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Director / CrewI'm Jesse Burks a practicing surgeon and horror filmmaker. Two of my short films, ONE PLEASE and CURED, have over 3 million views on CryptTV... AMA!

Apr 17th 2017 by DrJBurks • 47 Questions • 138 Points

Signing off now - thanks for the questions ! I'll drop in tomorrow to see if I've missed any.

I'm Jesse Burks and I have a practice that focuses on surgical reconstruction of the foot and ankle. In 2011 my oldest son, Harley, showed an interest in acting. To support that interest, I bought a simple camera and we started making ridiculous home movies. Since then I've been fortunate to meet several amazingly talented people that have helped me create wonderfully odd, and frequently disturbing, little horror films - films that have played in multiple festivals around the world and on CryptTv. Horror icon Michael Berryman is in both of my films on CryptTv.

Watch Cured: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCrnEUCT8CY

Watch One Please: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS8UgWEpXAM

6512 Films Twitter: https://twitter.com/6512_Films

Support One One Please: https://www.facebook.com/One-Please-The-Film-598896193500652/

Support Cured: https://www.facebook.com/curedmovie/

My Practice: http://www.orthosurgeons.com/physicians

My website:https://oddlittlefilms.squarespace.com

Proof: https://twitter.com/CryptTV/status/853984311430701056

Q:

Cake or pie?

A:

Definitely pie - pecan, specifically. I can do red velvet cake if I'm forced:)


Q:

What horror movies inspire you?

A:

I love so many different types of horror films - but I really love things that just creep me out. Remember when that black and red devil thing pops out from behind the guy in Sinister ?? THAT kind of stuff I love. But to answer your question, one of my biggest horror inspirations...PSYCHO. Regular, everyday people that turn out to be weird/evil


Q:

Always great working with you Jesse! What's your next big project??

A:

Thanks CryptTV !!! Such a great response to the films since you posted them !! Your fans are awesome !! I'm filming ODD HAPPENINGS IN A TINY TENT this summer - I actually have an authentic, slightly miniature guillotine for the movie....just big enough to fit a meaty little hand !!


Q:

What is the very best cheese?

A:

English cheddar (mic drop)


Q:

I just knew you were gonna go with a nice aged Limburger.

A:

Limburger is a strong contender


Q:

First scary movies you ever saw?

A:

JAWS - first free weekend of HBO, 1978 - no one knew what "cable" was - they literally played the movie for 48 hours straight! I was afraid to take a bath.

The Exorcist - couldn't sleep for weeks


Q:

I'm a big fan of your films! Thanks for doing this AMA!

Who will be your newest cast members in the next film? Also, I love the look your films have. Who does your cinematography and photography on set?

A:

Thanks for the question Rachelle !! Michael Berryman will be returning for my next film - scheduled to shoot at the end of July. We still haven't cast everyone, but I'm very fortunate that my oldest son, Harley, will be in this film. He's been in Los Angeles studying acting for several years and It's been cool to see him be so dedicated to his craft. Acting is incredibly difficult and I'm fortunate that he'll come back to work with me:)

Gabe Mayhan is my cinematographer and is absolutely amazing !! So smart - such a talented dude. Brandie Maldonado is my still photographer. She's local to the area and is fantastic - she can be all over the shoot and we hardly know she's there until she drops a load of amazing photos for us!


Q:

Fuck, marry, kill.

Freddy, Slenderman, Babadook?

A:

Yeah - I looked up some more about Slenderman - really hate him


Q:

what do you think of the situation in venezuela?

A:

it's horribly sad - as a physician, and just a normal human, I hate to see anyone go without basic necessities


Q:

Are you a dr?!

A:

Yep!


Q:

how are you?

A:

feeling great !


Q:

Are you a fan of Lee Hardcastle?

A:

Took me a minute to check out his site - yes, yes I am a fan of Lee Hardcastle


A:

you're welcome Lee :)


Q:

Was there any particular reason why you got into the horror genre? Or is film making something that has always been a passion?

A:

When I started writing little scripts they just always seem to end up creepy and leaning more towards horror. I watch ALL types of movies, but I've noticed that especially when I watch horror films now...it's almost like I'm taking notes:)

It hasn't always been a passion. In 2011 one of my oldest sons wanted to take some acting lessons - I bought a small simple camera so we could make horrible films. I never would have thought making films would be a passion, but I absolutely love it now. I can definitely see why people spend so many years in school/training learning.


Q:

My name is Josh Miller. I've helped produce a couple of Jesse's films. Even in his early work the stories were there. That something that can't be taught. He's very creative! As a producer it's fun to work with a director who knows exactly the story he wants to tell down to the smallest details. At this point, I can't imagine Jesse telling stories that aren't creepy.

A:

Thanks Josh !! I like creepy !


Q:

Has being a doctor helped inspire your horror shorts?

A:

Thanks Kirsteb ! It definitely has - if you've watched ONE PLEASE and CURED you'll notice that I stay completely away from my specialty (foot and ankle) - don't want to frighten my patients too much :)


Q:

How do horror films look before and after post? Also although I don't plan on making horror films in particular any tips for someone who is becoming interested in film making?

A:

I think you have to try and picture the end product. It's definitely going to a bit rough at the beginning of post - don't get discouraged - it will look completely difference once the edit flow, it's color-graded, etc. When I see the changes through the post period I realize what an amazing group of people that have helped me. Les and Russ Galusha have edited for me and I can't thank them enough for their work.


Q:

Do your patients freak out when they find out you created such gory movies? I was in physical pain watching that woman cut off her finger!

A:

They don't seem to - quite often I have patients come in and say "dude! I heard you make horror films!" It gives me something besides medicine to chat with them about.

That was the goal - slow, painful, and absolutely NOT cutting to black - show the WHOLE horrible thing!


Q:

These stores are told visually, but the sound is so important! Dwight Chalmers is a genius sound designer. The sound of that finger getting chopped off is highly effective!

A:

Amos Cochran - plays essentially every instrument known to the world - has created the music for all 3 of my short films - music can completely change the mood of a short!


Q:

which horror movies have struck you as being medically highly accurate and also highly inaccurate?

A:

Human Centipede !! NO WAY AT ALL - I don't operate on butts or faces, but as a foot and ankle surgeon I'm certain of the following... Death from infection - way quick, not like weeks, like quick - sewing a butt and mouth together??- cool idea for a film, but in the real world you're not even going to have time to train them to crawl around!

I'm gonna come back to the highly accurate one in a minute


Q:

which horror movies have struck you as being medically highly accurate and also highly inaccurate?

A:

But then even my films are medically/surgically inaccurate... You'd have to struggle to cut through that finger bone - it would come off at the knuckle fairly easily, but through the bone? She'd have to really lean into it.


Q:

Hi Mr. Burks! Congratuwelldone on the films! How did you get the films onto crypt?

A:

Hi there ! And thank you ! I sent an e-mail after my films had run their film festival course. CryptTv has given me and my crew so much exposure ! They have so many great films on there - if you haven't seen MORDEO on there you have to check it out ! Gory, weird - hats off to the filmmaker


Q:

what are your favorite horror stories or novellas? which films inspire you most?

A:

Eraserhead - not a classic horror, but so wonderfully weird. Donnie Darko - not a classic horror, but also wonderfully weird and dark. Nosferatu - so creepy. Psycho - completely possible - that's why it's even creepier


Q:

Jelly or Jam?

A:

Jelly - no doubts at all.


Q:

Who wins? A silverback gorilla or a grizzly bear?

A:

AWESOME QUESTION !!! Heavily wooded area - gorilla, hands down. Open, grassy field - grizzly. I think tons of people have struggled with this question for centuries - so let me just settle it once and for all. The gorilla wins. Absolutely, positively no doubt that the gorilla destroys the grizzly. I've personally fought both and I promise you the gorilla was a hell of a lot tougher.


Q:

As someone who lost both arms in two separate bear attacks I find this post extremely offensive. Bears are a far superior combatant.

A:

I fought both animals and won both times. You fought a bear... could be bear(s) since you did not distinguish if it was two bears attacking once or one bear attacking on two different occasions... twice, and lost an upper extremity each time. Clearly I am the superior combatant.


Q:

Are you looking for any self-proclaimed thespians seeking exposure and a shot at proving himself?

A:

Absolutely! That's EXACTLY the talent we're looking for!


Q:

Any advice on how to handle being a different drummer but also wanting to succeed in the medical field?

A:

Yes. Need the definition of "different" to give adequate advice.


Q:

Which state do you practice medicine in?

A:

Arkansas


Q:

Worst injury you ever had? Worst illness you ever had?

A:

displaced fracture, left wrist

gastroparesis


Q:

Do you watch the Discovery Life & TLC Channels for medical entertainment and the SyFy and Chiller channels for crazy science fiction and horror entertainment?

A:

Please let me rank them on how I watch them... 1.Chiller 2.SyFy 3.Discovery Life 4.TLC

I started watching the series "Chopped" but realized the title is VERY misleading. Hardly any gore.


Q:

What colleges did you graduate from?

A:

Des Moines University Post-graduate residency at Winona Hosital in Indianapolis Trauma surgery fellowship, Graz, Austria


Q:

What is the most common injury that you treat?

A:

ruptured Achilles tendons


Q:

I've noticed over the last 10 years almost half of my doctors have come from Africa & Asia & South America. Why do so few American kids want to be doctors but would rather be nurses or medical assistants? Is it the amount schooling that scares American kids away from wanting to be doctors?

A:

I think that's part of it. I also think that the college debt you incur for 4 years of college and 4 years of medical school scares people away.


Q:

Have you had any minor or major celebrities asking to be in any of your movies?

A:

I haven't had any "asking", but I have had Michael Berryman and Scout Taylor-Compton in films and I've had Verne Troyer and Bill Moseley interested


Q:

Who are you favorite directors? Who are your favorite producers?

A:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet Eli Roth Joshua and Miles Miller Daniel Campbell Mark Theideman


Q:

Who are your favorite actors and actresses?

A:

Amy Adams David Gulpilil Daniel Day-Lewis Andrew Garfield Harley Burks


Q:

Who has the Best fast food burger?

A:

David's Burgers


Q:

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

A:

meat and veggies, but on different sides of the pizzas


Q:

Do you have any pets? If so, how many? What types? What are their names?

A:

3 dogs ; Butters, Tank, Zani 2 cats ; Toke and Jerry 2 birds; unnamed


Q:

How many horror/SciFi conventions do you go to and which ones do you go?

A:

will be going to Crypticon with my new film in a few weeks - first time !


Q:

What is your favorite procedure to do? By the way I also saw Dr Bowen about a month ago, great practice!!

A:

A talonavicular fusion

LOVE being part of this group - great group of people to work with


Q:

Roughly what percentage of your patients are Senior Citizens? Baby boomers? Generator X-ers? And Milenienals by percentage breakdown?

A:

Senior citizens/baby boomers 50% x-ers 25% Mills 24% Small babies 1%


Q:

Have you done any interview Q and As with your local community newspaper and community magazine? If not do you want to and plan to?

A:

I'd be interested in doing that. Hopefully, as our films pick up some traction (thanks CryptTv!) we'll some interview time.


Q:

Do you have a beard, mustache, both or neither?

A:

I usually keep about a 5-6 day beard


Q:

Are you married? If yes, Where and how did you meet your wife? And if yes, how many years have you been married?

A:

Yep, over 25 years, the US


Q:

What was the last movie you saw and without spoiling the plot , how was it?

A:

Silence - amazing acting