Archive for July, 2008


Scheduling change

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25Jul 08

We won’t be shooting the extras this Sunday.  A couple of things occurred that caused me to have to reschedule.  Tune in to Grindhouse Radio for all the details…you won’t believe what happened this week.


Been a long time…

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25Jul 08

Many times in the past two weeks I sat down at my keyboard with the intent to write a blog…but not the desire.  I’ve started several and each time it just seemed to be the same, tired blog post.  So I decided to take a break from the blog kind of get the juices flowing again and not to mention I am still trying to complete filming on Sorrow Hill.  A lot has happened since last I posted so I will do my best to catch everyone up…we are very close.  I see that light at the end of the proverbial tunnel and it is so inviting.  It’s an odd thing being so close to completion, the temptation to rush just to finish has overwhelmed me at times.  Trying to film a movie runs the gambit of human emotions from complete exhilaration to utter despair.  On more than one occasion I found that evil monster known as self-doubt rear it’s ugly head and I must admit that a couple of times I almost took the cowards way out.  I would not recommend making a movie the way I set out to do.  I am wearing entirely too many hats and I fear the final product may suffer.  Everyone has chipped in when they can and it has helped but the entire process has been draining.  From trying to accommodate everyone’s schedule and dealing with all the different personalities to not being able to get a shot exactly how I want because I don’t possess all the equipment I need has really broken me down mentally and physically.  Luckily I still have the one thing I have always fallen back on when I’ve reached this point previous times in my life…my writing.  I am euphoric with how my current screenplay is turning out, it’s some of best writing and I can’t wait until the first draft is complete…may even be completed before Sorrow Hill wraps.  All I know is that when I am crafting a new story it’s the most liberating time of my life.  It’s all mine, no one has input, no one is over my shoulder second guessing what I am trying to accomplish…it’s all me.  A lot of my cast and crew are already talking about the “next” movie we should film and it’s flattering that the majority of them would take this leap with me again but a lot has to change for me before I even attempt producing and directing another film.  I am working at changing those things but it’s quite a process.  I have already filled one notebook with what NOT to do the next time I produce/direct a film, Sorrow Hill has been quite a learning experience and I am one who always learns from his mistakes and believe me when I tell you I have made more than a few while shooting this film.

I hope to be at the downbeach film festival in two weeks to debut a new trailer for Sorrow Hill.  Brandon Brooks who is one of the organizers for the event will be on Grindhouse Radio tomorrow night to talk about the festival and what possible role Grindhouse Pictures will play at the festival be sure to check us out beginning at 11 PM with Rick Cahall and then I follow at midnight.

One last note…if you haven’t seen Dark Knight you are depriving yourself of an incredible cinematic experience.  For those who know me well they know my mind is always going a 100 mph and in just as many directions…for 2 and a half hours my mind shut off and I found myself, for the first time in a long time, completely lost in a film…talk about therapy.



The company that usually streams our show live was down and in fact are still down…damn it.  That cost us a ton of listeners last night and I’m not happy about it.  Last nights show was incredible except for the fact Mike Roberts called in and it was the second time I didn’t get to do a solid one on one with him.  Mike is cool as hell and would make a great interview but each time he calls there seems to be a cluster-F in the studio or on the phone lines, sorry Mike I will make it a point to get him on the air again so everyone can be entertained.

Tomorrow is an important day for Sorrow Hill.  I really want to wrap the film in the next two weeks.  It looks promising but it all hinges on tomorrow.  We are shooting a huge chunk of the screenplay and everything has to go smooth.  I’m a little nervous about tomorrow only because I know how important it is.  We have a very ambitious day of shooting and everyone has to be ready…I know everyone will be.  We are shooting all the exterior shots tomorrow and this is going to be my first time shooting outside with redrock, I’m interested to see how it reacts in sunlight, tomorrow looks like it’s going to be another hot day so my cast is going to have to be prepared for a long hot day, I know they will pull through.



One of my make up girls, Miranda, gave me a kick ass new hair do and it will debut tonight on Grindhouse Radio…oh wait it’s radio not TV…listen to the show anyway for all the radio awesomeness beginning at 11PM with Rick.  When my show kicks off at midnight I will be joined by Al from Cheezy and the Crackers as well as actor Mike Roberts from the Sorrow Hill cast.  It’s going to be a jampacked show so be sure to check it out.  I will also be debuting a new theme song as well as a sign off song.  See all of you tonight.


Grindhouse Radio returns tonight!

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11Jul 08

After a 2 week hiatus we return 11 pm tonight.  Tune into www.grindhouse-radio.com for all the radio goodness.


Randomness

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7Jul 08

I am sitting here watching All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and I wonder how a movie of such superior horror quality can’t get distribution but yet CRAP like the Strangers gets a wide release.  Mandy Lane has been sitting on the shelf since 2006, in distribution hell and all the other crap horror movies are sitting on our video store shelves or are at the multi-plex.  Why hasn’t Jonathen Levine’s incredible re-invention of the slasher flick been ignored by mainstream distributors?  I wish I had an answer but one things for sure if you get the chance to see this incredible film don’t miss it.  I for one am not an advocate for downloading movies off of bit-torrent or newsgroups but damn it I’ve been waiting two years for any kind of release and have been continually letdown.  I will buy this movie once it gets a domestic release but as for now I will deal with my german version with subtitles…no way to see a great american horror movie.


Footage, footage, and footage…

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6Jul 08

I’ve spent hours going over what we have shot so far, making a list of what needs to be redone and what cutaways are needed.  What a process…I love it!  Each day I grow more and more confidant with what we are trying to accomplish.  There are some shots I need to redo but not as many as I thought.  I know with our incredible cast and crew we won’t have any trouble.  These next three weeks are going to be crazy, hectic, and an incredible time.  I can see the finish line and it looks so enticing.  I do have to admit that once we are done filming I am going to miss seeing everyone everyday, I guess that is what all filmmakers go through at one time or another.


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4Jul 08

Grindhouse Radio will not be on the air because of the holiday.  That doesn’t mean I won’t have something to say.  I will have a podcast available this weekend so be sure to check out www.grindhouse-radio.com.  Filming went well this week, I would love to have one week where everything went perfect, actually just one day but such is the life of an independant film.  Props go missing, we run out of blood, it’s over 100 degrees on set, camera batteries die, lot’s of ambient noise we can’t control…but I will say this I wouldn’t trade the past 3-4 weeks for the world.  I am doing something I love with a group of people I have grown quite fond of.  If I can find a way to make this movie profitable for all of us and continue to do this as my career I will die a happy man. 


Happy Birthday Nicole DelRosso!

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1Jul 08

July 2nd marks the 22nd birthday of our lead actress Nicole DelRosso.  Hope you have a great day…oh yeah you’ll be on set shooting a pretty violent and creepy scene, this will be one birthday you won’t soon forget.

Filming has gone smoothly and making the schedule has gotten a little easier but not much.  Everyone has been super patient on set while make-up, wardrobe, and shot blocking have on occasion gone on a little longer than anticipated.  But my make-up girls are doing an incredible job.  I have watched the footage over and over again and so far all of their effects have held up incredibly.  Great job.  If everything goes according to plan the majority of the gory shots will be completed this week.  We have really amped up the schedule because we realize that time is short and everyone has been on board with everything I have thrown at them.  I have to give it up to my cast and crew, it is incredibly hot on set…and that’s before we strike the lights.  I must say all the sweating they are doing adds to the movie, I have always associated sweat with tension and fear so it is working.

I hope to have some news to announce on a personal level in the next couple of days.  I am pitching a company that is remaking an old horror movie and I would love to land this gig because it can only help us and our production of Sorrow Hill if I actually get something mainstream under my belt.


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