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An Interview with Scott Lake, Director of Killing Time

by Mike Haberfelner

November 2020

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A home invasion with seriously messed up consequences.

 

How did 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 story.

 

What can you tell us about your co-writer and producer George Cameron Romero, and what was your collaboration like?

 

The collaboration 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.

 

What can you tell us about Killing Time's cast, and why exactly these people?

 

Gwendalyn 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.

 

Do 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.

 

The $64-question of course, where can Killing Time be seen?

 

Currently by private invite. From January 1 to January 7, 2021 it will be up for free viewing on Vimeo, so go check the site out there. Just search for Killing Time.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Killing Time?

 

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 late 2021.

 

What 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 - click here]. 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 Time?

 

Before 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 director?

 

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?

 

Filmmakers 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.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

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 deplore?

 

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Cannibal 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, whatever else?

 

You can find the Killing Time Facebook page by searching @killingtime2020

 

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

 

San Dimas High School Football rules!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Thanks for having me!

 

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