This week we meet Demonhuntr…
Who are you?
I’m Tim O’Leary, and I’m the founder of Freaky Fighty Funny Films, a production company focusing on LGBTQIA genre stories (scifi, horror, action, etc.)
What do you do?
First and foremost, I’m a writer. I’m happiest when I’m at my keyboard typing away. But I’m also a director and producer.
What are you currently working on?
My team and I are hard at work crowdfunding our flagship production, Demonhuntr. It’s a horror-action-comedy series about two mediums who start a business cleaning out unwanted ghosts and demons from people’s homes. The mediums, Daniel and Jeremy, are best friends, and though one is gay and the other is straight, and one is Asian-American and the other is African-American, those differences are never brought up by them or anyone else. This is a world where those differences don’t matter. It’s a little utopian, but it was vital to the story I wanted to tell.
Over time their team grows to six people, and it includes a witch, a genie, a telepath, and a stoner private eye. All of them are either a woman, a person of color, or LGBTQIA, and in some cases all three.
In fact, probably the most interesting aspect of Demonhuntr is that everyone involved in it, both in front of and behind the camera, is either a woman, a POC, or a member of the queer community. We’re very much about diversity and inclusion, and giving a voice to everyone. I got the idea for Demonhuntr because as a gay man I never got to see myself be the hero in the stories I loved so much. So I had to write my own story. Which you can check out at demonhuntr.com!
What are you currently enjoying (tv shows, movies, podcasts,ice cream?)
I really liked Sabrina – it’s sort of Buffy for the modern day and I’m here for it. And Dead to Me is awesome – Christina Applegate better win an award for that or there is no justice in this world. On the complete reverse side, I’m also a huge fan of Schitt’s Creek. It makes me smile more than anything else on TV right now, and Catherine O’Hara is an international treasure.
I’m a big podcast fan and am in fact working on two scripted podcasts right now with Raul Vega (creator of Rose Drive) and J. Mallory McCree (Good Trouble.) The podcast that got me hooked on audio dramas was definitely Homecoming, and I loved Rose Drive so I’m really excited to work with Raul. Shudder’s horror podcast Video Palace was awesome and super creepy – I highly recommend it. It really gets the spine tingling!
For non-scripted podcasts I’m a big fan of the Daily Zeitgeist, Last Podcast on the Left, and Pod Save America.
What is your advice for today?
I would say for aspiring screenwriters, these days it’s not enough to just write. You have to be a filmmaker. Meet like-minded people, learn how to use equipment, build a network, and make your films. Start small – short films, zero budget, anything you can. Once you start seeing your work on screens, you’ll be inspired.
Also, have a social media presence. You can’t be precious about that kind of stuff, like, “Oh, I don’t really do that.” DO THAT. We live in a social media world and you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot by not participating.
And finally, focus on your physical and mental health. It’s easy to get so caught up in your work that you ignore your own needs. Make sure you treat yourself with as much love and attention as you treat your work!
We are loving the look of this – something totally different and good fun! We can’t wait to see more!
You can find out more about Demonhuntr on the following links: