Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Been pretty lame on blog posts, but that's just 'cause I've been crazy busy with stuff.
I finished shooting the inserts for BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN, drove them up to Mike's place and we imported and dropped 'em in. Another trip to get the music all finished up. It was a late night, but I am really happy with the music - an original score by Steve Sessions. Also watched the movie with about 5/6 of the sound effects done, made notes for a few more tweaks. Got a whole bunch of photos cropped and 'shopped for the beginning of the end credits sequence.
Need to get the above poster set up as a PDF so I can get some copies made to put up at the con as well as some fliers to hand out.
Meanwhile, I have finished all of the DRIFTER shooting, save for 2 conversation scenes, one half of a phone call scene, a shot of a car driving down the road at night, and a couple of blood splatters. So pretty darned close. I have 7/8 of the footage already imported into the computer and just finished a DRIFTER trailer that I am pretty darned happy with. Will get that posted online sometime next week. Really hoping to get DRIFTER all wrapped up and out on DVD by the end of the summer. More news as it comes together.
BENEATH A DEAD MOON has been pushed to the side for the moment, but I hope to get that out on DVD sometime later this summer.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Creator Don Coscarelli has said in recent interviews that based on the continued interest from Phantasm fans in a Phantasm 5 movie that he would consider it.
He has said everything from, "nothing more than incentive on my part," to "I wouldn't be averse to a fifth film," to "If the stars aligned, I'd think about it," to "We’ve been cooking up a couple ideas, and I like to think that as soon as ['John Dies at the End' is] wrapped up we’ll try to get something going," to "I used to just dismiss the idea of ‘Phantasm 5′, but now I have to take it a little more seriously. There is a rabid fan base that will not be denied! So once I get done with this publicity thing I have to find a way to satisfy that demand!" to "I’m going to seriously consider because if so many people want it how can you say no?"
Don has always stated that the biggest challenge independent film is money.
If I were independently wealthy, I would just contact Don and tell him I wanted to executive produce Phantasm 5 and to get going with it.
But I am not, so I can't.
But it has me thinking about what it would take. Don seems to be up for it and he has stated over and over again that the original cast members are still all around and up for it. It also sounds like he has at least a few different scripts or at least takes on what Phantasm 5 would be story-wise.
I found these numbers regarding the previous films' budgets.
Phantasm I Budget in 1978: $400,000.00
Phantasm I Budget with inflation: $1,353,989.50
Phantasm II Budget in 1988: $3,000,000.00
Phantasm II Budget with inflation: $5,407,989.37
Phantasm III Budget in 1993: $2,500,000.00
Phantasm III Budget with inflation: $3,651,716.19
Phantasm IV Budget in 1998: $600,000.00
Phantasm IV Budget with inflation: $772,398.87
Now, I know at least one of the Phantasm 5 concepts I read about was pretty post-apocalyptic and a broader scope like that may be a bit more expensive to do than the past movies. On the other hand, with technology today sometimes you can pull things off cheaper than in the past.
Phantasm II, a "studio movie," has an adjusted-with-inflation budget of over $5 million.
Phantasm is not Veronica Mars. But, Veronica Mars just raised over $5 million on kickstarter.
Would Phantasm 5 be able to raise $5 million on kickstarter?
It's apples to oranges, but there are similarities. Part of the reason a Veronica Mars movie was even an idea was because of the fan base. There were enough fans who were rabid enough to continue asking for a return of the TV show or a movie that the creator got the blessing of the studio who owned it to try this kickstarter thing out.
Phantasm has a fan base for sure. Are enough of them rabid enough to make this happen? Maybe.
Veronica Mars has Kristen Bell as it's star and she has certainly become what you would call a 'big name' in Hollywood. I think that fact is what really resulted in some of the initial coverage by the mainstream media.
Phantasm doesn't have that advantage of someone involved that the mainstream media would cover in that way. E! Entertainment News, for example.
The other unique thing that got an avalanche of media coverage, which I think got a lot of people contributing who may not have been rabid fans, but were either fans of Kristen Bell or just thought it was cool, was when the kickstarter campaign very quickly zoomed up to $2 million. That was impressive and combined with the novelty of the process and the attachment of a Hollywood star, made it perfect for mentions on all sorts of entertainment and mainstream news outlets.
If Phantasm 5 went onto kickstarter or indiegogo and raised a million dollars in a day, sadly, E! Entertainment News could care less.
So that's the apples to oranges thing about comparing these two properties.
With that all out of the way, how feasible would it be to raise a budget for Phantasm 5 using kickstarter or indiegogo?
Briefly looking through kickstarter there are a lot of horror movies that met their goal of $3000 or $5000, with a few raising $10,000 or more. We're still a long way from $5 million, though.
Here is something interesting, Daniel Roebuck, who was featured in Don Coscareli's latest movie John Dies at the End, and Chuck Williams (bit parts in John Dies at the End and Bubba Ho-Tep) just raised about $13,000 for a project on kickstarter.
Ralph Bakshi, a talented independent creator who has some notoriety from mainstream genre success, recently raised about $174,000 for a new 7-minute or so short that will eventually be part of a larger feature.
A talented independent creator who has some notoriety from mainstream genre success would certainly be a good description of Don Coscarelli.
Paul Giamatti not only acted in John Dies at the End, but he also kicked in some money by being a producer. He said part of the reason he got involved was that he had been a fan of Coscarelli's and of Phantasm for years. Could it be that Paul would once again executive produce with Don for Phantasm 5? Probably. How much? I have no idea? $500,000? Maybe.
There is an accepted process in fund-raising, in particular non-profit stuff where you are appealing to the public for funds, where you try and get several key donations before your "public campaign" begins. That way, to use a United Way reference, your thermometer fills up pretty quickly and that appearance of momentum encourages others to contribute. That, plus it is easier to get people to chip in to reach your goal when you are very close to it (help us close the gap!) rather than when you still have a long way to go.
So one scenario could be that Don works with Paul to raise as much budget commitment as possible before starting the crowd-sourcing campaign. That way they are closer to the goal and the whole "help us reach it" angle might work.
While Veronica Mars got all kinds of mainstream media coverage, it is not horror and the one advantage horror has is a often ravenous fan base and a lot of communication outlets. From blogs to podcasts to news websites, there is a TON of horror stuff out there on the 'net. All of which would be very helpful in a crowd sourcing campaign for Phantasm 5.
Don already attends several horror conventions a year - that is the perfect audience right there. Actors from the Phantasm series also appear at cons and that's just more opportunity to spread the word about a campaign.
You know that once something like this was announced, all the horror news sites would be all over it and news would spread like wildfire through the horror community. Horror bloggers would blog about it and horror podcasters would podcast about it. Additionally multi-genre sites like Aintitcoolnews and Blastr would mention it as well.
But the bottom line is: are the fans who want the fifth movie rabid enough to contribute enough? That's the big question mark. How can the producers hedge their bet?
Phantasm II was just released on Blu-Ray from Scream Factory. I wonder what the sales figures were like for it? That might be a bit telling in terms of the series' popularity, but you would have to take into account that it's not a NEW Phantasm movie.
Assuming that Don and his Silver Sphere Corporation owns the rights to Phantasm, would a company like Magnolia/Magnet (who released John Dies at the End) kick in money to produce a Phantasm 5 if they were guaranteed the distribution rights? Perhaps a few other companies might be interested in pre-buying the foreign and domestic rights, VOD, DVD and otherwise?
Having said all of this - what would be a budget Don would feel he could pull off the movie with? For example, $5 might be an ideal budget, but what if he got $3 million? Is that a deal-breaker? What it was $1 million? Can it be done to the standards he would want? Because he is a nice guy, Don has been able to call in favors from industry friends in FX, music and other areas from his low-budget independent productions. Wouldn't a lot of these friends be up for helping out on the final Phantasm movie?
The downside of all of this: what if a campaign is launched and it raises a bit of money, but not enough? Does that damage the reputation of Don or the series? In some peoples' eyes, yes. Does it make it harder to try again later? Perhaps, especially if it's done in a similar fashion.
What if there are "Hollywood stars" out there, like Paul Giamatti, who are fans of Don and Phantasm, and who would be willing to pony up some funding to get a fifth movie made? How many of those stars would it take to throw together $5 million? I guess it depends on how big they are!
And let's do the old breakdown:
If $5 million is the required budget and $1 million is raised before the campaign begins, the goal is $4 million.
Veronica Mars had one person kick in $10,000, three that kicked in $8,000 three more that kicked in $6,500 and 4 that kicked in $5000. They had over 22,000 people kicking in at the $35 level and as many at the $25 level.
How many hardcore Phantasm fans are out there around the planet that would kick in money to help get Phantasm 5 made? How many casual Phantasm fans out there? How many just plain horror fans who might kick in $1?
And again, $5 million may be an ideal number - it's possible Don is willing to try and pull it off with less. Maybe much less, based on some of his other budgets.
You never know until you try.
Obviously, all of this is speculation. I don't know Don personally. I am not privy to any information behind the scenes about what it would take to pull this off.
I just know that I would love to see the old gang back for Phantasm 5 and it sounds like the old gang would love it, too.
Update: I posted this blog a few days ago and now, I just read a Fangoria interview with Don and he was asked about Phantasm V if he had thought about using something like Kickstarter. Here is what he said, "Yeah, I have. A lot. It seems there might be passion for that kind of thing. When you’ve got something that has a committed fanbase and you can get pretty creative with the perks…for a fifty thousand dollar donation the Tall Man will strangle you on film!"
SWEET!!!! I hope Don makes a go at it!
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Rob knew Adam Paris from his work in the gaming industry but meeting him in person, John and I knew he was perfect for a huge, hulking killer.
Sculptor William Bivens was a horror fan dying to be in more movies.
I had worked with Bryn Kristi on a couple of features, but here she was as a part of a spokesmodel group, looking great and always interested in doing more movie work.
We met more of the Gravestone Girls spokesmodels, including Madeline Morgan, Annie Bardonski and Jaime Gurrad, all attractive actresses looking to do more horror!
Actor Jake Hueni was there as he was starring in a short feature being screened.
Actor Daren Ackerman was also a panelist for the screening/Q&A for "The Tunnel."
Inspired, John Bowker wrote a body count flick in the spirit of '80s slashers called BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN. I shot and directed, making sure it was tailor-made for horror fanatics and full of blood, guts and hot chicks.
We cast everyone mentioned above, including Adam as the titular hooded killer.
BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN was shot on HD, in Northwest locations in Oregon and Washington with an all local NW cast (aside from that one guy who came in from Alabama for his part).
So it is only fitting that BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN holds it's WORLD PREMIERE at Crypticon Seattle 2013! Join us Saturday night, May 25, 11 p.m. in Emerald Ballroom A, for a rip-roaring good time!
Crypticon 2012-screened "Twisted Fates;" "Torment," "Platoon of the Dead," "Burn Notice"
Crypticon 2012-screened "Twisted Fates," Crypticon 2009-screened "The Tunnel;" "Scent of the Sasquatch"
Crypticon 2012-screened "The Innocent" and "Twisted Fates," Crypticon 2011-screened "15: An Exploration of Human Violence"
Crypticon 2012-screened "The Innocent," Crypticon 2009-screened "The Tunnel"
Crypticon panelist and award sculpter, Crypticon 2009-screened "The Tunnel"
Crypticon 2009-screened "The Tunnel," Crypticon 2009 and 2010 guest
Crypticon 2009-screened "The Tunnel," Crypticon 2009 guest
Crypticon 2012-screened "Twisted Fates;" "Platoon of the Dead"
Crypticon 2009-screened "The Tunnel," Crypticon 2009 guest
Crypticon 2009-screened "The Tunnel"
THANK YOU CRYPTICON SEATTLE!!!
Monday, March 18, 2013
Sorry things have been quiet around the blog as of late. Work and home life have been extra busy and post-production on BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN continues, but I also started shooting a new horror feature this weekend called DRIFTER. The above teaser image was made using a photo from this weekend's shoot. Bob Olin plays a creepy drifter hiding out in a vacant house for sale...he's going mad with deadly consequences...but why? That's the twist...
Monday, March 04, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Why is Rob drawing on Sophie's boob? For a movie, of course!
My horror short, SUPERSTAR, is going to be a part of this year's Mid-Valley Video Festival! It screens next-to-last in the Saturday night shorts collection which starts at 9 p.m., Saturday, February 23 at the Northern Lights Theater Pub in Salem, Oregon. Cost is just $3!
It was a blast reminiscing about my 70s and 80s influences, crazy behind the scenes stories and just generally geeking out about horror and sci-fi stuff.
Check it out at http://www.cheese-magnet.com/2013/02/schlocktastic-an-interview-with-joe-sherlock
I had to create a poster for a website listing of the world premiere screening for BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN, so put this together. Had to use a few screen caps as well as photos, so it will hold up fine online but may not work for printing. However, most of it's use will probably be online anyway.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
BCW Music Video from Joe Sherlock on Vimeo.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
I started off the year by sliding across an icy road and smashing my wife's car into the curb.
I did order DVDs of the just-finished-up TWISTED FATES and TRULY DREADFUL TALES in January so that was cool.
In February the Mid-Valley Video Festival honored me as their ‘featured filmmaker’ so in addition to the bigfoot short SCENT OF THE SASQUATCH, they screened TWISTED FATES!
I was even interviewed by the local paper, which was fun!
Also in February, I got to see Michael Schenker Group and Anvil in Portland. It was awesome!
Several of my titles became available from the W.A.V.E. Video site: UNDERBELLY, DEADLY PREMONITIONS and TRULY DREADFUL TALES.
I was interviewed for "SOV: The True Independents," a pair of documentaries on the shot-on-video horror of the 80s and 90s.
Also in March, I was asked to make a movie for Warlock Home Video and set about getting a cheeseball, shot-on-VHS horror comedy written up. The result was BLOODY RED LIPS OF BLOOD, which was shot in the spring and early summer.
At one of the BLOODY RED LIPS OF BLOOD shoots, I also held a photoshoot to create a snazzy and suitably schlocky photo to go at the top of my drquid.net site. Chicks and monsters - what's not to like?
After remastering the werewolf short Dark Bite from an old 3/4" master the distributor had, the director found the original Hi-8 tapes after all! So I re-edited from scratch, worked in some additional footage and did all new sound effects and music.
It's the last piece of my anthology BENEATH A DEAD MOON. As soon as I can connect with one of the actors for a needed voiceover, I can get it all finished up, get some copies and plan a screening!
In April, Steve Sessions' horror anthology ABERRATIONS was released. I was a producer on this one.
Also in April, TWISTED FATES got reviewed on Ain't It Cool News! I got a great pull quote: "...Every scene and every minute of TWISTED FATES oozes a love for all things horror," which was pretty damn cool.
The director of the film festival for Crypticon Seattle contacted me and said they wanted to screen TWISTED FATES as a "friends of Crypticon" type of thing at this year's convention. Cool!
I started off the month of May attending Jell-O Wrestling fundraiser for local roller derby team. Needless to say, that was entertaining.
Memorial Day weekend rolled around and my buddies and I once again headed to the Crypticon Seattle horror convention. Great guests and panels and lots of fun times. On the down side, all of Sunday afternoon's events (including my screening) were left out of the printed program thanks to some lame volunteers - and boy were the organizers pissed! A bunch of free promotional posters I was promised by someone didn't materialize, either. However, I had some posters of my own and we had a swell screening. Did some Q&A afterward and even sold a few DVDs!
You can check out the whole Crypticon Seattle 2012 Trip Report here: http://www.drsquid.net/crypticon2012
About three years after the initial shooting for BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN, the project was unfortunately still waiting in line with the editor, who was busy with finishing up previous projects. Mike Hegg got a hold of us in June and said he would like to help out, so I began a series of trips up to Portland to work with him on cutting this bloody body count movie together. By the end of the year, we'd finished the rough cut and are currently working on all sorts of fine-tuning. So excited to see this come together in 2013!
Got to see some great local indie movies this year, including Henry Weintraub's Killing Me and Jason Freeman's The Weather Outside. I am bummed I never was able to make it to see his brother Todd Freeman's Cell Count (as everyone tells me I'd love it), but it's out on VOD now, so I'll have to check it out.
I took my son to see Iron Maiden play in Auburn, Washington at the end of July - first time seeing them for both of us and they were fantastic!
Then, in August, we went to see Motley Crue and KISS in Ridgefield, Washington. Incredible show! We had great seats near the front and were enveloped with the confetti cloud at the end as the confetti cannons were just to the side of our seats.
Did a few freelance video projects for people this year, and some freelance drawing and graphic design as well. I designed not only BRLOB dvd sleeve for Warlock but also their Warlock Warrior certificate, Phantom of the Grindhouse and Paranormal web series logo AND the TeenApe: Balls Deep logo. Crazy stuff!
Online network BlackFlag.TV began airing some of my stuff this year - the short SUPERSTAR is played all the time (recently it played four times in one day!) and my features TWISTED FATES and TRULY DREADFUL TALES have played as well!
Finished the remastering work on three of my earliest efforts and will shortly be releasing a DIMENSION OF BLOOD / MONSTER IN THE GARAGE / CRIMSON HEATHER triple feature DVD.
Also this year, I won four DVDs in online contests, won free tickets to the roller derby and KISS came out with a new album! Not bad!
In October, we held a BLOODY RED LIPS OF BLOOD premiere screening at the f/Stop Fitzgerald's in Salem, Oregon. I brought along the bug monster puppet and a swell time was had by all. Warlock Home Video released the movie on DVD in October as well.
Also in October, I started posting a series of sharable squares/memes and they were a big hit! By the time I was done I'd made and posted 50 of them! I need to do some more in 2013. In the meantime, you can check them all out here: https://picasaweb.google.com/fandcproductions/Squares
I wrapped up 2012 by taking part in the "Holiday Horror Bazaar" as part of the Grindhouse Theater series in Tacoma, Washington. Sold some stuff, got to see a 35mm screening of Silent Night Deadly Night and even won a Fangoria magazine!
Just put the opening credits to BENEATH A DEAD MOON together the other day and getting them done was a great way to finish off the year!