Horror-on-Sea interview with writer-director Jason Wilcox ‘Still Falling’
Still Falling (Sunday 13th January 10:00)
Director: Jason Wilcox
Writer: Jason Wilcox
Tom, a young man, attempts to exorcise the trauma of a past relationship by revisiting the place where he went away with his ex a year earlier, this time with a new girlfriend, Sarah, who is herself trying to overcome a relationship which went wrong.
The house is historic and apparently haunted; at least, Sarah is disturbed during the night by a woman’s crying but initially supposes someone else has double-booked. But the next morning there is no sign of her.
Tom, meanwhile, is haunted by his memories from a year before. Eventually, they both leave for an empty flat on the coast nearby, where Tom’s relationship ended. Sarah begins to fall for Tom, but Tom has now – belatedly – fallen for his ex, and finally makes up for his fatal infidelity with her.
Date & Venue: Sunday 13th January 10:00
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-, Church Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2AL, UK
Still Falling is a new film from writer-director Jason Wilcox which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival. I got a chance to ask Jason Wilcox a few questions about what we can expect from the film.
Q. Still Falling has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival, what can people expect from the film?
I hope that people will be absorbed by the storyline and want to know what happens next – I know I will have failed if people get up and leave through boredom!
Q. How did you come up with the original concept for the film?
I tend to get inspired by locations, so that was where the original concept came from. I was also influenced by the 1950s Swedish film of MISS JULIE, in terms of the seamless movement from present to past and back again – which I find preferable (more intense) than the standard way in which flashbacks are introduced via dissolves, etc.
Q. What were your inspirations for the look and style of the film?
That’s difficult to know really – I suppose style is something that is just part of yourself, that develops over time. In terms of look, I prefer wintry, out-of-season weather as it helps (hopefully!) to create the appropriate mood or atmosphere.
Q. What makes Still Falling stand out as something different in the horror genre?
Maybe that’s something for an audience to decide. Personally, I try to make the sort of things that I would like to see, and what I find disappointing about a lot of work in the genre is the fact that it relies a lot on the formula in terms of storyline and familiar elements such as blood and gore, etc. For me, the greatest horror is in the human mind.
Q. Did you have to adapt the original script at all during filming?
Not really – that is why I prefer to know the location I will be using before I start writing the script.
Q. What was one of your favourite moments during filming?
Good question – because I am usually so busy filming, etc. I don’t get time to think about it, and on this occasion, there was no particular scene that needed repeated takes (that would make the moment memorable, if not a “favourite” one!). I usually get a sense of relief near the end when I realise that we are running to schedule and don’t need to spend more time filming more scenes due to unavoidable things like bad weather.
Q. Do you have any other projects which you are currently working on?
Yes, in fact, I am currently planning a new project which was postponed from earlier this year due to one of the cast falling ill.
Q. If someone was looking direct their own horror film, what advice would you give them?
A few things.
(i) In terms of the script, make sure you have an ending before you start writing. That usually ensures that you save time and know where you are going with the storyline.
(ii) If possible, find a location before you start writing the script.
(iii) Assuming you have a limited budget, try to work with a minimal number of locations and a minimal number of actors!
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