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Q&A with Brendan Beachman, Director of “Feed Your Muse”

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Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
MATT “Michael Biehn from Aliens. When he tells everyone they should take off and nuke the planet from orbit, I found that very relatable. I would definitely be the guy on the team going, “Hey, why don’t we just bail?”
Brendan – “Lately with everything going on in the world and my life, I feel like this guy – https://youtu.be/DJdfca1yf4U

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?
MATT “Here’s an old one I found in my notes: “website CAPTCHA causes people to go insane”. They’re not all going to be winners but I write them down anyway and let them marinate. Sometimes, when I come back, they’ve turned into something usable.
BRENDAN “I wrote a short about a petty argument over the last sample of meatloaf at a CostCo resulting in the collapse of human civilization. I haven’t given up on it yet, but the current version of the script is too long and too ridiculous. I find that I don’t write something down unless there is enough there that I like. The tricky part is in the execution of the idea.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
MATT “I’ve only dipped my toes in it so far but I’m always surprised by how friendly everyone is.
BRENDAN “I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few Alter events. Everyone I’ve met has been awesome and I can’t wait for this damn virus to ease up so that we can get together again!”

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
MATT “I often find myself falling down rabbit holes on Wikipedia and I’ll usually emerge with a million random ideas. A few of them are good.”
BRENDAN “For whatever reason the hours of midnight to 4am seem to be the time where my imagination is most active. I let my mind wander and extrapolate on kernels of ideas. Then the next day I write them down…or realize they were silly. “

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
MATT “I would bail like my hero, Michael Biehn.”
BRENDAN ““I second Matt on this one. That statue would be in a dumpster”

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
MATT “I’m a sucker for monsters so Jaws, The Kraken from Clash of the Titans and the Graboids from Tremors.”
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
MATT “Freddy. Stephen King circa Maximum Overdrive. Practical. Pre Apocalypse” BRENDAN “Freddy. Steven King. Practical with SUBTLE CGI embellishments. Both!”

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
BRENDAN “in the climax, there’s a gruesome shot that I felt HAD to be achieved in-camera, and I just didn’t have the skillset or the budget to tackle myself. After racking my brain for solutions, I sent a hail Mary email to my insanely talented makeup fx artist friend Koji Ohmura for suggestions. By some miraculous stroke of luck, he just so happened to be available and interested in helping create a monster costume from scratch. The proboscis is wire controlled. The chest piercing was achieved with a topical layer of fake skin and subtle VFX blood.
The statue was made by me. It’s a wire frame with a bunch of papier-mâché layers, then sculpt- a-mold for texture. Then I tried my best to paint it in a way that looks metallic. I wanted it to look anthropomorphic enough, but still featureless enough to be really creepy. Hopefully it worked.

What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Ultimately, death. That’s why horror is such a great genre. I’m a really happy go lucky guy day to day, but horror filmmaking gives me a chance to synthesize and process the deep seated existential fear of impending annihilation.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
MATT “It Follows”
BRENDAN “Depends on what I’m in the mood for… It Follows is great…I love Evil Dead… Exorcist of course… but THE SHINING will always remain number one I think.”