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A film by the name of “Paper Dolls” basically swept the awards at the Eerie Horror Film Festival, and I don’t mean swept as in the filmmakers will have a future in the housecleaning business, no someone else will surely be shining their trophies over at Badfritters film productions.

Here is the synopsis from the Paper Dolls Myspace Page (which you should check out):  When Travis Brooks (Adam Pitman) and Nate Conway (Nathaniel Peterson) embark on a post graduation road trip to Canada, they have no idea what horrors await them in the remote forests of Northwest Montana. Featuring the formidable talents of Gill Gayle (Deadwood, Monk) and Kent Harper (Statistics, Slumming) Paper Dolls is an exploration of the dark recesses of the forest, as well as the frightening creatures that dwell in the human psyche.

I was able to get actor and co-director Adam Pitman to do an interview, perhaps as ground work so that I may one day be considered for the trophy polishing job. A big thanks to him for his time and when you have time be sure to keep up to date with the guys at www.badfritterfilms.com

TERRORTUBE: Can you tell us about how the Eerie Horror Film Festival went and how was the ego afterwards? (are there horror groupies?) (oh, and what does one of those awards look like?)
 
“The Eerie Horror Festival was a pretty awesome experience.  We partied with horror legends like Michael Berryman, James Duvall, and Joe Pilato.  It was important for us to attend this festival because we had never seen "Paper Dolls" with an audience.  It was a surreal experience.  The award ceremony was actually held before our movie played.  The president of the festival, Greg Ropp, had told us not to get our hopes up so we didn't expect too much.  Then they began calling our names one after another to accept our awards and we were pretty floored and humbled. After the award ceremony, there was a buzz among the festival patrons and a lot of people came to our screening.  We were nervous but really excited to finally show what we had been working on for a year of our lives.  The screening was great; people laughed and jumped in all the right places.  We got two ovations when the film ended and received universally positive feedback.  We were on top of the world and we partied pretty hard after that.  We were celebrating many things that night but mostly the fact that we had made a kick-ass film and others thought so too.  It was the affirmation we all really needed at this time.  We received awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (three cool plaques and a really nice trophy for best Picture.)”
 
TERROR: Papers Dolls, who's idea? Why? And Where did the title come from?
 
“I wrote "Paper Dolls" in college during the summer of 2000.  It was my first screenplay and I thought the story had a lot of potential.  The first person to read it was my good friend from high school, Adam Stilwell, who is now my business partner and producer/writer of "Paper Dolls."  He finished the script and gave me a huge hug. He was adamant about making it into a film someday.  Later when we organized our film company and we were looking for a new project, Stilwell suggested "Paper Dolls" and that was that.  We began pre-production.  Over the next few moths, myself, Stilwell and the third company member, David Blair, rewrote the script and made it cooler and more mature.
 
The title came in the summer of '99 when "Paper Dolls" was still just an idea in my head.  I remember being in the parking lot of a grocery store and telling Adam Stilwell about the plot but not knowing what the story should be called.  He said, "Paper Dolls" and the title fit so perfectly there was no question.  I said, "That's it! That's the title"  and it has been ever since.  You really need to see the film to understand the significance of the title and its layered meanings.  We may need to change it when we sell to a distributor but not without a fight.”
 
TERROR: Is there any blood and guts in the film, boobs or butts?
 
"Paper Dolls" is not very bloody or gory at all.  We really wanted to imply violence as opposed to shoving it down your throat.  The horror genre has gone in a direction where gore and violence really define a horror film.   We come from the mindset that psychological aspects of horror are far more disturbing and long-lasting.  Someone compared "Paper Dolls" to Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and that was a wonderful compliment.  Movies like "The Shining" and "Rosemary's Baby" are far more terrifying to us than "Saw" or "Hostel."
 
We do show boobs and butt, and that's something we weren't going to imply.  If you come to see some nudity... you'll get your wish.”
 
TERROR: How would you compare the experience with Paper Dolls to that of filming Roulette?
 
"Roulette" was our first feature film and we made for about $400.00 and filmed on mini DV.  We set out to make a cool indie horror film and do it for little to no money.  There were about sixty people donating their time to us and we filmed the project over the course of six months.  We all had to work our day jobs so we would film when ever we had a spare moment.   We also wore every hat, from cinematographer to editor to sound designer.  "Roulette" was a giant learning experience that I would liken to four years of film school wrapped into eight months.  "Roulette" turned out really cool and eventually gained us producers and investors for "Paper Dolls."
 
"Paper Dolls" was an entirely different beast.  We had a lot of money at stake, a full cast and crew and a very limited shooting schedule.  "Roulette" was a far more laid back, experimental film.  I loved working on both of them in different ways.  "Paper Dolls" was a real film, meaning we were under SAG guidelines and filming in 35mm.  The best part about it was that this was our only job.  We could devote all of our time to making this film as good as possible.   The crew got along quite well and we had great camaraderie.  We sang a lot of karaoke and partied with each-other in our off time.  It was like being at summer camp.  The crew went white-water rafting and got to enjoy Montana to its fullest (where we filmed "Paper Dolls")  I look back very fondly on this time.  It signifies hope and a lot of dreams coming true.”
 
TERROR: Any filmmaker influences or inspirations; love or hate?
 
“We love Darren Aronofsky.  Darren brings a superb and unflinching style to all of his films.  His characters are perfectly cast and they are deep and real.  His films extend long beyond the end credits.  They make you think; they make you discuss.  He doesn't just tell you a story, he makes you a part of it.  We also feel this way about Oliver Stone, Alfred Hitchcock, Michel Gondry, Guillermo Del Toro, and Stanley Kubrick.  Their films are imaginative and different.  Their style is impeccable.
 
My other favorite filmmakers include Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi.  These are directors I grew up with and consistently create top-notch, creative films.
 
There are directors we don't necessarily like but we see the place in our society for their types of films and we respect that.”
 
TERROR: Is there a date when we can all get to see Paper Dolls?
 
Paper Dolls is currently being considered for distribution by many companies in Hollywood.  Our success at the Eerie Horror Film Festival will hopefully perk up Hollywood's ears a bit and help speed this process.  At this point, we are actively pursuing its release, whether theatrical or straight to DVD.
 
TERROR: Any funny mishaps while on the set of Paper Dolls?
 
“The set of "Paper Dolls" was a funny mishap.  We all laughed a lot and had a really good time.  I don't think a day went by without something hillarious happening. We're really good at rolling with the punches.  We will be putting a documentary together showing all the behind the scenes stuff and hopefully release it with the DVD.
 
A funny story I can think off the top of my head was when we were in a small Montana town filming the creepy gas station stuff.  We really wanted a train to come by in the shot so we waited for the train that was scheduled to go through the town.  We waited and waited.  About two hours later we had to move on so we set up for the next shot.  The train passed through as soon as we moved the camera.”
 
TERROR: Badfritter films, who named the production company?
 
“David Blair, director of "Paper Dolls" and owner of BadFritter Films named the company.  We were at a Halloween party in college filming some hilarious hijinks and David was wasted to the point of speaking a different language.   At one point he said "bad fritter" during a long spout of nonsensical dialogue.  After the tape made its way around our college department, people started calling us "The Badfritters"  It just kind of stuck.  We like it.  It's different and weird.”
 
TERROR: Does Badfritter plan to cater to all genres of film?
 
“Absolutely.  Although horror is my favorite genre, we have discussed working on comedies and even an indie rock musical.  These movies may be called "GoodFritter Films".”
 
TERROR: Any future projects already simmering in the brain and aching to get made?
 
"David wrote a script called, "Redwood" that is probably one of the best scripts I've ever read.  It's totally original  and scary.  It's a dark fairy tale with strong Edgar Allen Poe undertones.  We would need a big budget to do this film but we don't think its out of reach, judging from the quality of this script.  We are also considering a remake of "Roulette" with a larger budget and A-list actors.   Our producers think it would do very well at the box-office.
 
Currently we are writing a pilot that is an apocalyptic zombie television show.  It's "Lost"' meets "X-files" meets "28 Days Later."  It's still in its infancy but is looking to be a really gratifying horror television series.”
TERROR: Any projects of other people you know that horror fans should check out? movies or otherwise?
 
“The movies that we saw at the Eerie Horror Film Festival were really great.  They had a quality to them and an originality that made them totally unique and smart.  I would highly recommend the films that they chose for this festival especially, "Cthulu" and "Blood Car."  Recently, I saw two great horror films, "28 Weeks Later" and "Black Sheep" that are well-made, fun films.  I recommend them.”

- Wes Laurie

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