Dracula Untold is in cinemas this week and we got the chance to talk to director Gary Shore about his new film.
It's actually the Irishman's first ever feature, after a career which began in music videos and commercials. And its a momentous vision for a first film, with incredible effects and a scale that's much bigger than any Dracula we've seen before.
We visited the set for Dracula Untold in Belfast in 2013 and thought it was curious that there was no mention of Game of Thrones star Charles Dance in the cast list so we asked about the actor during our interview. It turns out that some events and characters were condensed, with Dance coming in to replace another actor during some additional photography.
"It was somehing that we addressed in our additional photography. The way we had originally had the scene it was done as a Caligula character and we had a different actor there. We had two scenes of exposition beside each other between that and a Baba Yaga character that we had to condense into one scene. So we stripped it down and Charles stepped in and did his very menacing thing!"
It's interesting to see how the process of film-making can change at any stage, in this case making for a more streamlined film that probably benefitted the entire production. When asked about the material, Shore said that he wouldn't be interested in an extended cut:
"It will be on the DVD... I don't like looking at the director's cut of the film where it takes away from the film."
You can watch the full interview here, with the comments on the extra material starting here.