Film Courage: We joked off-camera that if sometimes you see a boom mic in a movie it’s not the end of the world and it’s almost endearing because you feel some kind of kinship.
Brad Sykes, Writer/Director: For me it’s not something I would want in my own films and it’s not necessarily something I am looking for in movies but if I see it, it doesn’t bother me the way it bothers some people. Like some people I feel like they watch a movie just to look for little mistakes whatever that might be in the film and I am the opposite of that as a viewer. I want to be involved in the movie. I want to be lost in the world of the movie…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Brad Sykes got his first hi-8 camera at age fifteen, and hasn’t stopped shooting since. Growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Brad made eight features on video (many of which involved Karo syrup, red food coloring and stunts of dubious safety) while still in high school. He attended Boston University’s film program in 1993 and by the time he graduated cum laude in 1997, he had already worked for both Paramount Pictures and Ridley and Tony Scott’s Scott Free Productions. After moving to Los Angeles, Brad continued to work in film in various capacities both here and abroad (a stint at Castel Film, Romania) before landing his first writing-directing job in 1998. By 2000, he was writing and directing full-time, with many genre credits such as DEMON’S KISS, MAD JACK, and the well-known CAMP BLOOD. Brad has continued to make his mark in horror with more recent projects like DEATH FACTORY, GOTH, WITHIN THE WOODS and MUTATION. His films have been distributed worldwide and can be found at rental outlets like Blockbuster and Netflix. Brad’s films have received attention in many publications including Fangoria, The Dark Side, Indie Slate, Rue Morgue, Videoscope, LA Weekly, Mad Movies, and Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies. Brad lives in Los Angeles with his wife, producer Josephina Sykes, where they operate Nightfall Pictures, a full-service development and production company.
Terror in the Desert: Dark Cinema of the American Southwest by Brad Sykes
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