Hello Ghouls and Boils,
It is day five of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin II – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean Strauss – documentarian and location manager extraordinaire! Friday we posted a wonderful zombie love story… I took a break Saturday to go see Macbeth in the cemetery, more on that after this series is through. Today we will be talking with DP Ryan K. Johnson! There will be more interviews this week, a review, and maybe a surprise! Check out Flesh of my Flesh and get your copy today! Enjoy, my fiends!
Sarah L. Gerhardt
She Never Slept: How did you become involved in Flesh of my Flesh?
Ryan K. Johonson: I was asked by my friend Edward Martin III if I would shoot his zombie feature movie, which was my first after shooting many short films over the years. Edward later said he was very relieved when I said yes, which was a nice compliment.
SNS: Dumb it down for those who don’t know about film (especially indie projects) – tell our readers what you did on set.
RKJ: I was the director of photography, basically responsible for the lighting and camerawork–essentially everything you see in the movie.
SNS: What was the first scene you shot?
RKJ: We were on a rooftop in downtown Portland in driving rain shooting the scene where a helicopter has just crashed and our commandos are trying to escape. We didn’t have a helicopter of course, so I faked it with a light.
SNS: What was the most memorable scene to film?
RKJ: I’m fond of the “Fred” scene because it involved a visual special effect that we did live on set, literally with mirrors, to create the appearance that a severed head was alive.
SNS: What is your fondest memory on set?
RKJ: I had a lot of fun shooting our second teaser trailer that featured a collection of cinematic badasses being systemically eliminated by an unseen force. We were able to get on a roof via a cherry picker for a high angle. I hung from a lot of roofs during the making of “Flesh Of My Flesh.”
SNS: I know you and Edward have worked together quite a bit. How did you meet him?
RKJ: We were teamed up in 2000 for the first-ever “Let’s Make A Movie” panel at Norwescon where we put on a filmmaking workshop and shot a movie in two hours. We’ve been at it ever since, having produced over two dozens movies in the past 16 years at workshops across the country.
SNS: What are you currently working on?
RKJ: I just shot and edited a “48 Hour Film Project” movie where teams get two days to make a complete movie. We shot in one very long 16 hour day but the finished movie looks pretty good. I’ve also shot two other feature movies for Edward this year and look forward to seeing them come out.