Comika Hartford, Provides Glimpse In Her Love of Horror
Comika Hartford is an actress, producer, and writer with over fourteen credits in film and television. Her multi-faceted career in the entertainment industry spans over seventeen years. In 2017, Hartford produced, wrote and performed in the thirteen-minute horror short film, Bango. In appreciation of Women in Horror Month, we’re fixing a spotlight on Hartford and her contribution to the genre. DecayMag Content Contributor, Samantha Kolesnik, composed the following interview.
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Samantha Kolesnik: Tell us about what you do in horror.
Comika Hartford: I’m a horror writer based in the San Francisco Bay area where I shot my horror web series, The Grey Area and Episode 1 of the series, Bango. I also write for an animated kids’ series currently in development called Rip Smart, so my browser history is quite interesting. #notaserialkiller #totallyinnocent
Samantha Kolesnik: What is the best part about creating art in the horror genre?
Comika Hartford: The best part of being a horror writer is convincing rational people that the impossible is in fact totally possible… and definitely coming to get them!
Samantha Kolesnik: Someone comes up to you and says they’re about to make their first film ever. What would you tell them?
Comika Hartford: Don’t overspend on equipment! Use the most appropriate elements for your project, not the newest and most expensive.
Samantha Kolesnik: What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your horror career?
Comika Hartford: There were times I didn’t trust my own madness. Once I started trusting myself, I was better able to demand that of others on my projects and that’s when things got greenlit.
Samantha Kolesnik: What are your horror plans for 2018?
Comika Hartford: In 2018, The Grey Area will be out of post and in festivals, I’m looking forward to meeting a lot more cool horror people on the road. I also expect to pitch my other series, Hinterland Zoo, an anthology about a strange suburb in which every house is ‘the nightmare next door.’ Bango is the first episode in the anthology and is already on Amazon Prime.
Samantha Kolesnik: Name one or more other #womeninhorror who have inspired, helped, or motivated you along the way. Anecdotes welcome.
Comika Hartford: Octavia Butler is kickass! Her vision is epic! And if I’m honest I was definitely influenced by Ripley, Sigourney Weaver’s character in Alien. Hey, I know she’s fictional but she’s still inspiring af!