One of the closing night films for the Cinedelphia Film Festival on April 27th is the sequel to the 2010 cult classic Birdemic: Shock and Terror - Birdemic 2: The Resurrection. If you haven’t seen the first Birdemic, it’s a bit like The Room, but with attacking CG eagles and vultures instead of the super awkward sex scenes. Also, where Birdemic fails in its technical prowess, it more than makes up for it with a sincerity you honestly can’t fake on screen.
A few weeks ago I got to chat via Skype with James Nguyen the director of the Birdemic films while he was in Vietnam working on pre-production for his next romantic thriller. We discussed not only Birdemic 2, but also his love for Hitchcock, Birdemic 3 and what he thinks of when he hears Philadelphia. Enjoy!
I know Hitchcock is a huge inspiration for you, what is it about his films that inspired you as a filmmaker?
I think it is the romantic thriller genre, which he invented. A romantic thriller is a feature film that has the elements of a romance and a thriller, plus a suspense twist and turn. Besides those two main elements, not all is well, or all is what it seems to be.
I never went to film school, but if there was a film school for me, it was watching a lot of Hitchcock films. About 12 or 13 years ago I picked up the camera and started shooting and I became a filmmaker by accident.
In 2006 you started production on Birdemic, did you think then, six years later you would be working on a sequel?
Birdemic when I started it was just a passion project. I had self-financed it from my day job, because I loved making movies as an indie filmmaker. Also part of it was an homage to Hitchcock’s The Birds. (more…)