Rob Zombie on Directing Feature Films, TV Commercials -- Exclusive Interview
"The television commercial world pretty much works like the film world in the sense that the way you get work a lot of the time is by ad agencies seeing something else you've done and then approaching you to do something else," Zombie tells Noisecreep in an exclusive interview. The iconic rocker is on the line talking about the upcoming series of television commercials he directed for Amdro Ant Block, a pest control product.
Known for his feature film hits (Halloween, House of 1000 Corpses), it's not the first time Zombie has directed a TV ad. In 2011, he directed a commercial for Woolite called "The Torturer" (seen below) that also became a viral sensation. "The Woolite commercial turned out to be very successful in the world of commercials. It ran a lot and ended up getting a lot of attention. I'm actually having fun working in that world."
Since Zombie's movie projects are famously passion projects for him, Noisecreep asked the rock renaissance man if he also had a wish list of products he could direct television commercials for: "Not really. Commercials aren't something that I really think about it, unless I'm working on a specific project. Commercial opportunities have just come in from out of the blue.
"But I will say that I do watch television commercials differently now that I'm directing them. You start seeing them with a technical eye. I've actually had to turn down some commercial stuff because of timing and schedule issues. What I've liked the most about working on these commercials has been the fact that I get to "direct" more. Meaning, feature length films take a long time, so I don't get to do too much other directing with everything else I have going on. With these commercials, I can knock them out in one or