Your new movie Daisy
- in a few words, what is it about?
Daisy is a classic creature
feature with a contemporary storyline.
being a creature feature, is this a genre at all dear to you, and some of
your genre favourites?
I grew up on the creature feature. From
The Killer Shrews to
Green Slime I've practically seen all the classics.
(Other) sources of inspiration
when writing Daisy?
That's a good question. I have a close friend that served in the
military and was actually deployed to Afghanistan in the early 2000s.
He mentioned that the village elders would tell tall tales of bat
creatures the size of men that could swoop up children that were out at
night. I thought that was pretty creepy, so I ran with it.
talk for a bit about your title creature herself: What can you tell us
about her creation, and how much of a say did you have or demand regarding
I discovered Jamie Krivobok ("Daisy") cosplaying at a convention I was
a guest at. I noticed that Jamie not only had an eye for detail when it
came to his cosplay, but could embody the character played. Jamie is a
self-taught make-up artist, a natural talent as a matter of fact. I had
to have Krivobok on my team. As far as the look we both studied
different bats and watched videos on their behavior. We wanted the
creature to resemble a bat, but we also agreed to progress the look as
Daisy continued to claim victims, so you can see a subtle evolution in
the look as the movie moves along.
What can you tell us about Daisy's
approach to the horror genre?
I think the audience will find this piece refreshing as it blends old
fashioned scares with a bit of cop buddy movie comedy. Just a fun time
at the movies with a touch of Fright Night (1985) and Monster Squad
A few words about your
overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
My approach at times was a little intense. We were short on budget (less
than $3,000) and short on time(7 day principal shoot), but did we have
an abundance of talent. I was extremely direct on the look and pace of
the movie. Quick shooting and very few takes. I left room for improv as
I always do, but really fast-paced to stay on budget, but stuck with the
story I was meaning to tell.
talk about Daisy's key
cast, and why exactly these people?
I had worked with Michael Wainwright
interview - click here] in previous films and knew he'd
bring the intensity I needed for the Felix character. A war vet with a
touch of PTSD. Sparkle Soojian is also an MSR Studios alumni, and
she'd be perfect as the bitchy and volatile Ginger. Overall I feel the
film was cast perfectly.
Where was Daisy
actually filmed, and what was it like filming there?
The entire film was shot in the back of an actual automotive garage
and scrap yard, so you can't get anymore authentic than that. There was
some set dressing, but it wasn't much. Well, we shot in mid October of
2022, so it would be a bit chilly during the evening scenes, but everyone
was a trooper.
What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
atmosphere was great. We all had a great time and even though it
was a very short time I believe we bonded as a family of artists. That's
The $64-question of course, where can Daisy
will play at a few select theater this year and will also hit
the festival circuit before I seek distribution for physical media and
Anything you can tell us about audience and
critical reception of Daisy
So far the reviews have been great. I feel like we made a solid
little piece of scary cinema and I can't wait for more to see it.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
Up next for me is the release of
Film Fiend, a
slasher I directed starring Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland, Felissa Rose (Sleeapaway
Camp) [Felissa Rose
interview - click here] and many more. Look for that release in late spring, early summer.
Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results?
The links below
will take you
You can find me on Instagram under msrstudios1 and Facebook of course.
else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Just want to
thank you for the opportunity to talk about Daisy
and for everyone to follow me on social media for updates on the film
and other upcoming projects.
for the interview!