Behind the Screen: Q&A with the creators of Mirrored
Mirrored is the story of a hellish journey which ends in a frightful manner.
The Following were answered by both Nicole Bird (Writer and Producer) and Ryan Shovey (Director, Editor, Cinematographer)
What’s the logline or tagline?
When a depressed gamer gets a new mirror installed in his bathroom, he quickly discovers the mirror is actually a portal to hell.
What do you think was the scariest moment of the film?
The climax of the film contains the scariest moment — the demon has fully actualized, the walls of the bathroom close in on Dylan and he is beyond salvation. When there is no hope for ye who enter here, that is the height of fear, in our eyes.
How many days did it take to film?
It took 2 days of principal photography, then 1 day of reshoots.
How did you do the Special Effects?
The FX were a mixture of practical and digital FX. We built a set for the bathroom, with a duplicate bathroom on the other side of the mirror, so that the demon and Dylan could interact at the same time. Besides that, many years of After Effects training really helped.
What was the highlight of making the film?
The highlight of every film is experiencing the audience’s reaction when seeing it on the big screen. When we premiered at the Chinese Theater, people laughed at the precise moments and are terrified at the precise moments, which makes filmmaking and that dance with the audience members so gratifying.
What was the most aggravating moment of shooting the film?
It’s hard to say what’s aggravating because of how organic putting a film together is. We had some issues with the green screen when we did not get to film the reverse footage to match, and, instead, we had to adjust to make the scene make sense. We really had to think on our feet.
Any other horror projects in the works?
We have several potential feature films in the works. The first investor to deposit the funds gets the first amazing horror flick made.
What was the budget?
A magician never reveals the secrets behind his tricks, nor do filmmakers reveal their budgets 😉
Any specific movies or stories that influenced the script?
The tone of Mirrored is inspired by classic 80’s horror/comedy films such as Evil Dead 2 and Re-Animator
What was the first horror movie you watched and at what age?
Ryan: I’ve seen so many, but the first film to really leave an impact, and is my favorite to this day, is A Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s the only movie that helps me sleep.
Nicole: The first horror movie that I saw as Psycho at age 11. I would argue that Psycho is the first slasher movie with a psychological thriller intertwined. It was amazing to me that Hitchcock had the juice to kill his main character halfway through the movie. It was innovative, so unique and scared the crap out of me. I still get creeped out when I’m showering, haha.
Carpenter Hill Productions is the joint efforts of Nicole Bird and Ryan Shovey. Nicole is an LA based Screenwriter and Producer, She has gone through several film schools, like Full Sail and UCF in Orlando FL, and has Masters Degree in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Ryan has been directing, editing, and creating short film content since graduating film school in 2007. They both met in Los Angeles, CA, and instantly/naturally began collaborating on genre content based off of their love of the classics my Hitchcock, Polanski, Kubrick, Carpenter, and Craven. They decided to name their company after two of their most influential filmmaking icons, John Carpenter, and Debra Hill. They have since created 5 horror short films, which have all played in numerous festivals, including Mirrored which premiere at ScreamFest 2015 at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA.
If you’re in the mood for few laughs and chills, then Mirrored is the right choice for
you. ” A Witty, Wicked, Good Time “
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