Last week, at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with directors Ti West and Eli Roth. West was in attendance for his film, The Sacrament, while Roth was there for The Green Inferno. While I had a lot of questions about both films, since almost all of you won’t be able to see them before watching the interview, I decided to ask questions that wouldn’t spoil the films and instead focus on filmmaking. During the interview, they talked about being at TIFF, what it was like showing the films for the first time to an audience, what the films are about, theatrical cuts vs. extended cuts, their thoughts on VOD, upcoming projects, why they both shot with the Cannon C300 camera, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
- Talk about the TIFF experience. This is West’s first time.
- 1:30 – West is encouraged by the reception to the movie after working so hard on the movie. This is the first time in a long time Roth showed a movie to a public audience that only he had seen.
- 4:30 – Both directors give the one-liner on their movies for people who haven’t seen it.
- 5:40 – West quickly cut 45 minutes of footage as an editor. Roth is happy with his final cut authority.
- 7:00 – West defers to the director’s choice for theatrical cut vs. extended cut. Roth tends to prefer the theatrical cut and cites Aliens.
- 8:30 – West always prefers the theatrical experience to present his movies, but understands the practical reality of the distribution model that releases his movies on VOD. Roth agrees, but notes that the theatrical release can be as short as 3-4 weeks, so ultimately wants people to see his movie however they can.
- 13:00 – Tease upcoming projects. West will take a break from horror for his next project. Roth wants to work in sci-fi.
- 14:00 – Both used the Cannon C300 camera—these were the first features shot on the C300.