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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Interview: composers and writers Jon and Al Kaplan talk Zombeavers!

Are you a campy horror movie lover? If you are then you have probably heard about or seen the trailer for Zombeavers! Did it give you the warm and fuzzies too? The three guys responsible have been extremely busy, but Jon and Al Kaplan were kind enough to make some time to visit the Flock! These two brothers are talented and hilarious. You will have to visit their three YouTube channels (yes! it takes three channels to contain the epicness).

Welcome to the Flock! *hands Jon and Al each a Solo cup of Kool-Aid* Be sure to drink it all.*twitch,twitch*

Sharon: You guys are composers, lyricists and comedy writers. You wrote the score to two SyFy classics, Piranhaconda and Dinocroc Vs. Supergator. What made you want to write a screenplay for a campy horror movie?
Jon Kaplan: We weren't getting enough scoring jobs so we thought we might as well try to get a movie made and then score it. Seriously. And one of the reasons we went with Zombeavers is because it was the kind of thing that producers might actually let us score, since we'd already done the SyFy stuff you mention.
Al Kaplan: Also, our writing partner Jordan Rubin was very interested in doing a zombie movie. We love zombie movies but felt they were kind of played out at the time, so we chose a joke version that appealed to us. We'd batted around the idea of Zombeavers for years, but for a bunch of different reasons it was finally the right time to do it.

Sharon: The trailer for Zombeavers has gone viral, and so I have to ask the obvious question, WTF? And when can we see it?!
J: The preview is actually pretty good, and for a long time the title and concept would usually get a reaction—whether positive or negative—so we're not that surprised with this response. That said, we have no idea when, how or where the movie itself will become available.
A: Hopefully soon.

Sharon: If readers check out your website they will find you two write musicals based on movies that qualify as classics in my book. So which movie-based musical are you most proud of?
A: I choose Neeson Season. It's one of the better impressions and it has added weight because there's a video of Liam Neeson watching it.

J: It'd be hard to not go with Silence! or 24: Season Two, since those are full length, but assuming you mean the one-off YouTube musicals, I'd choose John Carpenter's The Thing: The Musical.
Sharon: You guys are brothers. Which one of you was the favorite child?
J: Our sister Caroline.

Sharon: What is the nerdiest thing you own?
A: I have a book called Making Ghostbusters. It's got the script with annotated comments by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, and a lot of unused ghost concepts by Bernie Wrightson

J: An abstract drawing by film composer Howard Shore, which he doodled on a paper table cloth while bored at a restaurant with us and a few other folks in 2004. I surreptitiously tore the artwork from the table on the way out, and it's now framed on my desk.

Sharon: Which Disney movie character would you like date?
J: Ariel when she has legs. Or if you include cartoon animals, then Cleo from Pinocchio.
A: I also choose Ariel, and though she's not a Disney character, Mrs. Brisby from Secret of N.I.M.H. is very sexy.

Sharon: When the zombie apocalypse happens (and we know it will!) who do you want to have your back? (Fictional characters count too) Would either of you trip the other to get away?
J: Zhang Ziyi. We are too slow to even bother tripping each other.

Rapid Fire

Sharon: Godzilla or King Kong?
J: Godzilla.

A: King Kong.

Sharon: Coke or Pepsi?
J: Coke.

A: Coke.
*Sharon's heart breaks*

Sharon: stabbed or shot?
J: Shot.
A: Shot.

Sharon: bull rider or bull fighter?
J: Bull rider.

A: Bull fighter.

Sharon: Monty Python or Saturday Night Live (original cast members)?
J: Monty Python.

A: Monty Python.

Sharon: Thank you so much for taking the time! Anything you would like to say before the Kool-Aid…er, you take a nap?
J: Thanks for having us!

A: Don't forget to send me a copy!

Zombeavers (2014)
85 min - Action | Comedy | Horror 

2014 (USA)
ZOMBEAVERS is an action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. A weekend of sex and debauchery soon turns gruesome as the beavers close in on the kids. Riding the line between scary, sexy and funny, the kids are soon fighting for their lives in a desperate attempt to fend off the hoard of beavers that attack them in and around their cabin.- Written by Anonymous

About the Writers:
YouTube channel (primary)
YouTube channel (secondary) 
YouTub channel (tertiary)
Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan are award-winning composers, lyricists, comedy writers and brothers. In a career spanning two decades, the Kaplans have found success and fame creating musical versions of classic films including Silence of the Lambs (Silence! The Musical; 2002) and various Arnold Schwarzenegger movies such as Conan the Barbarian, Predator andCommando. Their most successful projects were born on the internet, with early viral sensation Silence! The Musical expanding into a live stage production in London, New York City and Los Angeles.

1 comment:

  1. I love those SyFy movies and will definitely be watching this. Great interview.