Your new short Beyond Macabre - in a few words, what is it
is about one man's mind journey into madness in which he is tormented by
evil clowns. But, are they real? Beyond Macabre
is the third Macabre
film after Avant-Macabre and
Macabre from last year...
With Beyond Macabre
revolving around the
fear of clowns - why clowns, and is this fear something you're suffering
I hated that damn clown doll in Poltergeist
in 1982 as a kid. This stuff doesn't bother me so much these days, but the
likes of Stephen King's IT coming out, and the idea in-bedded to do a
clown-like film last year kind of came to the fore-front.
(Other) sources of inspiration when
writing Beyond Macabre?
Good friends help a lot
because of their love for horror genres. I guess I can thank avant-garde
bands and music videos for strong visuals in the likes off Mr Bungle - for
whom their music video Quote, Unquote aka Travolta was banned
from MTV in 1991 for it's OTT content and use of strange images ..
Do talk about your film's
approach to horror for a bit!
I try to create worlds and
situations I like and fear in nightmarish images on screen.
What can you tell us about
your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
first half was somewhat improvised from footage I had with poetry from Andrea
Dean Van Scoyoc [Andrea
Dean Van Scoyoc interview - click here] - a talented writer from Florida, USA. The rest of the
film - with the clowns - was pre-planned and thrown together to
finish the rest of production. However, I have to thank Dylan Knight, Alex
Reed and my younger brother, Steven Chamberlain, for pushing me, too. Once
in the zone,the madness and magic can happen on screen, again!
talk about your cast, and why exactly these people?
mentioned before, these are people, cast and crew I met through actor workshops in Nottingham. It's always
trial and error, well it has been for
me, but I genuinley do like these people and they're family to me!
a bit of Beyond Macabre
was filmed outside - so do talk about your
exterior locations for a bit, and what were the advantages but maybe also
challenges filming there?
Weather! That damn weather plays
a part in outdoor filming I find. There is a local woodland to me, so I
find the outdoors brilliant for a horror film set with trees and nature!
What can you tell us about the
shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
great - no complaint, I just get into the zone to film and focus my head
away into this fantasy filming world of Beyond Macabre!
$64-question of course, where can Beyond Macabre be seen?
wood... for Halloween 2017 on my YouTube, but am thinking about festivals,
Avant-Macabre and Grand
Macabre, Beyond Macabre
is already the third film bearing
"Macabre" in the title - so how are these three films connected?
but somewhat not - I see them as experiments of film.
do you think you've grown as a filmmaker from Avant-Macabre
to Beyond Macabre?
I feel as though I have taken
on-board experience of local actors and crew and true friendship for
future productions. I feel blessed. It's all about respect for each other
on the day and beyond! Again, my experiences in the past have always been
trial and error! I love the Nottingham and London scene for gaining
contacts and experience and friends - it means a lot!
Any future projects beyond
Beyond Macabre you'd like to share?
Some pipleline projects
are being talked about, with cast and crew. I am looking into doing
another Christmas special for 2017, too!
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
website, Facebook, whatever else?
Check my YouTube as
always for updates:
Anything else you're
dying to mention and I've forgotten to ask?
Shout out to
the hard working cast and crew of Beyond Macabre, Grand
Macabre and Avant-Macabre! I can't thank people enough for your love, patience and
support! Shout out to Mortuary Productions, Andrea
Dean Van Scoyoc [Andrea
Dean Van Scoyoc interview - click here], Davy Simmons VFX, and everybody that cares to support me through the
business - I thank you!!
Thank You - Cheers!! Love Esme x