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Jason Cannata #Interview

Movie poster for Sharkloch

First, can you tell us in a few sentences the premise of Sharkloch?

The short version is that a great white ventures over to Loch Ness where it encounters a rare sea creature. However, there’s three storylines in play, first is how it gets over there, next is the film’s conflict, showing why they fight, then its conclusion shows who survives that fight, so each theme is connecting everything.

What about Sharkloch stands out in the current creature vs creature film market?

It’s nonstop entertainment, so there’s no unnecessary content fillers you have to wait through to see the fight – its main theme is that fight – its creatures are its characters, plus, there’s no actors or actresses, each scene pulls you in for an intense, emotional story with choreography sequences pointing to an epic score, to give you a ½ hr. that features everything you want, nothing else.

Like many horror fans, I love Jaws and I’m excited to see that you’ve brought “Bruce” back to the screen. What inspired you to ditch the CGI and go back to the classic animatronic model?

When they release a movie that’s CGI for its creatures, you might see through it because it’s not real or you can sometimes tell it’s an image in place of a creature, so honestly, we hope to give sci-fi fans a replica of a great white they want to see.  The film features many references to the first Jaws, from angles to specific movements, and its ending is a huge surprise tribute that hopefully you enjoy!

What does it take for a film to make it to television? Do you hope to see Sharkloch on TV soon?

Television relies on ratings and sponsors, so you first have to show them something that increases those with fan interest. For our movie, it’s only a half hour, so television, or possibly NetFlix showings, are its best shot of reaching everyone, that’s why it’s important for your site visitors to say they want to see it by signing their name on the website, it’s up to the fans how fast it gets to TV!

Did anything surprise you about the filming process? Was it more challenging than expected?

Yes, the toughest thing is funding, because we’re not accepting help from companies offering to release a two hour version of it featuring actors, actresses, unnecessary content, etc., it’s our responsibility to get investors, again by showing fan interest, however, it’s important for us to stay true to what everyone has been waiting years to see.

What was the first horror movie that really scared you?

I remember The Fly (1958) on television when I was growing up, waiting for that scene where she pulls the sheet off, how intense that shot was.

When did you first develop a passion for film making?

Films have always been fascinating for me, so for a high school film class, it began with my first short feature release in 1992.

What tips would you give aspiring filmmakers?

Have a passion for the process, learn from past films how to get viewers to feel, and remember, it’s not about you, it’s about everything you want to say with your own film.

If you could work with any director, which would you pick?

There’s so many out there, it’s tough choosing only one here, so I have to go with me in five years – to see if I improve any!

Okay, here is your chance. Is there anything you would like to say that hasn’t been mentioned?

Yes, we’ll have some new teaser trailers on the site, plus, fans can vote to say who they want to win there, so we appreciate everyone’s support for the film!

Great! Now here’s a little about the film:

An Icon Returns

Every year seems to have new pictures out featuring a shark that promoters try to hype, yet reviews of its CGI effects are, “it’s not Jaws”, so why not give everyone what they want to see? A returning icon is only exciting if you capture its original features perfectly, so that’s why we went to the top name in animatronics effects, to give you a replica so many sci-fi fans have been waiting for, plus, those two frightening notes you want to hear again.

Yes, we’ve seen those sci-fi creature vs. creature pictures, each promising you that fight, its conclusion, but you get over 1 ½ hours of unnecessary content first, then, its CGI for effects, where actors, actresses, are pretending something’s there – it’s not. For our movie you won’t have to wait for anything because the film’s creatures are its characters, however, no CGI for their effects, no unnecessary content – it’s ½ hour that features two huge sea creatures for nonstop entertainment, so the fighting is the theme throughout everything.

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One Comment

  1. Thanks for the fun interview. And I’d love to see this. Creature features are a passion of mine.

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