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Weirdie Spotlight – Director Emma Dark

I am super honored today to have an award-winning film maker, weirdie, and awesome creative today.

Her experiences are super unique and intriguing. I hope you get to know her as much as I did. 


Emma Dark

ISO: Tell us a little about yourself

I’m an award-winning filmmaker (including Starburst Film Festival 2018 Best Director and YFIFF 2018 Albert Pyun Inspiration Award), sometimes actress and former model, specialising in the Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres.

SALIENT MINUS TEN is the new Sci-Fi/Horror short film from award-winning filmmaker Emma Dark, and is a cerebral foray into the darker, more disturbing, side of Science Fiction.

ISO: What is your favorite beverage?

Scotch and cola!

ISO: What is your favorite food?

I don’t think you can go wrong with a good pie, mash, peas and gravy.

ISO: What is your favorite sweet?

I’m not sure I really have one!

ISO: If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?

Right now I’d possibly visit Niihama from the “Ghost in the Shell” (2017) film, which was set in Japan but mainly filmed in Hong Kong. I travelled to Japan earlier this year and it’s wonderful!

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ISO: What are your ‘fandoms’?

A mind dump of a few things here… I love Alex Proyas’ “The Crow” (1993), “Columbo” (the best detective ever, of course), Japanese and Asian horror, also I have a fascination for the psychology of serial killers and listen to copious amounts of crime podcasts!

ISO: What do you love about what you are doing?

Film work wise? Everything about it. I mainly love creating my own films, characters, stories and worlds as a filmmaker and director. I do like being in front of the camera also, both aspects allow me to learn and stretch myself.

ISO: What is the most difficult thing for you about what you do?

Funding, keeping everything on track, finding the time to spent the significant amount of effort required to produce a high production value festival worthy film. It is all worth it to me though for the end product, and I do enjoy the process.

ISO: Who are your support team members?

Mainly a tight knight group of friends and professional acquaintances in the film and genre scene.

Writer/Director Emma Dark and Lead Actor Alan Austen attending the premiere of Salient Minus Ten at Cineworld Leicester Square London as part of the British Horror Film Festival 2017.

ISO: Do you attend geek events? If yes, which ones are your favorite?

In recent years I’ve mostly attended conventions as an official autograph guest more than anything else. Events I’ve signed at include Birmingham’s MCM Comic Con, Sheffield’s HorrorCon UK, SciFi Wales, and Birmingham Horror Con. My next event is InfiniFest run by Infinity Magazine, tickets here >

ISO: You were part of the dark synth-pop band X-KiN as their female vocalist. How did that experience shape you?

I think more than anything moving away from modelling into being front of camera for a few music videos, including X-KiN’s and B.E.F. featuring Kim Wilde’s “Every Time I See You I Go Wild” helped push me along the path to filmmaking, with some acting thrown in for good measure. I could take or leave the singing aspect, it’s not really an important factor for me at this point in time.

Writer/Director Emma Dark and DoP Philip Bloom on location. Filming Salient Minus Ten.

ISO: What was it like to be an official judge at the British Horror Film Festival?

It was great! It was the first of a few festivals I’ve judged at, and I’ve gone on to have one of my films, “Salient Minus Ten”, shown at the British Horror Film Festival. In fact it was its premier, and in Cineworld Leicester Square no less which was pretty fabulous!

ISO: Tell us about your self produced and directed short film “Seize the Night”

“After escaping from a secret government bio-research compound renegade vampire assassin Eva (Emma Dark) is hell bent on revenge.  Receiving a tip off from the mysterious Dante (Anthony Ilott, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort) she meets with arms dealer Joe (Paul Ewen, Cockneys vs Zombies) who informs her that an enemy is hot on her tail.  Eva hunts the hunter and encounters a team of werewolves, led by pack alpha Tobias (Carey Thring, From Hell).  During their confrontation Eva learns a terrible secret and is forced into a situation of such gravity she may have to join forces with the devil she knows in order to fight the greatest of all evils.”

You can watch the film, find out more about it, cast/crew, festivals screened at and awards won at the official site The film has had almost 34,000 views to date!

ISO: Do you ever direct yourself?

Yes, several times, including in both of my festival films “Seize the Night” and “Salient Minus Ten”. I can’t say it’s easy. Time and equipment restraints mean you don’t get as much of a chance to review your own performance as much as high budget films which have the same actor/director.

ISO: When did you start creating?

Since forever. From a small child I’ve been creating in one form or another, starting with drawing and painting. I then moved into photography, ended up modelling and doing some front of camera work, then back to behind the camera again, this time with films!

ISO: Why did you decide to pursue your art?

It’s not a decision, if I didn’t have creativity in my life it would be boring! Creativity (and money, and love) make the world go around! 🙂

ISO: What types of art do you do?

Mainly filmmaking – direction, writing, production, editing. Some acting when a project I like pops up. I used to model, and wouldn’t be averse to doing a bit again on the odd occasion.

ISO: What are some lessons you have learned about being an indie?

Everything is pretty much down to you to organise – budgeting, raising the said budget, production, post production. In a way this gives you almost complete control over your creation, but it does slow the process down, and to an extent you are reliant on a lot of good will from others to complete anything even remotely of scale. An external budget or even a much larger budget that I have previously raised would help give me a lot more flexibility.

ISO: What is something you wish beginning Indies knew?

Don’t rush in, don’t cut corners, deliver something of the best quality you possibly can. Treat those working with you fairly and respectfully. Too many people don’t and either end up with incomplete projects, or something that really doesn’t represent their original vision. Also, it’s not a race, make less films if you have to and make them the best they can be. People often ask indie filmmakers when the next film is coming out – we live in such a fast paced world where so much content is readily available and quickly. Look at Tarantino for example, he’s not making a new film every year, you don’t have to either, concentrate on the quality of what you are producing.

ISO: What tips or tricks do you have for other indies?

I wrote for Digital Filmmaker Magazine for eighteen months as the resident indie professional Q&A guru. It’s worth purchasing and reading back issues of those as I do cover many commonly asked production questions in there, alongside some obscure ones!

ISO: What are some free/cheap business tools you have found helpful?

Colour grade and professional finish on projects can often be a challenge for indie filmmakers. I used FilmConvert on my last project and would recommend it, it’s reasonably priced and plugs into most editing tools

ISO: What projects are you working on?

I’m currently working towards releasing “Salient Minus Ten” in April, and on my next project, which will be a full on horror short. I’m also supporting Martin Daniels’ film “House of Lexi” which I starred in as the lead character Lexi. It plays at the Starburst Magazine International Film Festival March 13th I will be attending to support it.

ISO: Where can people find you online?


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