Q&A: Director Guy Shelmerdine Talks ‘Night Night’ and Dark Corner Studios
Last week we teased the latest experience to come from director Guy Shelmerdine’s twisted mind, a descent into clown terror that spawned from recurring nightmares from Shelmerdine’s youth. If you jumped at the chance to download the new Dark Corner app, and you should’ve, then you’ll finally be able to experience Night Night for yourself starting today.
Having been fortunate enough to have experienced Dark Corner Studios’ films on two separate occasions on their tour through the festival circuit, I’ve witnessed first-hand just how involved their immersion process is. The combined expertise of Teal Grayhavens’ VR knowledge and Shelmerdine’s ability to craft scares in the most unexpected ways makes for one of the most groundbreaking genre studios around- and they’re only getting started.
After previewing Night Night just ahead of its release, we sought to unravel Shelmerdine’s twisted mind. We discussed translating his nightmares to VR, the process of its creation, where Dark Corner Studios is headed, and more. The Dark Corner app, built using Vusr by Secret Location, is available for iOS, Android,Samsung GearVR, Google Daydream, and Oculus Rift, where you can also now experience Night Night for yourself. If you dare.
I know when we spoke at Fantastic Fest last year, you were able to notice the flaws in Catatonic (namely the stitching) that a novice viewer wouldn’t be able to detect; how much has the process and technology changed in such short time?
The release of Night Night is timely, considering the success of clown horror IT, but the idea actually started long before. Can you expand on your childhood nightmares that served as the basis for this film?
This was one that was co-written with Teal Greyhavens, what is that process like?
What is the development process like for each film/experience?
What do you wish most that people understood or knew about VR?
Dark Corner Studios also has experiences by outside directors with the Dark Corner seal of approval; how do you choose which voices to work with?
What film has meant the most to you?
With the app now launched, what’s in the pipeline?
Lastly, what scares you the most?