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An Interview with David Ryan Keith, Director of I Am Rage

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2023

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Your new movie I Am Rage - in a few words, what is it about?


I Am Rage is an action movie with a slight horror twist, a fun throwback to the kind of movies made in the late 80s and early 90s. A popcorn flick you can watch for 90 minutes, turn your brain off, and just enjoy the craziness.


What were your sources of inspiration when writing I Am Rage?


I grew up in the 80s, so the movie is heavily influenced by the films I watched as a kid. I wanted I Am Rage to be a fun action romp, incorporating some of the crazy aspects we used to get back in the day. Being an independent action film, it's a challenging genre to tackle with limited funds, so it was important to make it as fun as possible for the audience who enjoy these types of films.


What can you tell us about I Am Rage's co-writer Stephen Durham, and what was your collaboration like?


Stephen is a big fan of popcorn action movies. He understands that we don't have the budget of big studio films, so he was supportive of the direction I wanted to take the film. Making any type of indie film is extremely hard work, and tackling the action genre is a big risk. However, we worked well together to capture everything we could on camera.


I Am Rage doesn't exactly hold back when it comes to violence - so do talk about the gory bits in your movie for a bit, and how were they achieved?


I've directed five horror movies, and the horror and gore crept into the shooting of I Am Rage. The producers were constantly concerned I was leaning back into horror, but I believe merging the two genres gives a tired formula a refreshing twist. It's amusing that the movie is being advertised as an action/horror movie, as I assured the producers I wasn't adding anything horror-related. We aimed to use practical effects and old-school methods that come across better on camera. While CGI is more affordable for blood effects, the audience prefers the authenticity, so we used practical effects whenever possible.


You of course also have to talk about the stuntwork in your movie!


We were fortunate to have the budget to bring in a skilled stunt coordinator from Los Angeles. These types of movies depend on the fighting and action sequences, so it was a huge relief to see the plans the stunt team had. None of the actors had stunt doubles, so it was a grueling shoot for them. They had to learn complicated fight routines in a short timeframe, which was made more difficult by the tight shooting schedule we were given.


Do talk about I Am Rage's key cast, and why exactly these people?


Due to the rushed production, we were extremely lucky to find the cast we did. Finding actors capable of performing the numerous fight scenes was a challenge, but they all handled it well. They formed a tight-knit, almost family unit that supported each other as the shoot progressed. Shooting an action film in 18 days is tough, and the actors' dedication and preparation were crucial in getting the movie finished on time.


A few words about your main outdoor locations, and what was it like filming there?


Never film a movie in Scotland during winter. The tight schedule was made even more stressful by the unpredictable Scottish weather. We battled against rain, hail, and snow throughout the shoot. There were many moments when I thought we might have to cancel due to the substantial time lost. When crew members had to clear away snow just to get a shot, I knew we were in trouble.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


The shoot was challenging and punishing for everyone involved. The relentless weather tested us and pushed us to our limits many times. The actors and crew were constantly exposed to freezing cold wind and rain, with no shelter. Despite this, we managed to press on and overcome every obstacle. At the end of the 18-day shoot, we were mentally and physically exhausted. It's still a miracle that we finished the shoot, even with so many days lost to bad weather.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of I Am Rage?


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It's still early days for I Am Rage. Most action genre fans will recognize what we aimed to achieve. We aren't reinventing the wheel, so some might dismiss us as just another generic low-budget action film. However, for fans of the crazy movies from the late 80s and early 90s, I believe they'll have a blast with this film.


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