Your movie 13/13/13
- in a few words, what is it about?
is about the end of the world. Picture this, everyone in the
world goes completely insane, and when I say everyone I mean everyone.
Your neighbors, family, friends, relatives, politicians, even your
youngest child. They all get violent and suicidal. There are
riots in the streets. Pandemonium! Then we jump in to the film at ground
zero and follow our slightly less crazy hero Jack trying to save himself
and his daughter who he believes might not be crazy. Lots of blood.
In more ways than
one, 13/13/13 is about
the loss of loved ones - is that at all something you can relate to,
personally, and to what extent can you identify with your reluctant hero
I have lost loved ones in the past. When I was
filming my movie Hate Crime, my grandmother passed away. Her and I were
very close. There is a feeling of lack of control, you can't control
what happens to others, no matter how much you want to. Some things are
just out of our hands. That is Jack's crazy, he is unable to control his
emotions, he is unable to accept defeat and that it's too late to save his
daughter. I can relate to that easily.
The Mayan prophecy that's supposed to have
triggered the events in your movie - is that at all something real, I mean
did you put any amount of research into it, or was it just made up out of
thin air? And (other) sources of inspiration when writing 13/13/13?
made all of that up and based it in some reality. I was born on feb 29,
leap year, so I am very familiar with how that day works and is able to
exist. I just parlayed it into the film.
would you describe your directorial approach to your story at hand?
wanted every single actor to feel justified and be living through a
different kind of crazy. I talked with them extensively about symptoms and
collaborated with them. Visually I wanted the film to have a floating
dreamlike feel at times, which is why there is a lot of steadicam, but I
also wanted everything to feel tense and always moving. Thats why there is
so much handheld shots in the film.
is your first movie produced by a relatively high profile film studio, The
Asylum - now how did that collaboration come about, and how does
working for a studio compare to work totally independently?
is a very different experience working with a studio rather than being my
own boss. This being said, I loved collaborating with the guys at The
Asylum. It was a great experience. These guys really know their stuff and
truly care about the product for their fans. They know what they want and
really deliver. They were also always there when I needed them which was
refreshing. Overall a great experience.
is some very wicked humour in 13/13/13
- was this already in the script, or rather improvised during the shoot?
always intended the film to be a little silly/campy and really had some
fun with it. One of my favorite bits when I was writing it was all
of the Vietnam War-type flashback scenes. "We're all a little
all the gorehounds among our readers, do also talk about your gore scenes
for a bit, and was there ever a line you refused to cross?
know me, there is never a line I won't cross with violence, but there is a
line that can't always be shown ;) The gorehounds will have a real treat in
this one. Lots of fun stuff. Eye gouging, axes to the head, skin being
ripped off. You name it.
can you tell us about your cast, and why exactly these people?
cast was a pleasure to work with. Loved all of them. There were some old
faces from other movies I had done and some new faces, but I really had a
great time getting to know the new people and developing the characters
together. Everything that was off the page.
can you tell us about the actual shoot, and the on-set atmosphere?
atmosphere was awesome! I had an amazing cast and crew and we really came
together as a family! I even bought sushi for everyone cause they were so
awesome! Loved them all. Can't say enough good things.
question maybe, but will there ever be a sequel to 13/13/13?
And any (other) future projects you'd like to share?
can say is maybe about the sequel. It would be a fun world to re-enter.
As for the other future projects, I just got back a week ago from Thailand
where I was shooting my new movie Pernicious for the past 3 months.
It was awesome and I really think you guys are going to LOVE this one. It's something really special.
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