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An Interview with Seth Breedlove, Director of Terror in the Skies

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2019

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Your new film Terror in the Skies - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Terror in the Skies is about the centuries worth of sightings by average people of extraordinary things in the sky over the state of Illinois. Or to simplify that somewhat, itís about giant, winged creatures not known to actually exist yet that are somehow being seen none-the-less.

 

What drew you to Terror in the Skies' subject matter in the first place, how did you even learn about it?

 

I was drawn initially to the stories coming out of Chicago of a Mothman-like being, but once I started diving into that particular story I found all these other accounts of sky-born creatures that captured my imagination. I believe the Lawndale incidents of 1977 and the Alton sightings from the 1940s were what really intrigued me about making a movie like this.

 

What can you tell us about your research prior to shooting Terror in the Skies?

 

I spoke with a number of researchers and investigators leading up to the making of the film, along with various eyewitnesses. We originally had four witnesses lined up to appear in the film but lost two along the way; something that isnít all that unusual for us.

 

How would you describe your directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

Well, on this one I found that the bulk of my ďdirectingĒ came in to play very late in the game. We had Zac Palmisano and Santino Vitale handling the cameras on this one so it was my job to just make sure everything ran smoothly during principle photography and then do the heavy lifting story-wise in the edit. Honestly, at this point (8 movies in) the primary crew all kinda know our job and the look and tone of the film are all we really get into creatively. Itís very much a collaborative process when it comes to working with Zac, especially.

 

Do talk about your interviewees in your movie for a bit!

 

Well, the film belongs to Troy Taylor and Loren Coleman who act as guides through the whole story, as well as through the geography of the state. Theyíre both authors and they both were born and raised in Illinois so they were decided on pretty much from day one as being the main ďcharactersĒ.

 

Outside of them you have cryptozoologists like Ken Gerhard and paranormal investigators like Allison Jornlin and Tobias Wayland along with authors Chad Lewis and Kevin Nelson. They are there to help explain what is a very widespread, unwieldy subject.

 

Then our eyewitnesses are Kyle Danhausen and Jeff Beyers. Both have seen distinctly different types of flying cryptids but the experiences affected their lives in a way that still resonates today.

 

What can you tell us about the shoot(s) as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

This was by far the easiest shoot weíve had. Iím not sure why that is other than the fact that we shot two of the interviews in Point Pleasant prior to the principle photography shoot in Illinois. That kept the workload low in terms of shooting interviews which tends to be the most intense part of one of our shoots. But, the actual shoot itself consisted of a lot of driving from point a to point b and really trying to capture shots that were not just unique or beautiful or scary but that were evocative of the state of Illinois itself.

 

The only shooting we did after we left Illinois was back in Ohio where I filmed the opening prologue. That scene was done in about a day and a half of filming and Iím really quite proud of how it turned out.

 

You are very objective in Terror in the Skies, propose many different explanations for all the flying creature phenomena of Illinois - so what do you think is the most likely cause for them all?

 

Oh personally, something like a thunderbird is very believable to me. We see examples of gigantism in known animals and even human beings so why not rare occasions where a bird might also be born that is abnormally large? As far as pterodactyls and the MothmanÖ I have no idea. I WANT them to be real but they make no sense scientifically. However, we donít know everything and the point of the whole dang movie comes down to the fact that we donít know everything and should set out to find new discoveries so I wonít just write that stuff off. Especially when very believable witnesses are claiming to encounter it.

 

Do talk about audience and critical reception of Terror in the Skies?

 

The response has been phenomenal. To be totally transparent, this was sort of a passion project for me, and one that I assumed would have very little success financially. Due mostly to the fact that the subject is under-the-radar for most people. That hasnít been the case though and itís shaping up to be one of our most successful films to-date. Iím really happy with the way the film turned out and the response thus-far. And itís just getting started! Once it widens to Amazon Prime the audience will be much larger than it is now so weíre excited to see how that audience reacts to it.

 

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We begin filming On the Trail of UFOs in a couple weeks in Nevada and Arizona. That project will be out in Late 2020. Our next film is called MOMO: The Missouri Monster, and itís a drive-in homage to 70s Bigfoot films, while also being a very straightforward documentary. 

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

smalltownmonsters.com and facebook.com/smltownmonsters

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

Not really. If people like our stuff they can be a part of it by helping fund our films on Kickstarter each year around February. The 2020 Kickstarter will be our five year anniversary so itíll be a big one!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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