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Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #11: What Being a Vampire Means to ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Directors Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement

Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #11: What Being a Vampire Means to 'What We Do in the Shadows' Directors Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement

New Zealand filmmakers Taika Waititi and Jermaine Clement have redefined
the meaning of friendship in their latest film “What We Do in the
Shadows,” an off-beat comedy about the ordinary lives of
less-than-ordinary vampires, whose contemporary environment seems to
continually conflict with their somewhat “dated” lifestyles.

What It’s About: Three flatmates struggle with ordinary problems such as paying rent,
keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and
overcoming flatmate conflicts. They also happen to be vampires. When a
more modern vampire appears on the scene, they discover there’s more to being
undead than sunlight catastrophes, having no sense of fashion without a
reflection, and successfully hitting an artery.

What was the biggest challenge in completing this film? Agreeing on when to stop working on it.

Did you crowdfund? If so, via what platform. If not, why?
Nope. We secured the money through asking one person. He may have
crowdfunded it though. Or asked another guy who did. Somewhere down the
chain there may have been crowdfunding involved but if so, I’m unaware
of it.

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 2014 festival.
For profiles go HERE.

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