1) What are your own origins, Brian? Plus what path did you take in life prior to getting to were you are today? I grew up in Southern Louisville and have stayed in Kentucky my whole life. I majored in Telecommunications and eventually started making movies for fun. Then I got a job in commercial video production and made my first feature, Overtime, with my partner, Matt. Today we own our own production company together.
Monsters Wanted’? Really it was meeting Rich. I went with my girlfriend to meet this guy whose haunted house she was going to stage manage. Rich was camped out in a Denny's, drinking cup after cup of coffee and working at his laptop... this was his office for eight hours a day. And within the first five minutes of meeting him he shook my hand and said "I'm going to quit my IT job and invest my life savings into making a haunted house". I immediately knew I had to know how this story ended.
4) Out of all the surprises that came your way during production, what do you think you learnt from the most? I learned that a documentary is way more work than I thought it was. I mean, the project kind of takes on a life of its own and ended up growing into something I didn't expect. Which made for a great movie, but it ended up being much more of a commitment than I expected.
6) If your movie omitted a smell, what odor would it be and why? Rancid, decaying dead body. The guys at Asylum spray themselves with these disgusting odors in order to more effectively scare people, and that's the one I can't get out of my head.
7) What were the main obstacles you had to contend with? We were always bargaining for time and access. We needed to have a camera on site nearly every day in order to get the "fly on the wall" feeling the documentary has, and we needed to make sure we had access to everything all the time to organically capture key story points. In the end, I think we managed that, and I'm really happy with how the movie turned out.
8) Do you have any other projects on the horizon? I'm writing a few scripts...comedy, horror etc. Don't know what the next one will be yet, but I know it won't be another documentary. I have to rest up before I tackle another one of those.