Robinette Desrochers is the owner of FXD Productions which produced the film Dark Ascending; here is a link to the companies’ website:
Q: What is Dark Ascending about?
A: The conflict and connection between fallen angels and vampires.
Q: What inspired you to create the project?
A: A rough draft of the screenplay was sent to me from a first time writer in Arizona. I contacted him and basically rewrote the script after optioning it from him.
Q: What kind of training have you had?
A: Mostly on-set training. Working on other projects. A few classes from pros at Sundance and other film festivals.
Q: What sort of day job do you have and what is horrifying about it?
A: This is my day job. Nothing is more horrifying and rewarding than being a filmmaker.
Q: Why do you think horror is so popular?
A: I think it is so popular because there are so many things in the real world that horrify us but if we talk about them they just scare us more. With horror films we know at the end of the film we can get up and walk out and say “that was a good movie” and forget about it.
Q: What are you hoping to accomplish at Sundance?
A: To network, and if I am really lucky to find me a Daddy Warbucks who wants to fund Dark Ascending so we can move up our first principal day of filming . Q: What makes a situation scary?
A: Pretty much anything we can’t control.
Q: Who are some of your filmmaking influences?
A: JJ Abrams, William Friedkin, and last but not least Jane Campion.
Q: What do you like about Hollywood?
A: That Disneyland is nearby!
Q: What would you change about it?
A: The fact that it is still a “good ol’ boy” run market. Women have to be five times more impressive at their job than their average male counterpart to be able to get paid a fifth of what the males make even with the unions.
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