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It’s Mother’s Day, and Fango is on the set of new zombie
indie CANSWER at an auto body shop in the northwest corner of Toronto. Coincidentally,
it’s also the day for the huge “Get Infected!” zombie horde casting call. So,
naturally, this writer in desperate attempt to find a Mother’s Day gift brought
his along to join the undead, a “mombie.”
CANSWER is about two strangers, Cillian (Robert Nolan) and
Ellen (Sarah Cunningham), who are stranded together on an industrial rooftop in
the midst of a global pandemic. They battle starvation and dehydration as they
try and survive together through Canadian filmmaker Alfredo Salvatore Arcilesi’s
second feature. Over the past five years, Arcilesi has started to make a name
for himself in Canada with a series of compelling dramas. Now, CANSWER is his
first foray into horror genre and here in this exclusive video, he talks about
how the project came together and the response he got for having an open
casting call for zombies.
Robert Nolan has become a major fixture in the indie horror
film scene in Canada (FAMILIAR, THE DEVIL WALKS AMONG YOU) and this picture
marks his fifth collaboration with Arcilesi. We spoke with Nolan (who plays Cillian)
and newcomer Sarah Cunningham (who plays Ellen) about their roles in CANSWER.
My mother, Beth’s dream was to be in zombie movie, so the
crew of CANSWER obliged. To make sure she made the most of her shoot we put her
in contact with actor John Milgliore who has been in a record breaking 17
zombie films including DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004), LAND OF THE DEAD and SURVIVAL OF
THE DEAD to give her some zombie pointers.
We then interviewed the makeup FX team of Carlos Henriques and
Ryan Louagie, collectively known as The Butcher Shop, along with their
additional makeup crew they brought in for the day. We talked about their
undertaking of making up 70 people in one morning for a large zombie scene.
Next up, we join director of photography, Philip Sportel on
the rooftop of the aforementioned auto shop, where the majority of the action
takes place in the film. Philip is a director himself, creating music videos
for indie acts like Johnny Polygon's "Riot Song" and Colin Munroe's
"World of Pain".
Meanwhile, not just moms got involved in the zombie action;
we met up with 12-year-old Jack who played one of the horde in CANSWER.
For more details on CANSWER and Archiles Films, head right here.
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