Your new movie Survive
the Game - in a few words, what is it about?
is a nonstop cat-and-mouse action movie with crazy fights, chases
and explosions and a lot of laughs. It's a 90s throwback film with colorful
did the project come into being in the first place, and how did you get
attached as director? And what drew you to the movie?
was shown the script by the guys at
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, and I got really excited as the
script had soul, solid action and humor in it, and it really reminded me of
the action films I grew up on.
can you tell us about Survive
the Game's writer Ross Peacock, and what was your collaboration
think Ross is a very talented writer, and he developed a fun contained
action movie. He is a really kind and cool human.
the Game is a film with almost wall-to-wall action - so do talk
about the stuntwork in your movie for a bit!
was blessed with an unbelievably amazing stunt team in Puerto Rico. My
stunt coordinator Raul Alcocer was my secret weapon, that guy did magic in such
little time. He actually plays Rob in the film as well. The guy who
“forgot” his gun. Haha
Jonathan, Michelle and Monica were our stunt performers, the film would
not exist without their amazing hard work. We need a stunt category at the
you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
really wanted to make a fun, surreal almost clichéed action film with a
of laughs, a great soundtrack and nonstop action. I wanted colorful
characters that reminded you of some of my favorite movies. I wanted the
movie to feel like Chad's character fell asleep and he woke up inside his
own action movie. Like he was sucked into a TV or video game and had to
survive these larger than life characters. The film is supposed to feel
wacky and surreal, so I hope people feel that.
with Bruce Willis - what was that like, and how did you get him even?
is a legend and really brought some fun to his role. I loved working with
him. Little kid me gave adult me a high five every day. I was blessed the
producers had a longstanding relationship with him.
talk about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?
as you know Zack Ward [Zack Ward
interview - click here] is like my secret weapon. I have used him in so many
different movies and he always plays a different character for me. I
change his look. Make him look unique per film. He's a chameleon. He's who
can always count on when the chips are down and I need an actor I can
for the rest of the cast I was blessed to have a few people I have worked
with before and a few new faces as well. Everyone was great and really
down for the cause. Shout out to literally EVERY castmember.
of course also have to talk about Survive
the Game's main location, and what was it like filming there?
location was super unique. It took an hour and a half every day to get
there from the hotel. It was in the mountains. Winding roads. Isolated. It
was awesome to film there. On the scout I almost fell off a cliff getting
there. Wild! But it was all worth it.
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
were a big family. We all got along. It was nonstop laughs, jokes, and
hard work. Everyone was down for the cause and cared. A lot of love went
into this film from all aspects of production and my cast were champions.
Any future projects you'd like to
Fortress is coming out next! This is a more mainstream action mystery
starring Bruce Willis, Jesse Metcalfe, Chad Michael Murray, and Shannen
Doherty. I personally feel that it's the best movie I have made thus far as
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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
to everyone who has watched my films and supported my movies! Your
kindness and passion for film means the world to me.
Thanks for the interview!