Producer of 2017 Official Selection “Remnants”
DG: What is your name and company URL?
CS: I’m Corey Schubert, and our production company is Escape Velocity Films. Our URL is escapevelocityaz.com — and all of our films are available to watch on the site for free!
DG: What is your specialty…filmmaking or screenwriting?
CS: I’m a screenwriter first and foremost, and have also been having a fantastic time co-producing short films for the past five years.
DG: What are you currently working on?
CS: We’re doing two horror shorts this year, and I’m working on a treatment for a feature version of Remnants (a short that played at Shriekfest last year).
DG: Ooh, I’m excited about that! Who do you consider your mentor and why?
CS: I like to put a big emphasis on the “co-” in co-writing and co-producing, because I love the partnership involved in creating projects with talented people. I’d say my biggest mentors are my co-writer Eric Joel La Fuente and our director David Ugarte, because I learn a ton from them throughout the process every time.
DG: Why do you think the horror/sci-fi genres have such a large following?
CS: I just spent 10 minutes trying to come up with an answer that would make me sound wise, using words like “catharsis” and “metaphor for society’s fears.” But honestly, I think it just comes down to the simplicity of the fact that seeing a masked killer with a weedwhacker chase around a victim on screen is fun as all hell.
DG: LOL very true! What do you love most about this business?
CS: The absurdity that often results from making films on an ultra-low budget is fantastic. We buried a woman up to her neck in the Arizona desert in 110-degree heat and took shelter in a burned-out old meth lab for shade. Some guys came through shooting at cacti out of their truck windows at one point. That was just one day on set.
DG: Wow, that sounds like a horror film!! What do you dislike most about this business?
CS: “I love this idea, guys. Let’s make a movie! I’ll call you tomorrow and we’ll start moving this forward.” Then crickets. I absolutely understand the legit reasons of how and why that happens, but dang. Experiencing this enough times helped inspire me to co-produce, though, so maybe it’s ultimately a plus.
DG: I hear ya! Thatt is frustrating. What career accomplishment are you most proud of?
CS: We made our 16-minute short Remnants for about $2,000 — and people seem to really enjoy it. A lot of folks seem really surprised the budget was so low, which is a helluva compliment. We’re so honored to have been selected to play at Shriekfest among so many incredibly talented filmmakers! That’s honestly among our biggest accomplishments!
DG: I love that! Thank you! I was honored to have you guys there! I’m impressed with what you guys did for that amount of money! Any advice you’d like to give newbies?
CS: Be sure to put as much time into the story and script that you put into everything else involved in the production. Taking that extra time will make a huge difference for the cast, the crew and (most importantly) the audience.
DG: Great advice! Anything else you’d like to say?
CS: Thanks so much!
DG: Thank you Corey! It was great chatting!