We catch up with up-and-coming indie horror filmmaker Tristan Clay to discuss the success of his first film “Red Eye” and his upcoming new film “Inverted”.
Currently crowdfunding for his second feature film, Inverted, we caught up with indie horror filmmaker Tristan Clay. Clay says he’s learned a lot from the production of his first film, Red Eye, which was released earlier this year, and is excited to put his new knowledge into practice.
Based on the synopsis for Inverted and the passion the young filmmaker demonstrates, we at Morbidly Beautiful are excited as well. Read on to learn more about Tristan Clay and how you can get involved with the making of Inverted.
INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER TRISTAN CLAY
Tell us all about Inverted and the current Indiegogo campaign. How can fans get involved?
“Inverted” is about a world paralleling the 70s, a centuries-old cult known as the “Inverts” kidnap four individuals against their will to recruit for the holy war against the second coming of Christ. From a homosexual hippie, drug- addicted prostitute, man in drag, and a pedophile priest; they’re all deemed to be choice victims to invert through various initiations that push past the most brutal of boundaries.
Fans can get involved by becoming a special part in making this film possible while snagging exclusive campaign merchandise. When you pre-order the film on DVD, Blu-Ray, or VHS you will be helping us get this film made! We have a wide variety of other perks available like signed posters, “Red Eye” props, shirts, producer credits, and much more.
Every dollar counts, even sharing the campaign link across your social media to allow your friends a chance to get in on the carnage is just as helpful as contributing!
This being your second feature film, how is your approach different this time around? Do you find yourself focusing on different things or is it generally the same?
You always want to push yourself to make a film completely different in many aspects than your last. I have been taking a different approach in promoting and in the visuals to make it stand-alone from our first feature. With not much space in between the release of “Red Eye” and the campaign for “Inverted” I felt we needed to change it up some.
As for hiring my crew, I wanted to make sure this time I hired my Director of Photography first as they are a VERY crucial part in filmmaking. I wanted to begin communicating and getting to really know them as a person. Lessons from “Red Eye” have definitely been applied to the process of my second feature to very minor things to major.
What are the cinematic and cultural influences that led to Inverted? What should fans expect?
As Destinie (Orndoff) and I were writing the film our country was also going through a very scary time (for some, not all) due to the presidential election of 2016. Once our president was elected, we felt as if we were forced to fight someone else’s war, against our own will, just like our victims within the film.
Along with cultural influences, we have a great amount of women empowerment throughout the script. Due to recent events, we felt this was something that needed to be done. We flipped the role; nude men are the servants to the women within the cult. It’s a statement that is being made in casting and soon, on screen.
#INVERTYOURSELF is more than just a hashtag. For you to #INVERTYOURSELF we want you to give into your deepest passions. Whether it be for the genre, indie film, veganism, Christianity, etc – Give it your all, invert to a lifestyle where you give your passion your heart and not placing it on the back burner.
What does it feel like to know you’ll be working with Lynn Lowry whose worked with legends like Romero and Cronenburg?
It is a dream come true and such an honor to say I am working with Lynn Lowry! As a huge fan of “The Crazies”, “Shivers” and “I Drink Your Blood” it was a must that we work with her! She is such a phenomenal actress with a kind soul. I am looking forward to seeing her bring our cult leader, Alma Fines, to life in “Inverted.”
Your first feature film, Red Eye, was released earlier this year. What was it like emotionally to see a film of yours available to the masses?
Oh my gosh, I don’t even know if I can put my feelings into words. It was (still is) surreal to see the film reach people all over the world, anywhere, anytime, on major platforms! We even made the New & Noteworthy section on the front page of iTunes as well as their Top Horror Charts. I was freaking out. Just so crazy!! I felt every emotion the day the film was released.
If you could be on set for one day with any director, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
This is a very tricky answer. Hmm. I’m going to go with my top four favorite directors, but the reason is the same with each one: Rob Zombie, George A. Romero, David Lynch, and Jennifer Lynch. They may all be very different, but their films have been extremely inspirational to me in one way or another — and I feel you can see that in my work.
As a filmmaker, you are always going to be learning. I feel just being able to witness these great directors at work would be so beneficial in many ways, including how to run a smooth and professional set, getting my vision on screen the way I want, and how they may handle situations that arise on set. I’m a hardcore lover of behind-the-scenes with the directors and watching them work, it’s just so amazing.
If you could write a sequel to any horror movie that never had one, what would it be and why?
“It Follows”. Just because I absolutely love the film and want more, there is opportunity for so much more!