Your film Dorm of
the Dead - in a few words, what is it about?
Toby: Dorm of
the Dead is the story of a
slacker-type named Will, who finds in a most unfortunate manner that his
little brother, Cory, has come to visit him for the week. Lucky for both
of them, Cory's visit aligns with the beginning of a zombie invasion. The
two of them team up with a motley crew of students and together they
attempt to figure out a way off this newly christened "Campus of the
Tyrel: I defer to Toby’s answer.
did the project come into being in the first place, what were the primary
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Tyrel: Dorm of
the Dead is about the rat race of college. It is about the necessity of
college students to find themselves and attempting to grow up into mature
adults, taking responsibility for their actions and for their lives. When
Toby first pitched the concept, I thought it was brilliant because I just
envisioned my early morning walks to class and seeing a sea of half dead
students walking mindlessly to class in their p.j.’s. I thought,
"This is genius! Why has no one done a zombie movie within a college
Toby: The concept for Dorm of
the Dead was originally based on a
series of short films I was writing to practice different genres. At the
time I was learning a lot more about horror films from my best friend
Nick, so I was intrigued in coming up with a script that combined all this
new stuff I was learning. Nick told me something that really stuck with me
as I conceived the plot, he explained that George Romero concocted his
stories for the Living
Dead Trilogy by
looking for socially relevant themes that added weight to his films. For
example, ideas of racism in Night
of the Living Dead, affluenza in Dawn
of the Dead, and military
control in Day of the Dead.
It blew me away, because I began to see these films as something
more than just another scary movie. I was living in the dorms at the time,
and was inspired to craft a zombie trilogy thats themes would revolve
around the challenges people go through in college. Issues of
responsibility, identity, fears of the future, etc. Fast forward a couple
years later, when my class decided to undertake the making of a feature
film, I pitched the concept for Dorm of
the Dead and it won. Together with my friend
and fellow co-writer Mike Joyner, we fleshed out my original outline and
decided that our focus would be on this immature young man, forced to
finally grow up. Not only does he have to take responsibility for his
brother and his new crazy cohorts, but for himself and the decisions he
makes. It's a theme I think people can understand, some can relate
to… just to a lesser degree and without the zombies haha.
I would like to mention that if there is one person who deserves
credit as the inspiration for getting the film made, it goes to our
Producing Capstone teacher Patrick Roddy, who couldn't have been more
supportive and excited to see us take this project head on. He is an
excellent teacher and a good friend, and we all are so grateful he allowed
us this opportunity, while believing in us throughout the entire process.
films are a dime a dozen nowadays in the indie horror scene. What do
you think sets Dorm
of the Dead apart from the crowd?
I think for me one of the things that sets Dorm of
the Dead apart from other
indie-zombie films is its focus on characters and story. As you said,
there are a bunch of these flicks out now, but what I seem to notice on a
number of them is that their primary focus is solely on the effects, the
make-up, the potential raunchiness. The one element that gets stuck on the
back burner is the story and characters. For me, those two things are
essential lynchpins to any film. Characters have to be the emotional
anchor for your audience, they have to be people you're invested in. If
they aren't, you're just stuck with another flick where people you don't
care about get killed in awful ways.
Very early on when we were putting the project together, I
expressed this with my class. I wanted to make sure that despite our
limitations with budget to do crazy things, our story and characters
should be engaging and interesting enough for our viewers to wonder and
care about 'what happens next?' So, I hope, that anyone who watches the
film sees the value in that, and enjoys it as much as we do.
Tyrel: This film was made by college students, about
college students and completely on a college campus. Along with a strong
focus on characters, which I feel is lacking in a lot of zombie and horror
movies in general these days, this film expresses a lot of personality of
our generation with its commentary on accepting responsibility and dealing
with the transition from university adolescence to unsupervised adulthood.
Is the zombie
movie a genre dear to you, and your zombie favourites?
Not particularly. Toby is the Romero fan. I like other horror films,
especially older ones such as Frankenstein
(1931), my appreciation for zombie movies comes from their ability to
separate the audience from reality to enable commentary and discussions on
social norms and tropes that would be uncomfortable for the audience to
engage with in a more realistic context. Shaun
of the Dead is my favorite zombie movie but I do really enjoy 28 Days Later as well. Zombieland
was also very entertaining.
Definitely!! Evil Dead 2 and Army of
Darkness are some of my most favorite! Shaun
of the Dead was a game changer for me, not just in terms of
understanding horror flicks but movie making in general. That movie is
beyond genius!! I absolutely LOVE Dead
Alive, I wish Peter Jackson would just make more low-budget horror
flicks again! I love the Living
Dead Trilogy and the remake of Night of the Living Dead
directed by Tom Savini. I even love the Dawn of the Dead remake by Zack Snyder, the intro to that movie is one of the best intros
to horror a film I've ever seen. It's a straight kick to the groin and
doesn't stop. I also love how it balances all the voices of such a large
ensemble cast. For that I have to give much of the props to screenwriter
James Gunn (who I'm also a big fan of, Slither
is AWESOME!!). Zombieland is a
lot of fun, and even though purists don't say it is, 28 Days Later
was definitely the film that jumpstarted zombies back into
the public consciousness, brilliant film. There's just waaaay too many
there are zombies, there is gore - so what can you tell us about the gore
effects in your movie, and about having to create them on a rather tight
Toby: Logan Tobia (our make-up artist) is a genius, and we were so lucky to
have him on set!
To achieve our gore effects, I would have mini-meetings with Logan
each week and go over particular looks or details I wanted specific
zombies to have. It was actually kind of funny/messed up because you could
hear my enthusiasm when I'd be like 'Can we get a nubby arm? Bone jutting
out of someone's leg? Maybe a missing eye or scarred face?' and he'd be
Logan is a straight up MacGuyver of low budget make-up, always
doing his research, always thinking of new and exciting ways to make the
effects work. His ability to make great things out of what he has around
him, combined with the ability to improvise and constantly create new
ideas were essential in making our effects work. I have to give a big
shout-out to IndyMogul.com for being such an asset to the development of
our effects. They have excellent tutorials on how to make great effects on
the cheap. Check it out people!!!
One story that stands out in particular was when we were shooting
our scene at the Football stadium. Logan was painting up some of our
extras, when one kid mentioned he had a defect in his chest, it actually
indented a bit. You should have seen Logan's face light up like a kid on
Christmas, he immediately ripped a hole in his shirt and started creating
innards in the spot. It's definitely one of the coolest looking designs of
the film and a great example of Logan's quick thinking on set.
One coolest stories about the crew post-filming, is that Logan kept
up with his make-up work and is now a recent graduate of the Tom Savini
make-up school. So now his work is being taken to the next level! Can't
wait to see what he does in the future! If you like his stuff, we even
have a great tutorial on the DVD!
Tyrel: Logan [our makeup guy] IS a genius! Like any
small budget, or in our case no budget, movie, you get creative about what
and how to shoot scenes that a Hollywood movie would go all out on with
special and visual effects. One of my favorite shots in the whole movie is
just the interaction of shadows on a wall as one of the main characters
dispatches a few zombies. It was at the end of a shoot week and we had run
out of makeup and time, so we decided to do the shadow idea. I think it
looks way better than what we would have been able to show with visual
effects and looks way more artistic. I really like that Hitchcockian idea
of implying rather than explicitly showing when possible.
How would you describe your directorial approach
to the subject at hand, and what was your collaboration like?
My directorial approach has changed quite a bit since Dorm of
the Dead. On Dorm of
the Dead, I saw
it as an opportunity to actually direct something of some scale. I have to
admit it was intimidating but that was what I wanted to do so I decided I
just had to jump in and learn in the trenches. In general it's all about
relationship to me. I do not worry as much about camera work, I try to
really focus on what is happening between the characters in a scene and
help the actors relate to the character they are portraying and responding
to. As far as collaboration, Toby and I worked very well together. It was
nice for a debut project this size to not have the whole weight of the
project on my shoulders alone and know that there was someone else with
whom I could knock heads together with on a scene. It was definitely a fun
experience. Toby tended to be the vision guy on this project since it was
his story, and I tended to be the nuts and bolts director which worked out
Toby: My approach on the film, was to take it all
one day at time. Like Tyrel stated this was something of immense scale for
us, it was definitely biggest project I had attempted at the time. So when
planning out our shoots, I focused on the aspects I felt were most
important in getting our story across. The whole film was such an intense
crazy learning process, that I honestly wouldn't know as much as I do if
he hadn't taken the leap in doing it.
On my collaboration with Tyrel…There was lots of verbal fights
and physical abuse.
I kid, I kid haha. Very early on when everyone in the class was
deciding their roles on the project, Tyrel let me know he was interested
in directing. I thought it was awesome because I felt this whole project
had to be an experience where where we took a shot on something we truly
wanted to learn. It was a great collaboration, we both knew what we wanted
early on and made sure to help each other accomplish that. There was no
room for drama and egos, just learning and filmmaking. Every week, Tyrel
and I would meet up, go over pages and shot lists and this would help us
organize our shoots. It also helped tremendously because we were both
still balancing school and work with the film. So having a partner in
crime to share the work load with was invaluable to getting the film
did you get all your locations to shoot the movie, and what can you tell
us about the actual shoot and the on-set atmosphere?
Toby: Casey Goldman (our Locations Director) is a genius haha! I'm gonna give
ourselves a pat on the back because getting these locations was just the
byproduct of solid producing. In the words of Robert Rodriguez, write to
what you can get. Mike and I knew we were in school, it had several great
looking locations, and we knew we could use our clout as students to get
them. It then just became a matter of choosing the right places for the
script and having someone with amazing charisma and determination to lock
them for us. Casey was on top of this job from Day One and when she got us
the Football Field, we were just ecstatic. Funny enough, the toughest
place we tried to get was the main dorm itself. We ended up shooting those
sequences in two or three different locations!
What can I tell you about the shoot and the on-set atmosphere? Pure
unadulterated craziness haha. It was literally getting on the
roller-coaster and going for the ride. We worked everyday, while still
managing our other classes, and it could be very demanding for all of us.
But everyone who participated in this film wanted to be a part of it. This
was our final project and there was definitely a 'go big or go home'
mentality, we were in it for the long haul. This determination from
everyone, it made it easier for us to take on this challenge. Also there
was great chemistry between the cast and crew. We made the most of each
day, laughing and learning about this process together. In the end we knew
this was gonna be a special turning point for all our education and
careers. We've all learned so much since Dorm of
the Dead I can't wait till we have
another project where we work together again.
Tyrel: Casey Goldman IS a genius! Seriously, Casey,
our location manager, just rattled on doors and did an amazing amount of
groundwork to get clearances to shoot on all the locations we did around
campus. As far as I know, we are the first film to get permission shoot on
the University of Arizona campus since Revenge
of the Nerds. We got to shoot in a lot of really crazy locations we
never thought we could get like the football stadium and the library.
The on-set atmosphere of this film was extremely
stressful logistically but there was a great chemistry between the cast
and crew. There was a lot of jokes and horsing around between shots but it
really made the whole endeavor more enjoyable and memorable. Most of the
cast had worked together and were friends before since they were all in
the Theatre School at The University of Arizona which made getting into a
flow a lot easier.
that might sound like a stupid question since you've probably never
experienced a zombie attack, but how much of your personal
(dorm-)experiences did you work into Dorm
of the Dead?
I lived on campus all four years of college and was an RA for three of
those years, one in a high rise party dorm. I tried to pull a lot of
influence from my experiences as an RA and a witness to the late night
shenanigans of college students and put them into the movie. There is a
lot of stuff that happens in the dorms and on campus that most people
wouldn't believe and I have seen some pretty messed up and funny stuff
during my time there.
that's not a dumb question at all! Off the bat, the main dorm we shot in,
was the dorm I lived in when coming up with the story originally. So it
was a lot of fun seeing that come to life. Some of the character traits
we're based on people I knew from school. Like the character Jeremy, I did
know a political science student, who was a big fan of samurai swords.
Jorge came from friends telling me how much they would like a to see a
character just lay down the rules in a zombie flick. Naturally I made him
a fan of comics, because Mike and I love comics. Writing the script, I
just wanted to have a mish mash of personalities like you find in school.
There's a character for everyone, in fact when we were coming up with the
logline for the project it was originally described as The Breakfast
Club meets Dawn of
the Dead haha.
A few words about your lead
character Will, what were your inspirations for him, and what can you tell
us about Aaron Sosa, who plays him in your film?
As far as the character of Will, I defer to Toby's take since it was his
character. As far as Aaron Sosa is concerned, I don't know how we finished
the project with him, but I don't know how we would have survived the
project without him. Ha ha. Aaron is such a character and full of energy.
He was always making everyone laugh and pulling practical jokes on set
which enabled everyone to keep perspective and keep spirits high through
the grueling shoot. He was great when he was focused but getting him and
keeping him focused was a little challenging at times. We blame it on the
crack fish [the Pepperidge Farm goldfish snacks] the cast, specifically
Sosa, was addicted to during principal photography. However, I could not
have asked for a better person to work with or lead the cast on this
Toby: AARON SOSA = CRAZY HAIR + CRAZY ENERGY + LEGIT EYE BROW ACTING haha.
He was actually the last piece of the puzzle during the casting of the
movie. I remember we had all the actors locked, except for our lead. We
had some folks audition, but when Sosa did, he brought an energy and
presence we all loved. I remember Chelsea taking out the headshots of
Aaron and Ryan (who plays Cory) during our final casting session and we
just sat there in astonishment at how much these two looked like brothers.
I recall him having a potential scheduling conflict with his job, but he
was able to work around it and I'm super grateful that he did.
The man is a complete ball of craziness 24/7, and he really helped
lighten the mood when our shoots got tough. On occasion we'd get carried
away talking about superheroes, Edgar Wright, and our love for Puff
Daddy's Godzilla classic Come Wit Me, but he took the film completely
seriously, and I can honestly say the movie wouldn't be the same without
I think one of the main inspirations for Will was just in creating
a character that was gonna have to experience a lot of growth through the
course of the film. He's relatable in the sense, that he's young, he likes
fun, he's charismatic, but his biggest fault lies in the fact that if he
ever has to deal with anything serious, he's out the door and gone before
you can ever reach him. So this, combined with the uneasy relationship he
has with his brother, were really intriguing attributes for me to work
with when defining Will. I'm the oldest of five kids, so I know what it's
like to deal with siblings. While I never treat them the way he treats
Cory, I find their dynamic the most compelling part of the story. And at
the heart of this zombie film is the story of two brothers, who are
reconnecting through this insane situation, and I hope it's something
viewers can connect to as well.
words about the rest of your principal cast?
Toby: You know I almost completely forgot this, but I actually worked with a
number of our cast on a senior thesis film, called Dear
Prudence, the semester before we shot Dorm
of the Dead. I was so excited they
auditioned with us because I loved working with them and thought they were
all amazingly talented. I remember our first read through with the cast,
and everyone was just having a blast. I remember my class being so excited
because having all these guys and gals took what we were doing to the next
I know much of our cast had experience doing shorts, but I believe
this was the first feature that any of them had been involved with. So it
was exciting because we all got to experience this giant leap together. I
have to give a ridiculous amount of props to all of them because they
dealt with our craziness like complete professionals and were with us
150% of the way. They were all doing it because they loved acting and were
ready to take on something challenging. Their enthusiasm really motivated
my crew and I to finish the project and get it out there. I would work
with them again in a heartbeat. So Ryan, Dana, Jon McClune, Mike Miller,
Brian, Chelsea, Ashley, Jake Fey (thank you for saving our ass on 'Sean'
day), and of course Mr. Shartzer, I love you all and wish you fame and
fortune… NOW SOMEONE HIRE THEM AND GIVE THEM ACTING JOBS THEY ALL DESERVE
Tyrel: Everyone on this project was fantastic to
work with. This really was a collaborative effort and everyone really got
into their roles and executed them beautifully. We had a variety of
different backgrounds and experience levels in our principal cast and they
all acted very professionally and put a lot of effort into the project and
performed their roles beautifully. I would love to work with all of the
of the Dead features pretty much every college student character
imaginable, from the jock to the nerd, from the "grrrl power"-chick
"I don't care"-bitch, and everything in between. Which
characters did you identify with the most, and which category of student did you
yourselves fall into?
This is true, it is Breakfast Club
meets Dawn of the Dead
haha?! If I had to choose two off the top of my head I would definitely be
best friends with Jeremy and Jorge. I absolutely love the hell out of
those guys. Jeremy is the type of guy that would always have your back in
any situation and Jorge and I could talk about comics till the break of
dawn haha. In many cases I really understand Ian though, because of his
optimism and bright eyed attitude. It could easily be mistaken for
naivety, but I think he consciously chooses to not get overwhelmed by the
heaviness around him.
Tyrel: I definitely identified with the sword
wielding poli-sci, closet geek, Jeremy, played by Michael Miller. I
partially fit into and have many friends in almost every social group of
student represented in the film and can fit into a lot of social
environments, but I really love sci-fi and fantasy and can geek it up with
the best of them. Did I mention I like dressing in nice clothes and that I
own several swords?
got you into filmmaking in the first place? And any previous film
experiences you'd like to share?
When I was five, I really wanted to be an animator for Disney. Then I
realized I couldn't draw the same thing consistently over and over again,
so I went to live action. I did a lot of film workshops through public
library programs and made some short films for school using my grandma's
hi-8 camera. My first real attempt at a film was a fan film of Indiana
Jones. I shot it in my backyard with my siblings and friends. It was not
good and I way overshot my capabilities and resources, but like every
project I learned a lot from my mistakes.
funny as a kid I used to love reading, writing stories and putting on shows
for my family and friends. I've always loved movies, I remember one moment
in particular, I had to have been in 5th
or 6th grade, and I was in an after school program. A monitor was
playing a movie game where she would give us an actor and we would give a
film they'd been in. She dropped a lot of easy ones and then tried to
throw us a curveball with 'Orson Wells', I immediately responded, Citizen
Kane. She looked at me in shock and was like 'You know who Orson Wells
is?' I honestly didn't, I just got into a habit of finding the TV Guide
and reading about films, old and new.
I think this is when I understood what exactly I was passionate
about learning. In high school, I was highly involved in theatre but when
it was time for college I knew I wanted to do even more than act. So I
decided to go into the media arts program, and expand my skills as a
storyteller. Before Dorm
of the Dead
I had only done shorts, but as I've already
mentioned, I was ready to jump head first into making this feature, and
without the experience I had, I definitely wouldn't know as much as I do
Someone (I don't know
who) has dropped a hint somewhere (no idea where) that there might be a
sequel to Dorm of
the Dead - is that at all true, and if yes, anything you can
reveal about that one yet? If not, why not, and could you ever be
I will let Toby field this one alone. This is his universe. I will say,
though that I like the prospect of a franchise.
WHO COULD THAT HAVE BEEN?!?! Well as I've already mentioned Dorm
of the Dead
was conceptualized as a three-parter. Funny enough, I actually came up
with the idea of the second movie before the first, and still have all the
notes and rough scripts for it.
The truth is I would absolutely love to do the sequel, but I don't
want to touch it until we have a bigger budget than we did the first time
around. I'm not saying we need millions of dollars, but it would be nice
to be able to pay our crew, cast, Logan for his make-up work, and not feel
like we're running by the seat of our pants on set. It would also allow us
to make the sequel the epic story it deserves. And as a team of
producers, my class and I learned so much from making the first film that
we know how to spend wisely and stretch our dollars. So if any producers
see potential in the film and its franchise, please call us up, we got a
lot more story to tell and so many more brains needin' to be eaten haha.
For those interested in a story tidbit, let's just say there's a few
surprises involving some of your favorite characters from the first film,
living and non-living!
Any (other) future projects you'd like to talk
I am just finishing post production on a sci-fi web series that I directed
with a Tucson based company called RobEric Media, LLC which should be
released later this spring. I am currently in pre-production on two more
sci-fi web series projects with another Tucson based company, Picture
Arizona, LLC. At this time, I cannot say more about the storyline on these
projects but I am very excited by the story and concept for both of them.
Toby: A couple years after Dorm
of the Dead, I produced another feature film, Summertime
Killers, which is a pseudo-autobiographical portrayal of suburban drug
culture. My friend Gary Sundt wrote and directed the film, everything's
wrapped except for the sound mix and we're hoping to hit the festival
circuit this year. I'm very proud of how it turned out.
Currently I'm working with a sketch comedy group called Tea Time
For Felines and we're posting stuff all the time. We have two web shows
we're planning to premiere in the coming months, The Art of Acting with
Marc Hemoglobin and Down & Out. I'm getting ready to produce
another feature from my friend Danny Ayoub, a Cronenbergian body-horror
flick with elements from Tales From The
Crypt called Bad
Habits. PURE INSANITY haha. On my own projects, I'm gearing up to
shoot a short I wrote, called Group
Session. It's a comedy involving the classic Universal
fun. I'm also writing a comic book called, The Eccentric Escapades of
Plane Jane and another feature about two friends on a road trip searching
for stories that really matter.
Directors who inspire you?
Toby: Oh man that's like asking me what my favorite movie is! I have quite a
number of directors I admire: Terry Gilliam, Luc Besson, Spielberg,
sometimes Spielbergo, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, Frank Darbont, Guillermo
Del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, Jon Faverau, Wes Anderson, Quentin Tarantino,
Robert Rodriguez, Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, Everyone at PIXAR, Sam
Peckenpah, Michel Gondry, and the list goes on…
and comers: Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, Duncan Jones, Joe Cornish (For the
love of God people, GO SEE Attack
The Block) Neil Blomkamp
Tyrel: There are several, but some of my favorites,
or those I seem to associate with most in film philosophy would be: Frank
Capra for his optimism and humor; Edward Zwick for his social commentary;
Christopher Nolan for his focus on human nature issues and finding the
relateable aspects of even superhero subjects; David Fincher for his
unique vision and artistic handling of distasteful but important subjects;
and Ridley Scott for his ability to create immersive worlds. I have others
I take inspiration from but we will leave it at that.
Lord of the Rings and Disney's Beauty
and the Beast are my absolute favorites. Both inspire me as a human
and a filmmaker in their craft, art, and efficiency in storytelling. Some
of my other favorites include: Gladiator,
Inception, Moneyball, Ratatouille,
The Incredibles, and The
Social Network. I am a huge Aaron Sorkin fan. I love listening to the
dialogue in his movies. So fast and so witty.
you did ask what my favorite movie is haha! Some of my favorites include: Leon:
The Professional, The Royal Tenenbaums, Eternal Sunshine of
The Spotless Mind, Ghostbusters, Children of Men, Big Trouble
In Little China, Indiana Jones
trilogy, The Fisher King, Army
of Darkness, The Devil's Backbone, The Incredibles,
Mononoke, Shaun of the
Dead, District 9,
The Monster Squad, all the classic Universal
Monster movies (still
incredibly relevant!), the new Marvel Studios movies make me the happiest
person ever…Too many movies!!!
... and of course, films you really
Unapologetically the Twilight-series. I love monster movies and mythology
and I don't like seeing that mythology unabashedly eviscerated. Twisted
and reimagined (e.g. Underworld),
yes. But sissified and mutilated, no. And it makes me mad that so many
people will not admit how bad it is as a movie. There are several guilty
pleasure movies that I have, but I admit that they are not
"good" movies or at least not well crafted. I can accept the
fact that people like that series, I even understand why they like it, but
don't try to defend them as good movies.
Toby: I was incredibly disappointed with the Van
Helsing movie starring Hugh Jackman - it is such a genius concept for a
movie that was ultimately executed terribly. And I LOVE The Mummy remake.
The script was AWFUL, the CGI was so overdone and cheesy that nothing
on-screen was believable. When the credits rolled, I couldn't believe they
lost their chance at developing one awesome franchise.
I will say I'm not running to the theater any time soon to see Battleship
(and I love The Rundown), Monopoly, Candy Land, Jenga,
or any other film based on a story-less board game either.
Your/your film's website, Facebook, whatever
Toby: You can get updates or
info on the film, from our Dorm
of the Dead Facebook page and official website: http://www.dormofthedead.com
The trailer and official site for Summertime
Killers is located here: http://www.summertimekillersmovie.com/
The Tea Time For Felines YouTube Page: http://www.youtube.com/user/TeaTimeForFelines/videos.
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I think I’ve prattled on enough. I will say this, however. Just as our
characters in Dorm
of the Dead are learning to become adults, we as filmmakers were
learning how to do what we do through the making of this film. Dorm
of the Dead is not
a perfect film by any means, but it is and was intended to be a fun film
and one that all zombie and horror fans can enjoy. For those of you who
are wanting to be filmmakers or are interested in the process, we also
tried to use the DVD as an archive tool as well, with makeup tutorials,
cast and crew commentaries, and a special effects feature to show how we,
as low-budget filmmakers, problem solved and creatively used limited
resources at our disposal to get this film made.
I completely agree with Tyrel on every point. Dorm
of the Dead was such a crazy
experiment, and there are things that work and things that don't, but in
the end it's a complete labor of love from everyone who made it. And I
hope for anyone who watches it, they see all the work and enthusiasm put
into it. If you dig the film, tell your friends and let us know on our FB
For those who desire to be a filmmaker, the one piece of advice I
can give, is actually something Roger Corman [Roger
Corman bio - click here] told our department during a
Q and A session. "If you want to learn how to be a producer, produce
a film. If you want to learn how to be a director, direct a film. If you
want to learn how to make movies, make a movie." It's scary, and a
lot of trial and error folks, but it's with every mistake you learn how to
hone your skills and your craft into something better. So go out, be
inspired, and tell a good story.
Thanks for the interview!
Thank you so much for the opportunity!
Tyrel: Thank you.