Your upcoming movie Clown Motel - in a few words, what is it
A young couple, Tara and Shane, are expecting their
first child and head on a road-trip on the way to a wedding. Work
Obligations and a complicated relationship cause Shane to leave Tara at a
remote motel on the outskirts of town. Unknown to them, the motel is not
what it seems. The run-down and dirty motel is full of workers dressed up
as clowns. But as soon as Tara is alone, she is not safe. Will Tara and
Shane be able to find common ground and make it out of the motel alive?
As far as I know, you're planning to make this
feature, from scripting to completion, in a mere two months time for under
$1,000 - so how did you come up with that idea, and what kind of a strain
is this putting onto you, actually?
As an indie
filmmaker, I enjoy making films as fast as I can. I also try to be as
budget-friendly so I am able to continue producing films myself. I love
the intensity of the quick and fast shoots, and having a great cast and
crew by my side is a big part of making it happen.
I find itís not much of a strain since I love what I do. It almost
challenges me as a filmmaker to push a little harder to make the movies
come alive. I also find it is very unique because of the time frame and
limited funds. I am hoping my VLOG will inspire filmmakers to complete
their projects by showing them some tricks and tips that I use to complete
my films. Even if they take a note or two, I know I am helping someone
attain their dream.
Basic question, why
clowns? And what do you think makes them quite as popular as horror
I think if clowns are done right they can
be really scary. I love the makeup aspects and once you are able to see
their wardrobe and everything come together, it really has a great affect
on the horror side of things.
Clowns in general are quite scary, itís like there is a hidden
person behind the masquerade. I like how you can dive into the character
development and also have the actor use a lot of physical movement to
their character to enhance the fear.
Your inspirations for writing Clown Motel?
of my inspirations include the remake It.
Clown Motel was something different for me to make because I have
not done a clown movie before. I was looking forward to going this route.
Designing the costumes and having a makeup trial really inspired me to
write based off the look I was going for.
talk about your movie's approach to horror for a bit!
feel Clown Motel is in the realm of creepy slasher horror. It is a classic
approach to horror with a nice twist.
can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand? And
since you've set yourself that close a deadline, is that at all
influencing your work as a director?
I feel I give my
actors the range to make changes and dive deep into their characters by
giving them room to make educated choices. I like giving them the freedom
to bring what they think the character should bring to the film. All the
cast and crew understand the intensity of the sets so everyone is working
on the same page! Since I DOP the films, I can direct by physically
shooting and seeing what I want from both the cinematography side of
things, as well as the actor side. I know what I need to shoot to be able
to edit it. It really does speed up the production and post production. I
wear many hats, but I enjoy multitasking. And again, I love the intensity
and thrill it brings to have a tight deadline. I think it makes me unique.
Do talk about your
key cast, and why exactly these people?
Many of these
people have been a part of my previous films before. They do an amazing
job and they understand the way I filmmake and the time restraints that
come with it. However, I aways love using new actors as well who believe
in the micro budget filmmaking and see the vision of the indie film. My
number one thing is as long as they are putting their full heart into the
movie, and commit to their character, I will 100% support them being in my
At what stage of
production are you at this precise moment, actually?
are currently heading towards post production. We finished filming Clown
Motel in three days and now we are just waiting for sound to send the
sound clips to line up the movie.
when and where can your movie be seen once finished?
Motel will be premiered at the Cinematique Theatre in Vancouver. Dates are
to be determined based off of availability. It will also be available via my website at
as well as DVD release. For updates, please follow the Facebook page Clown Motel film as well as our VLOG on
YouTube under the account Millspictures Studios. Feel free to like and subscribe!
also doing a daily vlog about Clown Motel's progress - so where can
that be found? And any other websites, Facebook pages or whatever else you
and your movie can be found at?
For updates, please
follow the Facebook page Clown Motel film as well as the VLOG via
under Millspictures Studios and the website
Any future projects
you'd like to share?
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I am currently working on post
production on Beyond the Line, which is a WWII film that we filmed
last summer. You can find it under the Facebook page Beyond the Line
for more details!
I also have another horror releasing soon called Mermaid Isle,
which surrounds a group of friends going boating to a remote island and
come across something eerie in the lake. Itís definitely unique and
intense! Follow the Facebook page Mermaid Isle for release dates!
Anything else you're dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
to give a shout out to my amazing cast and crew for working so diligently
during the shooting of Clown Motel. Everyone put their full efforts into
it and I think it is going to turn out fantastic. Donít forget to follow
the VLOG on my YouTube account Millspictures Studios to follow the
journey on making a movie for $1000 in under 2 months! Itís a fun ride.