Q&A with Marc Martínez Jordán, Director of “Timothy”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
I would say Ichi the killer (even if it’s not a horror character). My horror spirit animal may be a giant piranha.

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?
During my experience in college, I filmed a lot of weird and bad short films, a short film about a cop without head, or a story of a woman which can only say on word “shit”. However, as a final project, I tried to explore horror genre and I find there a good medium to express some unrealisticideas and I found myself very comfortable.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes. As a director I’ve been so lucky to meet a lot of horror short film and long feature filmmakers. I still have contact with them and it’s very nice when you find out that they make another great project and even big budget movies. And as a fan, of course I’m part of the horror community. I love watching horror movies and it’s, with sci-fi, my favourite genre.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I try to focus on what kind of things scare me, what situations would make me freak out, even if it’s real life or just a movie scene. Then I try to develop the idea in a way that everybody can feel the same emotion as I did. Sometimes is just an image, or just a Daylife situation. It’s a difficult and interesting exercise, but always starts with my personal experience.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Hahaha, I really never thought about that situation, very funny question. I would probably try to not get killed guessing what the killer would try to do to kill me because in fact I’ve created them. So my life would basically be escaping from my own creation, in fact, directors and writersdo this all the time in real life with his own movies, we scape from what we create.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Another funny question, I would definitely choose the infected dog from “the thing”, the guy dressed as a bear from “the shinning”, Donald Trump, Pennywise and Sadako from Ringu.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, Stephen king and I would rather prefer practical FX, however, a combination of both would be perfect, because I you are capable of visualizing in set what is going on and then in computer postproduction, you can make the fx more realistic, probably is the best way of merging the two processes for one purpose. And finally, I prefer pre apocalypse, I love movies when you are experiencing in real time how the world is fucked up.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
In our particular case the only thing we created as a prop was the head of the babysitter, and I must say that was a very impressive process because was the first time I got in touch with props and fx, latex, etc.…

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
My favourite movie is definitely “The Shinning”, I know it’s a classic and there’s not much to say about that, but this movie fucked my mind when I watched for the first time. “The thing” and “the Blair witch project” are two movies that must be mentioned, because they also scare the hell out of me.