Warren F. Disbrow, Director # 4
Movie Maker "Warren Disbrow"
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Warren F. Disbrow, completely defines the term Independant Movie Maker and he is old school filmaking at its finest. A veteran of the classic B -movie making era and a true Artist in every sense of the word, a writer, sculptor, painter, a film school student and graduate in the media Arts , Mr. Disbrow stills shoots like he just stepped from a 1970's Roger Corman movie set. However he has stepped up a notch and is now shooting in HD, doing his own marketing and distribution with his own media company, "Visual Experiences Motion Picture Co.LLC " and his newest movie's "Hate’s Haunted Slay Ride"(2010) is about to be released on DVD, and is packed with a directors cut and interviews, "Hate’s Haunted Slay Ride" (2010) "Dark Beginnings" is also being released to DVD which is another of Warren's newest films.
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Name or stage name? Warren F. Disbrow
Place Born ? Neptune, New Jersey, not far from where Jack Nicholson was born. I think Danny Devito was from nearby too. A lot of Hollywood over the years has been relocated NJ/NY it seems.
Place Grew Up? Neptune, NJ. You can get a lot of information about me and my movies at www.warrenfdisbrow.com. And you can see trailers and interviews from my movies on You Tube by doing a video search for my name. You can also Google my name.
What’s your favorite Place to Visit? England, because I haven’t had the chance to vacation there yet but almost everyone I know has and they all said they loved it there.
Your Favorite Color? Aqua Blue. I’m a 60’s kid. I love vibrant colors.
Favorite Sport? I don’t like sports. I played a little football and Soccer in high school because it was required, that’s all.
Your Eye Color? Blue.
Whats your favorite kind of Music?
I like different kinds: Alice Cooper, Marilyn Mansion, some Elton John, The Beatles, Judas Priest, head bangers stuff. I like rock and heavy metal. I also collect movie soundtracks; some classical too - depends on my mood.
Are you married or Single? I’m not married but in a relationship.
Warren working on a Mask Warren working on an actor Warren detailing a creature mask
Where did you attend School? I graduated from Jersey City University, in Jersey City NJ. They had a separate Media Arts building for Film and Television and were fully equipped. If the assignment was just to expose 2 minutes and 47 seconds of Tri-X or Plus-X stock using a Bolex Rx 5 or Auricon Pro 600 and just get an image, I’d shoot a short film instead or in the case of "Kiss of Medusa" (1982) a 26 minute 16mm sound color film that ended up being shown at the Hoboken Art Festival in 1982.
Whats your favorite Movie(s) ?
I love lots of movies. I love mostly horror, sci-fi and fantasy movies. "Creature from the Black Lagoon"(1954) would be near the top; I became friends with Ben Chapmen who was in the Gill Man suit. "The Wolf Man" (1941) with Lon Chaney Jr and the Peter Cushing movie "The Skull" (1965) are great movies. I loved the Sam Raimi Spider-man movies and Robert Downey Jr in "Iron Man". I just saw "Iron Man 2" and loved it.
What’s your Favorite TV Show?
I love lots of TV shows from the 1960s. "The Prisoner" with Patrick McGoohan from 1968 was great. The original "Star Trek" series had some excellent episodes. The 1960s had the best TV shows, which is why Hollywood keeps remaking them into movies. I don’t watch much TV anymore except for "House" which is the best of the current batch of shows and I find it funny that it’s story is set here in New Jersey.
Did you study to become a filmmaker? If so what School?
I started making small movies outside of a school situation during my high school years. I went to Trinity Christian School and Bible Baptist Church before going to Brookdale Community College and finally graduating from Jersey City University. Brookdale was just Super 8 film classes, while Jersey City was an upgrade to 16mm film production. Now we have Hi-Def 24 frame progressive cameras and can transfer the digitally shot feature film to 35mm film stock using it just a theater release format.
Who are your Idols? And why are they your idols?
I admire a lot of creative people. I guess the one I patterned my career after, being an independent filmmaker, was George A. Romero. His most successful film was "Night of the Living Dead" (1968). He is a fantastic filmmaker and I love his editing style. I corresponded with him in the 1970s, met him a few times over the last 34 years and am currently in contact with him again about possibly doing something together.
Warren and Ben Chapman(creature from black lagoon), Warren and George Romero
As an Award winning filmmaker, what did you win Awards for? Which Movie(s)? And from where did you receive your Awards? What year(s)?
I won a few Awards over the years but the last one was for Best New Jersey Feature Film from Rutgers University. That was in 2009. I never really bothered chasing after awards from film festivals. My focus has been on making the best feature films I can, for the time and money available, and hoping to score in the "Movie Business". I seek commercial success with feature films.
How long have you been filming movies? What motivated or influenced you to become a filmmaker? How did you get your start making films? How old were you when you made your first feature film? And what was the Title of that film?
When I was five years old in the early 60s I saw "Creature from the Black Lagoon" on TV and fell in love with that wonderful monster suit. I became a horror/ sci-fi fan at that moment and started reading Famous Monsters of Film land Magazine by Forry Ackerman (Who years later appeared in my feature "Scarlet Moon" along with Michael Bruce of the Alice Cooper Group). In my early teens I started making little horror films in Super 8 and at college moved up to 16mm shorts and features. My first professional feature film job was in 1987 when I was hired by Sam Sherman of Independent-International Pictures and got involved in Americanizing a German produced Klaus Kinski film called "Creature with a Blue Hand", which was re-titled "The Bloody Dead" for home video release. On that picture we worked with Special Effects Artist Ed French, who did the "Tales from the Darkside" TV series, and movies like "C.H.U.D." and "Creep show 2".
My first film as Writer/Director was originally titled "A Taste for Flesh and Blood" but it was re-titled by the distributors as "Flesh Eaters from Outer Space" (1989). It’s currently available on DVD as a box set with its sequel, "Invasion for Flesh and Blood" (1991) on the Troma label. "Invasion for Flesh and Blood" was higher quality with more effects and scope and we had Marilyn Ghigliotti from "Clerks" in it ( Kevin Smith, I’m told, gave her the part in "Clerks" after seeing her in "Invasion for Flesh and Blood".) My movies got world-wide distribution and some very good reviews and I was in the NY TIMES twice because of them. They were even used in books training critics how to review independent movies in colleges like "Reviewing the Arts" by Campbell Titchener.
How many feature films have you already completed? What Genres? And what were the Titles?
"The Bloody Dead", "Flesh Eaters from Outer Space", "Invasion for Flesh and Blood", "Scarlet Moon"(2006), "Haunted Hay Ride: The Movie"(2009), "Dark Beginnings"(2010) and our brand new 2 hour feature film "Hate’s Haunted Slay Ride"(2010). I also contributed to a documentary "Drive-in Madness" (1987) which was filled with people like George Romero, Forry Ackerman, Tom Savini and Jack Russo.
How many films have you worked on, besides your own films? Have you worked with any other Directors and if so how was the experience? Who has been the most notable person so far to work with? and for what reasons?
I only did two productions for other people – "The Bloody Dead" and "Drive-In Madness". "Drive-In Madness" and "Bloody Dead" are both available on DVD. Sam Sherman directed and wrote the new USA sequences for "The Bloody Dead". Tim Ferrante of "Fangoria" magazine wrote and directed "Drive-In Madness". It was by doing "Drive-in Madness" and impressing Sam Sherman with our expertise that Sam hired me and my crew to shoot "The Bloody Dead". On "Bloody Dead" I helped recreate the German sets, found matching costumes, handled the camera work and lighting. I also arranged the studio and supplied actors. When it was put out on DVD they compared my recreation of the sets to "Silence of the Lambs" and Sam talked about my contributions on the commentary track. Most of these DVDs are available at Amazon.com, Ebay.com, our own web site www.warrenfdisbrow.com, as well as Blockbuster, Best Buy and Borders, places like that.
Ed French handled the gore effects on "The Bloody Dead". He made lots of movies here on the East Coast and earned a name for himself as both an actor and Special Effects Artist and it was a pleasure working with him. He moved on to LA and kept working in movies. Guy Camilleri also worked with us as an actor in both "Scarlet Moon" and "Dark Beginnings" and moved on to LA to appear in "House" and "Crossing Jordan". All the people involved in front of the camera in "Drive-In Madness" were already established sci-fi horror celebrities when I met and worked with them. George Romero I first communicated with him back in the mid 70s just before "Dawn of the Dead" came out as a major hit.
As an Award winning Director, what’s your take on working with Actors? Have you worked with any known stars? If so how was the experience? Who were the stars? All the celebrities I already noted and a few others. I’m not in Hollywood, I’m in New Jersey. On this coast most celebrities think in terms of working in New York, not New Jersey. But we’ve had lots of people get their first experiences with us before relocating to LA. And when famous people visit the New York/ New Jersey area I contact them to see if they want to be in one of my movies.
Which Directors have influenced you the most, and why did they influence you? What Actors have influenced you the most? and for what reasons?
Actors: Peter Cushing, Patrick McGoohan, Christopher Lee, Lon Chaney Jr, Bogart, Vincent Price, Karloff, etc. There are plenty of other actors who I like.
Directors: George Romero, David Cronenberg, John Carpenter, Roman Polansaki, George Waggner, Freddie Francis, Terence Fisher, James Whale, Fellini, Roger Corman, etc. Again, there are plenty of others too when it comes to movie directors.