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An Interview with Vincent Spinella, Director of Who's There?

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2015

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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 agreed.


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?


Well, our 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?


Well, 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 Rear Window.


Anything you can tell us about your projected cast yet, and why exactly these people?


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 June.


As far as I know, you're currently running a fundraiser for Who's There? - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?


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 and a month later, I want this shown on public access TV.


Any future projects beyond Who's There? you'd like to share?


I 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.


What 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 you?


That's easy. Aside from Tim Burton and Sam Raimi, I've also been influenced by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.


Your favourite movies?


Star Wars: A New Hope, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jaws and Blade Runner.


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


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Dumb and Dumber To and Sex Tape. Are they kidding me with those???


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


VinSpin Films' 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 -


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


Nothing on top of my head, really. No. lol


Thanks for the interview!


Absolutely my pleasure :)


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