Eddy Salazar is a writer,
producer and actor who after several years training and performing with
Miami's Shakespeare In The Park Theatre Company has made the successful
transition to film. His new psychological thriller The Insomniac is
I believe the idea came to you
when you discovered an intruder in your own home? How did the idea develop
from such an awful event?
I live in the hills here in Hollywood and sometimes you get animals in the
yard and so one. This one night the dogs were barking, I looked around and
this guy just walks right across in front of me, actually inside my house.
Anyway he gets away and you think everythingís ok but once the tension and
adrenaline go down you start thinking I couldíve been killed or robbed.
The gravity of the situation starts to sink in and I couldnít sleep and I
was hearing things in the house, and thatís where the idea came about. I
just thought this could make a good movie, a psychological thriller about
what this could do to an ordinary guy.
When you began to write the
story did you set out to make a psychological thriller or a horror film? I
know we shouldnít talk specifically about the ending but I wonder if how
the film turned out was exactly what you had in mind when you began
It took about 2 or 3 weeks for me to actually begin to calm down, not
jumping at everything in the middle of the night, and I started to really
think about it. In terms of whether I wanted it to be a thriller or a
horror I wanted to get back to those films of the past with this
methodical build up until the point where the character goes off the
How would you describe your
characterís world at the beginning of the film?
The movie starts with him dealing with the death of his father but his
life is very much moving forward. Heís got a promotion and is on the verge
of proposing to his girlfriend. The confidence is there but there was this
baggage he already had before the robbery. I felt it was important for the
character to have had this loss because once it all hits the fan
everything matters so much more because it was his fatherís house.
Eddy: "You try to be
as confident and optimistic as you can and move forward".
How much of you actually went
into the character given your own personal experiences?
Thatís actually one of the things that inspired me also. I lost my parents
early and to me that was an extremely important part of writing this
character as I could understand what he was going through. You try to be
as confident and optimistic as you can and move forward but thereís always
that little part of you that died in the sudden loss of parents that you
werenít ready to lose. It was a very sudden death and to me it meant I
was able to write a story and unleash these feelings that had been
There are obvious Hitchcockian
elements in The Insomniac. Was this a conscious influence?
Yes, absolutely. I love Hitchcock in how he directed and produced these
movies for not very much money. He got so much tension and suspense in
there and for me that was so important, about how the main character was
on the cusp of finding out the truth in his mind but as he develops
insomnia and paranoia it really begins to alter his personality.
Youíve spent much of your
career in theatre. Has the switch to film been difficult at all or has it
been an easy transition?
Itís definitely different. I love the theatre and I love Shakespeare which
Iíve done for a few years but film was always calling me. Itís a totally
different medium and there are pros and cons but I absolutely love them
I donít want to talk too much
about what happens in the final act but how conscious were you of leaving
it slightly ambiguous and also in how desperate you made
I think thereís an openness to interpretation there in the climax of the
film but I did want to show this character really go through the motions
and through this descent. In my own personal experience I didnít get to
release some of those feelings because you have a circle of friends and
society that want to help you get through the situation. There are some
real and raw emotions in there though that need an outlet and for me
writing was exactly that. I always had a vision where I wanted the
character to go and it was discussed a lot but there was a point we wanted
to hit and make an impact in terms of certain issues in society that need
Eddy: "I'd work 24 hours a day if I could".
With your company Welcome Home
Productions youíre involved in producing as well as writing and acting.
How difficult is this balance and do you see your future covering all
aspects of film production or do you have a preference?
As we start moving forward with Welcome Home Productions I definitely want
to focus on one or two things. It becomes a little hard to manage
everything but I just love the filmmaking process. I love creating
something for people to see and Iíd work 24 hours a day if I could.
Given that anyone in theory
can make a film these days with the ease of access of equipment does
having your own production company make it any easier to produce
I definitely want to make an impact and for me itís important to make
films that are marketable and that people want to see without spending
vast amounts of money. There are so many opportunities out there and if
you have a great idea than I would encourage anyone to get out there and
film it. We live in a world where thereís an audience for everything and
you just have to go out and find it.
What can you tell us about
your future projects?
We just filmed a television movie called All I Want For Christmas which is
currently in post-production. I also did another horror film with Gary
Busey called Mansion Of Blood which was interesting.
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