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An Interview with Tobias Canto jr & Tyrel Good, Directors of Dorm of the Dead

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2012


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Your film Dorm of the Dead - in a few words, what is it about?


Toby: Dorm of the Dead is the story of a slacker-type named Will, who finds in a most unfortunate manner that his little brother, Cory, has come to visit him for the week. Lucky for both of them, Cory's visit aligns with the beginning of a zombie invasion. The two of them team up with a motley crew of students and together they attempt to figure out a way off this newly christened "Campus of the Dead".


Tyrel: I defer to Toby’s answer.


How did the project come into being in the first place, what were the primary inspirations?


Tobias Canto jr, Tyrel Good

Tyrel: Dorm of the Dead is about the rat race of college. It is about the necessity of college students to find themselves and attempting to grow up into mature adults, taking responsibility for their actions and for their lives. When Toby first pitched the concept, I thought it was brilliant because I just envisioned my early morning walks to class and seeing a sea of half dead students walking mindlessly to class in their p.j.’s. I thought, "This is genius! Why has no one done a zombie movie within a college context before?"


Toby: The concept for Dorm of the Dead was originally based on a series of short films I was writing to practice different genres. At the time I was learning a lot more about horror films from my best friend Nick, so I was intrigued in coming up with a script that combined all this new stuff I was learning. Nick told me something that really stuck with me as I conceived the plot, he explained that George Romero concocted his stories for the Living Dead Trilogy by looking for socially relevant themes that added weight to his films. For example, ideas of racism in Night of the Living Dead, affluenza in Dawn of the Dead, and military control in Day of the Dead.


It blew me away, because I began to see these films as something more than just another scary movie. I was living in the dorms at the time, and was inspired to craft a zombie trilogy thats themes would revolve around the challenges people go through in college. Issues of responsibility, identity, fears of the future, etc. Fast forward a couple years later, when my class decided to undertake the making of a feature film, I pitched the concept for Dorm of the Dead and it won. Together with my friend and fellow co-writer Mike Joyner, we fleshed out my original outline and decided that our focus would be on this immature young man, forced to finally grow up. Not only does he have to take responsibility for his brother and his new crazy cohorts, but for himself and the decisions he makes. It's a theme I think people can understand, some can relate to… just to a lesser degree and without the zombies haha.


I would like to mention that if there is one person who deserves credit as the inspiration for getting the film made, it goes to our Producing Capstone teacher Patrick Roddy, who couldn't have been more supportive and excited to see us take this project head on. He is an excellent teacher and a good friend, and we all are so grateful he allowed us this opportunity, while believing in us throughout the entire process.


Zombie films are a dime a dozen nowadays in the indie horror scene. What do you think sets Dorm of the Dead apart from the crowd?


Toby: I think for me one of the things that sets Dorm of the Dead apart from other indie-zombie films is its focus on characters and story. As you said, there are a bunch of these flicks out now, but what I seem to notice on a number of them is that their primary focus is solely on the effects, the make-up, the potential raunchiness. The one element that gets stuck on the back burner is the story and characters. For me, those two things are essential lynchpins to any film. Characters have to be the emotional anchor for your audience, they have to be people you're invested in. If they aren't, you're just stuck with another flick where people you don't care about get killed in awful ways.

Very early on when we were putting the project together, I expressed this with my class. I wanted to make sure that despite our limitations with budget to do crazy things, our story and characters should be engaging and interesting enough for our viewers to wonder and care about 'what happens next?' So, I hope, that anyone who watches the film sees the value in that, and enjoys it as much as we do.


Tyrel: This film was made by college students, about college students and completely on a college campus. Along with a strong focus on characters, which I feel is lacking in a lot of zombie and horror movies in general these days, this film expresses a lot of personality of our generation with its commentary on accepting responsibility and dealing with the transition from university adolescence to unsupervised adulthood.


Is the zombie movie a genre dear to you, and your zombie favourites?


Tyrel: Not particularly. Toby is the Romero fan. I like other horror films, especially older ones such as Frankenstein (1931), my appreciation for zombie movies comes from their ability to separate the audience from reality to enable commentary and discussions on social norms and tropes that would be uncomfortable for the audience to engage with in a more realistic context. Shaun of the Dead is my favorite zombie movie but I do really enjoy 28 Days Later as well. Zombieland was also very entertaining.


Toby: Definitely!! Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness are some of my most favorite! Shaun of the Dead was a game changer for me, not just in terms of understanding horror flicks but movie making in general. That movie is beyond genius!! I absolutely LOVE Dead Alive, I wish Peter Jackson would just make more low-budget horror flicks again! I love the Living Dead Trilogy and the remake of Night of the Living Dead directed by Tom Savini. I even love the Dawn of the Dead remake by Zack Snyder, the intro to that movie is one of the best intros to horror a film I've ever seen. It's a straight kick to the groin and doesn't stop. I also love how it balances all the voices of such a large ensemble cast. For that I have to give much of the props to screenwriter James Gunn (who I'm also a big fan of, Slither is AWESOME!!). Zombieland is a lot of fun, and even though purists don't say it is, 28 Days Later was definitely the film that jumpstarted zombies back into the public consciousness, brilliant film. There's just waaaay too many movies haha!!


Where there are zombies, there is gore - so what can you tell us about the gore effects in your movie, and about having to create them on a rather tight budget?


Toby: Logan Tobia (our make-up artist) is a genius, and we were so lucky to have him on set!

To achieve our gore effects, I would have mini-meetings with Logan each week and go over particular looks or details I wanted specific zombies to have. It was actually kind of funny/messed up because you could hear my enthusiasm when I'd be like 'Can we get a nubby arm? Bone jutting out of someone's leg? Maybe a missing eye or scarred face?' and he'd be like 'Absolutely!'

Logan is a straight up MacGuyver of low budget make-up, always doing his research, always thinking of new and exciting ways to make the effects work. His ability to make great things out of what he has around him, combined with the ability to improvise and constantly create new ideas were essential in making our effects work. I have to give a big shout-out to for being such an asset to the development of our effects. They have excellent tutorials on how to make great effects on the cheap. Check it out people!!!

One story that stands out in particular was when we were shooting our scene at the Football stadium. Logan was painting up some of our extras, when one kid mentioned he had a defect in his chest, it actually indented a bit. You should have seen Logan's face light up like a kid on Christmas, he immediately ripped a hole in his shirt and started creating innards in the spot. It's definitely one of the coolest looking designs of the film and a great example of Logan's quick thinking on set.

One coolest stories about the crew post-filming, is that Logan kept up with his make-up work and is now a recent graduate of the Tom Savini make-up school. So now his work is being taken to the next level! Can't wait to see what he does in the future! If you like his stuff, we even have a great tutorial on the DVD!


Tyrel: Logan [our makeup guy] IS a genius! Like any small budget, or in our case no budget, movie, you get creative about what and how to shoot scenes that a Hollywood movie would go all out on with special and visual effects. One of my favorite shots in the whole movie is just the interaction of shadows on a wall as one of the main characters dispatches a few zombies. It was at the end of a shoot week and we had run out of makeup and time, so we decided to do the shadow idea. I think it looks way better than what we would have been able to show with visual effects and looks way more artistic. I really like that Hitchcockian idea of implying rather than explicitly showing when possible.


How would you describe your directorial approach to the subject at hand, and what was your collaboration like?


Tyrel: My directorial approach has changed quite a bit since Dorm of the Dead. On Dorm of the Dead, I saw it as an opportunity to actually direct something of some scale. I have to admit it was intimidating but that was what I wanted to do so I decided I just had to jump in and learn in the trenches. In general it's all about relationship to me. I do not worry as much about camera work, I try to really focus on what is happening between the characters in a scene and help the actors relate to the character they are portraying and responding to. As far as collaboration, Toby and I worked very well together. It was nice for a debut project this size to not have the whole weight of the project on my shoulders alone and know that there was someone else with whom I could knock heads together with on a scene. It was definitely a fun experience. Toby tended to be the vision guy on this project since it was his story, and I tended to be the nuts and bolts director which worked out nicely.


Toby: My approach on the film, was to take it all one day at time. Like Tyrel stated this was something of immense scale for us, it was definitely biggest project I had attempted at the time. So when planning out our shoots, I focused on the aspects I felt were most important in getting our story across. The whole film was such an intense crazy learning process, that I honestly wouldn't know as much as I do if he hadn't taken the leap in doing it.


On my collaboration with Tyrel…There was lots of verbal fights and physical abuse.


I kid, I kid haha. Very early on when everyone in the class was deciding their roles on the project, Tyrel let me know he was interested in directing. I thought it was awesome because I felt this whole project had to be an experience where where we took a shot on something we truly wanted to learn. It was a great collaboration, we both knew what we wanted early on and made sure to help each other accomplish that. There was no room for drama and egos, just learning and filmmaking. Every week, Tyrel and I would meet up, go over pages and shot lists and this would help us organize our shoots. It also helped tremendously because we were both still balancing school and work with the film. So having a partner in crime to share the work load with was invaluable to getting the film finished.


How did you get all your locations to shoot the movie, and what can you tell us about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?


Toby: Casey Goldman (our Locations Director) is a genius haha! I'm gonna give ourselves a pat on the back because getting these locations was just the byproduct of solid producing. In the words of Robert Rodriguez, write to what you can get. Mike and I knew we were in school, it had several great looking locations, and we knew we could use our clout as students to get them. It then just became a matter of choosing the right places for the script and having someone with amazing charisma and determination to lock them for us. Casey was on top of this job from Day One and when she got us the Football Field, we were just ecstatic. Funny enough, the toughest place we tried to get was the main dorm itself. We ended up shooting those sequences in two or three different locations!


What can I tell you about the shoot and the on-set atmosphere? Pure unadulterated craziness haha. It was literally getting on the roller-coaster and going for the ride. We worked everyday, while still managing our other classes, and it could be very demanding for all of us. But everyone who participated in this film wanted to be a part of it. This was our final project and there was definitely a 'go big or go home' mentality, we were in it for the long haul. This determination from everyone, it made it easier for us to take on this challenge. Also there was great chemistry between the cast and crew. We made the most of each day, laughing and learning about this process together. In the end we knew this was gonna be a special turning point for all our education and careers. We've all learned so much since Dorm of the Dead I can't wait till we have another project where we work together again.


Tyrel: Casey Goldman IS a genius! Seriously, Casey, our location manager, just rattled on doors and did an amazing amount of groundwork to get clearances to shoot on all the locations we did around campus. As far as I know, we are the first film to get permission shoot on the University of Arizona campus since Revenge of the Nerds. We got to shoot in a lot of really crazy locations we never thought we could get like the football stadium and the library.


The on-set atmosphere of this film was extremely stressful logistically but there was a great chemistry between the cast and crew. There was a lot of jokes and horsing around between shots but it really made the whole endeavor more enjoyable and memorable. Most of the cast had worked together and were friends before since they were all in the Theatre School at The University of Arizona which made getting into a flow a lot easier.


Now that might sound like a stupid question since you've probably never experienced a zombie attack, but how much of your personal (dorm-)experiences did you work into Dorm of the Dead?


Tyrel: I lived on campus all four years of college and was an RA for three of those years, one in a high rise party dorm. I tried to pull a lot of influence from my experiences as an RA and a witness to the late night shenanigans of college students and put them into the movie. There is a lot of stuff that happens in the dorms and on campus that most people wouldn't believe and I have seen some pretty messed up and funny stuff during my time there.


Toby: Haha that's not a dumb question at all! Off the bat, the main dorm we shot in, was the dorm I lived in when coming up with the story originally. So it was a lot of fun seeing that come to life. Some of the character traits we're based on people I knew from school. Like the character Jeremy, I did know a political science student, who was a big fan of samurai swords. Jorge came from friends telling me how much they would like a to see a character just lay down the rules in a zombie flick. Naturally I made him a fan of comics, because Mike and I love comics. Writing the script, I just wanted to have a mish mash of personalities like you find in school. There's a character for everyone, in fact when we were coming up with the logline for the project it was originally described as The Breakfast Club meets Dawn of the Dead haha.


Aaron Sosa

A few words about your lead character Will, what were your inspirations for him, and what can you tell us about Aaron Sosa, who plays him in your film?


Tyrel: As far as the character of Will, I defer to Toby's take since it was his character. As far as Aaron Sosa is concerned, I don't know how we finished the project with him, but I don't know how we would have survived the project without him. Ha ha. Aaron is such a character and full of energy. He was always making everyone laugh and pulling practical jokes on set which enabled everyone to keep perspective and keep spirits high through the grueling shoot. He was great when he was focused but getting him and keeping him focused was a little challenging at times. We blame it on the crack fish [the Pepperidge Farm goldfish snacks] the cast, specifically Sosa, was addicted to during principal photography. However, I could not have asked for a better person to work with or lead the cast on this project.


Toby: AARON SOSA = CRAZY HAIR + CRAZY ENERGY + LEGIT EYE BROW ACTING haha. He was actually the last piece of the puzzle during the casting of the movie. I remember we had all the actors locked, except for our lead. We had some folks audition, but when Sosa did, he brought an energy and presence we all loved. I remember Chelsea taking out the headshots of Aaron and Ryan (who plays Cory) during our final casting session and we just sat there in astonishment at how much these two looked like brothers. I recall him having a potential scheduling conflict with his job, but he was able to work around it and I'm super grateful that he did.

The man is a complete ball of craziness 24/7, and he really helped lighten the mood when our shoots got tough. On occasion we'd get carried away talking about superheroes, Edgar Wright, and our love for Puff Daddy's Godzilla classic Come Wit Me, but he took the film completely seriously, and I can honestly say the movie wouldn't be the same without him.


I think one of the main inspirations for Will was just in creating a character that was gonna have to experience a lot of growth through the course of the film. He's relatable in the sense, that he's young, he likes fun, he's charismatic, but his biggest fault lies in the fact that if he ever has to deal with anything serious, he's out the door and gone before you can ever reach him. So this, combined with the uneasy relationship he has with his brother, were really intriguing attributes for me to work with when defining Will. I'm the oldest of five kids, so I know what it's like to deal with siblings. While I never treat them the way he treats Cory, I find their dynamic the most compelling part of the story. And at the heart of this zombie film is the story of two brothers, who are reconnecting through this insane situation, and I hope it's something viewers can connect to as well.


A few words about the rest of your principal cast?


Toby: You know I almost completely forgot this, but I actually worked with a number of our cast on a senior thesis film, called Dear Prudence, the semester before we shot Dorm of the Dead. I was so excited they auditioned with us because I loved working with them and thought they were all amazingly talented. I remember our first read through with the cast, and everyone was just having a blast. I remember my class being so excited because having all these guys and gals took what we were doing to the next level.

I know much of our cast had experience doing shorts, but I believe this was the first feature that any of them had been involved with. So it was exciting because we all got to experience this giant leap together. I have to give a ridiculous amount of props to all of them because they dealt with our craziness like complete professionals and were with us 150% of the way. They were all doing it because they loved acting and were ready to take on something challenging. Their enthusiasm really motivated my crew and I to finish the project and get it out there. I would work with them again in a heartbeat. So Ryan, Dana, Jon McClune, Mike Miller, Brian, Chelsea, Ashley, Jake Fey (thank you for saving our ass on 'Sean' day), and of course Mr. Shartzer, I love you all and wish you fame and fortune… NOW SOMEONE HIRE THEM AND GIVE THEM ACTING JOBS THEY ALL DESERVE IT!!!


Tyrel: Everyone on this project was fantastic to work with. This really was a collaborative effort and everyone really got into their roles and executed them beautifully. We had a variety of different backgrounds and experience levels in our principal cast and they all acted very professionally and put a lot of effort into the project and performed their roles beautifully. I would love to work with all of the again.


Dana DiRado

Dorm of the Dead features pretty much every college student character imaginable, from the jock to the nerd, from the "grrrl power"-chick to the "I don't care"-bitch, and everything in between. Which characters did you identify with the most, and which category of student did you yourselves fall into?


Toby: This is true, it is Breakfast Club meets Dawn of the Dead isn't it haha?! If I had to choose two off the top of my head I would definitely be best friends with Jeremy and Jorge. I absolutely love the hell out of those guys. Jeremy is the type of guy that would always have your back in any situation and Jorge and I could talk about comics till the break of dawn haha. In many cases I really understand Ian though, because of his optimism and bright eyed attitude. It could easily be mistaken for naivety, but I think he consciously chooses to not get overwhelmed by the heaviness around him.


Tyrel: I definitely identified with the sword wielding poli-sci, closet geek, Jeremy, played by Michael Miller. I partially fit into and have many friends in almost every social group of student represented in the film and can fit into a lot of social environments, but I really love sci-fi and fantasy and can geek it up with the best of them. Did I mention I like dressing in nice clothes and that I own several swords?


What got you into filmmaking in the first place? And any previous film experiences you'd like to share?


Tyrel: When I was five, I really wanted to be an animator for Disney. Then I realized I couldn't draw the same thing consistently over and over again, so I went to live action. I did a lot of film workshops through public library programs and made some short films for school using my grandma's hi-8 camera. My first real attempt at a film was a fan film of Indiana Jones. I shot it in my backyard with my siblings and friends. It was not good and I way overshot my capabilities and resources, but like every project I learned a lot from my mistakes.


Toby: It's funny as a kid I used to love reading, writing stories and putting on shows for my family and friends. I've always loved movies, I remember one moment in particular, I had to have been in 5th  or 6th grade, and I was in an after school program. A monitor was playing a movie game where she would give us an actor and we would give a film they'd been in. She dropped a lot of easy ones and then tried to throw us a curveball with 'Orson Wells', I immediately responded, Citizen Kane. She looked at me in shock and was like 'You know who Orson Wells is?' I honestly didn't, I just got into a habit of finding the TV Guide and reading about films, old and new.


I think this is when I understood what exactly I was passionate about learning. In high school, I was highly involved in theatre but when it was time for college I knew I wanted to do even more than act. So I decided to go into the media arts program, and expand my skills as a storyteller. Before Dorm of the Dead I had only done shorts, but as I've already mentioned, I was ready to jump head first into making this feature, and without the experience I had, I definitely wouldn't know as much as I do today!


Someone (I don't know who) has dropped a hint somewhere (no idea where) that there might be a sequel to Dorm of the Dead - is that at all true, and if yes, anything you can reveal about that one yet? If not, why not, and could you ever be persuaded?


Tyrel: I will let Toby field this one alone. This is his universe. I will say, though that I like the prospect of a franchise.


Toby: Haha WHO COULD THAT HAVE BEEN?!?! Well as I've already mentioned Dorm of the Dead was conceptualized as a three-parter. Funny enough, I actually came up with the idea of the second movie before the first, and still have all the notes and rough scripts for it.


The truth is I would absolutely love to do the sequel, but I don't want to touch it until we have a bigger budget than we did the first time around. I'm not saying we need millions of dollars, but it would be nice to be able to pay our crew, cast, Logan for his make-up work, and not feel like we're running by the seat of our pants on set. It would also allow us to make the sequel the epic story it deserves. And as a team of producers, my class and I learned so much from making the first film that we know how to spend wisely and stretch our dollars. So if any producers see potential in the film and its franchise, please call us up, we got a lot more story to tell and so many more brains needin' to be eaten haha. For those interested in a story tidbit, let's just say there's a few surprises involving some of your favorite characters from the first film, living and non-living!


Any (other) future projects you'd like to talk about?


Tyrel: I am just finishing post production on a sci-fi web series that I directed with a Tucson based company called RobEric Media, LLC which should be released later this spring. I am currently in pre-production on two more sci-fi web series projects with another Tucson based company, Picture Arizona, LLC. At this time, I cannot say more about the storyline on these projects but I am very excited by the story and concept for both of them.


Toby: A couple years after Dorm of the Dead, I produced another feature film, Summertime Killers, which is a pseudo-autobiographical portrayal of suburban drug culture. My friend Gary Sundt wrote and directed the film, everything's wrapped except for the sound mix and we're hoping to hit the festival circuit this year. I'm very proud of how it turned out.

Currently I'm working with a sketch comedy group called Tea Time For Felines and we're posting stuff all the time. We have two web shows we're planning to premiere in the coming months, The Art of Acting with Marc Hemoglobin and Down & Out. I'm getting ready to produce another feature from my friend Danny Ayoub, a Cronenbergian body-horror flick with elements from Tales From The Crypt called Bad Habits. PURE INSANITY haha. On my own projects, I'm gearing up to shoot a short I wrote, called Group Session. It's a comedy involving the classic Universal Monsters, very fun. I'm also writing a comic book called, The Eccentric Escapades of Plane Jane and another feature about two friends on a road trip searching for stories that really matter.


Directors who inspire you?


Toby: Oh man that's like asking me what my favorite movie is! I have quite a number of directors I admire: Terry Gilliam, Luc Besson, Spielberg, sometimes Spielbergo, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, Frank Darbont, Guillermo Del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, Jon Faverau, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Everyone at PIXAR, Sam Peckenpah, Michel Gondry, and the list goes on…


Up and comers: Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, Duncan Jones, Joe Cornish (For the love of God people, GO SEE Attack The Block) Neil Blomkamp


Tyrel: There are several, but some of my favorites, or those I seem to associate with most in film philosophy would be: Frank Capra for his optimism and humor; Edward Zwick for his social commentary; Christopher Nolan for his focus on human nature issues and finding the relateable aspects of even superhero subjects; David Fincher for his unique vision and artistic handling of distasteful but important subjects; and Ridley Scott for his ability to create immersive worlds. I have others I take inspiration from but we will leave it at that.


Your favourite movies?


Tyrel: Lord of the Rings and Disney's Beauty and the Beast are my absolute favorites. Both inspire me as a human and a filmmaker in their craft, art, and efficiency in storytelling. Some of my other favorites include: Gladiator, Inception, Moneyball, Ratatouille, The Incredibles, and The Social Network. I am a huge Aaron Sorkin fan. I love listening to the dialogue in his movies. So fast and so witty.


Toby:  Ahhhh you did ask what my favorite movie is haha! Some of my favorites include: Leon: The Professional, The Royal Tenenbaums, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, Ghostbusters, Children of Men, Big Trouble In Little China, Indiana Jones trilogy, The Fisher King, Army of Darkness, The Devil's Backbone, The Incredibles, Wall-E, Princess Mononoke, Shaun of the Dead, District 9, The Monster Squad, all the classic Universal Monster movies (still incredibly relevant!), the new Marvel Studios movies make me the happiest person ever…Too many movies!!!


... and of course, films you really deplore?


Tyrel: Unapologetically the Twilight-series. I love monster movies and mythology and I don't like seeing that mythology unabashedly eviscerated. Twisted and reimagined (e.g. Underworld), yes. But sissified and mutilated, no. And it makes me mad that so many people will not admit how bad it is as a movie. There are several guilty pleasure movies that I have, but I admit that they are not "good" movies or at least not well crafted. I can accept the fact that people like that series, I even understand why they like it, but don't try to defend them as good movies.


Toby: I was incredibly disappointed with the Van Helsing movie starring Hugh Jackman - it is such a genius concept for a movie that was ultimately executed terribly. And I LOVE The Mummy remake. The script was AWFUL, the CGI was so overdone and cheesy that nothing on-screen was believable. When the credits rolled, I couldn't believe they lost their chance at developing one awesome franchise.


I will say I'm not running to the theater any time soon to see Battleship (and I love The Rundown), Monopoly, Candy Land, Jenga, or any other film based on a story-less board game either.


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


Toby: You can get updates or info on the film, from our Dorm of the Dead Facebook page and official website: .


The trailer and official site for Summertime Killers is located here:  & .


The Tea Time For Felines YouTube Page:


And the links to my personal PopArtPictures Banner: . It's kind of empty right now, but that will be changing soon.


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Tyrel: I think I’ve prattled on enough. I will say this, however. Just as our characters in Dorm of the Dead are learning to become adults, we as filmmakers were learning how to do what we do through the making of this film. Dorm of the Dead is not a perfect film by any means, but it is and was intended to be a fun film and one that all zombie and horror fans can enjoy. For those of you who are wanting to be filmmakers or are interested in the process, we also tried to use the DVD as an archive tool as well, with makeup tutorials, cast and crew commentaries, and a special effects feature to show how we, as low-budget filmmakers, problem solved and creatively used limited resources at our disposal to get this film made.


Toby: I completely agree with Tyrel on every point. Dorm of the Dead was such a crazy experiment, and there are things that work and things that don't, but in the end it's a complete labor of love from everyone who made it. And I hope for anyone who watches it, they see all the work and enthusiasm put into it. If you dig the film, tell your friends and let us know on our FB page!

For those who desire to be a filmmaker, the one piece of advice I can give, is actually something Roger Corman [Roger Corman bio - click here] told our department during a Q and A session. "If you want to learn how to be a producer, produce a film. If you want to learn how to be a director, direct a film. If you want to learn how to make movies, make a movie." It's scary, and a lot of trial and error folks, but it's with every mistake you learn how to hone your skills and your craft into something better. So go out, be inspired, and tell a good story.


Thanks for the interview!


Toby: Thank you so much for the opportunity!


Tyrel: Thank you.


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