Friday, April 29, 2005

Not Much Goin' On

Have been out of town for about a week so not much has ben going on movie-wise. I did work some more on the TreeSpirit head last week. Added some red gels behind the eyes and started attaching a black collar at the bottom of the mask to hide the wearer's neck. Once it's all attached, I'll sponge paint parts of it with the same brown/black painting scheme as the head.

Here are a couple of pics from the PREHISTORICUS shoot I was in.





The one directly above was a cool forced perspective shot, which we ruined for this photo by walking up to the spaceship model. Still neat, in a b-movie cheeseball way though.

Tim Davis reports that he is now scheduled to shoot the opening to ZOMBIE LOVE SLAVE on May 1. We'll see...

May be news soon of a DVD release of a movie I worked on a few years ago. Can't say anything quite yet.

Busy weekend with lots of housework, yardwork and family stuff going on. Poor outlook for movie progress...

Monday, April 18, 2005

Electric Boogaloo

HOUSEBOUND 2 is being postponed.

John Bowker wrote and directed the original Housebound. I shot and lit it, acted in it and did a bunch of effects for it. For the sequel, John Bowker and I collaborated on the storyline, John wrote the script and I've been working on the shooting schedule, budgeting and productions sketches. Well, long story short, it's all about money - or the lack of it, and so the project is currently ebing filed under "postponed." It's not going to happen this summer, but may happen someday.

With that off of my plate, I'm going to move ahead with getting DVD-r copies of TRAILER PARK DOUBLE WIDE TRILOGY OF TERROR made, as well as getting on with finishing TWISTED FATES, and working on DR. PUDDING'S MONSTER FILES and finishing the DEADLY PREMONITIONS script.

Stay tuned...

Monday, April 11, 2005

Frank the Astronaut

Spent a few hours Saturday playing "Frank the Astronaut" in what I hope will be the last shoots for my friend Tom's PREHISTORICUS project. Pretty much running around in an orange jumpsuit with two other survivors of a spaceship explosion (we all "beamed" down before the explosion). We ran from pretend dinosaurs, blew up a calculator with a smokebomb and did a cool forced-perspective shot finding the rescue ship, which was played by some sort of plastic water pump (but it did look like a spaceship, too). It was actually fun as we didn't have to hike too far to the woodsy location and I only had to fall down once.

Meanwhile I got the pick-up shots from Laura Giglio for her ghost short for DR. PUDDING'S MONSTER FILES. They look good and should help make the sequence run smoother.

Had dinner with Mike Hegg, my partner in crime on BLOODSUCKING REDNECK VAMPIRES, on Saturday night - I hadn't seen him in probably three months! He's been busy with shooting & editing productions in Portland (Oregon).

Have a few days off at the end of the week so hoping to get a ton of stuff done on all fo these movie projects. We shall see...

Monday, April 04, 2005

Actor Reports Orange Jumpsuit Too Tight in Crotch

Spent Saturday and Sunday sitting at a vendor table at the "Just A Game Con" con at the local fairgrounds, sponsored by a local comic and game shop. It's not the ideal place for selling microcinema fare but I did sell a handful of items and had a swell time chatting with some old friends from the comic & game shop days.
Perhaps the best part was that I had long stretches of uninterrupted time away from any internet, TV or family distractions, which enabled me to work on the HOUSEBOUND 2 shooting schedule I've been trying to eek out for weeks! I really made a quantum leap on it so I'm psyched. John Bowker and I collaborated on the story, John wrote the script and is coming up to Oregon this summer to direct the 10-day shoot. I'll be camera/lights/sound guy as well as doing a lot of effects work and a tiny bit of acting as well.

Heard back from an actress who was game to be in my VIDEODRONE short, but alas, she is moving to LA in one month and I have enough commitments this month to keep me from getting the shoot together before she leaves. Bummer. I do have a back-up actress, though, so hopefully I can pull something together for May or June.

Laura Giglio e-mailed me to say she'd completed the pick-up shots I'd asked her to do for the ghost short she shot most of last fall. Watching for her tape in the mail.

Despite having previously told my friend Tom Shaffer that I was never going to get into the too-small orange jumpsuit that was my costume playing an astronaut stranded on a planet of dinosaurs again, I will be once again squeezing into that too-small orange jumpsuit for more scenes for his flick PREHISTORICUS this coming Saturday. More running around in the woods, ad-libbing and pretending to see dinasaurs just off-screen. It wouldn't be so bad if we didn't have to hike so far to get to the prime locations Tom finds. Well, that, and if the jump suit wasn't so small.

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