I managed to have a quick chat
with Director Jeff Burton lately, to coincide with the release of his new
film 'Invitation'. The film is out now in the UK and US so check it
How did you first get
interested in film?
I did my first film so I could score it. Nobody was giving me work, so I
Are you a big fan of the
Love it! Especially late 70's and early 80's stuff.
Did you do any formal
None, I went out and did it. Trial and error.
How get you get started in the
I wanted to make music for films and decided after makiing my first movie
THE NIGHT DIVIDES THE DAY, I was pretty good. So I went out and got some
better equipment and made TERROR AT BAXTER 'U'.
"It was still an awsome time".
Invitation has just been
released here in the UK, where did the initial idea for the film come
I had an idea for a short called "FOR RENT" about a caretaker who brings
in tenants to an old house for ghost children to "PLAY" with. With the
help of SIMON SYKES it snowballed from there.
How long was the complete
process from script to screen?
As much as a year, as little as 6 months.
How was the project financed?
Out of our pockets.
How did you find your cast and
why did you select them?
For INVITATION we used college actors from MICHIGAN STATE and a few local
Where did you film?
Gaylord, Michigan & East Lansing, Michigan
"I think for the budget it kicks ass".
How long was the shoot?
Can you highlight some of the
problems that you ran into during principal photography?
Good looking 20-somethings "hooking up". Drinking, partying, not enough
money, not enough time. It was still an awsome time.
How long was the film in post?
3 months, then a massive computer crash, then 2 months.
How has the film been received
since it's release?
Great. Can't complain. I think for the budget it kicks ass.
Please tell us a little about
your current projects?
DEAD END ROAD(www.deadendroadmovie.com) six figure budget, big stars,
suspense thriller about a serial killer who uses EDGAR ALLEN POE writings
as his motivation for killing.
What can we look forward to in
the near future?
Promotion on INVITATION and DEAD END ROAD then we start our new project in
the fall. I can't tell you much about it yet, but it will be the scariest
"Thank you ever so much for taking part in this interview
And we wish you the very best of luck in the future."