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An Interview with Paul Juliff, Director of Devil's Farm

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2013

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Your movie Devil's Farm - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Devil's Farm is about five young locals who set out to Ash Farm on a camping trip to make a small documentary on the stories that active devil worshipers are kidnapping people for human sacrifice.

 

Storywise, Devil's Farm has a certain urban legend-vibe to it. Is that at all accurate, and your (other) sources of inspiration when writing Devil's Farm?

 

Yes the movie has a urban legend vibe to it along with some truth. Paul seems to think there's truth and fiction, and the stories have been exaggerated as the years have gone by. My inspiration for writing my film is there were rumours that satanists were actually holding rituals where my film was actually filmed. I thought it would make a good movie.

 

You have decided to film Devil's Farm the first person/found footage-way. What convinced you to take this approach to your story at hand, and is that a style that particularly appeals to you?

 

I think found footage is a new and effective way of frightening the audience, because if the audience think that what they are watching is real, then it shocks them more and makes it more believable.

 

You have not only written and directed Devil's Farm, you also play one of the leads. So what can you tell us about your character, Paul Juliff the actor, and have you written the part with you in mind, and how much of yourself have you put intp your character?

 

The character Paul is basically the same, and I did write the character with me in mind. It made it easier to act and it was easier to write all the characters with their own personality. Kept the same names, and I think that with all this combined made it more believable. We are all untrained actors, so to play a different person and make it believable would have been difficult.

 

What can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Everyone I chose for the parts appealed to me in different ways. I needed innocent-looking people who looked vulnerable if put in this situation for real. We had Ashley who was funny, and his on-screen partner Nikita, the little innocent blonde, then Becca who was feisty and brought the drama by crying, then Warren who was big and funny, and me who just wanted footage no matter what the cost.

 

Devil's Farm was an outside shoot, mostly. So what can you tell us about your locations, and what were the advantages and maybe also disadvantages of shooting exactly there?

 

The locations were chosen by me because where I actually filmed it there were rumours of real devil worshipers in that area, so I basically told the cast this to add to their acting and bring more drama. Soon as it got dark everyone was really scared. I wanted to make it as real as possible and I wanted real emotions caught on camera. The disadvantages was the passers-by looking at us funnily wondering what we were doing, cos we didn't have a big team with us, we just had five of us with a camcorder. There's a wonder the police wasn't called.

 

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

 

The shoot was frustrating at times but we had fun. The walking and running through woods was hard going but overall it was enjoyable. The on-set atmosphere was great apart from Warren and Becca, who didn't get along at all. They argued constantly and in the end they quit and walked off leaving me with no ending to my film. Becca finally came back to finish it though, but Warren refused.

 

The $64-question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the general public?

 

The film will be released August 20th 2013, and it's out worldwide. You can pre-order it from amazon until its release date.

 

How did you get into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

I have always had an interest in films and filmaking, and I love writing. After getting turned down countless times I decided to show people what I could do instead of just writing it. I had no formal training, all my knowledge is self-taught.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Devil's Farm?

 

I have no filmwork prior to Devil's Farm, only scripts I've written.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Got a few future projects. Currently working on Devil's Farm 2 and another horror called Chuck Frowney about a clown.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

As a director I think I'm pretty laid back and organised. I've got a drive to succeed and that shows in my writing and work. I like to listen to actors input and watch my writing turned into action. There's no better achievment than watching your months of writing brought to reality. As a director I can visualize every scene in my head and I know exactly how I want the film.

 

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Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

I'm a massive Sylvester Stallone fan. He's my inspiration on all he has achieved. Me and him have a lot in common - except money.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

I love John Candy-movies and Sylvester Stallone. From Uncle Buck to Cliffhanger. I also like movies about getting stuck in the wilderness like The Edge starring Anthony Hopkins.

 

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

 

I'm not a big lover of romantic films or films with no meaning.

 

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

 

You can visit my facebook page via Paul Juliff and PJ Productions.

 

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

 

No, all the questions were great and it was an honour to answer them.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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