Interviews: Director Brent Ryan Green Talks About His Fantasy Action Film The Veil

“The Veil was something that Jeff Goldberg, the writer and producer, and I came up with”, writer/director Brent Ryan Green tells us as we sit for our chat with the prolific producer cum feature director. “While working for 4 years on short films we had been looking for the perfect feature project. But after reading hundreds of script it was clear we would have to develop something ourselves. This being my first feature film, we had to be strategic about the script.”

TMS: Any research you had to do?

BRG: It’s not a true story but something we came up with. However we looked at Native American and Aztec cultures for inspiration. Especially with Native American culture there was a lot to admire, which we tried to put into the film. 

TMS: Oh, right! How did you go about selecting your leads?

BRG: Meeting with William Levy for the first time I knew right away he was perfect for the role. His energy and passion for the project was undeniable. We clicked right away and he was fantastic to work with. The Veil was an extremely difficult on location shoot, but William brought 100% commitment. I look forward to working with him again. William Moseley was suggested to us and no else understood the script the way he did. He got the deeper meanings and what we were going for. After talking to him for 5 min we knew we need him on the team. And Serinda Swan is just an all-around bad ass that girls can look up to. We meet for coffee to talk about the role and right away we clicked.

TMS: Where was the movie shot?

BRG: It was shot entirely in Oklahoma, my home state, where they have an amazing 37% cash back rebate program and wonderful film office that is very helpful. We developed The Veil with certain locations in mind.

TMS: Is it hard to get a film up, in this day and age, that isn’t a sequel, remake, based on an old TV show or video game or a reboot?

BRG: I think it’s always been hard and will always be hard, because it takes so much money to make a film. Getting started it’s great to just go out and make something. I suggest everyone does that. But to go to the next level you are going to have to convince someone to get a few million bucks. That’s a ton of money but in comparison still nothing compared to the hundreds of millions spent on some films. But if it were easy everyone would be doing it.

The Veil is now showing in select theaters and is available on VOD.

"Set in a war-torn land where tribal factions live in fear of annihilation, the film tells the story of a deadly warrior leading a destructive war campaign. When he is betrayed by his own and left for dead, he is healed by a mysterious princess and taken in by a hidden tribe that believes he was chosen to wage a final battle."