Your new movie Bloodrunners
- in a few words, what is it about?
Bloodrunners centers on a turf war between a crooked cop
and a power-hungry vampire over a small town soaked in illegal hooch
during the height of Prohibition.
being a blend of gangster and vampire movie, are these genres you
particularly enjoy, and some of your favourites?
love all genres of movie. I am a true movie buff and will watch
everything. I love the action comedy the best… so you will find
many moments of action and comic relief in this movie. I am taking the
vampire genre seriously, however. In
my mind there is a difference between “having fun with” something
and “making fun” of something. We are having fun. No mockery.
sources of inspiration when writing Bloodrunners?
Stoker’s Dracula, “traditional” vampire lore. We are very
subtle with the vampire stuff, so we wanted to stay true to “traditional”
tropes - no sparkling (Twilight), no exploding vampires
can you tell us about your co-writers Michael McFadden and Adam Danoff, and what
was your collaboration with him like when writing Bloodrunners?
We had weekly
brainstorm sessions. Adam brought in the vampire stuff, Mike brought in
the history stuff and I focused on the story structure. The 3-person
method worked pretty well, because whenever we had a disagreement, we
always had a person for the tie-breaker vote.
set in the 1930s, what were the challenges to get the period right?
Making a period picture is a nightmare. I literally became an expert
on all things 1933. It was crazy, every article of clothing, every
single prop in the scene. The biggest killer was modern day safety.
Things like smoke alarms, door locks and plastic light did not exist back
then - lots of digital removal in post production.
can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at
focus was to make it feel like a crime drama and downplay the vampire
element until they reveal themselves. However, I made sure to leave
vampire “bread crumbs” so the entire story made sense and the
more inquisitive audience members could unravel the puzzle themselves.
stars hip hop legend Ice-T - so how did you get him even, and what was
your collaboration like?
Harvey, one of our producers, is a friend of Ice-T and he
introduced Ice to this project. Ice-T himself is a consumate
professional, he just knows his stuff and was great to work with. When
a line in the script wasn’t working, he would collaborate and work
with us to find a better way. The rest of the cast was also impressed and
I feel they all upped their game because of him.
What can you tell us about the
rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?
lead actor, Michael McFadden, and I did a movie together previously and he
is a truely fearless actor. That is what impressed my so much about
him and it’s
why I wanted him to be part of the project. The rest of the cast was
acquired by good-ol fashioned casting. We went to a casting director
with a list of roles and we just held auditions.
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
like to call filmmaking “the worlds most expensive
hobby”. I love it. Though the time pressure can get intense,
it is something I thrive on. I
find that most people on a movie are there because they want to be, so if
everyone can be positive and stick to the schedule,
it is a nice on-set atmosphere.
Sometimes we have divas or jerks, but I quickly send those
people home with their check and ask them to never return. I have
re-cast actors on more than one occasion.
$64-question of course, when and where will Bloodrunners
be released onto the general public?
Anything you can
tell us about audience and critical reception of Bloodrunners
The audiences at the test screenings gave the movie
good marks. Awaiting reviews.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
have a new movie in the works, but I can’t
share it with the public yet. Sorry.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
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A piece of trivia. We
wrote a scene where a stake penetrates a vampire’s bare
chest. I assumed this had been done before and all we had
to do was find an example from another movie and copy the
effect. After several months of scanning through vampire movies,
we couldn’t find a single example. SO… I could be
wrong, but I think we are the FIRST MOVIE IN HISTORY to show
a closeup of a stake penetrating a vampire’s bare chest.
for the interview!