How to Make a Cross-Genre Supernatural Thriller Indie Film with David Tarleton director of HUNTER with Giles Alderson

This weeks guest is the writer, director, producer and editor David Tarleton who sits down with Giles Alderson to talk how he made his indie film Hunter.

We chat how to make a cross-genre film, dealing with investors, casting appropriate actors, working with them on set, allowing them to bring things to the table and should we call this a vampire film?

How he shot in RAW and came up with a unique look for a film in the grade. We discuss the trick to maintaining and building tension by restricting the audience to a single character viewpoint and withholding info to build suspense and should you call your film a vampire movie when their are vampires in it?

An award-winning producer, director and editor, David holds an M.F.A. in Cinema Television from the University of Southern California, studied filmmaking at New York University, acting at Northwestern University, and has a Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Virginia.

David has created programs for Sony Pictures, The Muppets, Syfy Channel, Walt Disney Pictures, 3Net, Fox, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, Tokyopop, Mattel, Universal, Warner Brothers, Baby Einstein, Showtime and more.

David is a producer and a director of the new 3D television series “Dark Secrets,” on cable channel 3Net. He is executive producer, director and editor of the award-winning new media comedy series “Dorkumentary,” starring Adria Dawn, and was editor of the Webby Award-winning Muppets series “Statler and Waldorf From The Balcony,” for Disney. His breakthrough film as producer/director/editor, the gothic fairy-tale “Dinner,” premiered at Slamdance, played on the SyFy Channel, and was released on DVD.

David produced and edited the award-winning feature documentary “What Babies Want,” narrated by Noah Wyle, and its follow-up “Reducing Infant Mortality.” He produced and edited “The Making of Warriors of Heaven and Earth,” and “The Making of Double Vision,” for Sony Pictures. He was also a producer, DP and editor on the pilot for “Dark Secrets,” and senior editor for “The Pat Kilbane Show” for Comedy Central. He was VFX Supervisor for the award-winning feature documentary “Head Games,” directed by Steve James. David was the senior editor at Wirebreak, a pioneering Internet video content provider.


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Dominic Brunt on How to Make Horror & Thriller Indie Films: Before Dawn, Bait, and Attack of the Adult Babies with Giles Alderson & Christian James

Dominic Brunt joins us to chat acting, film-making and directing horror & thriller indie films. He chats going from acting in Emmerdale, A TV soap to directing horror movies via running a zombie short film festival which got him and his wife Joanne Mitchell talking about making their own movie which they did with Before Dawn. And how making his debit feature was the hardest thing he’s ever done. How he shot in his own house and rehearsed it but how hard it was to direct and star in Before Dawn and how he wouldn’t do it again. And how it got picked up at Fright Fest and selling the film to Metrodome.

What he took onto his 2nd feature Bait and working with a studio. He gives some great advice on how to deal with a studio or your investor who is hands on.
How a big £6M project he was on was pulled two weeks before shooting and heartbreaking it was and he give some great advice to film-makers.

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