Ninja Zombies is an action-horror-comedy that displays some badass undead martial arts. Dameon is a young landlord who, with the help of some ninjas and his tenants, must prevent the Ninja Zombie horde from taking over the world. Will they succeed, or will undead ninjas rule the world? To learn more about Ninja Zombies visit their website www.ninjazombiesfilm.com
Co-writer/Director/actor Mike Castro was kind enough to sit down for an interview:
-First of all, why ninja zombies? How did this project originate?
The idea came from when Noah had an idea about a martial arts fantasy where a mystical sword could raise people from the dead. And I always wanted to do a Zombie Movie in the writing style of Joss Wheadon. After a night out and a few beers later we decided to combine the two into the film we have today
-Not only are you a producer, but an actor, which do you prefer?
Ive been actually struggling myself with this answer since production started. and I dont have definite answer yet. (in my experience on the film) It has been easier just being an actor and you can sometimes bring some ideas to the table of your character. Being the Producer is nice knowing that you were a major part of bringing the film together, and being able to say “This is what I helped create in a major way” is something I can seriously be proud of. But looking forward, if i were to have a continued life in the movie industry, In a big budget film I’d want to stay an actor, but as an indie film guy being a producer would be very fulfilling as well. Although if I were to continue making films with my partner in crime noah I would never pass the chance of being a producer again.
-What was the biggest challenge facing Ninja Zombies?
I’d say the biggest challenge by far was time. Since we were working against losing one of our major locations (since two of our crew were leaving the apartment) we had one hell of a timetable to get a huge chunk of the movie shot. But even though we had an all volunteer cast and crew we shot for 12 hours on weekends and 3 nights a week until ungodly hours, they showed up time and time again ready to deliver the best performance or job they could. And for that I am eternally grateful for not only delivering the best they could but trusting Noah and Myself to ask the most out of them everyday.
Other than that if we ever ran into a snag in the film, plot or characters Noah and I just stuck to our mantra…WWJD, “What would Joss do?”
-If you could share the screen with one scream queen, which one would it be?
Easy, My old school middle school crush. Sarah Michelle Gellar, ’nuff said.
-If you couldn’t work on film, what would you be doing with your life?
Well, I’d most likely be stuck at my current life of a Graphic Designer and praying that my band gets signed and leave my day job that way.
-What is your biggest phobia?
I know I should say zombies here, but I’m pretty sure every geek out there (especially zombie fans) has had a Zombie Apocalypse emergency plan in place since they were 5. So, I’d say…lighting? Yeah that shit will get you.
-Bela Lugosi or Boris Karloff?
Bela Lugosi…come on…that guy was a Pimp with some serious class
-What is next for Mike Castro and D-Prov Productions
For now, I’m just being dragged along the ride that is this film which hopefully will one day lead to bigger and brighter projects and leave this whole “Day job” thing behind. Of course making indie films on the side, that’s always a fun ride.
As for D-Prov, I’ve never thought about where it might lead to in the future, but right now Its just this small amazing crew of people who love making films and I couldn’t ask anymore from that right now.