Shriekfest Independent Horror Film Festival



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This month Festival Director Denise Gossett spoke with Robert J. Sexton.

DG: What is your name and company URL?

RS: Robert J. Sexton, Hollywoodasylum.com

RS

DG: What is your specialty...filmmaking or screenwriting?

RS: Prime Mover / Vision-Thing. That’s what my business card says at least. HA! Filmmaker. Producer. Director. Throw in a bit of screenwriting and anything else that needs to get the show completed.

DG: What are you currently working on?

RS: I just produced/directed a 360° VR video horror short, PSYCHO CITY, TX. - VR.
It’s an interstitial to a 2D episodic project that I’m currently in preproduction on. People are going to go crazy for Psycho City, TX.

DG: That sounds cool!! Who do you consider your mentor and why?

RS: The list of filmmakers who inspire me is endless, but off the top of my head...

Stanley Kubrick, for all of his work and for faking the moon landing. The storytelling acumen of Orson Welles. Mario Bava for the obvious. Terry Gilliam for whimsy and depiction of life’s absurdities. Alejandro Jodorowsky, for fever dreams. Jean Rollin’s, for scaring me and making me horny at the same time.

DG: Why do you think the horror/sci-fi genres have such a large following?

RS: People have a primordial need for stimulation and excitement. The audience needs to receive outside stimulus that is not user/self generated.

Fear, dread, anxiety, terror… Horror movies deliver that in controlled, manageable doses. The audience knows there is an escape. It’s safe.

That’s what I’m digging about my experiments in VR filmmaking. There is no safeword. There is no shelter. There is no way out.

DG: EEK! What do you love most about this business?

RS: Eliciting reactions from the audience.

DG: What do you dislike most about this business?

RS: 1) People who talk about producing movies but don’t actually produce anything.
2) Going to to lunch with said people.
3) When the aforementioned don’t pick up the tab.

DG: What career accomplishment are you most proud of?

RS: I really enjoy pushing buttons and envelopes. Virtual reality is allowing me to do things in a narrative environment that haven't been done before. It’s a very exciting time in cinematic history.

DG: yes, it is! Any advice you'd like to give newbies?

RS: Steal from the best and make it your own.

DG: Anything else you'd like to say?

RS: Check out my latest work, It’s not for the squeamish or the pure of heart.

What does not kill you, makes you stranger…

Download Psycho City, TX - VR and get the free VR app for Android and IOS .

http://www.bit.do/shoot_pctx

MUST have VR headset and earphones for the proper experience.

Keep watching the skies...

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