Your upcoming movie Ravage - in a few words, what's it about?
is a sci-fi apocalypse film. I took liberty with today's situation of Covid
and pinned it into something bigger, a bigger mutation.
Ravage being a post doomsday movie, is that a genre at all dear to
you, and some of your genre favourites? And what can you tell us about
your movie's approach to the genre? And what would you do if you were the
last man on earth?
main genre is horror. That is always dear to my heart. With this film I
wanted to branch out more, flex my creative juices. Ravage started out
small, a short really, and evolved into a full feature.
I din't know how
I'd feel if I was the last man on earth. I think a person gets cabin fever
within a few weeks. I don't think I'd like the feeling for very long.
sources of inspiration when writing Ravage?
to me again felt like expanding contagion, evolving it, the climate of the
world with Covid and such. It could happen, mutations happen all the time.
Then I said ok, perhaps there is only 1 person alive after the world blows
itself up. Brings us to a kind of I am
Legend or Soylent Green or any
really good sci-fi film.
can you tell us about your directorial approach to the story at hand?
approach as a director is first finding the perfect talent. Who like
my script as much as I did and who weren't afraid to let go and be the
character. A lot of actors want to be pretty. There is no pretty in a
gritty apocalypse film. I want actors who can sink their teeth into the
part. No worry that there's blood or dirt etc. Be the character.
also appear in front of the camera in Ravage - so what can you tell
us about your character, what do you draw upon to bring him to life, and
did you write him with yourself in mind from the get-go?
have a very small role this time out, it's more of a cameo. There's a
certain scene that is fine with my cameo, I didm't want to spoil anything
about the film. There's a cameo by a friend of mine who's a big rock star
too, he makes a cameo. Little Easter eggs.
talk about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?
cast, the people are again actors who are not afraid to be the characters, men and women who like the script and subject matter, there are
twists and turns and I wanted the right group to enjoy the ride.
far as I know, you're still shooting Ravage as we speak - so what
can you tell us about the shoot so far, and what's the schedule?
wrapped principles last week, 1 major battle scene back at the LA River,
we shot for months outdoors. A great wasteland look.
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
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also planning to film The Amityville Legend later this year - so what can
you tell us about that one, and your spin on the, erm, Amityville-legend?
Legend again started as something different, it was called My Friend
Billy. My friend Phil Herman asked me one day if I can maybe merge My
Billy into a Amityville story. I wrote it in 2 weeks, I was possessed. My
take on this starts in Vaudeville, then 1972, 1973, and then today. I didn't
want to make garbage. As far as I know I've seen a few Amity wannabes
garbage, they take the name cause it's public domain and run with garbage.
Mine brings us back home. My tagline is You know the town, you know
the legend. I bring us back to familiar places with a twist.
movie's website, social media, whatever else?
film from last year The Butcher won 57 awards in festivals in the
US and overseas. Italy, Brazil, India, Greece, London love me as well. It was a blast.
The Butcher, Amityville Legend and Ravage
all have fanpages on Facebook. Type
in the names and you are there.
Instagram: realravge1, amityvillelegend1
else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
for having me talk, it's been a blast. Ravage will premiere in March and
to festivals as well. Again depending on Covid and the mutations, lol.
for the interview!