Your new movie A Favor
- in a few words, what is it about?
It's about a guy (Shaun Callaghan) who helps his friend (Diana Porter)
clean up her latest murderous mess. Hilarity ensues!
Speaking of favours
- your worst experiences with doing someone a favour?
in particular strikes me, but generally, being let down, or worse, not
getting my books or DVDs back when I lend them out... Which is rare for me
to do these days.
did the project fall together in the first place? And what
can you tell us about A Favor's
writer Christopher Hallock, and what was your collaboration like?
was looking for short scripts to develop for an anthology, and though this
story wasn't quite right for that, it was very funny, and I knew I had to
adapt it to film in any case. I just took his words and filmed them,
few words about A Favor's
special brand of humour, and to what degree can you identify with that
style of comedy?
There's a lot of head-smacking and
throwing and dragging around a body wrapped in a sheet. It's pretty
hilarious. I love it because I have a deep-rooted sense of black humor.
Even in my scarier films, I usually throw in something to laugh at. I have
a weird sense of humor, so non-horror people usually don't respond.
What can you tell us about your
directorial approach to your story at hand?
collaborative; if an actor feels that a sentence doesn't feel right, or if
I see he or she's struggling, we'll change the dialogue on set to fit the
mood. I'm not a slave to the script, because wonderful, magical moments
can happen on set, and your cast will surprise you with a brilliant improvised
line --- or look.
course have to talk about your cast for a bit, and why exactly these
Shaun Callaghan is a local metal singer and
guitarist; he made a video of him drunkenly lip-syncing one of his band's
(Give Zombies The Vote) songs to his cat, Bill Murray, and the video went
viral. You can watch it here:
... Anyway, Shaun is a natural, and he carries the entire film. Jose
Gonsalves gives great fight and Steven Lawlor-Jones turns in a strange and
funny performance as the neighbor. Diana Porter is a long-time
collaborator of mine, and has a lot of off-camera action, with a great
scene at the end.
Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set
We didn't have a lot of time to film, so in
preproduction, I hired a stunt coordinator to make sure my actors Shaun
and Jose didn't hurt themselves in the fight scene.
As far as I know, A
Favor has only just premiered - so what can you tell us about
critical and audience reception of your movie so far? And where will it
play next, and when and where will the movie be released onto the general
Correct---it's only played twice, and it's gotten a
lot of laughs. If you're going to FrightFest this weekend,
check out A
Favor and lots of other awesome shorts in Showcase 1 at the
PCC. They play at 11:15am on Saturday, August 29.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
just also premiered Innsmouth (starring Tristan Risk [Tristan
Risk interview - click here] and Diana Porter) at
the Necronomicon Providence to a really great crowd. It flips the gender
roles of Shadow Over Innsmouth in a very loose adaptation.
It's quite deadly but very sexy, too. I can't wait for the rest of the
world to see it. I hired Eisner Award-nominated artist Brett Weldele to
illustrate our poster, and people are losing their minds over it, so
that's a very good thing.
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