Carlos Baena was born and raised in Spain. He’s known for his work on La Noria (2018), Lucasfilms and Pixar Animation Studios The Incredibles (2004), Toy Story 3 (2010). Carlos also helped develop David Fincher’s Animated Anthology Love, Death & Robots(2019). Carlos came to the United States in 1994 and eventually settled in Los Angeles, California.
Q & A
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
I’ve always enjoyed the character of John Russell, from the 1980 Peter Medak film “The Changeling”.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
There were always bad ideas to start with. On our Short Film, we had a version where the protagonist died at the end of the short film...but ultimately it didn’t work within the theme of the short. In another version, we explained one too many things...leaving no room for the audience to fill in the blanks themselves or have much an experience.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I always have enjoyed Horror. But not all types of Horror. I enjoy the ones that make me think, that challenge me, that creates questions on a personal, emotional and philosophical level.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I try to keep and save inspirations whether I’m working on a film or not. Film has allowed me to grow personally.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Jack Torrance (The Shining), Eli (Let the Right One In), Roman/Minnie Castevet (Rosemary’s Baby) and Alien (1979’s Alien).
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Neither. Both. Depends on the film and budget. Post Apocalypse
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
In animation we designed and created everything. We tried to do as much research for it as possible first to take out the props that felt too familiar.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Such a difficult question. It has to be between Alien (1979), The Changeling (1980) and The Shining (1980).