Our Conversation with Tabitha McDonald

Tabitha does Practical Effects and is an Editor and Production Assistant, and is a rookie this year!

Which of your achievements to date are you most proud of?

A film I did effects and editing for won Best Director at the Atlanta Film Festival.

What’s your favorite horror film and why?

Right now I would say “I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In This House”. I love its quiet subtlety. That is something that I don’t think there is enough of in horror. Also an interesting female lead.

Who is your hero in the horror world and why?

Jennifer Kent. Showing the world a woman can direct horror, and make a splash.

Share a practical tip for a woman who wants to do what you do.

Voice your creepy ideas. Don’t underestimate them.

Inspire someone who is not where they want to be in the industry yet.

Women have a unique perspective on horror, they just have to speak with authority on the matter. Don’t apologize for your ideas. Own them.

Scare the crap out of us with something you have done or plan on doing!

For a previous film we used a polaroid to take photos of me being “dead” beaten, and blood covered. I now keep the photos just lying on the bookshelf in my living room -just waiting for an unsuspecting visitor to see them and freak out.

What projects do you have coming up?

My husband and I are currently in pre-pro on a short that will have two female leads. It’s a bit horror, and a bit apocalyptic thriller. It’s going to be good.