Ep. 2 Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak


EPISODE 02: Ryan Watt speaks with Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak about writing for sci-fi/horror, coming-up as a producer’s assistant in Hollywood, getting her first film financed, and the production in North Carolina.

Logline: A newlywed couple’s lakehouse honeymoon descends into chaos after the husband finds his wife wandering and disoriented in the middle of their first night.

Leigh Janiak’s debut, Honeymoon, premiered at SXSW in 2014 and was picked up by Magnolia Pictures.

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Show Notes:

Living in LA, grew-up in Cleveland, school in NYC and Chicago

Film sold to Magnolia Pictures at 2014 SXSW

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Rose Leslie as Bea

Working at Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company

Working as assistant to Kevin Mischer

Producers Patrick Baker and Esme Howard

100% Private Financing

Writing partner Phil Graziadei

Understanding your audience and final goal when writing

Inspired by SXSW success of Monsters and Tiny Furniture

UK actors Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) and Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful)

Casting romantic leads without opportunity for chemistry and rehearsals

North Carolina shoot to double for Canada, full of man-made lakes

Editor Christopher S. Capp

DP Kyle Klutz, gritty dirty look, shot on Alexa

Creating an incredibly disgusting scene with SFX makeup artist Christopher Allen Nelson

Rain and muddy location conditions

Developing TV pilot


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Independent Film Producer. Host of the 'Indie Film Picks' podcast. Board President of Indie Memphis film festival. Director of Development at New School Media, Inc.

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