“Silent Panic” is a new movie about three friends who are on a camping trip when they discover a dead body in the trunk of their face. Faced surf indecision and fear, the friends do not know where to turn or what to do. They did not commit the crime, but fear that the police will suspect them if they report it.
Writer and director Kyle Schadt recently granted an exclusive interview discussing this film and more.
Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you decide to enter the film industry and did the goal of writing or directing come first?
Kyle Schadt (KS): I saw the movie “Jaws” at the age of 13, and ever since that experience, I’ve been interested in making movies. It was far and away my favorite movie that I had ever seen, and it was also the first time I can remember seeing behind the scenes footage about the making of a film. So, I think the combination of those two things kind of gave me a fascination with filmmaking. I wanted to be a director first, but I developed an appreciation for screenwriting as well.
MM: What inspired the plot and characters in “Silent Panic”?
KS: Well, the I’ve had the idea for “Silent Panic” for a while. My car had been broken into a couple of times and I knew how it felt to look in your car and see something missing. And I believe it got me thinking, what would happen if you looked in your car, and something was there that wasn’t supposed to be…like a dead body in the trunk? And the characters just came as I created the story.
MM: How long did it take to film and how did you find the locations?
KS: We filmed 75 pages in 11 days, so we were moving pretty fast. And the locations were found mostly by scouring the internet.
MM: What’s your favorite part of the movie and why?
KS: I think my favorite scene is immediately after the three main characters find the dead body in the trunk. I think that urgency and the argument that follows is intriguing.
MM: What other films have you made and what are they about?
KS: “Silent Panic” is my first feature film on this scale. I made one that was almost an hour long, several years ago, but we shot the whole thing in one location, in only two days. It was a dialogue heavy story about a dysfunctional family at Christmas dinner. I’m not proud of that movie, but I did learn a lot by making it.
MM: What are your ultimate career goals?
KS: I would love to keep writing and directing films, with larger budgets.
MM: What projects are coming up for you soon?
KS: I have an original feature length screenplay that I’m writing right now. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get that off the ground in the next couple years.
MM: Is there anything else that you would like to talk about?
KS: I think “Silent Panic” has an interesting moral dilemma. And I think it’s more of a character study, than a plot driven story. The cast did a wonderful job. The movie wouldn’t be what it is without their performances.