Lee: "I knew early on I wanted to be involved
in filmmaking in some capacity".
Conducted by Phil
July 12th, 2005
Considering that Lee Turner has
been pretty busy with Law School for the past few years, I was shocked to
discover that he had time to appear in no less than three horror projects
amongst all the other films he has worked on.
As Producer, Writer and Star of 'The Campushouse.com'
and with roles in Troma's 'The Wounded' and Stephanie Aldridge's 'Descend
into Darkness 2: Battle of the Undead' behind him, I'm sure Lee will have
no problems finding horror roles once he has a little more free time on
What is your interest in
I am life long fan of all things film related from black and white
classics to special effects laden blockbusters. I have always been a big
fan of film history especially horror. I knew early on I wanted to be
involved in filmmaking in some capacity.
How did you go about getting
involved in the film industy?
I decided to take a gamble and move to L.A. shortly after graduating from
college and give it a shot for a year which turned into four. L.A. is a
crazy town full of types, which makes for an exciting environment to
pursue acting and filmmaking. Right off the bat I had beginners luck and
booked a few tiny roles in film's including Troma's "The Wounded" and
"Somebody Loves Me I Quit". I definately had my share of making the
rounds so to speak and getting the door slammed in my face. Along the way
I picked up parts in a variety of things from stage to film.
How did you get involved with
My roomate at the time David Gardner and I had kicked around the idea of
making films for quite a while before realizing a horror film was our best
shot at getting something out there given horror's huge built in audience.
Both of us were huge fans of the 80s slasher genre as well as the 'Scream'
phenomenon. So we basically just decided to roll the dice and take a stab
at it. My role as producer is really a misnomer given how much time David
has put into the project. It is really his project that he let me tag
How long did it take you guys
Not all that long acutually, both Dave and I knew what we wanted and where
the film was headed. I would say a couple of months for the first draft
and then constant fine tuning up until the shoot.
"It is really his project that he
let me tag along on".
It took about nine months to finally raise the money
and we enlisted Allen Larson and Jessica Kopp to help with pre-production
and brought them on board. Of course like all indie filmmaking ventures it
was kind of flying by the seats of our pants. There are so many things we
would have done differently now.
How long was the
The shoot was approximately 19 days of principal photography. It was a
pretty grueling shoot in Monrovia California. Luckily we had a great crew
in place to help David behind the camera or it is doubtful we could have
pulled it off.
How did you cope with your
roles as producer and star?
The fact that it was a true ensemble cast made it a lot easier. The film
was not resting on my performance. There were times when I needed to be
focused on my performance but was wondering how we were going to pay for
certain items. Believe me I would have much rather been just an actor.
Speaking of the cast everyone did a great job, and a lot of them have gone
on to bigger things like Phe Caplan who appeared in hits 'Road Trip' and
'Old School'. Also, cast member Elaine Zlaket was chosen as a Scream
Queen.com girl based on her performance and looks.
What are the current
The film is currently on the festival circuit and just had a great
screening at the Outhouse Film Festival on the Campus of Lousiana State
University. We are currently in talks with several distributors trying to
take care of all the deliverable requirements. We hope to have
distribution finalized any day now. In addition we hope to take the film
on the horror convention circuit in the near future.
What are your hopes for
Both David and I would like to see the film garner some recognition on the
video market as a testament to how hard the crew and cast worked. We
think there is an audience for the film who will find it enjoyable and
want to see more from everyone involved. We are also excited that it will
be the final on screen performance by legendary sword and sandal actor
You also appeared in 'The
Wounded'. How did you get involved in that project?
The Wounded was my first taste of indie filmmaking and I got involved
through a friend of a friend who knew producer Warren Duenas. While I had
only a very small role I learned alot and made some great contacts. Plus,
I can always say I have been in a Troma film which is almost like a rite
of passage in the low budget industry.
"I plan to stay involved in acting
and indie films".
Do you prefer acting or behind
the scenes roles?
Definitely acting, it is way less stressful and more fun. I do enjoy
writing and have written a couple of scripts but am not interested in
producing them myself.
What have you been up to
Well I am in the process of graduating from law school and sitting for the
bar exam to become an attorney. I still love acting and take roles
whenever I get a chance. I hope to help indie filmmakers with the business
and legal side of filmmaking.
Any future film
I plan to stay involved in acting and indie films. I have another film
that is out on the festival circuit Joseph Meschwitz's "Mando's Machine"
which is a comedy set in 1980. I also recently had a cameo alongsidge the
lovely Gina Marie Ferraro in Steph Aldridge's latest film. I am also
active in the Oxford MS/Memphis TN filmmaking scene. I also hope to do
some more plays as well in the future and work with Kimberly Lynn Cole and
Steph Aldridge again.
If anyone would like to contact me please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
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