Your new movie Acorn
- in a few words, what is it about?
a dying genre filmmaker gets one last chance to make a movie. It goes Ö
What were your sources of inspiration when writing Acorn,
and is any of this based on personal experiences?
grew out of this idea I couldnít shake. That idea, weirdly enough, is a
man-eating tree. From that seed, the movie grew up and through my own
experiences making tiny movies. And also through my fatherís death from
brain cancer a few years back.
the last question somewhat on its head, as a filmmaker, to what degree
could you identify with Chloe and the hardships she's going through to
make her movie?
identify with them 100 percent, because theyíre my own struggles. Making
any movie is hard. Making a small movie when time is short and your soul
is on the line Ö well, thatís even harder.
Since the film-within-the-film is a
horror western, are these genres especially dear to you?
I imagine every director has a western in them, yeehawing to get out.
Westerns are almost always bad ideas, as filmmakers love them more than
audiences do. But Iíve never really given a damn about my audience, so
whatís stopping me? I sweetened the Western elements with a thick dollop
of horror, which of course I also love, and which should make the dust and
grime go down easier.
Do talk about your overall directorial
approach to your story at hand!
shot Acorn in
a total fugue state with only our ignorance and naiveteóand our
investorsí moneyóto propel us. We shot fast, with a crew that was
entirely too small, in a small town in Georgia that wasnít ready for us.
We shot and shot and shot, and I didnít worry about the edit until I
actually sat down to start cutting. Thatís when I had to make the hard
What can you tell us
about Acorn's cast, and
why exactly these people?
cast mostly is my regular company, folks Iíve been making movies with
for nearly a decade and who I can trust. We cast just a few new
peopleóand gambled that they could catch up with our strange process,
substance-abuse and bad attitudes.
You of course also have to
talk about your main location, and what was it like filming there?
shot in and around Warrenton, Georgia. Itís a slowly dying old mill town
with plenty of empty buildings but no lodging and just one restaurant. For
our Western setting, our location manager Brendan Thompson did some voodoo
and secured us a rich Atlanta lawyerís hunting lodge.
A few words about the shoot as
such, and the on-set atmosphere?
If there was major drama, my assistant director Cleve Langdale protected me
from it. We fired just one person, which isnít bad. All that is to say,
it went as smoothly as a massive, multi-genre, microbudget fantasy-horror-western meta-biopic can go.
The $64-question of
course, where can Acorn
drops on VOD and Blu-ray from BayView Entertainment in November.
Anything you can tell us about audience and
critical reception of Acorn?
the Hell out of me. Like it or donít, I donít mind. Because I
like it, and my co-leading lady Caylin Sams likes it, and my girlfriend
likes it. Thatís enough for me.
making of Acorn is
featured in the documentary Create or Die - so what can you tell us
about that movie?
is a movie about filmmakers making a movie about a movie thatís about
themselves. Create or Die
is a documentary about that movie. Time is a flat circle.
Any future projects you'd like to
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Weíre editing a horror-comedy-drama called Left One Alive.
And weíre currently shooting an action-drama called Stuntgirl.
Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever
Find me on Facebook as David Axe. Look for me on Twitter as @daxe.
Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
weird movies. Watch weird movies.
Thanks for the interview!