After a long night out on the town, Graham Skipper is still able to meet with 366 in the Fantasia Film Festival media lounge for a chat about his directorial debut.
366: It is the 20th of the July, Thursday and I’m here with Graham Skipper, director of Sequence Break [reviewed here] for an interview about the motion picture and whatever else comes up. Hello, Graham!
Graham Skipper: Hello!
366: This is your directorial debut?
GS: Yes it is.
366: So you’ve disowned Space Clown?
GS: [Laughs] No, I wouldn’t use that term… Space Clown was a good experiment that definitely helped me to learn more about film-making. But Sequence Break is definitely my first real directorial effort that’s indicative of what I’m trying to do.
366: I noticed you had a bunch of acting credits to your name, short films, TV shows, and things, and then on your website—congratulations on getting “GrahamSkipper.com” before the other guy, by the way…
GS: [Smiles] Thanks, thank you.
366 : …you’re listed as an “Actor/Writer/Director”; are you interested in shuffling those words around at any point?
GS: I love all three of those things. I love acting very much, I really loved being able to direct, and along with that, writing—the seed that grows in that sandbox. But they’re different skills and different adventures, so I want to continue doing all three.
366: You mentioned before the screening your role as Herbert West [in “Re-Animator, the Musical”]—you’re the first person in the role of Herbert West on stage. I take it you must be a fan of the original Re-Animator movies?
366: And, who obviously doesn’t show up on screen nearly often enough.
GS: Oh yeah. I wish that — I could watch Jeffrey Combs read the phone book. He’s amazing.
366: Have you read the originalstory? What did you think of it [compared to the movie]?
GS: I have. It’s very different. I like it, it’s very pulpy. I like that it leans so heavily to the Frankenstein archetypes. I like the war time elements, the Zombie war during [World War I].
366 : I recently finished reading all the Lovecraft works…
GS: Oh cool.
366: …and there’s a rich vein there that has barely been tapped, cinema-wise.
GS: I think Lovecraft is really hard to adapt, so much of Lovecraft is, Continue reading BREAKING IT DOWN: AN INTERVIEW WITH GRAHAM SKIPPER (2017)