Your film Bunnyman
- in a few words, what is it about?
The whole concept of the film, Bunnyman, is the contradictory nature of
having something innocent, that represents good doing something very bad
i.e. Mickey Mouse with a giant knife is more scary then a homeless man
with a giant knife.
What were your inspirations when writing Bunnyman?
I wanted to make a unique horror film. Loving the slasher genre, I knew no
one had done a film with a giant white bunnyman. When I realized that there was
a opportunity there, I started thinking about the film. I came up with the idea
of having a giant white Bunnyman listening to classical music as he tortures
someone with a chainsaw. That idea inspired me, because it was so out there, and
I felt that was a creative idea that I just had to get on film.
would you describe your directorial approach?
To be honest,
it's fractured. I want to spend as much time working with the actors,
rehearsing etc. but I am not able to. As a producer on the film, I have to
worry about permits, signing waivers, locations etc. that I am compromised
as a director since I can't only focus on the actors. The producing aspect
isn't the only thing that distracts me either, for example we don't have a
production designer, so although the actors are important, I have to worry
about everything else that appears on the screen, the sets etc. However to
be fair, everyone on set was doing multiple things. Joshua Lang had five
jobs at any given time, and my effects guy Michael Cronin was holding the
boom mike when we didn't have effects in the shot.
essence, Bunnyman is a
slasher movie. A favourite genre of yours, and your genre favourites?
The more obvious ones such as Friday the
13th, Nightmare on Elm
etc. However, I also like the more obscure horror films, I love Phantasm... and a couple of guilty pleasures like
The Stuff, Chopping
Mall, and Freddy vs
question that might be very obvious: Why a bunny costume?
I have not seen any other horror films with a giant bunny costume, so
that's why I stuck with that costume. If you think thematically, the
costume is white, so it represents a pure color, innocence. It also
contrasts well with blood :) Another reason, is that the costume stands
out, which was evident when I was promoting the film at a horror
convention. You have tons of people dressed as zombies, and no one bats
a eye. However, when a giant white bunny covered in blood comes out, it
stands out. You don't see that everyday, and it gets a reaction from
Another example when we were shooting the sunset shot in Bunnyman, we
were right off a highway leading up the side of a mountain. People would
drive for miles, and not see another car. However, they would turn the
corner on the side of the mountain, and nearly slam on their breaks
because there was a giant white bunny standing amongst the woods with a
chainsaw. The costume just stands out.
play the titular Bunnyman yourself, and also do so at conventions to
promote your film, right? What can you tell us about playing the Bunnyman?
I almost fainted a couple of times in that costume at E3, because I was
so determined to get on live TV. Which I did, check out the Attack of the
Show-Bunnyman clip on youtube! I also had 3 year old fake blood seeping
out of the costume, melting from the heat, and running into my eyes, which
blinded me on the left side. So it's not as glorious as one would think :)
I am also 6'3" so when you add the costume on, I'm 7ft tall. So at E3
you have a lot of short Asians there, which meant I had fun chasing after
a few of them, scaring most of them since I towered over them.
Now here's a stupid
question I have made up especially for you: How important do you think are
chainsaws in today's horror?
There is a primal fear factor
with just the unnerving sound of a chainsaw running. I mean, it will cut
you like a machete will, however it's that added noise that I think
registers subconsciously with the audience. With that being said, I think
it's just as relevant as it was in the 70's and 80's. I think it's a great
weapon to cut people up with :) The concern however is that the second you
put that in a film, people will say you are copying Texas Chainsaw
Massacre... which annoys me, because a chainsaw is featured as promitely
in Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness yet they don't say those films copied
Texas Chainsaw. So in my opinion, it's a perfectly viable weapon to use in
a film.... it just has some baggage with it.
hilarious last line, "We're gonna need a lot of therapy" - how
did you come up with that?
That's just my sarcastic sense
of humor coming out... stating the obvious with a wink and a smile.
There's no story behind it, sorry... I just have a tendency to have
these random lines of humor that hopefully helps endear the audience to
leave the present behind at the moment and head on to your past: What got
you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on
I just love movies. I had a few bumps in the road growing up, and
movies were a way to escape. I was always intrigued by the idea that you
can create this whole world in film that doesn't exist other then what
comes up in your mind. The idea of creating a visual representation of
that is fun, and I like the idea that I was able to create something in
this world that wouldn't have existed otherwise. In regards to training, I
went to film school. However, that was only a small factor learning how to
make films. The rest came with making my earlier films, learning what
works and doesn't work. The negative in that, is you learn in a public
forum, and let's be honest, the internet is like a pit of angry dogs just
waiting to rip you a new one. So to give that a positive spin, you are
politely informed on any aspect you need to work on to hone your craft :)
A few words about Shadows of the Dead,
which was I believe your debut feature?
It's not a great film, by any stretch of the imagination, but it is
something I am proud of. It represents a lot of things to me. It was my
attempt to do something creative, by making a zombie love story which I
still think is a more unique approach to a horror film. It however
backfired on me, since the horror fans hated the love aspect to it, and
the drama/romance crowd hated the zombie part, so I pissed off two genre
fans instead of appealing to both. The film represents a younger version
of myself personally, since I had this ideal of young romance and love.
Having grown up a little, and being more jaded about love, finding the
right one etc. I have no interest in exploring that aspect in film
anymore. Now I just want to blow shit up, and kill people in films :) - in
other words, there ain't no love in Bunnyman! Finally,
Shadows of the Dead
introduced me to the wonderful world of distributors and their
creative talents in regards to "marketing expenses".
What can you
tell us about Shattered Lives?
The main lesson I learned from Shattered Lives is that I got too
ambitious. The film was supposed to be a anthology of three stories, like Creepshow. However after the first day of filming, I realized I was
fucked, since there was no way we could shoot three stories within the
shooting schedule. So, after the first day of production, I was forced to
re-write the script, take out one story completely, and combine the two
stronger stories into one... which is to say, this is not the way to
make a movie. I also realized as we shot the film, that the clowns were
one of the stronger aspects of the film, so I added additional scenes of
the clowns, trying to give them as much screen time as possible. There was
a lot of drama on that set as well, from arriving on set to see a
ambulance carrying off one of the crew members, to being kicked out of one
location (due to no fault of the production), to trying to find little
people and convincing them to be in a movie. The little people were not
actors, so I was conscious of having to rely on make up, and dubbing their
voices (with my own voice distorted) to make a performance out of them.
has its weird title character, Shattered Lives has two weird clowns
- intended parallels (or am I seeing something that's not there to
Just my attempt at trying to be unique within
the genre. Shattered Lives had little evil clown people, how often do you
see that in films?
Any other films of yours you'd like to talk
about, any future projects?
Bunnyman 2! I feel there is a still a story to still tell with the
Bunnyman character. I want to apply the mistakes I made on Bunnyman 1 to
make Bunnyman 2
an even better slasher film!
I also like the idea of doing a sequel, the creative challenges
to justify the existence of a sequel etc. One thing I did not
anticipate, was the challenge of contending with everyone's schedules,
and I realize now firsthand why you don't have returning actors in
sequels. I do like the challenge of trying to build the Bunnyman brand
name, and create a franchise with Bunnyman. I also want to push the
contradictory nature of something innocent doing really bad things i.e.
more blood and gore !
After Bunnyman 2, will be Blood Angel, which deals with the Nazi Occult.
I want to get one more slasher film under my belt, and then into some
more high concept films.
When making movies, you
pretty much do it all yourself, writing, directing, producing, editing, even a bit
of acting. What are your favourite aspects of the moviemaking process,
what could you do without?
I loathe the producing aspect, I really do. The part I love the most is
editing. I like that I can lock myself up in a room, and re-write the
entire story, fix problems, come up with creative solutions which are
all dependent on my creative abilities and nothing else. This is opposed
to producing, which I am constantly constrained by having no money to
make a film.
Directors who inspire you?
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Tim Burton and Ridley Scott. I really respect the imaginative worlds they
create within their films.
My first and true love is science
fiction... I just can't make films in that genre since I don't have the
budget, however that is my long term goal. With that being said, my
favorite films are the original Star Wars trilogy, the Alien films, the
Terminator and Predator films, and of course
... and of course, films you really
I don't find any artistic merit in torture porn... and I'm happy to see that subgenre subsiding. I'm also not a fan
of the lost footage subgenre. If you just plop down a camera
on a table, and hit record... that's not filmmaking to me. Where is the
technique of lighting, the art of cinematography is lost in these type of
Your/your films website, Facebook, whatever
A No One Cares official website: www.anocproductions.com
Bunnyman on Facebook:
Anything else you are dying to mention that I have
merely forgotten to ask?
I just wanted to thank everyone who helped make Bunnyman! It means a
lot to receive support from fans of Bunnyman, and it helps keep us
motivated to make more films. Filmmakers are human beings as well, and
what goes hand in hand with being a creative person is being sensitive.
Filmmakers are not immune to criticism which I would wish the internet
forums would be cognizant of. A filmmaker, or an artist I feel has a need
to make something not just out of self realization, but a wanting to
share something that represents them. They are sharing something with
you, the audience. Even a four year old realizes when someone shares a
cookie with them, if they don't like it, they say no thank you. You
don't take the cookie, break it into millions of pieces, and throw it
back into the giver's face. I think if someone doesn't like a filmmaker's
movie, or a artist's painting, or a musician's song that this person should go make something that speaks to
then wasting his time attacking someone else's work.
Thanks for the interview!
Thank you for the opportunity !