Horror-on-Sea Interview writer-director Marc Martínez Jordán – Framed

Framed (2017)

Director: Marc Martínez Jordán

Writer: Marc Martínez Jordán, Jaume Cuspinera

Stars: Daniel Horvath, Àlex Maruny, Carlus Fàbrega, Joe Manjón, Biel Montoro

A group of young people is attacked by three individuals. Cruel games and tortures will be broadcast in live streaming.

Date & Venue: Saturday 12th January 22:30hrs

Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-, Church Rd, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2AL, UK

Framed is a new horror film from writer-director Marc Martínez Jordán, which has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival. I got a chance to ask director Marc Martínez Jordán a few questions about what we can expect from the film.

Framed - PosterQ. The award-winning Framed has been selected to play at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival, what can people expect from the film?

Framed first of all is a slasher, so you can expect a lot of deaths. However, we also put also some comedy in it, so you can expect some laughs. The movie talks about what people can do to turn viral, and as you can imagine, they make some crazy things, so it’s also a very violent movie. We made it on purpose, because Framed is an open window to the darkest side of the people, so we need to create a disturbing tale that causes the audience the maxim impact possible.


Q. How did you come up with the original concept for the film?

I really think that the idea come from several sources. The main one probably is YouTube, I used to spend so much time watching people doing crazy things in order to achieve audience, then I consider that the idea of turning yourself viral was strong enough to turn this concept into a horror movie. After that, comes the part where I take ideas from other movies and became a fake director ha ha.


Q. With social media and streaming becoming a normal part of modern life, do you think the live streaming aspect of the film really helps to connect with the audience?

Streaming video is something relatively new, so not everyone is used to use it in his day life. I believe this concept works better with young audiences, because they have grown up with this new method of communication and they are used to it from very early stages of life. However, I think everybody can understand this concept even if you are 120 years old, like me.


Q. This is your feature debut. How did you find the transition from short films to a feature and did you face any new issues during the process.

In my case, I find a lot of differences between shooting a long feature instead of a short. A short can just be a cool idea, sometimes it doesn’t need so much development, feels like a good melody from one single musical instrument. However, a long feature it’s like a big symphony composed of dozens of instruments playing at the same time. Not only do you need to create a good melody, you need all the instruments to play together making the music still feel nice and unidirectional.


Q. What were your inspirations for the look and style of the film?

Our major references we re The Purge(2013), the remake of Evil Dead (2013), and You’re Next (2011). We choose these three movies as a perfect example of how a story can be develop in one single location and how the script is written in order to keep the audience’s attention until the end. Visually we tried to make a very electrifying movie, Yuse Riera does a very good job with practically no lights, only LED’s. The look is very contemporary, sometimes with the Instagram filters, others, is like a coloristic nightmare. I love it.


Q. What makes Framed stand out in the horror genre?

I think that framed has a special mix of violence, humour and social criticism that make the movie a little bit different of what we are used to watch in horror movies nowadays. It’s a movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously, because our major goal was to entertain the audience. However, people can understand what’s behind this crazy story, the obsession with virality and the dehumanisation of population hidden behind the cell phone screens.


Q. Did you have to change any elements of the original script during filming?

Yes, absolutely. The script was 110 pages long, and we finally shot like 85 pages approx. Why? Some FX do not really work on set because we were on a very tight budget, also some dialogues made the scenes extremely long and this was unnecessary. There were some scenes that we had to rewrite and made it simpler because we were running out of time. I was happy about the capacity of the crew of making decisions like these during the shoot, sometimes it makes the difference between having a movie or having just a piece.


Q. What was one of your favourite moments during filming?

My favourite moment was when we shoot the scene of a crowd of people outside the house during the special forces entrance. I feel that all the extras were involved and so happy about what we were shooting. Everybody was so excited because the shots were very cool, I felt a very good energy on the set that day. Another moment, the last scene inside the house, which I can’t reveal what happens, was so nice to shoot, the two actors involved were so focused on his acting and the performance was perfect.


Q. Do you have any other projects which you are currently working on?

I’ve shot an indie sci-fi short film called Your last day on Earth, it’s produced by Alex Maruny (the main actor of FRAMED), the cinematography is in charge of Yuse Riera (the DoP of FRAMED). Also, I’m writing hoping that next year we are going to be able to shoot another feature (fingers crossed)


Q. If someone was looking direct their own horror film, what advice would you give them?

I would say if you are going to shoot a very low budget horror film (like my case), it’s important to get everything planned in pre-production (storyboard, script, rehearsal with actors) because time at set is gold and when things are more planned, better options to achieve success during the filming and avoiding problems on set. Also, I would say that, in a big adventure like this, it’s important to work with a team of people that you really trust, and they are going to be with you until the end (until the end of the world). A united team is very important in order to avoid problems and give a hand to other departments when problems happen. A brotherhood, or a sisterhood, or both of us.

For more details regarding the films playing at Horror-on-Sea Film Festival and details of tickets on the website.

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Philip Rogers

Philip Rogers

Published in various websites, Philip is a reviewer who is best known for his interviews and media coverage of independent projects including; films, books, theatre and live events. Always on the lookout for something different to cover!