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Mr. Jones and Me… Writer/Director Karl Mueller Talks About His Debut Film

Posted by Scott Hallam on May 14, 2014

Mr. Jones and Me... Writer/Director Karl Mueller Talks About His Debut FilmThe creepy new movie Mr. Jones brings a whole new angle to the found footage sub-genre of horror. Recently, writer and director of Mr. Jones, Karl Mueller, sat down with Dread Central to discuss the film.

Mr. Jones (review) is a brilliant looking film, especially on Blu-ray. Mueller talked about how he managed to create such a crisp looking movie. "I’m very pleased with how the look turned out," Mueller said. "Obviously a lot of the credit has to go to my amazing D.P., Mathew Rudenberg. We had a pretty ambitious plan for shooting the movie and not a lot of time to do it in, so Mathew’s ability to move fast but still get it right was absolutely critical. We shot most of the movie on the Arri Alexa, which is an amazing camera. The current wave of digital cameras is particularly useful on horror films because of how they perform in low light conditions—and since a large majority of this movie takes place at night, that’s helpful. We also spent a long time working with a mad genius post production colorist named Jod Soraci. You would be stunned with how you can manipulate a film’s look in post now, particularly with a camera like the Alexa, which captures so much information."

Mr. Jones is a found footage style movie, but Mueller included a camera that would film both front and rear facing at the same time. This gave him not only a fresh idea to put into the film, but also the ability to capture the cameraman's reaction to whatever happens to be going on in front of his lens at any given time. "I don’t really know how we would’ve made the movie without that," Mueller said. "I guess the idea came from how I conceived the style this movie would be shot in. The idea was that the main character, Scott, is actually an accomplished documentary filmmaker. He’s not some high schooler carelessly swinging his iPhone around. He’d put a lot of thought into how he could best capture what he was shooting. Since GoPro’s are pretty much in everybody’s budgetary reach these days, I had the idea that he might build a rig with a small camera facing back at his face while he was shooting stuff. This would both keep him in the story emotionally and give him something to cut away from if he needed to condense time in his 'documentary.' Of course, in reality, it gave ME those tools, which was great."

Mueller continued, "I don’t think I quite realized just how challenging this would be for Jon Foster, who plays Scott. Jon had to actually operate that camera himself, in character. We would cover the scene from the 'forward-facing' camera with our D.P. operating, and then turn around and ask Jon to replicate all the moves so we could cut back and forth seamlessly in the editing room—WHILE also giving his performance. I turned out to be incredibly lucky that Jon is pretty much good at everything and handled this without breaking a sweat."

In addition to the found footage portion of Mr. Jones, there is also a small section that is actually part of the documentary one of the characters is filming. This section is very informative and definitely adds to the story tremendously. "I think it’s a big breath of fresh air when we go to the New York footage and the interviews Scott collects there," Mueller said. "It helped us out in many ways. It opens the movie up a bit, grounding it in the real world, not just the contained world at Scott and Penny’s cabin. And it also lets you sort of build the legend of Mr. Jones up, giving conflicting viewpoints and interpretations on who the guy is and why he does what he does. I could have easily doubled the length of that section and been happy if it wouldn’t have hurt the pacing of the movie.

Mueller uses some very cool angles and unique shots to add flavor to the film. Most notably was a trip to New York City taken by Scott, and also a cup of coffee that looks otherworldly. "Those two shots in particular were actually shot by my editor, Saul Herckis, who did many jobs on this movie, including direct the Second Unit," Mueller said. "The coffee cup shot comes during a section of the movie where Penny is actually shooting the footage, and the New York stuff is all shot by Scott. Saul and I talked a lot about the different filmmaking style each character would have, and the kinds of things they might concentrate on in their environment. Penny is an artist—I thought she’s the kind of person who would find beauty in the mundane, in making everyday things seem weird by looking at them from a different angle. We looked at a couple different films—the most important being a little experimental documentary shot by the late war photojournalist Tim Hetherington—and then Saul and his second unit crew ran around the location and just shot a bunch of stuff like that while I was with the first unit."

"As far as the New York stuff goes," Mueller continued. "Scott is sort of an A.D.D. case who’s all about getting excitement and energy into his stuff. So when Saul happened to be making a trip to New York, he just stole a bunch of footage at various locations, and we threw it onto the hard drive and sped it up."

One thing Mr. Jones does quite well is build tension. Mueller discussed exactly how he was able to do so in such an effective manner. "Yeah, tension and release are pretty much the name of the game in horror movies," Mueller said. "Fifty percent of a movie is sound, and when you’re working on a low budget, sound is your friend. You can tell people a lot of conflicting things about how they should be feeling without them quite realizing it if you do it right. We spent a lot of time on the sound mix here, layering in drones and sound carpets are designed to operate just below your threshold of awareness. You don’t quite know why you’re feeling tense, but you are. At least, that’s the hope."

Mr. Jones is available on Blu-ray and DVD now!

Mr. Jones

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Win a Copy of Mr. Jones on Blu-ray!

Posted by Steve Barton on May 8, 2014

Win a Copy of Mr. Jones on Blu-ray!Mr. Jones is here, and he's ready to move into your home video collection! The cool thing? You don't even have to pay anything to get him there; just enter our contest, and we'll have this bad boy at your door before you can say, "BOO!"

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on May 20th.

“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films.

Synopsis
Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist - known only as "Mr. Jones" - lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).

Mr. Jones

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Win a Copy of Mr. Jones on Blu-ray!

Posted by Steve Barton on May 8, 2014

Win a Copy of Mr. Jones on Blu-ray!Mr. Jones is here, and he's ready to move into your home video collection! The cool thing? You don't even have to pay anything to get him there; just enter our contest, and we'll have this bad boy at your door before you can say, "BOO!"

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on May 20th.

“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films.

Synopsis
Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist - known only as "Mr. Jones" - lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).

Mr. Jones

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Win a Copy of Mr. Jones on Blu-ray!

Posted by Steve Barton on May 8, 2014

Win a Copy of Mr. Jones on Blu-ray!Mr. Jones is here, and he's ready to move into your home video collection! The cool thing? You don't even have to pay anything to get him there; just enter our contest, and we'll have this bad boy at your door before you can say, "BOO!"

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on May 20th.

“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films.

Synopsis
Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist - known only as "Mr. Jones" - lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).

Mr. Jones

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Win a Copy of Mr. Jones on Blu-ray!

Posted by Steve Barton on May 8, 2014

Win a Copy of Mr. Jones on Blu-ray!Mr. Jones is here, and he's ready to move into your home video collection! The cool thing? You don't even have to pay anything to get him there; just enter our contest, and we'll have this bad boy at your door before you can say, "BOO!"

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on May 20th.

“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films.

Synopsis
Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist - known only as "Mr. Jones" - lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).

Mr. Jones

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Win a Copy of Mr. Jones on Blu-ray!

Posted by Steve Barton on May 8, 2014

Win a Copy of Mr. Jones on Blu-ray!Mr. Jones is here, and he's ready to move into your home video collection! The cool thing? You don't even have to pay anything to get him there; just enter our contest, and we'll have this bad boy at your door before you can say, "BOO!"

To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at contests@dreadcentral.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.

This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on May 20th.

“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films.

Synopsis
Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist - known only as "Mr. Jones" - lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).

Mr. Jones

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Can You Hear This Exclusive Mr. Jones Clip?

Posted by Steve Barton on April 28, 2014

Can You Hear This Exclusive Mr. Jones Clip?Mr. Jones is nearly here, and he's more than ready to begin haunting your home video collection. To herald his arrival, we have an exclusive clip for you along with a pair of exclusive stills! It's Monday! Blow off everything and watch it! Screw yer boss!

“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films.

Having premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Mr. Jones will also have an exclusive Los Angeles limited theatrical engagement beginning May 2nd.

Synopsis
Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist - known only as "Mr. Jones" - lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).



Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

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Two New Mr. Jones Clips Get Inside Your Head

Posted by Steve Barton on April 14, 2014

New Clip from Mr. Jones Found in the DarkTwo new clips have arrived from Mr. Jones, and they're ready to break into your skull, roll around your head, and then have you singing that damned Counting Crows song until someone admits you into an asylum. You've been warned.

From the Press Release
“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films. SRP is $26.99 for the Blu-ray and $24.98 for the DVD.

Having premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Mr. Jones will also have an exclusive Los Angeles limited theatrical engagement beginning May 2nd.

Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist - known only as "Mr. Jones" - lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).







Mr. Jones

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New Clip from Mr. Jones Found in the Dark

Posted by Uncle Creepy on March 26, 2014

New Clip from Mr. Jones Found in the DarkA new clip has arrived from Mr. Jones, and we urge you to blink a few times so that your eyes can adjust a bit to the darkness. Once they do, you'll see the air vibrating around it. Please note: We don't guarantee the whole vibrating thing, but it works for the folks in the clip.

From the Press Release
“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films. SRP is $26.99 for the Blu-ray and $24.98 for the DVD.

Having premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Mr. Jones will also have an exclusive Los Angeles limited theatrical engagement beginning May 2nd.

Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist - known only as "Mr. Jones" - lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).




Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

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Mr. Jones Trailer Arrives to Send Shivers

Posted by Uncle Creepy on March 10, 2014

Mr. Jones Trailer Arrives to Send ShiversThe official home video trailer has arrived for Mr. Jones and we have every startling second of it for you right here. That is if you find it startling. If not we have every regular second of it for you anyway. We like to be flexible.

From the Press Release
“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films. SRP is $26.99 for the Blu-ray and $24.98 for the DVD.

Having premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Mr. Jones will also have an exclusive Los Angeles limited theatrical engagement beginning May 2nd.

Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist - known only as "Mr. Jones" - lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

Mr. Jones

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