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An Interview with Pablo S. Pastor, Director of Into the Mud

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2016

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Into the Mud is about the survival and greed of man, and how a confrontation of those can bring out the worst ub us.


Into the Mud basically revolves around a hunt - so in your private life, is hunting at all something that appeals to you?


Not at all. I've never hunted in my life and it's something I don't think I would be able to do.


(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Into the Mud?


I think its kind of obvious that movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Evil Dead were a big inspiration for me while making this short. I guess I've always wanted to make my little tribute to them, always being true to myself and putting my own stamp on the story, of course. I wanted to tell a classic horror story, simple but direct. That was what I wanted with this film and what inspired me to make it.


Do talk about your movie's approach to horror for a bit!


I don't think Into the Mud is horror 100%. It's more about tension and suspense. You don't have big scary moments that would make you jump out of your seat but I think there are some that will make you eat your own nails.


You're movie's also quite action-heavy - a few words about that aspect of Into the Mud?


Well, I guess you're talking about the chase scene and the final sequence. It is the closest thing to action we have in the short. They were the more delicate parts to shoot, and especially the last one was really difficult cause we were in the water, but it was a lot of fun and I would like to get more experience in the action parts on my next projects.


What can you tell us about the overall look and feel of Into the Mud?


This is my first professional short film, I've been doing a lot since I was a teen but this project was special for me. It has been a fantastic experience, I shared it with a wonderful team and I've learned a lot from all of them. It has helped me to realize how much I liked this and encouraged me to keep doing it for many years. I'm really happy with the final result of the short.


Into the Mud's female lead is running through the woods in the nude pretty much all through the film - so how hard or easy was it to find an actress who's up for this, and what can you tell us about María Forqué, and your collaboration with her?


Working with people as talented as María has been an honor for me. She is one of the most talented young actresses in Spain, so brave and professional. She knew she was gonna spend two days naked surrounded by unknown people and she was totally ok with it. She internalized the character so much that I practically didn´t need to say anything. Her work has been amazing and I'd totally like to work with her again.


You of course also have to talk about your other actor, Ramón G. del Pomar, for a bit, and what made him perfect for his role?


I wanted Ramon tot make this role since I saw him. His look was the look, I needed him. He had charisma, that bad guy look that I needed and, once he read the script, he was totally on board. He was so easy and it was a huge pleasure working with him.


Do talk about your wonderful location, and what were the advantages but maybe also challenges filming there?


The aesthetic was something that I had in my head from the start. I wanted to make horror but I wanted it to be something aesthetic and even beautiful and that forest and the river were perfect for me. It's a location I know well, it's was filmed in a village in Toledo, Navahermosa, I have a house there and I knew this short had to happened there, so there were not so many challenges I had to face... maybe the river part, we all finished wet!


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


Everything was really fast, we shot in two intensive days in midsummer. Despite the harsh conditions there were no complaints from anyone and everything went great. We were all so professional that everything happened how it was supposed to happen. Maybe we should have had a little more preparation in advance but things went well and I'm very happy with the result.


The $64-question of course, when and where will Into the Mud be released onto the general public?


I guess that might happen, if everything continues as we expect, in 2018. 2017 is gonna be our second year travelling all over the world going to amazing festivals, showing our work. If we continue as well as in 2016, the release date would be 2018, I guess.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I'm always thinking about new ideas. In fact I've written a new short that I hope I can film next year. I'm working on it now with a production company called What The Film, so I'll let you know as soon as I have more details about it.


What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I've always been a cinema lover, especially horror cinema. That is what made me start filming my own short films when I was fourteen. I majored in audiovisual communication and worked on series like'Aguila Roja in Spain. Although my career in the last years has been more oriented towards the fashion world, where I currently work as a journalist and social media manager, I never abandoned my passion, cinema. And that has led me where I am today, talking to you about Into the Mud.


Into the Mud's cast and crew

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Into the Mud?


As I said, everything was really amateur, I've made a lot of shorts that nobody wanted to watch but all of them have something in common, passion. I was so passionate about all of them cause this is the thing I love doing most in the world.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


Hardworking, passionate and with a lot of things to tell yet.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


My top director would always been Wes Craven, I love his work and I'll always do. I also love Rob Zombie's movies and Fede Alvarez.


Your favourite movies?


Scream is my favourite movie from all times and the one that made me love horror movies and wanted to make my own. I also love Halloween, Evil Dead (all horror classics actually) and, you can believe it or not, Dirty Dancing, Ghost and Splash are also among my favourite movies.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


There are not films that I deplore. There are movies I like more than others but if a movie doesn't say nothing to me, I just forget it, never hate it.


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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


Not at all. I just hope you like my next short so much you'll want to interview me again (laughs)


Thanks for the interview!


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