Your film Filth
to Ashes, Flesh to Dust - in a few words, what is it about?
to Ashes, Flesh to Dust: It's a classic, old school slasher film, with some
present day sensibilites. Yes there are teenagers being somewhere they
shouldn't be, doing things they shouldn't be doing, lol. What sets it
apart from other slashers is the villian, PURGE. His motivation is scary,
because there are people in the real world who think just like he does.
inspirations for writing Filth
to Ashes, Flesh to Dust?
Wes Craven. John
Carpenter. They were the inspiration.
Somehow, I can't help
but notice similarities between your film's killer Purge and Anders Behring
Breivik of the Oslo twin attacks (which of course only happened a couple
of years after your film was finished), at least in terms of motives. Would
you like to comment on that?
Yes! I'm glad you got that.
There are so many people who not only think like Purge, but are now acting
on those hateful urges. Hopefully the viewer looks past the slasher of the
film and gets that message.
to Ashes, Flesh to Dust - what does the title mean and how does it
relate to the story?
It's simple. When we die, we all
become ash and dust. And since Purge sees imperfect people as Filth, hence
his motto: "Filth to ashes, flesh to dust".
What can you tell us the man who
plays Purge, Nicholas J.Leinbach, and why was he chosen for a role?
we wanted Purge to have an imposing physical prescence, as well as the
acting chops. Several big guys came in and auditioned. But Nick was one
who nailed it. Especially since Purge doesn't speak much, Nicks mannerisms
and expressions carried it.
also play a lead role in Filth
to Ashes, Flesh to Dust. What can you tell us about your
character, and have you written him with yourself in mind or why have you chosen to play exactly
I put a lot of my own personal experiences
into my writing. I knew the character of Eric, his loneliness. I figured
I'd give it a shot. And yes, I've done a few films and television shows in
have written Filth
to Ashes, Flesh to Dust, executive produced it and acted in it.
Did you never consider directing it as well?
I only do
something if I have a passion for it. I love writing, and enjoy producing
and acting. I've never had a passion for directing. But you never know...
you tell us about your director Paul Morrell, and what was your
Paul was great to work with. he brought
the script to life in ways that I as a writer couldn't. And we didn't
fight, lol. Producers and Directors sometimes butt heads, luckily there
wasn't much of that.
A few words about the rest of your
cast and crew?
The crew gave 110%. I couldn't have asked
for a better crew. They say to be successful, surround yourself with
successful people. It's so true. And the actors as well gave their all.
to Ashes, Flesh to Dust is a slasher movie. Are you especially
fond of the genre, and your genre favourites?
Of course! I
grew up on Nightmare On Elm
St., Friday the
13th, Halloween. I think
slasher has not been so successful lately because of the lack of new
ideas. But it will be back.
genres, the slasher is especially prone to sequels. Ever considered a
follow-up to Filth
to Ashes, Flesh to Dust?
Lol. Well you have seen
the film and knows how it ends. I won't spoil it for the readers, but if
there is another chapter in the Filth
to Ashes, Flesh to Dust-saga, it won't be what you
What got you into
filmmaking in the first place, and what can you tell us about your work so
I started off working in television production. Filth
to Ashes, Flesh to Dust is my first film but I've worked on some television shows you may
have heard of. The Office, Ugly Betty and The Tudors to name a few. I
wasn't the mastermind behind those shows, but part of the production team.
What made you decide to take the jump and become
essentially the showrunner on Filth
to Ashes, Flesh to Dust?
It's hard to get other
people to believe in your ideas. You have to make it happen for yourself.
Becoming a producer was a neccesary step, if I was ever going to share my
Between writing, acting
and executive producing - which do you enjoy the most, what could you do
Well I've been writing since I was seven, can't
let that go. The producing can be a bit stressful, lol. And I enjoy the
acting. Honestly, I've learned to juggle all three, so I'd keep them all.
Any future projects you'd like to talk about?
planning to remake a film that came out ten years ago. It's a werewolf
film. And I've written a script for a video game. Can' t say which game,
but it's one of the biggest. That's an action film. I don't want to just
and filmmakers who inspire you?
My taste ranges from
mainstream to arthouse. I like Tom Hardy, great actor. James Cameron is a
Your favourite movies?
favorite movie - The Crow. It's got action, love story, great directing.
Folllow ups: Terminator 2 and The Notebook, lol. most guys won't admit
and of course, films you really deplore?
umm, I would say
films that don't even try. Even if the story is conventional, at least try
to put a little something new into the mix.
Facebook, whatever else?
I can be reached at
if anyone wants to talk to me about anything.
Anything else you are dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I just want to say to your readers, if there's something they want in
life, go for it. It sounds cheesy, but it's true. there's nothing worse
than not trying, and wondering what if for the rest of your life.