Your upcoming movie Girl Trouble - in a few words, what's it
going to be about?
Daxter and Ray are worried about their pal, Eddie and his controlling
girlfriend. The girlfriend crosses paths with a voodoo witch doctor and
all hell breaks loose. Blood, gore and voodoo curses - Eddie has more to
worry about than girl troubles ...
What were your main sources of
inspiration when writing Girl Trouble?
Well I was going through my own girl troubles and I
couldn't get over a girl who was completely wrong for me. Add her and a
few deaths I thought of for the movie and I got the groundwork for the
film. So I think I was writing the script in 2010 and it just came to me
page by page. Very cathartic, and it was a pleasure to write and now
finally directing two years later.
film's underlying voodoo theme - did you do any serious research on the
subject or are you just playing it by the ear? And any favourite voodoo
Mostly playing it by ear when I was writing it, now
I'm looking into more of the voodoo as we get closer to filming. My
favorite voodoo movie would have to be Serpent and the Rainbow. The
movie gave me nightmares.
As we're talking, the film is pretty much in its
fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising
Yeah, we actually have an Indiegogo page online
a good way for fans to get involved in and be a part of the production.
But to anyone wishing to donate, there's some awesome perks, like posters,
shirts and even a signed DVD when it comes out. You can even get killed in
the movie and get to come to the premiere and have dinner with cast and
How do you plan to approach the horror aspects
of your movie (as in mood vs all-out gore, atmosphere vs shocks, and the
I'm trying to balance fun and scary horror; this is
a light-hearted horror/comedy but it isn't meant to be cheesy and
intentionally bad. It's a mixture of mood and all out gore. Gags and gore
to describe it the best.
Likewise, what can you tell us about Girl
Trouble's brand of comedy, and what can you tell us about your own
personal sense of humour?
I grew up watching Kevin Smith movies, so I always
loved witty dialogue. So writers like Smith and Tarantino really
influenced my writing with characters. The characters all have fun and
corky personalities. How they interact is just fun and hilarious. I'm a
huge nerd so I have a very unique sense of humor. Movies like Cannibal:
The Musical are a good example of my humor.
Anything you can tell us about
your projected cast yet - and why exactly these people?
I must say I have the best cast a guy could ask for,
the lead actors Charlie Dreizen, Dominique Spencer [Dominique
Spencer interview - click here] and Scott Yokum are
very talented individuals. We have talent like Sarah Snyder, Kasie
Dobbins, Leanna Chamish and the legendary local Baltimore actor, George
Stover, whose been in various Don Dohler and John Waters films. This is
one of the most enthusiastic casts I've ever seen. Also it's not just the
cast, the crew is just as awesome. My best friend, Scott Kelly is
producing and my girlfriend, Ivana Medrano is helping me keep my sanity as
production assistant. We also have my good friend, Clint Kelly, as the
director of photography. I'm making this film with my friends I've met
over the years, that's what it's all about.
your film has found its funding, how do you plan to proceed - and any idea
when it will be released onto the general public (though I realize this is
probably waaay too early to ask)?
Well we're expecting to wrap principal photography
in the winter. I'm guessing it would be ready for a premiere in Summer
What got you into
filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on
I've always had a wild imagination and made my own
stories as a child. I always
thought films needed millions of dollars to make. It wasn't till I was
shown the Troma
movie Terror Firmer that I realized you could make
movies with little money. The only training I've had was in high school
with my televideo class. I learned a lot from that class with editing and
using camera equipment.
What can you tell us about your filmwork
prior to Girl Trouble?
I've only been in this independent film community
for about three years. I started as a co-writer and assistant director for
Clint Kelly's Generation Z. I've worked as an extra in Chris LaMartina's
Witch's Brew [Chris
LaMartina interview - click here] and Jon Boushell's Fang. My first film,
Ghoul Society, was
filmed last year and sadly is on hiatus due to actor conflicts. But we're
not throwing in the towel for it yet.
Any future projects beyond
Girl Trouble you'd like to talk about?
Hmmm thats a very good question, currently acting in
the the new Night of the Living Dead: Genesis. I am currently writing a
film called Project Frankenstein, a new take on the tale of Frankenstein
and his monster. I also began writing this new film that I'm keeping under
wraps. To describe the film's genre it would be a combo of noir, western
and horror genres.
you describe yourself as a filmmaker?
I like to think I'm a pretty enthusiastic director
that focuses on having a laid back, fun set. But I am honest and I like to
take pride in the fact that I can be honest to people on set.
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Kevin Smith, Peter Jackson, Martin Scorsese, Lucio Fulci [Lucio
Fulci bio - click here].
Your favourite movies?
That's a tough one, my top 5 would be: Big
Lebowski, Goodfellas, Bride of
Frankenstein, Clerks and Robocop.
and of course, films you really deplore?
That's a tough one as well, I remember seeing Creature
in theaters and it was one of the worst films I've seen.
film's website, Facebook, indiegogo, whatever else?
Girl Trouble Facebook:
Girl Trouble Indiegogo:
else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I'm extremely excited for Girl Trouble and the
future! But that's about it.
for the interview!
No problem! Thanks for having me. Cheers!