Your upcoming movie Megafoot - in a few words, what is it
highly classified experiment accidentally unleashes a top secret killing
machine known as MEGAFOOT. Part Cyborg. Part Bigfoot. All Terror!
And now it's up to an elite squad of soldiers to track down the
beast and kill it before it destroys everyone and everything in its path.
A married couple, a group of college students, the scientists who
know the truth, and some not-too friendly locals are about to confront
their worst nightmare in this action-packed, horror thriller, gore-ride
that's bigger than big... It's Megafoot!
Now how did the project come into being in the
was contacted by the producers to write the screenplay. They had a basic
concept and the title. I agreed to write it and was not attached to direct
at first. When I was about 70 pages into the script, I got a call and was
asked if I would be interested in directing. I agreed pretty quickly
because I thought this could be a really fun over-the-top action horror
What were your inspirations when writing Megafoot
- and what was your collaboration with the writer of the original story
Justin Martell like?
I was just given a few concepts from Justin. He wanted Megafoot to be an
escaped army experiment and they send in a team of soldiers to find and
destroy him before he kills again. In the end, they wanted another captive
Bigfoot who has to battle Megafoot in a smack-down finale. Besides that, I
had free rein. My big addition was to add the young married couple camping
in the woods that get caught up between the creatures and the soldiers. I
felt they would be the heart of the story amidst all the gory and gunfire.
I also wanted Megafoot to be a fun but gory “R” rated flick with
practical effects, rather than CGI.
Your movie being (to some extent)
based on the Bigfoot-legend
- how much research did you put into that aspect of your story, and is
this legend something at all dear to you?
this really isn't a Bigfoot origin story. It's a government experiment to
create a super soldier that of course, goes wrong. So, we're really going
for an action horror movie in the tradition of Predator and Dog
Soldiers. I've seen a handful of Bigfoot
movies and most of them I find
lacking. I thought the second half of Abominable and the 1981
Bigfoot movie Night of the Demon had some of the gory fun I was
going for. I mean, it's called Megafoot. When I hear that title, I want to
see some major Bigfoot
crushing going on. Blood needs to flow freely.
being a creature movie, you of course have to talk about your creature
we've been talking to a very, very good special effects artist. Since the
deal isn't 100% locked yet, I'm not supposed to name names but he's done a
lot of great creature work in the past. We are planning on having a 8-10
creature with a “Terminator” feel. Basically, it is a
and I am a big fan of the classic two part Six Million
Dollar Man vs Bigfoot
episode, but with a James Cameron approach.
Cool with just a touch of camp.
What can you tell us about your directorial
approach to your subject at hand?
want this to be a very slick production. It is NOT a found footage movie.
Well-lit, moving camera, some P.O.V. shots and a lot of energy. I am not
shying away from the gore and I believe there are some really creative
kills in this film surrounded by characters that are engaging. Some humor
throughout but the film keeps moving. It's almost a chase film with
actually multiple chases going on. Aliens in the woods.
Anything you can tell
us about your projected cast yet, and why exactly these people?
are no actors locked yet. At the moment, we are not focusing on names. We
just want very strong actors and great effects. We plan for the money to
go into the creature design and the production value so we have as many
days and time possible to really deliver the goods. If we wind up working
with another company for the money, they may insist on getting some
“name cast” members but that is not our concern right now.
far as I know, your film is still in its fundraising stages - so what can
you tell us about your fundraising efforts?
Well, last year when we first started seriously
talking about the project, there was a producer overseas on board who had
some money. I felt that we were rushing the production too fast and I had
some concerns so we decided to wait. Last November, during the AFM, we put
together a package and started shopping it around. A great artist, Justin
Osbourne, was hired to create the poster. I was so happy with the art that
I posted it on my Facebook page. Within days, the art went viral and
dozens of major websites started announcing our project. We had a script
and poster but that's all. Well, everyone was talking about it. We had
producers that would with the SyFy Channel interested in getting
involved. But we knew if this became a SyFy project, the script would be
completed re-written, the effects would most likely be CGI and it wouldn't
be the film we wanted to make. A few companies said that if we could show
them a 90 second promo with the creature, they might give us the rest of
the money. That's when we started to seriously consider doing a
fundraising campaign. I suggested that we should eo a scene from the movie
that we could actually use in the final film. So, the plan is to raise
$35,000 or more, make a kick-ass creature and then shoot the “camp
massacre scene” that occurs in the beginning of the film. It's a cool,
gory scene where everyone is killed so we wouldn't have to bring any of
these actors back when we're shooting the rest of the feature. It made
sense and so we launched our IndieGoGo campaign on February 25th,
2014. If successful, we'll have a great ten minute sequence to show and
use to raise the rest of the funding for the feature.
we started the Facebook page, I posed the question “Who would like a
MEGAFOOT” shirt based on the cool poster artwork. We got over 2,000
responses in a couple of days. So, based on that demand, we came up with
the incentives for people who donated funds. We have Megafoot pins,
tee-shirts, posters, music tracks to download, script, a clump of Megafoot's fur, chance to work on the film, play a dead body and even a
victim with a line of dialogue. We really want this to be a film for the
fans where everyone can be a part of the fun.
funds are raised, how do you plan to proceed, and when can the movie be
seen by the general public (and yes, I do know it's waaay too early to
I said, once we have the scene, we already have a few producers and
companies that we can contact and hope they can come up with the rest of
the budget. After that, we hope the film comes out everywhere. A small
theatrical would be great. But then V.O.D., blu-ray, cable, iTunes, Netflix, etc.. The goal of every movie is to be seen by the widest
Since creature features are sequel-prone, will
there ever be a Megafoot 2 - and/or other future projects you'd
like to share?
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I was hired to write the script, they did already have the title for the
sequel. It's called Ultra-Foot. Megafoot has a good ending but there is
always room for a follow-up. My goal is just to make one great movie. The
franchise potential comes later.
Your/your movie's website, Facebook,
Anything else you are dying to mention and I
have merely forgotten to ask?
will be MEGA-FUN! We truly want to make the best cyborg-Bigfoot
mainly because we want to see it. And from the sound of it, there are
others like us out there. So, please support our dreams of bringing Megafoot to life. We promise the film will deliver what the title and
tagline promises: “IT'S
BIGGER THAN BIG!”
Thanks for the interview!