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An Interview with P.J. Woodside, Director of Frances Stein

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2015

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Your upcoming movie Frances Stein - in a few words, what is it about?


It’s a more high-tech, modern Frankenstein version with a woman as the mad doctor. She has plans for her ex-husband and his new wife that will mess with their heads -- literally.


What got you interested into the Frankenstein myth (and the mad scientist subgenre as such) in the first place to try your hand at it? And how would you describe your "female approach" to the genre?


I am always interested in telling stories that turn gender expectations upside down, and this seemed like a genre that hadn’t really been given the female touch. This is an updated Frankenstein story with a woman in the lead role as the doctor Frankenstein, and it’s more similar to the original story than it is to the movie versions that followed.


My Frances Stein is a research scientist and she has high-tech tools to enable her “god” complex. If you’re looking for monsters made out of body parts, you won’t find that here. But you may find yourself spooked by what desperate people can do to other people to gain control. It’s more of a thriller than a horror story, but it has a definite dark side to it.


Other sources of inspiration when dreaming up Frances Stein?


I absolutely love Re-Animator and in fact got to meet some of the cast recently at HorrorHound. The research facility setting of that is definitely an influence, as much of Frances Stein takes place in a similar kind of place. Others include Brainstorm, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die, Total Recall. Even The Walking Dead has had an influence.


The common theme is mind-control. The question of where the physical body ends and the “soul” begins is a huge philosophical question, and I have explored that in this script.


How would you describe your movie's approach to horror (as in suspense vs sudden shocks, atmosphere vs all-out gore and the like)?


I would probably not call it horror. It’s more of a scientific thriller. There are surprises, and definitely suspense, but the plot leans more toward finding out who is going to gain control in the end.


Mad scientist movies most often require quite a bit of effects work, fun lab sets and the like - so what can you tell us about those aspects of Frances Stein?


That’s what we’re raising money for! We’ve been working on a prototype for the central piece and that’s what you see in the Frances Stein Kickstarter photo, but it will be more refined and elaborate for the actual movie.


A few words about your film's intended look and feel?


I am going for a stylized science thriller on the order of Brainstorm.


Anything you can tell us about Frances Stein's projected key cast and crew yet, and why exactly these people?


We’re actually looking to secure someone with name recognition to give us higher visibility. Outside of that, we have some new faces, and some regulars from our other productions that you’ll probably recognize.


As we speak, your film's still in the fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising efforts?


We have some funding in place, but felt we needed a little more to get the desired look for Frances Stein, especially the lab. We’re about halfway there as I’m writing, but I’m sure we’ll make the final push before it’s over. Anyone who would like to participate should go to the link. Just $33 gets you BOTH a streaming version of Frances Stein AND a director-signed copy of the DVD!


Once your funds are raised, what's the schedule? And any idea when and where the film might be released onto the general public yet (though I know it's probably waaay too early to ask)?


We have filmed some scenes already and will begin principal cinematography probably by the time this is published. Most filming will be in April and May, pushing slightly into June.


Frances Stein is expected to premiere in October, mostly likely here in western Kentucky, so you’ll want to keep your eye on our updates!


Any future projects beyond Frances Stein?


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Of course! We always have projects lined up, into infinity. Which one we’ll be working on next, though, hasn’t been decided yet.


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


Visit our website to see our previous movies, including our latest release The Caretakers which has been nominated for a Rondo Award for Best Indie Film of 2014!


Thanks for the interview!


Thanks SO MUCH for having me!


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