Writer/Director David Bruckner made a name for himself with 2007's The Signal. Now, as one of the directors of V/H/S - a film that breathes new life into the stagnant found footage genre - he's able to explore his fascination with the sociological repercussions of technological immersion in deeper, more horrific, areas.
I spoke with Bruckner recently about his interest in media, V/H/S, his new short, and what's coming up next for him.
In the film, "When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for."
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How did you get involved with the project?
“I heard through a good friend of mine, Jacob Gentry who worked on The Signal with me, that the producers were looking for filmmakers for a found footage anthology. And that is probably the only kind of anthology right now that I think can work.”
Without giving too much away, what were the visual influences for you short?
"I saw Enter The Void last year. I saw it once and I don't think I need to see it again. There's a filing cabinet in the back of my brain that's got ‘Enter The Void' in it if I want to go there. And I thought found footage, especially POV, was a really exciting idea. You could role play with a central character and literally be forced to be them no matter what kind of situation they got into. I knew that I wanted to do something like that and I quickly threw them a treatment of what I was thinking.”