Your new movie Bloody
Nun - in a few words, what is it about?
Nun is the story of a young nun sister Sally. She is living in sin
and sleeping with Mr. Shiva, when she is brutally murdered, and takes
her revenge on six unsuspecting paranormal vloggers or ghost hunters.
the two main topics of Bloody
Nun are paranormal investigations and internet fame - so what are
your personal thoughts on the subjects? And do you actually believe in
I agree that's a very good point. I tried to
capture those two topics in the film. Yes, I've actually had my own ghost
video go viral in the past on my old YouTube channel. Believe it or not I
found a ghost inside a haunted Pizza Hut! Google it and it will come
up. Yes, and also YouTube fame was the main reason I had the great Shawn
C. Phillps [Shawn C. Phillips
interview - click here] open the movie with his very well done cameo; he is one of the
first YouTubers I remember watching. All the characters in the movie were
based off famous YouTubers in some way, Logan (Logan Paul), Becky E (Jesse
V), and so on. I had the cast study YouTubers before we shot the film.
(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Bloody
Yes 80s and 90s horror classics such as Night of the Demons
(1988) and also YouTube was a big inspiration with the video vlogging
style of the movie, I didn't really get to as many vlogging scenes as I
wanted to in the film but I think I got the point across.
Do talk about your movie's brand of humour
for a bit!
My brand of humor is very pop culture! Clerks (1994) is the
movie that made me a filmmaker. I always try to stay true to that with
my dialogue by making the characters say things that I've heard people
say in real life. Also The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
was a major inspiration and I tried to create that with the lead
characters fighting back and fourth throughout the film and also the
You of course also have to talk about Bloody
Nun's approach to horror!
The approach to horror
was fun! We had a very low budget for this film, way lower than my last
film. My mind set was to get all these really talented actors and lock
them in a cabin in the woods with a fucking Bloody
effects were going to be way better, but our FX artist was unable to make
the shoot due to reasons out of his control. So I said we are going to
make some changes to the script due to not having the effects and were
going to make the best movie we can!
Now I think the place
you filmed the main portion of Bloody
Nun at is a character of its own - now what can you tell us about
that place, what was it like filming there, and how did you find it even?
the cabin! It was a replacement location, we had a big estate to shoot on
but a week before the owner pulled out of the shoot! In the movie business
the first thing I learned is that anything that can go wrong will go
wrong! So I found this great cabin on AirBnB and booked it right away. It
was very cool and creepy, it had like 20 chickens and ducks walking around
in the backyard . It was a good size property and I wish I've could have
used the outside more in the film, but it was raining the day of the
shoot. We also had a Ouija board on set, and everyone was very
scared to touch it! If you notice during the scene not one person
ever touches the board! The actors refused! After wrapping the film and
cleaning up I was the only left in the cabin and it was like 5am and I was
so tired I had to sleep there and it was horrible! I felt like I was being
watched all night and kept picturing the Bloody
talk about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
approach was to get this film shot! We had two days to shoot a feature!
One of the actors was only in town for two days and I only had him for a
couple hours the first day. It was about sticking to my shot list and
making sure all the scenes were lit well and the sound was great! I
believe in doing three takes and moving onto the next shot. I know my
actors are very talented and I just wanted them all to get a chance to
shine in the film and I believe they all did. I wanted to make sure we got
all the laughs and dialogue in the first 30 minutes so the rest of the
film could be a rollercoaster ride.
can you tell us about your key cast, and why exactly those people?
The cast were amazing to work with! Angie Hansen, Carl J Grasso [Carl
J Grasso interview - click here], Cayrem
Landt, and Matt Bruzzio along with Joe Schonbrun all returned from my
first feature Theater of Horror. Tim Thomson and Jessica Thomson
are stand up comedians by trade, but I believe they stole the
show and turned out to be amazing actors. Mark C. Fullhardt [Mark
C. Fullhardt interview - click here] was a main
stream actor and now I've brought him over to the dark side of B horror
movies and he loves it! Also Jen Elyse Feldy is an awesome young and up
and coming actress. Shawn C Phillips is an indie horror legend by
now. He has worked on so many B horror films and also big budget films
like Ghost Quake. So my job was easy as a director to have
such great actors.
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
shoot went amazing! It was the easiest film I've ever shot. Everyone and
everything just clicked on set. It was like the movie Summer Camp, I took
a moment to look around and I saw everyone talking and laughing on set. It
was a good feeling, and I also brought beer for everyone to enjoy on set
and it helped all the actors get loose while working late into the night. It
was a lot of fun. I'm like a machine while I'm directing, so its very hard
to stop and enjoy the moment but it really was a great time making this
$64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?
now the film is streaming on Vimeo, just search "Bloody
Nun" and it will pop up. It's being released on DVD and Blue-ray through
Sterling Entertainment on 11/23/2018 and also coming to Amazon Prime soon!
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Bloody
So far the early reviews have been great! I received one bad review by a
big YouTuber based in the UK, but that's a part of being a filmmaker.
Listen we shot this movie cheap, and I think we did a pretty damn good
job! I was given the task to make a cheap horror film and I'm proud of
what we were able to accomplish. People who watch Bloody
Nun need to
realize this film is a horror comedy and almost spoofing the whole demon
nun craziness that's going on right now.
Any future projects you'd like to
Well, I can't say much about my future projects
right now, but look for bigger and better films in 2019. Maybe a few sequels and also a remake of an old horror classic in the works! Plenty of
screams to come in 2019.
What got you into filmmaking in the first place,
and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
I've always loved movies! As a kid I thought of actors as the most
amazing people in the world! They were truly larger than life to me.
When I saw the movie Clerks, I said to myself holy shit, I
can do this! In 2004 I attended the New York Film Academy for acting,
and in 2009 I studied filmmaking at the Digital Film Academy right in
Hell's Kitchen New York City! The Digital Film Academy was a much
smaller film school but I truly was trained in every aspect of film
making and it really is a great school for young filmmakers.
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Bloody
I did a bunch of short films off and on through the years. I started a
full-time job and took up being cage fighter, yes really a cage fighter!
I missed filmmaking and one day I was watching Blood Sucking
Freaks on YouTube and I said I can make a film like this, and Theater of Horror was born. The movie was completed 3 years
later, and everything changed! I had producers contacting me for the
film. Once you start making features everything changes. I know the
horror market, and I saw some really horrible movies get distributed on
major streaming platforms, so I knew someone would put Theater of Horror
out. My gamble paid off! I made a little tiny bit of money on my first
film and it was a great feeling. To me the shorts films I did in the
past don't count, they were about learning the craft and helped me to
become a boss indie guerilla filmmaker!
How would you describe yourself as a
Focused! Fast and I know what I want! I also
believe in treating people with respect and kindness. I've met some
assholes along the way so I try to be a nice guy, but at the same time I'm
very clear on what I need and want in the scene. Three takes baby, and let's
move onto the next one! We got a movie to make!
Filmmakers who inspire you?
Kevin Smith is my all time favorite, but I also have two others, Quentin
Tarantino and Lloyd Kaufman all had a major impact on me as a
... and of course, films you really
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Thanks for the interview!
No, thank you for a wonderful interview and some great questions! Thank
you everyone who watched the movie. If you loved it or hated I'm still
very thankful that you spent some time in my world watching my film.
Thank you all!