MIFS: Where did the idea for the film come from?
I was initially inspired to write The Amateur Monster Movie when I was 15 years old while listening to "Music to Watch Girls By", by the Bob Crewe Generation. I started to imagine this song playing during the opening titles of an old b-horror movie from the 70s or something and started writing. George Romero's original "of the Dead" trilogy played big inspiration on many of the gags in the script as well.
MIFS: How much did the project change from concept to final edit?
Well, if you consider my original notes were made in 2005 and the final edit is only just now being completed in late 2010, it has changed quite a bit. However, the fundamental elements of the story remained constant, it was just a matter of many things shifting around from place to place. But it was always about Walter Romero avenging his friend's death, and there were always zombies and a werewolf.
MIFS:Where there any challenges during production?
Many, many challenges. The biggest being our 2 original castings of our lead actress who both managed to set our schedule back by months and, in the case of the latter, added weeks worth of reshooting.
MIFS: With the film completed, what has been the most rewarding thing about the whole experience?
Thinking of an idea, writing it down, and then seeing it come to life is really something special. Having the opportunity to do this and having so many people dedicating their time and energy to bring it life has been extremely rewarding and made all the hardships well worth it for me.
The Amateur Monster Movie will screen Saturday, Nov 5th at 9:15PM. Tickets are $10.00