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Jeffery Thompson Tells Us About His Plans to Build an Empire

Of all the up-and-coming filmmakers out there, one of the most promising is Jeffery Thompson. The horror-loving filmmaker is currently hard at work on achieving a number of goals, including building an empire, winning an Oscar, developing video games, and of course, making horror films.  Now there’s a man who likes to think big.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with Jeffrey to discuss his upcoming projects in more detail.

Dread Central: Do you have a particular business strategy when it comes to making horror films?

Jeffery Thompson: I adopted something called “the lean start-up model,” which I believe if applied to the film industry could help keep costs at a minimum while maximizing the project potential. What I did was shoot a concept trailer​ and ​released it, which would be called a minimum valuable product in the start-up world. From there I saw the reaction to the trailer online. It became number 1 for 4 days in a row on the horror society website. At that point I knew I had a good potential project on my hands. ​

DC: Can you give an overview of the projects that you’re currently working working on?​

JT: Bubbleheads: Legend of Carrico Road. This is an amazing project because of the cultural significance it has to my home city, Saint Louis, Missouri. I have not lived there in 11 years, but it is still dear to my heart in some ways. ​As mentioned before, the positive reception that people have given to the trailer has forged me to push along with the feature. We’re in the process of securing a product placement deal with Pabst Beer. Another project I am working on is a video game based on a snowball character, Chance. My start-up, Illapuproductions, was recently accepted into Corelabs, which is located in Silicone Valley and run by a great guy, Anthony Palma.

DC: You mention that you’re planning on becoming an Oscar nominee?

JT: ​That is the goal and plan. I believe that horror films in general are often overlooked. Granted, some follow these cliche patterns and formulaic structure, but I believe a good horror script, story, cinematography definitely deserves some recognition for nominations in their respective awards. I believe my co-writer and I could even get recognition for this script. ​ ​The score will be done by Luke Zelinsky, who I believe could be one of the best film composers of this generation eventually.​

DC: How have you found the experience of being a black horror filmmaker?

JT: ​​One thing about horror is that it transcends all of the outside differences that people ​ focus on​. The horror film community has been very helpful to me in answering any questions I have and sending me to people to help get this project off the ground. I don’t consider looking at the whole race factor, but it will be nice to have a successful horror film being a black filmmaker. Normally we see black filmmakers coming out with historical dramas or comedies.

DC: Are you involved with video games?

JT: ​​Yes, we are a game/film start-up. Looking to do some big things in both spaces. The interesting thing about it is I believe in taking the lean business model approach. If more film and game companies did so, they would save costs on potential loses on projects.​

DC: Are you working on building an empire?​

JT: ​Yes, I have a great team with Kamil Pawlak, Luke Zelinsky, Javon Lee, Keith Griffin, and a few others. I understand to build a great empire I have to create other leaders and visionaries. They clearly see the vision and want to be a part of it and create a lasting legacy and great IP material.

Jeffrey Thompson - Jeffery Thompson Tells Us About His Plans to Build an Empire

Written by David Gelmini

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