Your new movie Project
Dorothy - in a few words, what is it about?
The story focuses on the dangerous nature of AI. At an emotional level its
about regret and redemption as the two main characters try to survive and
come to grips with their own misgivings.
Now how did this project fall together in the first place?
This project formed
around a very cool abandoned factory we had access to and wanted to shoot
something in the enormous space before the new owner rebuilt it.
were your sources of inspiration when writing Project
Source of inspiration came from my constant unease with AI, and thus
I wanted to draft
a haunted house (in this case factory) story that instead of ghosts had an
AI system terrorizing individuals.
You've written the story for Project
Dorothy together with Stephen Ohl - so what can you tell us about
him, and what was your collaboration like?
helped me come up with the idea of criminals taking refuge in this place.
I’d worked with him before on my first feature (Useless Humans) in which
Stephen was the writer/director. The other writer on the script was George
Henry Horton [George Henry
Horton interview - click here], who also directed Project
What were the
challenges of bringing Project
Dorothy to the screen from a producer's point of view?
We had very little money for post production, and
as such it dragged that process on much longer than we would have liked.
Had to find deals and work around schedules to get elements of post
completed. On set… we were barebones (lots of hats worn).
can you tell us about Project
Dorothy's director George Henry Horton, and what was your
We both have a love for horror and
sci-fi. It was our second time collaborating as producers and my first
time working with him as a director. He was a great collaborator.
Do talk about Project
Dorothy's cast, and how much of a say did you have or demand as a
producer when it came to casting?
It was a full team effort
between George and myself. However, when Adam Budron and Tim DeZarn came into the
casting office it was very apparent that they were perfect for the role.
A few words about the
shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
I can sum it
up in one word, “hustle”, we were in constant movement to get the film
shot in the allotted days we had allowed. This helped create a great bond
amongst the cast and crew.
can tell us about audience and critical reception of Project
The folks we’ve shown it to thus far seem very pleased with it and
to lots of discussions afterwards.
Any future projects you'd like to
I have a few in post production right
now (hopefully they will be coming out end of this year). Titles are still
in flux on them… so I’ll hold off on mentioning any titles.
What got you into the filmworld to begin with,
and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
I’ve been a film lover my entire life. I went
to AFI after undergrad, and that’s where I met George.
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Project
My production company
Kinogo Pictures has several other horror features that
are out currently: Eradication with Tubi,
The Djinn with IFC
Midnight and The Boy Behind the Door with Shudder.
How would you describe yourself as a
I’ve moved on from writing and
now focus much more on producing.
Writers, producers, filmmakers, whoever else who
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results?
The links below
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Always inspired by the filmmakers that took chances early on and found unique stories or voices.
John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Jason Blum, Edgar Wright etc.
Your favourite movies?
Back to the Future.
and of course, films you really deplore?
Usually day-in-the-life dramas
about everyday life. I like an escape and don’t find those films that
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