Recently Joe Begos, the die-rector of the new psycho psychic-powers fright flick THE MIND’S EYE (which yours cruelly reviewed right here), dropped by the Crypt o’ XIII for a quick chat!
FAMOUS MONSTERS. Please fill us creeps in on your new film, THE MIND’S EYE.
JOE BEGOS. It’s DEATH WISH meets SCANNERS set during a blizzard in early ’90s New England.
FM. You have served as director, writer, producer, and cinematographer on your features. How difficult is it wearing so many hats and do you have one discipline you dig above the others?
JB. It comes organically as that’s how I trained myself to do it all when I was a teenager. I can write to my directorial strengths and I know the best places to stretch the dollar for some of the crazy stuff I want to do, so it forces me to produce, which also allows me to protect my work. The DP thing just comes out of necessity — I can do the job and I would rather put the money elsewhere. A DP and a camera op on a 37-day shoot starts to add up.
FM. What challenges did you face delivering THE MIND’S EYE with the budget you had?
JB. The biggest thing that everyone had been so sure we would be unable to pull off was the action and the effects. That s–t is expensive but you also need lots of time. So I opened for a skeleton crew with a longer shoot. We were already stretching our dollar and then we were slammed with a ridiculous blizzard, which comes with so many hidden costs you don’t even think about. It was nuts.
FM. I know you are a fan of practical effects (as am I) and use them whenever you can. What do you feel practical effects add to a production aesthetically that CG can’t?
JB. You can actually direct practical effects. It’s there, you can figure out how to light it, shoot it, cut it. The actors can interact with it. It becomes more real. With CGI you are at the mercy of a guy in an office, and if a 200-million-dollar flick can’t make digital blood spray then how the f–k can I?
FM. What are some of your biggest influences in the horror biz?
JB. It’s varied so much depending on what period in my life we are talking about but as a kid I was super into homemade genius of stuff like Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi, because they made me think it was possible to make movies. Style wise, there’s far too many to list.
FM. What do you have coming our wicked way next?
JB. Whatever I can get money for! I’d love to do a straight-up satanic slasher, a werewolf movie, a time-travel movie, an action movie. Hopefully they can all happen someday.
FM. Fangs for droppin’ by, Joe. I look forward to seein’ what you bring before our putrid peepers next!