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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Living in LA, grew-up in Cleveland, school in NYC and Chicago
Film sold to Magnolia Pictures at 2014 SXSW
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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