Q&A with Jeremy Nocon, Director of ‘Still’

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Lee Abbott from A Quiet Place. I would totally do anything and everything to keep my family safe in a post-apocalyptic world.

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?
I don’t really thinks there’s such thing as a bad idea. Some ideas just seem incomplete at first. After lots of workshopping and finessing, it can really come into form. Sometimes it’s tweaking plot points and character motivations that can make for a good concept. That’s how I get past road blocks creatively when I get stuck on an idea that I don’t think will work at first.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes, I do. I believe that if you watch and enjoy horror films, or create them that you are part of the community. You don’t necessarily need to create content to be part of a community. There are many important roles that create a community.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I look for inspiration from many sources, such as places I’ve been, photos, or images that I’ve seen. I take those sources of inspiration and build upon them or adapt them to create a world for my film.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Honestly, I’d freak out. I actually have kind of woken up in a version of my film. I used to suffer from sleep paralysis years ago, which originally gave me the idea for my short film.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Definitely, Freddy. The lead zombie from I Am Legend. Michael Meyers. Samara from The Ring. Pinhead. And, Chucky – he’d be the wild card of the squad.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy. Stephen King. Practical – always. As a filmmaker my preferred creative approach will be utilizing practical effects with strategically enhanced CGI. Pre-Apocalypse – only because I want to know what choices and events lead us to the apocalypse.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film?
Because of my decade of work at the Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, I’ve been exposed to the wonderful and fantastical world of practical effects. It has inspired me to create films that include practical creatures/monsters, if possible. Because of my experience at the Creature Shop, I’ve had the pleasure of working with talented artists from all over the film industry. I’ve learned from them and have incorporated it into my creative process when realizing a practical creature character.

How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
For my particular short film, we created a creature that looks humanoid in the distance and in the shadows. The idea was to create something relatable/identifiable to the human brain in the real world; but still seemingly not of this world. What makes our creature unfamiliar are its movements; and of course it’s physical traits as more of the creature is revealed.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
I’m a child of the 80s so the first movie that truly scared me was Poltergeist. But, to date my favorite movie is the Korean horror film, Train To Busan. For me, it’s one of the best zombie films I’ve seen.