Tyler Savage Exclusive Interview
Tyler Savage Discusses Directorial Debut
Editor’s Note; Inheritance established its World Premiere In Los Angeles on the 2nd of June 2017. The screening had a place at TCL Chinese Theater as part of the 20th Dances With Films Festival line up. Inheritance is the directorial debut for Savage and he too composed the screenplay. The film transverses expressions of the supernatural and psychological. This thematic combination is gaining a resurgence in Horror and Thriller cinema.
The synopsis to Inheritance reads as follows
When Ryan mysteriously inherits a house from his biological father, a man he thought long dead, he and his pregnant fiancé travel to the property with high hopes for the future. But curiosity about his deceased father leads Ryan to uncover a dark family history…
In our exclusive interview, Savage ouches on various topics surrounding his film. He also reveals what’s forthcoming in his career.
Thank you, Mr. Savage, for this interview opportunity and your valued time.
DecayMag: Inheritance looks to be your debut full-length feature film. Can you elaborate on the change in workload from short films to feature films?
It’s hard to say because I think certain short film productions are more elaborate and technically demanding than this feature was.
From the beginning, I was very cautious to not go beyond our means with the production, to tell a small story and nail it rather than stretch ourselves thin and make compromises.
That’s not to say it wasn’t challenging, it certainly was, but it helped that we were able to effectively bite off exactly as much as we could chew.
DecayMag: Inheritance has a strong Supernatural theme. What do you think this film possesses that makes it stand out from other like-minded films?
I think the supernatural elements in this story are directly born out of the psychology of the main character, which isn’t always the case. And these elements are intentionally allegorical as well, not just there for fun or scares.
DecayMag: The story takes a more personal path, where it also has a true-to-life vibe. Are there any personal experiences that motivated you to write it?
From the beginning, my goal was to tell a story that was personally resonant yet framed by genre expectations.
There are certain dark aspects of my genetics, and the central theme of being defined by your bloodline for better or worse hits very close to home.
And I’m also a fifth generation Californian, so it was also important to me to incorporate some idea of cultural inheritance as well.
DecayMag: Psychology is a strong component in the Horror genre. This theme is usually a hit or miss. In your opinion, what dictates a solid psychological film?
That’s a tough one because good examples sort of run the gamut, but I think the most successful psychological thrillers do a good job of bringing you into a highly subjective space, allowing you to lose your mind with the character.
DecayMag: Without giving away any spoilers and considering how the film ends, is it safe to say that a sequel will be in the works?
Well, it was never really our intention to set this up for a sequel, but there’s something about the perpetual nature of the curse or whatever you want to call it that lends itself toward expansion.
I think that could be a lot of fun.
DecayMag: Inheritance had a film festival release/debut. What are the worldwide distribution plans following this?
We’re still working all that out. We have several other festivals that we’ll be playing at throughout the summer and fall, so we’re trying not to rush the question of distribution until we really know our options.
DecayMag: What other projects do you have in the works?
I have a couple features that I’m trying to get off the ground, one of which is a sort of contained noir thriller that has me all excited. I honestly just can’t wait to get shooting again, it’s like an itch.