Oh, The Improv Horror! Tonjia Atomic Ready To Mix Things Up With Her First Feature.

I love independent horror for a number of reasons, one main reason being that there is so much room for creativity. The ceiling for off the wall creative freedom is sky high, and one wonderful Woman In Horror is putting a spin on the genre and taking things to new heights.

Tonjia Atomic, an avid supporter of the Women In Horror movement who has been kicking ass and taking names for quite a while throughout the indie scene in several capacities, is a major player in the Viscera Film Festival family. She also gained a ton of attention thanks to her amazing work creating original jewelry pieces for a number of talented minds during this year’s Women In Horror Recognition Month, such as this awesome eight-legged pair of earrings for Lianne Spiderbaby.

Now the Seattle, Washington native is  ready to get to work on her first horror feature.

Like everything else Tonjia creates, this film is going to be a completely original piece. It will take a turn only Ms. Atomic can navigate.

Claudia Qui is the story of a woman haunted by unnerving visions and dreams that could very well lead to the poor soul’s demise.

Directed by Atomic and starring Barbara Burgio, Don Ayers, Tonjia Atomic, Joshua Phenicie and Sarah Gallagher, with music by Luminol, ‘Claudia Qui’ combines our natural world with the supernatural, set to the music of Luminol. The end product is a dream-like tale of possession.

As if this story needs any more intrigue to reel viewers in, Atomic has decided to allow her cast to improvise their own dialogue. A potentially risky move, this is just a testament to the confidence Atomic has not only in her directing chops, but also in her cast as well as the story of ‘Claudia Qui’ itself.

Tonjia has this to say about the project:

“While I’ve been making horror shorts and comedies now for several years, Claudia Qui is my first horror feature. I’m trying something new with this one and allowing the actors to improvise all of their dialogue. I have a loose outline but am also making many decisions “on the fly” while shooting. I’ve never taken this approach to a horror story before. It’s exciting and a little scary to let go of the tight control of the script and to let the story tell itself in this way. I decided to do it both as an exercise and as an artistic exploration.

the beautiful Barbara Burgio as Claudia

Needless to say, I am absolutely chomping at the bit waiting to see this film. The project is currently in post-production, with editing started yesterday.

Ladies and gents, independent horror is alive and well. Tonjia Atomic is making sure it’s kicking as hard as ever.


About Justin Hamelin

I am a freelance writer, mostly of horror and everything macabre. As a die hard fan of the genre with a particularly deep affinity for Women In Horror, I write film reviews, short stories, screenplays and conduct as many interviews as I can with the fantastic people who make the horror genre my absolute favorite!
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