Filmmaker David Mun's directorial debut, the award-winning dramatic-thriller "House of Good and Evil" will screen at the upcoming Another Hole in the Head International Genre Film Festival on Dec. 6.
The film tells the story of Chris and Maggie Conley, who after the tragic loss of their unborn child, escape the stress of the city and move into a remote country home. But their new start begins to fall apart when unresolved secrets begin to surface and marital mistrust festers into deadly consequences.
Mun recently answered a few questions about his trip to London, his experience working on the film and what's next on his filmmaking slate.
Tell us about your trip to London.
I had a great time in London as a festival participant in the London International Film Festival. I made some good contacts and great friends. "House of Good and Evil" was nominated for five awards: Best of the Fest, Best Feature, Best Director, Best Male Actor and Best Visual Effects. We took home Best Feature and the big prize, Best of the Fest.
What has been the most rewarding experience for you working on the film?
The most rewarding experience in working on the film is to see that no matter what, if you keep your dreams and goals in mind, they will come true. Blu wrote the script just a little over eight years ago and has gone though many hands, but he never gave up and finally was able to see his story come to life.
For me as a director, having that chance to have this script as my directorial debut was an exciting opportunity that only one can dream of. I've always had a specific way I would direct the movie, given the chance, when I was approached years ago and during filming, it was like I imagined from day one. The real challenge for me was in post production and learning how to deal with that end of making a movie. So the two parts of production combined was a good experience.
What was the most valuable lesson you learned working on the film?
The most valuable lesson I've learned was make sure you always have good sound during production otherwise it'll screw you in post. If you can't ADR, then get wild lines. Another lesson, think about the distribution of the movie and what is needed for a smooth deliverable. For example good sound, good M&E track, good 5.1 mix, good stereo mix, all the proper paper work, licenses, contracts, etc...notice I'm stressing sound first. Coming from a camera background, I never consider sounds importance. Yes, I know it's important to have good sound but to what degree, I never would have guessed. I have a new respect for the sound department.
Where can fans see the film next?
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What's next for you?
I have some projects in the works for development and some for funding. I can't get into details of which are to come first, but I'm always open to meeting new people as well.