Now I will admit, I love over the top cheezy action movies. Can’t help it. I love the Transporter series, I love all the Die Hard movies, Face-off but the one that really had me geeking out recently was Crank, when I heard they were filming a sequel I did wonder how they were going to do it. If you saw Crank you know what happens at the end, or so we thought. Anyhow, click the link below for the Crank 2 trailer. I didn’t embed it on the site for the simple reason that this is sort of a family friendly site and this redband trailer is certainly not safe for work. Click below, and I for one cannot wait for this sequel to hit, it’s gonna be a blast!
Yesterday was a perfect day on many fronts. I spent the day with my daughter Emily, it’s been a while since we had an entire day of one on one time and it was incredible. She is my life and my inspiration to continue to work hard towards my goals.
Then the entire NFL day worked out. You couldn’t write what happened yesterday, the stars alligned perfectly and the Eagles are in the playoffs. And they beat, no destroyed the stinking Cowboys to get there…very sweet. I only hope the Eagles continue playing this way instead of the constant roller coaster ride this season has been. I know a lot of Cowboy fans and I’m not the type of guy to rub it in but I do find it funny when I don’t hear from those fans when the Cowboy’s lose. Anyhow, Minnesota goes down next week and then who knows…
The only bad news yesterday was my great friend Matt DiBiase was in a serious car accident. Matt’s OK, but his truck got destroyed. I am thankful Matt wasn’t injuried seriously and vehicles are replaceable…not great friends.
No, we didn’t make it but that’s ok. Each endeavor I undertake will only sharpen my skills and make me better the next time around. I am obsessed with getting the proper look for my films and lighting is a huge part of it. That is the first glaring difference between my entry and the top entries. The lighting itself is really good but the camera and lens adapter I use really eats light and I have to figure out how to balance it out.
I wanna thank everyone who viewed Movie Night and gave me your input. Valuable input that will only help me improve.
Here is the link to the top 10 entries…I will be posting who I think should win shortly.
Thanks to everyone who tuned into the radio show last night. It was our highest traffic on the radio site in a while…glad you guys are still tuning in! We have big plans for The Rick and Ron Radio show going forward so stay with us throughout the upcoming year. I failed to include expanding the radio show in my goals for 2009….so allow me to do so now.
Our show is the highest rated Friday night show in the area so now is a great time to advertise on the show. Contact me for all the details.
I will be blogging later about the Project Direct contest and the top 10 finalists. In hindsight I wish I didn’t enter only because it wasn’t my best effort. I have worked on Movie Night quite a bit since I entered it and it looks markedly better. I wish I had found out about the contest sooner and spent more time on my project but for only 3 days I am still very proud of what we accomplished. I really need to work on some things to make my projects better in the future.
Some of the entries in the top 10 are amazing but there are a couple I know I could have beaten if I had taken more time…that’s OK…I’ll get them next year!
Lots of exciting things are going to happen this year…keep an eye on us.
I know this is still a bit pre-mature with the end of the year still a week away, but I am feeling rather optimistic and ambitious so here are my list of goals for Grindhouse Pictures for 2009:
1. Edit and Release Sorrow Hill. Of course it’s number one if it wasn’t I would have a lot of angry investors.
2. Grindhouse Pictures Film Festival/Short Screenplay Competition. These two goals go hand in hand for the simple fact the winner of the Short Screenplay Competition get’s their work produced by us.
3. Re-edit and clean up Movie Night. I have already begun this process and it looks better already.
4. Make Grindhouse Pictures.com more interactive. Live Podcasts, videocasts, and videoblogs.
5. Write a feature length compliment to Movie Night. A lot of people have expressed to me that they would like to see more of Movie Night, so I will write my first slasher flick, should be fun.
6. Write/finish my latest feature length Zombie Film titled BadAss. That’s right more zombie goodness from yours truly.
7. Write my Vengeance screenplay that has long been planned and talked about.
8. Position Grindhouse Pictures LLC as an attractive alternative to investors tired of losing their money.
9. This goes with number 8…get financing underway for Dead Noon: A Zombie Western. That is the new title thanks to the suggestion from my friend Tom Carty after we saw the awfulness that was a movie already titled Dead Noon. The last thing we want is for this masterpiece to be confused with a piece of ….
10. Last but not least, continue to grow and develop relationships with all of the incredible untapped talent right here in South Jersey…ie: Emerald Productions and SaintSinner Entertainment.
Well, there you have it…my goals for the upcoming year. It is going to be an exciting year, hope all of you come along for the ride.
I can’t believe it’s Christmas…seems like only yesterday I was sweating in 100+ degree temperatures filming Sorrow Hill. Time flies. Anyhow, I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas/Holiday Season. I for one can’t wait to watch my 8 year old open her presents. A year in review podcast and blog are on the way, this is my last night of work for the next seven days, I plan to be very busy and productive so keep checking the site for updates, behind the scene photos from Movie Night, and lots of news so stay tuned and once again…have a wonderful Christmas.
I know I haven’t kept up with this like I had planned but nevertheless here is a wonderful short film that I absolutely love. the title is I Love Sarah Jane, it recently appeared on the International Watch List for motion pictures which is the equivalent of the blacklist. The blacklist is a list of the hottest un-produced screenplays.
I Love Sarah Jane is not your typical zombie film. Here is the shorts synopsis:
Jimbo is in love with Sarah Jane and nothing--not bullying friends, burning suburbs or bloodthirsty zombies will keep him from finding a way into her world.
Warning due to violence and language this video is not safe for work. Enjoy!
Yes, I know what you are thinking, about time you gave us some Sorrow Hill news. Sorrow Hill will be released in March, March 13th to be exact, at Monster Mania in Cherry Hill NJ. I know a lot of you are going to be disappointed because I’ve been promising January but the more I work on it the more I see I’m going to need more time. So I figured we are appearing at Monster Mania so that would be a great time to release Sorrow Hill. Now I plan on having several screenings before March 13th, the 13th is just the street date for purchase. I know I am taking a big chance announcing an exact date but I work well under pressure and now that I have set a date, I have a goal and believe me Sorrow Hill will be worth the wait.
I have received e-mails from a few of you who have seen Movie Night and I appreciate you taking time to watch it and then to write me some really nice notes. I even appreciate those who have picked it apart, it’s only going to make the re-cut better because a lot of good points have been brought up.
Thanks again for supporting me and Grindhouse Pictures! Expect great things in the upcoming year.
There is an interesting phenomenon going on around Movie Night, people are telling me to my face they like it and then going behind my back trashing it…come on guys, trash it to my face it’s OK, I can handle it. Criticism can only make future endeavors better. Even if I don’t agree with the criticism I will still listen. It just really sucks when things get back to me and believe me it always does. I honestly don’t know who I can trust anymore, it’s depressing. I realize the faults with Movie Night. It’s something I wanted to do, it was a challenge and I think for the amount of time we did it in it came out pretty good. I’m not posturing like it’s going to win the competition or that it’s Pulp Fiction, or it’s some great short that’s going to launch my career. I am just so frustrated right now with people who I thought I could trust and it turns out that I can’t. I’m not going to out those who have been duplicitous, I just know to be careful with whom I work with going forward and when they aren’t on set anymore or involved in any way they’ll know why.
I hate saying these things in my blog but it’s my one true outlet. I will get lectured on how it isn’t professional but this blog is about me and Grindhouse Pictures and the trials and tribulations with independent filmmaking. And one of the things I’ve learned from both Sorrow Hill and Movie Night is that people are going to talk behind your back. People are always going to think they can write better, direct better, or act better. It’s the nature of the beast, sad as it may be I’m learning that no matter what level you do something creative people are always going to trash you…unfortunately it’s behind your back. So, for those of you who are considering making your own film whether it be feature length or a short just be prepared for the pettiness and back biting that inevitably is going to occur….and have thick skin, you’re going to need it.