To start things off, can you introduce yourself to the readers?
Hello! My name is Izzy Sutton, writer, director, producer, special fx artist, editor, actor and sometimes musician from Davenport, Iowa, United States. You could say I wear all hats on low budget film productions.
How did you get your start in the film industry?
I attended Tom Savini's Special Make-up & FX program in Monessen, PA, back in 2003. There, I met my future best friend and filmmaking partner. We worked on a couple low budget films while in school, and decided to give it a shot on our own films. From there, we've networked and worked with other filmmakers in our area.
Can you tell us anything about Spring Fever?
It's been a long journey! 7 years in production to be exact. Back in 2010-2012, my buddy Chris and I shot a short film called DEAD OF WINTER. The original idea was to make an fx reel, which then turned into a story about a mysterious hitman named Agent X who steals a serum, capable of turning everyone into bloodthirsty zombies, from his evil brother Dr. Yaeger. SPRING FEVER, which is co-directed by Chris Mcelyea and myself, is the feature length sequel to that film. I reprise my role Zed from the first film.
What do you consider to be the strongest element of your work?
I would have to say, aside from interesting stories, the editing and the way we keep the films we make entertaining.
Can you tell us about the greatest moment in your film career?
I dont think I've done enough yet to have one lol. But I would definitely say landing the late Robert Z'Dar on my first feature would be the most humbling thing about my career so far.
Do you think you've changed as an Director/Producer since you first started?
Oh definitely. Coming from a practical special fx background, I'd say I've definitely come around as a director and have a more focused vision when tackling projects.
How did you come up with the idea for your film?
Honestly, I took a look at the vast conspiracies about the shadow government that rules the world, a lot of which are coming to light now, and injected that into a story that includes zombies, drugs, martial arts and puppets. The film, as wacky as it is, is more relevant now than ever.
Can you tell us more about your upcoming project(s)?
Honestly, after this film is over, if the current worldly situation passes over, I'm taking time off from filmmaking, unless the project is just right. For the time being, it will be all about promoting SPRING FEVER and getting it out there in the film festivals. Eventually there will be a dvd and bluray.
Where can we found out more about you and your work?
You can always check out www.starvingcorpseproductions.com , but I will be honest I've been busy and havent updated it in a while!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to try a career in Director/Producer?
If it's something you want to do, do it! Theres no time like the present, dont put it off because you never know how much time you have.
If you could work with any Director/Producer who would they be and why?
I would love to work with or for John Carpenter and/or Guillmero Del Toro. Those 2 guys are my top 2 favorite directors of all time.
Would have to be John Carpenter's The Thing. It's the film that made me want to become a special fx artist. Everything about the film is pure gold.
What is the last horror film you saw? What did you think of it?
Honestly, I've been so busy working on finishing up SPRING FEVER that I havent watched too much of anything lately. I remember watching the new Puppetmaster reboot and finding it very entertaining and fresh.
Favorite country or place?
One only been to one country, unfortunately, that being the Unitted States. But my favorite place is usually anywhere outdoors away from people. Ha!
Did you know anything about sweden?
I know Sweden is on my bucket list to travel and visit. They also produce some of the best metal music in the world.
Anything else you want to mention?
I'll be premiering the film online April 18-20, free!