Scott Dale

Scott is an Australian writer and director, with numerous music videos and commercials under his belt. His emotionally-charged period short ‘Beyond the Water’s Edge’ premiered at the Academy accredited Flickerfest, and was festival director Bronwyn Kidd’s pick of “4 Filmmakers to Watch”. Optioning his horror spec ‘Echo Valley’, Scott has recently turned his focus toward LA, signing with Zero Gravity Management, before writing and directing the Horror short ‘The Coatmaker’.

Alter Films


Q & A

Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?

Patrick Bateman, because of his great taste in business cards.

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?

There are too many bad ones to choose from, but I think of ideas as a tap, let everything come pouring out, and eventually there’s going to be something good…. I hope.

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?

I feel like I’m on the outskirts, peering inside at all the fun. Maybe one day I’ll be let in.

When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?

One of my favourite parts of the process is world building, so many films inspire me, but the first film to really open my eyes to the process was Lord of the Rings.

What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?

Purchase as many flashlights and batteries I could afford.

Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?

Freddy, Valak the Nun, the entity from It Follows, and let’s throw in the baby from Rosemary’s Baby to make it feel like a nice family unit.

Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?

Freddy. Stephen King. Practical. Post Apocalypse.

How do you go about creating the props and sets for your film? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?

Collaboration is key! I’m fortunate to have very talented people by my side. I sat down with April Carson and Mark Holland to begin designing the sets, props and our monster very early on in the process.

And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’

I’m going to be original and say The Shining, it’s one film that keeps improving with multiple viewings.