Matt Ditko is an award winning director based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Since the beginning of 2021, he has been writing his first feature as well, directing short narrative films like Banshee and Let it R.I.P to show his unique voice and build his body of work as a director. His next short film begins its production in April 2022.
Q & A
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?
Honestly, all ideas on paper look bad at first, it's only once you revisit one particular idea that you develop into a clear vision that makes it any good. So if you wan't to have more good ideas, you need a lot of 'bad ideas' too, quantity breeds quality.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I spend a lot of my time discussing films with friends and family, it's sort of all I know to talk about really but I don’t consider myself part of a horror community, yet!
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
When I’m writing I get most of my ideas by noticing everyday things and considering them in an alternate way. I’ll have an idea or an experience that will leave an imprint on me. I’ll then string it along immediately and consider where it might lead. For Banshee, I was reading a book on the occult and kept imagining how my hometown would handle a supernatural intruder. This led to more interesting questions.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would definitely move town.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
If I could choose anyone, my horror villain squad would include the Babadook, Buffalo Bill and a few Deadites. I’m not sure why these popped into my head but, yes. That's my squad baby!
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Freddy. Stephen King. Both practical and CGI. Post Apocalypse, every time.
How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?
I usually sketch out my scene, then scour the internet for props. If it’s something impractical, I rely on my Visual Effects.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
The things that are hidden in the dark, the ordinary feeling unfamiliar all the sudden and the detatched feelings that follow. I do my best to exlplore these in my work.
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Honestly, I’m terrible at answering what my favorite anything is. I’ll go by the scary movie I’ve seen the most, Rosemary’s Baby.