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An Interview with Richard Powell, Director of Worm

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2011

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Your new film is called Worm. In a few words, what is it about?

 

Worm follows High School teacher Geoffrey Dodd during the course of what appears to be a typical school day. The catch is today we the audience are given access to his inner thoughts. These thoughts begin harmlessly enough but as the film progresses it becomes clear that Geoffrey is a sick, dangerous and disturbed man on the brink of something horrific.

 

What were your main inspirations for the movie?

 

Most of my inspiration comes from real life, the headlines, true crime novels and so forth. Although I have a basic faith in humanity I recognize the fact that the world is filled with horrible people. Worm is my attempt to paint a portraint of that selfish, petty and ultimately dangerous side of human nature that festers and sometimes explodes upon us from time to time.

 

Robert Nolan

A few words about your lead Robert Nolan, who pretty much carries the film [Robert Nolan interview - click here]?

 

Robert was an incredible partner in bringing this character of mine to life. I did my very best to create a vivid, layered and terrifying character but it was Robert who allowed Geoffrey Dodd to walk, talk and breathe in three dimensions.

 

A few words about the rest of Worm's cast and crew?

 

They were all incredible and dedicated and this film couldn't have worked without each of their contributions no matter how big or small. Our DP Brendan Uegama was an amazing collaborator and contributed so much to the project. He is an extremely talented filmmaker and I hope to work with him again. Of course I have to mention Zach Green [Zach Green interview - click here] who was the relentless, machine-like force of nature that kept me and the film moving full steam ahead no matter what.

 

Consumption

Let's go back to Consumption, your first collaboration with Zach Green. What is that movie about?

 

Consumption is a short horror film that explores the concept of consensual cannibalism. In our film we are introduced to a man and woman who appear to be on a nervous first date after a few weeks of online chat, in reality the pair have met up to participate in an act of cannibalism where one of the two is willingly killed and eaten. The film doesn't make any of this clear until it happens so it provides quite a shocking twist to those who go into the viewing unaware of the plot.

 

Zach Green, Richard Powell

How did you hook up with Zach Green [Zach Green interview - click here] in the first place, and how would you describe your kind of collaboration?

 

Zach and I first met in film school where he edited one of my student projects. We formed a friendship and partnership soon afterwards. Each of us has inherent strenghts and passions and together we are a solid filmmaking machine.

 

I've read somewhere that you plan a feature-length sequel to the short Consumption. Is there any truth to this, and if so, could you elaborate on that?

 

I think at some point this may happen, there's plenty of story and character left for me to explore. Right now my focus is on writing the Worm feature which I hope to be our feature length debut.

 

Any other films you were involved in you'd like to talk about, any future projects?

 

Fatal Pictures is about to begin production on a new horror short entitled Familiar.
This film is a kind of sister film to Worm in that it follows John Dodd, twin brother to Worm's Geoffrey Dodd, but to an ultimately different and much bloodier end. I'm very excited with how that project is coming along. We have many talented people on board including our Director of Photography, Michael Jari Davidson, Special FX artist Ryan Louagie and of course Robert Nolan playing the role of John Dodd. We have also recently be joined by Mike Klassen (director of the upcoming feature Abolition) to fulfill the role of assistant director.

The other project Im busy with is the Worm feature screenplay which Im about halfway through.

 

What can you tell us about your production company, Fatal Pictures?

 

Fatal Pictures is the brand that represents Zach Green and myself. Our goal is to create films that say or do something new, explore stories that haven't been told or tell stories in ways that they haven't been told before. I'm personally interested in genre-mixing and bending so you can expect a lot of that from us as well.

 

Consumption

How did you get involved with the film scene in the first place, and did you have any formal training?

 

I grew up watching films, reading comics and drawing so storytelling has always been a big part of my life. My love of watching and reading stories turned into a desire to create them, a natural progression I guess. I enrolled in film school and just started practicing and meeting other people who wanted what I wanted and loved what I loved.

 

Your films all seem to be of the horror variety to some extent. Is horror a genre dear to you?

 

I grew up with horror and have a huge appreciation for it as a genre. Horror is the most diverse genre and can be really be toyed with and bent in many ways which is what I'm looking to do with my filmmaking. I feel horror has been given a bad rep due to the over-saturation of plotless, gore filled exploitation films but if you look back into its history, horror is a rather intellegent, primal and complex genre. I'd like to see some of that respectability return to the genre and hopefully I can be a helping hand.

 

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Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

I'm a huge fan of Akira Kurosawa, Todd Solondz, Gaspar Noe, Michael Haneke, Roman Polanski, and Werner Herzog. I do love the obvious ones as well, Kubrick, Scorsesse, Tarantino.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), Seven Samurai, There Will Be Blood, Paradise Lost 1&2, Aguirre: Wrath of God.

 

... and of course, films you deplored?

 

I don't hate any films but I'm indifferent to a lot of them.

 

Your website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

You can find me, Worm, Consumption or Familiar on Facebook as well as at fatalpictures.blogspot.com.

 

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

 

Just to keep an eye out for Worm and Familiar coming soon. Also to all those filmmakers and lovers out there, feel free to reach out and connect with us at Fatal Pictures, we are big on networking and the film community!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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