An Interview with Ryan Flamson by Dean Sills
UKHS – Hello Ryan, thank you for your time and welcome to UK Horror Scene.
How did you get into acting?
RF – A guy came into my shop, One Stop Shoe Repairs and he had a paintball trophy engraved, that guy was Carl Hamill. He had a look around and then asked if I fancied being in a film? You don’t get many opportunities handed to you in life so I said, “yes”and suddenly I was cast as an extra in my own shop.
UKHS – Right, let’s talk about ‘The Wrong Floor’. I actually know a few of the actors who have worked on this film including Rudy Barrow, Martin Webbe and Johleen Wakefield. You were originally just an extra in the film before you got the part of Mickey Firefirst. Can you please tell us how you got the part and a little about your character?
RF – Originally I was just Mike, I basically gave my scene as much as I could, even asking for the big shoot to be done again because I knew I could deliver it better. Carl stayed in touch. Soon after Mickey Firefirst was added as a recurring character in about 7 more scenes,which considering there was only 40 mins left to film, they fitted me in quite a lot of scenes. Mickey is a tough man who owns a shoe repairs shop but has an alliance with Dee Dixon, this is Marc Hamill (the director of the film) Han Solo style cameo. He plays a tough guy club owner. We basically work together helping Danny Green (main character) out, welding a shotgun in most scenes.
UKHS – Can you tell us a little about the story and the biggest challenges you all faced during filming?
RF – The story follows Danny Green in his quest to find his missing father, the Hamill bros have gone so over the top considering it’s a micro budget production. We have a roque cobbler, mad scientists, street thugs, a monster, toxic hobos, gangsters, absolutely brutal deaths, in fact I think there are more deaths in this film than characters!!!
In terms of challenges I think the budget restricted special effects in the way we did some of the big deaths, however with real smart camera angles and some real practical use of props, Marc & Carl Hamill along with Clare Ball, really did a great job of conquering this.
UKHS – I know the film is set in the UK and Spain.Can you please tell us a little about the filming locations and how much filming actually took place in Spain?
RF – The majority of the film is filmed in my hometown of Coalville, we have used local businesses such as my shop, along with the oldest building in Coalville, The Red House, and Alison’s Cafe to name a few. There are a few scenes shot in Spain , this basically shows the life style of our bad guy Mr Marcais in comparison to the city in the film (Haven Port City) which he himself reduced it too.
UKHS – What’s the atmosphere been like on the set?
RF – It’s a lot of fun. Marc, Carl and me are pretty much film geeks. We have a great laugh. We all get along and learn from each other. It’s been great to meet so many people with such a passion to be in this film.
UKHS – The film is a British Grindhouse style action thriller, which is Produced by The Hamill Bros. Can you please tell us without giving too much away if we will see tasty elements of pure blood and gore?
RF – There is a lot of blood, murder, drugs and gun fire. Along with fighting, explosions and some of the deaths are really over the top and show homage to some of the great 1980s horror flicks.
UKHS – What would you consider to be the three main ingredients that you need to make a classic horror flick?
RF – You need to create suspense. I think using great camera angles and the right music your on the right path. The timing has to be impeccable, bit of smoke, flicking lighting, such cheap and simple effects go along way. Blood and gore, you don’t need to show too much but enough, sometimes less can be more and leave in to the audiences imagination.
RF – I’m currently appearing in 3 shorts as part of the series of Hunted films, starting with ‘Hunted – Outbreak’. Next year I have 2 feature films to do, one is horror and the other one is a gangster movie. I’m also currently working on the Indiegogo campaign to help raise money for post production on ‘The Wrong Floor’.
UKHS – Good luck with all those, Ryan and thanks again for your time.
Images courtesy of : Marc Hamill
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