Tonight is the night! For Love of Zombies makes it’s online debut. I am very excited to show off this movie. It was the most fun I ever had filming. There were a lot of hurdles and headaches but at the end of the day it was all worth it. I hope a lot of people log in at 9PM to watch. I am excited to hear the reaction. It has garnered a lot of positive reviews from the numerous festivals it has played. The movie has also had it’s fair share of negative reviews, which are always welcomed as well. As a movie maker it’s important to listen to all feed back so going forward you can continue to grow. My one goal is to be better each time I set out to work on a project. For Love of Zombies is just one part of my development. I hope you enjoy For Love of Zombies.
Yes…it’s been a while. Been very busy getting For Love of Zombies ready. It is nearly complete and we are extremely excited to debut it. So much to tell everyone we figure the best way to catch everyone up is with a new podcast so click below and get all the latest news concerning Little Red Wagon Films and For Love of Zombies.
Ryan Burnett and I have been editing For Love of Zombies since Thursday and we have about 70% of the video completed. Ryan and I work really well together and there have been a couple of hiccups with footage but we have found creative ways around the issues. The biggest problem I seem to encounter while editing my projects has to been transitions between scenes. I like them to be smooth and sometimes there is a squirrely jump between two shots that doesn’t flow and that’s when you need to come up some editing magic to make those transitions and jumps smooth. Ryan and I have become rather Macgyver-esque when it comes to fixing those spots. Now, I know we could go the jumpy, jittery, random zoom and light flash route that most horror movies seem to love but I don’t like those. I think it’s an easy out that doesn’t add to the narrative. If you see those kind of transitions in For Love of Zombies it was truly as a last resort.
Better get back to the edit. Want to have all the video laid out in proper sequence before Ryan has to head on home. Will be blogging more often to keep everyone up to date on our latest project.
Yesterday was amazing. Yesterday I directed my first zombie scene and it was everything I ever dreamed it could be. I woke up yesterday at around 7 am and sprung from my bed. Fueled by adrenaline and anticipation I loaded up my car with all of my equipment and headed off to the cemetery where filming was to take place. I had my shot list written out and I kept replaying the entire scene over and over in my head during my hour long drive. I was ready. I arrived at the cemetery around 10 am, walked to the spot in the cemetery where I would be filming and began acting out the entire scene…by myself. I played all four zombies and the hapless caretaker. I can only imagine what passerby’s were thinking as they saw a man in all his geeky glory pantomiming a zombie attack. The day was off to a wonderful start. But of course, we are talking about a Grindhouse Pictures shoot…nothing ever goes off without a hitch. Luckily they were small hiccups but ones that cause a small level of anxiety.
First, one of our zombies had to cancel due to a family emergency. Now her canceling didn’t cause anxiety, our concern for our actor’s loved one did and we continue to pray for our actor and their family. Everyone here at Grindhouse Pictures is here for you. Then my make up guru Miranda had a rough day…someone stole her cell phone and she ended up running a little late. Miranda is one of the people who make Grindhouse Pictures go so I was a little concerned when I hadn’t heard from her…now I know why. Luckily Miranda made it to the set before we started filming and added some amazing, gruesome finishing touches to our zombies. The last little bump we encountered was when I went to my storage locker to retrieve a ladder that I needed to get a high point of view shot. Unfortunately when I got to my locker there wasn’t a ladder to be found. So I quickly called a new addition to the Grindhouse family Doug Cogit. I told Doug my dilemma and he told me not to worry…he would bring me a ladder. That was huge because those shots were very important to the scene. Doug also worked hard all day on Saturday. Not only did he help set up the shots, he was my boom operator and was a great sounding board when I had an idea. I have a great feeling that I am going to work a lot with Doug. Doug also has experience as a cinematographer and is going to help with the For Love of Zombies shoot. All I can say is welcome to Grindhouse Doug…it’s gonna be a blast.
We were still one zombie short so I called one of our zombies Corey Branigan. He was able to muster up another zombie, Rachel Sweider and they both did amazing jobs. It was my first time working with Rachel and I must say it was a joy. Very professional and talented. I have worked with Corey several other times and he never disappoints. You will never find a more willing and hard working individual. My other two zombies were Ryan DiBiase and Ron Crowell. This was my first time working with them and I wasn’t sure what to expect…needless to say I was not disappointed. They both brought the scary. I don’t want to give anything away but when Ron makes his first appearance on screen it is frightening. Ryan’s performance was pitch perfect. He followed direction perfectly and delivered a very convincing zombie performance…I will be using all four of these zombies in the future…no doubt. The other actor I had the pleasure of working with yesterday was one of my oldest/dearest friends George Scully. George played the cemetery caretaker that is besieged by the zombies. George was extremely convincing when it came to showing fear when surrounded by the zombie horde. And his screams of pain and agony are still echoing in my head. He also brought his daughter Amanda who lent a helping hand whenever she was asked. Thanks Amanda! I can’t believe you are graduating high school…I really feel old. Anyhow I would just like to say to all of my actors from yesterday…you humble me.
I also had a lot of help from three charter members of Grindhouse Pictures. My daughter Emily, Sarah Albertson, and Heather Felmey. Sarah drove all over the place picking up supplies and Emily was once again the best slate girl in the business. And Heather, as always, did whatever we asked of her…that’s why she is called set mom.
Last but certainly not least I have to give a huge thank you to the Goregod himself…Eric Welsch. I emailed Eric on Friday asking if he could lend a hand with the make up on Saturday. I knew Miranda wouldn’t be available to a little later and I knew I’d be chasing daylight and avoiding an approaching storm so I needed to get Miranda a helping hand. Little did I know what I had in store. Eric was amazing. He showed up prepared and with a vision and he started making up my four zombies in a manner I never imagined…and I loved it. The zombies were frightening, gruesome, and convincing. We decided to make them all “fresh” zombies because of time constraints and all I can say is WOW. Eric was extremely professional and extraordinarily talented. I know he and Miranda are going to make a great team and For Love of Zombies is going to be a success because of their efforts. There will be a ton of pictures posted later today on the For Love of Zombies Facebook page. I look forward to working with Eric again. His creativity and imagination are off the charts.
The footage we shot is going to be part of the last webisode leading up the the For Love of Zombies movie. Those webisodes are going to premiere May 8th at our Brains and Beer Fundraiser. You are not going to want to miss all the zombie goodness. Lots of giveaways and great food. Click HERE for all the details.
For Love of Zombies is off to a flying start. I am surrounded by talented, dedicated people that are going to make this movie amazing. I am truly a lucky director. Now as is my custom…I celebrate any accomplishment by viewing my favorite movie…Shaun of the Dead. Until next time…You Got Red on You.
Received good news today. Heard back from the cemetery we scouted earlier this month that we have permission to shoot there. This cemetery is perfect for what we want to shoot. It is creepy, old, and rundown…just like Evans City. That means that this Saturday we are a go. I will be shooting my first zombie action scene and i cannot wait. I have written up my shot selection and have gone over it several times. I have played the scene over in my head since I finished writing it and know that it’s gonna be well received.
Also, our raffle tickets are selling nicely. Be sure to get yours before they are gone. You could win an iPod Touch. It’s an incredible gadget and a lot of fun. You don’t have to be present to win and the proceeds go to funding For Love of Zombies. So order your tickets now, only $5 each or 5 for $20. Click HERE to order. The drawing will be held May 8th during our Brains and Beer fundraiser.
May 8th is also the day you can come sign up to be a zombie in For Love of Zombies. Come out May 8th beginning at 4PM and give us your best zombie walk, moan, groan, and yell. It’s gonna be a lot of fun and while you’re at it enjoy a great buffet and one beer for only $10.
Teddy and I will be recording and posting a new Random Ass Podcast Wednesday. Be sure to check back Wednesday and find out everything that is happening with the production of For Love of Zombies and the Sorrow Hill DVD release. Which is a little over a month away. Sorrow Hill will be released May 31st and you can pre order by going to www.sorrowhillmovie.com.
I am only a week away from filming some zombie goodness. I am a huge fan of the zombie genre and I have waited my entire life to get to this point. Granted it’s only a short scene that I am filming for a webisode but it is still zombie footage nonetheless. This will be a great test for our zombie make up and some of our gore effects, because oh yes…there will be gore. Miranda has been working hard cooking up some incredible make up effects. I love working with Miranda because of her dedication to her craft and her creativity. But above all else, her ability to come up with things on the fly is amazing. She truly is the MacGyver of special effects make-up. I have a great actor, George Scully, playing the cemetery caretaker. He is a fellow geek and is truly psyched and amped up to do this. I know he is gonna be great.
The scene I am filming next Saturday requires 5 zombies and I put out a call on the For Love of Zombies Facebook page as well as my personal Facebook page and got 113 emails. Wow. I never knew so many people were so eager to be zombies. I hope that many people turnout to our zombie casting call May 8th at The Rail Bar in Richland NJ. That is when we will be casting all of our zombies for the actual For Love of Zombies film. This is your one and only chance to be cast in the film. Unless you have already invested through IndieGoGo or ebay. Then your spot is secure and not to mention the truckload of For Love of Zombie swag you will receive for investing in our little project.
Our Brains and Beer event is right around the corner. Tickets are only 10 bucks and that gets you a buffet dinner and one beer. The even will be held at the Rail Bar in Richland NJ on May 8th. We will also be raffling off an iPod touch that night. Tickets are only $5 or 5 for $20. Click HERE to order.
If you haven’t done so already check out our IndieGoGo page. You can see all the investment opportunities that exist. We have a goal of 5,000 dollars to raise and every dollar helps. IndieGoGo is running a promotion where they will match up to 5% if our goal is reached but we only have 60 days to raise the money. So if you are so inclined, click on the IndieGoGo link and help out. The $50 dollar investment package we are offering on ebay and IndieGoGo is a great value and it includes the following:
A For Love of Zombies T-Shirt.
A For Love of Zombies DVD.
A Signed Limited edition For Love of Zombies movie poster.
Your name in the end credits.
VIP treatment on the set of For Love of Zombies.
The opportunity to be a zombie in For Love of Zombies, this includes full Zombie Make-Up.
The Random Ass Podcast will be returning this week. Be sure to check us out at www.grindhouse-radio.com. There you can listen to some past editions of The Random Ass Podcast.
And last and but certainly not least…SORROW HILL DVD will be available May 31st. Pre-order yours now if you haven’t done so already. Click HERE to pre-order…only $15.00.