Tristan Versluis is the feature director of the up and coming horror, Not Alone. Known for his special effects work he has now made the jump to taking the hot seat. IndieFlicks caught up with Tristan in September as he was halfway through shooting.
IndieFlicks: You’re currently in the middle of shooting your first feature film. How are you enjoying the experience so far?
Tristan: It’s been an amazing experience, working with a passionate cast and crew is inspiring and adding towards a great film.
IndieFlicks: Where did the idea for Not Alone come from?
Tristan: It came off the back of writing another feature which was much more commercial, full of blood and gore along with loads of pretty twisted ideas. So I set out on writing ‘Not Alone’ because I wanted something with deeper characters and a plot to deal with. I think I also used it as a way of dealing with issues in my own head with my life at the time. The film is full of questions and possible ideas of what really happened, but neither really matters, it’s really about what tips people over the edge and how they deal with it.
IndieFlicks: You come from a special effects make up background. What was special about Not Alone that made you want to make this your first feature film?
Tristan: It’s hopefully a film that will show my progression into directing and that I am not only an Fx artist.
IndieFlicks: What’s been the most difficult aspect of making your first feature so far?
Tristan: Time, budget and the usual constraints that they bring. Being at the helm is frustrating when you want to make the shoot/scene perfect but you get told you have to move on! But I have had great people around me that have helped achieve the maximum we could.
IndieFlicks: Did you have specific actors in mind when casting?
Tristan: No not really, but during casting names fell in place and it was looking so good, the line up for the film turned out to be great, they all worked so well together.
IndieFlicks: What are you shooting the film with?
Tristan: We are shooting on the RED camera at 4K. It looks so nice!
IndieFlicks: When do you hope to get the film released by?
Tristan: Next year hopefully, all being well.
IndieFlicks: Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?
Tristan: I have another script called ‘Club Skin’ in development stage which I hope will be next.
IndieFlicks: What advice would you give to any aspiring filmmakers out there?
Tristan: Be pro-active and keep busy. Keep making films and showing as many people as possible, and listen to their advice and comments whether they are good or bad.
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