INTERVIEW: INDIE HORROR DIRECTOR MARTIN-ANDRE YOUNG TALKS “THE BASEMENT”
On Thursday, October 10th at 9pm, Toronto based film fest BLOOD IN THE SNOW opens its preview portal with a screening of a new, nightmarish indie shocker called simply THE BASEMENT, the not-so tender tale of a gaggle of pretty young things trapped in a cellar while someone – or thing – sinister upstairs knocks them off one by one.
We spoke to Young on the cusp of his world premiere.
FANGO: What class of madness spurred you on to make a low budget film, anyway?
YOUNG: Well let’s just say, for me, I would have gone mad had I not made a low budget film. I’ve always had a desire for telling stories on film and so I finally decided to just go for it. Out of the repertoire of film ideas floating around in my head, I went with the one I could finance myself hence, the one location shoot film idea, The Basement. It wasn’t easy but it was definitely an experience I’ll never forget.
FANGO: What WAS the budget?
YOUNG: As far as film making goes we kept the budget fairly low. The film was 100% self financed. I had to re-mortgage my condo to get it made. We shot the film in 2 intense weeks. 10 long grueling days in the basement!
FANGO: How did you cast? Friends? Seasoned actors?
YOUNG: We placed adds through various outlets from bulletin boards in high schools to Mandy.com. The actors were all non-union at the time but they all had some experience with theatre and/or film. Most of them, however, had not made a feature film before, so they were all excited to jump in full force and prove themselves.
Yes, that was the challenge. After watching “Cube” a while back, I was fascinated with how they were able to carry the film in essentially a big box. Cube is a perfect example that low budget filmmaking can be a success. The Basement is a genre film that is firmly grounded in character.
FANGO: Do you have distribution yet? What are some of the challenges in finding it?
YOUNG: No distribution yet however, we’ve had interest from a few distributors & sales agents. We are currently following up on those leads.
I think it’s never been more challenging getting distribution because there’s such a saturation in the market. It’s tough but, at least nowadays, you have plenty of options. There are so many tools and outlets for self-distribution now. That’s really where things are going for independent film and I personally see that as a positive thing.
FANGO: What’s the next step for you after the dust on THE BASEMENT settles?
YOUNG: I’m currently writing my next feature length script. Another Thriller/Horror. This time however, I think I’ll go the fundraising route as opposed to self financing. Hopefully it works out.
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