DR: What got you into filmmaking?
BW: I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker as long as I can remember. I’ve been intransigent about it. As soon as I realized moving images could evoke emotion I wanted to figure out how to do it.
DR: What initially sparked the idea for DEAD WITHIN?
BW: DEAD WITHIN is a relationship-driven thriller. I wanted to explore a toxic relationship with life and death stakes.
DR: DEAD WITHIN just made its world premiere at London's FrightFest. What was the experience like?
BW: Amazing! The films were exemplary, the crowds were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Our screening looked and sounded brilliant - the dark theater felt like the claustrophobic cabin from the movie. The audience was sucked into the film and we had a great Q&A.
DR:Was this a difficult film to shoot?
BW: It’s always stressful, especially when you make a film like this one - organized chaos. I like that on-the-fly problem solving. I know the crew had their moments of doubt but the production to finish product played out pretty closely to my initial vision.
DR: What was the first film that frightened you?
BW: It was probably Bambi. That fire was intense. In terms of consciously seeking out horror, CREEPSHOW was the first to do the job.