Thursday, December 15, 2011

Coming together...

Heard from Tim in Oklahoma last night - they took care of some reshoots for the "Crazed" segment of TRULY DREADFUL TALES and plan on wrapping it up by the weekend. Yay! I hope to edit it all together over the Christmas break.

Have been working on fixing some of my older video shorts for compilation into a new anthology. Was uploading footage from a project I did just 6 years ago that had some sound issues - and now I know how to fix them! Kind of pain to drudge through stuff like this, but it'll be nice to have improved it and then be able to get them out for folks to see.

Took care of four BLOOD CREEK WOODSMAN pick-up shots the other night. Hope to do more this weekend. Y'know, doing blood splatters in the garage is better than doing them in the house, but even with trash bags laid out all over the place, blood still seems to get everywhere.

Sold several movie posters recently - if you are interested, check 'em out here:


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Underbelly Screening Wrap-Up!

We held a screening/dvd release for UNDERBELLY last Friday at the Northern Lights Theater Pub in Salem, Oregon.

Yeah, that's the ticket!

Up in lights! Unrated, even!!!

Here's some of the crowd after the screening.

So a bunch of Robert J. Olin's friends came down from Portland to see the movie and brought their own Bob "fans" to show what big fans they were of him.

Now, this is scary!

A bunch of us hung out at the nearby bar after the show...

Where the Bob fan/masks continued to pop up...

In all sorts of places...nice one, Dara!

Even the bartender got into the act!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the show! Hoping to have many more screenings this next year!

UNDERBELLY is available here.

UNDERBELLY is available here.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Don Dohler, An Inspiration

It was five years ago today that Baltimore filmmaker Don Dohler passed away.

It was appropriate that my filmmaking friend John called me to pass along the sad news that Don Dohler had lost his battle with cancer at age 60.

John and I were both in middle school when we seperately caught Don's movie THE ALIEN FACTOR on the channel 12 afternoon movie. The movie was a huge inspiration for us both and got us interested in making our own movies. The picture above is Don inside an alien outfit from the movie.

Many years later, TBS aired THE ALIEN FACTOR and I got it recorded on tape. That VHS tape was gold to me for I'd never seen the movie any other time and had never seen it available in video stores where I lived. At the end of the movie, in the end credits crawl, there was an address for the company that made the movie. I wrote to them, telling them how cool the movie was. Unfortunately the address was no longer good and the letter was returned to me. Rats.

Even more years later, I was able to interview Don by mail for my zine Dr. Squid. Don not only wrote back but answered my questions with great detail. As time went on, I got into making movies and Don was always an inspiration. He and I corresponded by e-mail many times. He was always nice, supportive and seemed happy to share stories about his work.

It was those qualities that made him such an inspiration to many making movies today, from no-budget videomakers, to FX guys, even to J.J. Abrams, who was able to do some music for Don's movie Nightbeast back in the early 80s.

This is a shot of Don in his basement where they built a set for the Sheriff's office for THE ALIEN FACTOR.

Below is Don's inscription to me from his book, "B-Movie Horrors." Don made his mark on so many lives and he is truly missed.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

UNDERBELLY Trailer and Screening!!!

DVD Release Premiere Screening of the sexy thriller UNDERBELLY, Friday, December 9 at 9 p.m. at the Northern Lights Theater Pub, 3893 Commercial Street Southeast, Salem, OR 97302.

Just $3 and they serve beer, wine and food! I'll have Underbelly DVDs for sale as well as Deadly Premonitions, Inbred Redneck Vampires and others and even some old VHS stuff!

Can't make it? Pick up a copy at the ol' Dr. Squid store!

See ya there!
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