– Thanks for having me.
Tell us how you got your start in making films?
– I’ve always been making movies since I was a kid. I spent a lot of time making up stories. I didn’t have any video equipment when I was younger so, I would draw a lot of comic books. Most of them being horror related comic books. When I hit high school, my parents were nice enough to get me a VHS camera and I was able to get my hands on some video equipment at the school, this started the film making monster in me. I kept making short films with my friends and continued to do so into my college days. It was in college that I started 4th Floor Pictures and just continued to build from there. It was during my college days that I ate, slept, and breathed film making. I loved every bit of it and I pushed to get my own films made, even when I didn’t have a dime to my name.
Who were some of your biggest influences growing up?
– Any Film Maker out there… Mostly any of the horror film makers out there – Tobe Hooper, Clive Barker, George Romero – Any of the big horror film makers were huge influences on me. When I was in college I followed a lot of the indie film makers that were out there. Eric Stanze was a big influence, along with Tim Ritter.
What films inspired you most?
–The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is the film that inspired me the most. Other films would be your classics such as Halloween, Friday the 13th, Evil Dead films, and any of the zombie films. I was also a big fan of FAUST by Jan Svankmajer.
You have been a very busy filmmaker! You have pumped out a number of films in a short period of time. What is it that drives you to put out film after film?
– I’ve got to many stories in my head and I feel that I need to get them out of my system. Plus, I’m not the type to sit around. I’m always busy with something – from writing, doing pre-production work, or filming a movie. I’m always busy with something here. I also, just enjoy making the films and I think that’s what drives me to continue making films. I truly enjoy the whole process of making films.
One of your more popular films is Dead Body man Chronicles. You write, produce, and direct all of your films. Can you tell us a bit about where you draw inspiration for these films?
– Dead Body Man was one of those films that just kinda happened by accident. The original storyline was more of a serious film. As we started filming we added these jokes into the film and it became very funny. So, I quickly changed the script up and made it into a horror/comedy which was all new to me. We continued filming and it was just blast to make. There were no rules with a comedy. You could say or do whatever in the film. It found a following when it was released, so we ended up making a sequel. The sequel didn’t hold back in any way and it’s just a balls out funny film. We complete the series about two years ago with Dead Body Man Chronicles and it was just released through GMD FILMS www.gmdfilms.com . The third film kinda tells the back story of the Dead Body Man and how he ends up where he is in life. I always enjoy making the Dead Body Man films and perhaps some day we’ll make another one.
What do you concider the best part of filmmaking?
– I’ll be honest… I really enjoy the entire process… I find it all very challenging but, if I had to pick one area that would be the production stage of filming. We always have such a great time filming the movie. Even though we might be filming when there is a snow storm going on or if its 10 below outside, we always make the best of it. One of my actors once said that it was like summer camp and you didn’t want to go home.
What legacy do you hope to leave on the cimematic world?
– I just hope to leave a few enjoyable movies. Nothing more and nothing less… Just some kick ass horror films that any horror fan would enjoy to view.
Your newest film “STOLKHOLM SYNDROME” is based on human trafficing and the evils of that world. Can you, in your words, tell us a bit about it?
– The film is about human trafficking in a small town. We follow a husband and wife, as they get kidnapped and are forced into this bad situation. We follow them as they do whatever they can to survive. We also follow these two thugs who are involved in the trafficking. One of the thug’s wants out but, getting out isn’t that easy. So, the entire film really comes down to surviving for people on both sides of this horror able experience.
Where did you come up with this concept?
– I had just finished making the film Dead Body Man Chronicles and I wanted to do a darker film. I was walking through the video store one night and found a copy of “Last House on the Left” in the $5.00 bin. I loved this film as a kid. After watching it again I was taken back on how the situations in the movie were so scary. There were no monsters, zombies, or UFO people. It was just people in a bad situation and it felt very real. So, that’s when I decided that my next film had to be true to real life. It was a few weeks later that I was watching the news and this news report came up about some teenage girls that were kidnapped and forced into some type of human tracking. The scary part was these girls were picked up in a town that wasn’t to far from where I live. So, I started to do some research on human tracking and found some scary details. The movie grew from all the material that I found.
What were some of the more memorable moments of making this film?
– Locations were the worse. Most of the locations fell through right before filming started. So, we hurried to find new locations and found some at the last minute. The worse part about shooting the film was the weather conditions at the locations. It seemed like we got hit with a blizzard the night before each of shooting days. So, the cast and crew would should up and drive through a couple feet of snow to get to the locations. It was cold, wet, and miserable. Some of the locations didn’t have running water, bathrooms, or heat. Everyone suffered but, we stayed together and forged through the hell together. The cast and crew were unbelievable through the movie. They stayed focused and got the job done.
Where and when can our readers find it?
– Stockholm Syndrome hits video shelves on 5/5/09 through Brain Damage Films www.braindamagefilms.com
What’s up next for you Ryan?
– Right now I’m knee deep in a new film called THE KILLING FIELDS. It’s about a serial killer by the name of Robert Kemp and all of his nasty little crimes. This is a very dark project with some really nasty scenes. I hope to have shooting finished by April.
For more info on Ryan and his films, please visit:
Serial Killer, Demon Slaughter, Dead Body Man, Day of the Ax, Dead Body Man 2, House of Carnage, Aspiring Psychopath, Dead Body Man Chronicles, Stockholm Syndrome
Thank you again for taking a minute to speak with us!
– Thank you for taking the time.
Any last words for fans and aspiring filmmakers out there?
– Keep Filming and don’t stop… It took me several short films before I ever got the chance to shoot my first feature. Just don’t give up and keep filming.
Interview: Ryan Cavalline – Director (Dead Body Man, Stockholm Syndrome)