Robin Pront interview for The Silencing

Last week I got to talk to Robin Pront to discuss his new taunt cat and mouse thriller The Silencing which should satisfy our thriller fans out there on Infamous Horrors. Hope you all enjoy this interview as much as I did!

AJ Friar:
Hey, Robin, how are you doing?

Robin Pront:
I’m good. How are you?

AJ Friar:
Good. So how did The Silencing come about?



Robin Pront:
I think, just a while ago of course, because I shot the movie last year, I got the script through a producer friend of mine and I’ve been reading a lot of scripts and this one just really got to me. I loved that it was just a crime thriller, but it also had the morally ambiguous character that I’m always looking for and gravitate towards [crosstalk 00:01:04]. And Nikolaj was already attached to the film so me and Nikolaj got to talking and that’s how the movie came about.

AJ Friar:
And working with somebody like Nikolaj who’s been in a lot of stuff and who’s usually always fantastic in his performances and did a standout job in this, how was it like working with Nikolaj on this project?



Robin Pront:
It was great. It was like going to film school again because he’s very smart. He always challenges you as a director, he’s done so much action scenes so I don’t have to tell him where to put the camera. He knows. When the action scenes, he’s like, let’s do this, let’s do it. And then it’s just very much like a process. He knows where the camera’s going to be when the [spear 00:01:49] is going to hit him. He just feels everything because he has so much experience, which was just great. And a genuinely nice guy. Very nice guy.

AJ Friar:
You brought up you’ve always been intrigued by crime thrillers. What have been some of your favorite films in that specific genre and that you’ve always enjoyed?



Robin Pront:
The things, the directors from my generation that I look up to are Jeremy Saulnier, or the Safdie brothers who do so much great things with color. So those kind of movies, Good Time or Blue Ruin, those are movies that I really like. And then back into movies like A Simple Plan or the Coen brothers, No Country for Old Men, all that stuff.

AJ Friar:
I’m really enjoying A Simple Plan too, because that’s just a great crime thriller with all of those different personalities. It’s also so in depth and emotionally grounded. It’s one of the better crime thrillers in the past couple of decades, I think, that [crosstalk 00:03:03].

Robin Pront:
Definitely. Definitely.

AJ Friar:
And was there anything difficult to shoot during the filming of The Silencing?



Robin Pront:
Yeah. I wanted the movie to look like The Revenant, but we didn’t have the budget of The Revenant. So it’s just like just being in nature the whole time and just crawling on the mountains. We didn’t have a helicopter dropping us off at the top of the mountain. That was difficult. I was battling nature in my own way. It was just crazy. And it was also very cold. I was not used to that, of the whole trip. So much snow and I just bought a jeans and jacket, but I needed snow shoes and all that stuff. So that was difficult. And also the American system of shooting is different than in Europe. So you have to adapt to that as well.

AJ Friar:
So what are some of the differences you can tell us about shooting in Europe and then shooting in the United States when making a film?



Robin Pront:
The biggest difference is that in Belgium, your movies are financed by the government [through 00:04:13] government funding. So basically when you get the funding, you get a free pass and then the commission sees your film when it’s finished and here it’s different here. Here it’s a business. Everybody’s got financial interest in the movie and everybody wants to protect their own interests. So everybody’s more attached to the whole process [where 00:04:33] you got to keep everybody happy, but you still [inaudible 00:04:35] and still keep your own vision in mind. It just becomes a little bit more political, everything.

AJ Friar:
And what was the most satisfying thing about filming The Silencing or just getting it completed to where now people are getting close to finally seeing the finished product?



Robin Pront:
Well, the most satisfying… Just being on set with these actors was just something. As a kid, you look forward to that moment in your life. You grew up watching the big Hollywood movies, the big U.S. shows and just creating that dream of working with all these big name actors. It’s just the little kid in me got very excited.

AJ Friar:
And when you were making this, how was it like working with the whole cast? Not just Nikolaj, who is amazing, but just getting everybody else involved. How was it like during that process and casting everybody else?



Robin Pront:
Everything’s different. Annabelle was somebody we reached out to and she was enthusiastic. And then for Brooks, we saw a lot of, because I didn’t know all the young actors, so I saw a lot of young actors for the part. But then I saw a Hero who really fit that part for me. And then Zahn is an actor that I really admire and look up to and just I was giddy as a schoolboy when he wanted to work with me because he actually saw my film. It was great. My first film, The Ardennes, he saw it and he loved it and then he wanted to work with me. So that was great.

AJ Friar:
Well, Robin, I really enjoyed The Silencing. It’s funny that you brought you wanted it to look like The Revenant because I got much more of a Wind River vibe to The Silencing when I watched it.



Robin Pront:
It was just a figure of speech. Just the [crosstalk 00:06:40]. But the idea was to create this whole man versus nature thing as well, and The Revenant has that. It’s the ultimate man versus nature film, I guess. Stylistically it wasn’t a big influence.

AJ Friar:
So I had a great time speaking with you today, Robin. It’s been really fun getting to talk to you, getting to know you, and I hope that a lot and people will see The Silencing because I really enjoyed it. And I hope it’ll be-

Robin Pront:
Thank you.



AJ Friar:
… become a big success for you when it’s out on physical platforms.

Robin Pront:
Thank you so much.

AJ Friar:
Robin, have a great afternoon and a great weekend.

Robin Pront:
Thank you. Thank you.



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