We have talked about this before [click
here], but could you quickly bring us up to speed: Your short Familiar,
in a few words, what is it about?
is the story of John Dodd, a man who hates his family and will
do anything to be rid of them. In the course of trying to escape his
suffocating domestic situation John comes to learn a horrifying truth
about himself and perhaps humanity as a whole.
How did the project
come into being in the first place, and what convinced you your audiences
would need a film like Familiar?
the completion of my previous short Worm I thought it might be fun to
explore similar territory but with a new direction and very different end
is really the flip side of Worm. It takes the same critical
look at social constructions but rather than exploring career and failure
it delves into family and obligation. In terms of an audience I don't
think they need Familiar, but it exists and if they respond to it that's
great, if not that's great as well. If everyone likes what you're doing
you're doing something wrong, you're riding the middle of the road and I
don't want any part of that.
Richard Powell, Robert Nolan, Zach Green
would you describe the producer/director relationship with Zach Green [Zach
Green interview - click here] on this project in
Like always the relationship between Zach Green
and myself was awesome and enriching. We are both always learning and
growing as a team and have managed to distribute the filmmaking tasks in a
way thay compliments our respective strengths. Zach is great at
networking, promoting and planning, this frees me up to concentrate on the
creative issues. We will always work together and share in tasks that
ensure we get the best products possible.
Without wanting to give away too much,
is also a sort-of monster movie. Is this a genre you're at all fond of,
and your genre favourites?
I love a good monster movie, The
Thing comes to mind as one of my favorites in the monster/sci fi horror
genre. I love Aliens, The Fly, Demons and so on. My all time favorite
horror film is the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre however.
features quite a few special effects in its finale. What can you tell us
about the effects as such and what are the challenges of doing special
effects-scenes, from initial planning to actually shooting them?
FX team The Butcher Shop did the effects and were amazing. That said it
was a large learning curve working with such a large degree of FX for the
first time. I did sketches and story board for everything but it was still
a difficult task, fx are a complicated matter and require so much planning
and prep but are very worth it in the end.
Robert Nolan in a promotional photograph for
effects aside, your films more often than not revolve around a person's
inner anger. Would you like to elaborate on that?
my films to date focus on the unsaid, the repressed urges and yearning and
fear we all face. My shorts deal with these themes in extreme ways,
sometimes in bloody, violent and disturbing ways but the root of it all is
the examination of our hidden lives. These films are about men who are
crushed and alienated by their failures, fears and life choices and must
now face up to them.
can you tell us about audience and critical reception of
So far the reaction has been positive which is
great. We have yet to screen the film for an audience but will be soon
thanks to Fangoria who is presenting Familiar
along side Battle Royale
March 2nd in Toronto. I'm really looking forward to seeing the film on the
big screen with an audience.
Any future projects you'd like to talk about?
are currently polishing a feature length Worm
screenplay which we plan to
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film's website, Facebook, whatever else?
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you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
for taking the time to check out our films and for your support! I want to
thank our cast and crew as well led by Michael Davidson our DP, Robert
Nolan [Robert Nolan interview
- click here] our star, The Butcher Shop and everyone else who took part in the
film! The film wouldn't be without their help! Also big thanks to Zach
Green interview - click here], without whom I couldn't do any of this.
for the interview!