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An Interview with Michael S. Rodriguez, Director of Daisy

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2024

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Daisy is a classic creature feature with a contemporary storyline.

 

With Daisy 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 The 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.

 

Let's 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 her looks?

 

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 mixed in.

 

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.

 

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

 

I had worked with Michael Wainwright [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 I knew 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?

 

The 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 priceless.

 

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

 

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 streaming.

 

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

 

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.

 

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Anything 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.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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