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An Interview with Chase Dudley, Director of Beasts of the Field

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2021

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Your new movie Beasts of the Field - in a few words, what is it about?


Itís truly a film about two people who are so obsessed with making their dreams come true they are willing to neglect the well-being of others to accomplish their dreams, and it comes to backfire on them hard.


How did the project come into being to begin with?


Every project when I think of doing, I think what hasnít really been done a lot and go from there. In the entertainment industry you hear so much about projects that werenít safe, so I thought if I did a film about a indie production that takes no safety procedures to try to get famous, and it backfires on them, that would be a interesting turnout.


What can you tell us about Beasts of the Field's writers Brentt Slabchuck and Gregory Blair [Gregory Blair interview - click here], and what was your collaboration with them like?


The collaborations with Brentt Slabchuck and Gregory Blair are very fun, we literally feed off each other's excitement, and everything is on the table and they arenít afraid to tell me if something doesnít work - I like honesty and transparency.


Beasts of the Field pretty much balances its horror and comedy elements - so do talk about your approach to both horror and comedy, and about keeping them in balance?


I like comedy in a sense but I think the best comedy is in a uncomfortable situation, and Beasts of the Field wasnít meant to be a comedy in that way but it was more in a way of being uncomfortable for them as they go along this ridiculous ideal that most people wouldnít do in their right state of mind. And the horror aspect - horror was always my favorite genre growing up, but I like the David Fincher approach which is real life situation thrillers - thrillers are the best type of horror cause itís a perfect balance between drama and horror.


What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?


When I direct a film I love to collaborate with my actors and crew, and tell them my expectations, and I like to hear theirs and thereís a open discussion of what the characters motivations are, and if itís with crew then we talk about the story as a whole and make sure everyone is on the same page with motivations, subtext etc.


Do talk about Beasts of the Field's cast, and why exactly these people?


I absolutely loved working with everyone and everyoneís process to bringing their character to life. There were last minute changes we had to make because of scheduling conflicts that I had to hire them on short notice, but they still did such an amazing job with character development.


You just have to talk about Beasts of the Field's rather breathtaking outdoors locations for a bit - so where was the movie filmed, what was it like shooting there, and how did you find these locations even?


I always wanted to shoot a movie almost completely outdoors - but after getting drenched in rain and falling nearly a billion times I will definitely pass up on that opportunity again, lol.


A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


The on set atmosphere - considering all the elements like rain etc the morale was incredibly good! I thought I was going to get cussed out cause of moving forward with all the rain, but everyone was in good spirits and wanted to help.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Beasts of the Field?


A lot of people responded pretty well to Beasts of the Field, but of course there was some confusion as well, a lot of people didnít really get the ending which was more metaphorical. But I understand how people can get confused, we didnít have as much time as I wanted to on this project cause we lost a lot of time due to the heavy rain.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I have a few projects in pre-production that I will be announcing in the near future.


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