Your new movie Urban Fears
- in a few words, what is it about?
the plot outline that we have for the film is this, most horror stories
take place in suburban areas, but these three teenagers are about to
realize that those are not the only places where these things happen.
To me, Urban Fears
is a bit of a loveletter to the horror genre as such - do you at all
agree, and do talk about your fondness for horror for a bit?
This is definitely a love letter to all horror, it is by far my favorite
genre of film, also most of my cast and crew’s favorite genre as well.
were your sources of inspiration when writing Urban
would say Creepshow,
A Nightmare on
Friday the 13th and the list goes on and on for this one,
pretty much all of the big horror franchises get a little tribute here I
Do talk about the film's three killers
and their designs for a bit - and did you write their stories with them
already in mind, or did they develop out of their stories?
all three of the characters represent a different genre of horror or
slasher film, for example, Camo is a mixture of
Michael Myers and
Voorhees. Violet Bale is a tribute to Sadako or Samara from
Genevieve is obviously inspired by
Annabelle. Some of their
stories were created before the designs were made (Camo and Violet’s
Story) and some were created after the designs were finalized
can you tell us about Urban
Fears' approach to horror as such?
this is a horror/comedy so I wanted to stay true to the horror stuff but
at the same time have a little fun with it.
Do talk about
your overall directorial approach to your story at hand!
was a huge influence in this film in many ways, biggest way is the
lighting, I wanted this film to look like a comic book, that way the
audience knows that they shouldn’t take this film completely seriously.
also responsible for the score of Urban
Fears - so what can you tell us about the film's music, and the
recording process? And what came first, the shoot or the score?
actually started scoring the film before we started shooting because I
knew exactly what I wanted the film to sound like. But there were moments
where I felt a track was missing from the film so I added one in. I wanted
the film to sound like an 80s John Carpenter classic, so the music in
this film is my way of giving tribute to Mr. Carpenter for inspiring me to
become a filmmaker.
talk about Urban Fears'
cast, and why exactly these people?
most of them are family and friends that were dying to act in the film...
no pun intended. But Shawn C. Phillips [Shawn
C. Phillips interview - click here] is a pretty popular YouTuber who
I’ve made friends with over the course of this film, he wanted to do it
because he loved the part of Ted Morris.
A few words about
the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
on-set atmosphere was honestly very fun this time, everyone was thrilled
to be a part of this film and loved what they were doing. Of course there
are good days and bad days but I would say being on set was overall a
question of course, where can your movie be seen?
film will be played at Landmark’s Ritz Five Movie Theatre on September
30th and may be played at a few film festivals in the fall, also it's set
for an Amazon Prime Video release in the fall as well.
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Urban
the critical reception of the film is pretty positive and the audience
reactions that we have been getting are off the charts.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
yes! We are currently shooting a series for Amazon Prime called Tales From
Six Feet Under, it is a horror anthology series with six episodes. Each
episode being around 11 minutes or longer, this will be our tribute to
Tales From The Crypt and also many others as well.
got you into making movies in the first place, and did you receive any
formal training on the subject?
since I was a young boy I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker after watched
behind the scenes videos of all my favorite horror films, I actually went
to high school for film, that’s where I learned almost everything I know
What can you tell us
about your filmwork prior to Urban
made a few short films that you could find on YouTube and also a horror
feature film called Night that you can find either on
Amazon Prime or POV Horror.
How would you describe yourself as a
would call myself a HORROR director, because I honestly have no interest
in jumping to any other genre, if I have a film idea, it is almost always
Filmmakers who inspire you?
Carpenter, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Wes Craven, George A. Romero, James
my all time favorite movie is Army Of Darkness because that’s the movie
that I say when I was a kid that made me want to look into filmmaking.
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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
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and stay tuned for Tales From Six
Thanks for the interview!