We had the good fortune of connecting with Zach Blackwell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zach, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
It was important to me that the way in which we articulate ourselves was optimized. Filmmakers can be difficult to understand with all the images in our heads all the time, and the cinematographic medium helps us to articulate ourselves. Through the creation of an LLC, I can make films exactly as I desire them to be created. I also help others within our team to complete their own desired projects and educate individuals on how to create films.
It’s important that we’re able to purge the thoughts in our head than having the inability to exercise our ideas. We have a vertical approach to production, marketing, and distribution and answer to no one but our audience.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Our films are within the negative sphere of the Comedy / Tragedy model, and are considered experimental in nature, and incorporate very specific scientific theories and ideas.
We believe to create something new, first, it must be spoken into existence. This is the concept of saying, “I want to make a film, and I want it to be this.”
Secondly, it must be placed in logical format. This is the writing phase, where everything is written down, and plans are drawn.
Lastly, action must be applied. The plans are set, now the film must be created.
To differentiate ourselves, we have come up with our own artist manifesto, known as Abjectism, the goal being to effect the audience in such a way as to throw them into an identity crisis.
We’ve come up with our own method:
In art, you have seven colors, and in music, you have seven notes.
So too in film do you have seven ranges:
Knowing these ranges we can further break down what within these ranges can cause fear and anxiety,
An example: There is a sound below human hearing known as the “Ghost Sound” that is emitted at 18 hertz. It is the sound that you don’t hear, but feel. This is one of the many scientific devices we utilize in our art to optimize panic in the audience.
If Horror Cinema is dedicated to causing you fear, the mission of our art is to find innovative ways to induce it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Meddlesome Moth Gastropub and the Angelika Theatre. Trees, dependent on who is playing.
Metal Dave is an interesting individual I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and can be seen filming concerts throughout the area.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s a few people:
Chris Coleman, who sparked my interest in computer science, was a mentor to me, taught me how to network, stick up for myself, and to fear no one.
Peter Smith, who taught me highly valuable management skills and how to think in very result oriented terms.
Finally, Werner Herzog, a filmmaker I’ve never met, but studied very thoroughly.
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