Your new movie Into the Mud
- in a few words, what is it about?
Into the Mud is about
the survival and greed of man, and how a confrontation of those can bring out the worst
the Mud basically revolves around a hunt - so in your private
life, is hunting at all something that appeals to you?
Not at all. I've never hunted in my life and it's something I
don't think I would be able to do.
(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Into
I think its kind of obvious that movies like Texas
Chainsaw Massacre or Evil
Dead were a big inspiration for me while making this short. I
guess I've always wanted to make my little tribute to them, always being
true to myself and putting my own stamp on the story, of course. I wanted
to tell a classic horror story, simple but direct. That was what I wanted
with this film and what inspired me to make it.
Do talk about your movie's approach to
horror for a bit!
I don't think
Into the Mud is horror
100%. It's more about tension and suspense. You don't have big scary
moments that would make you jump out of your seat but I think there are some
that will make you eat your own nails.
You're movie's also quite action-heavy
- a few words about that aspect of Into
Well, I guess you're talking about the
chase scene and the final sequence. It is the closest thing to action we
have in the short. They were the more delicate parts to shoot, and especially
the last one was really difficult cause we were in the water, but it was
a lot of fun and I would like to get more experience in the action parts
on my next projects.
What can you tell us about the overall
look and feel of Into the
This is my first professional short film, I've been doing a lot since I
was a teen but this project was special for me. It has been a fantastic
experience, I shared it with a wonderful team and I've learned a lot from
all of them. It has helped me to realize how much I liked this and
encouraged me to keep doing it for many years. I'm really happy with the
final result of the short.
the Mud's female lead is running through the woods in the nude
pretty much all through the film - so how hard or easy was it to find an
actress who's up for this, and what can you tell us about María Forqué,
and your collaboration with her?
Working with people as
talented as María has been an honor for me. She is one of the most
talented young actresses in Spain, so brave and professional. She knew she
was gonna spend two days naked surrounded by unknown people and she was
totally ok with it. She internalized the character so much that I
practically didn´t need to say anything. Her work has been amazing and
I'd totally like to work with her again.
You of course also have
to talk about your other actor, Ramón G. del Pomar, for a bit, and what
made him perfect for his role?
I wanted Ramon tot make this
role since I saw him. His look was the look, I needed him. He had
charisma, that bad guy look that I needed and, once he read the script, he
was totally on board. He was so easy and it was a huge pleasure working with him.
Do talk about your
wonderful location, and what were the advantages but maybe also challenges
The aesthetic was something that I had in my
head from the start. I wanted to make horror but I wanted it to be something
aesthetic and even beautiful and that forest and the river were perfect for
me. It's a location I know well, it's was filmed in a village in Toledo,
Navahermosa, I have a house there and I knew this short had to happened
there, so there were not so many challenges I had to face... maybe the
river part, we all finished wet!
What can you tell us about the shoot as
such, and the on-set atmosphere?
Everything was really
fast, we shot in two intensive days in midsummer. Despite the harsh
conditions there were no complaints from anyone and everything went great.
We were all so professional that everything happened how it was supposed to
happen. Maybe we should have had a little more preparation in advance but
things went well and I'm very happy with the result.
The $64-question of
course, when and where will Into
the Mud be released onto the general public?
guess that might happen, if everything continues as we expect, in 2018.
2017 is gonna be our second year travelling all over the world going to
amazing festivals, showing our work. If we continue as well as in 2016,
the release date would be 2018, I guess.
future projects you'd like to share?
I'm always thinking
about new ideas. In fact I've written a new short that I hope I can film
next year. I'm working on it now with a production company called What The
Film, so I'll let you know as soon as I have more details about it.
What got you into
filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on
I've always been a cinema lover, especially
horror cinema. That is what made me start filming my own short films when
I was fourteen. I majored in audiovisual communication and worked
on series like'Aguila Roja in Spain. Although my career in the last
years has been more oriented towards the fashion world, where I currently work
as a journalist and social media manager, I never abandoned my passion,
cinema. And that has led me where I am today, talking to you about Into the Mud.
What can you tell us about your filmwork
prior to Into the Mud?
I said, everything was really amateur, I've made a lot of shorts that
nobody wanted to watch but all of them have something in common, passion.
I was so passionate about all of them cause this is the thing I love doing
most in the world.
would you describe yourself as a director?
passionate and with a lot of things to tell yet.
who inspire you?
My top director would always been Wes
Craven, I love his work and I'll always do. I also love Rob Zombie's
movies and Fede Alvarez.
Your favourite movies?
is my favourite movie from all times and the one that made me love horror
movies and wanted to make my own. I also love Halloween,
Evil Dead (all horror
classics actually) and, you can believe it or not, Dirty Dancing, Ghost
and Splash are also among my favourite movies.
and of course, films you really deplore?
There are not
films that I deplore. There are movies I like more than others but if a
movie doesn't say nothing to me, I just forget it, never hate it.
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for the interview!