Co-director Beast Inside Star talks franchise hopes for the werewolf thriller
In the new horror movie Beast WithinWhen a murdered corpse is discovered at a gaming app launch party, guests become suspicious of each other as they become players of the deadly game. The Whodunit creature shows stars Steven Morana (Whiskey Business) and Holly Deveaux (The Mist) as a couple attending the launch party of their gaming app Werewolves Awaken. When a guest is found mysteriously dead, they wonder who the killer could be. Everyone becomes a suspect and player in a deadly, real-life version of the game.
Morana, who co-directed with Chris Green (Zombie Werewolves Attack) and co-produced with Nic Izzi (1BR), plays the shy tech genius turned action hero, and his martial arts background helped keep him during the confrontation with the werewolf was all doing his own stunts.
Other cast members of the ensemble are Colm Feore (Thor), Ari Millen (Orphan Black), Alysa King (Slasher), Supinder Wraich (The 410), Art Hindle (Invasion of the Body Snatcher) and Katie Boland (The Bet).
The Gore and Creature FX scenes were created by award-winning special effects makeup studio The Butcher Shop FX Studio. The soundtrack features music by rising hip / hop star Arya Safakish (also known as Afta Hill and Safakash).
We caught up with star and co-director Steven Morana to discuss his new entry in the werewolf movie subgenre, Beast Within.
I think you are Canadian based on where some of you were filmed.
Your guess was correct. I'm from Toronto, Canada.
And when did you decide to tackle the bright lights of big city Hollywood?
When I got an agent as a young adult and was introduced to the professional side of the industry, I got the idea to move to Hollywood. I was heavily influenced by the Toronto International Film Festival. I attended events and premieres that featured many talented professionals in Hollywood that I ended up working with. Besides, I always wanted to live on the beach.
How long have you wanted to not only act but also make films?
Acting is something I've been doing since I was seven and that has been a lifelong passion for me. The filmmaking process presented itself on this project and I was confident to dive in with the support of my colleagues and co-directors.
Was it always about being an all-round entertainer who can do everything?
I definitely don't do everything I am just as good as the team I work with. I received a lot of guidance and support during my filmmaking. I love storytelling and acting has always been my base from which other aspects of production evolved.
What did you learn from seasoned professional Colm Feore?
He is present in front of the camera. It falls so effortlessly into a figure and captivates. This was a pleasure to see and act out in our scenes.
And you have Holly Deveaux here too?
Yes, she is very talented, funny and a true professional on the set.
What kind of training did you have to do for the film – be it combat training or sword fighting?
We had a great stunt coordinator, Simon Fon, who kept my safety but helped me with all of my own stunts. I come from martial arts, so the combat choreography and the breaks I made in the film felt natural to me.
I have to ask, have you worked in this area since the film is an "app"?
I had a close friend who works in this world and he was part of my inspiration for some of the qualities of August. He also helped advise on some dialogue policies.
And are we talking about franchises here?
Yes. There is much more to discover where we can record the story of August. We're just getting started!
Beast Within is now available on demand in the US and Canada. A release in the UK is to be announced. Beast Within, a Build Character production in association with Little Ax Productions and High Star Entertainment, was released on September 8th by Stonecutter Media in North America. The executive producers are Amy Williams (stone, paper, scissors), Spero Stamboulis (Warning Shot) and Bruno Marino (Gridlocked).
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