Alejandro Montoya Marin, director of Captive, took some time out of his hectic schedule to talk to us about the forthcoming movie plus his career as a director.
HMZ: Have you always wanted a career in the film industry? If so, tell us what role you wanted in the industry and why?
AMM: I’ve always loved film. I would binge, record, re-watch films. Once I organized a play in front of my school. After that, any time I was failing a subject and needed extra credit, I would make a movie with my classmates. Edited them on VHS and screened them in front of my class. I passed every time (haha).
I never had more fun in my life than when filming and making stuff with my friends. I found out you could actually study film when I was 15. I had to agree to study marketing in order for me to also be able to study film because my dad didn’t like me studying film. I pulled the trigger late, but I sold my video store, my car and my movies and I never looked back.
HMZ: Before we move onto Captive, can you tell us a little bit about the movies you’ve made in the past? Which one would you say was the most challenging to work on?
AMM: I’m sure there’s going to be obstacles down the road. This is my third movie and I don’t plan to slow down anytime soon. But is it cliché to say, “my last movie was the hardest?” Because it was. Making Millennium Bugs was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
From raising the funds on Indiegogo while in pre-production to night shoots 6 days/week for 17 days, I don’t regret a single thing. The movie speaks for itself. The adventure and the people that helped me make that movie are the reasons I’m still directing. My dreams are becoming a reality. Hope people enjoy it once it premieres!
HMZ: Can you tell us how you were approached to direct Captive and a little bit about the interview process which lead to you being hired to direct Captive?
AMM: I met Executive Producers Tom Stajmiger and Cody Frank through a man named Steve Graham, another producer in the film industry. The interview was chill, we talked about film, how it was to have Robert Rodriguez as a mentor and what I learned. I showed them Monday (the film I made for Rodriguez’s Rebel Without A Crew TV series) and we hit it off.
Even though we’re an indie film, our goal is the same. Our mission is to make an epic bad ass film that people will enjoy and recommend. Why? Because we love film. We as film lovers enjoy being entertained, so now it’s our turn. We just want our audience to have a great time.
HMZ: Captive will be the first horror movie you have directed. Explain a little about how you’re feeling about directing it? Do you have any worries or concerns about its production or release?
AMM: I’ve always liked to challenge myself. A good director should be able to construct a narrative regardless if it’s his or her own script. I wanted to direct something I didn’t write (this is the first one I didn’t write). Mould it and make it be mine without changing the writer’s work.
HMZ: What steps are you taking in order to prepare for directing your first horror movie?
AMM: I’ve been re-reading the script, watching horror movies I love, and shot listing. My DP (Director of Photography) and I don’t like to over plan everything. On our last two projects, we came up with fun and creative stuff off-the-cuff. We want to be able to collaborate and create cool stuff we didn’t necessarily have planned if it feels right in the moment.
HMZ: How do you like to work with the actors/actresses of the movie? Do you have a specific process working with the cast?
AMM: I don’t have a process. I like to meet them and get to know them first. Why are they in the business? What inspired them to follow their dreams, and what were the projects that did that? Then I explain the way we shoot, so they know how to adapt, and re-adapt on set, and then I make it as fun as possible for all involved.
HMZ: Due to the global Coronavirus pandemic shooting has been delayed. Has that affected you and your preparations for shooting?
AMM: Yes, of course. We were supposed to film months ago, but safety has to come first. We’ve had to change how were going to shoot parts of the film so that everyone on set is safe but still productive.
HMZ: In one sentence, how would you describe Captive?
AMM: A fun and bloody ride that is going to make you wish we had shot two movies back to back.
Once again, you can read our feature on Captive here.