Exclusive – James Gunn, Adam Green and David Slade Video Interview

     December 1, 2008

Written by Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub

In case you didn’t know, a new series has launched on Xbox Live and it features horror directors doing comedy shorts. The series features directors James Wan (Saw, Death Sentence), David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy), James Gunn (Dawn of Dead, Slither), Lucky McKee ( May, The Woods), Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror), Adam Green (Hatchet), Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) and on-line director John Clisham.

Anyway, I recently had the good fortune to speak with directors James Gunn, Adam Green and David Slade about their shorts and as you might expect, trying to get the three of them to be serious and answer my questions was kind of difficult.

Thankfully, while some of the interview is a bit off topic, if you’re a fan of these three directors you’ll really enjoy watching the interview as it’s very loose and it features all of them just wanting to make one another laugh.

Finally, if you’d like to watch the first of the shorts called “The Janitor,” click here. It’s the same page where you’ll be able to watch the other shorts. And for more info on the other shorts and the premiere dates, scroll to the bottom below the interview.

James Gunn, Adam Green and David Slade – Part 1

  • The introductions….

  • I ask them to talk about the shorts they made and how they got involved

  • David explains why he’s wearing a suit…

  • Adam explains how they all own the shorts and intellectual property they create

  • They make fun of Lucky McKee

  • David explains his short and how it all came together

James Gunn, Adam Green and David Slade – Part 2

  • I ask if they think short films are hard to do as you have so little time to tell your story.

  • James explains what he thinks shorts are now in relation to things in the past

  • David explains how they are creating a new genre called violent comedy and the benefits of doing it their way

  • Adam talks about his short Fairy Tale Police and how he came up with the idea

  • James talks about his short

  • Adam talks about his short called Blue Lagoon….and the incest involved…

  • Finally, I ask them how Xbox is promoting the shorts

JANITOR (Playing Now) From online director John Clisham and starring Jenna Dewan, is Assorted Nightmares, a modern-day horror anthology show. The first episode pays homage to the eighties horror-slasher genre, as things at school for Jennifer don’t turn out as expected.

Blue Like You (November 26): From director Lucky McKee, Blue Like You follows the antics of old friends Patrick and Cyndy as they get to know their mysterious and extraordinary new friend Blue, a beautiful young woman who doesn’t seem to understand how the simplest of things work.

Doggie Heaven (December 3): The creative team behind the smash hit Saw, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, tell the story of a young man who is having a dog of a day. He’s just been shot dead, but his real problems are only just beginning due to a clerical error that has sent him to the wrong heaven.

The Miracle of Phil (December 10): From director Andrew Douglas, The Miracle of Phil shows that the best relationships are full of screaming, shouting and cursing, but when Phil gets knocked up, his girlfriend is the one who feels screwed.

Fairy Tale Police (December 17): From Director Adam Green, a COPS-inspired reality show where two human police officers keep order in a land full of storybook villains, magical monsters, and other cartoonish Characters.

Sparky and Mikaela (December 24): From Director/Writer James Gunn comes this Calvin & Hobbes style take of a a high school girl who fights crime in both the human and forest world with her best friend, a puppet raccoon.

MEAT DOG (December 31): Director David Slade presents MEAT DOG, an animated mutt made up of cold cuts. Our hero is pitted against a church of evil occult pigs while being pursued by a carnivorous rabbit and a slobbering hound. It’s Dogicide when everyone wants MEAT DOG on their menu.

Post Apocalyptic Pizza (Janurary 7): From Director Peter Cornwell, after a nuclear disaster even the most basic pizza ingredients command extravagant prices, no job is more dangerous than the pizza deliveryman.

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