To say that Zach Green has started his career the right way would be an understatement. In fact, he started his career by producing two of the most intense short films we have seen in a few years. These two are "Worm" and "Familiar". The latter is about as excellent as a horror short ever could be, and if this is how Zach Green starts his career, where will he be in 10 years?
Let's go back a bit for our readers - who are you and how did you get started in film?
My name is Zach Green and I got started in film back in 2002/2003 when I attended film school in Toronto for (Post Production) Editing.
Any filmmakers that inspired you to get into the business?
I wouldn't really say any one filmmaker/producer inspires me to do what I do, I just love the medium and love creating art for the rest of the world to see. I think Richards stories/scripts need to be told and produced.
There are a lot of different aspects to producing - some just handle the money, some actually put the production together, and then there's some that are almost more as managers for the films. Where would you say you land on this scale?
I would say I probably fall into a little of every area you mentioned, seeing how Fatal Pictures is half of my company I only want the best for FP's films naturally.
How was Fatal Pictures finally started?
Fatal Pictures got started back in 2007 when I was ready to properly release and market FP's first film entitled "Consumption" (2008).
Would you consider yourself a "hands-on" producer, or do you prefer the director to do his thing?
For the most part the director directs on set, not me. I just line up the stars if you will. I put the show together you can almost say and then the director does his thing. I don't step on any toes.
One major problem when making short films is distribution. Companies just don't want to put out short films, which is a shame. Do you have any plans to put the Fatal Pictures short films out on DVD?
Well, FP's first 2 films "Consumption" (2008) & "Worm" (2010) have distribution with a company out of L.A. entitled American Horrors which are aired accross the US on the digital cable channel American Horrors.
As for "Familiar", after the festival run it will probably be available on the web for everyone.
Even though the short film medium isn't the most wanted one in the DVD/blu-ray market, festivals tend to do a lot of them. How has it been trying to get "Familiar" out there?
It's really hit and miss. You never know how the film will be received until you submit. So far it's been just that, hit and miss.
For all the independent filmmakers out there venturing into their first projects: any major problems you've stumbled upon while trying to get a production together, that you feel you know how to handle now?
Nope. You're always going to stumble across problems and issues. Good luck!
"Familiar" won an award as the Best Short at Chicago Fear Fest - this must feel like such an accomplishment. What are some other festivals "Familiar" will be screening at?
"Familiar" played in Austriala at "A Night of Horror" March 16th. It's also playing at "Dark Bridges Film Festival" in May in Canada. As well as Texas Frightmare Weekend in May as well. And Fanataspao International Film Festival - dates to be announced.
Have you visited any of the festivals/screenings where "Familiar" has played, and if so, how has it felt watching your film with a crowd?
I had the honor of attending my premeire here in Toronto. "Familiar" screened before the very controversial Japanese film "Battle Royale" via Fangoria's Fright Nights on March 2nd. The film got a great reaction and buzz from the audience. I feel the film really hit people hard. A film to remember.
What can we expect from you in the future? Any coming Fatal Pictures films, or projects outside of that you will be involved with - maybe a feature?
Yes, the feature film debut from Fatal Pictures is next on the horizon.
Anything you can tell us about the feature film or is it still too early to say?
What I can tell you right now is that Richard is the writer/director and it will be produced by myself and Fatal Pictures. We are slowly starting to attach ome strength to the film. Lots will be revealed in the near future. For now I urge everyone to go to www.FatalPictures.com.