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Interview with Taunya Gren

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Taunya Gren

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

My daughter had a nightmare about a supervillain genesis that was cool enough to turn into a short film (my daughter has a lot of nightmares which turn out to be kind of cool which likely explains our focus on horror). The short was then cool enough to prompt ideas for a feature film which is currently in development. Small sparks that may grow to big things.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

The location was vitally important, as was the casting of the lead characters sister. We searched for the right location for months. And then we stumbled across this abandoned old restaurant in a dying mall that was perfect but in a whole other state from where we lived. Strange little levels and nooks and crannies. Empty freezer rooms and more. The location prompted us to film in Utah, even though we’re based in Los Angeles. The location ended up being the most expensive part of our budget other than food (yes, I am that Jewish mother that tells people to eat). For the sister, I’d been put in contact with the wonderful Christina Robinson (who spent 8 years on Dexter the TV show) and she ended up being just the perfect mix of innocent and traumatized and was willing to come to Utah to do this small film. Both her and the lead, Seanna Ladd, really made this shine.

How has the short film been received?

To date, this is our only short film that has been accepted at several prestigious film festivals and has been the inspiration for a whole team to begin work on creating a feature. Choosing to do a short first has been a precious bit of wisdom that has turned out well for us.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Right now we’re getting ready to stream an actors/cosplayers fantasy horror d&d game. Add to that, three horror TV series in the works and several horror films in development or pre-production. We are some busy folk.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

Do it. Don’t let the lack of money or help stop you. Once you begin to actually ‘do’ it, those things have a tendency to show up. Everyone likes to be a part of a project. When they see you’re serious and taking action, they will help.

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