Q&A with N’Cee Van Heerden, Director of “O.I”

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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’ve had many bad ideas. I still do. I just spot them faster these days. I have also learned that most ideas are good, but it depends on you angle of approach.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Not really. I don’t like to box myself in. If I decide tomorrow to direct a drama, I want to do it with full focus and an open mind.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I like to follow the character. So I like to talk to the actors and put myself in that world. Everything there should have a reason to be there.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Have a drink, I guess.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy, Stephen King, a bit of both as needed, Post Apocalypse.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
The unknown. Being in the dark and not knowing what will happen next. It is the basis of any story I tell.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Predator. I hope it counts. I was way too young when I saw it and it scared the shit out of me.

Another point I want to add: My biggest pet peeve is when characters act in weird ways because the plot needs them to do it. Instead throw obstacles in their path and let the character figure it out in a natural way.