I had the privilege of interviewing the brilliant Emma Dark, here's that interview.
Q1: Things have been really busy for you lately, how much are you enjoying it?
Q2: You started out as a model, what made you go into acting?
Q3: How have you been finding the industry, especially from a female's point of view?
Q4: You've been doing a lot of convention appearances, how have they been?
I’m now an honorary patron of the arts for the Misty Moon Film Society alongside Hammer screen queen Judy Matheson. Stuart and Jen who run the film society are also running an international film festival this year (https://filmfreeway.com/festival/MistyMoonInternationalFilmFestival), which I’ll be judging at alongside some of horror and TV’s finest actors. You won’t want to miss attending, and if you are a filmmaker with a short film I the deadline for entry is still on until 16th September 2016.
Q5: Your short "Seize the Night" has been getting rave reviews, are you happy with the feedback?
Q6: What were your favourite horror films growing up?
Q7: Who are your favourite Horror actors/actresses?
Hmmm, tricky, I don’t really have favourite actors, it’s more the characters I like from film to film to be perfectly honest. My favourite horror ‘character’ is Chucky, and I have quite a nice little Chucky doll collection!
Q8: What is your view on the Horror scene nowadays?
That’s quite a broad question, but I’ll focus on one aspect that seems to come up frequently. Most non-horror fans, unfortunately, when I tell them I’m making a horror film or with horror aspects assume it will be full of blood and guts. I do think that gore has a huge trend at the minute with the massive popularity of movies like the ‘Saw’ series and TV programs like ’The Walking Dead’. I made a point of not really having any blood in my film ’Seize the Night’, despite it being a vampire film. The only tiny bit of blood you can see is in context when werewolf pack beta Mikkel gets shot by Eva. It’s minimal, I didn’t have him bleeding out all over the place. I did this because I genuinely don’t think a horror film needs excessive and unrealistic amounts of blood splashed all over it to classify it as a horror. I see it far too frequently, and I see festivals programming almost exclusively to films that are drenched in gore, with little thought to the storyline or quality of the film.
Q9: Have you got anything exciting lined up?
I do! Obviously there’s my next film ‘Salient Minus Ten’, which is super exciting. This time I’ll be producing, directing, filming the majority of the film, editing… OK, enough, the list is too long, I enjoy it, what can I say!
I’ll also be playing a role, a rather evil character unsurprisingly, ’The Woman’ who is the antagonist of the film. This time it’s not the lead role as I wanted to shoot most of the film, but fans will still see plenty of me on screen, so they won’t be disappointed. My friend and more importantly a brilliant actor, Dean Sills, will be playing the lead role of Adam Harper, and I’m super excited to be working with him.
I’m also working front of camera as an actor on a few other projects, one of those being ‘Count Frankula’, which is written by David Barry (Please Sir!), produced by Stuart Morriss (Misty Moon Film Society) and directed by Jason Read (The Landlady). I’ll be starring alongside Judy Matheson (Twins of Evil) and Caroline Munro (Maniac).
Q10: Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Yes, just do it. Make sure you approach a project with the utmost professionalism, plan well, treat your cast and crew with respect and make sure you promote them well. If you have no budget and very minimal equipment you can still find a way. I shot ‘Island of the Blind Dead’ on a cheap consumer compact camera, something you could probably pick up for £50 second hand including a memory card these days. Do your best, always do your best in fact, and make sure people see your art afterwards. Show your finished film to your friends and also a few people who aren’t your close friends if you can, get feedback, fine tune and finalise, and then don’t be afraid to ask film news websites to review it for you.
Q11: Do you have any last words for anyone reading this?
Making art, whether that be film or otherwise can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding things you can do. If you are reading this then you probably have an interest in filmmaking or in the least an appreciation of film. If you want to make a film just do it, if you want to watch great films then please support independent filmmakers and help them continue their filmmaking journey. Thank you, it’s been a pleasure talking to you!