Live-In Fear is a success story before even a reel of film has been shot, having completed three successful campaigns on Indiegogo it's begun its fourth and final finance campaign. Brendan Scullion (director) and Maria Olsen (producer) go into production on Wednesday 22nd February in picturesque Brian Head Utah. In the run up I was able to pick the brains of the duo and why we should all be living in fear.
Q: You’ve referenced The Evil Dead II in your blog regarding the film and the synopsis has a certain Tarkovsky ala Solaris feel to it. Who would you cite as the heaviest influences in your cinematic style?
Q: The film seems to be setting its stall out to be an introverted horror, how difficult have you found it to translate that inward glance towards protagonist’s fears on to the screen?
Q: There’s a disclaimer stating “This is not a found footage movie”, the premise has the feel of another film that was (and still is) THE found footage movie. What can we expect that will combat those comparisons?
Q: How have you found the Indiegogo funding experience? It gives film makers a chance to interact with their audiences before there’s a product. Have you found that it’s altered your initial concept?
MARIA: This experience differs from, say, my experience on Fox’s Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief because it’s so much more personal. With Live-In Fear, I’m getting involved with almost every aspect of the creative and administrative process, and I’m learning so much more about this business through this “total immersion” than I would by just acting in a film. I’ll be forever grateful to
for his inviting me onto Live-In Fear’s production team. Brandon
Q: Brandon, you worked with The Asylum recently, how was that?
Q: A cast of four is rather intimate so it’s even more important to get the right actors. Was there a lot of debating over the final four?
Q: There’s a real resurgence in Independent horror, any advice for someone contemplating making that jump from dreamer to director?
Q: If you could pick one film for Live-In Fear to be screened alongside what film would you pick?
Q: All the best horrors inevitably spawn sequels, how open has the door been left?
BRANDON: The end of the film finds the characters coming face to face with this new world they have been left with, and I think it would be interesting to see how they deal with it and what it means to the rest of the planet.
For those of you who haven't encountered Live-In Fear before the teaser trailer is available to provide an atmospheric glimpse into the stylings of Scullion to come.
If, like me, you're a fan of independent cinema and would like to show your support then you can contribute [here] and with Maria Olsen having offered up 61 projects to the cinematic world since 2008 then it's safe to say that the future of Independent horror is not just in the hands of the film makers but also in the audience who believe in them.
Maria was kind enough to offer up her experience and opinion during the Review of the Year. To read what she had to say click [here].