It always seems that there is some idea percolating in the back of my head. I just finished a script for a short called “The Seed” which we are hoping to get into production before March. I am also working on a fantasy short called “The Last Pages.” This one is a little bit of a departure from the horror genre that I normally play in. Every so often I try to challenge myself to go outside of my comfort zone. So we will see how this one plays out. “The Seed” is oddly kind of a companion piece to Mother’s Milk.
AH - Your films have a Hitchcockian feel to them, usually with a twist. Was that something you always have in mind when writing?
JH - Ah, a Hitchcockian feel?! Why thank you for that amazing compliment. I only wish I could come close to Hitchcock. I don’t think I intend try to add a twist, I try to look at our shorts as this brief moment in time. When I get to the event of the story I try to think of how many different ways can this end and how can I leave the audience wanting more from these characters or wanting to know more about the situation. That is some of the fun in shorts, you don’t have to litter them with backstory or exposition. Throw the audience in at this moment and see the reaction.
AH - Last but not least, what are your top five films of all time?
JH - Top five films of all time. Why is this always a challenging question for me?
1. Seven Samurai
2. The Thing
3. Empire Strikes Back
4. Rear Window
(Images provided by Jim Higgins)