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Exclusive: MoreHorror sits down With Innovative Director Mark Savage

Mark Savage DirectorBy Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Our MoreHorror in Hollywood correspondent Dawna Lee Heising recently sat down with progressive film-maker Mark Savage for an exclusive video interview.

Savage is set to direct Circus of Dread, starring Domiziano Arcangeli, Bill Oberst Jr., Vida Ghaffari and featuring Dawna Lee Heising, Rich Goteri and Jasi Cotton Lanier.

Initially garnishing notoriety as an underground cult filmmaker, Savage specialized in brutal, gory psychological thrillers and horror movies. He's directed dozens of short films and started helming the camera at age 14 before moving on to feature films, commercials, music videos, and industrial films.

Also currently in post production from Savage is Pond Scum, a film about "A wronged woman heads for Los Angeles to settle a score with an ex-boyfriend. Unfortunately, her plans are upended by a chance and brutal encounter with a monstrous killer/rapist. Also upended are his grisly plans for her because she is something he has never met before."

You can check out the video interview below, as well as the official bio for Mark Savage. Enjoy.

Mark Savage – Brilliant, Instinctive Film Maker

Mark Savage might well be the moviemaker who inherits the title “Master of Suspense” from the great Alfred Hitchcock. Savage admits to his obsession for creating the illusion of “reality” on screen, however brutal the scenario he is trying to capture.
Mark Savage first achieved fame as an underground cult filmmaker specializing in brutal, gory psychological thrillers and horror movies. He directed dozens of short films beginning at age 14 before moving on to direct feature films, numerous commercials, music videos, and industrial films.

His love affair with the cinema began in Australia, when, at the age of 14, he purchased a Super-8 camera with monies he had earned working at McDonald’s. Indeed, he’s proud that some of his earliest efforts at weekend film making projects, rare super 8 films such as “Methusaria, Guardian of Hell,” were included in the Subversive Cinema release of “Savage Sinema From Down Under”, a retrospective look at Savage's more than two decade career that includes an amazing selection of supplements and his feature films “Marauders”,“Defenceless” and “Sensitive New Age Killer”. Please visit: http://www.subversivecinema.com.

Savage says that he learns from his mistakes, also expressing a deep admiration for all those who apply their talents, skills and trades to bring a movie to the screen. “A major component of any good film is organization,” he says, emphasizing, “A finished film is the result of thousands of small tasks completed.” He adds that the most important components of a successful film are the actors and the script. He feels that his job as a director is to cast well, and then create an environment in which the actors feel free to take risks.

Among those who have inspired Savage in his directorial efforts are Tomoaki Hosoyama, Jan Sverak, Wes Craven, Kinji Fukasaku, Martin Scorsese, Kon Ichikawa, Tony Scott , Shoehei Immamura, Brian De Palma and Oliver Stone. Savage also prides himself on his relationship with actors and treating them with respect, noting that many of the actors with whom he has worked have become close friends. Savage recognized Ron Jeremy’s acting ability and cast him as a policeman in “Trail of Passion”.

An entry on Savage and his work in The Journal Of Underground Film http://www.badlit.com/?tag=mark-savage says: "Mark Savage is also a voracious cinephile, particularly of European and Asian cult cinema, and has written for several print publications." In 2007, Fangoria magazine ran a six-page career profile on him. Savage watches at least one movie a day and is the author of the blog “Phantom of Pulp”, which can be found at phantomofpulp.blogspot.com. Savage is a genre film maniac and his blog posts are filled with images and memories of his favorite horror and exploitation films. Savage also includes practical tips for aspiring filmmakers in his blog.

Savage’s films can be seen on his YouTube site “The Garden of Savage Sinema” at http://www.youtube.com/savagesinema. His latest films include "Pond Scum", "Fertisle" and "Kinderplay". His next film, “Circus of Dread,” continues his obsession of capturing “horror” to film. The feature film with strong horror overtones is now in active development at CineNature, an international production company with interests in US, Japan and Australian film production. The synopsis is: "Two brothers - one a priest, one a career criminal - find bloody salvation in a mysterious underground carnival." “Circus of Dread” stars Domiziano Arcangeli as the priest, Bill Oberst Jr. as the career criminal and Vera Ghaffari as “Souxan”. The film will also feature Dawna Lee Heising, Richard Goteri and Jasi Cotton Lanier.

“Horror can become fascinating,” he says, likening “Circus” to an early silent film, “Freaks”, in which Tod Browning famously cast performers born with deformities in key roles. However, in the final analysis, Savage says that “life itself” has shaped his sensibilities. “The more shit you have to deal with, the most you have to say. It’s funny how life’s bullshit focuses your point of view.”

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