IGHT OF THE SLASHER was released to a lot of critical acclaim, where does it stand now a year later in 2017?
At this point, NIGHT OF THE SLASHER has been selected in over 185 festivals, has won over 50 awards, and has become OSCAR eligible. The short film premiered as a VIMEO STAFF PICK (the first horror film to do so on that site), and featured as SHORT OF THE WEEK, and FILMSHORTAGE. The short film online is still growing and slowly reaching half a million views cumulatively across all platforms including VIMEO, FACEBOOK, and YOUTUBE. I still receive emails from festivals and events to showcase screenings of it!
Since NIGHT OF THE SLASHER, do you have any other projects that you have been working on or are you working to piece together a feature length film?
NIGHT OF THE SLASHER was always a proof-of-concept for a feature film, but right now, the developments on that are under wraps.
For those that have yet to see the short film, where are they currently able to watch it?
There are many places you can watch it, the most popular area at the moment is where it premiered as a STAFF PICK on VIMEO. People can find it at:
About how many easter eggs/nods are hidden in your film for horror fans to watch out for?
For those who want to know why I chose the killer's mask, google "HALLOWEEN MICHAEL MYERS mask is actually..."
Aside from the impressive 180 festivals, 50 award wins, and OSCAR qualification, what are some other highlights that have come from working on this?
Many things have come out of this, but the thing I'd place highest on the list is "A great learning process".
Tell me a bit about the actors, how did you come across them and how were they to work with?
I was given the good fortune of working with my producer, ADAM LESAR, who also doubled as the Killer. He saved the shoot on multiple instances when things went awry. We auditioned our friend SCOTT to play the Bait and he knocked it out his performance and kept spirits up with his sense of humor during intense crunch time. Our last person to join the cast was the lead, LILY BERLINA. We were in a panic when our previous lead dropped out last minute and we scrambled like crazy to get auditions going again. She was the second one to walk in and won everyone over, not just with her talent, but with her impressive professionalism. In a stressful shoot, she was the one who took on the role of being nurturing and got everyone back in the right headspace to accomplish the task at hand with confidence.
What would you say were your biggest influence in writing and putting together NIGHT OF THE SLASHER?
Oddly, my biggest influence was being traumatically burnt out and hitting a low point, which made me think about victims of horror movies, specifically the survivors. I asked myself how do they go on living after that horrible experience? They're going to be haunted for the rest of their life. In living with trauma, we tend to become self-destructive and harm ourselves and those we care about around us. Like horror movie sins, some people cope with their trauma by drinking, doing drugs, having sex in order to deal with their demons. This is the point of NIGHT OF THE SLASHER -- JENELLE is committing these Horror Movie Sins on purpose because as victims, we tend to keep going back to that awful experience, maybe we can control it this time and overcome it, but it never works out. That's the true tragedy of this story. It's a cycle.
Over the course of the next few years, what status do you feel your film will have reached?
No one can predict that.
Lastly, I want to give you a platform to talk about whatever you would like whether it be people that you want to give thanks to bringing attention to a future project, or charity organization...
I would like to thank all those who had an intricate part or a helping hand with the success of the short, NIGHT OF THE SLASHER. As for charity, share or contribute to all of your friends trying to make a film through KICKSTARTER!
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