"The dream is to be the next Robert Rodriguez."
Ty Huffer is riding high on the horror festival circuit with his award-winning short In This Economy. Check it out...
1. What are your career goals as a filmmaker?
I grew up watching Full Moon Entertainment movies and always thought it would be the greatest job in the world to make cool low budget horror films! I then went to film school and thought, "holy shit, I want to work in Hollywood" alongside my Indie heroes that made the almost impossible transition from Indie films to Blockbusters like Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson. I'm now back to the idea it would be incredible to make a living creating Indie features, horror and/or comedic. The dream is be the next Robert Rodriguez. Completely on my own rockin' my own studio.
2. After completing a feature, why did you return to doing a short?
I went back to making shorts because of money. The feature I made only cost $4000, but it took two years, and the freakishly low budget was because I was lucky enough to have kick ass talented friends that dug what I did.
I love to make movies and it's hard enough to get money to make a short, so I've been making those with the hope somebody with money or a studio sees what I do and funds a feature.
3. How has screening your work in film festivals helped your career?
Screening my work at festivals gave me the drive to keep making movies. When I first started out there wasn't vimeo or youtube, there were only festivals and VHS's you handed out to people. Because of my filmmaking background I've been lucky enough to have a day job that allows me to shoot and edit for a living.
4. What is the overall value of film festival awards?
I haven't had many awards in the past. My current film is the most success I've had, so awards really haven't done too much for me. I've always been told awards help you get you into bigger festivals. For years I was a programmer for Seattle's True Independent Film Festival (now known as Seattle's Transmedia Film Fest.) I never let awards from past festivals influence my decisions. That being said, getting awards is pretty kick ass.
5. In the saturated horror market, how do you think your films stand out?
I'm really hoping my sense of humor will separate my jibs from the rest of the pack. Most of my current scripts ride the line of dark comedy and horror. I find myself going back and punching up my scripts with more horror elements.
6. What are your biggest frustrations as a filmmaker right now?
By far my biggest frustration is funding. I also hate how easy it is to make a movie. It's insanely hard to make a great movie, there's not a lot out there, but way too easy to just fucking grab a DSLR and slap some shit together. The DSLR was the beginning of the end of Indie filmmaking. That being said, I've made a bunch of movies with a DSLR. It's a love/hate relationship.
7. What is your strategy to break out as a professional filmmaker?
My current strategy is to continue to make shorts in hopes of getting some attention. In This Economy is the first of a trilogy of shorts. The trilogy leads into a feature. It would be amazing to get funding for the feature.
I'm also looking to work with and write for other filmmakers.
8. Outside of film festivals, what has been the most effective way to promote yourself and your films?
I've mainly just been using Facebook. It's the easiest way for me to get eyes on the project and hopefully some shares.
I've been following an Indie director on Twitter. He makes movies and just posts them. He spends a couple weeks teasing the film and then posts and TAGS the shit out of it. I'm debating that route just 'cause there's a lot of Twitter feeds that just promote horror films to horror fans.
9. What resources do you use online to promote your films?
Mainly Facebook and Twitter. I know there are some great horror film websites that don't cater to Hollywood films, and a lot of horror fans trust them. I'm thinking I need to send some of them my film in hopes of getting a review.
In This Economy is the first in a trilogy of short horror films immersed in a world plagued by demons, where wealth and power are only a few ritual sacrifices away! This trilogy is a prequel to the feature-length film Heks Fitte – The Second Coming of the Norwegian Death Metal God where a young woman must battle not only a group of entitled trust fund psychos, but aging Norwegian Death Metal Gods and their flesh-craving demon mistress! Bloody good fun!
Ty created a video-within-a-video to promote In This Economy. It's a humorous take on a crowdfunding video that plays during Economy's closing credits. It's a stand-alone video that ties into the storyline of Economy's main character, and is a clever way to bring attention to the project. Check it out...
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