Your upcoming film Heir
- in a few words, what is it about?
It's a horror film, with dramatic elements. It's
about a story of a father/son road trip gone horribly wrong.
Logline: A touching tale of father and son.
After connecting with a
stranger of similar interests online, Gordon and his young son Paul
embark on an ill-fated road trip in which Gordon aims to indulge a secret
passion. Before the day ends a horrible truth will be uncovered and a
harsh lesson will be learned. Heir
is a monster movie unlike any other, it
is a bleak and fantastical examination of one of society's darkest taboos
that aims to stimulate the mind and wrench the gut with equal power.
How did the project fall together in the first place, and what did
you find inspiring about the story?
The story came together when Richard [Richard
Powell interview - click here] and I set out to produce our next
and final short film. Richard was explaining and breaking down to me this
idea for a short film, entitled Heir. I was pretty blown away at how
powerful and intelligent I found it to be. We both felt this was a great
short film to go out with, as well as giving ourselves new challenges by:
Using Kickstarter, working with Bill Oberst Jr. [Bill
Oberst jr interview - click here], changing our style.
As far as I know, Heir
is limited to a mere handful
of locations - so how do you go about location-scouting to keep the
locations interesting, practical and whatnot?
The film requires pretty standard locations, so it shouldn't be too
difficult to acquire them. I ask around, talk to my friends and/or family,
and if I still needed to acquire another location, I'd branch out by
networking and researching.
From what I know, Heir
will feature quite a few practical special effects. So what can you tell
us about those, and where do you see the challenges and also the
advantages of keeping it "practical"?
Heir will definitely have
some extraordinary and remarkable effects, all done practically. From the
tremendous team that brought you the critically acclaimed film Familiar,
Shop, consisting of Ryan Louagie and
Carlos Henriques. I feel the challenges of keeping the effects practical
is the time restraint, I'm always worried about making our day, and
getting all of our shots completed on the budgeted time we have. As well
as of course the finances for the practical effects. The advantages are
the authentic look and feel you get when you create your effects
practically. I'm never worried when I'm working with The Butcher
they do some fabulous practical special effects work.
as I know, you have cast Heir's two
leads Bill Oberst jr [Bill
Oberst jr interview - click here] and Robert Nolan [Robert
Nolan interview - click here] - why exactly them, and what will
they bring to the table?
Bill Oberst jr
I feel both actors will
bring their tremendous talent to the screen, having worked with Robert
Nolan now on two short films Worm
(2010) & Familiar
(2012), I am
certain he will bring what we need him to bring to the table for his role
in Heir. Robert is a very
talented and gifted actor who pushes himself to far lengths to achieve and
deliver what he feels he needs to convey in the character he is playing. I
am very honored to be working with a talent such as Bill Oberst Jr. and
from what I've seen, I have no doubt he will deliver yet again what could
be another Emmy-winning performance. I am very honored and proud to have
Mr. Robert Nolan and Bill Oberst Jr. be a part of what I feel will be a
very special film.
As far as I know, Heir
is still in pre-production as we speak. So how far along is the movie as
The script is completed,
most of the cast and crew have been attached. There are still a few things
we still need to lock into place, such as a couple of locations as well as
some the budget.
For Heir you will for the first time ever
take the crowd-funding route, right? Why, and what can you tell us about
This will mark the first
time Fatal Pictures will be using the assistance of crowd funding, via
Kickstarter, in order for us to raise the budget for this film. We thought
that the crowd funding route was definitely a great opportunity to attain
the budget we feel we would need. Also this is a great way to connect
further with our fans and give them the opportunity to help Fatal Pictures
create what will be our final short film, before stepping into the world
of feature films. There will be some phenomenal and very original perks up
for grabs. It's also a great opportunity to obtain memorabilia from our
previous films of Fatal Pictures.
Any idea at all when and
where the film might be released onto the general public yet (and I know
it might be waaaay too early to ask)?
We are hoping the film will
be touring the film festival circuit sometime in 2014, and of course
eventually on DVD etc.
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plan for Heir to be your final short - why is that then, and any
future (feature) projects beyond Heir?
stands to be
last short film before we move onto producing feature length
films. Mainly because we would like to produce full length films that will
go on to acquire proper distribution and be available for the masses, but
we feel we have one more short film to produce before our debut feature
website, Facebook, Kickstarter whatever else?
Kickstarter page: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1192170048/heir-the-final-short-from-fatal-pictures
">Heir Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HeirTheFinalShortFromFatalPictures
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Fatal-Pictures/192817417422570
Official website: www.fatalpictures.com
Official Twitter: www.twitter.com/fatalpictures
Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
really needs your help to make this film a reality,
contributions are GREATLY appreciated.
for the interview!