Chris Sanders, thank you for this interview. My readers will not know you. Can you please provide details about yourself. Movies, profession, etc. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8938704/?ref_=tt_cl_t15
Hi Clinton. I started out writing novels. My first novel ‘The Thief’s Son’ was a kindle bestseller back in 2012. A chap named Wei Wei Si bought a copy via Linkedin. Wei Wei worked as an assistant director on Skyfall the James Bond movie. We went on to collaborate on a screenplay about the WW2 spy Robert Van Gulik. He taught me how to raise investment for films too. This led me to write and produce my own short horror films. I crowdfunded them and over time built up a large network of horror fans and horror film producers. Nest of Vampires is my first feature-length horror film.
Chris, your most recent finished movie is Next of Vampires. Can you talk about the story. Also, what platforms can people view your film online?
Nest of Vampires follows an MI5 agent named Kit who travels from London to rural England in search of the people who murdered his wife and kidnapped his only daughter. During his investigation, he uncovers a ruthless vampiric cult that is heavily embroiled in human trafficking and Satanic cult worship.
The film plays out as a traditional thriller at first. The story then takes a very dark twist. Kit soon finds himself battling real vampires.
Chris, everyone has a story to tell. What one story do you wish everyone knew about you?
I’ve lived all over the world. I was in Bangkok when the 2005 Tsunami hit. I then went to live in South Korea. I’ve also lived and worked in Istanbul, Turkey and travelled across Eastern Europe. I’ve had many adventures during my time and I’ve put all those experiences into my work.
Chris, you are releasing Nest Of Vampires soon. Can you talk about the film?
Nest of Vampires is now available to rent or buy via our website
The film will also be released on major VOD platforms later in the year.
Chris, what book or movies have you been reading or watching. Meaning I am using this interview to find new books or films to watch. What have you been doing?
I’ve been reading The Book of Werewolves by Sabine Baring Gould. I also watch a lot of the old British Hammer, Tyburn and Amicus horror films. The Ghoul with Peter Cushing is my favourite. He was a wonderful actor.
Chris, can you talk about your other work in production? Are you planning to try any film festivals or are they going to be directly released?
I’m a full-time filmmaker and producer. Nest of Vampires has been released direct to market. Some festivals still accept movies that have already been released. I’ll be submitting later in the year.
Chris, what are you doing to relieve stress during this time of home lockdown?
I work all the time and occasionally treat myself by watching horror movies! Haha
Dreams: what project or script or actor or actress would be a dream for you to get to work with?
I’d love to work with Dee Wallace one day. She was brilliant in the Howling!
Chris, the classic question: what charity do you work with and can you provide a link to it so others can see too please.
I’m currently supporting Alzheimer’s research UK. My mom was recently diagnosed with the early stages of this disease. That was another key motivation for me to finish Nest of Vampires. I wanted her to see it before she became too ill. I’m close to my mom. She was a singer with Decca records back in the 1960s. I’m very proud of her.
A final question. What question do you wish I had asked? And what would the answer be?
What is my writing process?
I like to write the first draft within a few weeks. I then put the script to one side and focus on a completely different project. I can then judge the script with a fresh pair of eyes when I return to it. I tend to write three to four drafts.