Your new film is called Worm. In a few words, what is it about?
Worm follows High School
teacher Geoffrey Dodd during the course of what appears to be a typical school
day. The catch is today we the audience are given access to his inner
thoughts. These thoughts begin harmlessly enough but as the film progresses it
becomes clear that Geoffrey is a sick, dangerous and disturbed man on the
brink of something horrific.
What were your main inspirations for the movie?
Most of my inspiration comes from real life, the headlines, true crime
novels and so forth. Although I have a basic faith in humanity I recognize
the fact that the world is filled with horrible people. Worm is my attempt
to paint a portraint of that selfish, petty and ultimately dangerous side
of human nature that festers and sometimes explodes upon us from time to
A few words about your
lead Robert Nolan, who pretty much carries the film [Robert
Nolan interview - click here]?
Robert was an incredible partner in bringing this character of mine to
life. I did my very best to create a vivid, layered and terrifying
character but it was Robert who allowed Geoffrey Dodd to walk, talk and
breathe in three dimensions.
few words about the rest of Worm's cast and crew?
They were all incredible and dedicated and this
film couldn't have worked
without each of their contributions no matter how big or small. Our DP
Brendan Uegama was an amazing collaborator and contributed so much to the
project. He is an extremely talented filmmaker and I hope to work with him
again. Of course I have to mention Zach Green [Zach
Green interview - click here] who was the relentless,
machine-like force of nature that kept me and the film moving full steam
ahead no matter what.
go back to Consumption, your first collaboration with Zach Green.
What is that movie about?
Consumption is a short horror film that explores the concept of
consensual cannibalism. In our film we are introduced to a man and woman
who appear to be on a nervous first date after a few weeks of online chat,
in reality the pair have met up to participate in an act of cannibalism
where one of the two is willingly killed and eaten. The film doesn't make
any of this clear until it happens so it provides quite a shocking twist
to those who go into the viewing unaware of the plot.
Zach Green, Richard Powell
How did you hook up with Zach Green [Zach
Green interview - click here] in the first place, and how would you describe your kind of
Zach and I first met in film school where he edited one of my student
projects. We formed a friendship and partnership soon afterwards. Each of
us has inherent strenghts and passions and together we are a solid
I've read somewhere that you plan a
feature-length sequel to the short Consumption. Is there any truth
to this, and if so, could you elaborate on that?
think at some point this may happen, there's plenty of story and character
left for me to explore. Right now my focus is on writing the Worm feature
which I hope to be our feature length debut.
other films you were involved in you'd like to talk about, any future
Pictures is about to begin production on a new horror short entitled Familiar.
This film is a kind of sister film to Worm in that it follows John Dodd,
twin brother to Worm's Geoffrey Dodd, but to an ultimately different and
much bloodier end. I'm very excited with how that project is coming along.
We have many talented people on board including our Director of
Photography, Michael Jari Davidson, Special FX artist Ryan Louagie and of
course Robert Nolan playing the role of John Dodd. We have also recently
be joined by Mike Klassen (director of the upcoming feature Abolition) to
fulfill the role of assistant director.
The other project Im busy with is the
Worm feature screenplay which Im
about halfway through.
What can you tell us about your production
company, Fatal Pictures?
Fatal Pictures is the brand that represents Zach Green and myself. Our
goal is to create films that say or do something new, explore stories that
haven't been told or tell stories in ways that they haven't been told
before. I'm personally interested in genre-mixing and bending so you can
expect a lot of that from us as well.
How did you get involved
with the film scene in the first place, and did you have any formal
I grew up watching films, reading comics and drawing so storytelling has
always been a big part of my life. My love of watching and reading stories
turned into a desire to create them, a natural progression I guess. I
enrolled in film school and just started practicing and meeting other
people who wanted what I wanted and loved what I loved.
Your films all seem to be of the horror
variety to some extent. Is horror a genre dear to you?
I grew up with horror and have a huge appreciation for it as a genre.
Horror is the most diverse genre and can be really be toyed with and bent
in many ways which is what I'm looking to do with my filmmaking. I feel
horror has been given a bad rep due to the over-saturation of plotless,
gore filled exploitation films but if you look back into its history,
horror is a rather intellegent, primal and complex genre. I'd like to see
some of that respectability return to the genre and hopefully I can be a
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who inspire you?
I'm a huge fan of Akira Kurosawa, Todd Solondz, Gaspar Noe, Michael Haneke,
Roman Polanski, and Werner Herzog. I do love the obvious ones as well,
Kubrick, Scorsesse, Tarantino.
Your favourite movies?
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974),
Seven Samurai, There Will Be Blood,
Paradise Lost 1&2, Aguirre: Wrath of God.
and of course, films you deplored?
I don't hate any films but
I'm indifferent to a lot of them.
Facebook, whatever else?
can find me, Worm, Consumption or
Familiar on Facebook
as well as at fatalpictures.blogspot.com.
Anything else you are dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
to keep an eye out for Worm and Familiar coming soon. Also to all those
filmmakers and lovers out there, feel free to reach out and connect with us
at Fatal Pictures, we are big on networking and the film community!