Your new movie Curse - in
a few words, what is it about?
is a cautionary tale about who can you really trust and the potential
dangers of technology and how in the wrong hands, can completely destroy
With Curse being
a horror movie, is that a genre you're at all fond of, and what can you
tell us about your movie's approach to horror?
horror films! I've been obsessed with the genre since a very young age.
With Curse, the approach was to create a sense of horror that is
associated with the dark web. I think good horror always stems from
something tangible in the real world and the dark web is a very real
the project fall together in the first place, and to what extent does it
reflect your personal views on the "dark web"?
came together the first year I
moved out to Los Angeles. The team behind the film is a culmination of
people I've worked with in the past and new friends I've made in Los
Angeles. We really wanted to make something creepy and unsettling and we
saw the dark web as sort of an untapped well for inspiration.
all the main characters in Curse,
who could you identify the most with, actually, who the least, and why?
would probably say Rudy. Even though he's involuntarily dragged into
Diane's dire situation, he still takes it upon himself to help keep his
friends safe during the events of the film.
can you tell us about Curse's
writer Paxton Gilmore, and what was your collaboration like?
Paxton has been a good friend of mine for many years. We met back in my
hometown of Houston Texas where we were both working on different film
projects at the time. He was working on a feature film in which he wrote
and was starring in called Lars the Emo Kid, and I was working on my
first feature Midnight Abyss. We wanted to collaborate on a project
together for a while so when it came time to do my second feature film,
Doll Factory, I gave him a small part in that. Later, we worked on a
short dramedy called Remembering Jerry, which he also wrote and
starred in. Within a few months after that project, I pitched him Curse,
and he cranked out a draft in a few days. No joke. The thing I love
about working with Paxton is his writing is so "out of the
box." I can pitch him a very brief outline of what I'm
attempting to achieve story wise, and he'll take that and run with it.
I'm always surprised with what he comes back with.
talk about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
Curse, I really wanted to approach it as a dark, realistic modern age home
invasion flick. From the visual look of it down to the rawness of the
cinematography and overall pacing.
can you tell us about your cast, and why exactly these people?
in Los Angeles now, I'm surrounded by talented actors, so most of the cast
came from friends of friends. We had a very short casting process, a few
callbacks here and there, but most of the cast just sort of fell in place
to their respected roles.
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
was an absolute blast! Even though principal photography only lasted
for roughly 3 days, the entire cast and crew bonded really fast and worked
together extremely well.
$64-question of course, where can Curse
Right now, we're submitting to various festivals
and such. I'm hoping to release the film online for the public towards the
end of summer.
Anything you can tell us about audience and
critical reception of Curse?
far, the word on the film has been pretty positive! I'm looking forward to
seeing how Curse
fares at festivals and how the public responds to it as
it becomes more readily available to watch.
future projects you'd like to share?
This is a pretty big
year for me because I'm rolling out a few different projects. My first
feature Midnight Abyss will be available online for free at some point
this year. Wild Eye Releasing is putting out my second feature Doll
Factory in the later part of this year or early 2019. I also have a short
horror/comedy called Dracula's Coffin that will be coming out this October
and my other short Remembering Jerry will be out by the holiday season of
What got you into
filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the
I've always been into films and storytelling. At a
young age, I would draw little comicbook style stories that I would
re-enact with my friends. Eventually I got a hold of a video camera and
the rest is history. I've pretty much learned everything I know by just
being hands on and doing one project after another. Learning from my
mistakes and continuing to grow as a filmmaker and storyteller.
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
I mentioned earlier, I've done two feature films. My first feature,
Midnight Abyss, is a psychological horror film involving vampires. It was
really low-budget but a great learning experience. My second feature, Doll
Factory, is a horror/comedy about a small Texas town being terrorized by
evil baby dolls on Halloween night. I also directed a few episodes on an
award-winning comedy web series called 25 and Married. Then there's the
dramedy short Remembering Jerry which is still in post-production but I'm
hoping to have that out in the later part of this year.
would you describe yourself as a director?
I would say I'm
a pretty laid back director. I know what I want but I'm also very
collaborative with my team. Both behind the camera and in front of the
camera. As long as the story is being told the way I envision it, I'm
always open to hear different suggestions about how to achieve that
vision. Filmmaking is a very collaborative process and I feel you need to
be open to different perspectives.
who inspire you?
Of course guys like John Carpenter, Alfred
Hitchcock, James Whale, Stanley Kubrick, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino,
and Steven Spielberg, but I'm also really in to some newer filmmakers like
Denis Villeneuve, Shane Black, and Nicolas Winding Refn.
Your favourite movies?
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definitely gravitate more towards the horror genre. Especially 1980s
horror. Some of my favorites are the original Halloween,
Monster Squad, Fright Night, Jaws, but I love other
genre films like Terminator, Predator, Drive. I'm
kind of all over the place.
and of course, films you really deplore?
I'm pretty open to
all different types of films. It's really about if the storytelling is
captivating me or not. I guess I would say I'm not the biggest fan of
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