Your new movie Project
Dorothy - in a few words, what is it about?
It is about two professional thieves who, whilst on the lamb, inadvertently
awaken a 1980s AI developed by a shady company in cahoots with the
were your sources of inspiration when writing Project
Ex Machina, Terminator,
What can you tell us about your
co-writer on Project
Dorothy, Ryan Scaringe [Ryan
Scaringe interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?
came up with the story and wrote the first couple drafts, I pitched some
changes, mostly to the third act, and together we actually smashed the
whole thing out from start to finish in 4 weeks - we only had that long
before the location would no longer be available to us.
talk about Project
Dorothy's approach to the science fiction genre?
think Ryan and I both love sci-fi movies of old - ones that are a bit
silly and whose main aim is to be fun!
few words about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
collaborative - I would always welcome input from everyone involved in the
project. It was a tiny cast and crew, and we were a family, and worked
together as such.
Do talk about Project
Dorothy's cast, and why exactly these people?
did casting sessions in LA a few weeks before production, and after seeing
a lot of people it became clear that Adam Budron and Tim DeZarn were
perfect for our two heroes. Their chemistry read was what sealed the deal.
Not sure I’ve ever laughed as much in an audition!
also have to talk about your main location for a bit, and what was it like
filming there? And how did you find it even?
we knew about this location through a common party. When we rang to ask if
we could film there they said we had 6 weeks before renovations. So we had
6 weeks to come up with the story, write the script, cast, crew up, prep,
AND shoot the thing! It was absolutely bananas, stressful as anything, but
you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
shot the whole thing in 7 days, living out of a motel a mile or two from
the location. Everyone got down and dirty and we formed lifelong
friendships. What more could you ask for? ;)
can tell us about audience and critical reception of Project
about to find out!
Any future projects you'd like to
I’m currently in post-production on three features. My main focus is a horror
I directed and starred (!) in which features a scarecrow monster. I feel
scarecrows don’t get enough horror love and I’m hoping to change that.
What got you into filmmaking in the first place,
and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
had a comedy YouTube channel in the UK wherein a video went viral, and it
all kind of took off from there… I was eventually persuaded by a film
producer named Christopher Branch to apply to film school in LA. I went to
the American Film Institute and the rest is history!
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Project
was my first feature out of film school, and my first project ever as a
How would you describe yourself as a
love creating dynamic and immersive worlds, which is why
horror/sci-fi/thriller appeal to me so much. I really feel like the greatest
strength a director can have is in their ability to cast great actors but
also ‘cast’ crew collaborators. It’s a collaborative art form, and I
relish the chance to work with incredible and talented people.
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results?
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Filmmakers who inspire you?
David Fincher, Mark Duplass, Ridley Scott.
Your favourite movies?
of the Rings-trilogy, Alien.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
every movie has something I can appreciate!
movie's website, social media, whatever else?
else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
love to thank the cast and crew for their patience, dedication and their
faith in us.
for the interview!