Monday, October 15, 2012

Interview with "Baby-Sitting" Director Lucas Masson. The movie screens Saturday, 10/20/12 at 2 pm.

Director Interview
Lucas Masson

“Baby-Sitting” Saturday, October 20, 2 pm, 

Theatre B

A young woman accepts a babysitting offer from a couple she doesn't know. Puzzled by the children's odd behavior, she invites some friends to keep her company. Little do they know that it will be the worst night of their lives...

Your Director's statement says that making this movie was an opportunity for everyone on your team to go beyond their own limits. Please explain what your goals were for challenging yourself and your team.

It's always a real challenge to shoot a horror movie when you're an independent filmmaker. You know you will have to overcome difficulties, for instance regarding special effects, that will be extremely hard to tackle with a small budget. Those difficulties might not exist in other genres like comedy or drama. "Baby-sitting" was a pretty ambitious project for the tiny amount of money we had to produce it. I wanted a really particular lighting, lots of gore, intense performances from the actors… it was a difficult shoot and everyone really did go beyond their own limits to make it right. I was thrilled to have so many people involved and motivated by this rare chance of working on a horror movie set. The goal was to show that, with almost no money, passion and determination could bring a young film crew to make a quality short film in a complicated genre. Lots of people seem to love the movie so far, so I guess it has been achieved.

Who are your influences in the horror genre? George A. Romero comes to mind because of the way he uses all of the tricks of the trade to give horror fans the guilty pleasure of the moviegoing experience but also contains social commentary about modern issues like consumerism and its consequences on our behavior.

My tastes in horror are a healthy mix of lots of different types of film. It goes from Argento's movies to "The Shining", Robert Rodriguez, Rob Zombie, Brian De Palma, slasher films from all decades; I also adore Georges Franju's "Eyes Without a Face" which probably is my favorite movie… So it's pretty eclectic! I definitely see what you mean when you mention Romero. I guess "Baby-Sitting" was made with a similar intention as "Dawn of the Dead"; which is basically to insure that the audience have a fun time in the first place all the while inserting bits of consumerism criticism here and then. The social commentary is much more present and developed in "Dawn of the Dead" though.

You have spoken of the difficulty and rarity of getting short genre films screened in festivals both in your native France and throughout Europe. Why do you think that is? It's fascinating to me that this even came up in conversation, because, after all, the French film critics are the ones who essentially legitimized genre movies as real art.

We only managed to get the film selected in a couple of French and English film festivals. It is nothing compared to the numbers of selections we've had in the US. I'm really happy that it's been so well received there but I'm also quite disappointed that my country isn't really acknowledging it. I pretty much had a feeling that things were going to turn out this way when I wrote the script though. French film critics recognize very few genre movies as art, and unless they're directed by renowned filmmakers, they won't be movies that deliberately claim wanting to entertain the audience. I think the very fact that France is trying so hard to figure out what's art and what's not is making the French movie industry elitist and that's probably why some genres are left apart and why horror movies are poorly looked upon in film festivals here.

There were more than a hundred musicians and technicians involved in creating the music for this project. Tell us more about that.

The music was a big part of the movie and I really wanted to get it right. Laure Serriere composed a wonderful score which was nicely disturbing. She wanted to get a full symphonic orchestra to play it and she actually managed to pull this off! We had two recording sessions involving more than 80 musicians all together. It was extremely impressive, considering that "Baby-Sitting" is an almost non-existing budget production.

The opening title song, which is the main theme, was composed and performed by the NEVER BEEN, which is actually my parent's rock band. They understood right away what I needed and I think the song is perfect because it instantly sets the mood of the movie.

What are your plans for this movie next and where can we find more information about your production company Panic Attack Productions?

We are letting it continue the festival circuit and we'll then make it available on DVD. You can find information about Panic Attack at The website is under construction but has everything you need to know for now.