Your new movie Killing
Time - in a few words, what is it about?
A home invasion with seriously messed up consequences.
the project come into being in the first place?
I was working on a movie by Matthew
Ward called The Rave. First time on a film set, I was looking for
pointers. A mutual friend introduced me to George Cameron Romero, and over time he talked
me into buckling down and actually writing. The film came through a series
of conversations, that developed into Killing
Time. Canít tell
much more about the conversations without giving away the rest of the
you tell us about your co-writer and producer George Cameron Romero, and
what was your collaboration like?
with George felt natural, like we werenít collaborators but friends
working on some random project. A little eerie how natural in retrospect.
The man has vision. He has drive. He has an intensity about filmmaking
that just gets you fired up and ready to hit a set. Iím looking forward
to working on more than just writing a script with him in the future.
Do talk about Killing
Time's approach to horror!
I want to say it is a
fanís approach. Looking back on all the films Iíve watched, I took
those scenes, those camera shots, and I wanted to pull together the best
of it all that I could with this subject. The entire cast and crew had a
love for horror, so it made it easy to get my ideas and what I wanted
across to everyone.
A few words about
your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
I had a very clear picture in my head of how I wanted
the scenes to look. I spent a lot of time with my camera operator and ADs,
going over the scene before shooting. We all knew what I was going for and
they helped me get it. I guess my approach was collaborative, a few scenes
were different from my initial idea, because Iíd be presented with a
better alternative that worked just as well, or better.
can you tell us about Killing
Time's cast, and why exactly these people?
Chapman and Ella Grace Weathers who play the daughters both just have
that look of ďthe sweet kidĒ, that look is precisely what I was going
for and they nailed it. Melissa Eastwood, came on as Carla, as well as our
SFX/makeup. Her acting work on The Walking
Dead, and her makeup skills on
Backwoods Bubba 2, and The Bus Ride, sold me. Jay Allen Tucker was an
emergency recast, as our original Ethan had a family emergency just a few
days before production began. This was his first lead role. He was
suggested to me by Josh Mabe, and I decided to give him the shot.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
When it got time to
shoot the shot, we buckled down and worked it, but as soon as I said cut,
we were laughing and joking. It was a really relaxed set, with a lot of
laughs between takes. I had a fantastic crew for my first film. I want to
work with them again in the future.
$64-question of course, where can Killing
Time be seen?
Currently by private invite. From January
January 7, 2021 it will be up for free viewing on Vimeo, so go check the
site out there. Just search for Killing
Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of Killing
So far, almost
all feedback has been positive, with some people giving me feedback where
I can improve. Iíll be taking that advice as I move forward. It lets me
know Iím doing something right though.
Any future projects you'd like to share?
I currently have a number of completed scripts, but with COVID,
itís put everything I had planned on hold. I can say, I hope to have
completed a short film I wrote, A Game With The Devil, sometime by
got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you recieve any formal
training on the subject?
I started reviewing and
interviewing for Horror Movie Freaks, and talking to these indie
filmmakers made me want to get behind the camera myself. I had the good
fortune of meeting filmmakers like George Cameron Romero and Itai Guberman
[Itai Guberman interview -
Both have pushed me to be the best at this that I possibly can. Even now
Ita, has kind of taken me under his wing a bit and is showing me how to
navigate some of the madness that is post production and completion of a
film, and of course the next steps, such as film festival submissions.
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to Killing
this, I appeared in a short film called Scarefest Love in a pig
mask, getting strapped to an electric chair. I also worked on The
Rave for a few days as a PA. This is my first time being deeply
involved, from concept to completion.
How would you describe yourself as a
Indie. Iím not looking to make it to Hollywood, I just want to
tell a story. I want to share the weird shit that comes out of my brain
with people. Iím still green, still got my dues to pay to this industry,
but I want to keep telling the stories I want to tell. Canít really do
that anywhere else but indie film.
Filmmakers who inspire you?
like George Cameron Romero, George A. Romero, Itai Guberman, these are my indie
film heroes of today. Make no mistake, George A. Romero was an indie
filmmaker at his roots. Then you have people like Michael Anderson who
helmed Loganís Run and John Boorman who directed Zardoz - Iím seeing a trend that explains my love of dystopian future films. Also
have a love for John Waters.
I notoriously love
bad movies, so donít be surprised here with some selections. My favorite
film overall is the 1999 film The Boondock Saints. I love how the story
unfolds, and the cast is absolutely fantastic. Some of the best dialogue
for a film of its kind. Iím also pretty partial to Repo! The Genetic
Opera, The Neon Demon, Mondo Trasho, Dog Soldiers. Iíll stop there. I
could keep going.
... and of course, films you really
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The links below
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Holocaust. The real animal deaths, just. No. Not down for that. With that
said, I remind everyone, I like bad movies.
Your/your movie's website, social media,
You can find the Killing
page by searching @killingtime2020
Anything else you're dying to mention and
I have merely forgotten to ask?
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Thanks for the
Thanks for having me!