Your new movie 6:45 - in a few words, what is it about?
this heart-racing psychological thriller, we are introduced to Bobby
Patterson who is taking one last romantic shot at saving his rocky
relationship with his girlfriend Jules Rables on a weekend getaway. The
couple arrives for vacation in the quiet island resort called Bog
Grove. To their bewilderment, the sleepy beach town is curiously
deserted and they quickly learn about its deadly history that's about to
repeat itself. Bobbyís
struggles with Jules are cast aside in order to overcome a dementing
cycle of terror that transpires. No matter what he does to try to avoid
it, he and his girlfriend wake up at 6:45 each morning to the same
nightmarish chain of events that lead to them being viciously
murdered with no chance of escape.
did the project fall together, actually, and how did you all come on
Craig Singer: I
was a Creative VP with Walt Disney
and had been thinking about doing 6:45
for many years. I had known Augie Duke, who always would encourage
me to simply "Go for it" and make the film with whatever we
could raise - in many ways I credit her for helping build my confidence
to dig back into my indie film roots.
I left the studio the media landscape had changed considerably and folks
wanted you to make your film with an iPhone and a few hundred dollars :)
- the new landscape was both extraordinarily challenging as well as
Garo (plays Gene, TV's The Sopranos): I was contacted by Craig when he spoke to me about it a few years
ago. He sent me the script and I was quite impressed with it. He asked
me if I would be interested in being a part of it and I said yes without
ever knowing what role he had intended for me. Itís THAT good.
What can you tell us about 6:45's approach
to horror, and how could you all relate to that approach?
as a love story at its core, something very relatable - all
relationships have many challenges - in the case of 6:45
are heightened a bit, and as things go from bad to worse the audience is
invited on that ride. The
audience needs to feel comfortable with the couple and hopefully root
for their relationship. This means you need to spend some time getting
to know them, and that speaks to pacing etc.
would have to take a thoughtful measured approach. Naturally I
consider films that possess attributes and characteristics I admire.
what can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at
a tough question - for me while there is a good deal of planning you
tend to find your film while making the film. It really is a process of
discovery, and no matter
how much one plans there's a consistent number of curve balls that come
your way, and a filmmaker must embrace some level of chaos and be able to
adjust to things beyond his or her control.
Cast, please do talk about your respective
characters, and what did you draw upon to bring them to life?
Marshall: I had the pleasure of playing a waitress
named Pearl. Behind the scenes I was the 2nd AD, handled talent,
shadowed Craig, and worked my way up to becoming an associate producer.
I am currently working on post production and have been able to see this
film grow from its script all the way to this wonderful film!
Garo: I always draw upon observations Iíve made all my life. But, in this
case, I had to be somewhat inventive as to how I could interpret the
inner workings of the protagonist's mind. it allowed me to try different
things and have fun with it.
what can you tell us about your collaboration with your cast, and cast,
what was working with Craig like?
was really a film family or I should say we created an environment that
allowed a film family to form. Many marvelous young
together, lived and
a common goal. It was both refreshing as well as heartening to be able
to collaborate with this team and have everyone bring the very best of
themselves to the table. To feel safe enough to try different things -
safe enough to
even fail at
times in order to get the best results.
Working with Craig is what working with a director should be. He
gets it. He speaks the language. He understands bullshit. Not just
artistic bullshit, but bullshit in general. And he avoids participating
What can you tell us
about your location, and what was it like filming there? And did I read
that correctly that the place actually felt haunted?
filmed in and around the Jersey shore - I don't want to give that much
away but there's a very good chance our location was actually haunted :)
filmed at one of the many hotels down the Jersey shore. Itís one of
the most beautiful seaside destinations in the country. Absolutely
stunning. Each of us had a room and we would all sit around and chat and
share stories in the living room/lounge area by the fireplace when we
werenít filming. People were arriving and leaving at all times of the
day and night. Thomas Waites showed up one night and he was singing for
us as he accompanied himself on his folk guitar. It was like being at
camp again! At various times we would gather on the second floor
enclosed porch and enjoy the beautiful ocean view with our morning coffee.
It was pure joy to film there.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
This experience was unlike any film experience I have ever had. I
learned so much and met some of the most incredible people! Not only did
we all work together, but we stayed together on location where we
filmed. We would wake up and eat breakfast together, work together, and
go to bed in the same place, just to do it all again the next day. We
were all able to get to know each other so quickly, which helped form a
trust and knowledge of one another when we were working. It was
incredible to see how passionate everyone was. You can see it in how
hard we all worked, not only in our department, but in all departments.
This was a film that brought the most talented people together who went
above and beyond to make it happen. Every member of the cast and crew
wore multiple hats to create a film that we are all proud of and excited
to share with everyone! I truly met so many incredible people on this
shoot that I now call my friends and family.
on-site atmosphere was nothing but proactive, positive and, in general,
conducive to our storytelling. Couldn't have been better.
$64-question of course, when and where will 6:45 be released?
have a relationship with Story Board Media who is handling the film's
foreign sales and will hopefully launch at a few film festivals that
will then lead to our seeking a domestic relationship.
future projects you'd like to share?
prepping a film called TAT to be shot in Philly in the next few months
as long as it can
made in a safe environment. It's take place in the world of memorial tattoos.
websites, social media, whatever else?
you're dying to mention and I've merely forgotten to ask?
that 6:45 was a case study in perseverance and I'm often asked about how
one goes about making a film a reality, and I like to talk about the
three "T's" - timing, talent and tenacity. We only have
control over one of these, tenacity, so keep focused - head down into
the wind & ONWARD!
for the interview!