THE GHOUL was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the October 2021 CRIME/MYSTERY Film Festival.
What motivated you to make this film?
It was meant to be directed be a friend of mine who had asked me to come on and DP it for him. So I was deep into that side of things while also chasing some actors I had access to. Long story short, we’d locked actors and locations and he turned to me and said he needed to pull out. I though it was done until he offered it to me if I wanted to go for it. Directing is my ultimate goal, so I jumped it, found my own DP and went for it. The fact that it was period and you got to play with a time other than now made it really fun and motivating.
From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
From pre to post probably 5 months. Final export was then 9 yrs later.
How would you describe your short film in two words!?
What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
One day of an actors single track of dialogue, with no chance for ADR
What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Cringing and delight. I’m very critical personally so even today I have faults with it, so the fact that the reactions were great and that they connected with it meant a lot.
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:
When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
Really young, I was always at a cinema as a kid. My parents hated me sitting in front of the TV, or the fact I’d recite a line before the character. It wasn’t until I was in high school that the facilities were made available to me and another student and I were making feature length movies on tape to tape. That’s when it cemented which was I was going.
What film have you seen the most in your life?
Single film is hard, it might have to be a tie between Star Wars, Back to the Future or Indiana jones. Ghostbusters and Goonies would be pretty close to.
You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
Submission platforms have come along way and I’d have to say, especially now with streaming, FilmFreeway was great and easy. The fact is packaged for you to add you project and supporting materials, find a festival and submit & pay, makes really stram lined and easy. Back when I started submitting for festival, you’d be running DVDs off and posting then internationally. It’s also a bit addictive, scrolling the festivals seeing what might fit the film.
What is your favorite meal?
What is next for you? A new film?
COVID’s made it interesting when it comes to films, there’s a few ideas in development, a survival feature, that’s designed to be shot with minimal cast and crew and then a Drop Bear creature feature currently on the funding circuit. The Ghoul was also designed to have a bigger story that was fleshed out, so maybe a revisit down the line.