Director / CrewI am Nick Antosca, creator and executive producer of the show Channel Zero: No-End House. AMA!
Sep 19th 2017 by NickAntosca • 9 Questions • 37 Points
Hey Reddit. I’m Nick Antosca, creator and executive producer for SYFY’s Channel Zero: No-End House. This installment is inspired by Brian Russell’s Creepypasta tale about a bizarre house of horrors, and premieres tomorrow (9/20) at 10/9c on SYFY.
I’m here to answer any and all fan questions - ask me anything.
4:45pm - I've gotta go to North Hollywood and it's rush hour, so I must wrap this up. Thank you to the /r/IAmA and creepypasta community!
I'd like to start by saying I absolutely adored Candle Cove and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for the show!
1.) What are your influences on the tone and production of Channel Zero? Have they changed at all in-between seasons?
2.) To someone who wants to break into the world of film and television production, what is the best advice you could give as to where to start? What kind of things should they study and work on in order to get recognized and work their way up?
Thanks so much for your time! Can't wait for tomorrow's premiere!
1) They do change between seasons. Candle Cove was influenced by Stephen King and, of all things, Haneke. Craig and I talked about Haneke, David Lynch, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Days of Heaven, and other things not traditionally considered horror movies. No-End House was influenced by John Carpenter, Solaris, Night of the Living Dead, It Follows.
2) It depends. If you want to break in as a writer, as I did, then first of all, read as much as you can. Not just scripts but plays, novels, short stories. Master storytelling structure. Watch shows and movies that you like and outline them so you understand how the structure works and what you like so much about them. I would study history, philosophy, literature more than film theory. And then write as much as you can, and finish what you write. Block out time every day to write. Focus and eliminate distractions. (Ideally avoid social media. I would quit twitter and IG or at least shut them down for long periods of time if I didn't have a show to promote.)
I recommend the book DEEP WORK by Cal Newport. It was extremely useful to me.
More practically, it helps a lot to be in or around LA, and it's extremely valuable to meet people who will mentor you and help you along the way.
Followup if that's cool:
Are you happier with No-End House than you were with Candle Cove? I was blown away with how into that season I got, AHS can't hold me that well, but you and the rest of the team managed to keep it worth watching every week.
I love all my children!
I would say we challenge ourselves to do something different every season, and of course we always want to up our game and make each season scarier/ show the audience something they haven't seen before. I am incredibly proud of both seasons.