Your movie Black Friday - in a few words, what is it about?
Without giving away too much... After a 13 year long hiaus, a
terrifying paranormal entity wreaks havoc in a small town shopping center
on Black Friday.
did the project come into being in the first place? And what
were your sources of inspiration for writing Black Friday?
never seen anyone take Black Friday and horror as a conceptual idea for a
film. So I decided to come up with an idea for a film. I always wanted to make a horror
film with a genuine concept. Present something to the audience that is
gory, creepy, and scary all together. Horror movies today, rarely give us those components all in one.
can you tell us about your screenwriter Shannon Smith, and your
collaboration with her?
I've known Shannon for about 6 years.
She is currently working as a ghostwriter and script doctor for clients
around the globe. My collaboration with her on the Black Friday teaser was
awesome. It's like we almost have the same brain.
With Black Friday
revolving around a paranormal investigation - your personal thoughts on
I believe the paranormal to be very real. Do
your research before investigating into an area of new mystery!
Do talk about Black Friday's
approach to the horror genre?
Black Friday is a NEW concept
approach to the horror genre. Hopefully, in the future it'll be brought up
in conversations amongst the likes of Friday the
The Exorcist and many other classics.
the Black Friday-teaser
being shot found footage style - what attracted you to that approach?
I felt the best approach for the teaser was, take a
scene from screenplay and make it a found footage style concept. Present
the overall product as short teaser trailer without giving away too much
in order to be effective.
Do talk about your key cast, and why exactly
I felt the cast & crew I collaborated
with created something special. The idea may have stemmed from one brain,
but when you have a group of individuals who share the same creativity,
imagination, work ethic, and communication, the finished product will show
What can you tell us about the teaser shoot as
such, and the on-set atmosphere?
The teaser was shot in the
middle of October 2017. The location was an abandoned restaurant in
Colorado. Everything came into place at the right time.
Any future projects beyond Black
Friday you'd like to share?
I'm currently in
development on 2 features. One is horror/thriller. The other is suspense,
What got you into making
movies in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the
When I was kid, my Dad would take me to the movies
almost every weekend. Then, I'd reinact the movie when I get home
afterwards. Movies always gave me an outlet to express my imagination. No
formal training. Self-taught.
What can you tell us about your filmwork prior
to Black Friday?
Prior experience to Black Friday
was basically being a PA on student and short film sets. Mostly hands-on
approach learning. Watching a lot of movies too.
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How would you describe yourself
as a director?
I described myself as a melting pot of a
director. A conglomerate of a all directors put into one. I don't have a
style or certain approach. No limitations.
Filmmakers who inspire you?
Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Robert Zemeckis inspire me the
That's a hard one. Back to the
Jurassic Park, Forrest Gump, Terminator 2, and A Nightmare On Elm Street
are some of my favorites.
Thanks for the interview!
Special thanks to Richard S Barnett, founder of IIWYK!!!