Saturday, December 29, 2007

Home Stretch

Juggling multiple segments of DEADLY PREMONITIONS right now. Have almost 4 minutes of the big finale together (hoping to have 5 minutes for this) and have the 2-minute epilogue done and am tacking the end credits onto it. Waiting on a reply from someone about name(s) they want used to finish the end credits. Just finished the opening credits and I think they turned out way cool. Amazing what you can do with a plastic skull, a jumbo light bulb and some fireworks. Took a track I had previously made in GarageBand (for the jogging sequence) and edited and reworked it a bit to use as the opening theme. Cool! Should be wrapping all of these segments up shortly and that just leaves "segment 8," including the Frankie and Cherry stuff I shot a few weekends ago. I have all of the bloopers pulled aside in a file, so that should go together pretty quickly. I've easily got 200 photos from the various shoots, so that will be a little bit of work to make some sort of a photo gallery file.

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

Evilmaker Double Feature DVD Now Available!!!

You can pick up this loaded double-feature DVD at www.tempevideo.com for just $12.99! Here is the rundown:

• 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
• Trailers



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

2007 Year In Review

2007 comes to a close and I must say that for me, it was a zillion times better than 2006. So what have I been doing all year? Well...

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!!!

Frankie and Cherry

Shot the last sequence for DEADLY PREMONITIONS today with Michelle "Ame" Mahoney and Darla Doom, both of whom recently worked on John Bowker's PLATOON OF THE DEAD. Both of them were great and Rob Merickel came along to play the killer and do some bloody effects make-up. I'll post some more pics later this week, but here's one of Michelle, Darla and I.



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.

More soon...

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Done...Done...On To The Next One...

PLATOON OF THE DEAD wrapped today. Lots of zombies, lots of craziness, lots of cool shots. It started to snow today! Luckily it was brief. Can't wait to see the thing put together.

Back to finishing up DEADLY PREMONITIONS. More editing to do, shooting the last remaining sequence on Sunday.

Then back to TWISTED FATES in 2008.

Go...go...go!!!!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Moving Ahead....

Finished the "guts" effects on Morgan for DEADLY PREMONTIONS (a little frame-by-frame of her guts spilling out as the killer slices her open). Sweet. Also composed some cool music for the bellydance scene using GarageBand. Finished editing that segment and have started yet another one. Tonight I put together a sequence using original footage from 2005 plus parts of two versions of some pick-up shots done a few weeks ago, one with the actress having a wig on (that was too long) and one with her current shorter haircut. Believe it or not, with some quick cuts and extreme angles, it all cut together very well!

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!
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