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An Interview with Ivan Kraljevic, Director of The Harvesting

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2019

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Your new movie The Harvesting - in a few words, what is it about?

 

The Harvesting centers around the implosion of a seemingly normal family while visiting the Amish Countryside.

 

How did the project fall together in the first place, and how did you get involved?

 

This is a labor of love. It all started with producer Daniel Shultz and his dream of filming an interesting story in his home town. One day, while having lunch and talking about the film, a person emerged out of nowhere and it turned out to be Danís childhood friend from Lancaster. Dan laughed and said ďIvan donít say itís faithĒ

 

What can you tell us about The Harvesting's writer Ben Everhart, and what was your collaboration like?

 

Working with Ben was unbelievably simple and instinctual. We had countless moments in which we uttered the same words. The challenge was to keep his vision and threads regardless of production obstacles. Ben has exhibited a lot of faith and I hope we made him proud, I know we did.

 

Do talk about your movie's approach to horror!

 

Dan and I wanted to use emotion, fear of the unknown, to drive the film along. Some people love it some hate it, I prefer what we did to the more blood approach.

 

What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

My approach is always the same, directing through creating situations for actors to react to. In doing this I can just watch the movie through kid eyes and adjust details. Casting, locations, budget is something to embrace rather than resist - like in martial arts, spinning the energy back and using it to an advantage is what I truly love.

 

From what I've read, you've actually filmed The Harvesting in Amish country - so what was it like filming there, what were the advantages and challenges?

 

Lancaster was amazing, the love the community gave us is impossible to describe. I am forever in debt to the Shultz and Gareis families and the rest of people we touched.

 

Do talk about The Harvesting's key cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Casting magically came together as if we had no choice. Of course there were choices but the right fit was obvious.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The atmosphere on set was really positive and everyone was amazingly creative. The catch phrase was ďItís like we meant itĒ.

Some ideas fit so well it seemed they were just always meant to be.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The Harvesting?

 

The Harvesting has had great reviews by the fans and critics who look for something more than blood, the ones looking for blood didnít get what they wanted. What I can say is that I am opinionated and the film isnít meant to be for everyone.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I am working on an epic story of a woman queen who stood up to the Romans and lost everything 300 years before Cleopatra.

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?

 

I always had an opinion about movies and often wondered why they bother making bad ones. I guess Iím on a lifetime quest to make more good ones and move the needle.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to The Harvesting?

 

I directed two shorts before The Harvesting, and the overwhelming realization was that it was easy and natural. What took me so long? 

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I donít know how to do anything else but to give people my opinion on how to be better. Great for film, not so great for relationships.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

All the classics, too many to list, but the thread of common sense storytelling and the ability to understand and evoke the human emotion is always present.

 

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I guess I got to give you something: Pulp Fiction, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

I realize that there is an audience for all, and if I donít like something Iím more confident someone else will, so why hate.

 

Anything else you're dying to tell us and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I appreciate your support and interest in the movie. Iím the exchange student that got to live the dream!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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