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An Interview with Eddy Salazar


Eddy: "I wanted to get back to those films of the past with this methodical build up".

Eddy Salazar
Interview conducted by John Townsend
20 February 2014

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 available now.

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 writing.
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 rails.

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 building up.

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 both.

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 John?
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 resolving.

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 films?
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.

"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview Eddy.
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."


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