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An Interview with Rob Willey, Director of Dark Cove

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2014

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Your upcoming movie Dark Cove - in a few words, what is it about?


Dark Cove 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?


Filming 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.


What can you tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people?


I 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.


Do talk about the shoot as such for a bit, and the on-set atmosphere!


It 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.


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


We are just now starting to show it to distribution companies, so hopefully it will be out in the next few months.


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?


I've 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.


What 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 director?


I guess I would say determined.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


Oliver Stone, Stanley Kubrick, Scorsese, Kevin Smith, Polanski, Tarantino, Milos Foreman.


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Thanks for the interview and for your interest in Dark Cove!


Thanks for the interview!


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