Showbiz Analysis with Director Cameron Romero OCTOBER 31, 2013 – 2:30 PM – 0 COMMENTS 0 By DR. NANCY BERK @nancyberk (iStock) When it comes to careers, the writing was on the wall at an early age for filmmaker Cameron Romero, who began “devouring movies” as a young boy and studying every genre. And it appears to have paid off, as the filmmaking legacy prepares for pre-production on his latest thriller. Romero, who’s the son of George (Night of the Living Dead) Romero, recently joined me for my iTunes podcast Whine At 9, where he shared his tales of living a life filled with fictional terror.Ask Cameron Romero about his Halloween history, and it’s clear he was his own man when it came to horror preferences. There was no zombie-heavy trick-or-treating for Cameron Romero, because, as he does with his films, he had his own ideas. “I actually dressed up as sort of faceless characters a lot… I used to be obsessed with trying to dress up as shadows. Not like The Shadow character—just any general random shadow.”
Like many filmmakers, Cameron Romero can’t deny that Night of the Living Dead influenced his film career to some extent. “I think that that film influenced hundreds of people to become filmmakers,” says Romero, “The thing that was nice for me was to see it from a different perspective, and see it from my dad’s point of view… Not just from the standpoint of being a fan of the film, but from the standpoint of really seeing what it took for my father to get it made in 1968 and what it took for him to become a filmmaker.”
Intrigued by the intricacies of the filmmaking process, the young Romero chose to carve his own career path, wearing plenty of hats as he worked his way up the show-business ladder. Today, the role of film director/producer seems to be the perfect fit. “When you direct or produce… it becomes this huge puzzle that you have to figure out. And I saw my dad do it better than anybody I’d ever seen. And that’s what I wanted to do.”
Cameron Romero says that the frequent creation of authentic horror doesn’t desensitize you from the visceral and emotional impact. Says the director, “You realize very quickly the human aspect of it all, because it’s very disturbing. But at the same time, you’re happy that you’re doing it and you’re doing your job and you’re doing well and everybody’s working and it’s functioning the way it should.”
Romero’s excited but tight-lipped about his upcoming film with producer Suzanne DeLaurentiis. He gave few details about the thriller, titled Sunken, other than saying that it “takes place largely underwater.” Leave it to Cameron Romero to terrify us while making us hold our breath.
Nancy Berk, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, comic and entertainment analyst. The host of the showbiz podcast Whine At 9, Nancy digs a little deeper as she chats with fascinating celebrities and industry insiders. Her book College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get into a Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind can be seen in the feature film Admission starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.