Steve Rudzinski of Silver Spotlight Films – Interview – Episode 16

This week Brian sits down for a featured interview with one of the best genre bending indie filmmakers out there; Writer, Director, and Spider-Man (seriously):  Steve Rudzinski of Silver Spotlight Films.  Steve talks about his filmmaking journey and his successes with such films as Everyone Must Die, Captain Z and the Terror of Leviathan, Super Task Force One, and his newest film currently in post production, CarousHELL.  

Movie News!

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Steve Rudzinski Interview

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Find your style
  • During his filmmaking career, Steve Rudzinski found his “style” of combining comedy with horror.
  • Steve has also managed to keep the public guessing by changing up the genres with each film.  Jumping from a slasher film, to a tokusatsu film, to a pirate adventure film, and so on.
The mechanics of combining comedy and horror
  • Steve’s approach is to have fun with horror.  He isn’t trying to make a brooding thriller.  His strength is creating likable insane characters that you care about and root for.
  • Mapping out the character’s relationships is ultimately how you develop complex three dimensional characters that the audience can relate to.
  • Let your actors do what they need to to bring the characters to life.
Film is a business as well as art
  • Film is still a product and you as the filmmaker need to understand the big picture instead of getting caught up on every little detail that may set you behind
  • Finding financing is tough.  Sometimes, as in the case of CarousHELL, you get lucky at Christmas Parties and find investors who believe in you and your project.
  • Film festivals are not always the be all end all way of getting your movie out.  Soft release your film with dvds at a premiere, do conventions, and generate buzz through reviews and interviews that you then can share when approaching a distributor.
Steve is also Spider-Man
  • Steve’s day job is working as a official Marvel super hero actor who has played Spider-Man, Iron Man, etc.  So he quite literally is Spider-Man.
  • Women apparently really really really like Spider-Man.

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Silver Spotlight Films Timeline

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Check out Silver Spotlight Films at their official website.

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