Saturday, August 15, 2009

Deadly Premonitions World Premiere!

We held the DEADLY PREMONITIONS world premiere on Friday, August 7, 2009 at the Northern Lights Theater Pub in Salem, Oregon. This capped off a week of shooting with Tom Stedham on the BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN. Tom had flown out from Alabama so it was extra swell to have him out for the premiere!

Tom says, "Hey! Look at me on the big screen!"

I started shooting this movie back in the summer of 2005 when Tom had offered to come out to Oregon to star in a project. It was the only thing I had close to a finished script for, so I quickly fleshed it out and we shot for a quick 4 days. Over the next two years, I shot the rest of the movie here and there with local folks. After a good six months or so of editing, my buddy Mike helped with some post-production and DVD authoring stuff. What we screened at the premiere was a 99% done version - just needing some color work on one scene and a bit of sound work.

Sabrina, Tom and the rest of the crowd waiting for the show to begin!

We had sent Amanda ahead to buy a block of tickets earlier in the day. Unfortunately, one page of the theater's website said 9 p.m. and the other said 9:30 p.m.! So there was a whole gaggle of people outside in the parking lot waiting for their tickets, but it didn't really matter because I had the copies (one plus a black-up disk) of the movie! The projectionist was pissed because I guess no one had told him he needed to set up the digital projector - I had arranged the screening through some local film festival folks as I have with all of my other screenings there.

The film fest guy showed up just before the show and then everything went great.

Well, here we are - the cast of DEADLY PREMONITIONS! Me, Darla Doom, Toni Draggon, Alexandra Paris (showing off), Rob Merickel, Barb White, Amira, Tom Stedham, Morgan Mayhem, Robert J. Olin, Michelle 'Ame' Mahoney, Terry and Jerry Eckert.

During my intro, I had suggested that the movie's drinking game was to drink whenever there were boobs on the screen. Well, boy did everyone get into that! They started holding their glasses in the air and counting down when they even thought that boobs were coming. Since most of the cast were there, along with their friends, and there was lots of beer, there was a lot of yelling and cheering whenever someone appeared on screen or did something cool or sexy on screen. When Darla and Michelle's make out scene came on, the place nearly exploded!

(back) Toni Draggon, Me, Darla Doom; (front) Michelle 'Ame' Mahoney, Tom Stedham

Amanda Bounds can't get enough of that Tough Tom Stedham!

Amanda and Morgan were inspired by Darla's strangulation death scene!

Others might say that there are seven boobs in this photo, but I would never say such a thing about my buddy Tom.

Mike Hegg and Rob Merickel check for rain inside the pool hall/bar after the screening.

It was a mind-blowing experience and afterwards most of us headed across the parking lot to a bar/pool hall to hang out and chat. I can't thank everyone enough for coming to the show - it was a great way to end a grueling week!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Much To Do, Much To Do

So it's been a while and I have been very busy.

Last week Tom Stedham flew out from Alabama to star in a horror flick called THE BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN. John Bowker wrote and produced it and he asked me to shoot and direct it. Rob Merickel came on board to play the deputy as well as do make-up and special effects and my BLOODSUCKING REDNECK VAMPIRES partner Mike Hegg picked up a sweet new HD camera and allowed us to use it for the shoot.

I was a crazy few weeks of planning, storyboarding, asking for favors, borrowing and buying props, designing logos, costumes, etc. Then it was a crazy week of shooting. I totally blew the scheduling and we were behind from day one. We had to have a bit of a pow wow and thankfully a few actors and actresses could make it for an additional day. We also pushed even more stuff off to sometime in September, adding to several sequences we had already planned to pick up then.

Great performances and some real magic captured on tape. Life has also been busy at home and work has been a killer, both before I took the week off and now that I have returned.

We capped off the week with a premiere of DEADLY PREMONITIONS at the Northern Lights Theater Pub in Salem, Oregon. It was extra special because Tom Stedham could be there for it, being out from Alabama for the movie shoot and all. We screened a nearly perfect DVD-r, that only really needed one scene's lighting tweaked and some sound fixed. Everyone said the thing looked finished to them. Because of those last few tweaks, I didn't have copies for everyone, so will have to take care of that in the coming months.

Several folks were taking pics during the shoot, so I'll try to look at them as well as my own and then put a bunch up here on the blog.

You may notice my snazzy blog design is gone - I had some bandwidth issues with my website host, so have taken a bunch of files down temporarily so they can track traffic and see if it's just someone hotlinking to some of my stuff or if by some weird fluke I am actualy getting TONS of traffic to the site. In the meantime, I've reverted back to this green motif that I like quite a bit.

Going to be travelling a bit in the next few weeks as well as getting back to some of my other movie projects and planning for the September shoots for BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN.

More soon...
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