Your upcoming movie House Shark - in a few
words, what is it about?
Simply it's Jaws in a house... lol - basically this guy Frank
finds his house under attack by a strange creature he eventually learns is
called a House Shark. He sets out to reclaim his home with the
world's only House Shark expert, Zachary, and a grizzled old real estate
agent, named Abraham, who had a run in with the beast years earlier.
Now I don't think I'm giving
too much away saying House Shark was somehow inspired by Jaws
- so what was the basic idea to bring that movie's story to a very
A few years ago, we were going through this
long spell of freezing temperatures in Central NY. All this ice
formed on my roof and when it would crack it would make these loud booming
noises. I joked about it on Facebook and made a joke about
zombies being on the roof. Then thought zombies in a house - like
stuck inside the house. Then thought I didn't want to do zombies,
but what about a shark? I was really trying to think of an idea for
a shark movie around the same time, and it just came together.
Other sources of inspiration when
dreaming up House Shark?
Really it's mainly Jaws,
but given it is House Shark, it can only be so serious you
know? There's scares in it but in a sense it's a homage to B-movies
in general as well as that classic movie.
From what I know, you
want to go all practical effects with House Shark - so do elaborate
on that aspect of your movie!
Well as much as possible.
I'd like to do a monster along the lines of the one in The Deadly
Spawn, but still working out the details with the FX guy Marcus Koch [Marcus
Koch interview - click here]. I'm hoping it is mainly a puppet of sorts, like that creature
was, as seemingly realistic as possible, but we have considered the option
of someone being inside to control it as well.
What can you tell us about
the intended overall look and feel of House Shark yet?
trying to make it as cinematic looking as possible, shooting 4k and
renting the best lenses we can afford. I'm going for longer takes
and letting the actors do their thing while moving organically within the
shots... and from there adjusting them and the camera and reframing as
needed to keep it visually interesting.
you can tell us about your movie's projected cast yet?
the main leads... I don't like to reveal roles until they've been shot in
case of changes. Wes Reid, who starred in my movie Clay,
and has a fantastic range of characters he can play, is
Abraham. Trey Harrison who was my main villain in
She Kills plays Frank, and he's a great natural actor.
Michael Merchant who was in
She Kills and Empire State
of the Dead is great with comedy and over the top characters.
He adds a lot to the roles with his own ideas. I'm happy to be working
with all three of them again, and for the first time with all three of
them as leads in the same project.
far as I know, House Shark is still in its fundraising stages as we
speak - so do talk about your campaign for a bit!
we've raised about $1000 so far at just under a week in, so good start but
obviously a long ways to go still. I know a lot of people have told
me they will be grabbing a perk but I definitely need to keep spreading
the word and keeping people aware of it. There's a lot of releases
out there and a lot of crowdfunding campaigns, so the market is packed and
you have to do what you can to stay separated from the pack. I also
tried something a bit different on this one in that I'm offering up copies
She Kills and/or House Shark as perks.
the budget's in place, what's the schedule ... and any idea when and where
the film might be released onto the general public yet (and I do realize
it's waaaay too early to ask of course)?
We shoot a week in
March to test the monster FX and shoot some key scenes in the house.
Then we have 2 weeks in August were we should be able to wrap up principal
photography. We were originally going to shoot the rest in June but
my producer, Jonathan Straiton, his wife is expecting a baby at the
beginning of July so he asked if we could delay it a bit, and of course
I'd accommodate that, lol. I'd like to have it done and the fundraiser
copies in the mail by August 2017.
Any future projects
beyond House Shark you'd like to share?
what, I'm never sure what will be next. I have so many projects written
out or partially written out. I have Empire State of the
Dead basically all done and premiering in 2016 at some point.
I did that one between
She Kills and House Shark
and it was more serious. I don't want to roll from crazy, funny
horror movie to crazy, funny horror movie or I'll feel like I'm just
making the same movie, so whatever I do next will probably be a LOT more
movie's website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?
you're dying to mention that I've merely forgotten to ask?
while you're checking out House Shark take a look at our other
trailers on YouTube, like for
She Kills, and please help
spread the word so we can hit our budget, thanks!
Also, do watch the House Shark trailer here:
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