THE ADVENTURES OF THE GRAY HAT HACKER was the winner of BEST DIRECTION at the June 2021 SCI-FI/FANTASY Film Festival.
1. What motivated you to make this film?
This movie was a labor of love due to the fact it was a movie that I made for and with my brother, Liam Dow (Gray Hat Hacker). He started writing the comics as a kid and during that process, he also became an actor. It had potential so him and I overhauled the story and that’s what you see today. I also think that people enjoy the dynamic of Gray and Petri because it has so much of him and I in those characters.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
The idea for this short from script to screen was about an 18 month process. Being a first time director, I really wanted to put something together that would be really interesting and cool. Being the editor as well, made me have complete freedom to try different ideas, which resulted in the comic book opening, soundtrack changes and constant reworking of the story and beats.
3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
The biggest hurdle was finding the correct person to do the VFX and we truly are fortunate to have Badhon in this production. He took all my crazy ideas that I added to almost daily and made them a reality.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
It felt great to know that people were enjoying the film and really enjoying the story. I love that people want to see more! It’ll come, hopefully!
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
I started out as a musician and actor and never thought I would direct but my brother had created such a cool story that we had to make something out of it. This short made me want to continue making films. I really loved the process and will make films as long as possible.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
That’s a tough question, probably “The Departed” by Martin Scorsese.
8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
It’s great! Very filmmaker friendly.
9. What is your favorite meal?
Can’t go wrong with a good steak!
10. What is next for you? A new film?
Yes, I’m in the process of completing a horror feature right now and I’m sitting on 4 scripts. The goal is to release 5 projects this year.