“Incredible Violence” is a new horror-comedy by writer and director G. Patrick Condon that focuses on a boozy director who owes money to loan sharks. In a desperate attempt to spare himself from their fury, he decides to shoot a low-budget film with struggling actors. To keep the effects budget down, he decides to murder the cast…but that is easier said than done.
Patrick Condon recently discussed the inspirations behind this debut feature film and more via an exclusive interview.
Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you decide to enter the film industry and which genres most appeal to you?
G. Patrick Condon (GPC): My mom always had a camera around the house when we were growing up so I’ve always been interested in making stuff. I saw “Pulp Fiction” when I was 15 and saw that movies could be cool and I guess that would have been when I decided I wanted to try to make movies.
MM: Why did you decide to make your debut film a horror-comedy and how did joining select the title?
GPC: I decided to make a horror movie cause they’re pretty much the only kind of true indie movies being made right now that people will watch without having a movie star attached or is an I.P. The title of the movie was originally “Final Cut” but I thought that would be too generic a title for a horror movie and too cute for one about making a horror movie. I took the “Incredible Violence” title from a web comic by a guy called OwlTurd. I thought it worked for my flick because the violence in the movie is sometimes fake and sometimes real (in the world of the movie– no one was really hurt while making the movie. Promise.) and so, it’s not credible.
MM: How long did it take to film and how did you manage to secure the cast and locations?
GPC: The shooting was done in 15 days. I had worked with or known most of the cast before and getting the location was tricky. Whatever house we were going to use, the main cast was going to live in all while we shot so they would effectively be living there. We needed a house that was in the middle of nowhere, that was big enough for 5 people to have a room each, that we would be allowed to mess it up with fake blood and whoever was living there would have to leave and not come back until we were finished. We got lucky and found a couple that were planning on moving and had a background in the arts so they were pretty receptive to the idea. Really, it just came down to driving around for weeks and knocking on doors until we got lucky.
MM: How did you find a production company to work with?
GPC: The Hunting Party is my production company that I incorporated back in 2011 to make short films. In Canada, a lot of our movies are made through assistance of government funding, art grants, tax credits and the kindness of people. All of which we used to put together the money to make the movie.
MM: What’s your favorite part of the movie and why?
GPC: There’s probably a half dozen scenes or shots where we had to be clever either due to budget or time or logistics. There’s one shot where Grace is running in the woods and she stumbles upon a film crew filming a scene. She walks though the scene, it’s filled with equipment and props. It’s the only scene we have background actors in, any crew that wasn’t helping the shooting the shot was in it as BG, and in one long shot Grace walks though the scene, and turns around and everything is gone, like no one was ever there and it was all in her mind. I’ve read a couple of times that it looks like I’m showing off in this movie and that’s absolutely true but this would have to be the peak of it and it was done without any preplanning, on the fly and we only did it once cause of day light and we couldn’t afford to keep the BG any longer. In fact, I barely had anything to do with the shot at all. The AD’s sorted out who did what in the shot, the techs worked with MJ to plot the moves. All I did was say “Hey guys, we have to do this in one go and probably just once. Action!”.
MM: What’s the most memorable behind-the-scenes story you have?
GPC: I asked the actors to remain inside the house we used as the set while we were shooting. It was a 100-year-old house, no air conditioning, the windows wouldn’t open. We shot night and day with no days off and it became very difficult. It was like a moving train that we were just barely able to put the tracks down in front of. I’d go to the house earlier than call and talk to the actors and get a sense of how they were doing. Some were missing their families; one actor just got out of a relationship and really enjoyed getting away from her life at that time. Worthman (played Foster) seemed to be affected by the experiment the most. Every day, he’d seem a little more drained while the girls were essentially having a weird dance party. The crew also had a tough time with it. It was a crawl to the finish line.
MM: Although this is your debut feature, what other films have you made and what are they about?
GPC: I’ve made a handful of short films and a web series. My favorite thing I’ve done is the first one called Fuck or Fight and was a comedy that is way too long for a short. We made it in 2010 and it was about nightlife/club culture. There is a lot of bars and drinking where I’m from and you’d see these guys that would start off the night hoping to get laid and end the night pissed off and looking for a fight. Then I made a short called Audition that Incredible Violence is sort-of based off. I made a comedy called Infanticide! about a dystopian North America with a one child law like in China and I made a web series called A Day in the City that is like an afterschool special kind of thing. I’d like to do another season of that.
MM: What are your ultimate career goals?
GPC: There are certain actors that I’d love to work with. And different kinds of genres that I’d like to make in different places in the world. I’d like to shoot in a desert, that kind of stuff. I’d like to just keep making stuff. It’s a drag how long it takes to make movies compared to making music or writing. There’s just so many people involved and so much money needed that even something the size of Incredible Violence took 3 years to secure funding, make and then release. So, I’d like to get to a place where I’m making things faster. And money. I want to make money.
MM: What projects are coming up for you soon? Also, what plots might you like to explore in your next film?
GPC: I think the next one is gonna be a body horror movie like Cronenberg kind of movie. Maybe a little funnier and less violent then the last one. It’s about a stand-up comedian that is constantly on the road and accidentally becomes the leader of a cult. Stand-up comedy is an interesting thing these days. Trying to make people laugh in this cultural climate is not a job I’d want. I might make Infanticide! into a feature. I didn’t think it was the kind of movie that could be anything but a short film, but then I saw The House that Jack Built and I think I might have a way to do it now.
MM: Is there anything else that you would like to talk about?
GPC: I’d just like to thank anybody that has taken the time to watch anything I’ve made. It’s always wild to talk to people about stuff I’ve done, or read an article about it (even the ones that shit on the movie). Peace and Love.
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