We’ve been talking with some of Hauntology’s crew to learn more about what makes them tick, their favorite films, and what they look for in a great film. Today we’re talking with one of our producers, Ryan Satre.

Where are you from and what’s your background?

I live in my home state of Minnesota. I grew up in a small mining town on the Mesabi Iron Range where storytelling has long been a foundation of the migrant community that settled the area. I found a love for books and movies at an early age and began writing stories and plays with my friends in grade school. I majored in film studies at university and worked in Hollywood for a brief period until I switched to a corporate career specializing in content and platform management.

What do you look for in a film you’d want to produce?

I look for a strong story arc with a compelling conflict that allows directors and talent to explore different perspectives. I am also kind of a Hitchcock junky, so I love when there is a chance to pull the audience into an exotic or compelling location, too.

What filmmakers and creators do you think are really innovating in the world of film and TV?

I really admire the work of Darren Aronofsky and I am excited to see him expanding into television and other content. In a different vein, I think that some of the shows and films being developed under the Adult Swim umbrella are some of the most innovative content out there.

What are some of your favorite films (indie or mainstream)?

Some of my favorites include Jaws, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blade Runner, The Departed, Fight Club, Reservoir Dogs, and Rare Exports.

Who is a dream filmmaker or actor you’d want to work with?

David Fincher and Sam Rockwell, respectively.

What is something most people don’t know about your job?

It’s one half science and one half soul. Sometimes you strive to improve the art, sometimes you strive to improve the product. Find the projects where you can help do both.

What is a recent film that inspires you creatively?

Blade Runner 2049. I love the evolution of the hero perspective in this franchise (add in the Black Lotus series here), and the production design was flawless.

What’s your favorite scary movie?

The original Friday the 13th. I watched it alone and against my parent’s expressed permission when I was very young, and then again at a lot of angst-inducing sleepovers.

Thanks, Ryan!

Stay tuned for more Q&As from other talented members of our cast and crew.