Sebastian: The idea for Dead Wood came about as we realised we needed to make a film for as little as possible, using things that were free. Trees are free. It started from there and grew.
IndieFlicks: How long did it take to write the script?
Sebastian: We had a few story meetings in the pub. I don’t actually remember them, they degenerated into drunken rantings after a few hours. But somehow from that David Bryant was able to pull a script together in 3 days! That script bears slim resemblance to the final film but that’s what we basically shot.
IndieFlicks: How did you raise money for the film?
Sebastian: We didn’t. We realised it would be really difficult to raise money and we wanted to spend that time and energy making the film. So we just grabbed our cameras and off we went.
IndieFlicks: How was it received?
Sebastian: We’ve been very pleased with the response Dead Wood has got from people. Watching it at festivals with other people is the most nerve-wracking experience. And when people laugh and gasp at the right places it’s an incredible feeling. In the industry too, we had about 10 sales agents all wanting to represent the film, we sold to Lionsgate in the US so it was great to think yes, we did something right.
IndieFlicks: What can we expect to see from you in the future?
Sebastian: We’re working on a new film called ‘Hunting Ground’ about a team of army cadets that get trapped on an island with a group of psycho-crazed special forces guys. It’s a relentless action-packed bloodbath!
IndieFlicks: What advice would you give to any budding filmmakers out there?
Sebastian: No one cares about you, no one wants to give you anything, you’re not special. So pick up a camera and prove everyone wrong. Every time you hit record you’re saying “Fuck you, I’m doing it anyway.” What are you waiting for?