Interview with Filmmaker Mike Callaghan (HOLE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

HOLE was the winner of Best Cinematography and Best Musical Score at the April FEEDBACK Film Festival. It’s a triumph of a short film starring James Cosmo & Daniela Nardini. 

I recently chatted with director Mike Callaghan to chat about this film and his career as a director: 

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Mike Callaghan: My previous film had been a plot light chase film and it felt quite slight. Over the course of editing it I felt that I wanted to do something a bit more substantial that allowed me to do as much as I could in terms of story and character in a 20 minute thriller. I also wanted to make a film that reflected the films I love like westerns and thrillers and hopefully I was able to do that.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for…

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Interview with director Jon James Smith (DO NOT DISTURB)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Jon James Smith’s short film “DO NOT DISTURB” played to great success at the August 2016 HORROR Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Jon James Smith: My motivation for making the film boils down to two things. Firstly I had a story and ideas I desperately wanted to share with audiences. Secondly because I want to get my first feature made, and I felt this would be a good calling card for my ability and tastes as a writer and director. This is my second short as a director, and I felt my first didn’t reflect what I’m capable of doing, so wanted to make something I’d be proud of, no matter how long it took.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

JJS: I wrote the script in one night pretty much…

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Interview with director Jon James Smith (DO NOT DISTURB)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Jon James Smith’s short film “DO NOT DISTURB” played to great success at the August 2016 HORROR Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Jon James Smith: My motivation for making the film boils down to two things. Firstly I had a story and ideas I desperately wanted to share with audiences. Secondly because I want to get my first feature made, and I felt this would be a good calling card for my ability and tastes as a writer and director. This is my second short as a director, and I felt my first didn’t reflect what I’m capable of doing, so wanted to make something I’d be proud of, no matter how long it took.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

JJS: I wrote the script in one night pretty much…

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Interview with director Frank Aron Gårdsø (O)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Frank Aron Gårdsø’s short film O was the winner of BEST FILM at the October 2016 Horror/Thriller Film Festival.

It was a pleasure to interview him about his film and what’s next:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Frank Aron Gårdsø: I wanted to see if I was capable of making a scary film in broad daylight that did not have any monster, killer, villain or beast to scare you.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

FAG: I would say that the process moved rather fast. I think we were talking about it in the middle of summer, and we were out filming by the beginning of autumn of the same year. So from when we started to think about making the movie until we had a finish product it took us half…

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Interview with director Wade K Savage (BARROW)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Wade Savage’s short film BARROW was the winner of BEST FILM at the October 2016 Action/Crime Film Festival.

It was a pleasure to interview him about his film and what’s next:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Wade K. Savage: My writing and producing partner Pete Gurbiel and I wanted to make another film together, and I originally had this far out idea about time travel and this girl dealing with a past trauma. I really love ‘Silence of The Lambs’ so I wanted to have a Clarice Starling type character as our lead. Luckily, Pete is way more sensible than I am and we ended up where we are, with this beautiful film that explores some deeper themes, but is also visually really engaging.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

WKS: About…

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Interview with Filmmaker Oliver Park (Award Winning Short VICIOUS)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

VICIOUS was the winner of Best Film at the WILDsound February 2016 Best of Horror/Thriller Festival. Already is it considered one of the top films that has ever played at the festival.

Interview with Oliver Park: 

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Oliver Park: I was born in the 80’s and grew up with stories by M. R. James, H. P. Lovecraft, and Stephen King. Then, when I discovered horror films I quickly fell in love with films by Carpenter, Craven, Kubrick, Romero, Cronenberg, Russell, Barker and of course – Hitchcock (to name but a few). I remember being terrified by those stories and I would regret them every night as I was lying in bed unable to sleep! I missed those films and felt it was time to bring back classic, suspenseful horror.

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Interview with Filmmakers Ellen Babeliowsky & Kris Geens (MOTEL MOTEL)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

Played at the October 2016 CRIME/MYSTERY Festival – Winner of Best Cinematography at the Festival.

 Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Ellen Babeliowsky & Kris Geens: Everything! My whole life I wanted to make films and so I feel very happy to make this first one! There’s no dramatic story that really needs to be told, I’m not trying to move people or to bring a particular subject to peoples attention. I just wanted to take you on a visual trip and play with your mind. In a surrealistic way.

From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

It took me 2 years. I took my time to create the story and to find out how to realize it. Also the post production took a lot of time. I was lucky to work together with an…

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HORROR Feature Film of the Day: A WOMAN’S TOUCH, by Daniel Guyton and Marilisa Walker

Title: A WOMAN’S TOUCH 

Written by: Daniel Guyton and Marilisa Walker

Genre: Horror-Comedy

Type: Feature Script

Logline: “A Woman’s Touch” is a horror-comedy in which an unhappy woman tries to create the perfect man — by killing each of the imperfect men she dates, and harvesting her one favorite body part from each of them. Beneath the murder and mayhem is a simple story of someone needing to be loved.

WGA Number: I248218

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HORROR/THRILLER Feature Film of the Day: WELCOME TO SHADOW VALLEY, by Vincent Marshall

Title: WELCOME TO SHADOW VALLEY

Written by: Vincent Marshall

Genre: Thriller/Horror

Type: Feature Screenplay

Logline: Every Town Has A Story. Theirs Is Killer

WGA Registration Number: 1671498

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HORROR/COMEDY Feature Film of the Day: EVIL ELF CLAN, by Tommy Dee

Title: EVIL ELF CLAN 

Written by: Tommy Dee

Genre: Horror Comedy

Type: Feature Screenplay

Logline: An accident with toxic paint in the workshop turns a family of Santa’s little helpers into crazed Grinch like creatures who inflict their bloodthirsty glee on the idyllic mountain town of Snowfalls, Colorado on Christmas Eve.

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