INTERVIEWS

LATEST | FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS

Exclusive Interview Marc Price Director Of Colin
By James Whittington, Saturday 24th July 2010

Marc Price - Colin photo credit Damon WebsterMarc Price shot to fame last year when his low budget zombie movie Colin generated so much public interest that news of its release made headlines. The Horror Channel is giving everyone the chance to see this stunning movie on August 7th so we thought we'd have a chat with Marc to see how difficult it was creating a piece of cinema that cost little but gained huge kudos.

HC: Did you know from an early age that you wanted to be in the film industry?

MP: I think so... I remember wanting to be an actor. I loved the idea of 'playing' and that being a job. When I hit fifteen I realised I was a terrible actor and was naive enough to think directing involved 'playing' every part for the actors to see…y'know, to let them know how to do it. So if I directed I'd still get to play, but at the same time no-one would see my crappy acting.

HC: Were you inspired by any director in particular?

MP: I'm inspired by so many directors, particularly those who have taken the film making process into their own hands. Robert Rodriguez, Sam Raimi and Kevin Smith stand out, but the big turning point for me was seeing Peter Jackson in Tony Hiles' documentary on the making of Bad Taste. I think that was the moment I realised I could grab some buddies and make a film that other people may have the patience to sit through. Then a good few years later I read a fantastic interview with Shane Meadows where he said words to the effect of "Anyone can get their hands on a camcorder… there's no excuse! Make your movie!" So I picked up a camcorder and started playing about and it ended up being the same camera I used 10 years later to shoot a lot of Colin.

HC: Where did the idea for Colin come from?

MP: I desperately wanted to make a zombie movie and telling the story from the perspective of a zombie felt like something that I hadn't seen before. I hang my head in shame for missing Andrew Parkinson's I, Zombie. Bub from Day of the Dead was the first zombie I genuinely cared about, but the biggest inspiration was probably King Kong. I loved the idea of a character the audience could connect with in a way none of the characters in the film would. In the 30s Kong Fay Wray is screaming right up to the end… but in those moments before Kong tumbles from the Empire State Building the audience realise how much they care about him. I wanted the audience to connect with Colin in the same way. To care about him in the same way I cared about Bub or Kong…. or even Gorgo! I cared about that little guy as well!

HC: Are you a fan of low budget movies?

MP: I've seen more low budget movies in the last year than anything else. I'm not sure why… I've been sent an awful lot of them by other film makers and, to be fair, it's been amazing! It's inspiring to me when other film makers like Miles Watts, Andrew Barker and Keith Wright are kind enough to let me see their brilliant films. I also watch the Horror Channel which, for a long time, was the only channel dedicated to showcasing low budget film with as much enthusiasm as it took to make them.

HC: How did you go about casting the movie and raising the budget?

MP: I wrote Colin for Alastair Kirton, I always wanted him for the part. I knew most of the other actors in the film and the rest were friends I'd dragged along to play multiple zombies and/or humans. When I first moved to London my friend Matthew Bulgo, who plays the guy listening to the MP3 Player before Colin rips his ear off, was working on a production of Neil LaBute's Bash. So the first people I met here were actors and unlike my buddies back in Swansea, London based actors were so much easier to get together to shoot a fun sequence or short movie. So I had a great time meeting new actors and bringing together the people I'd met through Matthew and other actor friends. As for raising money… that wasn't really a problem. I felt that it was entirely possible to make the film without spending any money. It was written around locations that I knew we could get to. We were shooting the whole movie on a camcorder and wouldn't look like a film unit, so permits weren't anything I felt we'd need to worry about either.

HC: Did the script ever change whilst in production because of unforeseen circumstances?

MP: I'd always adapt or change little moments here and there, but never in a way that I felt was detrimental to what I'd originally had in mind for any given scene or sequence. We always looked at it as solving problems. I always knew what effect I wanted each moment to have on an audience and if there was a limit to what we could achieve, we'd always look at what we wanted to achieve emotionally, what we had available to us and weigh up our options. Everything I've read about film making, from zero budget to multi-million dollar epics, there has been one consistency and that's problem solving. Every facet of film making involves solving the problem of creating something that will work for a modern audience.

HC: Everyone knows that Colin was shot on a shoestring budget but was there ever a point where you thought that you’d have to stop due to lack of funds?

MP: Not at all. I had a pretty solid idea how to achieve everything when we started with the exception of music and make-up effects. After a week with the brilliant Michelle Webb I realised that make-up wouldn't be a concern and that only left the sound track, which was a bit sticky. If you tell a composer or a musician that you're making a zombie movie and need some music you always end up with something similar to Goblin. I got to a point where I realised that it would take so long to coax some of the composers into delivering something that I wanted that I ended up having to learn how to play a few chords, record them separately and mix them in the editing program to create some music myself. The evocative music tracks were composed and recorded by the brilliant Dan Weekes (who worked on Colin's Theme) and Jack Elphick. Any growling, grumbling noises were my clumsy fingers and a keyboard.

HC: How long did the shoot last and were you long in post production?

MP: I was shooting and editing the film simultaneously over the course of 18 months. It was a part time shoot where we'd allocate a few days a week to shoot with Alastair and use Sundays to focus on pick ups. It used to be pretty quiet when I worked evenings, so I'd take the rushes into the office on a hard drive and edit at work. The days we weren't shooting were usually spent working on the sound. Creating sound effects and mixing them in my bedroom.

HC: How did you manage to generate such a following for the movie?

MP: Do we have a following? That's amazing! I initially thought the only people who would watch the film would be my friends. I think we were exceptionally lucky to have the press attention we received. Every other film maker I've met who make low budget movies do the exact same thing as we did. I'm not entirely sure why we ended up with so much attention. All I wanted was for Colin to find its audience… Even if that audience were just a group of my friends.

HC: What projects are you working on at the moment?

MP: We recently made a 4-minute film as something of a camera and visual effects test for what I hope to be our next feature. The short film is called The End… and it's screening as part of the Short Film Showcase at this years FrightFest. I'm a bit nervous about it because it's just a little test, but I'd love to see it play with an enthusiastic audience. I wanted it to be a lot of fun. The feature that we're testing for is called Thunderchild which is the name of a Handley Page Halifax bomber on a mission over Europe towards the end of World War II. For the most part it’s an action movie but returning from the devastating mission a creature makes its way onto the plane and starts attacking one of the crew. The script is written, we've started our own visual effects company and it's been cast. Most of the actors were in Colin including Alastair Kirton, Leigh Crocombe, Dominic Burgess and Craig Russell. There are some new faces as well including Joe Morgan and Antony Eden. I can't wait to start shooting it.

HC: Marc Price, thank you very much.

You can catch Colin on the Horror Channel on August 7th at 22:55

(Photo of Marc Price by Damon Webster)


MORE INTERVIEWS
Interview with Mickey Fisher, creator of sci-fi series Extant
Posted on Thursday 6th May 2021
Mickey Fisher 1

Horror Channel will be continuing its commitment to bringing cult and classic sci-fi to its audience with Seasons 1 and 2 of the CBS Studios/Amblin Television production of Extant, starring Halle Berry as astronaut Molly Woods, who returns home to her family, inexplicably pregnant after 13 months in outer space on a solo mission.

The series begins on Horror May 11th so, we decided to chat to its creator, Mickey Fisher about how the series came to be produced and what it was like working with Hollywood royalty.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be a writer?

MF: From the time I was maybe five or six years old I wanted to be an actor. Going to see Star...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Gary J. Tunnicliffe, writer and director of Hellraiser: Judgement
Posted on Saturday 20th February 2021
Gary J. Tunnicliffe doing SFX make-up on the set of Hellraiser Judgement

Director and long-time Hellraiser franchise SFX artist Gary John Tunnicliffe has a new entry into the Hellraiser series for us all to enjoy, Hellraiser: Judgement. Here he chats about this gritty horror.

HC: Was there one person or film which inspired you to want to be in the effects industry?

GJT: I can't remember one film that directly inspired me to be in the effects industry, it would definitely have been around 1982 (when I was 14) when The Thing AND American Werewolf in London came out (as well as a mass of FX laden movies) but more than anything it was when s...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Chee Keong Cheung, director of Redcon-1
Posted on Wednesday 17th February 2021
Director Chee Keong Cheung

Fast-paced British zombie thriller, Redcon-1 will be having its UK TV premiere on Horror on Saturday 20th February so we decided to chat with its writer and director Chee Keong Cheung about this acclaimed movie.

HC: Where did the idea for Redcon-1 come from and are you a fan of zombie movies?

CKC: I'm a huge fan of the zombie genre and in particular, Danny Boyle's '28 Days Later', Zak Snyder's 'Dawn of the Dead' and of course George Romero's original works which helped to pave the way for the genre and was a real inspiration for me growing up. I remember watching 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'Black Hawk Down' on TV and had always been drawn to the men on a m...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Scott Reiniger star of the original Dawn of the Dead
Posted on Sunday 15th November 2020
DAWN_OF_THE_DEAD_3D_BD_SLIPCASE_PACK_ (1)

On the eve of a stunning new 4K box set of George A Romero's Dawn of the Dead from Second Sight Films, we chat to one of its stars, Scott Reiniger about this incredible film.

HC: How did you first become involved with Dawn of the Dead?

SR: Well, I was in New York, I was a stage actor in New York and I went to college with Christine Forrest, who later became George's wife and she asked me if I wanted to audition for this film called Dawn of the Dead, she wanted to know if I knew who George Romero was and I said, "Yeah, he was the guy who directed Night of the Living Dead". So, they sent the script over and I read it and it was pr...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Steve Speirs, star of Concrete Plans
Posted on Sunday 1st November 2020
Concrete Plans poster

Welsh, Scottish and Ukranian dialects clash in Concrete Plans, a stand-out movie from Will Jewell which has just been released by FrightFest Presents via Signature. Its a super and very dark thriller with an outstanding cast headed up by Steve Speirs. Here he chats about this amazing piece.

Be warned this interview contains some spoilers about the movie. If in doubt watch the movie before reading. You have been warned!

HC: Was there one actor of one film you saw when you were younger that made you want to be an actor?

SS: Oh, I've never been asked that actually. When I started to get into watching films, I'd always wanted to be an actor for as long as I can ...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Shayne Ward, star of The Ascent
Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2020
SHAYNE WARD NEW PROMO HEADSHOT 2020-6

A special ops team on a mission in a war-torn country find themselves trapped on a never-ending staircase that they must climb - or they die! This is the premise for Tom Paton's superb, action-packed horror The Ascent which is having its UK TV premiere at 9pm on October 23rd. Here its star, Shayne Ward tells all about his career to date and how he became involved in this sci-fi shocker.

HC: How much did the X-Factor change your life?

SW: Oh, like anyone can say who has been on it, who has done well on the show, it does change your life because it catapults you into the limelight, into the public eye. One day you are relatively unknown...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Ryan Kruger, writer and director of Fried Barry
Posted on Sunday 11th October 2020
Fried Barry

Anyone who as been to Grimmfest will know that the team behind the event try their very best to bring to their audience films that challenge and push as many envelopes as possible. Fried Barry from director Ryan Kruger is such a movie. Packed with mind-bending imagery and and emotional punch, this polarizing movie has to be seen just for its creativity and strong storytelling. Here, Ryan chats about this incredible movie.

HC: Where did Fried Barry come from?

RK: Fried Barry was born out of total frustration where I was in my career. I am known in South Africa as a music video director for doing narrative story telling within music vids and sharp visuals. Although I al...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Deiondre Teagle, star of Death Ranch
Posted on Sunday 11th October 2020
thumbnail_Brandon Blood

Grimmfest 2020 is packed with new talent and one actor that stands out is Deiondre Teagle who styars in Charlie Steeds' grindhouse homage, Death Ranch. Here Deiondre explains his role and what it was like being part of such a bold movie.

HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actor?

DT: I've definitely known my whole life I've wanted to be an actor. One of my favourite movies of all time is the original Men In Black. When I was little (about 3 or 4 years old), I would re-watch my VHS copy of that movie over and over and over again. I would re-enact every scene. Since then, my love for acting and film has just grown. I have such a love for the...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Faith Monique, star of Death Ranch
Posted on Sunday 11th October 2020
FAITH MONIQUE INTERVIEW PHOTO

Grimmfest 2020 is packed with world premieres and none so bold as Charlie Steed's Death Ranch. We chatted to one of its main stars, Faith Monique about her role in this brutal and brilliant movie.

HC: Was there one person you saw at a young age who inspired you to want to become an actress?

FM: Funny fact, I grew up without a TV! So, at a young age, I never had an actor that inspired me and to this day I still don't. Acting did not become a dream of mine until 2016 and for inspiration, I like to dig deep into my own soul to find truth to bring into each character.

HC: Are you a big fan of horror movies and were you aware of grindhouse and e...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Charlie Steeds, writer and director of Death Ranch
Posted on Saturday 10th October 2020
CHARLIE STEEDS EDITED-23

Horror movies and controversy always go hand in hand but when they tackle serious issues by using extreme violence to hammer home a point they can be very worthy. Death Ranch from Charlie Steeds is having its world premiere at Grimmfest so we chatted to him about this very strong movie.

HC: What inspired you to write Death Ranch?

CS: I'd always wanted to try making a movie with a 70s Grindhouse/Exploitation style and was watching old Grindhouse trailers for inspiration. I came across the movie Brotherhood of Death, where black characters fight back against the KKK for some of the film (the tagline is 'Watch these brothers stick it to the Klan!') and that conce...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Nicholas Santos, writer and director of It Cuts Deep
Posted on Saturday 10th October 2020
It Cuts Deep Image 2

At Grimmfest we're used to comedy horror but none as well written as It Cuts Deep from writer/director Nicholas Santos. Here he chats about this true dissection of a romance going terribly wrong.

HC: Have you always been a big horror fan?

NS: I've been a big horror fan since I was a little kid. Some of my favourite childhood memories are seeing Event Horizon with my dad when I was in second grade, being absolutely terrified by Chucky from Child's Play at every waking moment and watching Psycho for the first time on VHS when I was 7 years old.

HC: Where did the idea for It Cuts Deep come from and did it take long to write?

NS: It Cuts Deep is a hor...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interview with Robert Woods, director of An Ideal Host
Posted on Saturday 10th October 2020
Robert Woods

Ever had the dinner party from Hell with people you don't really relate to and seem alien? Well this is the premise of the the hilarious horror comedy An Ideal Host from director Robert Woods. Here he tells Horror about this cracking movie.

HC: What did you think of the script when you first read it and what made you decide that this would be your first project as a director?

RW: Tyler and I had been writing theatre together for a decade, but movies are our first love and we wanted to give it a crack as well. Tyler came up with the initial idea but we worked on the story together and it evolved a great deal from the initial pitch. As it was my first time directing, I think we were j...

SHARE: READ MORE
Interviews Archive: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006
PICK OF THE WEEK
It Follows
IT FOLLOWS
Saturday 22nd May
9.00 PM
Flatliners
FLATLINERS
Tuesday 18th May
9.00 PM
Tales From The Darkside
TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE
Sunday 23rd May
8.30 PM