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Q&A with Dan Gitsham & Sophie Mair, the filmmaking team behind “Ella” and “And The Baby Screamed”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
The unfortunate victim who takes a wrong turn. It can happen to all of us.

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?
This is subjective. The bad ideas ones might be good in the future.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Hopefully now we are.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Films, Books, Doodles, Google Images/Pinterest, Real locations, Dreams/Nighmares, Fears. The News. Behind the door. Outside the window. In the basement. Occasionally the loft. The back of the sofa. And at the bottom of the garden.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Try to go back to sleep. Or get a gun. A big gun.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
It’s Freddy and Jason. Neither can die. There is no escape.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy. King. Practical. Pre Apocalypse (better then the alternative right?)

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
We write to what we have (i.e. our house, our friend’s garden, our mate’s garage) or what we know. We ask our friends and family if they have what we need. We ebay. We papermache. We hide them in shadows. We pay (they may disagree with this term) a professional. Whatever is needed.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Today the top 3 are Don’t Look Now, Audition & The Thing.