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“What you need to bring to the table if you’re a new viewer or not is just a sense that the film, and all of our films, don’t take themselves too seriously, I think they’re all fun.” – Darin Wood, writer and director of Badass Monster Killer editing software, the exact same CGI technology from Vampire Women, it’s just that I’ve learned more tricks. At one point when I was working on it, and it was taking a long, long time, I could at least look at it and say to myself, “It looks like I imagined.” There’s quite a few familiar faces from your other productions. What can you tell us about the star of the new film, Jawara Duncan? DW: Jawara Duncan was also the male lead in Vampire Women. He’s super good, has an awesome sense of humor about himself, and also, we did a lot of physical stuff like fight scenes, even when he’s up against invisible monsters, and he was super good at that. He came into this one already cast—we never considered anyone else. With fight choreography, sometimes you’ll get guys that are all over the map, but Jawara has been consistent, and it makes the editing so much easier. He just gets it. He was able to do a lot of things physically and comedically, it was great. Will we be seeing any more Badass Monster Killer adventures in the future? CS: We currently don’t have a script for Badass Monster Killer 2, but who knows, if this one goes viral ... DW: This is just my own hypothesis/speculation. When we did Vampire Women, Paul Allen and I did a comic book for BMK. Rather than have it just be a straight adaptation of the movie, we told another story featuring some of the characters that survive and whatnot. It had Jimmy Chevelle in it, with a completely different storyline. We didn’t finish, and it’s not going to be done in time for the premiere, but sometime in the future, we might return to it or, if a sequel became possible, I’d be down to use that as a skeleton for the new script. It could happen!

What does the elevator pitch for Badass Monster Killer sound like? CS: It’s kind of like Shaft meets Lovecraft. Lots of blood, lots of boobs, lots of monsters. That translates into any language— great for the International market! How did BMK get to have its premiere at the Esquire IMAX? CS: We were lucky with our former partners at The Crest, working with them, still, because of some of the connections we had and mostly because of the reputation we’ve built with the last couple of movie premieres. With the last one, Planet of the Vampire Women, we almost sold out The Crest. We have a pretty good following in town, so we were able to go to the IMAX and pretty much convince them to take a chance on us, you know, “We can fill your theater- we can do this!” A little bit of clout, and a good reputation, and they’ve been great to work with, so we’re really looking forward to this. DW: I think the IMAX experience is gonna be really great. For us, with the surround sound mix, which nobody does at our budget level, I don’t know if we could have done it at too many other places, to really do justice to the audio. The picture is the picture, and it’ll be huge and everything, but for us, it really had to be the surround sound. Philip Baldwin’s soundtrack for BMK seems pretty essential to the plot. How did the process for that work? DW: When we started filming, I started thinking about integrating the blaxploitation feel into the soundtrack. We started talking about the Curtis Mayfield soundtrack for Superfly and how Mayfield is almost like another character in the film, like the narrator—he’s telling you about all the stuff that’s happening on screen, or he’s commenting on the characters. That’s all it took for Phil to get excited about that

idea, and it comes out in the end result. It’s really funny, and I haven’t even figured out all of it—some of the lyrics are really buried down in there. But the composer has always been like that, from Bikini Beach onwards. He mixes in some buried moments of dialogue that I still come across in the last couple of films. What does the future hold for TFO films and events? CS: We’re still trying out new venues for the film festival; We’re going to get this film out to a wider audience on DVDs, VOD, additional screenings in other cities ... and then start another movie! Also, Zombie Walk will take place next year as always. DW: There’s a bunch of scripts that are done, a bunch that are partially done, at some point we’re gonna have to decide what we wanna do. CS: I’m always voting for the giant armadillo movie ... DW: I’d like to do something that can make use of the CGI city again, because it took three years to put together! [laughs]



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What should new viewers/ potential fans expect at the Dec. 3 premiere? DW: I think what you need to bring to the table if you’re a new viewer or not is just a sense that the film, and all of our films, don’t take themselves too seriously, I think they’re all fun. CS: Fun! Fun is the key word.

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