17th Aug2020

The Filmmakers Podcast #177: Director André Ovredal talks ‘Mortal’ and more!

by Phil Wheat

Here’s the latest episode of the The Filmmakers Podcast, part of the ever-growing podcast roster here on Nerdly. If you haven’t heard the show yet, you can check out previous episodes on the official podcast site, whilst we’ll be featuring each and every new episode as it premieres.

For those unfamiliar, with the series, The Filmmakers Podcast is a podcast about how to make films from micro budget indie films to bigger budget studio films and everything in-between. Our hosts Giles Alderson, Dan Richardson, Andrew Rodger and Cristian James talk how to get films made, how to actually make them and how to try not to f… it up in their very humble opinion. Guests will come on and chat about their film making experiences from directors, writers, producers, screenwriters, actors, cinematographers and distributors.


The Filmmakers Podcast #177: Director André Øvredal on Mortal, Troll Hunter and The Autopsy of Jane Doe & how he makes movies

Today we welcome folklore-horror director André Ovredal to discuss his new indie horror Mortal. Known for his found-footage modern masterpiece Troll Hunter as well as the chilling The Autopsy of Jane Doe, and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark André chats to Giles and Andy about his craft and process from pitch to shoot, including working with other top tier horror directors like Guillermo del Toro. André covers the road to his first feature Future Murder which he wrote in 8 days whilst at film school, how he used this to move to commercials in the US and Norway, before developing the concept for Troll Hunter and eventually pitching it to a producer.

We get the insight into how a found-footage faux-documentary approach re-defined the filmmaking rules for André, the success of Troll Hunter before the challenges of finding the next project. André discusses receiving the script for The Autopsy of Jane Doe, pitching for it and being inspired by The Conjuring and Seven. Finally, we cover the development and production of Mortal, working with a Norwegian production, chasing the daylight on a winter shoot and working on VFX whilst directing Scary Stories with Guillermo del Toro

Follow The Filmmakers Podcast on Twitter: @filmmakerspod | @gilesalderson and the official website


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