Your new movie Be Us
- in a few words, what is it about?
In Be Us, a man is interrogated after encountering an otherworldly
being. The entire short is comprised of a single actor sitting in a chair
recounting his story.
Us being an alien invasion story of sorts, is that a genre at all
dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?
I like my
science fiction infused with horror. I think the idea of an alien invasion
is terrifying. Alien, Aliens, and
The Thing are among my favorite movies
of all time.
sources of inspiration when writing Be
was initially conceived to serve as an
acting reel for T.J. Frizzi, who stars in the film. I was happy to help
him hash out the script so that it told a compelling story while
showcasing his range as an actor.
You co-wrote Be
Us with the film's lone actor T.J. Frizzi - so what was your
collaboration like when writing, and what made him perfect for the role?
is one of my closest friends, and writing with him is always a blast. We
challenge one another to ensure that the story is the best it can possibly
be until we are both completely satisfied. It was always written for him,
and I knew he could pull it off.
can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand, and
since the film never leaves exactly one rather featureless room, what kind
of a challenge was it to keep things interesting?
I try to
challenge myself with each project, and Be Us
presented a big challenge in
maintaining viewer interest within the confines of a single actor in an
empty room. It may not be my most dynamic work as a director, although I
sneaked in a couple of small flourishes to keep it interesting, and I
think the performance and story carry the film.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
entire set consisted of only me, T.J., our cinematographer, Neil Guliano,
and our special effects artist, Jordan Pacheco [Jordan
Pacheco interview - click here], working together in my
brother's basement. We're all good friends and have been working on each
other's projects for several years, so it was a very loose, fun
$64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?
can watch Be Us on YouTube now!
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Be
I was nervous about the reaction to Be Us.
I knew T.J. gave a great performance, but it's not a typical short film.
It's essentially a 5-minute monologue, but I'm really pleased that people
seem to be connecting with it. We didn't think it would play many film
festivals due to the unconventional approach, but we played at some great
ones and received a positive response.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
latest short, The Misplaced, is currently on the festival circuit and will
probably be online later this year. It was also co-written by T.J., but
it's a more traditional horror short. It recently premiered to a sold-out
audience at the Boston Underground Film Festival, and I'm really happy
with how it came out.
I always have a couple of projects in various stages of development. My
next short film will bet titled As It Rots, which I'm co-directing with my
good friend and talented filmmaker Jordan Pacheco [Jordan
Pacheco interview - click here] very soon.
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else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
just want to thank you for taking the time to speak with me! I can't wait
to share the next one with you.
for the interview!