Your upcoming movie How to Make a Deal with the Devil - in a
few words, what is it about?
The movie is about a group of degenerates attempting
to make a deal with the devil.
What can you
tell us about your writing partners, and what was your collaboration like?
writing partners were mainly the actors. I do a script first but rely
heavily on them to each contribute their own sense of humor in it. It is
very important that I involve the actors in the process. Comedy is really
talk about How to Make a Deal with the Devil's brand of
comedy, and to what extent does it comply with your personal sense of
I love sarcastic, sometimes politically incorrect
comebacks. Randomness plays a huge role in my sense of humor and I
particular love embarrassing and awkward situations.
What can you tell us about the film's look and
feel as such?
always loved the whole 1920s look and feel to it. Even though I shot it
deep in the caves where I built the sets to look like hell, I treated the
film so it has a vintage look to the final color process. In terms of
pacing, I shot it so it would look like a vintage TV game show.
Importantly, the look and feel of the movie has to convey ‘fun’.
Shannen Doherty as Satan - why her, and
how did you get her?
Cullen Bressack [James
Cullen Bressack interview - click here], who is a close friend of mine heard about the project and
that I was casting, immediately asked what I thought of her. He was the
one that put it all together and it really turned out perfect. We had
other options, but his suggestion was bar none. It’s
interesting because I was able to design the look and feel of Satan around
What can you tell us about the rest
of your cast, and why exactly these people?
Anna Harr, Zack
Ward [Zack Ward interview - click
here] and Matthias Hues are the main cast in the film.
Anna Harr has always
been my little starlet. We first worked together on Bedlam Stories
[Bedlam Stories interview -
click here] and
eventually as I got to spend more time with her and her family, I was able
to realize how malleable she is an actress. She also has an amazing sense
of humor, something which was easy for me to write in.
Zack Ward played
Scut Farkus in A Christmas Story and Dave in Titus was obviously cast
because of being a veteran of comedy. I discussed with him most in length
about the pacing and feel of the movie.
Matthias Hues was cast because
of his very unique style and brand of his personality. I just enjoy
casting such a legendary action hero as a bored servant of Satan. That
to me, was hilarious for my own personal reasons.
Victoria Christina Vega, Cuffs, Anna Harr, Zack
Ward, Jennifer Scott
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
shoot was very intense. Especially shooting in the caves. Limestone was
all over so walkies did not work. We ended up having to hike
up and down within the caves and people were exhausted. We had to carry
equipment piece by piece and built the 11 foot throne inside the cave as
there was no way for us to bring it down through several small crevices.
The crew worked really hard and the night shoots do take a toll on the
actors. But we ended up pulling through in the end.
$64-question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the
bucks?! Ha! Once the film is finished, we’ll deliver it to
Red Sea Media who will be selling the film. The actual date will be dependent
on the distributor, not me. But we are hoping as soon as possible.
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Any future projects beyond How
to Make a Deal with the Devil you'd like to share?
in the middle of pre-production for my project, The Curse of Sleeping
Beauty. It’s a modern day re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty
Bleiberg Entertainment will be producing the film to be shot in early
November. Very excited about jumping back into the director’s chair for
a horror feature. It’s been quite a while as I’ve been producing the
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