Your upcoming movie Dark Cove - in a few words, what is it
is a story about five friends in their twenties going on
their annual summer camping trip on Vancouver Island, Canada. After
partying and taking magic mushrooms they meet a Brit and two Australian
surfers and things start to go seriously wrong!
What were your inspirations when writing
Dark Cove? And what can you tell us about your co-writer Dennis Willey, and
the writing process as such?
When I was growing up we went
camping every summer, also in my early twenties we would go do mushrooms
and go camping. I just thought it would make an entertaining movie showing
the fun part and then everything getting violent and out of control. I had
the outline done and I showed it to my dad (Dennis Willey) who would write
scripts when I was a kid. And he came up with some character and plot
idea's that really made a huge difference to the movie.
How would you describe your
film's approach to horror (as in suspense vs sudden shocks, atmosphere vs
all-out-gore and the like)?
There is definitely both a lot
of suspense and some sudden shocks. There is definitely some axe murdering
involved, which can get messy!
Do talk about the film's
look and feel for a bit?
We were going for a very gritty,
realistic look and feel. We just used the amazing scenery as the backdrop
to our story. We wanted to show the really rugged west coast of Canada.
With your movie being mostly an
outdoors film, what can you tell us about your locations, and what were
the advantages but maybe also challenges filming there?
outdoors on the beach and in the woods with such a low budget was
incredibly challenging. For the night shoots we would have to carry all
the heavy lighting gear and generators through the woods, it would take
hours to set up and would really burn out our tiny tiny crew. We got
rained out many times. It was tough man, we barely made it through.
can you tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people?
cast Eliot Bayne as Ian. He acted in one of my music videos and did a
really great job. For the comedic roll of Joey Deezio, I cast my buddy Rob
Abbate, although he had never acted before he was just the funniest person
I've ever met so I wrote the part for him without telling him and then I
forced him to do it, he stepped up and killed the part. We auditioned a
few actors in Vancouver and I was lucky enough to find Montanna McNally
and Cameron Crosby. I asked an Australian friend if he knew a giant badass
Aussie and he got me in touch with Ty Stokoe, and he was perfect for the
roll of Chase.
talk about the shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere!
was a really hard and stressful shoot. But everyone was really cool and on
the same page so we still joked around a lot and had a good time despite
the craziness of filming.
$64-question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the
We are just now starting to show it to
distribution companies, so hopefully it will be out in the next few
Any future projects beyond Dark Cove
you'd like to share?
I am working on a script for a dark
thriller that takes place in the southern states.
What got you into filmmaking in the
first place, and what can you tell us about your education on the subject?
always been a huge movie buff, and as I mentioned earlier my dad would
write movie scripts when I was younger and he would let me read them.
That's when I started formulating my own opinions on how I thought a movie
should be made.
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Dark Cove, and your
evolution as a filmmaker?
About ten years ago I read Robert
Rodriguez's book Rebel Without a Crew. I adopted his guerrilla
filmmaking technique and started producing and directed low budget
music videos. First on 16mm film and then on HD.
When it comes
to filmmaking, you have pretty much done it all: Writing, directing,
producing, editing, acting, ... - so which are your favourites, what could
you do without?
I probably won't be acting in my next movie.
I think it will be a lot easier to just concentrate on directing. I am
probably the most confident about editing.
We of course also have to talk about
your rock band Jell for a bit - so what can you tell us about that
aspect of your career?
We played catchy guitar rock, and we
jammed out pretty hard! All those years of experience organizing recording
sessions and booking our own tours all helped a lot when it came to the
production aspect of making this film. And of course all the music videos
I directed for the band as well. We have a new EP coming out very soon!
How would you describe yourself as a
I guess I would say determined.
Filmmakers who inspire you?
Stone, Stanley Kubrick, Scorsese, Kevin Smith, Polanski, Tarantino, Milos
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,
The Doors, Memento, Rosemary's Baby, Clockwork Orange, The Departed, The
Fugitive, and many more...
... and of course, films you really
I try to forget them
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever
Anything else you are dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
Thanks for the interview and for
your interest in Dark Cove!
Thanks for the interview!