Q&A with JB Minerva, Director of “Nadie!”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
FREDDY KRUEGER. I like to hunt people’s dreams.
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?
My bad ideas are the ones I end up filming and they eventually are the ones that become short films or finished scripts because, to me, if they are bad, it means they are original ideas that haven’t been made. There’s nothing out there that can relate to them. My short film Nail was a bad idea, Nadie! for sure was as well, they begin as such anyways, but I work and polish them.
My good ideas ring right inside my head and that is why I never pay attention to them because they are a conglomeration of good concepts and stuff I have seen out there that are cool, but most of the time they are generic ideas we have seen over and over again. A polished bad idea is much better than a raw good one anyway.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Not yet, because I don’t think people know who I am, but soon I will break the door and storm the party.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Everything with me begins with dreams and art. Music is also a very powerful tool. I have a ton of art and photography books and when I want to become inspired I see them while I listen to music. I also have a dream diary so whatever I see in my dreams I use it in my stories. It could be a character, a setting, a location or an item.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Easy, there’s always a secret door, pathway or rule in all of my stories that would let me escape from all the shit that’s happening. Too bad my characters don’t know that.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Darth Vader, so he could stop chasing me in my nightmares.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy – H.P. Lovecraft (now that I have read all his stories) – 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?
The same way prop makers used to do in Star Wars. Kit bashing or gathering stuff from many items and putting them together.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Death scares the shit out of me, but life scares me the most, also, the human destructive power. Nature is ruthless as well. There’s a lot of weird crap happening all around us. The fact that a serial killer could be dismembering someone in the room on the opposite side of my wall is terrifying. Just think that, right in this moment, someone is suffering the most horrible, painful death. Isn’t that frightening?
Yeah, fears inspire me, but what inspires me the most is mystery, you know? all that stuff we may never find the answers for: What are dreams? Do aliens exist? Can we travel in time? Do ghosts exist? stuff like that are my real imagination triggers.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’