Your new movie Bloodhound
- in a few words, what is it about?
Bloodhound is about a private detective named Abel Walker who is on the hunt for a
missing woman, but he finds himself caught up in a dangerous game that
could end in murder.
being a thriller of the hardboiled detective variety - is that a genre at
all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites? And what do you think
makes your film stand out of the crowd?
a fan of all genres but Iíve always been fascinated with the thriller
genre, especially crime thrillers. 8mm and Nightcrawler were big
influences on Bloodhound.
of inspiration when writing Bloodhound?
main inspiration for a Bloodhound
was the character of Abel Walker. Heís
this weird but seemingly normal man and underneath the surface thereís
something more to him. Youíre not sure if you should buy into his
persona or not.
I came up with that character I took inspiration from Los Angeles at night
to craft the story. While I was writing the script I would drive around
the streets of downtown LA late at night for inspiration, and thereís so
much activity that goes on in the streets of LA at night itís inspiring
and scary at the same time.
found footage-style - to put it bluntly, why? And what are the advantages
and challenges filming that way, both narratively and technically?
donít consider Bloodhound
to be a found footage movie. I chose to film
it in a documentary style because I felt that it was the best way for me
to tell the story within the budget that I had. Also the documentary style
plays a key role in the story.
the technical side, shooting documentary style allowed me to film in
places that I would normally need a permit, but because we were a two or
three man crew, we were able to shoot in places that make the film bigger
in scope than it would be if we had a big crew and were shooting a
can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at
my first movie Unidentified, my directing approach was more on the
technical side because my actors were all improv actors and it was a
comedy so there wasnít a lot of story direction that had to take place
once the actors knew who their characters were. I just let them go for it.
That was the style of the that film, but for Bloodhound, I
knew that the storytelling and acting specifically needed my direction to
keep the story flowing consistently throughout. Thereís a tension in Bloodhound
that has to be kept up through the whole movie.
Do talk about Bloodhound's
key cast, and why exactly these people?
are three key roles that I knew I needed to cast, number one was Abel Walker, and for that character I chose Ed Ackerman. Heís an actor I was
very familiar with and a friend, and I always thought he would make a great
leading man if given the opportunity so I decided to give him the
opportunity and I am really happy with the performance that he provided.
next key role was the character of Jim, the cameraman. I chose Dave Foy,
another friend of mine, and an actor that I felt could carry the movie with
Ed Ackerman. They were also friends with each other so that helps their
finally I had to cast Maria who is the woman that Abel Walker is looking
for throughout the movie. Her role was a small role but itís the most
important role. And without giving anything away, her character has to go
through a wide range of emotions in a very small period of time. I had
worked with Silvia Moore on a movie I produced called Chillerama, and her
performance was so amazing that it always stuck in my head and I knew I
needed to work with her at some point.
A few words
about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
this movie was very difficult because we had 12 days and because the
nature of the documentary style we could
only shoot for maybe eight hours at the most per day based on the
locations we were at. So that made for a very fast-paced shoot, which can
get stressful at times. The most difficult part of this film though was
having the actors memorize 10 to 15 pages of dialogue per day. Itís very
hard on the actors, and then you throw in something like having them drive
a car while theyíre acting, that kind of adds to the difficulty of the
scene. I think if I wasnít already friends with these actors
before we shot it would have been a lot more difficult to get the
performances and the dedication needed to finish the film.
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Bloodhound?
the movie just released on January 7, but so far the critics seem to
really like the film, which Iím very happy to see because I put a lot of
effort into finishing this film as the writer, director, producer, editor,
future projects you'd like to share?
in post production on my 3rd feature right now. Itís a sci-fi story
staring Brea Grant and Parry Shen. I canít wait for everyone to see it,
hopefully later this year!
What got you into
filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on
went to school in Boston for graphic design but I took a film class and
after that I decided I wanted to be a filmmaker. So as soon as I could I
moved to Los Angeles and started editing and producing.
When it comes to making movies, you've worn
many hats over the years - so what are your favourite jobs when making a
movie, what could you do without?
definitely prefer directing over everything else, but I really enjoy editing and I really enjoy creating
What can you tell us
about your filmwork prior to Bloodhound,
in whatever position?
for the first six years I lived in Los Angeles I worked for a production
company called Ariescope Pictures and I produced several feature films
including the Hatchet movies, Frozen, and Chillerama. And right
now Iím working on visual effects for a movie called Jiu Jitsu which
stars Nicolas Cage so thatís been a blast!
How would you describe yourself as
donít know if I can answer that question because
as a director you have to change the way you work on a minute by minute
basis depending on the project, so if anything I would say I am adaptive.
Filmmakers who inspire you?
Scott, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Denis Villeneuve, Guillermo Del
Toro, Neil Blomkamp. those are the directors and visionaries that I look
at for inspiration.
Star Wars, Back to the
Future, ET, Nightcrawler, Jaws,
Big Trouble in
Little China, and I could probably name 100 more movies that are my
... and of course, films you really
donít hate movies. I think all art is subjective and even the worst
movie was worked on by a lot of people that did their best, it just might
not have come together in the end.
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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
always mention my Mom, Patty Gundersen, if given the opportunity. LOL!
Thanks for the interview!