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by Indiewire Staff
January 17, 2013 11:30 AM
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Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #32: Adam Wingard Takes Us On the Haunted House Ride That is 'S-VHS'

"V/H/S" became one of the curiosities of Park City this time last year. The horror anthology featured a mix of different styles and sensibilities from individual filmmakers and collectives alike, but wrapping together all the disparate stories was Adam Wingard's "Tape 56." Wingard, a self-educated Alabama filmmaker, has plenty to look forward to in 2013, with his "You're Next" being distributed by Lionsgate. But first, Wingard will return to the land of the terrifying tapes.

What It's About: "Its a found footage film that is broken up into an Anthology of short stories. It is a sort of sequel spin off of V/H/S."

Now What It's REALLY About: "Well, I don't know how much detail I'm allowed to go into, but its basically four stories and a wrap around story all told from different found footage perspectives all across the world. The first film was a more character/mumblecore driven film, whereas I would classify this one as being more akin to a fast paced haunted house ride. The shorts are consistently faster and more insane this time around. I think from the get-go our goal was to just make a fun roller coaster of a movie."

Biggest Challenge?: "After watching the first 'V/H/S,' particularly Radio Silence's segment, I realized I had to step it up effects-wise, so I chose a story that would take me out of my usual comfort zone of practical effects and force me to get more into the realm of post visual effects. Nothing kills a film faster than unreliable effects, so this was scary jumping into this. But, fortunately, my VFX artist is a talented guy and he made it work with ease."

What I Shot On: "Red Epic and GoPro."

What I Want Audiences To Remember: "I just want people to have a good time. We had a great run last year with the first 'V/H/S' and this one is bigger and in a lot of ways better as a whole film. I hope audiences will connect with that."

Films Used for Inspiration: "Enter the Void, I guess."

In the Works: "Working with Simon on a project at Warner Bros. Lots of stuff in the air - we will see what ultimately sticks."


Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they're doing next. We'll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2013 festival.

Keep checking HERE every day up to the launch of the festival on January 17 for the latest profiles.

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