Q&A with Nick Crawford, Director of “Room Tone”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level. Who is your Horror spirit animal?
My horror spirit animal is probably the sex monster from It Follows. It might take me awhile, and I might have to take a few hundred detours along the way, but once I’ve made my mind up, nothing’s stopping me until I get there.
Side Note: How did that cursed sex-chain begin though? And what happens after the monster kills everyone on it?
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?
When I was in high school, with a wildly immature sense of humor, I had this idea for a movie called The Linus Touch, about a homophobic football quarterback named Linus. After a strange encounter with a gypsy, every woman he touches thereafter becomes a lesbian and doesn’t want to sleep with him.
Basically, I just pitch my best ideas to my friends, and move forward with the ones that they don’t immediately poke a million holes in.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Hmm. I love watching horror films. Especially the cheesy self-aware ones. But Room Tone is actually the first horror film I’ve made. It’s a fantastic genre for creative cinematography and makeup design, but typically, I write action/comedy scripts or sci fi thrillers.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
A 70/30 blend of other movies and natural, normal life.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Oh boy. I wrote a script a while back about dreams, and a young man who dreams so vividly he loses all sense of reality — And then Inception came out, and I threw that hard drive out the window.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Black Phillip (The Witch), Mister Babadook, Hannibal Lecter, The Thing
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Jason – Stephen King – PRACTICAL – 2019
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
In Room Tone, our production designer, Andrew Greenbaum, did an awesome job rounding up all the music equipment and weird posters that are featured in our bedroom scene. In terms of relatable but unfamiliar, I’d say that’s a major goal for any creative writing. Step 1: Watch all the movies and read all the books. Step 2: Copy all the books and movies, but toss out the stuff that’s become cliche since then.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
The Conjuring. Smart characters with rational plans and realistic reactions. Don’t tell anyone, but that’s the secret to a solid horror film.