The Horror Hothouse‘s Emma Knock catches up with Night Walker Cinema’s James Neff and Joseph Dean Martinez to talk about their first feature film, The Dinner Guest.
Hi guys, we’ve been raving about you for so long we felt it was about time we actually spoke to you! How are you both?
We really appreciate that. We are fantastic, thank you. Super busy but that’s a good thing!
So tell us a bit about the birth of Night Walker Cinema and how you started making films together?
We used to work together and were always taking about these original concepts we had. We were tired of the remakes and the negative press that horror was getting and continues to get, so we formed NWC.
Your first short that came under the banner of Night Walker Cinema was Seizure in 2011. Tell us a bit about the inspiration behind it and how you found working together for the first time?
We wanted to do something that maybe wasn’t going to be expected. It’s hard to say too much without giving anything away since it is only 3 minutes long. Working with anyone can be stressful at times but the only times we argue is when we are both very passionate about an idea. It’s always for the betterment of the film.
Read our review of Seizure here.
Next up came 32 and boy was that twisted. How did you come up with the idea?
It’s actually based on a true story…or is it?
Read our review of 32 here.
You’re making your first feature film this year, The Dinner Guest. What it’s about?
It’s a thriller about a couple whose evening gets derailed by someone you don’t want your evening derailed by!
Read our preview and watch the teaser trailer here.
From the teaser we can tell that Mike Burnell who plays the doctor in 32 will be taking on the leading role. How did you first start working with him?
Joseph met him on a commercial shoot and told James that he was very talented and super humble.
You’re currently in pre-production, how different is it working on a feature film as opposed to a short?
It’s honestly about the same but on a bigger scale. We treat every project with the same amount of passion no matter the running time.
We know it is early days, but when do you think The Dinner Guest will be ready for screening?
That all depends on casting and location scouting.
What are your aspirations for it once it’s complete?
Hopefully someone loves it and we can get distribution! That would be a dream come true.
On a more general note, tell us a bit about your creative process. Once an idea is born, what steps do you take to make it a reality?
We work very hard on every level of production. We also take unscheduled breaks and watch funny YouTube videos, haha.
Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?
We have tons. We are always writing.
So far you’ve only worked on projects that have been written by yourselves. Would you ever consider working on a film someone else has written and if so, what would that film have to have in order for you to considering directing it?
We would like to establish NWC and get a few films out before considering that. That film would have to be something we would want to watch and the writer would have to be down to earth, no ego.
If you guys could work with anyone in the film industry, who would it be?
Dang…too many to answer. Would love to work with Gary Oldman!
Finally…what’s your favourite scary movie?
You better not be wearing a Scream mask ready to jump out at us! Too many to name! [Edit: You’re the first people to actually pick up the reference, believe it or not. Haha]
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