The phone has limited low light capabilities, how did you combat and/or embrace that when shooting your film?
Yes, the phone was giving us some troubles especially cause I decided to shoot all of it at night without any lights that were not practical. We lit up part of the living room with “moon” light to give it that blue glow and just shot everything as properly exposed as we could - but I also love the grainy vibe in videos so we just embraced that when getting it colored, I told my colorist to just go for it and make it super grainy, going for that 16mm simulation.
How did you go about capturing the suspense theme? What do you think made your film so scary?
My whole film was built like a hill that you climb or a slide that you go down haha whatever you want to feel. I was hoping to build an experience that doesn’t release until the end, something strange happening on the screen, something that is off putting until the screen goes black and you’re left with that old man’s face stuck in your eyes. I think the film wasn’t as scary as I wanted it too but it definitely kept you at the edge of your seat and that’s something I enjoy while making little shorts.
How do you combat negative stigmas against horror/suspenseful films as being taken seriously?
I don’t, I think we shouldn’t take anything too seriously especially horror films…
Where did you go about finding your talent/props etc…? Where did you find the actor who played the the villain?
So the talent search is always the hardest it seems, especially shooting this film in Charlotte, North Carolina without a very great pool of actors its tough finding the right people and/or even getting to know them before the shoot. For this film my producer reached out to some talent agencies and we had a few people in mind so they made videos with their parts and that was that. Props are usually found in Salvation Army… . As for the villain, his name is Skip and Skip has been a part of a few projects before this one, but he actually just appeared one time for a music video shoot I was helping on. The producer posted a craigslist ad for an old man that can dance, and Skip called, so now he’s the go to old man.
As you have put it, you like making “weird” films. What draws you to that over making a traditional “non weird” film?
I guess I don’t realize that something is weird when I make it so I just make it and then people tell me it’s weird, so I guess my brain is messed up… haha. I try to listen to my mind and heart, that kinda sounds really dumb but I think the only way to create is to do it from within, even if it’s terrible or whatever, that has to be what draws me to the non-traditional ways, just something inside that has to come out, not sure what that is yet.