Q&A with Ida Joglar, Director of “The Gaze”

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ALTER: Name a horror character you relate to on a spiritual level. Who is your horror spirit animal?
IDA JOGLAR: Viago from “What We Do In The Shadows.”

A: 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?
IJ: I’m not sure that there are bad ideas when it comes to creating something, just ones that are not fully matured yet. I put those on the backburner until I’m ready to put the work into fully developing them into something better.

A: Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
IJ: This is my first foray into horror, so I’m still trying to find my place.

A: When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
IJ: My inspiration comes from my own world, from my own experiences and those that have been recounted to me by others.

A: What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
IJ: Unfortunately, it’s not that far from the world we live in.

A: Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
IJ: Carrie, Jennifer, Ginger, Norma Bates and the twins from “The Shining.”

A: Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre-Apocalypse?
IJ: Jason.
Can I say Mary Shelley instead?
Practical. Always.
Pre-Apocalypse is scarier.

A: How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
IJ: If you made it to the end of the film, then you know there’s one big prop, and I wanted it to be as familiar and relatable as possible, while *ahem* severing it from context makes it uncomfortably unfamiliar.

A: And finally, Ghostface would like to know, ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
IJ: Psycho.