Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- A Little Dead 2022

- Sewer Gators 2022

- Machination 2022

- Alpha Code 2020

- Guilt 2022

- Shadows 2022

- Disorienting Dick 2022

- We Need to Talk 2022

- Pavilion 2022

- Solutions 2017

- Friend of the World 2020

- Legend of the Oro Arrowhead 2021

- Eye for Eye 2022

- A Sexplanation 2021

- Breath 2022

- All 4da Green 2022

- Bluff 2022

- Clowns in the Woods 2021

- A.K. Tolstoy's A Taste of Blood 2020

- Eagle Wings 2021

- A Thousand Little Cuts 2022

- The Dick Van Dyke Show - Celebrating the 60th Anniversary 2021

- Adrift 2022

- Jessie and the Elf Boy 2022

- Trip 2022

- Alone 2021

- The Blacklight 2022

- Room 203 2022

- Stu's Show 2022

- On the Trail of UFOs: Night Visitors 2022

- Reed's Point 2022

- In a New York Minute 2019

- The Absurd, Surreal, Metaphysical and Fractured Destiny of Cerebus the Aardvark 2021

- The Nudels of Nudeland 2022

- Painted in Blood 2022

- If I Can't Have You 2022

- 8 Winds 2021

- Barbee Rehab: Operation: Get Rid of Tom Sizemore 2022

- Dingo 1991

- Chloe and Theo 2015

- Seal of Desire 2022

- Prototype 2022

- Children of Sin 2022

- The Institute 2022

- Godforsaken 2020

- The Exorcism of Hannah Stevenson 2022

- The Misconception of Witches 2022

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

An Interview with Marcus Small, Director of Unsheltered

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2022

Films directed by Marcus Small on (re)Search my Trash

 

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsčne Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Deerslayer

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro


Your new movie Unsheltered - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Unsheltered is about five college students who are evacuating Florida because of hurricane Irma. During their journey to North Carolina, they take a detour to avoid the busy highways. However, they run out of gas, causing them to seek shelter in an abandoned airplane salvage yard. Little do they know a deranged killer lives on the property. So, even though they think that they find shelter, they’re actually UnSheltered.

 

Now how did the project come into being to begin with, and what drew you to it?

 

My producing partner, John Hollaway, actually came up with the concept. He pitched it to me and asked me to be the director. I instantly jumped on the opportunity and the rest is history.

 

What can you tell us about Unsheltered's writers Luis Canales and Marelize Roets, and what was your collaboration like?

 

Marelize was the first writer to come on board. For being a young writer, she did a great job with crafting the story and giving it life. We then reached out to Luis, who was more experienced, to help connect the dots because we were on a time crunch. Both writers are phenomenal and both were amazing to work with.

 

With Unsheltered essentially being a slasher movie, is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?

 

To be honest with you, I’ve always enjoyed slasher films but I didn’t really become a fan until I signed on to this film. In my mind, horror was horror. However, being a part of this project gave me the opportunity to go back and watch some slasher classics. And I must admit, I can’t wait to see how this genre evolves. My goal is to be apart of that process.

 

You of course have to talk about the bloody bits in your movie for a bit, and how were they achieved?

 

I have to give credit to our special fx guy, Alan Tuskes. He’s a legend in the industry with credits that go back to Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Marksman, Hard To Kill… I mean the list go on and on. One of my favorite things that he did was create the heart that was pumping in the killer’s hand towards the end of the movie. There were times while we were shooting that I was looking into the monitor as a fan and not the director. And that was one of them.

 

A few words about Unsheltered's approach to the horror genre?

 

We wanted to combine elements of “found footage” and merge them with colorful cinematic elements. That was one thing that my cinematography, Alex Purifoy, was adamant about… making it “pop.”

 

What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

This was my first feature, so it took me a day or two to find my groove. Luckily, I had a great cast to work with. We all allowed each other to be fluid with our creativity. Even though we had a script, we still tried to find ways to enhance the scenes and the story. I’m very big on dialogue not sounding like it’s being read off of a piece of paper. I prefer authenticity, so I’d let the cast say their lines in their own way. Also, I wanted to take the viewer through the journey with the college students. I wanted the viewers to feel as if they were on a long road trip as well, so that their deaths would mean much more than they would if they were a random person.

 

Do talk about Unsheltered's cast, and why exactly these people?

 

The cast was amazing! Most of them lacked experience but you’d never know it unless you asked them. They were constantly working hard throughout the whole shoot to make sure that we didn’t have to do too many takes. I casted all of the actors based on their energy on and off of the camera. It wasn’t about them nailing their lines. It was about making sure they looked natural. There’s no doubt that all of them will be major players in the industry down the line. They’re just that good!

 

You of course also have to talk about your breathtaking main location, the airplane graveyard, and what was it like filming there? And how did you find it even?

 

Because I visited that location multiple times before the actual shoot, it didn’t really have an effect on me. However, the first time I went to location scout, I had goosebumps. It was authentic. It felt real. I could imagine how something like that could actually take place. It was like going into a haunted house.

 

However, the actual town of Geneva was scary in itself. It’s very rural. It’s not a place that I’d want to be after the sun goes down.

 

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

 

The atmosphere was amazing. Everyone bonded. The egos were minimum. It seemed as if everyone took ownership of the film and they were invested just as much as I was. It was one of those shoots where I wished that we had at least 10 more weeks of shooting.

 

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

 

I’m going to be my biggest critic, but for the most part, people are enjoying the film. Feedback from family and friends were positive, but that’s to be expected. I wish that I could go back and fix some things. But, hey… what am I going to do? I just want people to get sucked into the story and not feel like they wasted their time.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Right now, we’re in development for a new film that’ll take place in NY. It’s a crime drama and we’re just waiting on a few big actors to sign on. We’re looking to start filming later this year… so fingers crossed.

 

What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

Believe it or not, originally I wanted to be a meteorologist. Yes… I wanted to be the weather man. That was until I actually became one for a day during my senior project in high school. I couldn’t have been more nervous and look more awkward on camera. However, I was more intrigued about what was going on behind the camera. That’s when I found my love for TV/film production. I attended Full Sail University to study film. So, that definitely played a part in my career.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Unsheltered?

 

This is actually my first feature. I’ve been in the unscripted world for most part. Producing and editing shows for networks such as Lifetime, MTV, CMT, etc.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

For the most part I’m picky ,but I give me actors the freedom to express their characters the way that they see fit. I’ve never been egotistical, so I welcome ideas from people on set. I think you have to be open to ideas when there are bumps in the road.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

Jordan Peele, Wes Craven, Will Packer and Eddie Murphy.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

The Wiz, Truman Show, Nightmare on Elm Street, Up, and Coming To America.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

You know what, I had a list prior to directing this film. However, I experienced first hand on how difficult it is to complete a feature film. You just never know what happened behind the scenes.

 

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

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find Marcus Small
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find Marcus Small here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

My website is videoproductioncompanyservices.com - yes, that’s really long but thank the hackers for that.

Go to our film's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UnshelteredTheMovie/

You can purchase and rent the film on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Apple TV and VUDU.

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I would say to my fellow filmmakers, stay focused on your purpose. Everyone’s journey is different, so don’t get too discouraged when your peers reach another level. Celebrate them because your opened door is right around the corner.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


Legal note: (re)Search my Trash cannot
and shall not be held responsible for
content of sites from a third party.




Thanks for watching !!!



 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD