Your upcoming movie Delusional - in a few words, what's it
going to be about?
Delusional takes place in a small town and centers around two young
nurses being stalked by a masked and black gloved intruder while pulling a
graveyard shift at the local hospital which is set to close that very
Delusional is described as a
"stylish hommage to '70s giallo" - so what do you find so
appealing about that genre, and some of your genre favourites? And how
true will you remain to the genre?
I plan to stay as true
as possible to the genre, although there are also slasher and thriller
elements to the film. Some of my favorite giallo films are
Deep Red, and
Blood & Black
Lace. I feel like there was so much heart and
drive put into those films which I feel is missing from recent cinema. I
want to bring that back.
Other sources of
inspriation when dreaming up Delusional?
really inspired by Dario Argento's works when deciding on the story.
Hospitals are a very ominous and creepy setting so I tried to add to the
creep factor. Many times I feel like hospital settings are just wasted and
aren't really crucial to the story.
you tell us about your co-writer George Snow, and what is your
George is one of the easiest people to
work with. He's very serious about what he does and puts his all into
everything he does. He knew from the get-go exactly what tone I was going
for. He really takes his time to delve deep into the characters and
understand their psyches. He brings a wealth of experience to the table so
I don't think there could've been another writer who understands the
ins-and-outs of suspenseful cinema as well as him. His feature, Us
Sinners, is available to rent on Netflix so you guys should check it
Do talk about your film's approach
to horror for a bit (as in suspense vs sudden shocks, atmosphere vs all-out
From day one I felt like it was crucial to go back
to the basics of the horror genre. I can promise lots of suspense and flat
out scary moments. There will definitely be blood, but not too much to the
point where it distracts from the storyline.
can you tell us about the film's intended overall look and feel, and how
do you plan to achieve it?
Lighting is an important part of
the film. I'm going for a very bright red and flourescent macabre
wonderland. Like a surreal painting come to life.
Anything you can tell us
about your projected cast yet?
I can't tell much yet as
it's not set in stone, but we have some wonderful talent auditioning so
far. Most importantly, our lead of Bridgette. She's a very dynamic
character that's going to be hard to fill but we've found some amazing
contenders so far for her part. I think it's safe to say that almost each
auditioner has taken a different approach to the character and they've all
worked very well. I think she's one that audiences will care about and
root for throughout the film.
As far as I know, your
film's still in pre-production as we speak - so what's the schedule, and
any idea when and where the film might be released yet?
of now, there is no set release date although I'm aiming for late 2015 at
the current moment.
future projects beyond Delusional you'd like to share?
have some ideas. I don't want to speak too soon but you'll definitely see
more projects after Delusional.
got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal
education on the subject?
I've been making small films with
my brother since I was around five years old. I've always been fascinated
by how much effort and time goes in to them and how you can bring any
story, any characters, and any setting you want to life. I haven't been to
any film school but I know a lot of filmmakers who have been a tremendous
help throughout the process and I can't thank them enough for being there.
What can you tell us about
your filmwork prior to Delusional?
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The links below
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As I said above,
short films, particularly in the slasher genre. I plan to take what I've
learned over the years and put it all into this project.
How would you
describe yourself as a director?
I could never compare
myself to them, but the best way to describe Delusional's style would be
Dario Argento meets Ti West. Dark, chilling, and macabre coupled with
suspense and terror.
Filmmakers who inspire
Argento, Mario Bava [Mario
Bava bio - click here], Ti West, and Wes Craven.
Your favourite movies?
Black Christmas, Tenebre,
The Texas Chainsaw
Massacre, and Scream.
... and of
course, films you really deplore?
Hmm... that's a pretty
tough one. I enjoy most films for what they are. Though I can't say I'm
the biggest fan of Silent Night, Deadly Night or Freddy's Dead.
website, Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
that the fans have some great rewards coming their way so they should be
on the lookout!
for the interview!
Thank you so much! It's an honor.