Yup! We are a little more than halfway through the fundraising campaign and its going good and couldn't thank those that have contributed already enough. Every dime is going to production cost. My first film was all out of pocket and that's just impossible right now so that's why we're all reaching out to fans of independent films to help us little guys. My first film has officially gotten a worldwide release date (May 10th, 2016) and will be in WalMart, BestBuy, RedBox, NetFlix, Video On Demand so anyone who contributes should be assured that I am not a 'fly by night" movie maker that abandons projects or just does them for fun. I want people to see these movies and hopefully, just a while, leave your brain at the door and be entertained.

So any donation is greatly appreciated by all of us and can only help make this one more bad ass!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/who-what-where-wolf#/

 

Once the budget's in place, what's the schedule, and any idea when and where the film might be released onto the general public yet?

 

The schedule is still up in the air as far as everyone full time job schedules, but we are all sticking together and doing what we can when we can. I would LOVE to have a big enough budget where we can all take 2 solid weeks off of work and just pound through it. That would be a dream to me right now. Unfortunatley, bills call. haha. I am looking for a fall 2016 premiere here in Pittsburgh then seeking distribution again on a worldwide basis. Already have a few bites on that so that's very very exciting!

 

Any future projects beyond Who? What?! Where?!? Wolf!!!!! you'd like to share?

 

Oh theres aways like 2 million things in my head that I'm like "that would be cool if that was a movie" - usually based on stories between my brother and I. He actually wrote a very very cool sci-fi graphic novel years and years ago that we always sneak into a conversation every once in a while. So if it were up to me, I'd like to do that one. But for now, I have tunnel vision surrounded by werewolves.

 

You got into filmmaking via animation, right? So what can you tell us about your animation days, and what made you pick up feature filmmaking eventually?

 

I love animation and it will always be my baby no matter what. I had a pretty successful series Justin T Nick of Time (which will always have its own place in my heart), then A Guy, A Fish, A Cat and a Movie! which had a pretty good run and solid fanbase. Problem with animation is, it is exceptionally time consuming, especially being just a one man show. So whenever effects shots come up, I use my experiences with animation and that makes them so much more fun for me to edit. My first film was about 95% greenscreen so every shot was pretty much an effects shot. This one, not so many. A lot of locations and as said, practical effects with lots and lots of buckets of blood.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

Ummm, I wouldn't say I'm a horrible director but certainly not an actor-friendly director. I don't mean that to sound like I hate my actors, if anything, its the exact opposite where they have so much talent in front of the camera I worry about the technical aspect of things. I direct as an editor, so I'm watching the performance and thinking of the cut away or whatever that will fit. I'm sure my cast is like "let's do one more take" but from my eyes we have the shot, or we don't so we make adjustments.

I saw a fatastic interview with Leonard Nimoy years ago and how he directs and he said (and this stuck with me) "The best thing as a director you can do is surround yourself with people more talented than you" - and that is absolutley absolutley true.

There's a huge level of trust between me and the cast and my director of photography that is really really working out great, for both my films, so I guess I'm doing something okay (plus I just feed them a lot of beer so that probably helps too).

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

For me there's Lucas, Kubrick, Spielberg, Fincher, Welles, and like 200 others but I seriously get inspiration from anyone out there doing what they want to do creatively. So to say THESE people inspired me is a little thin where I get inspiration from certain movie scenes, a song lyric, a funny commercial ... anything. It's out there pretty much all over the place. So I am constantly getting inspired.

 

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Anything that sucks

 

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Thanks for the interview!

 

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