Director Profile: Deon Taylor
I had the pleasure of first meeting Deon Taylor during my set visit for Dark Christmas in Sacramento in December, 2009. What struck me initially is that the writer/director/producer was a lot like this scribe, just an all-around movie geek with a love for the horror genre.
What separates us, though, is the fact that Taylor, who previously worked in many different facets of the entertainment industry, is the head of Deon Taylor Enterprises, a cutting edge studio that has worked with many of the genre's most talented players (Tony Todd, Rutger Hauer, Betsy Russell, Keith David, and Gary Busey) while focusing on bringing new talent into the fold (Nikki Reed, Noah Segan, and Sandra McCoy).
Not wanting to work on anyone else’s terms, Taylor decided that instead of working from LA like many independent filmmakers do, he would set up shop in Sacramento, where his main office and soundstage are both located.
I sat down with Taylor during the set visit to talk about what he enjoys about independent filmmaking and his then-current project, Dark Christmas. What I got was an insightful conversation with Taylor about what he loves about movies, lessons he learned early on in his Hollywood career, and why he felt it was time for a new spin on Tales from the Crypt.
Check out my interview with him below, and make sure to check out Taylor’s film Dead Tone when it hits DVD shelves February 9th.
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