Archive for June, 2008
In four hours listen to Rick and I vent about whatever it is that is on our minds. I will be discussing the week that was on the set and whatever else comes our way. Tune in for what very well be my last show for a while or possibly forever who knows, all I know is that I plan on having fun.
I said in a previous post that I see how my mood effects the movie set and that could not have been more evident last night. I was dour to say the least at the beginning of the night and I saw how everyone reacted to that. Everyone was walking on eggshells around me and they all seemed tense and that is because they look to me for their cue and I wasn’t being a good leader. I took notice and immediately suppressed all that was wrong and put on the face everyone on set has grown accustomed to…hell I even spent the night directing the movie wearing a hospital gown, I am directing a horror movie after all. I learned a valuable lesson last night…leave the BS in the car and don’t bring it onto the set. My cast and crew follow my lead and if I didn’t snap out of it last night things would not have gone as wonderfully as they did.
Enjoy the show tonight!
What a week so far and it’s only going to get crazier. This week saw the filming of the most crucial scene in the movie, it’s violent, scary and uber-important. The hours leading up to the filming I was on edge, I tried not to let it show because I’ve begun to notice my mood directly effects the mood on the set. So, I put on my goofy facade and proceeded to yuck it up with cast and crew leading up to the filming and that seemed to put everyone at ease. Like I said earlier this scene was very important and it’s the scene that sets the tone for the entire movie and I am happy to say it could not have gone better! I’ve watched the footage several times and I must say I couldn’t be prouder of my cast. I asked for them to really bring it because of the scene’s importance and they did just that.
I am trying to stay even keel but it’s hard. There is so much to do in between filming that it is starting to effect me…some. I never sleep anyway so that’s OK, but I have to be the busies unemployed man on the planet. Finding props, building sets, organizing food, ordering make-up, trying to accomodate everyone’s schedule, managing the budget it’s chaos…oh and I am coaching my daughter’s travelling all-star softball team. Luckily Niki T, our make-up girls, mother and grandmother have stepped in and taken over the food situation and my cast couldn’t be happier. They are actually getting real food and not the crap I was providing before.
I’ve started keeping a journal. Now don’t get the wrong idea it isn’t a dear diary type of thing it’s more of a running list of things not to do either on the next day of shooting or for my next film. It’s my first film so I’ve made mistakes and I am well aware of them and I am acting accordingly.
Be sure to tune in to my radio show tonight which may prove to be my last, I have so much to do and so little time to do it that I may need to put my show on hold until the movie is finished. I hate to do it because I love doing radio but right now everything takes a back seat to my movie…except my daughter.
It’s been about a week since my last blog and it’s not because I don’t wanna be on here it’s just that there isn’t enough hours in the day. Shooting a movie is quite time consuming…who knew. Just kidding I knew I was in for long days and nights when I decided to try and produce my own movie. There are so many things that I have to keep my eye on…I never knew how extremely hard it would be. I have a whole new respect for anyone who has ever tried this. Even the movies I think are complete crap have gained a respect from me they wouldn’t have previously.
Directing a movie is daunting. Especially when you are only working with one camera and you have to reset the lights and sound for every angle you want to get. It’s a process and I am very lucky to have the cast and crew that I have. Everyone is always eager to jump in and lend a hand whether it be moving lights or equipment or grabbing water for everyone because man those movie lights kick out some heat. The first day of shooting went a little rough, there were some issues that arose that I wasn’t prepared to handle but by the second day the set ran like clockwork. One thing about me, I learn from my mistakes and I don’t make them again. So I anticipate each day going smoother and smoother from here on out.
Looking at the footage has been a real treat thus far. I think I have figured out my lighting problems and my actors have been incredible take after take…I am lucky. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the incredible job my talented make up girls and the fantastic job they have done thus far. Niki T and Miranda Laielli have busted their ass thus far.
We are going to make a fun and entertaining horror movie when this is all said and done, my confidence is brimming.
I first must echo my buddy Matt’s sentiments concerning Stan Winston. The guy is a pioneer and a legend, his work has influenced many and will continue to do so even though he has passed. RIP Stan, you were truly a marvel.
Today was a bittersweet day here at Grindhouse Pictures. Lindsey Axelsson who was to play the lead character in Sorrow Hill is no longer with the production. We parted amicably and we wish the Lindsey all the best. I originally told my cast and crew that we would be filming in May and June…but as most of you know there have been numerous setbacks with the production, and now we are forced to film in July as well and Lindsey wasn’t able to committ to those dates for a variety of reasons. There aren’t any hard feelings and I hope someday we will work together because I think Lindsey is a talent. Good Luck Lindsey.
Even though I have lost my lead that hasn’t deterred me. This thing will get done. So sit back and watch the craziness that is about to ensue. I will continue to update everyone through the blog and eventually production diaries.
When we commence shooting, Nicole DelRosso will now be playing the lead character and Leah Kromenacker will take over Nicole DelRosso’s role of Jessica.
Man, I hope this is the end of the bumps in the road…but unfortunately I’m not naive enough to believe that.
Congrats to Jaded Holly for winning the Battle of the Bands last night. They did a great job and I am really excited to have them be a part of our soundtrack. Also, Cheezy and the Crackers brought the house down and we are excited to announce that they too will be a part of our soundtrack. We had a great turn out and we here at Grindhouse Pictures appreciate the ongoing support.
We will be shooting about one third of the movie this week. Our shooting schedule has become really ambitious due to the setbacks that have befell our production but all that stuff is behind us and now it’s time to kick ass. Keep checking back here for updates and video production diaries. I don’t plan on sleeping much the next few weeks so I will keep all of you up to date.
Thanks again for all your support.
Tune in tonight for all the latest news concerning Grindhouse Pictures Production of Sorrow Hill as well as a Battle of the Bands update which is being held tomorrow night! Tune in and listen to me bash the bands that have been last second cancellations. I will be joined in studio by actor J. Michael Polisano as well as my usual partners in crime Rick Cahall and Matt Carr. I am in rare form and in a foul mood so tune in and listen to me vent!
We completed our first night of shooting last night. Of course it was one of the harder scenes to shoot, logistically speaking but we got it done. My cast did an incredible job as did Tim, Keith, Dan, Bill, and Miranda. We have overcome a lot of obstacles just to reach this point and now that we have started there isn’t a thing that can stop us. Next week begins hell and a full production slate. Keep checking here for updates and there will be production video diaries eventually.
but who knew it would be this hard? The frustration is beginning to grow with my cast and crew because of the constant delays that are hitting Sorrow Hill, the delays can’t be avoided but I do understand their frustration. Our make-up girl is in the hospital again and I doubt she will be able to work on the movie. I love Niki and I hope her health improves, she is far too young to have the health problems she is having…get well Niki you will always be a part of the Grindhouse Family. We have a great girl filling in for Niki, Miranda Laielli. I hope I spelled her name right. She is a very talented hair stylist who likes to dabble in special fx make-up so she is going to help our as much as she can. So we will be working around her schedule as much as possible.
Regardless we are shooting the next three days, which will bring us to the Battle of the Bands and then next Monday, hell breaks loose. We will have an aggressive shooting schedule to compensate for the lost time…sorry guys but I know you are up to it.
I have been experimenting with the Redrock Lens Adapter I bought for my camera and all I can say is holy crap! This is going to give our movie a great look and it was well worth the price. I have been shooting some behind the scene footage so expect to see some production diaries on the video page in a couple of days.
Also, if you will take notice on my blogroll I have added a new blogger. Jon Bershad. Jon is an extremely talented actor and he writes a hysterical blog, check it out.
That’s it for now…and once again Get Well Soon Niki!
Tonight promises to be an interesting show. Tune in to catch up with all the latest news concerning Sorrow Hill. And whatever else should happen to come up. All the fun begins at 11pm with Rick’s show then at midnight Grindhouse takes over…at least I hope it does.
I should have done this days ago…all the inflammatory blog comments have been taken down. I made a huge mistake posting them. This is not a message board, if people want to battle things out they can do it on their own time. I apologize if any one was offended and judging by the e-mail I received a lot of you were. Going forward no inflammatory comments will posted unless they are about me…I’m used to it and can handle it. I’ve already been told hundreds of times I suck and that I should kill myself and what not so if you are going to post something about one of my actors, one of my readers, fans, or anyone else remotely associated with this site I will not post it. I didn’t want to play big brother this past week showed that I need to.
I’m sure this will be discussed tonight on the air so be sure to tune in stating at 11PM @www.grindhouse-radio.com
Once again even though I don’t agree with Rick’s comments or those of Megan for that matter I support their right to say them. I need to post a disclaimer at the very least that the comments posted on the blog by those other than Ron DiPrimio do not reflect the opinion’s of Grindhouse Pictures it’s employees or those who support it.
So this puts all the crap to bed. Once again I am sorry to those who were offended.
Ron DiPrimio-President Grindhouse Pictures LLC