It was my great pleasure to talk to Signe Olynyk, Writer & Producer of Below Zero a film that is world premiering at 2011 Calgary International Film Festival. (watch trailer here) In my video interview with Signe, she talked about her experiences in locking herself in a meat freezer for five days to write a script, and her amazing cast members Edward Furlong, Michael Berryman, Kristin Booth, and Sadie Madu (who celebrated her 8th birthday during production), and the experience of filming in Edson, Alberta. And I just find the following really cool! (emphasis added)
“I call this film an autobiographical horror,” says writer/producer, Signe Olynyk, who struggled with her own case of writer’s block. “You’ve heard of method acting? You could say I’m a ‘method writer’.” In order to complete the script, Olynyk arranged to have herself physically locked in the meat freezer of an abandoned slaughterhouse near Edson, Alberta. After camping out for five days, she emerged with the script for “Below Zero.”
Here are some film stills and production notes.