You can push the limits very far as long as you ground them into some kind of reality. Also horror works very well with all the other genres, so you can mix a lot if you know what you're doing(or just starting out by experimenting with shorts).
Can you say anything about your movies?
My movies are often character dramas of some kind, often sprinkled out with some humor and absurd scenarios to keep things interesting and offer something unique.
Why do you work in the film industry?
I'm not sure I would say that I really "work" in the industry, I have gotten two short projects out into different streaming platforms thanks to my partner-in-crime "Emil Levin", but it's obviously not enough to live off of. I have a part-time dayjob.
Why do I make movies, then? For me making movies is simply my creative outlet, just as somebody who writes songs or makes drawings to express themselves. It's a necessity in my life.
Also I get to meet a lot of people that I wouldn't otherwise have met through movie projects so that's a motivation aswell!
What are some of your upcoming projects?
I can't spoil it too much, but me and some people are working on a sort of satire which is heavily inspired by 70-80's movies and the debate back in the day about how "violent and immoral" they were.
There's also some other stuff in the pipeline, but I don't wanna "jinx" them by talking too much about them!
What was the project you learned the most from?
A simple thing but; in my last project I learned that I should have a proper checklist for all the things that should be in order and working before any shoot.
Makes it so I don't need to have to think of and remember every little thing myself, because that's impossible! I was shooting some test-footage for the satire I talked about above.
What is the last horror film you saw? What did you think of it?
"Aberration" from 1997. I thought it was a fun little "B-movie". Very inspiring as the filmmakers didn't seem to have that much resources to work with but still managed to entertain me in parts almost as much as Evil Dead. Not a great movie, starts out bad but picks up pretty quick.
Worth a watch if you have some time to kill and like the idea of a low-budget movie with mutating killer lizards!
What is your favorite horror movie and why?
Probably "Bride of Frankenstein". It's got a perfect mix of horror, comedy and drama. It surpasses the original because of that! That one or "Jaws"!
How do you prepare for a movie?
Go through the script several times until I know what every scene means so that I can explain to the actors what I'm looking for and direct them accordingly.
Also if possible, go to the locations days before the shoot with my cameraman so that we can come up with what kind of shots we want and what actually will work.
If you could work with any actors or actresses who would they be and why?
Oh my god, that's a tough one! Well, there are people I know and are aqcquainted with that I would like to work with so we'll see about that. However, if I had to "dream" I would love to work with Jeffrey Combs; I love much of his type of movies, his acting style and he seems like a very humble person.
As for someone who's not alive I would say Jack Nance from David Lynch's movies and Twin Peaks. Simply because he had a unique presence as an actor.
Where can we find out more about you and your work?
I don't have a dedicated website or such at the moment, sorry! I guess my IMDB-profile(the only "Patrik Brander" on there) is atleast a place you can check in once or twice a year to see if I'm working on something.
What is your personal definition of horror?
Fears and threats that are not only external, but internal, the ones you can't escape from.
The ones you have to fight but are too afraid to because you believe you're not strong enough or the sacrifices are too big. That's real horror to me and something that most of us can relate to in our real life.
Who is your current inspiration?
Lance Henriksen. I've read his biography and watched several interviews with him over the years. Despite his age, tough life and setbacks he always seems to be optimistic. I've never met the man but I feel like I know him.
Favorite country or place?
I haven't been to many countries. Italy is one of them, when I went with my theatre school years ago and played(in english) for children in schools and in a town square.
I would like to go back there to visit one day, ride the trains because of the beautiful old-timey towns and beautiful countryside. Other than that almost any countryside, forest and beachside in general are my favorite places to be around.
Anything else you want to mention?
Thanks for asking me to do this little interview! I would love to do another when and if my current project is getting close to being finished! Hope to hear from you again. Take care!