Horror Factoid: In The Orphanage (2007) Laura's necklace, a St. Anthony medallion, makes a clever reference to her plight. In Catholic religion, St. Anthony is a doctor and patron saint of lost items.
  
  

 

 

 

 

Monday
Aug092010

« Interview with Frank Ippolito a Director of Dracula’s Daughters vs. The Space Brains »

How long did it take to shoot Dracula’s Daughters vs. The Space Brains?

Frank Ippolito- We shot the film over 3 nights in Los Angeles.  Out of shear luck, we happened to pick the coldest, and rainiest nights out of the year.  Its polar opposite of when we shot “The Growth” those were the 2 hottest days of the year.  Hopefully next thing we shoot will have normal weather, and we wont have to torture the crew.  We like to be as prepared as possible, so we spend a few months prepping it before we went to camera.  Even for something as short as this, we chose to story board it and make pretty specific shot lists.  I think before we ever got on to set, we both could visualize the whole film exactly.

 

You are no stranger to make-up and special effects, were the effects in this film challenging for you? Did you run into any problems?

FI- Makeup Fx are always a challenge.  No matter how much money or time you might have, we always seem to want to push the envelope.  We were lucky enough to have one of my material vendors on board to help us out with silicones and stuff.  Smooth-On was an integral part of getting the FX done.  I had some awesome crew members helping me build it all.  My friend Ryk Fortuna  came over from New Zealand after working for WETA for quite a few years.  Erin Del’Amore Scott Connor and Chris Alexander helped with molds and casting. Sarah McGaw sculpted the Brain, and Frank Langley and Ratna Papert worked on the bat wing puppet.  Mark Bryan Wilson handles the feathered brain and Ryan Cook worked with me on teeth.  I suppose the teeth were the only problem,  I made a set of growing fangs for one shot, and that took me about a week to figure out.  I had some advice from veterans Roland Blankaflor and Lary Odein. And oc course .  The Chiodo Bros. let us use their shop to build everything in and Charlie Chiodo gave us some beautiful designs.

 

How did Neil Patrick Harris get involved?

FI-He's a friend of ours.  We kind of just asked him on a lark figuring he'd say no.  But he didn't.

 

What was the best part of making this film?

FI- I don't think that there is one single part that is more enjoyable than another.  I really like pre-production.  From working on other peoples projects the past 12 years, I see how most of them don’t plan enough.  We plan everything as much as possible and have contingencies for all kinds of things that might pop up.  I think in the long run that makes us more prepared, and wastes less of the crew’s time, and ultimately makes it easier for us all to produce our vision.

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