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by Dale Pierce

June 2011

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I'm an independent filmmaker who mostly does horror. I immigrated from Uruguay in the late 90s, and since then I've made a bunch of horror flicks, plus some dramas and one comedy. I also work as a full time TV producer for PBS.

 

As we speak, you are finishing up a new Frankenstein-film, are you not?

 

I would say I'm half way through with Frankenstein: Day of the Beast. I'm done with shooting, but only 30 minutes into the first cut in post-production.

 

Considering the title, how would this film differentiate from the host of other films already out over the decades with the Frankenstein-title or -topic?

 

Hopefully not much, or Frankenstein-lovers will hate me. However, my take on Frankenstein is focussed only on the events that happen during that terrible wedding night when the monster is out to get Elizabeth. So in that regards, I think it's a pretty innovative take on the Mary Shelley's classic.

 

Since you are based in the Midwest, do you plan to attend the traditional fan fests, horror fests and the like that are always being run in this area, once the film is out?

 

I don't have any specific plans, but I guess I probably will. I am aware of how important this can be to promote a movie like Frankenstein: Day of the Beast.

 

Where should the film be found, available or ordered?

 

At this point we haven't reached out to any distributors yet, although a couple of distributors have reached out to us as soon as they found out about the movie... which is interesting. Before we start working any kind of distribution deal, we are planning on four-walling it ourselves to audiences in the Chicago area, and depending on how it goes, maybe other cities too.

 

Do you have any web pages for yourself or this film?

 

The best way to keep up with our progress on Frankenstein: Day of the Beast is by going to our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Frankenstein2011

 

Any other plans for new projects following this one?

 

Several scripts, but none chosen yet. I like to enjoy the process of what I do, so thinking of a next project when I'm still half way with the current one is an unwanted distraction really. Let's say to me it's not about the destination as much as it is about the ride.

 

Is production your preferred role in film, rather than acting, directing and the like?

 

I like everything about filmmaking. The best moments of my life have been on sets sharing precious moments with crazy people.

 

What in your opinion makes a good producer?

 

You need to have a mix of creative and engineer. It takes a balance between right and left brain. If you act like an engineer (specially in the early stages of a project) you can lay out the structure so that later you can enjoy letting go and be crazy passionate like an artist. Too much or too little of these two qualities break up this balance, and things might end up being soul-less dry or too intuitional going nowhere.

 

Any interesting behind the scenes stories concerning the creation of Frankenstein: Day of the Beast?

 

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We pushed a fight scene in the water to the last day of shoot, calculating it would be warmer for the actors since it was shot in early Spring, (that was the engineer part of me). No engineer can control weather tho, so we ended up shooting the fight scene in gloomy cold day. But actors Adam Stephenson and Paul Barile were real troopers and pulled it off real good.

 

The whole idea sounds intriguing, but out of curiosity, what made you decide to go with this particular story and concept?

 

I like to make the movies I would like to see. I have always loved Frankenstein, (movies and the novel), but I hadn't seen a movie where the monster is really scary. So hopefully I will be able to give the audience and myself and good 90 minutes of horror fun for the years to come.

 

Not wanting to make you sound biased toward any individual, but among cast and crew is there anyone who really stands out as going beyond the call, that you would really recommenced as exceptional?

 

No, I don't have any individual preference. In general I can say that this was one of those rare occasions when everybody seems to be in tune with the project beyond "an acting gig". It was a real work of passion and love.

 

Closing comments?

 

If audiences enjoy watching this movie at least 20 percent of how much we enjoyed making it, it'll be a great hit.

 

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