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If you could invite 5 famous people, dead or alive to dinner, who would you choose? ~ StarsQA Team
I would choose Peter Sellers, Jim Morrison, David Lean, Jack Kerouac and Rasputin to dinner. I am a fan of these guys and their personalities, views, lifestyles and thoughts would make for an interesting debate!
If you could win any award in your chosen career, what would you like it to be for? ~ StarsQA Team
I would like to receive a Saturn Award as I am very into the Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. But ideally, making people smile with the work that I do is what I would really appreciate.
If you could have any supernatural power, which would you choose and why? ~ StarsQA Team
I already have three so it would not be fair to have a fourth. Hehehe!
If you discovered a new island, what would you name it and why? ~ StarsQA Team
Otisberg in honor of Ned Beatty's character in Superman. He never go the chance so I would gladly oblige. :)
Have you got any current/upcoming projects that you would like to tell us about? ~ StarsQA Team
Yes, I just wrapped two films, Cooties and Fear Clinic and am currently in production with the zombie film Heart Land. Collectively, I am working with writer Neo Edmund on our vampire project Clan of the Vein. On my own, I am directing a short which is about a ventroliquist. Right after, I am slated to direct two music videos and will start pre-production on the film Descendants which I plan to direct.
What was/is your fav subject at school and why? ~ StarsQA Team
Art, Astronomy and History tied!!! I have always been fascinated with art even though I have never taken a formal drawing class. History intrigues me and Astronomy makes me think and question everything.
Do you have any pets? What are their names? ~ StarsQA Team
Not any more. Sadly my three moray eels passed away a few years ago and I have not had pets since.
If you could give your younger self a piece of advice, what would it be? ~ StarsQA Team
Do your own project! Cannots stress that enough. And make sure YOU are the one who gets it done. Don't depend on anyone other than yourself. If you cannot direct - teach yourself. If you cannot write - teach yourself.
A part from English, can you speak any other languages? ~ StarsQA Team
Sadly, no. English is the only language I speak. I am not too good a picking up other languages but shockingly can understand Quenya - the Elvin language of LOTR.
What's the last movie you saw? And did you like it? ~ StarsQA Team
The last movie I saw was Oculus. Yes, it was pretty good and kind of unique. Creepy and cool!
What's the last book you read/are currently reading? And did you like it? ~ StarsQA Team
Good question! I am currently reading Whitley Strieber's sequel to The Hunger, The Last Vampire. Yes, it is REALLY good and I am addicted! It is nice to see where Catherine''s character is going in this. I am hoping to finish it in the next week or so.
What's your current fav song? ~ StarsQA Team
My current favorite song is Swervedriver's new tune, Deep Wound. What a great song from one of my fave shoegaze bands! Catchy riff and brooding lyrics! <3
How did you choose to spend your Easter this year? ~ StarsQA Team
I spent Easter with my Mom and Cousin in the Bay Area. It was a short trip but I spent Fri-Sun with them. I always make time to see my family during the holidays.
Yes, I am involved in a pretty cool commercial on Monday which I am looking forward to! And prepping to direct my short in a few months. :)
If you joined the circus, what would you perform? ~ StarsQA Team
Probably being shot out of a cannon! FUN!!!
If you could be any age for a week, how old would you be and why? ~ StarsQA Team
Probably the age I am now. I still look exactly as I did when I was 21 and have the same energy for life. Only NOW, I speak what I mean and don't have any hang ups. And am lot wiser. I think. Yeah, I think.
If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? ~ StarsQA Team
Hmmm,...chocolate! Can never have enough chocolate! :) If I HAD to pick an actual meal, maybe quinoa and kale tacos! Delicious!
If you could be in the body of someone else for 24 hours, who would you be and what would you do? ~ StarsQA Team
Jim Morrison (if he were still alive). I would love to experience what it would be like through his eyes to be on stage with The Doors.
Who has been your fav person you have worked with to date? ~ StarsQA Team
I would say Paul Popowich from Vampires Anonymous and Woody Harrelson/Josh Hartnett/Gackt from Bunraku. We all got along great on set and stay in touch even today.
Who would you like to work with that you haven't had the opportunity to work with yet? ~ StarsQA Team
Christopher Walken and Gary Oldman. Been fans of both of them for years!
If you could change your name, what would you change it to, and why? ~ StarsQA Team
Hmmmm,... "Shecky" D'Monte has a nice ring to it. :)
If you could be an animal, which one would you be, and why? ~ StarsQA Team
Actually, I would rather be a mineral--like salt or boron.
Can't mention it yet, but once I do, StarsQA will be the first to know.
Summer or winter? ~ StarsQA Team
Definitely winter! It is way too hot these days and winter allows us to snuggle up with loved ones over a roaring fireplace.
Vampire or werewolf? ~ StarsQA Team
Vampires! Hands down! Love werewolves too but vamps won my heart!
Sweet or savory? ~ StarsQA Team
I'll go with sweet as I love sweets and candy! Which makes my dentist happy.
If you could only have one of these, which one would you choose: sight or hearing? ~ StarsQA Team
Sight. I need the visual stimulation.
Yes. Right now I am working on JP4 and B vs S for a week or two and once again teaming up with good friend Scott Speer for a project. Can't say anything more. If Wednesday's meeting goes well, you will be the first to know. Hint: NIGHT.
When things go BUMP in the night, you think it is a ... ? ~ StarsQA Team
What is your favourite scary movie? ~ StarsQA Team
Anything with Nic Cage. Seen his acting? LOL! Just kidding. THE SHINING (original). HANDS DOWN!
Name 3 things that scare you ~ StarsQA Team
Hissing cockroaches, ghosts and were-gophers!
What are you going to be dressed up as for Halloween this year? ~ StarsQA Team
You will find out soon enough... ;)
Yes, and this is a LONG list so bear with me. I am working on a film called Break My Heart 1000 Times with Gold Circle Films. I am also working on Blumhouse's new MTV Thriller, Eye Candy (two episodes). Just finished storyboarding Billy Idol's new music video, "Can't Break Me Down" and am directing a featurette for a film noir I am slated to direct next year called SOUTH OF HEAVEN (you heard it here first, folks). Happy Halloween! ;)
Do you have an unusual talent? ~ StarsQA Team
Yes, I can fold my right ear inside and make it stay. Can also make it squeak really loud.
What are you most grateful for? ~ StarsQA Team
My loving family AND friends. I would NEVER have gotten to where I am with them.
In school you were/are well known for... ~ StarsQA Team
Being the "class artist".
If the Tardis (from 'Doctor Who') appeared in your kitchen, and asked you to go on a time travel adventure with him, what would you do and where would you go? ~ StarsQA Team
I would go in search of Jack the Ripper.
Starting Spectrevision's new project, CAMINO in Columbia.
What is the top thing on your Christmas list this year? ~ StarsQA Team
For me....a much needed vacation! For others, gifts that come from the heart.
What is your favourite Christmas song/carol? ~ StarsQA Team
No presents for Christmas by King Diamond. Hahaha
Do you have any special family traditions around this time of year? ~ StarsQA Team
Yes festive gatherings and lots of singing and eating.
The year is coming to an end, did you achieve your new years resolution(s) and have you set any new ones? ~ StarsQA Team
Yes, achieved everything and set up some big ones for this upcoming year.
Filming starting on Stephanie in a few weeks.
If you were king or queen for a day, what would you do with your power? ~ StarsQA Team
Rid hunger, make everyone equal. And probably burn something. Hahaha!
Who is your favourite Disney character? ~ StarsQA Team
What is considered your good luck charm? ~ StarsQA Team
My lovely girlfriend.
Do you have a motto that you live by? ~ StarsQA Team
To The Death!
Yes but they are all secret for now.
What is your favorite thing about your chosen career? ~ StarsQA Team
Everyday is a new adventure. I always meet and work with people I grew up watching on TV or playing with people I went to go see in concert. Money doesn't hurt either.
What is your least favorite thing about your chosen career? ~ StarsQA Team
The unexpected. You may be a studio chief one day and flat on your ass broke the next. It is THAT extreme. Also there are a lot of people who talk, talk, talk which really means they have nothing going on. The ones who don't brag and say nothing are the ones who have their $#@ together.
What stereotype about the entertainment industry or its workers have you found to be true or not true? ~ StarsQA Team
Having friends and knowing a lot of people really DOES help. I have only gotten two gigs here cold turkey. The rest are because someone I knew or previously worked with vouched for me. And see above.
What advice would you give to someone trying to make it in the entertainment industry? ~ StarsQA Team
Stick with it! It takes a few years to get noticed. You will face weep and woe of Biblical proportions but if you hang in there, success will follow.
Clan of the Vein (our graphic novel preview) is now available on Amazon and Kindle. Look it up and grab a copy.
Is there a place in the world you'd really like to visit but haven't yet? ~ StarsQA Team
Do you have a particular song stuck in your head at the moment? ~ StarsQA Team
Merry Go Round by The Replacements.
If you were a teacher, what subject would you like to teach? ~ StarsQA Team
Art because it is fun and inspiring!
Do you collect anything? If so, what is it? ~ StarsQA Team
Yes, statues and art prints. Occasionally coffee mugs if they are interesting.
Who is your favourite superhero and why ~ StarsQA Team
SpiderMan! He is a hero but always has to deal with life's challenges, making him very humanistic. He is not too powerful too.
Who is your favourite villain and why? ~ StarsQA Team
Darth Vader! He is evil but has a good heart - a constant battle between god and evil, like Nietzsche's Superman.
Who is your favourite comedian? ~ StarsQA Team
George Carlin - funny and smart!
What has been the best April Fool's prank you have pulled on anyone? ~ StarsQA Team
Salt in the sugar bowl!
Yes. I just filmed an episode of MTV's Finding Carter. I also just wrapped the Blumhouse film Stephanie and am storyboarding my film called Descendants. I am also about to start working on Lionsgate's BMH 1000x with good friend Scott Speer. And of course Jurassic World hits theaters June 10th. I will also be at SDCC signing Clan of the Vein graphic novels and some acting merch.
Who is your favourite author and book they have written? ~ StarsQA Team
Whitley Strieber and THE HUNGER is one of all time fave books. And of course, fave book of all time is THE HERO FROM OTHERWHERE from Jay Edwards (I think that is his name).
Would you rather be rich with no friends, or poor with many friends? ~ StarsQA Team
Poor with many friends. Rich I feel would make one become isolated and less trustworthy of others. Plus having excess $$ would cause problems.
If you could reinvent a movie theatre snack, what would it be? ~ StarsQA Team
Twizzlers. I loathe licorice.
Are you a nervous flyer or a calm one? ~ StarsQA Team
Yes. Started a production co with a few associates. Busy but exciting! We have one project in development and another optioned. And working on other things as well. Big announcement on COTV in two weeks. You will be the first to know.
Would you rather be immortal and live forever or be mortal and live a normal life span? ~ StarsQA Team
Good question. Immortal because I have a fascination with vampires.
Would you rather be able to talk to animals or read human minds? ~ StarsQA Team
Talk to animals. Could be more fun and I wanna know what they think of us.
What is your favourite dinosaur? ~ StarsQA Team
What is your favourite ice-cream flavour? ~ StarsQA Team
Writing road picture with writing/producing partner.
How do you prepare for auditions? ~ StarsQA Team
First thing I do is not get nervous. As George Clooney said: "You are there to solve the production's problems. If they don't find the right actor to play this role, the production can suffer. So they are the ones who are nervous."
I read the script and see how the OTHER characters are reacting to what my character is saying/doing. I then get a description of what my character looks like, his motivations - what drives him. I then pull up on past experiences (movie characters, cartoon characters, people I have seen/met in real life) and try and mix and match two to three of these "ingredients" together to form the character.
If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be? ~ StarsQA Team
A banana! Good for headaches and I lower stress.
How would you explain colour to a blind person? ~ StarsQA Team
I would take them to a concert to "feel' the music vibrations and ask them what they see. Then tell them that is what color is like.
What is the strangest food you have ever eaten, what did it taste like and did you like it? ~ StarsQA Team
A LONG time ago (before I was a vegetarian), I ate rattlesnake. It tasted like chicken but very soft, pliable. It was good.
What has been your favourite moment of this year so far? ~ StarsQA Team
March!!!! I started dating the most amazing girl ever!
Yes. Storyboarding my film Descendants and working with Final Destination creator Jeffrey Riddick on his new film.
If you could have picked your birthday to be on a national holiday before you were born, which one would it be? ~ StarsQA Team
July 4th! Biggest Party of the year!
What does your name say about you? ~ StarsQA Team
Reminds me of church..."kneel".
If you could be any superhero's sidekick for a day, who would it be? ~ StarsQA Team
Morocco Mole from Secret Squirrel. He was so cute and I loved his Fez.
What's your ultimate dream vacation spot? ~ StarsQA Team
Greece, ideally in the blue grottos of the caves.
Yes. A film I did a few years ago called Toolbox Murders 2 just was released on bluray and DVD. I play the Homeless Man and first kill. Also heading to NYC to start production meetings on two of our production company's projects.
Attend the very last Rush concert or direct your own TV show with today's hottest star? ~ Gigi
I actually DID attend the very last Rush concert so I guess (by default) that my answer would be the latter.
StarsQA has been online for 5 years, so we were wondering what has been your favorite career highlight from the past 5 years? ~ StarsQA Team
My fave career highlight in the last 5 years is a tie between working on Jurassic World as a designer and having my directorial debut, Front Men, premiering in LA to a full house theater. Both were pretty amazing.
Hi, Neil, you seem pro-active in more than one artistic field... How do you manage to cope with all your project and how do you set priorities? :) ~ Josephine
What got you inspired to become an actor and what other arts are you interested in?? ~ Paige
From all the people you've worked with, who's your favorite co-star and why? ~ Lena
Do u have an idol in life & who is he/she & why?? ~ Tracey
If you were able to travel back in time, where will you go, when, who will you meet, and why? ~ Dylan