Gautier Babe is a French scriptwriter and director. He directed his first short film WARGAMES in 2014. Describing metaphoricaly the war in Syria, the film has been shown in many schools for educational purposes and has won the Prodij Prize.
His second short SUNSET IDOL has won multiple festival selections accross the world. At the same time, he wrote 100% ORGANIC, a grotesque gore film produced by Crypt TV, with more than 4M views on social networks.
He is currently working on feature films and TV series with Block 8 Production, a film society located in France.
Q & A
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Alonzo, in THE UNKNOWN (Tod Browning, 1927). He is by far the most tragic, heartbreaking monster ever made. This surrealist film is one of my favorites.
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 first intention was to introduce dialogues or voice over in my movie. However, after the shooting, I realized it was useless. If you can tell a story only with sound and image, then it will be powerful. No need to explain. Just watch and listen.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Of course. When anybody see me on the street, they automatically run away ;)
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
At the beginning, it's just some visual ideas, often inspired by some paintings. For LIFE AND DEATH OF A LIVING DEAD, I used OPHELIA by John Everett Millais as a reference. It helped me to define the colors (shades of green, grey and blue) and the tonality of the film (melancholia and the connexion between birth and death).
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would just sit down on the grass, breathing and thinking. My film is full of contradictory emotions but, in fact, it's definitely a time for quiet reflexion and meditation.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Jack Torrance from SHINING, the all team from FREAKS, Klaus Kinski's NOSFERATU, Seth Bundle from THE FLY and the serial killer from DON'T LOOK NOW.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy. Lovecraft. 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 do not create props myself and I always work with the set decorating team. We don't really notice the incredible amount of work needed to create a set, even for a simple bedroom or a kitchen. Especially with low-budget short films where you need to be more creative than ever.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
For me, the ultimate fear is the idea of life ending regrets. Imagine you are on your deathbed. The darkness slowly comes. It's all quiet. As you're comfurtably sliding into death, you're suddenly thinking: “Wait, what? Why did I do that? Perhaps it is still time to repair the bullshit I made”. And then, you die. My short films are mostly integrating that idea, in a way or another.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
COME AND SEE (1985), even if it's not considered as horror. It is not a war film but a film about war. Terrifying, astounding, unforgettable. A must-see.