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[WORLD OF DEATH] Interview with “The Basement” Director Trev Renney

I was able to get on the horn with Trev Renney so we could discuss his movie The Basement for a little bit and I thought it’d be a great lead in to Thursday’s premiere.  Thanks for taking the time to chat with me Trev and for including your short in World of Death!

TONY (WOD) – Trev, why don’t you tell us a bit about The Basement.

TREV RENNEY – The Basement is a concept short, or a concept teaser, because it’s taken from a feature length version that I wrote, and is meant to be a springboard for getting that feature made. This is just the beginning for Gracie, and it gets a whole lot weirder from here.

WOD – So there’s more to this story huh?  How do we see more?

TR – If you like the short, and you’d like to see the feature version get made, then please share share share. We also have a website – Our goal right now is to just get as many eyes on it as possible, so tweet, re-post, send it to your horror friends and industry tastemakers. Any help from fans is genuinely appreciated! Also feel free to reach out and let me know what you think. I’m on twitter @renn_dogg and @basement_film.

WOD – Where does the story come from?

I came up with the idea when myself and my now-wife broke into an abandoned steel foundry that was being zoned for redevelopment. We found a staircase leading to a basement but were way too terrified to go down. So after we left I started obsessing over what might be down there, and the idea for the movie came to me.

WOD – So in a way, crime can pay?  Hmmm, we’ll have to remember that…  I can honestly say what instantly drew me into the short was the promo shot of the staircase you sent me!  How did you guys accomplish such an awe-inspiring camera shot?

TR – We got the staircase shot by actually building a staircase about half as big as the one in the shot, and with a removable wall. We shot that staircase in profile and then duplicated it in post, to make it taller than it really was. I’ll take this opportunity to say how grateful I am for my incredibly talented crew that helped pull it off. It was a shit-ton of work on a next-to-nothing budget.

WOD – Some of the best ideas come from a lack of budget.  Psst, someone should probably tell Hollywood that.  Trev, is there anything else you’d like to comment on?

TR – Huge thanks to everyone for watching. Enjoy the full short when it drops Thursday. And Thanks to Tony, Ben and everyone else at Bloody Disgusting for helping with the launch!

If you haven’t checked out the teaser for The Basement yet, scroll down and watch it now!  Trust me, you’re missing out if you don’t.  The full short film premieres on Thursday, February 23rd at 10am CST only on Bloody-Disgusting’s YouTube channel.  Subscribe now!

– Tony Wash



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