Interview: ‘Werehouse’ Director Daniel Mark Young

Daniel Mark Young

The Kickstarter campaign for brand new werewolf horror short Werehouse recently launched pitting a group of students against a blood thirsty wolf on the full moon in a warehouse.

We caught up with Director Daniel Mark Young who told us all about how the fur is going to fly.

Tell us where the idea come from for Werehouse?

There were a few contributing factors, I was in the middle of post-production on our last short “For Her…” I was editing one of the opening scenes that takes place outside a warehouse owned by one of our producers Martine.
We had been looking for an excuse to use it in a film as it’s a fantastic location and the name “Werehouse” popped into my head. After realising what an awesome title it was I figured that someone had already used it for a short or feature, but after some searching I found it hadn’t.
We are huge fans of werewolf movies and it was inevitable that one day we would try our hand at one. So very quickly the concept was born, I pitched it to James (Our Writer) and he loved it.
This is very different than your previous short For Her, was that always the aim?
Of course, and “For Her…” was vastly different to our previous film “Run”, As filmmakers we never want to feel like we are treading the same ground, We always want to surprise our audience and give them something unexpected.
Horror is such a versatile genre which can be easily cross-pollenated with other genres, it’s part of why we love it so much and we have a lot of stories we want to tell, all of them different in style.
Besides the obvious what are your favourite werewolf films?
The obvious being “An American Werewolf in London” and The Howling presumably, both of which I absolutely adore and both for different reasons. As I mentioned before we are fans of the sub-genre so we love everything from the original Universal Monsters “The Wolf Man” right through to Steven Kings “Silver Bullet” right through to more modern efforts like “Dog Soldiers” and “Ginger Snaps”.
Do you think a werewolf film is only as good as its special effects?
There is a lot that can make or break a werewolf movie and a lot of that rests on the special effects and how much or how little you see of those effects. But again it comes down to the tone of the piece, some lower budget more dramatic films benefit from subtle effects and under-playing the wolf element.
Where as the more fun, gorier, popcorn flicks definitely need those effects to be front and centre of the film. With Werehouse we are hoping to be fairly subtle and not show too much of the wolf, we want a dark atmosphere and to keep those effects in the shadows and darkness to build tension and then only reveal it more during the more action oriented gorier scenes later in the film. We are hoping that’s the right balance for the story we are telling.
What can you tell us about the werewolf costume for Werehouse?
Only really what we disclose in the Campaign, we were lucky enough to talk one of the U.K.’s biggest FX companies into working with us on this project. They don’t do too many of these low budget crowdfunded shorts, so for them they wanted to stay fairly hands-off during this period of pre-production.
But rest assured they know what they’re doing, they’ve worked on hundreds of TV Shows and Movies and have a very impressive list of credits which is why it’s such a huge deal to us that they came on board. In short, the wolf is going to look amazing, which is exactly what we wanted.
We didn’t want to half ass the practical side of the film as so much rests on us selling the idea that amongst all the craziness of the story and situation our characters find themselves in, a wolf exists and inhabits the warehouse.
Was it always important to have a grounded story for Werehouse?
As much as I talk about how important the effects are to this film, we always believe story is important above all else. We start there and work all the other elements around that. We are huge fans of Strong, Smart female characters and thats something we have woven into the story of “Werehouse” , but at the same time we want the world, situation and characters to feel real so that you care for them and become invested in wanting them to escape the ugly situation they’ve found themselves in.
How much fun has it been to work with Derek Nelson after For Her?
Working on “For Her” was a blast in general, we had so much fun that it didn’t feel like we were shooting a film, Derek was a huge part of that, I respect his attitude towards acting and his love of genre filmmaking.
He’s always delivering 110% and has more energy than anyone on set, he’s always willing to do whatever the role requires and he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. He always gets what we are going for and as a Director he’s a dream to work with, we had very little rehearsal time on “For Her” but his performance was always on point which meant that I could spend more time working on the shots than worrying about performance.
We are really excited to be working with Derek again on Werehouse, he’s truly passionate about the films he works on and I couldn’t ask for more than that.
How did you come up with the perks for the crowdfunder campaign?
Half the reason we crowdfund is so that we can give something back to our supporters, We wanted to offer some awesome limited edition goodies and rewards that really meant backers were investing in us as filmmakers.
This time around we have more rewards than ever, all the usual stuff is there like Digital and Physical copies of our films, Your name in the credits etc. But this time we are doing a few things we haven’t done before, such as a vinyl soundtrack and getting your photo and/or business logo in the film.
There’s so much on offer so please take a few minutes to have a look and see if anything takes your fancy.
You can support Werehouse on Kickstarter HERE
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