If you’ve been following Director Steven C. Miller since “Automaton Transfusion” like we have, it’s been a treat to see him become one of the best genre directors working today. He offered up one of the most entertaining slashers of 2012 the remake of “Silent Night, Deadly Night” entitled “Silent Night” and directed one of our top 10 of 2012 “The Aggression Scale.” In 2013, Mr. Miller is still bringing in his horror movies the way he wants with his latest “Under the Bed.” Director Miller was kind enough to spare some time for an interview.
When did you begin making movies?
I began very when i was 10 or 11 making short films with my siblings. We were a very close knit group and movies was something we all gravitated too.
Do you think the easy accessibility of film making has helped or hurt the horror genre?
I think it can only help. It should be giving people more drive to make something no one has seen before and to really step up their game. I love technology. Its a great tool for young filmmakers trying to make their mark.
Which film of yours are you most proud of?
I love them all. I put lots of blood and sweat into each of them. Its hard to pick a favorite because they each have aspects that are unique and totally my style.
Were you surprised by the hype and reaction to your first film “Automaton Transfusion”?
100% yes. I never realized people would gravitate to the film like they did. It was a huge shock considering we made the movie for no money and really didn’t expect much to come of it. The fans really showed their support and for that I’m grateful!
What was the most interesting thing you learned while filming “Automaton Transfusion”?
I learned tons on “Automaton Transfusion.” I was just a young guy with my buddies running and gunning. I think the most important thing I learned was to slow down and take my time.
Can you tell us about “Under the Bed”?
“Under The Bed” is my homage to all the great kids films of the 80’s like “The Goonies,” “The Gate,” “Little Monsters,” and “Gremlins.” Its about brothers facing their fears which happens to be a real monster. I love putting kids in adult situations. Its something we don’t see anymore in cinema and its something I intend to bring back.
How long did filming take for “Under the Bed”?
We shot the film in 15 days. It was a super fast shoot with limited money. It felt like we were moving at the speed of sound.
How has the reaction been for “Under the Bed” so far?
I think its pretty mixed. Which is what I expected. I made a film that has a totally crazy tone shift in the 3rd act and I knew it would lose some people, but I went for it because I love doing unconventional things.
What genre would you like to tackle in the future?
I would love to tackle the action genre. I’m a huge fan of action/thrillers and I feel that is the logical progression for me as a filmmaker.
If you can tell us, will you someday offer a follow-up to “Automaton Transfusion”?
We are most certainly working on it! Its a tough sell at the moment because its a much bigger film, but it is definitely in the works.
What’s next for you?
Next I’m working with Cassian Elwes on a script penned by Scott Milam that’s in the vein of “Buried” with a cool Tarantino type vibe going on. It’s gonna be a really different film for me and I’m excited to get started next month!
Finally, what advice do you have for aspiring filmmakers who want to make their own movie?
The technology is amazing these days. Get a camera and some friends and do it yourself. You have everything you need at your finger tips.
Thanks for your time!
Thanks for the support!! I really appreciate it!!