Your new movie Craving
- in a few words, what is it about?
hybrid crime thriller/monster movie, kind of in the vein of From Dusk Til
being (at least in the finale) a creature feature, is this a genre at all
dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?
I love creature stuff. The
Thing, Pumpkinhead and An
American Werewolf in
London are a few of my favorites.
sources of inspiration when writing Craving?
mentioned From Dusk Til
Dawn, that was a huge one. Also The
Alive and The Thing.
You have written Craving
together with Gregory Blair [Gregory
Blair interview - click here] - so what can you tell us about him,
and what was your collaboration like?
is awesome. I met him a few years back when I interviewed him for my YouTube channel. I was taken by his writing process and asked him to do
notes on another script of mine. The notes were awesome. When it came time
to dust off the script for Craving, it needed some work and I thought of
him. He took my draft, did a pass and handed it back to me for a final
Do talk about the
gore effects in Craving
for a bit, and how were they achieved?
Bravo (Bravo FX) did all the creature and special effects
makeup in the
movie. It was all practical, save for a few brief shots. And IMO it's the
real star of the movie.
You of course
also have to talk about the creature in Craving,
and how much creative input did you have in its design?
To be honest, it was almost 100
percent Bravo. My direction was, I wanted
something cool, something asymmetrical and kinda Giger-like. Bravo came
up with the design on his own.
can you tell us about Craving's
approach to horror?
take a pretty practical meat-and-potatoes approach to horror.
Building suspense through my shot selection, musical choices and sound
design, punctuated my moments of extreme violence. But in order to care
about any of that, you have to have strong characters to root for or
A few words about your directorial approach to your story
great people and let them do their thing.
Do talk about Craving's
cast, and why exactly these people?
tend to cast predominantly from people I've worked with before.
Especially on low budget stuff, it helps to have a shorthand and to know
and understand already what an actor can and can't do. But it's also
fun to mix that up with new people as well. Craving
was a 50/50 mix.
What can you tell us
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
was a great shoot. Stressful for me to be sure, but I take great
pains to create a good atmosphere on set so the cast and crew can perform
to the best of their abilities.
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Craving?
have been overwhelmingly positive. It's probably the best received
film I've ever made.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
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I'm currently running a crowdfunding campaign for A Hard Place. It's another
monster movie. But this time much larger in scope. It follows a group
of criminals on the lam in the Rocky Mountains who find themselves in the
midst of an ancient feud between the creatures that rule the day and the
monsters that rule the night.
movie's website, social media, whatever else?
for the interview!