“Who is Lucio Arese?” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview

-Who is Lucio Arese?

I’m an architect, composer, guitarist, pianist, visual artist and award winning filmmaker. I work as a professional in various fields of visual arts and film since 2008. My work has been showcased at many festivals over the years, including onedotzero Adventures in Motion, Ars Electronica, SIGGRAPH, Interfilm Berlin, SICAF, FICUVAQ, The Lovie Awards, MTV, Vimeo Staff Picks, The Webby Awards, the 23rd Saatchi New Directors Showcase and many others.

-What inspired you to become a visual artist?

I had a solid musical formation in my youth and a definite creative attitude since a very little age. Parallel to my studies in piano, composition and vocal music I graduated in architecture, where I developed a great passion for 3D graphics applied to architectural design first, and pursuing it on my own after. While completing my studies, a strong inspiration to specifically pursue a career as a visual artist came to me from two works of the early 2000s: Gantz Graf, famous music video of an Autechre song created by Alex Rutterford, and Sometimes, a short film by the French collective Pleix.

-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?

I believe that cinema has the enormous power to make the spectator identify with the most diverse situations, to make him experience profound emotions and stimulate countless reflections. So yes, cinema has the power to strongly influence its audience, the public and in some way society, and not only for the good. I also see a lot of bad cinema, which creates bad consequences for the public. That’s why I think filmmakers and the whole industry in general should feel a stronger sense of responsibility towards the consumers they create for.

-What would you change in the world?

I will respond with a series of cliches, but I would love to see the world as a safer, more cooperative place, with more equality and prosperity for all. Unfortunately, in today’s world, new walls and iron curtains are being put up. Unfortunately, I am not optimistic when I think about where this will bring us.

-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

I think this is an impossible question to answer, especially considering the speed at which technological innovation moves today. I think we will be in a very different place than we are now. Perhaps some forms will retain a resemblance to what we have today, but many things will be totally different. I would certainly be very curious to be here in a hundred years and see what has happened!

“RITUAL FOR A LTTLE DEAD BIRD” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Margreet Kramer

-Who is Margreet Kramer?

I am a Dutch cinematographer and  I took documentary courses for 3 years before going to Art School for 5 years in Amsterdam The Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Graduated at the Audiovisual Department. My themes are broadly: seemingly insignificant rituals/actions of everyday life. Here I literally zoom in on human actions with my camera.     

-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

For me it is very important to look differently at the world around us as it were in micro format to zoom in on human actions and execute it macro. Film is about time and movement which I find exciting.  It’s magic. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman, Agnès Varda, Jeanne Dielman, Tarkovsky and Chantal Akerman

-Do you think that cinema can bring a change in the society?

Cinema can definitely have a lot of influence on the way we think and act. The ability to touch souls in the briefest of moments and contemplation.

-What would you change in the world?

I would like to change the world in its speed and amount of stimuli and information. So being more aware of the small.

-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

I hope the film industry will develop more attention to Art Film but for now I don’t see it happening so soon. There are no less cinemas in the future. Which I regret. Everyone watches at home with a laptop or projector. And in The Netherlands there is less money to make nice productions.

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The Panharmonion Chronicles (EXCLUSIVE)

-How was your project title ‘The Panharmonion Chronicles’ born?

The title of my graphic novel and music video is made of three parts. The first one is “The Panharmonion”. I’ve imagined that this could be a harmonic frequency that contains the fundamental “code” of our reality. This frequency could be accessible by some humans, under rare circumstances and expressed through a musical score, which then could be shared with everyone on the planet.

“Chronicles” is from the Greek word “Khronika”. It usually refers to the record of past events, real or imagined. As stories are usually produced by “cause” and “effect” I’m wondering whether there could be circumstances where causality could be reversed. It’s a complicated mental exercise but fascinating on a creative and philosophical level.

“Times of London” is a play on words. This refers directly both to my fiction story and to official history. When we talk about London, we usually assume that it is the city, capital of England. But there is another “London” located in Ontario, Canada. It is also a city with a river called Thames, located between Detroit and Toronto. The city and the river were named in 18th century by British general John Graves Simcoe, as a statement to claim Canada as a colony. In my novel, I postulate an alternative history where events are changed in the 19th century and therefore in the 21st century, with surprising results. Because history in my story is changed by the actions of the protagonist, we follow an audio-visual narrative that blends technology, fiction, and reality into an aesthetic style that I call “Electro-Steampunk”.

-What goal do you dream of achieving?

The Panharmonion Chronicles is a long-term project. I started writing the story five years ago and more than 2000 pages later, I’m still writing. There is a main story arc covering 160 years with many branches into the past and the future. Each branch can be developed with specific characters, locations, and events. The first story “Times of London” is now out as a 200 page graphic novel. The second one, “Ghosts of Sound”, is being illustrated now and will be published early 2025.

In the meantime, I’m polishing a script for a pilot and an outline for an eight-part TV show, for which I’ve started creating a library of visual assets for props and set design. I’ve also written a few songs and electronic music tracks to create a particular soundscape for the story. In future, through my production studio Supanova Media, I want to collaborate with other international professionals to develop the multiple strands of this fictional world in as many media as possible, including games, animation, feature films and live performances.

Ultimately, I want “The Panharmonion Chronicles” to fund a charitable platform to sponsor literacy and education in art and science, across the world, especially for disadvantaged demographics.

-)What inspired you to create your project?

It’s an idea that had been evolving over 10 years. It first started to form after I visited Toronto and Montreal several times. The two cities are relatively close geographically but are culturally two worlds apart. I was intrigued enough to start researching the history of Eastern Canada and what I found was a complex web of colonial conflicts over centuries juxtaposing the actions of Britain, France and the USA which were conflated with immigrants from all over the world and with a large diversity of First Nations indigenous people. So, I started writing a novel based on that, when separately, as an interior designer, I was also working on the development of several Victorian houses in the borough of Camden, London. The idea was to create a boutique hotel based on an alternative history of Scotland. As we were digging the basement I found a strange artefact and could not find any explanation or references for it in the British Library. So, I decided to create my own origin story and connected the object to a new plot in my existing novel, which became a time-travel mystery thriller.

Then, because the main protagonist of my novel is a music composer, I thought it would be interesting to write songs and produce music related to The Panharmonion Chronicles and start filming music videos. The first video is a synthesis of many arts coming together, what in German is called “Gesamtkuntswerk”. I’m the writer, director, producer, editor, actor, set designer, sound, special effects and props designer. You could say it’s the ultimate indie microfilm, but also it’s much more than a music video: it’s a teaser and “proof of concept” to give a flavour of what a future film or TV show might look like.

-Which awards have your project won?

The music video is still going around the festivals, having been selected by many. So far, it has won “Best Music Video” from “8 & HalFilm Award”, “International Gold Awards”, “London Movie Awards”, “Milan Gold Awards”, “4 Theatre Selection” and “Cine Paris Film Festival”. It also won “Best Sci-Fi short” at the “Florence Film Awards” and “Best Production” at the “Europe Music Video Awards”, “4 Theatre Selection”, and “Cine Paris Film Festival”.

“Group” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with William R.A. Rush

-Who is William R.A. Rush?

That’s a question I am still trying to answer. I have been a trial attorney for nearly twenty years. I have education backgrounds in law, eastern philosophy, psychology, creative writing and journalism. I have three daughters; Victoria, Mary and Adriana. I have an incredibly talented and supportive wife, Xxena N. Rush. All of these life experiences professionally, educationally, as a husband and father, have shaped my filmmaking. I started shooting my first short film, the Stephen King adaptation for “One for the Road” in late 2022. I hope, if I continue to work hard and improve my craft, that I can simply answer this question as follows: I am a husband, father and filmmaker.

-What inspired you to become a Filmmaker?

It was always a dream, it seems. My first theatrical experience was a second run showing of E.T. sometime in 1985, when I was around four years old. I was absolutely captivated, entranced. I found myself lost in the world of E.T. I was roughly the same age as Gertie, played so perfectly by Drew Barrymore. There was this girl, my age, and she as running around in a troubled family, caught up in the magic of hope. I was caught up in that magic as well. The first time I saw the art of film, the complex innerworkings that created the final work caught my eye. I began to see film very differently. Other films began to force me to look beyond the picture to how it was made. “Jurassic Park”, “The Departed”, “The Matrix”, “Inception”, “Amelie”, “Wild Tales” and, in particular, “Mulholland Drive” were primary examples of this immersion into the world of what goes on behind the scenes. It became a fascination. Once the pandemic hit, I started watching the films I’d always wanted to experience. With every film, this passion to know, to learn, to do, grew stronger. Finally, episode 5 of Mike Flanagan’s “The Haunting of Hill House” solidified it for me. I decided it was “now or never”. My wife, Xxena N. Rush (magnificent producer) encouraged me. In fact, Mike Flanagan himself encouraged me. I reached out to Stephen King’s office and requested the rights to “One For the Road”, pitching my ideas for it. Less than two days later I had a written contract. I had one year to write, cast, direct, edit and finalize the film. I did it, and it was pretty good.

In the back of my head I knew I could do better, I knew I had a better film in me. I had been writing “Group”, I finished it in short order. I wrote three additional features in 2024. I finished “Group”, shot “Immersion” and am scheduled to shoot “Fetish” in September. I truly believe every film I ever enjoyed planted a blossoming seed into my mind that fueled this desire in me. All I want to do is be a good husband, a good father, and make films. That is how I became, and hopefully shall remain, a filmmaker.

-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?

It’s the naïve answer, but I do. Art is important. I see finished cinema as an artistic nirvana. This applies to any film, even those people deride or that are unsuccessful. In order to get from an idea to a film, so many artistic disciplines and masters must work together, somehow. You must have, as the foundation, a compelling story that’s understandable or interesting to a random reader. That story must be written in the language of cinema. You then need the organizational “big picture” thinking of producers to see the possibilities from the story. Acting is a very specific craft that I certainly have no skills in. But it’s a craft I admire beyond words. It’s magic to me. Just look to Marcello Mastroianni and you’ll see how I try (quite inadequately) to carry myself, the style I choose professionally. The ability of a performer to make you cry with words and the expression of emotion. It’s a glorious and beautiful calling. Set designers are part-architects, part-painters, part-concept artists, often a combination thereof. These people create worlds. It’s a spectacular fete. If you look at any Tarkovsky, Kubrick, Wes Anderson or Ken Russell film you get a glimpse into a world that is viscerally real. Months or years after seeing these films, you remember the fictional places as though you’ve visited them. Your sound mixers have the ears of the masses. They can listen to everything, background noises, creaks, the soft hum of an air conditioner, but what they hear and what they capture is incredible. They know how the film should sound in front of a large audience a year from now. Michael Competielle, or sound man, seems to hear the film from the best seat in a theater as we’re filming. The director of photography, in my case the great Michael Joseph Murray, is a photographer who can capture and properly light the equivalent of 86,400 photographs per hour of footage recorded. I can visualize something, write it, describe it, and this genius can look around a room, whatever the natural weather or external factors, and use light and camera to make the vision reality. The first assistant and second assistant camera can make any place become anything you want. It’s remarkable. Instagram filters take something real and make it seem fake. Cinematographers make something entirely manufactured and make it appear more real than your own living room. Costume designers not only bring the beauty and style to the characters, but also work to make the actors comfortable physically and emotionally. All of their work and skill shines through in the final film.

The editors take these raw, often disordered pieces and make them a cognizable whole. Miranda Jean Larson and Bradley Shupinski are my editing superheroes. Whatever we are able to do on set, however good, is but a chunk of marble before they complete. Even if all of the above is done to perfection…and everyone involved always strives for perfection…it lacks a soul until a great composer paints a symphony over it. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without Gary Mutch. He gives the film it’s soul. His scores and sound design evoke emotion, they resonate with the unconscious sensations borne of memory and experience in each viewer. Without music and sound a visual masterpiece like “2001: A Space Odyssey” would fail to stir the viewer. It’s all but impossible to think of Steven Spielberg without thinking of John Williams, or Tim Burton without Danny Elfman. Musical composition is a similarly involved product made of many brilliant artists bringing their specialties to the studio and creating a singular piece. I cannot help but think of Brian Wilson overseeing the “Pet Sounds” sessions. Finally, a director must be able to adopt the story into a vision, express that vision clearly to all involved, and organize the various artistic factions together to captain the brilliant collective toward the destination of completed work. It’s an incredible amalgamation of individuals with different artistic mastery, at the top of their craft, working together to create a singular piece. It’s art that can only exist through the collective and collaborate works of many great artists, each at the height of their creative strengths. Honest human emotion allows the viewer to escape. Art is mean to designed to remove you from reality during the time you consume it. So I believe cinema can, does, and has changed society. I am certain it will continue to do so, hopefully for the better.

-What would you change in the world?

Access to healthcare, proper healthcare, for everyone that needs it. This would include mental health care. My film, “Group”, has a very strong statement about that very concern weaved in throughout. Many people work very hard, often through tremendous pain, often in invisible professions. Those people are one injury away – often caused by their job, often caused by someone else – from becoming impoverished and desperate. Mental health is stigmatized. To live in a world where a life-saving mental health diagnosis could result in the patient being ostracized or professionally ruined is the ultimate Catch-22. Someone can either seek treatment to get the help needed to manage the condition and consequently suffer serious personal, financial and professional consequences, or they can avoid treatment altogether and suffer. That’s not any kind of life as I understand it. That’s hell. Healthcare for all, without financial harm or societal prejudices, is what I would give the world if I could change one thing. I think many other related (and seemingly unrelated) problems would be solved if this wish were to come true.


-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

Technological advancements, whether 100 years in the past or the future, do not make or define the course of cinema. It’s the filmmakers who use the technology to create their visions that define the course of cinema. I believe that will always be the case. I am certain Artificial Intelligence programs and software will become more prevalent. Indeed, some film festivals are already offering submissions under such categories. There is tremendous fear in the industry over A.I.’s growing presence and influence as well. This will likely go on for a while. Some proponents of A.I. have likened the critiques of A.I.-driven film to those stars of the silent era who railed against talkies. I find this comparison spurious at best. The stars of that era were concerned about being replaced by stars in a different forum, more for fear it would fail or undermine the art than anything else. Of course, it elevated the artform.

The difference in effect between films with sound, or the advent of colorization and the like and the current “threat” from A.I. is apples and oranges. A.I. can make something visually stunning, maybe it can approximate emotional resonance. But it lacks, and will always lack, the soul needed for film to be film. It will lack the element that makes it timeless. It will never escape the uncanny valley. Soul is what feeds a film and makes it feel real. If you take it away…and A.I. largely does take it away…the husk that remains, however beautiful, will have an element of the uncanny that will be unappealing.

No computer program or app can ever create what visionaries like Bergman, Fellini, Varda, Argento, Ducournau, Cronenberg, Jordan Peele or David Lynch can bring to life. This is because they have lived. Part of the filmmaker resides inside the films they create like a beating heart. Audiences feel that humanity reaching out through the screen. A computer program is lifeless, soulless, robotic, algorithmic… Audiences don’t feel algorithms or binary code. It’s not part of living. It’s not part of the human experience. The movie industry’s recovery from the pandemic has shown that people long for great cinema. Audiences will be there to embrace it, to escape into it.

“An impossible secret” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Sofia Mavrou

-Who is Sofia Mavrou?

I am an independent filmmaker and actress with no formal training in filmmaking and acting. I love the art of film as it is a very powerful means of communication.  It can convey messages and emotions through images, music, movements, lighting and camera angles. ”An Impossible Secret” was my directorial debut and I thoroughly enjoyed the process of writing the story and then bringing it to life. I read books about filmmaking and script writing in the past but through the process of writing and directing my own film I learned so much more. It has been an amazing experience for me and it has given me the encouragement to carry on with my next film. 

I studied Primary Education and Psychology at University which helped me develop skills that are very useful for screenwriting and filmmaking such as writing, analytical and communication skills, problem solving and teamwork. Also understanding human behaviour and the underlying causes of our actions is very important when you create your story and characters for a film.

-What inspired you to become a Filmmaker?

I have worked as a careers adviser for the last 15 years in high schools and although I enjoy my job and the interaction with young people I felt that I needed a hobby to channel my creativity. As a child I loved reading and watching films. In primary school I started writing my own stories and some of them were read in class but I never had the confidence to take part in any competitions. I loved going to the cinema as a child and always thought how wonderful would be to create your own story and then turn it into a film. However as filmmaking has always been a hard industry to break through I chose instead to go into teaching.

Last year I decided to write my own story and turn it into a film. My inspiration came from an Italian family friend. Her dad was an Italian prisoner of war who came to Wales to work on farms during the Second World War. ”An Impossible Secret” is my first film.  It took me a long time to gather the courage to get my story out there as I had to first learn how to turn my story into a screenplay. I am very lucky as I had very supportive cast and crew members that helped me bring my story to life. 

As there is a lack of female filmmakers I think it is important to break those barriers such as gender discrimination and stereotyping in a male dominated industry. Female filmmakers are not only interested in women’s stories. They can make movies about any matters that they feel are important to be addressed.

-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?

Cinema is a powerful means of communication as it combines music, art, theatre. It can give the audience an unforgettable experience by immersing them into a world of strong visuals, emotive music and performances. Cinematic films can bring a  positive change in the society as they can convey messages and emotions and get the audience to start reflecting on their life, beliefs and feelings. 

Cinema can change the world for the better by touching us on a deep, emotional level and inspiring us to take action. We all remember those films that had a significant impact on us because we connected with them on an emotional level. We will never forget how a film made us feel whether it was a tale of triumph over adversity or a tough exploration of social issues. Cinema can also push boundaries and challenge what is considered acceptable in society. Some films may do this in a more subtle way and get the audience to reflect on their own prejudices and beliefs. I strongly believe that cinema has the power to challenge social norms, question current attitudes and therefore promote a more inclusive and diverse society.

-What would you change in the world?

I would prefer for the world to be more inclusive and diverse. No stereotypes such as gender, race, age, nationality, religion, social class as they do lead to inequalities in society. For example gender stereotyping feeds into gender discrimination. Gender stereotyping can limit the development of natural talents of boys and girls and limit their educational and life opportunities. I also wish the world would value personal happiness over materialism, integrity over dishonesty, altruism over selfishness, kindness over ruthlessness.

-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

We all know that artificial intelligence is here to stay and it will also have an impact on filmmaking. AI is opening up new possibilities in film production processes. It is a development that I am still not sure where it will take us in the film industry. For example suggestions have been made to use algorithms to replace human imagination in scriptwriting, performance and the creation of moving images.

The SAG-AFTRA strike in Hollywood last year showed us that artificial intelligence could be a serious threat for everyone involved in the film industry including actors, screenwriters, visual effect artists. Union members expressed concerns about how artificial intelligence could exploit performers by using their likeness without fair compensation. The real threat is that many professionals in the film industry including actors, writers and visual effect artists could be replaced by AI within the next couple of decades. However the positive potential of AI cannot be ignored. It could make filmmaking accessible to more people. Aspiring filmmakers could potentially create their own films just by using their smartphones and artificial intelligence technology. There is also the argument that AI could reduce the need to reshoot scenes and take over more mundane tasks. I think that AI will be used in the film industry in the next 100 years even more but I do hope that it will be used in a way that will enhance filmmaking and make it an easier process for everyone involved without though replacing human imagination in scriptwriting and performance. It will be exciting to see the new forms of art culture it is going to bring and how the audiences will engage with the new forms.

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“The Memory Album” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Cameron Ryan Soedi

Who is Cameron Ryan Soedi?

I’m just someone who’s always been fascinated by the deeper questions in life, you know, the ones that really make you stop and ponder. And for me, the magic of cinema has been the perfect vehicle to dive into those mysteries. I love weaving stories that take folks on a ride, whether it’s through the glaring lights of reality or the deep, mysterious shadows of imagination—that’s my gig.

When I’m knee-deep in a film project, it’s like sailing across an endless sea, exploring new territories of the human mind. It’s a wild adventure, where I get to plunge into the very fabric of existence itself. Through my work, I want to shake people up a bit, make them see the world with fresh eyes, and question everything they thought they knew about reality. Because, in the grand scheme of things, we’re all just like shadows dancing on the walls of Plato’s cave, trying to figure out what the heck is going on around us.

What inspired you to become a Filmmaker?

Inspiration is this crazy mix of the everyday and the otherworldly, you know? Becoming a filmmaker, for me, was the natural next step in my ongoing fascination with life’s big mysteries. The dance between light and shadow, the rollercoaster of emotions, and the downright puzzling essence of existence—those are the things that pulled me into the mesmerizing universe of filmmaking.

What really gets my gears turning is the power to create a world that mirrors the depths of the subconscious, a dreamscape where reality and illusion tango together. It’s the ability to conjure up a visual symphony that lit the spark for my journey into the expansive and exhilarating realm of cinema.

-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in society?

From where I stand, the screen is like a window into the collective soul of society. When a filmmaker hits the sweet spot of the collective unconscious, stirring things up, cinema has the potential to ignite change. It’s like weaving a lingering dream that sticks around long after the lights come back on, showcasing the profound impact thoughtful storytelling can have on individuals and the broader cultural landscape. But let’s not forget, the real power lies in the hands of the audience. It’s their engagement and connection with the narrative that ultimately shapes the lasting influence of a film.

-What would you change in the world?

Ah, the world, a real head-scratcher. The world is quite a complex place, full of beauty and darkness. If I had to pick just one thing, I’d aim to foster a deeper sense of unity and understanding among people. I’m a firm believer in the power of storytelling, be it in film or other mediums, to bridge gaps and connect us on a fundamental level. It’s about embracing the diversity of our shared human experience and finding common ground. In that interconnectedness, we might stumble upon a path towards more empathy, compassion, and a shared appreciation for the mysterious journey we’re all on. A bit more love and understanding could go a long way in navigating the sometimes chaotic and confusing nature of our world.

Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?

Now, that’s a mind-bender. The film industry, like life, is ever-evolving. Technology will keep pushing the boundaries of storytelling, and who knows what new dimensions we’ll explore. But no matter how advanced the tools become, the heart of it all is the human experience. As long as there are stories to tell and people hungry to hear them, the film industry will keep on rolling, and that’s a beautiful thing. Just keep your eyes open for the unexpected – you never know when the next masterpiece might hit the screens.

“SEA FULL OF TEARS” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Akal Demir

Akal Demir, actor, director, and cinematographer extraordinaire, reflects a whirlwind of talent and creativity that has garnered him numerous awards as a writer and director. To Akal, filmmaking isn’t just a career; it’s a burning passion that ignites his soul and drives him to express his unique vision.

The allure of filmmaking lies in its ability to transport audiences to new worlds, provoke deep emotions, and challenge societal norms. For Akal, it’s the ultimate form of self-expression, a medium through which he can unleash his innermost thoughts and dreams. Every frame he captures, every line he writes, brings his creative vision to life and inspires others to see the world through his eyes. But Akal doesn’t stop there. He’s a catalyst for change, a force determined to make a tangible difference in the world through his films. With every project, he meticulously crafts stories that not only entertain but also inspire, educate, and uplift. Through the power of storytelling, he aims to ignite a spark within individuals, encouraging personal growth and pushing the boundaries of what society deems possible.

Peering into the crystal ball of the future, one can only imagine the thrills and marvels the film industry holds in the next 100 years. Technological advancements will revolutionize the cinematic experience, propelling us into breathtakingly immersive worlds filled with awe-inspiring visual effects that defy our wildest imagination. No longer will it be enough to watch a film; it will be an all-encompassing journey that transports us to realms we never thought possible.

But the future of film isn’t solely about technological marvels. It’s about the power to spark change, to influence hearts and minds. Through the lens of storytelling, filmmakers like Akal will rise, armed with the ability to shape society and make a profound impact. Their works will challenge social norms, provoke conversations, and shine a light on the most pressing issues of our time. In this brave new world, the film industry will be a platform for unity, diversity, and inclusivity, celebrating the myriad of voices that deserve to be heard.

So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a cinematic journey unlike anything we’ve ever seen. With Akal leading the charge, the future of filmmaking promises excitement, inspiration, and boundless possibilities. Together, let’s embrace this electrifying evolution and witness the birth of extraordinary stories that will shape our world and change it for the better……

“Virulence” (EXCLUSIVE) with Christopher Pennington

-How was your project “Virulence” born?

When I first started screenwriting in 2013, “Virulence” was only the second screenplay I’d ever written and my first attempt at horror with the idea to write a low budget movie set in one isolated location. In 2021 after a six year break from writing I decided to go back and revisit Virulence, re-writing dialogue & changing certain scenes until I was fully satisfied with it.

-What goal do you dream of achieving?

Ultimately I’d love to find a home for the screenplay with a production company that can see its value and potential in the horror market, and with this being one of seven screenplays I’ve written it would allow me to focus on other projects.

-Who inspired you to create your project?

The biggest inspiration for Virulence was John Carpenter’s 1982 masterpiece, The Thing. Being one of my favourite films of all time I loved the concept of people being trapped in a hostile environment with no help from the outside world as they fight for their lives against something they both can’t control nor understand.

-Which awards has your project won?

I’ve been very fortunate to win a number of awards for Virulence, these include:
Best Action Screenplay – THE THING IN THE BASEMENT HORROR FEST
Best Action Screenplay – ADBHOOTURE FILM FESTIVAL
Best Feature Script – LIT SCARES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Feature Script – 8 & A HALFILM AWARDS
Best Feature Script – INTERNATIONAL GOLD AWARDS
Best Action Screenplay – FRIDA FILM FESTIVAL
Best Feature Script – INDEPENDANT HORROR MOVIE AWARDS
Best Unproduced Action Screenplay – LA SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL
Nosferatu Prize for Horror – Best Unproduced Screenplay – LOS ANGELES MOTION PICTURE FESTIVAL
Jury Award Winner – Scariest Script – HYSTERIA FEST
Best Feature Script – RUSSIAN INSTITUTE OF CINEMA & PERFORMING ARTS AWARDS
Best Feature Script (OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD) – CALCUTTA INTERNATIONAL CULT FILM FESTIVAL
Best Feature Script – SEVEN WONDERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST
Best Feature Script – BOX OFFICE CINE AWARDS
Best Feature Script – SWEDISH ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE AWARDS
Best Feature Screenplay – HORROR UNDERGROUND FILM & SCREENPLAY FESTIVAL
Best Original & Feature Script – IF INDIE FESTIVAL