Oct 26, 2018
Editor, director, and Blumhouse
veteran, Gregory Plotkin, has had a multifaceted film career.
Having edited most of the films in the Paranormal Activity
franchise, even directing The Ghost Dimension, Greg went on to edit
Happy Death Day and Get Out. His latest directorial horror entry is
Hell Fest – a horror theme park, slasher extravaganza, staring the
Candyman himself, Tony Todd!
We sat down with Greg to discuss
Hell Fest and his career path to directing.
As always, here are Gregory
Plotkin’s 3 keys for aspiring horror filmmakers:
- Be a PA.
Greg’s experience as a PA
(Production Assistant) was so educational, he claims he would go
back to doing it if he could find the time. Being a PA gave him a
very thorough understanding of what everyone on a film crew does
which enabled him to confidently navigate every set he was on and
effectively collaborate and communicate.
- Say yes to
Greg edited Paranormal Activity 2 for Blumhouse, his friends
frowned on the project, claiming that the budget was too low to be
taken seriously. He ignored them and today cites the opportunity as
one of the greatest gifts of his entire career since it paved the
way for larger projects and ultimately directing. Greg was given 16
different endings to cut for Paranormal Activity 2, but he cut 17
(the 17th being his own idea). Guess which one was chosen. As
editor, Greg demonstrated his reliability, talent, and
inventiveness, all qualities that producers seek in directors. He
then went on to direct Paranormal Activity 6 and edit huge movies
like Happy Death Day and Get Out.
- Find strategic opportunities
to up your production value. When Greg was filming Hell Fest, his favorite
haunted attraction, Netherworld was switching locations and put
their entire setup in storage. Greg struck a deal with them to use
their props, mazes, and sets for Hell Fest. This let him
inexpensively fill his movie with elaborate and authentic sets,
without having to build them from scratch. Always be on the lookout
for inexpensive opportunities to enhance the scale and production
value of your projects.
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