Lynne Hansen Talks Creating Horror Art, Filmmaking Career
Lynne Hansen graces our latest feature article/interview spotlighting women in Horror cinema. According to IMDb Hansen has six (6) credits as a producer and four (4) acting credits. Her career in film production also extends into directing and screenwriting. For the latter, Hansen has three (3) credits each are for the following Horror film shorts;
• Vault of Terror II: The Undead (segment He’s Not Looking So Great) released in 2015
• Chomp released in 2014
• He’s Not Looking So Great released in 2013
* Hansen served as Director and Writer for the 2014 Comedy, Horror release Chomp. For 2018 Hansen is extending her in hand in film productions working as Second Unit Director or Assistant Director is working on a slate of upcoming projects that include;
• BTS: The Web Series
• Misty Blue Lane
• The Apocalypse Needs Weirdos.
The following interview is composed by DecayMag Content Contributor, Samantha Kolesnik
Ken Artuz DecayMag Founder
Samantha Kolesnik: Tell us about what you do in horror.
Lynne Hansen: I’m the award-winning director and screenwriter of Chomp which screened at over 70 film festivals in 12 countries.
Samantha Kolesnik: What is the best part about creating art in the horror genre?
Lynne Hansen: I love the people I get to work with, whether it’s on a film set or with a book cover client.
“Horror folks are some of the kindest, most helpful people you’ll ever meet”.
I think it’s because when you spend your days peering into the darker side of life, you gain a greater appreciation for how important it is to enjoy each day.
Samantha Kolesnik: Someone comes up to you and says they’re about to make their first film ever. What would you tell them?
Lynne Hansen: You will make mistakes. That’s not just okay, that’s good. That’s how you learn. You’ll make another film. It will be even better.
Samantha Kolesnik: What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your horror career?
Lynne Hansen: When I was starting out, it took me a while to realize that even though I didn’t have as much experience as some of the other talented folks on my team, that didn’t mean I didn’t have a voice and a vision that could inform the film. Things started running much smoother when I learned to trust my gut.
Samantha Kolesnik: What are your horror plans for 2018?
Lynne Hansen: I’m in development on my first feature, Cold Dead Hands. We’ll be shooting later this year. Folks can follow our progress here: Cold Dead Hands Movie
Samantha Kolesnik: Name one or more other #womeninhorror who have inspired, helped, or motivated you along the way.
Lynne Hansen: There are so many. I’m particularly grateful for some of my earliest role models. When I saw Teenage Bikini Vampire, Devi Snively was the first woman director I’d ever heard of. Her work was smart and funny and visually interesting. It had a point of view. She showed me that you don’t have to have a gazillion dollars to create something that will entertain people and make them think.
“Early on, I ran afoul of several male filmmakers who went out of their ways to graphically describe how difficult it was to make a film.”
Now, of course, filmmaking is difficult, but their point was that a girl like me shouldn’t try. Then I met director Monique Guggino and producer Shelly Stokes of Wicked Window Productions.
Although I’m not an actor, I’d always wanted to be a zombie in an indie horror film. Shelly cast me as a zombie in their short Soulless, and I got my first opportunity ever to see a woman director in action. It was life-changing. It was unlike any other set I’d ever been on. Huge cast and crew, and they all worked insanely hard and yet still had a ton of fun.
Nobody groused at each other, and Monique never raised her voice. There was a magical sense of community on that set. I went home after filming and told my husband I was going to make my own short film. Role models are so important. I needed to see someone like me doing what I wanted to do before I felt comfortable tackling it myself.
The importance of seeing role models is why I started Make Films Like A Girl a Facebook page that showcases positive news about women working behind the camera. If we see it, we can do it, and we definitely need more women filmmakers out there!