Your upcoming film Heir - in a few words, what is it about?
is the story of a
father/son road trip gone horribly wrong. It is also a unique
examination of one of societies darkest taboos that aims to instill fear
on both a visceral and psychological level. There's a deeper mystery but
that's to be discovered by the audience!
were your inspirations when writing Heir, and how did the project
proceed from there?
The inspiration for Heir
came from my previous film
Familiar, in that Familiar
metaphorical horror film and so is this. I took serious real world issues
and ran them through a horror spectrum to come up with something I'm proud
to say is different, important and genuinely horrific. I was
also interested in telling a more visual, stripped down story. This is the
film I want to be my final short as it reflects an evolution in my
What can you tell us about the
intended look and feel of your movie?
is meant to be a
change of pace for Fatal
Pictures, it will be a more visual, traditional
narrative unlike our previous efforts Worm and
Familiar. We aim to
as beautiful as possible from a technical stand point and to do
so takes some real talent and time, both of which cost money. We are
trying to make a horror classic and have turned to Kickstarter and the
horror community for the help we need to make that happen.
From what I know, Heir
will feature quite a few practical special effects. So what can you tell
us about those, and where do you see the challenges and also the
advantages of keeping it "practical"?
I'm a huge fan of the
practical FX driven films of the past including The Thing, American
Werewolf in London and The
Howling, so any chance to dabble with that
style of filmmaking is exciting to me. It is a challenge to conceive these
complicated scenes but also very fun and rewarding. Thanks to the FX-heavy
nature of our previous film Familiar,
we are better suited to
deliver an even more effective and shocking FX driven short film. To say
what those FX are and how they factor into the story would be a massive
spoiler. All I can say is we are very excited to tackle such an ambitious
project from an FX perspective, but the aim is always to have the FX serve
the story, not the other way around. The true horror of HEIR lies in
leads Bill Oberst jr [Bill Oberst jr
interview - click here] and Robert Nolan [Robert
Nolan interview - click here] - why exactly them, and what will
they bring to the table?
Bill Oberst jr
These are two of the
most exciting, adaptable and talented independent actors around,
having them share the screen and come face to face as advasaries will be
something to see. I have a history with Robert and know well what he can
deliver. Bill Oberst Jr is someone I've watched from a distance
develop into a true cult horror star, he is a fearless actor and working
with him is one of the most exciting aspects of this film. I think when
these two face off in Heir, sparks will fly!
As far as I know, Heir
is still in pre-production as we speak. So how far along is the movie as
The film is nearly
completely cast and crewed, and if we run a successful Kickstarter-campaign the film will go into
pre-production immediately in hopes of a spring/early summer shooting
For Heir you will for the first time ever
take the crowd-funding route, right? Why, and what can you tell us about
your approach to crowd-funding?
Crowd funding is such
an interesting and exciting development in filmmaking and we felt Heir
would be the perfect project to launch on Kickstarter. Our approach to
crowd funding is a simple and hopefully effective one. We are offering
amazing, unique perks in return for support of a film that the pledger can
be proud to be a part of. Its a win-win situation. Our track
record shows what we can do and our cast and crew is rock solid. Our Kickstarter will instill confidence and excitement in our potential
supporters, this will be the film to back in 2014, that's a promise!
Any idea at all when and
where the film might be released onto the general public yet?
That's hard to say at
this point, we still have to run a successful Kickstarter first. If all
goes well we would aim to have a festival debut somewhere big this year.
plan for Heir to be your final short - why is that then, and any
future projects beyond Heir?
The idea is do one
last, unforgettable short film before we attempt to enter feature
film territory. I can honestly say Heir
is the best and most
interesting thing I've ever written. Its concept and ideas really do
disturb me and that's all the encouragement I need to make it happen. I
want to leave short filmmaking (for now at least) with something strong
and undeniable. If we get this thing right I'm confident people will
never forget it, they won't be able to. That's my goal anyway.
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Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
If anyone reading this
has ever been curious about crowd funding or has been waiting for the
right project to come along, wait no longer. You can be sure that your
support will go directly into the making of a great film that will play
festivals and be written about on pages, blogs and sites you read. We have
something special in mind with Heir
but we really do need your support to
make it a reality! You can count on us and we are hoping we can count on
some of you!
for the interview!