Joel Kaye

Joel Kaye is known for The Fourth Reich (2011), You’re with Me Now (2011) and Monitor Gray (2013).

Dust Films


Q & A

If the world you created in your film became a reality, is that a world you would want to live in? Is there a Sci-Fi world you’d buy a one-way ticket to?

This particular world in AFTERMATH is a very harsh one. Limited Visibility, Oxygen and disease. So, quite frankly, no.

Name a Sci-Fi character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Sci-Fi spirit animal/spirit alien?

Perhaps Han Solo. Not willing to go down without a fight!

Friend or Foe: humanoid robots with advanced artificial intelligence? What if robots start making their own Sci-Fi films? Will you support them in their endeavors?

Sure, then we can see who comes up the better stories. My bet is for us humanoids!

In 1996, Bugs Bunny recruited Michael Jordan and Bill Murray to form the greatest basketball squad of all-time, the Tune Squad; you’re Bugs, who’s on your Sci-Fi Tune Squad?

Everyone who has a weapon starting with Elmer Fudd!

You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?

As a writer there’s always going to be plenty of ideas. But in my opinion you really can’t tell what will be good or bad. The whole alien invasion genre to me is pretty played out so I like to strive to do something new. To me those ideas either good or bad should be tried. Always try for something no one has thought or seen before.

Do you consider yourself part of a sci-fi community? Or when your brain is in the future and your body’s in the present, is that isolating?

I’m by no means an aficionado of Sci-Fi. However I very much enjoy keeping up with how we as the human race can and eventually take ourselves into the future.

Do you consider yourself more of an analog or digital person? What kind of balance do strike between the two? Is there a disconnect between the technology you make films about and the technology that you make films with?

Digital is fantastic however I do come from an analog age where sci fi films were made without computer animation and CGI. There’s a place in my heart for practical effects and the sci-fi films from the 60-70s that relied on those techniques.

When you’re creating the props and sets that make a new world, where do you look for inspiration? How do you create objects that are relatable but unfamiliar?

I’m always on the look out for new technology. Then figuring out applications with that tech that would look great for film. That’s part of the fun when it comes to sci-fi. You have to think ahead with what and how that new tech can play out in a future scenario. You start with what may be new and undeveloped now in the present time. Then you can imagine that tech super advanced and apply it.

Lightning round: Star Wars or Star Trek? Philip K. Dick or William S. Burroughs? Practical or CGI? Dystopia or Utopia? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?

Star Wars. Philip K. Dick. Practical effects rule! Dystopia. Post Apocalypse.