A Conversation With Michael Berryman - Page 5
So it’s a full circle kind of thing.
Michael on his newest thriller, “Below Zero”:
gJg: I see that you have a new movie out now, Below Zero.
MB: You betcha.. Below Zero.
gJg: What’s the premise of this film?
MB: It’s a thriller. Eddie Furlong plays a screenwriter who can’t meet a deadline. So he arranges to be shipped out into the middle of nowhere, locked inside of a freezer at a slaughterhouse. He’s got everything in there he needs to work. He just can’t come out until he has a finished script. And all during the process you don’t know if what you see is something he is writing or if it’s real.
I play the part of Gunnar who is the guy who runs the slaughter-house.
gJg: Oh, so Gunnar is a real character. He’s not part of his imagination. He’s real?
MB: Well, no he’s not….but then again….(pause)…maybe he is….. <laughs>
gJg: How did I know you were going to say that? <laughs>
MB: The movie leads in three directions and the cinematography is exquisite.
gJg: The trailer for it looks great!
MB: We’re all very proud of it. We filmed it two years ago in Canada. People can go check out the Facebook page or the official website to learn more about it. I know they’ve been playing the trailer most recently. It’s got a great musical score and is doing very well at festivals all over the world.
I’m saying that probably by summer it should be out for sale. I think its going to do really, really well.
gJg: Just from what I’ve seen of it so far I’d have to agree.
MB: It’s really, really good. I actually have a DVD copy of it and I’ll watch it every once in a while. The cool thing about it is that every time you watch it you enjoy it again, freshly. It’s not something you watch once and then put away. It doesn’t lose any impact over subsequent viewings. It’s really strong and I’m proud of it.
In fact, if you want to know the truth, I think it’s my best work yet.
Because it was my last work. And every time I work I do a little bit better.<laughs>
gJg: Yeah, that’s a good way to look at it.
MB: Well, you try. <laughs>.
Michael on giving back:Continued on the next page