Q&A with Dead Air’s Stacy Hart

Independent creature feature on a plane Dead Air is currently in post-production and we got the chance to quiz star Stacy Hart who plays the Drummer.

How did you get involved with Dead Air?
I had worked with Geoff Harmer on a few different projects over the previous six years, and Pete Hearn and I knew of each other. They asked me to be involved early on; as I understand it, Pete had me in mind when writing The Drummer.

What was the shoot like for you?
The shoot was awesome. Great people; brilliantly fun project. I don’t think I stopped laughing all week. I’ve spent most of the last seven years being a stay-at-home mum and am only now getting back to work since they started school, so the joy of being on such a cool project was elevated by the pleasure of being back at work at all; I was pissed off when it ended!

Are you a fan of horror?
It’s not the genre I gravitate to most, but I do love a good scare, yeah! I enjoy stuff that keeps you guessing; films with psychological elements alongside the claret-splashing.

Tell us about your character The Drummer?
The Drummer is a veteran of the rock scene. Music is her passion and, professionally, all she’s ever known. She’s starting to have health problems that affect her work and, whilst outwardly being a hard-arse about it, she’s terrified about what that might mean for the rest of her career.

What were your first reaction when reading the script?
I really enjoyed it! I liked the juxtaposition of a professional woman in a relatable and upsetting scenario ending up in a situation so scary, funny and utterly bonkers.

What can you tell us about the practical effects in Dead Air?
I can tell you that the puppetry team were amazing; they make this film what it is. They ensured that what could have been the most challenging parts of the film were sheer joy to perform. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to navigate a narrow gangway while trying to beat up a flying puppet with a drumstick but the puppetry team made it so much easier!

How hard is it to mix horror and comedy?
I think most films aren’t any one thing; many mingle different genre elements together. Horror and comedy are two of the hardest to do well but, oddly, they aren’t a million miles from each other’s wheelhouses. They both rely on the set-up and the pay-off, sometimes fulfilling and sometimes subverting audience expectation.

People watching horror or comedy are in a similar physical and mental state: they’re waiting to be made to outwardly react, to be taken off guard. Think about a rollercoaster; half the people on it are screaming and half are cackling uncontrollably. In many ways, horror and comedy make great bedfellows.

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