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Adam Losurdo, Aladdin Alisic
2015, 12m, horror, sci-fi, thriller
After years of his daughter "Rosie" missing and plagued by his loss, the days consist of going to the next fix or repair. Off to his next repair, he will soon discover the unimaginable horror that lies within the water plant.
7 questions with Flicker director, Adam Losurdo, Aladdin Alisic at the half-way mark.
Friday, April 21st, 2017
1Hey Adam! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that made you want to make Flicker? It was a random conversion with a new friend. A friend that is the co-writer/co-director, and co-producer, Aladdin Alisic. Aladdin pitched an idea he had for a short film to me. From that pitch, we started shooting ideas back and forth to each other. We decided right then and there that we can and should shoot this film asap, and... so we did!
2You've made a number of horror films now. What is it that attracts you to the horror genre? I have always been attracted to unknown and the darker side of things. I have been a fan of horror films from an early age. I remember renting horror movies every weekend with my friend at the time and just loving the effects, the cheese factor and iconic slasher characters. We always looked for the funny moments and would have inside jokes about the films. We knew they were just movies, so they never scared us, just amused us.
3You also created the monster in this film. What was that process like and how much time did it take you to build it? The alien creature in the film took a lot of figuring out as I went. I had a fellow special effects makeup artist help with the creation of the creature suit. We both had never done anything like that, so it was a great learning experience. The creature suit ending up looking really good on film and worked quite well practically. The alien mask or headed was created by myself. I sculpted, molded, and painted the mask. The total amount of time spent on the alien was a little over a month to finish. Worked long hours and put a lot of love into the making of the final product.
4Do you have any war stories from the shoot? Of course, any production will have its moments but we it ended up that everyone worked very well together on set. One thing I can talk about is one of the filming locations. As cool as it was, it was also very creepy and disgusting. The location was an old, out of service sewage treatment plant. In the basement where the end shot of the alien egg was shot, 2 feet of water that covered the ground and mold that filled the air. Not the best of conditions for filming but we managed, and it turned out looking really cool. Pretty disgusting like I said but what a great location for filming.
5You co-wrote and co-directed this film with Aladin Alisic. How did you two meet, what was that collaboration like, and how did you two divvy up the responsibilities? Aladdin and I met when I visited a school I attended for special effects makeup. He was a student at the time, and I had already completed the course. I was looking for student help for a micro-budget film, and he came up and introduced himself. He said his name was Aladdin and didn't believe him at first. He pulled out his ID, and we hit it off right away. We met up again shortly after and started chatting about film. We became friends and made this film together.
In the pre-production stage, I was more of the special effects guy, and he was more the director. During production, we started splitting up more of the responsibilities. On-set, Aladdin handled most interaction with the camera. We both had roles directing the actors, but a lot of the time I was busy with special effects. During post-production, I had a big role as the director since Aladdin was in London attending film school. I handled a lot of meetings and reviews while filling him over as we made progress. All in all we worked great together and are friends to this day.
6What was the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? I don't know if there was one in particular, but I always remember being a fan of cinema and coming up with ideas and imagining what it would be like to direct something or make a movie. As a youngster, I was a fan of the star wars trilogy, 80's slasher films, and anything sci-fi. So, all those 80's and 90's films were a huge influenced on me.
7What's next? For myself, have just finished another short film entitled "HOPE" which I will be sharing with Fandependent soon! Hope is about a senseless wandering ghoul roaming through a world of the hunger-less undead and accepting yet resentful humans will soon discover a craving that leaves him completely and utterly without H O P E.
I have a couple genre full-features screenplays in development right now. I will be looking to develop them further once the scripts are finalized. They are both genre films, one as a horror/thriller, and one a sci-fi/thriller. I also have a couple of short film concepts up my sleeve for the near future. I want to continue to grow as a filmmaker and to share my visions with the world.
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time. The film is about the evolution of a couple's relationship, and was shot in three different countries over the course of a decade.
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