Foreword by Adam Brannon: We’re rounding out 2018 with a monster-sized interview. For those who have been living under a rock for the majority of the last twelve months, 2018 signals the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic, Jurassic Park.
The influence this film had on cinema post-release is something truly special. It revolutionised special effects on the big screen and brought realistic CGI and animatronic dinosaurs into Hollywood for the very first time.
To celebrate, and in our final post of 2018, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jurassic World’s Courtney James Clark, who most of you will recognise as the park’s Mosasaur keeper. I spoke to her about her time working on the film and her career in general. Continue reading
J.J Abrams has always had a knack for injecting his films with a jarring dose of body horror. Cloverfield (2008) had the infamous exploding woman, 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) had a melting John Goodman after he got soaked in acid, and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018) had, well, a truly horrifying script. Whilst Overlord (2018) is a firmly stand-apart feature from the Cloverfield franchise (despite the rumours), there’s definitely enough body shock and gore to feel like an Abrams production.
There are so many descriptors one could attribute to Overlord; delightfully nasty, bloody and nauseatingly tense are but a few. This film is a grungy B-movie horror disguised as a slick WW2 drama and boy, is it fun. Continue reading
D.R Hood’s debut feature film, Wreckers starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy, was met with critical acclaim. For me, Wreckers was a film that clung to me weeks, even months after I watched it; simply put, it was an emotional sucker punch that blindsided me with just how powerful the story was. D.R Hood focused her directorial eye on the fractious nature of human relationships and kept her finger on zoom until watching each scene unfold became unbearable, yet I was unable to look away.
Her latest feature film, Us Among the Stones promises to be a brooding, raw tale about family and the significance of history and place. Movie Metropolis spoke to Dictynna Hood to talk about Us Among the Stones, what it takes to make a feature film and how she creates her characters. Continue reading
Having never written, produced or directed a film before, Scott Elliott and Sid Sadowskyj’s true story of triumph against adversity is brought to the silver screen in March 2018.
Going on to raise £1 million to fund their debut film, Scott and Sid navigated the distance from dream to reality, never letting themselves succumb to an ordinary path through life. A tale about friendship and coming-of-age, the film offers an insight into the pairs’ dreamchaser philosophy and inspires their audience to be more than normal. Chasing their dreams comes at a cost, but one meeting could change their lives.
To celebrate the release of Scott and Sid, I spoke to co-creator Scott Elliot about what it has taken to bring his dreams to reality and to discuss Scott and Sid: The Filmmakers’ App that offers users an affordable, self-study approach to filmmaking, with 1000s of videos on what’s needed to finance, produce and successfully release a film. Continue reading