With the film Angel currently raising funds on Indiegogo, we decided to track down director Tory Jones to ask him a few questions about the project. His previously films include The Killbillies and this year’s The Wicked One.
Angel is being produced by Volumes of Blood creator P.J. Starks, and there are a ton of great backer rewards listed on the Indiegogo page.
DC: How did the inspiration for Angel come about?
TJ: The inspiration for Angel sorta came from wanting to both do something more atmospheric and suspense driven than my last film. I wanted to do something that blew my last film away in just about every aspect And introduce a female antagonist. I think it brings something different into the fray to have something so unstoppable and it not be a male which has sorta been the norm since the 70’s.
DC: And the title sounds like it may have a deeper meaning?
TJ: Definitely. We are playing with a lot of themes in this film. At its core you have a protagonist who is so hell bent on achieving success and her ambitions that she will put those who she loves unknowingly in harms way. The films deals with the repercussions of that and how there are consequences for going to far.
DC: So you’re collaborating with Shawn Burkett and P.J. Starks?
TJ: I am. Shawn and I had started talking after the successes of our last films and wanted to collaborate. We just hit it off and decided this is where we wanted to go in terms of the film and that collaboration. I met PJ at a horror convention due to the fact both our films are distributed through Petri Entertainment. He’s awesome at marketing and promotion and that led to him coming on board to help out in that area. I have others involved too such as Dale Miller who has been involved with numerous successful indie films. He’s helping out on several different levels regarding the film.
DC: What about the cast?
TJ: Cast wise we have some of the most professional and solid talent I’ve ever been afforded an opportunity to work with. Some I’ve been fortunate enough to work with in the past some are new to it. This cast and crew are the absolute best and most professional I’ve ever worked with and that is exciting to me as their director.
DC: You’re shooting in actual haunted locations?
TJ: Haunted locations? I’m not sure. I guess they could be. We have everything from an abandoned town, bridges, distillery, homes. All with years of history behind them. If they are haunted I don’t wanna know.
This film will move into some new territory. Explore lots of themes and ask some serious questions about humanity, ambition, success, and what makes someone a monster. It’s a story we are excited to tell and something that is going to surprise people.
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