This unedited interview was recorded a couple of years ago at the Shanghai Grill in Beverly Hills.
LL: What gave you the idea of shooting a 3-D, I’ll call it a horror movie?
TJ: Let’s call it a thriller.
LL: It’s a thriller. Because “horror movie” is wrong. Today it means gore.
TJ: Yeah, this is much more… a psychological thriller. And the idea of exploring some psychological issues in the vein of film noir, where the heroes are typically conflicted psychologically and are working out some deep personal issues… For me, shooting the film stereoscopically was an allusion… The depth in the picture gave me a chance to explore depth in filmmaking. In other words, I felt like I could heighten the symbolism that’s inherent in the dreamlike narrative of film noir, with a heightened sense of depth and using the visuals in a way that would cast them in relief, bring some of the visuals to the foreground, and allow me to explore psychological issues in a visual way. (more…)