Archive for August, 2008
It’s 2 a.m. and I can’t sleep…I can’t seem to shut my mind off today. There is just so much going on, so much that needs to be done that I must admit I am beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed. As most of you know I am going through a divorce, luckily it’s amicable, basically she came to her senses and realized a life with me isn’t a bed roses so she made the smart decision, give her credit she stuck it out much longer than most. But the reality of the situation really hit me like a ton of bricks last night when I arrived home and saw the FOR SALE sign on my front lawn. Wow, to think that someone else will be spending Christmas in what will soon be my former house makes a bit mental. To think I won’t be editing Sorrow Hill in the office I had built specifically for that purpose…makes me crazy. I realize that the divorce is for the best but man does it ever suck. Since this year began…well since I started working on Sorrow Hill full time I lost a close friend, my job, and now my wife…I think Jon Bershad was correct when he said this movie is cursed. I know I’m going to get a ton of e-mails telling me to stop whining but I really don’t think I’m whining. I’m opening up, something I’ve never really been good at. Those who know me well know I am not the best at discussing how I feel. For the simple reason that I don’t want to be seen as a whiner or a complainer. Life is tough for everyone…not just me. And when you really think about it, my life isn’t bad at all, in fact I’m really fortunate and this is why…one of my students from last year, a first grader, well now she’s a second grader was diagnosed with hodgkins lymphoma two days after school ended this past June. She finishes her chemo next week, the day before school starts and from what I’ve learned she will be there. Talk about bravery, talk about life dealing you a horrible hand…this little girl had to endure more this summer then I can even imagine and it breaks my heart. When you hear things like that it makes you put things in perspective. I guess editing Sorrow Hill somewhere else isn’t such a bad thing after all. All the things I mentioned previously don’t mean squat compared to what my former student went through this summer and what she will continue to go through. I haven’t slept much since hearing about her plight because I can’t imagine what I would do if I was parent faced with these circumstances. The feeling of helplessness must be overwhelming. To watch a child suffer is unthinkable. I know my blog is usually dedicated to Sorrow Hill updates, radio show information, and just general horror related topics but I haven’t been feeling up to snuff lately and I haven’t written much. Now you know why.
That’s right folks, thanks to Josh at Bagged and Boarded.com Grindhouse Pictures, Sorrow Hill, and some of the cast will be featured at this years Steel City Con! We are excited to be a part of this incredible convention and this will only help spread the word about our little horror movie. I can’t believe it, I am living out one of my geeky dreams. I am going to be a guest a comic book convention…how cool is that? Keep checking back for more details…things are going to be exciting around here the next few months.
Thanks to everyone who checked out the revamped radio show last night. Rick and I combined our separate hours into one big two hour show and everyone tuned in! It was the most listened to show to date. I am overwhelmed by all the support being shown to us by the online community, keep it coming!
Time for the weekly reminder that the greatest two hours of radio begins at 11PM tonight. Tune in as I talk about the last week of shooting on Sorrow Hill and what is next on the horizon for Grindhouse Pictures!
I wrote in a previous blog that I may not be cut out for this and that I need time to decompress and I would start editing on Monday…both statements have turned out to be entirely false. I couldn’t stay away…I started tweaking some of the footage just to get my feet wet and the creative juices are overflowing. I got some great footage and at the end of the day I am going to produce a very entertaining movie. I got all the shots I wanted, with one camera, but you won’t be able to tell that from the final edit, I took enough angles and footage to give me numerous editing options. The lighting was a little rough on the some of the shots but it’s a horror movie a little shadow and darkness works.
I can’t wait to start working on the next film. I know it’s crazy but I will be going into pre-production on my next project while editing Sorrow Hill. I never really enjoyed sleeping anyway.
I have an exciting announcement for all of you screenwriters out there. So stay tuned, next week I will be announcing how your screenplay can be optioned by Grindhouse Pictures LLC. That’s what it’s all about if you are a writer. We are currently putting together a production slate and who knows maybe your screenplay will be a part of it. All the details are forthcoming so keep checking the site.
I also would like to thank Josh from Bagged and Boarded comics. He has jumped aboard in a big way financially and creatively and we look forward to working with Josh on our future projects. Be sure to check out his web site and his store.
Wow, I never thought I would type those words. It’s been a long and crazy ride, actually 28 days total so not a whole lot to shoot a full length feature but when you spread that out over 2 and a half months it can seem like an eternity. We had our ups and downs but at the end of the day we made a good horror movie. The final edit will tell the tale but I am psyched with the footage and all of my actors and crew did a remarkable job…for free. I can say without a doubt this has been one of the greatest summers of my life and I have made some lifelong friends in the process and at the end of the day that’s what means the most to me.
I must say I have mixed emotions about being done. I’m excited to have my first feature shot and ready to edit but at the same time I’m going to miss seeing everyone all the time. I was talking to my lead actress Nicole DelRosso tonight and I likened it to a summer romance. We’ve all been there, you go away for the summer to camp or to a relatives house and you meet someone incredible and you spend the entire summer with them and then August hits and reality starts to creep back in. The ride was incredible while it lasted but now it’s time to get back to the real world, and the last time I checked the real world sucks.
And everyone on set is excited and they all are talking about what we do next. I honestly wonder if there will be a next one. I will continue to write and shop my screenplays but I am a little burned out from the process and need some time to recharge and see if I am truly cut out to direct, produce, and do all the things necessary to make a feature film happen. All I know for certain is that I am going to take the next couple of days, spend some quality time with my daughter and not think about Sorrow Hill until next Monday…when I start editing.
That’s how many times our trailer has been hit since it was posted last Monday…wow. Let’s keep it going, tell a friend, link to us through your myspace, facebook, or web site let’s show the industry what a small low budget film can do with a loyal following. 30,000 views…it still boggles my mind. This past weeks radio show has been downloaded a ton as well, seems we are becoming quite popular that will only help us when it comes time to distribute the DVD. If you have something you would like to advertise on my websites or on my radio show drop me line. My rates are extremely low for the exposure you will get. E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
This past Tuesday night I didn’t sleep, I couldn’t sleep. Why, you may ask well because I was nervous about the shoot scheduled for Wednesday. I had a group of over 25 extras coming to the set and I hadn’t met most of them. A few I knew from various events and e-mails but for the most part I didn’t have a clue who was going to walk on set. So I was very leary and my nerves were warranted when the first of the extras began to arrive. First let me just state that I am shooting a horror movie if you weren’t already aware and the extras we casted were to be mental patients that had been locked away and tortured for many years inside a seemingly abandoned asylum. So let’s just say the majority of the people who were there to be actors didn’t look the part. In fact it very well may have been the best looking group of extras I have ever seen. The girls were all well made up and quite frankly gorgeous. So our makeup girl Miranda had her work cut out for her, making these lovely girls look like deranged mental patients. Tim, my sound guy and 1st AD was a huge help with wrangling the extras and his wife Mary chipped in big time helping Miranda with the make up. Needless to say I was worried because a couple of these girls, even with the make up job still looked amazing…yikes. After the make up was complete we called all of the extras together and Timmy and I instructed them on what we expected from them and they all seemed to be listening…the true test would be when we got them on set and the camera began rolling. My stomach was in knots as we walked up the two flights of stairs leading to our set. We arrived and we instructed the extras on what to do and then I yelled action and something amazing happened. This group of extras brought it. They were fierce, they were scary and most of all they followed our instructions to a T. In other words they kicked ass. I was pleasantly surprised at how professional and how amazing all of them were. I really look forward to working with a few of them in the future. I think a couple of them could play a bigger role in future projects. So I was very pleased with how all the extras performed and they were all good sports and it meant a lot to me when after we were done filming they all told me how much fun they had. I’m glad I could make their night enjoyable and memorable.
No not in the bibilical sense…but for Sorrow Hill. We will be wrapping this week and it’s very exciting and sad at the same time. This weekend was crazy with filming pick ups and pouring over the footage seeing what I missed and trying to figure out what I need to shoot to make the film cohesive. I missed out on some important events this weekend and I hope I made the right decision by working on the movie. Brandon and Ahmel from Saint Sinner have been so gracious with their time and resources. They believe in the project and having the support of other filmmakers has been great. I look forward to working with them on future projects. Keep an eye out for their upcoming release of The Quiet Ones. They recently showed me some footage and it looked incredible. I can’t wait to see the whole thing.
I will be writing an entire blog about this previous week of shooting and my adventures with directing close to 30 extras. It was interesting to say the least.
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