Exclusive: Q&A With the Producers of Madison County
HW: Now that you guys have moved into post-production, how involved are you staying with Madison County until the film is completed?
DD: As far as my role in post-production, I’ve been more involved with things in the editing room more than anywhere else, just making sure that everything is on schedule and looks great. To be honest, we went with a pretty green editor named Levi Blue, but I can say that he has more than exceeded our expectations on Madison County. His work on the film blew all of us out of the water.
AM: We've all been very active in post-production. Personally, I'm still wrangling the boys and making sure things continue to get done in a timely manner for the most part. I make phone calls when something needs to get done and do my best to stay on top of it all. During editing, I popped in at least once a week to check in and offer my notes and suggestions for changes, but Daniel and Eric spent most of the time in the lab with our editor, Levi.
The way we look at it, though, we're young hustlers and we know we will continue to put out great products, brands and franchises to keep us as busy as we want to be until Hollywood recognizes that we are not waiting for opportunity to knock.
HW: I'm sure you both have to be horror fans in some regard, so from a fan's perspective, what makes Damien such a badass slasher?
DD: As far as Damien goes, I always liked the fact that he speaks for a whole community and has become their enforcer in the most brutal ways.
AM: For me, Damien is scary because he is unpredictable. There is an eerie dynamic between him and the townspeople. It is clear that he is the protected son, but he'll quickly bite the hand that feeds him. The people of Madison County are his caretakers, but they are also the ones afraid of him the most. Their "perk" is survival, but they're left to live in endless fear. That makes them just as crazy in my opinion and that scares the hell out of me. With that being said...there are no rules...just pure mayhem, and what you'll see in the movie is barely scratching the surface of what he's capable of.
HW: Now that you can reflect a bit on your collective experiences as a producer on Madison County, what would you say is the biggest lesson you learned?
DD: I would say that the biggest lesson I learned was this is not a job I would want to try to do by myself. Having Ace and Eric help me out throughout the process was key to making this movie work.
AM: I’ve learned that being genuinely excited about a project and finding people that feel the same goes a long way. Everyone believed in it 200% and even more so now, which is amazing. We've had many people compliment us on the tight ship we ran and what we've been able to accomplish so soon in our filmmaking careers, and it’s because we had the right team. The perfect team? No, but I'm not interested in that personally. I think room for growth inspires new thinking and fresh creativity in my opinion. We have all made mistakes, but with a crew that averages out at 25 years old, it was expected and encouraged.
Our cast and crew are STILL the biggest supporters of the movie, plugging it at every chance they get and we're not paying them to do so; that speaks volumes. I truly feel that it's because we established a solid base to build from and did a good job of keeping that belief growing strong with professionalism, enthusiasm and honest fun!
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