Andrew Schwarz got his start when he spent his senior year of high school interning at Fangoria Magazine. Upon moving to Los Angeles after college, he was assistant to the late master of horror, Wes Craven. Later, as a production executive, Schwarz worked closely with genre filmmakers like Alistair Legrand, Paul Solet, Dallas Hallam & Patrick Horvath.
THE ELVIS ROOM is Schwarz’s second short film. His first, THE SHACK, premiered at the Another Hole in the Head Film Festival in San Francisco and was featured on Ain’t it Cool News.
Q & A
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
- Black Philip
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?
- The ghost of a serial killer traps his daughter (who, surprise, doesn’t know she’s his daughter!) and her friends in a house and kills them one by one.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
- I’ve had vivid nightmares and sleep paralysis since I was a kid so I’m always pooling from my dreams. Lots of reading, photography, and art. Music always plays a big part in figuring out tone.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
- I probably wouldn’t last too long
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Jason, Ramsey Campbell, Practical, Pre-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 prefer to use exisiting locations with plenty of character and history. We shot THE ELVIS ROOM in an operating hotel, built in the 1920s and then taken over by the Church of Scientology. A one of a kind location with tons of weird energy that would be impossible to recreate on a stage.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?
- Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rosemary’s Baby, Deep Red