Micah Gallo’s Horror genre film obsession runs deep, and his surreal, haunting nightmare, ‘Itsy Bitsy’ proves it!

Chatting with USC Film School Grad Micah Gallo about his female driven narrative ‘Itsy Bitsy’ was enlightening.

Who is your audience?

Micah Gallo: The film is PG-13. We wanted to create a mysterious and relatable living nightmare that would appeal to a large audience, young and old horror fans alike. We didn’t need sex, violence or profanity to enhance our story.

Is ‘Itsy Bitsy’ about a spider?

Micah Gallo:  Itsy Bitsy marries the high concept fun of a film reminiscent of Jaws with the edgy character drama of a film like The Exorcist. It features a woman (Elizabeth Roberts) scorned by her past. Her physical fight is with the creature,  her battle inside is ambivalence versus pure love. We held auditions, and chose Elizabeth for her natural style and believable edge.

Elizabeth plays a single mom, who moves from New York to the quiet countryside, with her two children. It’s a job opportunity she can’t afford to turn down. The family moves into the humble guesthouse. Kara works as a private nurse to a man stricken with multiple sclerosis (Bruce Davison),  an appraiser of rare antiquities with a secretive past.

Micah Gallo directing on the set of ‘Itsy Bitsy’

Her teenage son, Jesse, (Arman Darbo) is most unhappy. Losing his friends and moving to the middle of nowhere hasn’t made his job of looking after his little sister,  (Chloe Perrin) any easier. Doom precedes them, (Treva Etienne) a shady international associate of Walter, has brought with him a mysterious relic of ancient origin. The relic contains more than just legends. Inside is a terrifying creature, a terrifying cave Spider unlike the modern world has ever seen.

Walter’s associate encounters a run in with a local sheriff played by genre veteran actor Denise Crosby.

 

Director Micah Gallo and Master Effect Artist Dan Rebert

The visual appearance of the film seems so real. How was that accomplished?

Micah Gallo: DETAIL enhances the story! We wanted to use practical effects, for a horror fan, Computer Graphic Imaging (CGI)can often break the thread of suspended disbelief. We needed to shoot Live, In Camera. Dan Rebert, who created illusions for True Blood and Terminator 2 , came on board. Everyone involved went the extra mile for quality and to make the appearance artistically sound.

You and Producer Cory Neal (Frozen ,The Hatchet Series) have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help with the final costs of polishing the project. Why?

Micah Gallo: We wanted to engage die-hard horror and suspense fans. Kickstarter gives us a platform to premiere our content to a wide reach by connecting to people and fans passionate about supporting movies (and scary spiders!), and allows us to finish our film on the level we have envisioned. We secured more than 25% of our goal in the first two days! “Kickstarter supporters will help us push this original story across the finish line with a quality level of post-production the film deserves, said producer Cory Neal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The overall goal is to raise $40,000 from fan support via the Kickstarter campaign https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/803978397/itsy-bitsy by October 11, 2017 to complete the project.

Contributors to the Itsy Bitsy Kickstarter Campaign will receive unique, amazing, thrilling, one-of-a-kind incentives for supporting the project. More details about the project can be found on the Itsy Bitsy website: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/803978397/2129324161?ref=330502&token=e8feb985

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