Katherine Fisher is an Emmy nominated, and Gotham, Peabody, and GLAAD Award winning director and producer with over 15 years of experience in narrative and documentary filmmaking.
Directing credits include the award winning short film Proof of Loss, starring Dylan McDermott (Hollywood, American
Horror Story), and the heralded genre short film POSIES starring Anna Diop (TITANS, US, 24:Legacy) and Andy Favreau (Single Parents, Animal Kingdom). Most recently Katherine directed McDonalds presents REVRY’s House of Pride, a variety show highlighting the vast talent and experiences of LGBTQIA+ community performers including Shea Diamond, Sam Tsui, LaLaRi, and Laganja Estranja.
In 2015 Katherine founded Speed of Joy Productions, an award winning company that creates independent films,
television, new media, and live events aimed making diverse, inclusive, intelligent, and character-driven work. Katherine is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and is a 2018 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow, a 2018 and 2020 New Orleans Film Society Southern Producer Fellow, and a 2018 20th Century Fox Global Inclusion Fellow.
Q & A
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
We’re most like the Grady twins, ha! At least in filmmaking. We are almost exactly alike in our vision, which works out so well creatively. We can also accomplish quite a lot in a limited amount of time, so it’s very helpful.
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 bad ideas are honestly just as informative as the good ideas and really help distill the story and process down to the essence of what we’re trying to accomplish. We bounce ideas off each other all the time, and nine times out of ten – especially if we are stuck on something - the bad ideas lead us out of whatever hole we might be in (be it creatively or logistically).
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Absolutely! And there’s no better community to be a part of!
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Art, art, and more art! And nature. So many amazing patterns and symmetry exist in nature, and to bring that into the look and feel of a film is just magic.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would start by panicking a little and making lists and doing some deep diving into my past decisions, and then I’d probably have a whisky and lean in.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Literally all of the Cenobites. Badass and stylish!
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy! Lovecraft! Ugh… BOTH! Pre Apocalypse! (but the clothes seem way better post tbh)
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
We bring on amazing production designers who somehow climb into our brains and make our thoughts a reality. It’s magic I think.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
The unknown and what lies just beneath the surface of people’s carefully crafted facades I find both scary and intriguing. I think the ways in which some emotions, especially grief and guilt, can affect people is fascinating in a scary way, especially when those emotions transform people into something new and unpredictible.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
The Changeling (George C. Scott). A perfect haunted house movie with a very cool backstory and of course, the acting, the setting. All amazing.