Today, I interview screenwriter and producer, Blu de Golyer. We talk about his brand new horror film, House of Good and Evil. Blu touches on his experience in ghost writing for top industries and a rather terrifying experience he had on set with an irate local.
Ryan Sprague (RS)
Blu de Golyer (BG)
RS: Did you go to college. What did you study?
BG: I studied Business and Business Law in Manchester, UK.
RS: How long have you been writing for film?
BG: Just over 10 years.
RS: How many films have been made from your scripts?
BG: I spent most of my writing career as a ghost writer for top industry pens, so chances are you've probably seen some of my work. House Of Good And Evil is the first I can proudly put my name on. It's the first of three films I wrote slated for 2013-14.
RS: Do you do anything else other than film?
BG: I'm a published children's book author. My book, The Adventures Of Capatin Greenspud can be found in bookstores. I've written a few plays and would like to get back into it in the next year or so.
RS: Tell us a little about House of Good and Evil.
BG: This psycho-thriller follows the story of a young couple who move from the fast paced life of Baltimore to an isolated home nestled deep in the woods of Appalachia in a last-chance effort to save their deteriorating marriage. They quickly find out that extraordinary evil has followed them to their new address.
(Scene from House of Good and Evil)
RS: Give us a run-down of who is involved with the film.
BG: Renowned cinematographer David Mun (The Road to Freedom) directed the film. Rachel Marie Lewis, who burst onto the scene in 2012 for her supporting role in the eight-time indie award nominee, Transatlantic Coffee, co-stars. Starring opposite Lewis is Christian Oliver. Oliver is a German import known for his acting in Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar nominated The Good German and The Wachowski Brothers’ Speed Racer. Co-starring are Marietta Marich (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Jordan Rhodes (All the King’s Men), Rob Neukirch (One Night at McCool’s) and Bo Keister (Remember the Titans).
RS: Where did the idea for the film come from?
BG: Smoking pot.
RS: What is your process in writing a screenplay?
BG: I walk 7 miles every morning while it's still dark, while listening to music that creates the mood. Alone with my thoughts, I start with a title and work around that title with ideas. Next I sit at the most busy coffee shop to write the first draft. This allows me to take dozens of details from complete strangers, whether it be a walk, a facial feature, a mannerism. Real life has no outlines.
RS: Any interesting stories about making the film?
BG: Aside from having a shotgun put in my face by a local? There's a few...
RS: Was it challenging to both write and produce the film?
BG: It was, because when a writer writes something, there is that perspective and of course a producer is the complete opposite. I found myself getting in near fist fights with myself on set. It was a lot of work and I was running on three hours of sleep each day. I survived it though, and have a firmer grasp on the inner workings of film, so it was a good choice to do both.
(The cast, crew, and director hard at work)
RS: Who is your favorite film-maker in the genre of horror?
BG: Stanley Kubrick
RS: What are your Top 3 Favorite Movies?
BG: Wizard Of Oz, Grapes Of Wrath, E.T
RS: What advice would you give someone who is writing their first screenplay?
BG: Be prepared to eat Raman noodles until you make it and find some kind of work in the industry, like a talent agency. Work on the inside, because it is a business.
RS: What's next for House of Good and Evil?
BG: We are wrapping up post and will be finished at the end of February. We have had multiple offers from distribution companies after we sent the rough picture lock version, so the sky is the limit.
For more information on the film, you can CLICK HERE
You can also view the trailer for House of Good and Evil below.