Your new short Genevieve
- in a few words, what is it about?
a little more than a few words but here is the official plot summary that
we have for Genevieve:
Morris is attending his son's funeral while two criminals are breaking
into his home. These criminals are trying to steal the notorious killer
doll, Genevieve, because they think the doll would be worth some money,
but these people have no idea what they're dealing with.
Basic question, why a killer doll, and is doll
horror a subgenre especially dear to you?
doll horror has always been near and dear to me, because the first horror
film I ever saw as a kid was Bride Of Chucky, and the first horror
franchise that I really got obsessed with was Puppet Master, so yeah
I love me some killer dolls.
sources of inspiration when writing Genevieve?
would say short films like Lights Out really inspired me on this one
and also the movie Donít Breathe as well.
talk about the killer doll in your movie for a bit, and how was it
conceived, and how much say did you have or demand in its creation?
this is a spin-off of sorts from a horror anthology that I did last year
called Urban Fears. That was Genevieveís on-screen debut and I
actually was struggling to find out what I was going to do for that
segment of Urban Fears,
but then I stumbled upon the doll on
Facebook and as soon as I saw the doll I came up with a whole backstory
immediately and the rest is history.
can you tell us about Genevieve's
approach to horror?
I would say that if you are looking for a quick killer doll horror fix
without having to watch a full feature-length film, this is for you,
itís short and to the point and I think it delivers with everything you
Do talk about your overall
directorial approach to your story at hand?
okay, so I wanted to dabble in some found footage type stuff again because
I havenít done that since I made Night. But I didnít want to go
full found footage so I decided to do the film in POV and I think that led
to some new and interesting shots.
What can you
tell us about Genevieve's
cast, and why exactly these people?
got Shawn C. Phillips [Shawn C.
Phillips interview - click here] back for a cameo because he played the owner of the
doll (Ted Morris) in Urban Fears, and I play one of the thieves,
and that is really just because of our limited budget but I think it all
A few words about
the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
was only me and my girlfriend Alexis Beacher on set, she helped me with a
lot of the puppet work on Genevieve
and I basically shot all of the
POV stuff myself. It was honestly fun, nowhere near as stressful as
shooting a feature-length film, thatís part of the reason why I wanted
to make a short is because I needed a break from all the stress that comes
along with making a feature.
$64-question of course, where can Genevieve
will be out on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video come July 15!
Anything you can tell us about audience and
critical reception of Genevieve?
far Iíve been getting a lot of great reviews for Genevieve, some
peopleís only complaint was that it was too short, but I had them
wanting more, so I think thatís a good thing.
future projects you'd like to share?
the reception that Iíve been getting for Genevieve
has been so
good that I am actually already working on a gore-filled short film sequel
called Genevieve Wreaks Havoc.
website, social media whatever else?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
official website is nmjfilms.com, you can find all of the other links to
all my social media and IMDb stuff there.
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
not really, I think I said it all.
for the interview!