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Exploring the techniques, strategies, and key pieces of advice for aspiring horror directors, straight from the minds of some of the greatest filmmakers and creators in horror. Host Nick Taylor engages in one-on-one conversations with directors, producers, writers, actors and artists to uncover the keys to their creative and professional success in the horror business.

The Nick Taylor Horror Show Nick Taylor

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Exploring the techniques, strategies, and key pieces of advice for aspiring horror directors, straight from the minds of some of the greatest filmmakers and creators in horror. Host Nick Taylor engages in one-on-one conversations with directors, producers, writers, actors and artists to uncover the keys to their creative and professional success in the horror business.

    Carlo Mirabella Davis

    Carlo Mirabella Davis

    "One of the most important totem animals for me as a filmmaker is the wolf. Because the wolf is known for its endurance and as a filmmaker, you really need to have endurance. You have to keep the hearth fires burning of your creativity, your imagination, and your inspiration."

    • 45 min
    TERRIFIER 2 News with Damien Leone!

    TERRIFIER 2 News with Damien Leone!

    My guest today is a household name among horror fans, and the director of one of the most talked about horror movies of recent times, Terrifier! 
    Terrifier’s star, Art the Clown is on the fast-track to slasher stardom and is without a doubt, the most iconic movie slasher in decades. All you have to do is observe the rampant fan art and the alarming number of tattoos of Art to know, that this is a true horror icon, and he’s just getting started. 
    The character of Art the Clown has actually been developed by Damien over the course of 3 films. Having started as a minor character in a short called The Ninth Circle, Art then went on to star in his own short (also called Terrifier) before being adapted into a full length feature called All Hallow’s Eve, which compiled the two previous shorts into a VHS style anthology, bookended with another wraparound story, also starring Art the Clown. 
    The many iterations of Art the Clown have allowed the character to be polished and refined to the point where it seems we horror fans just might have gotten the next great slasher franchise we’ve all been waiting for! I chatted with Damien extensively about the long awaited Terrifier 2 and what it holds in store for us. Here for your listening pleasure is Damien Leone. 
    So, I did an interview with Damien in Dread Central a couple years back shortly after he made Terrifier - definitely check it out if you enjoyed this conversation but I’m going to start with some key takeaways from that conversation because they really hit on some great lessons in horror filmmaking. 
     
    Make something that stands out and gets people talking. In a market flooded with unoriginal copycat concepts, your film needs to have something notably different that will get people talking. In the case of Terrifier, this was the strong special effects (hand crafted by Damien himself) and the grisly but inventive violence.  
    Learn a complementary skill. Damien’s background as a special effects makeup artist not only opened doors for him in the way of meeting producers, but enabled him to make Terrifier shine above larger budgeted movies as he did all the effects himself.  
    Deliver the gore but be classy about it. The gore in Terrifier stood out chiefly among most other recent horror entries, but despite its brutality, Damien still showed artful restraint through the use of cutaways and editing, even during the film’s centerpiece hacksaw scene. To avoid getting into Hershell Gordon Lewis/torture porn territory, show the audience what they want to see but avoid holding on the shot for too long. It’s a fine balance that can make or break the efficacy of your kill scenes.  
    Thanks as always for listening! Check out the show on Instagram at @imnicktaylor or on Twitter at the same handle. Dont forget to subscribe and if you dig this episode, why not write us a review? If you don’t dig it, no worries on the review. 
     
    Thanks!
    -Nick 
     
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    • 45 min
    The Weird and Wonderful World of Cig Neutron!

    The Weird and Wonderful World of Cig Neutron!

    Cig Neutron is a creature designer, special effects makeup artist and a creative force of nature. 
    He’s done effects work on multiple movies including Tron Legacy, Suckerpunch, and Star Trek Discovery, and was on Face/Off's season 7 then again on season 11 as one of the Face/Off allstars.
    Nowadays Cig and his partner in crime Rani are putting out a lot of their own original content and the volume of stuff that they put out is pretty amazing; everything from music videos, to skits, pinup photos, all driven by practical effects makeup. 
    Cig is one of those really unique effects artists who have a very strong signature style, you can easily spot his work which has a fun sensibility that combines monsters with sleaze & naughtiness along with a very strong influence from gross-out cartoons of the 90’s - all of which feels like it’s part of this very unique universe that Cig Has created. 
    I don’t know, I just love his work, it reminds me of all of the stuff I loved as a kid and just makes me happy. Seriously, all of you listening should do yourselves a favor and check his work out; his videos, his instagram page, everything.  
    Cig also hosts a podcast that I really enjoy called Cig Neutron's Spewtron, available everywhere, and he does a pretty cool series of livestreams on Twitch where he breaks down his effects techniques.
    We had pretty wide-ranging conversation and got into everything from creativity, to practical effects and explored spirituality in depth, Cig has a very well-developed and fascinating spiritual sensibility and there is a lot to learn from him - I always love talking to him and I hope you guys enjoy this conversation as much as I did. Here without further ado is the one, the only Cig Neutron!
    Alright, I truthfully got so much out of this conversation, and hope you kids at home did too. You all can follow Cig’s work on Instagram and I highly highly HIGHLY recommend you do. Seriously, follow him, his work is such a treat, and you’re welcome. 
    Big thanks to the amazing Cig Neutron for being here today. Instagram, and the TikTok, which I haven’t gotten around to learning. 
     
    Links & Show Notes
    Follow Cig at: 
    Cig Neutron’s Spewtron Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cig-neutrons-spewtron/id1448458836 Cig Neutron’s Spewtron Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/cig-neutrons-spewtron/id1448458836 Patreon - patreon.com/rancig  Instagram - instagram.com/cigneutron - @CigNeutron Twitch - twitch.tv/cigneutron  
     Other stuff we talked about:
    Liquid Television & The Head  Mutant League Wacky Packs (childhood favorite sticker packs) Maybe Logic: The Lives and Ideas of Robert Anton Wilson (2003 Documentary) -----
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    • 56 min
    RELIC Director, Natalie Erika James

    RELIC Director, Natalie Erika James

    “ There was no separation for me between art and life, which was powerful in some ways and painful in others.“

    • 43 min
    Blumhouse’s INTO THE DARK Directors, Alston & Julius Ramsay

    Blumhouse’s INTO THE DARK Directors, Alston & Julius Ramsay

    “When you put boundaries up it can actually help you be more creative, because you think 'what’s an interesting way of doing something like this?' so you don’t feel like you’ve seen it before even if you have."

    • 37 min
    THE SHED Writer/Director, Frank Sabatella

    THE SHED Writer/Director, Frank Sabatella

    Frank Sabatella is a writer, director, and photographer who’s made such films as Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, and most recently, 2019’s The Shed. One of the things I really appreciated about The Shed was how it explored pretty serious subject matter; themes of bullying, school shootings, and child abuse were all confronted in this movie without it being heavy handed. Horror as a genre has always been pivotal in confronting difficult subject matter head on, and in addition to delivering a fresh take on vampires, The Shed dives into some pretty serious material all while still having a very fun vibe to it which is a very difficult balance to pull off. Frank and I talked about this along with his writing processes, tips for keeping morale high on difficult sets, as well as the benefits of shooting your movie in Upstate New York, all of this and so much more on today’s episode of The Nick Taylor Horror Show. 
    Here are some key lessons learned from this conversation with writer/director Frank Sabatella. 
    Approach your writing in phases. It’s overwhelming for most writers to sit down and look at that blank page while that deadly cocktail of perfectionism, analysis paralysis and overall resistance sabotages your efforts. It’s important to remember what Hemingway said which is  "the first draft of anything is shit.” With this in mind, it’s important to understand and embrace the different phases that your screenplay will inevitably have to go through to get finished. 
    Frank calls the first draft of a screenplay The Wild West phase, because anything goes and he lets ideas fly freely. There’s something very liberating about this approach, you shouldn’t be overly-critical about your first draft because it’s exploratory.  So approach your first draft with This Wild West mentality; even if 75% of it sucks, that 25% could be all you need to lay the foundation of a great second draft. Frank went on to say that as you write through these drafts, the deeper themes of the movie naturally reveal themselves to you. So don’t be discouraged if you don’t have it all figured out when you sit down to write because it’s largely a process of discovery. Which brings me to my next point. 
     
    Write regardless of output. Frank writes for about two hours a day, but he notes that he may not necessarily put down words during this time. Instead, the sheer act of sitting down to think through his story, plot, and script details are enough for him to consider it a productive day. The words aren’t always going to come, but what’s important is that you show up and put the work in and make yourself available to The Muse. Even if you don’t nail your word count, you still can take your screenplay further by spending focused time thinking about it because this is what helps the ideas gel. 
     
    Take breaks. As important as it is to have a consistent and disciplined writing practice, sometimes your mind needs a break. It’s very easy to get swept up in hustle culture and constantly force yourself to put out pages but this can sometimes exhaust your creative resources. If you’re feeling burnt out, replenish yourself by watching movies, reading books etc. You may need a dose of inspiration or you may simply need a rest. Do this and pay attention to how refreshed you feel the next time you sit down to write.
     
    Visualize your progress. Frank has a bulletin board where he collects ideas in broad strokes that he narrows down into beats and scenes. Having a tangible representation of the project helps him keep track of it and encourages him to push further because he can visualize his progress. As the saying goes, ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ In this tech-driven era, it’s so easy for things to disappear in the digital void but sometimes tangibility and visibility are important for creators, if only for emotio

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