Q&A with David Milchard, creator of Paranormal Solutions Inc
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Bill Murray’s Dr. Peter Venkman from Ghostbusters
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 starting out as an actor I read an interview with Drew Barrymore. In that interview she said you need to keep knocking on the door to get anywhere in show business. So, I wrote a letter pitching myself as an actor for her production, put that letter along with my resume and headshot in the magazine where the article was published and managed to get into her office and drop it off. Somehow, I got passed security with my charm and then into her office. After dropping of my “hail mary attempt to be discovered” I was politely asked to leave her office before they called security. I still haven’t heard from Drew Barrymore.
Stop charming your way into people’s offices and do the work.
So, I started to produce, write, direct and act in productions that I believe in.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Yes! I watched so many horror films growing up and still do. Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Creep Show, Shining, the Exorcist, Poltergeist. I read so many Stephen King books! Pet Cemetary, The Stand, Tommy Knockers.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
I like to be provoked and I like to be surprised and nothing beats the real world for that. I’m always amazed with the people I meet and stories that I read about that are real!
We live with the best inspiration…ourselves!
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would continue to figure how to monetize the situation. Living in Vancouver is very expensive.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Carrie, Freddy Krueger, Jack Torrence, Annie Wilkes, Cujo
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy – Stephen King – Practical – Post Apocalypse
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I like props that feel real and would be something that you might actually see. Knobs, levers are more fun that ipads! I know Ipads are real but I’m tired of touch screens!
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Someone who has lost it. Who is filled with Rage! Like Jack Torrence. Humans who are angry and out of control are scarier than any ghost.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
The Shining. It could happen!!!!