YLER HALL start off by telling me about yourself. What made you want to get into the movie industry?
My upbringing was fairly normal other than the amount of horror films my parents allowed me to watch and what age I watched them at. The earliest memory I have watching a horror film was when I was 5 years old sitting on my Father's lap. I remember a dark endless tunnel, sounds of the undead echoing about and a cold loud shatter of a firearm. You guessed it, my first horror movie I ever watched was GEORGE A. ROMERO'S "DAY OF THE DEAD". After that first encounter with a true horror film, I was completely hooked. Like most kids, I loved HALLOWEEN and truly anticipated the holiday each year. I remember my mom always helping me piece together my costumes instead of buying them at the store because store bought costumes weren't creative enough for me. I always wanted to be something completely different then all my other friends and to be quite honest, I was very competitive. During my Highschool years the faculty would hold a homecoming week costume contest each year and I would be brainstorming ideas for my costume weeks in advance. I needed to entertain and I wanted my costumes to be good and better than the ones I had created in the past. I won every year. I guess that's where a lot of my creative side comes from though, I guess it all comes from my mom. Her and I would stay up for hours making different Halloween props and costumes. I really think my adolescence and love for the holiday really sparked my interest in becoming a filmmaker. I just couldn't imagine a better and more unique childhood.
Can you tell me about some of your work? What do you have credited to your filmography so far and what do we have to look forward to?
I've worked on many different sets doing anything from Grip work to being a Director of Photography. You can see those credits on my IMDB page http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6148049/?ref_=nv_sr_6. Some of my more notable films that I've contributed to are MATT CLOUDE'S NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: GENESIS” and has a release date for 2018, BRETT MULLEN and MATT CLOUD'S FANTASMA, which held its world premiere this past summer. Most of my own works are in pre-production waiting for distribution such as SOMNIUM MORTEM and DON'T LOOK OUTSIDE. My feature film titled THE DAY SUMMER ENDED began production in May of 2017 and will continue through the winter. I hope to bring THE DAY SUMMER ENDED to life on the big screen in 2019. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @TYLERHALLFILM and on Facebook @TYLERHALLOFFICIAL for updates on my films.
What film would you say was your biggest inspiration to get into directing?
No single film has completely inspired me to become a filmmaker. I've been influenced by many different directors from many different genres though such as JOHN CARPENTER (HALLOWEEN and THE THING), GEORGE ROMERO (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and MARTIN.), SAM RAIMI (EVIL DEAD TRILOGY) and DAVID LYNCH (ERASER HEAD and DUNE). All of these incredibly talented storytellers and creators hold a very special place in my cinematic heart.
How is production going on your film THE DAY THAT SUMMER ENDED? Ist his a STRANGER THINGS type film or is this more of a "MY GIRL" coming of age story?
THE DAY SUMMER ENDED is definitely a mix of a classic monster film and a coming of age story. As much as I love STRANGER THINGS, THE DAY SUMMER ENDED stays true to its self. THE DAY SUMMER ENDED ended is currently in search for producers and investors. This is by far the largest film I have ever tried tackling as a Director and it's going to take a good amount of money to get it finished but I do believe I'll get the budget I need, it's just going to take some patience. If you want to check out the proof of concept trailer head over to this YouTube link
CHECK OUT THE TRAiLER FOR THE DAY SUMMER ENDED!!!
You've worked with several actors, among them who has been your favourite to work with?
I have enjoyed working with many different actors and actresses with unique backgrounds and experience. By far I would have to say working with JUDITH O'DEA during the production of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: GENESIS was an experience that I will never forget. She is not only hard working and incredibly talented but one of the sweetest ladies I have ever met. She shared many stories about working with GEORGE ROMERO during the production of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1968 and even read her book to MATT CLOUDE and myself as we drove her 6 hours to a location in WEST VIRGINIA. JUDITH'S kind words of encouragement will always whisper out if I'm ever having a rough day on set in the future. (P.s TOM GORE you're still my favorite!)
If you could go back and giver yourself advice as you were starting off with film and all, what would it be?
I would say to stay true to yourself. Never let someone discourage you from your passion. If you want something, go get it and don't listen to the negative words of jealous others. Surround yourself with likeminded individuals. Never give up, look how far you've already come at the young age of 20.
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If you were on a desert island and could only have 3 films to watch for your time stuck on this island, what would they be?
STAND BY ME, STAR WARS: EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and PHANTASM
What do you feel about what seems like this endless barrage of CONJURING sequels, remakes and reboots? Do you think this helps or hurts you as an independent film maker?
As long as horror movies are being made and people are being entertained by this great genre, then I'm happy. I'd like to see more independent films in the mainstream theatre's but you can't always have it all.
Do you have any tips for people that may be interested in pursuing acting? Should we provide them with your number on CRAIGSLIST post interview?
Always pursue your passion and just take a risk, you'll never know unless you try. If you're interested in being or working in any of my films then please send me an email at TylerHallFilm@gmail.com and look for casting calls on my social media.
Have you ever pulled any pranks on set? Granted time is money when shooting indie films but sometimes you have to have fun and build up criteria for those bonus features.
Working on horror sets late at night can get pretty spooky, so we have our typical jumping out of closets, grabbing someone's ankle from under a bed and stuff like that. It gets pretty crazy on set sometimes, you'll just have to wait for those behind the scenes features.
TYLER where do you see yourself as a filmmaker in 20 years, what are goals that you have laid out for yourself?
Holding an OSCAR and saying I made it. The journey was long and hard but I made it.
Lastly, I want to give you the chance to talk about whatever you'd like, the stage is yours to give credit to fellow directors, actors, promote upcoming material, it's all you!
If you're a fan of true horror and beautiful cinematography then I really think you'll enjoy my work, I'm passionate about the horror films I create and I put everything I have into them. Remember to follow me on social media (Instagram - @TYLERHALLFILM and FACEBOOK @TYLERHALLOFFICIAL). Also, if anyone is looking for a DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY or crew for their projects I also freelance, so please email me at TylerHallFilm@gmail.com. Thanks everyone for reading and thanks ROCKWIRED magazine for having me. Rock on!
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