Q&A with Daniel Robinette, Director of “Psycho Path”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
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?
The cabin that’s featured in Psycho Path was actually used in two of our previous short films. We wanted to give it another showcasing and our original idea was to have a medieval knight stumble upon it and find three witches inside the cabin. It became a punchline for our film group and we created a lot of jokes from that concept. HOWEVER, even if the idea is bad, we dig in and we go as far as we can take it because we usually glean a spark off one of the tangents.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
True crime documentaries and podcasts
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Freak out for a second and then try to figure out who (in our film group) came up with this film’s concept. Each of us are so different with our styles and horror tropes, it’d be easy to figure out if I needed to be worried, really worried or about to die.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Michael Myers, Pinhead, Jason Voorhees, Black Phillip, Freddy Kruegger
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
We typically brainstorm what props and sets we need and figure out an approach to create it, then execute. We’ve sourced materials from all over the place to create our props and sets. We also pride ourselves on our unique approach to putting easter eggs into our short films. Some are hard to find, but they’re always there!
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Aliens. Hell no.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’