1. What made you want to get involved in the film industry?
Growing up watching comedies that had Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and the Wayans Brothers made me want to be a comedic actor. They were so funny watching them inspired me to make comedy skits that’s how I started out on youtube, But later ended up being so much more than just a comedic actor.
2. From script–to–screen, how close did SCARED CRAZY come to its original vision?
Scared Crazy actually came out better than what I wrote see the Crazy thing about Scared Crazy is most it is improvised, I would say about a good hour of it is.
3. What was your favorite day on set and why?
My favorite day was honestly the last day because this was such an exhausting movie to get done having to learn all the special effects and even playing 4 characters it was rough, expecially for myself working every side of the spectrum I directed it, edited, casted,wrote, acted, in it and then some. Also the hardest part is this was created during covid none of us could be near each other. The only people who had scenes together in person were couples who lived in the same household but for everyone else I had to edit them into locations where they weren’t physically at it was rough but it’s fun to watch I have no regrets challenged myself pushed myself harder than I ever did feeling very accomplished.
4. What scene did you enjoy directing the most?
The nightmare sequence where lakeisha is in the television and posseses Rodney Smalls, there is a lot of craziness that happens in that sequence its horrifying and creative in my eyes. Never done anything like it ever.
5. What is the biggest obstacle you faced while making SCARED CRAZY?
Well outside of not filming in person and learning new effects and playing multiple characters I’d say the real hard part was filming myself in the dark covered in blood doing the possession scenes and creating scares in the movies climax man that was scary I was by myself in front of and behind the camera, it was very eerie I dont recommend anyone doing that there were things moving in the dark that’s all I have to say. It was at one moment where my light that I attached to the top of the steps with velcro began flickering every time I tried filming the possession scene where Rodney now has black demonic eyes.
6. What was your proudest moment during production?
For me it was the bond between myself and others in the cast felt like I wasn’t the only entertainer everyone involved has their own special gifts and talents they are some of the most amazing people I ever worked with. Madison Ames-Gilbert who plays lakeisha is multitalanted she’s a singer, actress, model and poet just amazing. Mitch Savage an actor, comedian, game creator and cartoon animator and there’s plenty more but they definitely made me want to take my creativity to the next level couldn’t do it without them.
7. How do you get a film to stand out in the crowd in today’s landscape?
I believe it’s all in the marketing of the film if you present it to the people the right way tv ads, radio ads social media promo etc I believe the film will stand out.
8. What other filmmakers inspire you to do what you do?
John Singleton, Quinton Tarentino, Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, and Kenan Ivory Wayans.
9. What is your favorite horror decade and why?
The late 2000’s because it was the beginning of new creative horror like the documentary style horror, that style is the most horrifying to me. Paranormal Activity, Quarantine, etc just to name a few those were wild movies.
10. What is the next step in your filmmaking career?
I am working on an alien invasion movie called End Of The World it’s a sci-fi horror action film. Also I’m working on a film about mental illness called depression it’s a really deep emotional and powerful project.