Your new movie Beasts
of the Field - in a few words, what is it about?
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.
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
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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
I have a few projects in pre-production that I will be announcing in the near future.
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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
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Thanks for the interview!