Your new movie The
Origin of the Species - in a few words, what is it about?
A serial killer, traveling with a little girl, happens upon the wrong
house and gets an object lesson in natural selection by the vampire he
tackle a different kind of monster in each entry of the
Forces of Horror Anthology Series
- so what made you try your hands on
vampires for The
Origin of the Species, and what do you think you're bringing to
the table that hasn't been tackled in countless other films?
question. As genres go, vampires have been well worn and retread
over the years. My approach to them, as in all the anthology films,
was to lead you down the path you expected to go, and then turn you around
the opposite direction, and all with the goal of blowing your mind. With The
Origin of the Species, we again give you the double whammy ending.
sources of inspiration when writing The
Origin of the Species?
Well the title refers back
to the Darwin book of the same name, which in large part has to do with
natural selection. We over-emphasize the human tendency to assume
we're in control and that our choices don't have consequences. This
film provides a fictitious yet somber warning of the principal of sowing
What can you tell us
about your directorial approach to your story at hand?
this film, we wanted to weave the complexity of the storyline in with
good old fashioned horror. We added a more complex fight sequence
than we had with Rawhead, and added some practical blood effects on top of
our visual effects. We wanted to grab you with the story, scare you
and then twist you around and do it again. LOL
The Origin of the Species
features a quite extended fight sequence - so
do talk about the conception of that one for a bit!
fight sequence we had worked on for a while. Since we knew from the
previous shoots the layout of the space, it was just a matter of plotting
the beats to cover all the plot points while providing some action
goodness out of our talented cast. We used bare hands, weapons and
even some vamp strength to get us where we needed to go.
cast is mostly made up from series regulars - so do talk about them in
this one for a bit, were all the roles written with exactly them in mind,
and over the span of all the movies you made with them, how did you see
The core roles were always written for the same
cast, but were all written before we knew who the cast would be. At
the same time we knew the age range and demos of the cast, so the
characters were written to fit that information. As we shot each film, the
actors became more and more comfortable with each other, and their
chemistry became very apparent by the last shoot. They all did a
You also have to talk about that great
location you've found for The
Origin of the Species, and what was it like filming there?
were blessed to have a very generous friend allow us to shoot all the
films on her ranch in Decatur, TX. It's a rather large place, as you
can tell from the aerial photography in The
Origin of the Species. It's awesome.
$64-question of course, where can the film be seen?
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The links below
will take you
the film is available for viewing on YouTube and will hopefully be showing
at festivals soon. For now you can see it here:
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The
Origin of the Species yet?
Reception has been
amazing. Everyone who's given us feedback has told us they believe
it to be the best film in the anthology, and I agree with them. We
were able to apply many of the lessons we've learned from previous shoots
Origin of the Species and it shows in how much improved it was over the rest of the
films. We're early on in the process, but we have big expectations
Any future projects
you'd like to share?
We are in development of our feature
project called The Zombie Effect as well as several other projects you can
see on IMDb. Our next short film is called Envious and is in pre-production. It stars Sheril Rodgers and April Hartman. We are
working on casting the male lead.
Your/your movie's website,
Facebook, whatever else?
Here is our website,
Facebook pages and Twitter.
Anything else you're trying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
No, I think you
covered everything. Thank you for the interview!