Saturday, December 29, 2007
Haven't gotten a confirmation but the last I heard the Mid-Valley Video Festival guys were thinking of showing TRAILER PARK DOUBLE WIDE TRILOGY OF TERROR at the Northern Lights Theater Pub in Salem, Oregon on January 11.
Had a great Christmas visiting with family and friends. Got a lot of great KISS stuff!
Friday, December 21, 2007
• Two movies! EVILMAKER and EVILMAKER 2: ABOMINATION
• Audio commentaries for both films with the director (that's John) and cinematographer (that's me!)
• EVILMAKER blooper reel
• EVILMAKER behind-the-scenes
• 44-minute, extensive ABOMINATION featurette
THE EVILMAKER (2000, 99 mins.): First time available on DVD! Serena returns home after escaping an abusive relationship to spend time with three of her friends from high school. A weekend at the beach seems like an ideal way to relax and relive the old days until their car breaks down near an abandoned house. What starts out as a creepy night turns into three days of hell as they experience terror around every corner while they fight to survive The Evilmaker! I was the dp and co-editor on this one plus did some sound effects and a little music.
ABOMINATION: EVILMAKER II (2003, 79 mins.): A year after tragic events struck four close friends, the mystery of their disappearance still has not been solved. One family member dares to hurl herself into a web of darkness and evil in order to find out what really happened. The evil unleashed from her actions will have a terrifying consequence for everyone as they combat The Evilmaker! I was the dp on this one.
If anything, it's worth picking up to see the BAD DREAMS AND BLOODY SCREAMS, the behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of ABOMINATION. Mike Hegg documeted the entire shoot and managed to cut almost 24 hours of candid behind-the-scenes and interview footage into 44 minutes. You'll see the agony, the troubleshooting, the wee hours of the morning, the moviemaking addiction, the dedication, the tricks and the magic. Seriously - it's pretty damn cool.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Having done it for a couple of years straight, I dropped out of writing interviews and articles for b-movie.com to try and concentrate more on my various movie projects and spend time with family. And it worked!
I have been shooting off and on all year on a short monster movie with my son entitled EATER. My son and his friends are featured along with myself and F&C Productions regulars like John Bowker and Amira. My son plays not only the movie's hero, Bean, but the hungry alien critter as well. We only have a few scenes left to do, but with the weather changing we'll likely need to wait until there are some leaves back on the trees to finish up. My son and his friends have a little garage band and we even recorded some songs for the movie!
Earlier this year, I purchased the rights to two segments of a werewolf anthology project that I worked on that never saw any sort of wide release. I'd directed, shot and edited one and had shot the other. Now I have rights to re-edit both and combine it with a third for a new anthology and seek distribution for it, or at least just put it out myself. I have the third segment written, but need to get a few other projects off my plate before tackling this one.
After getting Ron Ford's sequence for TWISTED FATES edited together earlier this year, I ran into computer glitches with it that I couldn't fix and eventually just had to junk it and plan to start over when I revisit the project in 2008. In the meantime, Robert J. Olin has lined up cast for the "Welcome Sister" segment and I cast local Morgan Mayhem in the role of Alice for the "Videodrone" segment.
Had an awesome road trip to the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors in Burbank, California in May, along with Rob Merickel, John Bowker and Mike Hegg. Met lots of swell folks like Eric Spudic, Michelle Fatale, Brinke Stevens, Tim Thomerson, Jay Woelfel, Jeff Dylan Graham, Jeff Leroy, Debbie Rochon and Ariauna Albright. Lots of pics at http://skullfaceastronaut.com/drsquid/fango2007.html
BLOODSUCKING REDNECK VAMPIRES got a great video review at Horrorjunk.net. The guys who run the Mid-Valley Film Festival in Salem, Oregon screened BRV at Northern Lights Theatre Pub in Salem, Oregon in June and we packed the house! I even sold a few copies of the DVD out of the trunk of my car! The Mid-Valley Film Festival guys are planning on screening TRAILER PARK DOUBLE WIDE TRILOGY OF TERROR in January '08! In August, I got word that the initial run of BRV had sold out from the distributor, Sub Rosa. In September, we held a screening up in Winlock, Washington, the town the movie was shot in. It was held in a bar and the band featured in the movie (and who composed the mmovie's theme song) played afterwards. It was awesome! I've been told it will go back for a second DVD run but likely not for a while...
Have been shooting and editing DEADLY PREMONITIONS all year. Shot sequences with Morgan Mayhem, a local belly/burlesque dancer, and with locals Darla Doom and Michelle "Ame" Mahoney, as well as a whole mess of pick-ups and insert shots and created a bunch of music, too. Aiming to finish up editing by the end off the year.
Falcon Video's ALWAYS MIDNIGHT vampire anthology came out featuring a segment written by John Bowker that I directed, shot & edited called "Tainted Blood."
Tom Shaffer shot the "TreeSpirit" segment for my long-gestating NIGEL CHEESEBALL's MONSTER FILES anthology project. Segments already shot include one about a giant bug monster featuring John Bowker and my son, a ghost story starring W.A.V.E. favorite Laura Giglio, and the Pumpkinhead-ish TreeSpirit with Tom Shaffer and Rob Merickel. I'm close to setting someone up with shooting one about another bug monster for me and hope at some point to shoot one myself about a swamp-monster-man type of thing. Once they are all done, I'll shoot a wraparound in my goofy Nigel Cheeseball persona and see how it goes together. Should be crazy!
In the summer, I shot a campy sci-fi short called STARLEEZA SATURNA vs. MOLLY THE MERCILESS with Alexandra Paris and Holly Bernabe. A no-budget Barbarella that was fun and gave me an excuse to try a few special effects plug-ins. Also got a bunch of shots of Crater Lake while on vacation in case I ever make a movie called THE CRATER LAKE CREATURE!
In October my son and I played zombies in a local stage play of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. I assisted Rob Merickel doing make-up on 20 to 30 zombies a night for 7 performances. Lots of fun, but took lots of time, too!
I shot John Bowker's PLATOON OF THE DEAD in October/November/December - my first time shooting in HD. I did camera/lights/sound and in a fit of insanity also took on food, too. Got to direct for a day and enjoy lots of great performances, cool effects and good times, but also the usual long hours and craziness from time to time. Got to work with Tom Stedham again as well as Ariauna Albright for the first time. Both were great and even crashed at my house for a couple of nights!
In December, Tempe DVD put out a double feature of THE EVILMAKER (I shot and co-edited this one) and EVILMAKER 2: ABOMINATION (I shot this one). The disc has a bunch of extra features and commentary. Sweet!
Working on a few scripts and working hard to finish projects that have been in production for a while. Hope to get lots of stuff out in 2008!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Also made some great editing progress on DEADLY PREMONITIONS Friday and Saturday.
Prepping my end off the year wrap-up post and let me tell you, 2007 was a zillion times better than 2006.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Back to finishing up DEADLY PREMONITIONS. More editing to do, shooting the last remaining sequence on Sunday.
Then back to TWISTED FATES in 2008.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Just got the rewrite for the last two days of shooting on PLATOON OF THE DEAD. Gotta get storyboarding and planning as John will be here Thursday night to meet about it. So much to do!
Took a little time last Sunday to put together this music video for a crazy song I did with my son and his friends. Check it out!
I also put together this little animated opening sequence for the movie's newscaster, Link Masters:
Cast, location and time are just about set for the last "killer" sequence I need for DEADLY PREMONITIONS. Was going to shoot today but a storm and probable power outages made me cancel it. Hope to get it shot within the next two weeks and wrap this puppy up!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
In recent days, I've had to tell a few folks that I was just too busy to help with their projects. Then today, I was asked to co-write and direct a new project. When it rains, it pours! I told him that I could probably help with some writing but I had plenty on my plate at the moment.
Have been working on editing for DEADLY PREMONITIONS. Bit by bit.
Robert J. Olin found a couple of actors for the very last sequence I need for DEADLY PREMONITIONS - we are looking to shoot on December 2.
Worked a tiny bit on TWISTED FATES tonight as well.
Also got several packages together that I've needed to, but since tomorrow is Sunday, they'll have to wait until Monday to go to the post office.
It's almost 2:30 a.m., so I guess I'd better go to bed.
Monday, November 12, 2007
We just finished up a 9-day shoot, straight through, no days off. Well, we had Halloween night off, so that was nice. The first day ended up being 18 hours and the second day went overschedule in a similar manner. Just about killed me. Things started to go smoother after that as we all got into a good rhythm and the schedule wasn't as ambitious as the days wore on.
Lots of tremendous performances, great effects and good times were had. We have 2 more days of shooting in December and the flick is due out from Tempe Video next summer. Here are a few pics I've been OK'd to share (thanks to Michelle for taking some of these)!
Me, Tom Stedham, Ariauna Albright and writer/director John Bowker. Tom flew in from Alabama and Ariauna flew in from Los Angeles. The rest of the cast were local.
Cast & crew at the "zombie house" in Peoria, Oregon.
Dr. Squid and his Zombie Babes!!!
John needs more sleep! Ariauna was a trooper, working the boom most of the times she wasn't in front of the camera.
Wild & crazy...nice tattoo.
Setting up the "barf shot." Ariauna could do the scene, but didn't want to see it!
Two tough chicks with a plastic gun. Hot!
My wife's lasagna was a big hit!
Master and apprentice - me guiding young Colter in the art of shooting behind-the-scenes video.
Zombie bride I did make-up on.
John and I having a calm discussion about the next scene. BFF!
Tom convincing me he deserved more screen time....
Eeeeeeeww!!! A rotting zombie soldier effect by me.
Their lips are sealed. Ariauna looks damn fine in a hat.
Ariauna models her severed zombie soldier arm.
Make-up on Marie by me.
Make-up on Lisa by me.
Our heroes, Chris, Tom and Tyler.
Lewis the zombie soldier and I (make-up by Rob Merickel).
Shooting the "Pile of Bones" scene.
Make-up on Michelle by Rob Merickel.
Special effects on Johnathan by Rob Merickel.
It was cold up in the woods!
Tom playing it up extra creepy with Amanda.
I don't know what was going on here. I was in the other room. Really.
Me with Michelle. She looks so serious!
Tom Stedham, me and Ariauna Albright. Good times. Good times.
Have done some editing on DEADLY PREMONITIONS and still catching up on sleep. Be back later...
Friday, November 09, 2007
In the meantime, I am back to working on DEADLY PREMONITIONS. One more sequence to shoot; editing continues as well.
I'm out of town for the weekend and then Thanksgiving rolls around so I will likely will be taking another break from posting.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I've been kept busy for the last 2 weeks with a local production of a play version of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. I was on a team of make-up people and also played a zombie, along with my son. He had an awesome time! We even had a midnight show and it was by far the best - I think many in the audience had hung out at the bar nextdoor to the theater beforehand. They were really vocal - and it was cool.
Here I am making Rob Merickel up with his green base coat. Rob headed up the make-up team and did an awesome job.
I was shooting a scene in my garage today and look what happened. Hmmmm.....
I'm going to be MIA for about a month working on a project I am not allowed to talk about for a while. Be back sometime in November.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Just got back from 5 hours of reshoots for DEADLY PREMONITIONS and my first time working with Morgan Mayhem. She was awesome - a real trooper and horror movie fan so she really "got" what we were trying to do. I think she even had a good time getting all bloody!
The week is going to be crazy with working on the Night of the Living Dead play for the next five nights straight and shooting more DEADLY PREMONITIONS pick-ups and stuff for EATER on Saturday.
The trick is to keep breathing, right?
Monday, October 01, 2007
Tempe Video is going to be putting out a double-feature DVD release of two movies I worked on - THE EVILMAKER and EVILMAKER 2: ABOMINATION. My buddy John Bowker wrote and directed both horror movies; I did camera/lights/sound and co-edited the first movie, shot and lit the last one. I even contributed a piece of music to the first one and helped with sound effects - I fondly remember sitting on the floor of John's house recording him punching a cantelope for just the right sound!
If all goes well, I'll be shooting a sequence for DEADLY PREMONITIONS tomorrow night. Working with someone new but she seems quite cool, so we'll see if she enjoys getting all bloody!
Bought a blonde wig last Friday for Amira to use in some pick-up shots I need for DEADLY PREMONITIONS - she still has the outfit she needs to wear, but her hair is a bit shorter now. Planning to shoot in a wide shot so the wig won't be too noticeable. Gotta keep on pushing to get this thing wrapped up!
As Mayor Farnsworth said in BLOODSUCKING REDNECK VAMPIRES, "Much to do! Much to do!"
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
About 7 minutes of bloopers and behind the scenes so far, too.
Someone talked to me the other day about another possible screening of BLOODSUCKING REDNECK VAMPIRES. More news if it comes to pass...
Spent part of Saturday at the local stage theater making up about 30 people as zombies with my buddy Rob. Then everyone walked through the local farmer's market and around a big arts & crafts festival handing out fliers promoting the upcoming play version of Night of the Living Dead. My son and I are going to play zombies in the first three performances in October and boy is he excited! Should be fun!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Spent last night putting together a demo reel for Robert J. Olin for him to take to an audition on Wednesday.
Gotta keep on plugging away...
Monday, September 17, 2007
And so it goes...
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
IF you want to pick up the movie from me, drop me a line and I will add your name and e-mail to a list. When I run into more copies or they do the next duplication run, I will let you know it's available. Thanks to everyone who has supported the movie so far and to those still wanting to get it. So cool.
By Erma Bombeck
(written after she learned
she was dying of cancer.)
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more "I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute...look at it and really see it ... live it .and never give it back. Stop sweating the small stuff.
Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.
Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day. I hope you all have a blessed day.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Finally have decided that I need some new footage for DEADLY PREMONITIONS. One sequence that I'd had a model in Las Vegas shoot for me several years back just has so many technical issues, that it's going to be easier for me to reshoot it with someone here that try and work around everything. Also there was one "killer filler" sequence in the original script that I never got around to shooting. I figured I might not need it, but as I'm geting farther along in editing, I think I'll need it not only for running time, but to break up some other action/scenes. I rewrote the segments slightly last night and talked to someone who might have some casting ideas.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Here is Rob checking out Tom's fake blood mixture.
Here is Jon Wilmot as the TreeSpirit, with a bloodied-up Pam and Tom.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
My son and his friends have a little rock band and we spent some time this morning recording some original music for the EATER movie. Since my son and these friends all act in the movie, it will be cool for their music to be in it as well.
Have brought some TWISTED FATES stuff with me to work on storyboards and such.
Itching to get back home and continue editing on DEADLY PREMONITIONS, but trying to enjoy a little time off as well.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Saturday, Septemmber 8, 2007
108 W Walnut St.
Winlock, WA 98596
The movie shows at 7 p.m. with the band TWO MINUTE MIRACLE performing afterwards. TWO MINUTE MIRACLE wrote the theme song for the movie as well as a couple of other tunes.
Come on out, drink beer and check out the flick!
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
And here is a shot of Dee Alsman and I from some PREHISTORICUS pick-up shots, again courtesy of director Tom Shaffer. Tom is currently working on editing PREHISTORICUS together and waiting on some custom stop-motion animation dinosaur footage.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Tom Shaffer shot some stuff for TREESPIRIT last weekend. He says he just has one small segment left and it's in the can.
Worked a tiny bit with my son today on a paper mache mask we started last year.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Shot a few insert shots myself tonight. Need to schedule a few pick-ups.
Interesting sound issues. Footage that I had an actress in Las Vegas shoot a few years back when this project was first started was sent to me on CD. The CD will play in my computer, but try as I may, I can import the video into the edting program, but not the audio. So I captured the video and then set up my camera and videotaped the CD playing on screen, recording the video from the computer speakers and have imported THAT footage and started to synch up the sound. Luckily there is not much dialogue. Just lots of bellydancing, skin and blood!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Oh, and me.
Monday, June 18, 2007
It's an actual movie ticket for BLOODSUCKING REDNECK VAMPIRES!
About 60 people turned out Friday night to see BRV on the big screen at the Northern Lights Theatre Pub in Salem, Oregon. This was a showing arranged by the guys who run the Mid-Valley Video Festival (http://www.mvvfest.org) and they hope to make it a regular thing - showings of local indie movies. People seemed to dig it - they laughed in the right parts and recoiled in gross-out horror in the right parts. Heck, I even sold three DVDs out of the back seat of my car!
A big thanks to Kirk and Ross from mvvf and to the Northern Lights Theatre Pub for making the space for it all. I'm going to send a couple other movies to the guys to see if we might be able to show something else.
Got some cool things for Father's Day including the book YOUR MOVIE SUCKS by Roger Ebert, the PHANTASM III: LORD OF THE DEAD dvd and the TENACIOUS D - THE PICK OF DESTINY dvd!
What a great weekend!
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Have a busy weekend coming up with the BLOODSUCKING REDNECK VAMPIRES screening in Salem on Friday night and then a trip out of town for Saturday and Sunday.
Have had a few people e-mail interested in picking up some tapes after seeing the Vampirisa trailer on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnHEEgj50cU). Cool.
Shot some scenes for EATER over the last week or so. Fun stuff with some smoke bombs!
Tom Shaffer continues to chip away at shooting the TREESPIRIT segment for DR. PUDDING'S MONSTER FILES.
Got the extra memory installed in my iMac. Looking into maybe getting an external hard drive to store footage.
Ted Newsome's NAKED MONSTER was hilarious - a mix of stock footage, sight gags and monster movie icons young and old. If you like giant monster movies and backyard cinema you should pick this one up!
Don't forget - the ALWAYS MIDNIGHT, the anthology that I shot the John Bowker-scripted short "Tainted Blood" for a couple years back is out on DVD. You can pick it up at http://www.geocities.com/pharmpon/Falconvideo.html or over at www.b-movie.com.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Two Minute Miracle, the band that not only appears in BLOODSUCKING REDNECK VAMPIRES but composed a few tunes for it including the awesome theme song has a website: http://www.twominutemiracle.net. Among other things you can listen to the theme song! Check it out!