JAVIER CHAVANEL (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 11/20/1983) Degree in Mass Media. He is the author of the book “CADA MONSTRUO CON SU TEMA”. Nowadays, he Works in tv serie “El secreto de Puenteviejo”. Director and screenwriter of several short films: “Un hombre dulce” (2016) “Talk2stalk” (2015) “Be Happy” (2013), “Generation Why (2012).
Q & A
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
Chucky. It's funny, absurd and terrifying. I like it because he is full of contrasts.
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?
Invisible zombies, an example of a bad idea. For me it is important to finish what you have started. I think doing is how you learn things. You don't know if an idea is good or bad until it's developed.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Not really. I would like it very much but I think I am not yet
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
It depends. Sometimes a song can inspire a whole movie. Or an image. Music helps me a lot
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I couldn't do much. In that world I'm doomed
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Chucky, of course, Michael Myers, Joker (Christopher Nolan version, please), John Doe.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy. Stephen King. Practical. I love the practical effects. 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 like minimalism and the wide, cold and aseptic spaces. I like to put normal elements in the wrong context. The context is the most important because it can make something normal terrifying or absurd or funny
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
Real life is what scares me. The violence, the viruses, the war, the economy, the technology. I am very afraid of the day to day. I wish vampires existed or werewolves. That's magic. The real world rarely is. I need magic to live
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’