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An Interview with John H. Shelton, Director of Witches Night

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2021

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Your movie Witches Night - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Witches Night is a small film/avant video project between myself and Andy Van Scoyoc [Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc interview - click here]. I guess it's a traditional Halloween-themed festive film about a small collection of witches and their tales.

 

What were your sources of inspiration when writing Witches Night?

 

It was coming up to Halloween, so feeling in the spirit felt important, and Scoyoc made a brilliant host and writer, too. I had Andrea Rose in mind too for a video monologue as she was a scare actress and warmed to reading lines of such nature.

 

You have written and directed Witches Night together with Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc - so what was your collaboration like?

 

Always an eye-opening experience, and the tones are normally set to create something avant-garde. She had a writing and spiritual background. She loves that dark poetry stuff.

 

Witches Night wasn't the first time you've worked with Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc - so what can you tell us about your previous collaborations, and how did you first meet even?

 

It's been about five years now, I think? Ever since I met Andrea through social media, she always supported what I was doing on YouTube. It's very much appreciated and yes, we have done a few projects together before and since. She was always up for writing and doing voiceover work, which is appreciated. I remember her doing an ab-lib for A Mr Shelton Christmas Special (2016) as well, back in the day.

 

Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc

Back to Witches Night, it's a film that's rather abstract and associative in narrative - so what can you tell us about the film's approach to storytelling?

 

If it wasn't for Andrea Rose and Andrea Scoyoc's storytelling and delivering, then I don't think it would be as finished. Just that the visuals were important with the poetry/monologues. It was a fun project and one to set the tone for Halloween. The two Andreas know their stuff and bring things to life from the writing page.

 

Do also talk about the poem that's the backbone of your movie!

 

Scoyoc and I wrote different sections. I guess my lines were primitive, but Scoyoc wrote the monologue poem for Andrea Rose to recite. The poetry was there to hopefully help the short visual film flow and - touch wood - keep it interesting to anybody watching.

 

What can you tell us about Witches Night's cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Andrea Rose was lovely, she was a scare actress and always seemed to be in a hood, outfit, or willing to make the monologue come to life - a blessing. To work with Andrea Van Scoyoc again felt natural, too. Creatively, things were just slow at the time and I needed to get back to basics.

 

The $64-question of course, where can Witches Night be seen?

 

If you go to http://www.youtube.com/MrSheltonTV2 and search for Witches Night on the channel - it's there.

 

Andrea Rose

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Witches Night?

 

I think it was positive. It was for Halloween and the season at the time, so I hope they enjoyed or appreciated the efforts made.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Nothing too in-depth as we speak. I've been working on my Amazon e-book 15 Poems this month and festive YouTube videos.

 

Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?

 

Please go visit my main YouTube channel MrSheltonTV2.

 

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I would just like to say a massive thank you to Andrea Scoyoc and Andrea Rose on projects and for helping to keep things creative and inspired. Massive thanks also to Sofia Frasz a.k.a. Exiled Hope, a very taltented musician from the US, who did the score for Witches Night, and to Mario Xavier, who shot some of the stock footage.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thanks for having me, Michael.

 

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