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Q&A with Brian Lonano, Director of “Gwilliam”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
Frankenstein’s Monster, especially in Bride of Frankenstein.

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?
Lately, every idea, whether it’s good or bad, I try to write down in a little note book. They are usually titles for movies or TV shows that I’ll never make because it’s just a joke title and there’s not much that I can do with it. “Dick Skeleton, PI” is on that comes to mind. Nevertheless, they are written down just in case we want to put it in another film as something a character is watching on TV.
One bad idea I had for a while was about a man who had endless diarrhea. I’m glad that one never got made.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Believe it or not, I don’t consider what I make to be straight horror. But I don’t think it’s up to me regarding whether I’m considered part of the horror community. The fans, the filmmakers, the programmers, etc, have welcomed me and my work with open arms and I think THAT is the real indicator of whether or not I am part of the community.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I usually look at other films and filmmakers that inspire me. Filmmakers like Sam Raimi and Guillermo Del Toro are a constant inspiration. I look at Horror films of the 30s and 40s, and Japanese genre films from the 50s through the 70s. Atmosphere and aesthetic are very important to me and I get a lot of inspiration from those films.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I’d go to G’s Tavern and say hi to Gwilliam.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Hannibal Lecter, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Dracula. You need a mastermind like Lecter, a mindless henchmen like Myers, a crazy team member like Freddy and the sexy one like Dracula.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy!
I’ll go with Stephen King because he’s pretty prolific.
I really like both practical and CGI. Both special and visual effects have been used on my films. I’m a big fan of movie magic.
Pre Apocalypse (preferably no Apocalypse)

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
Thankfully, I have friends who are incredibly talented at making props and sets for my films. I cannot take credit because that squarely goes to my friends and collaborators, especially Blake Myers, Lucas Godfrey and Toniet Gallego. They are able to fill my films with all the ridiculous things that we write into them.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
I think Bram Stoker’s Dracula might be my favorite scary movie. I think there’s a lot of effects and camera tricks in there that are genuinely creepy.