Tuesday, 5 July 2011
An Interview with Ron Purtree - A Man Who Lives in Serial Killer Central and is Working on a Web Anthology Entitled The Social Media Massacre! Awesomeness!
One of the first things that I thought when Ron contacted me about The Social Media Massacre, was the fact that he is a Wisconsin based director. Straight away the “serial killer country” alarm bells start ding a linging, causing a big smile to appear on my ever so nerdtastic face! Wisconsin is the home to some of the ultimate serial killers, even though one of them only killed two people (some argue he killed more but I don’t believe that!), he still gets that title. That man would be Ed Gein, the legend behind some of the greatest horror icons of all time, including Norman Bates, Leatherface and the Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. Wisconsin is also the home to my ultimate favourite serial killer, a man whom some would say my obsession with, is more than just a little bit disturbing. Of course I am talking about the one and only Jeffrey Dahmer! Now this colourful history with some of the quirkier serial killers has got to have an impact on the more imaginative Wisconsonites…right? How much do you find the stories on your own doorstep influence you as a filmmaker?
I think that Wisconsin has a really deep seeded history of just vile and despicable acts that really needs to be addressed in film the right way. I really, really wish I could say that it's what keeps me coming up with stories as a filmmaker.
The serial killer nerd in me has got to ask, have you done the tour of all ye olde macabre murder sites? I know it’s only a vacant lot now but one day I shall visit the scene of 924 North 25th Street, Milwaukee. And when I win the lottery, I totally intend on buying Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home! The Jeremy Renner movie Dahmer (see picture to the right of Jeremy Renner as Dahmer) is one of my all time favourite films. I also would love to purchase Ed Gein’s property and build some sort of funhouse, haha.
If I remember correctly, they are having a hard time selling Gein's property so you better hit a number quick. I haven't toured even the vacant lot. That being said I wouldn't be against a quick trip there to see where it all went down.
Have you ever considerd actually filming at one of the Wisconsin’s murderesque scenes? If so which one would you pick and why? You’ve said that you live pretty darn close to the where it all went down with Mr Dahmer, that’s so freakin’ cool, you have no idea how jealous I am of you. Have you ever thought about doing a Jeffrey Dahmer and the Chocolate Factory short? Actually to understand my reference there, you have to answer my next question first! (Pictured right - the most handsome Jeffrey Dahmer)
I have not tried filming there but it would have to be at the Gein property (see picture below - although house no longer stands, it's just the land), just because I don't think I'd run into as much trouble as I would filming where Dahmer was, and no I have not thought about that short haha.
Have you heard the Macabre album Dahmer?? If not, look it up now, it is a work of awesome genius! ;) Once you have heard it you will want to share with all your friends too, trust me!
I know what you are talking about, but I haven't gotten around to listening to it.
What/Who inspired you to become a filmmaker and just how early did you catch the movie making bug?
Very early. I remember seeing Return of the Jedi when I was little and I totally wanted to know how they did that when I was still very young. Who inspired me to actually take up the camera was John Carpenter and Halloween. It inspired me to do it, but then George A Romero and Robert Rodriguez taught me that it was possible to work on a nothing budget.