Interview with Chad Meisenheimer

Next up for our interview section, we had a chat with filmmaker Chad Meisenheimer about his latest short film Nite Nite, which is currently doing the rounds at festivals, and his plans for the future. Check it out below and don’t forget to check our review of Nite Nite.

Thanks for having a quick chat. Tell us about Nite Nite?

Nite Nite is the first installment of my Retro Horror Trilogy. This story is set in 1985 and is about a seven year old Boy (Brady Bond) who has a monster is living in his bedroom but nobody believes him. Especially his Babysitter (Tommie Vegas).

Why did you decide it to be only 3 or so minutes?

I wanted to start off my Retro Horror Trilogy short and sweet so to get the horror fans hooked. The next two installments Little Girl in White and Coeds will be in the 10-15 minute range.

Did you find it harder to tackle a 3 minute film than say a 10-12 minute one?

Doing a micro short (under 5 minutes) is definitely a challenge to develop characters and a story that the audience can find entertaining. I’ve been out of the horror genre as a filmmaker for seven years, mainly working as a comedian and comedy writer while directing comedy sketches for YouTube. So I’m used to the micro short format but every project has its challenge.

Did you take inspiration from any traditional monster movies?

I really wanted to do a monster in the closet kind of movie while paying homage to my horror icons – John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Tom Holland and Wes Craven. I really hope I accomplished it with this film.

What are the plans for Nite Nite?

Right now it’s currently on the film festival circuit and not available to public yet. The goal after the film festival circuit is to get a streaming service like Crypt TV or Shudder to show it on their site.

Are you working on anything else at the moment?

I recently just wrapped on directing a short horror segment called “What Bumps in the Night” for a horror anthology feature “Paranoia Tapes 2” that is being released next year. I’m also in pre-production and fundraising for my second installment of the Retro Horror Trilogy called Little Girl in White, which is set in the early 1990’s and inspired by Asian horror cinema.

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