Monday, January 24, 2011
1. Where did the idea of Zombie Girl originate from?
From seeing Emily's casting call for her zombie movie. We contacted her family to find out more and things took off from there.
2. Do you prefer documentary films over narrative?
Not really. As long as a movie is good, the genre doesn't matter.
3. How did you raise the money for this film?
We started shooting with pretty much no money. Then as we went along, we were able to raise a bit through fundraisers and then get a couple investors onboard.
4. How long was your shoot?
It took Emily about two years to make her film, so we followed her on and off for much of that time.
5. What is your favorite horror film?
6. What is your next project?
Most likely a comedy that I'm writing.
7. What are the advantages of shooting a documentary?
The biggest advantages are that you don't need much money to get started and you don't need a script. You can just grab a camera and start rolling.
8. What are the disadvantages of shooting a documentary?
The spontaneity that makes documentaries so great can also provide its biggest challenge. Your story and your timeframe is fully dependent upon how things actually unfold. And there are no chances to grab a second take of a scene if you failed to capture it the first time. Making a documentary saves you time in preproduction, but postproduction makes up for it. That's when the writing of the story begins.
9. What was it like being a part of the Big Bear Horror Film Festival?
It was great. It's always fun to see Zombie Girl with an audience fluent in the language of zombie films. Plus, it was in Big Bear! I'll jump at any excuse to visit there!