Your new webseries Portal - in a few words what is it about,
and what can you tell us about your character in it?
Portal is a science-fiction feature film from Future
Artists, it's the
first drama to be commissioned by DailyMotion and it is being released in
five parts as a webseries, exclusivly on DailyMotion, before it's
feature-length release later this year. There is this virtual world where
ďplayersĒ can be whoever they want to be, become whatever they want to
be, their most intense dreams can become reality. But in order to enter,
you need to be in a medically-induced coma and the drugs have been made
illegal. The story of Portal follows a drug dealer, played by Clay
Whitter, a doctor, played by Victoria Connett, and a girl who is
down-and-out user by day and a glamorous and powerful dominatrix by night,
played by Chelsea Edge. I play a guy called Adrian, who is struggling to
overcome his addiction to Portal, he is attending a self-help group, led
by Vicky Connettís character, in order to get his life back on track.
did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how much of Nathan
Head can we find in Adrian?
Well the director Mark Ashmore gave some incredibly helpful pointers to get into character.
I started by direct preparation the night before the day of filming,
I didnít wash my hair or shave for days, I purposely wore dirty and
oversized clothes, and on the day of filming I aimed to wake up as early as
possible in order to add to my physical tiredness and help bring to life
the character of Adrian. Iím afraid there is very little ďNathan
HeadĒ in Adrian, his jacket is the only thing from my own life that
ended up in Adrianís life.
How did you get hooked up
with the project in the first place? And to what extent can you relate to
the series' underlying "addiction"-theme?
worked with director Mark Ashmore & producer Sarah Lee Jones
previously on the feature film The Lost Generation, which had a successful
cinematic and DVD release the previous year. The making-of documentary had
been featured on the DailyMotion homepage and the filmís success had
driven a phenomenal level of traffic to the website. When Portalís
preproduction was announced, all the people who had worked on The Lost
Generation were invited to audition for Portal.
I canít relate much to
the addiction theme, but I can relate to the virtual world, having dabbled
in certain online games that run in realtime, encouraging the user to
constantly log back in out of fear of losing track of their avatarís
activities in their absence.
talk about your director Mark Ashmore for a bit, and what was your
I had known Mark Ashmore for a number
of years before The Lost Generation though, through working in the
Manchester and Salford film scene in the noughties, it was fantastic to
have worked with his team on two productions. Future Artists have made
some amazing productions and organised some fantastic events and art
projects over the years.
What can you tell us about the shoot
as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
The shoot had a very
quick turnover with a tight schedule over a few weeks, but saying that I
think we all worked pretty efficiently. All of us had mostly worked with
each other previously, be it on The Lost Generation or other projects.
Shireen Ashton who plays the fantasy dancer Sasha in Portal also played my
sister Venus in Theatre Of Fear/The Midnight Horror Show, so it was
fantastic to be reunited with her again during the cast readthrough. I
also got the opportunity to act with Mia Vore again, who plays another
Portal-addict called Vix, I had previously worked with Mia on a showreel
scene a few years ago, where I got into character a little too much and
accidentally smashed her ornamental oil burner. After many years of her
being oil-burner-free, I eventually bought a replacement and presented it
to her during Portal. We all got on very well during filming, Mia and me
and the other addicts spent our time between takes rehearsing the
self-help chant and just generally gazing into space, to help us get into
character. I must say though, my scenes with Vicky Connett in Portal were
the extreme opposite of my scenes in The Lost Generation with her, sheís
a delight to work with though.
Any future projects
you'd like to share?
Well, very excitingly, we are
currently shooting the second in a series of photographic horror
comicbooks from Hellbound Media that Iíve been starring in. The first
was called Dorian & Drama: Reflections of the Damned and can be
obtained via the link below, and that story was about a haunted antique
camera that contained the photographic copies of the souls of insane
asylum inmates. The comics are a fantastic concept from Matt Warner
and Craig Colville, all the images contain practical special effects and
lighting tricks with a very effective result, in an almost Hammer-horror
inspired graphic novel. I canít reveal the title of the second story
yet, as it may give too much away and I want to remain mysterious, ha ha.
But itís going to be set in a cursed theatre that holds a dark past.
Your website, Facebook, whatever
My official website - www.nathanhead.tv
You can see previews of, and buy, the
first Dorian & Drama comic here -
Portal episode 1 -
Portal episode 2 -
Anything else you are dying to mention and I've
merely forgotten to ask?
Please do check out Portal, and
subscribe to the Future Artists' channel to get the latest updates, there
are some groundbreaking storylines coming up and I don't think anybody
would want to miss a future installment of this innovative drama.
Thanks for the interview!