Your upcoming movie Who's There? - in a few words, what's it
going to be about?
Well, it's about a guy who receives this strange, anonymous phone call
who is spying on him and forces him into delivering a package to somebody
he doesn't know in an abandoned building.
How did the project fall together in
the first place?
After filming my other short, Heartbreaker, my friend and
writer Matthew Clark showed me
his script and wanted to collaborate with me on it, and right there I
What can you tell us about your
screenwriter/lead actor Matthew Clark, and what's your collaboration like?
And how did the two of you first meet even?
collaboration is really good. We talked about how we're going to shoot the
movie, how it's going to be released and even compromised on some ideas.
We're looking forward to shooting this movie. Also, we both met on the set
of Heartbreaker. Matthew was one of my brother Christian's
friends, who hired Matthew to be in the movie, as I was trying to
look for extras to play high schoolers at the time, and after filming we
became friends and he showed me his script.
What can you
tell us about Who's There?'s intended look and feel?
this movie is going to be very suspenseful and it's going to have a
nostalgic Hitchcock-ian look, because I was inspired from his movies Psycho and
you can tell us about your projected cast yet, and why exactly these
Matthew wanted to play the lead, because that's how
he planned it, I already got the voice over role, Tom Gore, who's great at
villainous roles. Last year, he did another short called The
Protector, directed by my friend JD Mayo, and my other friend
Steven Hancock's fan-made Doctor Who web series. The stranger
character is still in the middle of casting, so I'll have to see this
As far as I know, you're currently running a
fundraiser for Who's There? - so what can you tell us about your
It's my first time running an IndieGoGo campaign and I want to raise $3,000, because I want to hire an
aspiring, almost professional film crew. I intend this one to be much
different from my last few shorts, where it was just me holding the
camera. This time, I want an assistant director, a cinematographer, a boom
operator and a lighting operator. I intend to take my filmmaking talents
to an entirely new level.
Once the funds are raised, what's
the schedule? And any idea when and where the film might be released onto
the general public yet, however tentatively?
I hope to
shoot on July 11 and I want to do a one-night only premiere screening in a
movie theater this Christmas as well as sell the DVDs containing this
film and my previous shorts. A week later, I want to release the short
exclusively onto VHX.com and a month later, I want this shown on public
projects beyond Who's There? you'd like to share?
plan to do a fan-film of the DC Comics villain,
Poison Ivy and
do a reimagining of the character. Despite already knowing her origin, I
want to do as much research of the character and in the comics and I want
to do my own version of her friendship with Harley
Quinn. I'm still
writing it and I hope to finish it by the end of this year or the next.
I'm developing a short romantic comedy as well.
got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
Well in mid-December of 2002, I
was watching the Tiny Toons Adventures episode Toons
Take Over on Nickelodeon, where Buster, Babs and Plucky attempt to
make a cartoon and I was 10 years old at the time and this really took me
at the edge of my seat. After that, I originally wanted to do animation,
because I've been drawing since 1996 and in 2005, I realized that my ideas
would work better in live action. So, I took up on that instead. It's just
that my ideas just expanded and I still do want to specialize in
animation. In high school, during my junior year, I received special
filmmaking training in TV production class in 2008 to 2009, where I
originally made my short On the Loose as a music video, but
three years later, I re-edited it into a silent short to avoid copyright
issues with the music. Then in 2009 to 2010, my skills advanced in TV
studio workshop class, where my last school project I made was my second
short Living the Dream.
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to Who's There??
I did a lot of
commercials and school projects in high school from 2008-2010. I
previously mentioned about my 2009 short, On the Loose and my
2010 short Living the Dream. In 2011, I did a short thriller
called Public Distrubance and in 2014, I did my recent short Heartbreaker.
How would you
describe yourself as a director?
Well, I'm more of a
visual, whimsical director, actually. I have the ability to make certain
scenes into something over the top and outlandish, thanks to two of my
inspirations, Tim Burton and Sam Raimi.
Filmmakers who inspire
That's easy. Aside from Tim Burton and Sam Raimi, I've
also been influenced by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
Your favourite movies?
Wars: A New Hope, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jaws and
... and of
course, films you really deplore?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Dumb and Dumber To
and Sex Tape. Are they kidding me with those???
website, Facebook, IndieGoGo, whatever else?
website (which I still have to update) -
VinSpin Films' YouTube page -
VinSpin Films' Facebook page -
Who's There? Facebook page -
Who's There? IndieGoGo page -
else I'm dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
on top of my head, really. No. lol
for the interview!
Absolutely my pleasure :)