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If you’ve been hanging around Beyond Hollywood for any length of time, then you’ve probably heard me talk about Fatal Pictures and their seriously badass short films. Created by producer Zach Green and writer/director Richard Powell, the company has already proven they’re a force to be reckoned with. In a relatively short amount of time, the duo have managed to set themselves apart from the herd, crafting tense, visually impressive horror films that achieve more in 20 minutes than most can accomplish in two hours.
Zach Green is an extremely kind and phenomenally patient individual, and he was gracious enough to answer some of my questions about his films, frequent collaborator Robert Nolan, and what’s in store for the company’s future.
Tell me a little about yourself. What made you want to start making films?
I first went to film school for Post Production (editing). That was what first caught my interest in the business. After Graduating both Richard and myself would go on to Writer/Direct/Produce/Edit films. We created our Production Company in 2007 entitled Fatal Pictures. I would just naturally make the transition from Editor to Producer.
Where did you meet Richard Powell?
I met Richard in film school in 2002/2003 in our last tern I was the editor on Richard’s short film. We have worked together ever since.
How did Fatal Pictures come about?
Fatal Pictures came about in early 2007, we decided it was time to properly and professionally market our films.
In a hands-on capacity, how involved are you in the filmmaking process?
The last two films I produced I was also on set working very hard as well. Seeing how I am an indie filmmaker you sometimes have to wear multiple hats to get what you want done the way you want it done. So I would say I’m extremely involved even on set whether it’s giving the production designer a hand or the art department.
Right now I’m very comfortable and really love and enjoy what I do behind-the-scenes, but that’ss not to say one day I wont surface from behind-the-scenes.
Consumption was your first official collaboration with Powell. Tell me a little about that.
“Consumption” is about a man and a woman who indulge in the act of cannibalism, based on a true story that took place in Germany. We had a great time creating our first official title under Fatal Pictures. The film went on to have critical acclaim, win a few awards and actually get world wide distribution. As for working with Richard, it was great as expected we have been on set making films before so I knew things would be well.
What sort of difficulties did you face the first time out?
Did you feel you learned a lot between your first and second production?
Yes 100 percent. I feel your really always learning weather its during production or in pre-production or post. You really don’t stop learning how to make films, at some stage on the process you will learn something or know how to do it better.
“Worm” came three years later. And it’s fantastic. What sort of story did you want to tell with this one?
The story is basically about the day in the mind of a high school teacher who happens to be a failed writer and he’s a very dark and bitter person. A great character study of a dark morbid cynical person.
Where did you guys find Robert Nolan, and why isn’t he in everything?
I found Robert through an actress I had the pleasure of working with in the past on other films and if you come to Toronto you would see he pretty much is in everything indie.
Your latest flick “Familiar” is a personal favorite. What inspired this film?
Richard is a very smart and talented writer. He puts himself in these characters minds and really tries to figure out what they would do/say. No one thing really inspired the film.
Without giving too much away, would it be fair to describe the movie as “body horror”?
Some people would classify the film as body horror, but some other people wouldn’t. If you ask me I would say yes I believe it would fall under that category but also just a very dark thriller that I think a lot of people can relate too.
Who handles special effects for your movies?
The special effects have been done by the wonderful Butcher Shop based out of Toronto. Great group of guy’s that I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few times now.
Have you been happy with the film’s reception?
Yes, I think the films reception thus far has been really great! I also had the pleasure of being in the theater when the film had its world premiere back in March in Toronto and Richard and I were very pleased with the turn out.
As a producer, you can appreciation how hard it is to fund a production. How do you feel about the crowd funding movement?
Whatever you need to do.
Any plans for a feature-length film? And will Richard Powell be involved?
Yes 100 percent. Richard and myself are working on the WORM script now, and that will be Fatal Pictures feature debut.
Any plans to release these films on DVD?
Yes “Consumption” (2008) and “Worm” (2010) have world wide distribution and I’m sure will be available for purchase in the near future. For “Familiar” I’m sure will be available to purchase once it’s off the festival circuit.
Finally, what does Fatal Picture have in store for fans of the genre?
Fatal Pictures has more in store than you would imagine. We plan on really hitting the horror genre hard! And contributing great films to the world. The first picture will be “Worm”.
Thanks again to Zach Green for his time and patience. If you have an opportunity to do so, check out “Familiar”, which is currently doing the festival circuit.