Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SIGHTINGS!

Back in 1999, I acted in a crazy short that was made by a local filmmaker. Now it's online for the world to enjoy!

Fans of BLOODSUCKING REDNECK VAMPIRES will recognize the faces behind Lil' Junior, Mayor Farnsworth, Jean Claude Les Eaux and Cletus!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Never-Before-Released Fantasy Movie DREAMWALKERS Now Available!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - Way back in 1997, I co-produced a fantasy feature with my friend John Bowker. John wrote and directed, I shot it, played a role in it and edited it with John. Aside from a few VHS copies I had made to give to cast and crew, the movie has never been released to the public. Until now. John has given me permission to issue DREAMWALKERS as a special DVD-r release.

Here is John's original description: "Everyone has dreams they would like to go back and relive, but Paul actually did something about it. Sometimes, though, a dream can become a nightmare. Travel with Paul as he discovers the truth about the thin line that separates one from the other. Paul, our "hero," becomes so obsessed with a recurring dream-woman that he invents a dreams-recorder to cling more tightly to that other world. But something goes wrong...a mishap with the recorder leaves Paul stuck in the dreamworld, only able to leave by fighting his way to an "exit", the path which is controlled by the lord of nightmares.."

PIPEDREAMS ENTERTAINMENT in association with F&C PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS * A JOHN BOWKER FILM * DREAMWALKERS starring ERIC SINGER * SHANNON * JOE SHERLOCK * ROB MERICKEL * DAVID DUNCAN * HOLLY THORNHILL * FELICIA PANDOLFI * KYLENE WETHERELL * AMBER THARP * STEPHANIE SHANKS * MOLLY SULLIVAN * KIMBERLY BOWKER * with DALE WILSON * TOM SCHAFFER * NEIL PARKER * JESSIE * SEAN HENDERSON * NICOLE RUSSO * Director of Photography JOE SHERLOCK * Special Make Up effects By ROB MERICKEL * Computer Generated Effects by ERIC SINGER * Produced by JOHNATHAN SCOTT and JOE SHERLOCK * Written and Directed By JOHN BOWKER

Each DVD-r will be individually burned and is just $15 including shipping in the US.





Tuesday, April 01, 2014

This is a test…this is only a test...

This is a test. This is only a test. I loved the markum burger at the Markum Inn and am looking forward to Phantasm Ravager, also known as Phantasm 5. I am a fan of john and mark polonia's crazy no-budget movies. I worked with Ariauna Albright on Platoon of the Dead and have made a bigfoot movie. I dug Don Leifert in The Alien Factor and worked with Heather Storm in my movie Underbelly. I've made several movies with Tom Stedham and my zine and website name is Dr. Squid!


Monday, March 31, 2014

One Third of the Way

OK, it is a third of the way through 2014 and where am I at on these movie things?


DRIFTER is basically done. Planning to reshoot one scene that will add clarity to the story. Working to schedule for next week. Hoping to have news in the next few weeks about a world premiere for this one.


SECRET PROJECT is about 98% done: shot, edited together, music and sound effects done, opening and ending credits done. Trailer is cut together. Just have a few insert shots to do and drop in and then will announce to the world.



Got http://www.skullfaceastronaut.com set up. More to come…



BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN is so close to being done done done. Post-production guy had a bit of surgery and a few other delays.

Helping produce a horror feature. More news later.


Tim Shrum is pulling together another horror short for me down in Oklahoma. Tim directed the "Crazed" segment on the TRULY DREADFUL TALES anthology.

Will have a booth at the CHERRY CITY COMIC CON at the beginning of May.

Looking forward to attending another CRYPTICON SEATTLE at the end of May.

Not bad, but plenty of stuff still to do!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PHANTASM: RAVAGER

I got excited today when a million horror news sites posted a teaser poster for Phantasm: Ravager…

 Last spring, I wrote a post all about my hopes that creator Don Coscarelli would make a Phantasm 5: http://fandcproductions.blogspot.com/2013/04/phantasm-5.html

I was so excited to read that not only was a new Phantasm coming out, but that it was already all shot and they'd managed to shoot it over the last several years and keep it a secret. Plus several of the regular actors were included in it.

Later in the day, it was revealed that Don did not direct this. A guy named David Hartman did, "under the supervision of Coscarelli." Turns out Don co-wrote it, and has expressed how excited he is about it, so I am still looking forward to it.

But the AMAZING thing was in poking around looking for info about this today, I found a post on a bulletin board from LAST YEAR, where someone had pointed out that one of the fake DVD covers that was in a shot in Don's JOHN DIES AT THE END movie, was in fact for "Phantasm Ravager!"

Mind blown!!!!

I first saw JOHN DIES AT THE END when Don himself introduced it at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2012. So for YEARS, the title of the next Phantasm movie has been right there!!!

I grabbed a screen shot someone had posted and lightened it up a lot to better see the spine of the DVD box. Sure enough…there it is:


Friday, March 14, 2014

Space-Based Fare

Just about 4 years ago to the day, I wrote a blog post called, "Cooking, Party Planners, Feng Shui, Magic and a Docusoap. Really? REALLY?!?!?!" that was about SyFy's announcement of their latest slate of shows and their declaration that the channel's genre was now "imagination-based entertainment" which in my mind was a cover-your-ass way of saying they were going to be able to put on whatever they thought would expand the audience so they could charge more for advertising and not have to worry about it being science fiction anymore.

Given that the cooking, party planner, Feng Shui, magician and psychic mom shows were short-lived, I am not sure if their plan was successful. They did launch Face-Off as a part of that group and that continues to this day. And of course there is that old science-fiction standard: wrestling.

Anyway...

In July of 2010, Syfy President Dave Howe told Forbes that Syfy felt that for the 18-to-34 demographic, "the traditional trappings of science-fiction don’t appeal to that audience. And by that I mean the science-based, technology-based, space-based [fare]."

So I did find it ironic that yesterday, Syfy president Dave Howe talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the network’s beefed-up slate of "space-set sci-fi series and harder sci-fi projects."

Did what that coveted demographic want change in the last four years? Maybe. Certainly networks like TNT, NBC, CW, ABC, HBO and others are showing more sci-fi and fantasy stuff than in years past. The Hollywood Reporter article even positions this as SyFy "getting back" an audience that is finding their sci-fi fix on some of those other networks.

As a fan of space-set sci-fi and such, it will be interesting to see what programming pops up.

Meanwhile I am anxious to check this thing out once it gets done at SXSW and ends up in a local theater or DVD: https://www.facebook.com/SpaceStation76


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Closer...

Work on the secret project continues and I am so close to finishing principle photography. Just one more sequence left and then it's on to some effects shots, music and sound effects. Above is the kickass Bryn Kristi. Love that shot.

Truly a kitchen FX shot - on my kitchen floor! For this meltdown effects, I used turkey lunchmeat for peeling flesh, lemon pudding for the goo, pearl onions for the eyeballs and even tomato skin for lips, all on a plastic skull. Gross and fun!

Meanwhile, word from the editor is his work on BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN should be done by the end of this week!

I still have one shot I want to reshoot for DRIFTER. Just need to make all of the arrangements for it.

Real life is pretty busy these days, but I'm hoping to have more news about these three projects before too long.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Roger Corman Real Mayonnaise

Work on the secret project continues - shot the last two weekends and got some great, weird stuff!! A few pics...

Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 End of the Year Wrap-Up

2013 was a hell of a fucking year, marked by highs and lows. Tragic deaths in the family and a horrible car accident for me have taken their toll on me and on the 'ol movie stuff.



However, in looking back, I did get quite a few things accomplished, and that's kind of what this wrap-up thing is for: to help me rise above the grindstone every once in a while and see what's been accomplished and appreciate it a little bit.

I got set up with a new computer, Final Cut Pro and a new HD camera earlier this year - and boy have I used the heck out of them.



Lots of movement on BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN. My buddy John Bowker proposed making this way back in 2009, with us splitting the work (him writing and editing and me directing and co-producing with him). But years later, the movie sat waiting in line behind another project John was editing. Our old pal Mike Hegg offered to help put it together so I spend many weekends at his place last year helping get that movie cut together. The process continued into 2013.

I cut a 4-minute sizzle reel and two trailers together for BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN, plus recorded and made a video for a BCW song on a dare. Made cool masks for the pickup shots and had the BCW trailer shown in front of The Circle, a Portland-shot short film, at the Hollywood Theater. Created character frames for the end credits and looked through all of the footage again and cut together a blooper reel. Designed poster for BCW World Premiere, and held that World Premiere at Crypticon Seattle 2013!

I recently visited Mike again and we got through a lot of the final tiny audio and video tweaks, so now he is just working on some color correction and the plan is to get some DVDs made and hold some more screenings because this will be a fun movie to watch with a crowd!



I did an extensive interview with Scott Phillips for Cheese Magnet that was a lot of fun. Thanks, Scott!



I finished work on re-issuing three of my very early projects, DIMENSION OF BLOOD, MONSTER IN THE GARAGE and CRIMSON HEATER, designed packaging and got DVDs made, and even made two special edition VHS versions for collectors!



My horror short SUPERSTAR was featured at the 2013 Mid-Valley Video Festival in Salem, Oregon and a photo of me with Floyd Sumner, Sophia Maria and Rob Merickel ran in the Statesman Journal newspaper! Snazzy! Not only that but it's in near constant rotation over at online indie channel http://blackflag.tv!



Starting in the spring, I wrote, produced, directed and shot a new horror movie, DRIFTER with some old and new friends. I currently have it all edited with a kick ass sound track by Steve Sessions (who also scored BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN) and only a few things left to finish it up! Also edited together the behind-the-scenes featurette already! More news soon!



Had a great time at the Crypticon Seattle horror convention, including the World Premiere of BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN and posted the usual huge Crypticon trip diary.



I set up a new blog to showcase a bunch of cartoons I did back in college of the college paper: Cheese Sandwich! I scanned 100 of the suckers, but only have a few posted - that's something to get back to in 2014.



I set up a TUMBLR page as a spot to throw snazzy photos: http://skullfaceastronaut.tumblr.com



After many, many hassles and technical issues, I finally got my horror shorts compilation BENEATH A DEAD MOON together. It was great to be able to showcase several old shorts that never really got much distribution as well as a few newer ones. Designed the packaging, got some DVDs made and held an incredibly fun premiere screening of it in early November.



In the late fall, I began work on a new movie project. It's weird. It's super weird. It's hopefully only going to be a few more months before it's all wrapped up and I'll start talking about it...

So what's in store for 2014? I don't know. Movie stuff. Ongoing physical therapy stuff to recover from the car accident. Another Crypticon Seattle. I'll try to update the blog a little more. Hopefully more fun, less death, less stress, less crap.

I am so very lucky to have such great friends and have had such fun people come into my life making these wacky movies.

So lucky to still be here.

Lucky and thankful.

Very lucky.

Very thankful.

Here's to 2014.







Friday, November 29, 2013

Beneath A Dead Moon World Premiere!

Had a fantastic world premiere for BENEATH A DEAD MOON in Salem, Oregon. Tons of people showed up, much beer was drank and everyone seems to have a swell time!








Tuesday, October 08, 2013

BENEATH A DEAD MOON Pre-Order Packages!


COOL MONSTERS AND HOT CHICKS! I mean, let’s be honest, that sounds like fun, right?

BENEATH A DEAD MOON is a horror anthology chock full of werewolves, psychos, vampires, mutants and even bigfoot, plus lovely ladies and plenty of blood! Six scary shorts plus a little behind-the-scenes & bloopers segment and a Bonus Short: The Eyeball of Fear!!!

From now until October 30, 2013, you can get a pre-order the BENEATH A DEAD MOON dvd in three ways:

1) THE BASIC: nothing fancy, just pre-order the Beneath A Dead Moon DVD for just $12 (shipping in U.S. included)

2) THE BLOODLUST PACKAGE: - Beneath a Dead Moon DVD plus a copy of BLOODLUST 2, the vampire story and art ‘zine that first featured “Tainted Blood” as a short story back in 2000 (NOTE- limited to 6 - only 6 copies of this zine left! Black box on the cover not included - see photo below!) - just $15 (shipping in U.S. included)


3) THE BEETLEMANIAC  PACKAGE - ONLY ONE AVAILABLE! Beneath A Dead Moon DVD plus the actual Beetlemanic monster head mask and hands! This is the one-of-a-kind hand-crafted (and I know ‘cause I made it!) Beetlemaniac monster head worn by actor Luc Bernier in the movie! Plus I’ll throw in a copy of the Bloodlust 2 zine as well. Critical that you email me first to reserve this one-of-a-kind package. $59 (shipping in U.S. included)

To pre-order, email me first (due to the limited # of packages) at fandcproductions@yahoo.com, and then pay via paypal to fandcproductions@yahoo.com or send check or money order to Joe Sherlock, PO Box 856, Corvallis, OR 97339




THE STORIES:

Nowhere to Hyde: Hank has a homemade lab in his house and retreats there to escape his boozy, nagging wife. He is recreating a potion he's read about in the diary of his grandfather, Dr. Jeckell. But what he turns into is not at all what he expected. And then there is a strange visitor. Starring Warren E.B.B. and Rob Merickel. Written by Kevin Lindenmuth, directed by Joe Sherlock.

Dark Bite: Robert J. Olin plays a nerdy office worker meets a mysterious woman in red and begins dabbling in black magic with the help of a book of spells. Felicia Pandolfi co-stars. Written by Belinda Alexandra, shot by Joe Sherlock, directed by John Bowker.

Tainted Blood: This short tells the tale of a future war between vampires and humans and the lengths that each side will go to to win. Sexy and bloody, it stars Robert J. Olin and Toni Draggon, and was written by John Bowker. Directed by Joe Sherlock.

Superstar: Sexy Krystal gets a tattoo, but the tattoo artist she owes for the work is getting fed up with her excuses...and things are getting intense! Starring Sophia Maria and Robert Sumner and Sabrina Larivee. Written by Steve Sessions and Joe Sherlock, directed by Joe Sherlock.

BeetleManiac: Helen has a blind date with Andre, who grosses her out with his tales of is work with insects. Then things get really buggy! This is a reworked edit of the version featured on Truly Dreadful Tales, with new footage. Starring Isabelle Stephen, Luc Bernier and Kerri Taylor. Written by Joe Sherlock, directed by Isabelle Stephen and Luc Bernier.

Scent of the Sasquatch: Ranger Cody faces Bigfoot when his girlfriend and pal are put in peril! Starring Bryn Kristi, Dale Wilson and Sabrina Larivee. Written and directed by Joe Sherlock.

BONUS SHORT: The Eyeball of Fear: See stupid teens hacked up in the woods by a crazy mutant eyeball in this poorly-dubbed (on purpose!) chunk of craziness!

All this plus a behind-the-scenes/bloopers featurette

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Bloody Can of Inserts!


I took care of a couple of insert shots for DRIFTER yesterday. One was of a soda can hitting the ground and then getting splattered with blood. I got the lights set up, the microphone on a boom pole and my camera all set. I mixed up a small cup of blood (dark karo syrup, chocolate syrup, red food coloring), did a little logo-cover-up work on the can with a marker and set everything up. Camera rolling, I walked over to the other side of the garage, filled my mouth with fake blood, dropped the can and then spit the blood all over it.

I reviewed the shot on the camera and......I didn't like it. DAMN!

I moved the camera up and in a bit, got the paper towels and bowl of water and cleaned up all the blood. Back upstairs to the kitchen where I had to get the ingredients out again and make some more blood. Back downstairs to do it all over again. Drop the an. Spit the blood. Check the camera.

I loved it!

Cleaning up the blood all over again. Turning off the lights and putting them away. Turning off the mic. Brining the camera back into the house, hooking it up to the computer, capturing the footage, dropping it into the movie timeline and fine-tuning it.

Man, that is a hell of a lot of work for one shot that lasts a couple of seconds.

And that's why I need to remember to try and minimize these types of insert shots on my next big shoots. It seems like a time-saver - let's take care of the actors and get them done and out of here and we can just take care of this inanimate object shot later.

BUT....

If you take care of the shot right then. you already have the lights set up, the boom set and the camera there. You also have some crew to help you with the shot and hopefully clean up as you move on to the next scenes with or without actors. Plus mentally, it's easy to procrastinate that simple insert shot just because of all of the set-up/clean-up/break-down involved.

If you are really pressed for time, it makes sense, but if possible it's nice to try and get everything shot on set during the big shoot, just so it is done and you've got help with it.

Meanwhile, in hopes of raising a little bit of money to help pay for the latest DVD duplication, I pulled these VHS gems off of my shelf and am offering them for sale - $6 each including shipping in the U.S. If you are interested in anything, drop me a line at fandcproductions@yahoo.com

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