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.
First time directors, Micheal Bartlett and Kevin Gates, on a limited budget started this movie with the arrival of the pandemic. It has the news stories where everyone does not know what really is happening (but we know). I wonder if this really started happening…what would the news say? How long before the word “zombie” crept into their newscasts? Sorry, that is a subject for another blog.
Anyway, Diary One has the news stories and the begining of the outbreak, virus symptoms hit London.This movie is shot in documentary style, which I guess is the big thing nowadays. This is getting old for me. If they did not film everything (despite the lines, “Stop wasting film and batteries!”) there would not be a film account of this. By the way…who edits these docs if those who filmed it die? There must be a market for an editing house after an apocolypse! The crew finally find out what is going on and the phone and power services go out. How do Zombies do this?? The first act is just what you would expect. Zombie Count: 5
Diary Two – The Scavengers (one month later) – This part follows some survivors scavenging for food, water and weapons. One lesson learned here is when Zombies attack…g forget about the gun, grab a camera. Zombie Count: 15-20
Diary Three – The Survivors – This is the longest of the stories in this movie. Shot almost like The Blair Witch, it actually contains the “first” diary entry where someone actually talks to the camera. This diary focuses more on a neat little plot twist than actual Zombies and the whole film sort of loses its momentum. Zombie Count: 50 (estimated)
This movie was not what I expected. Not that many Zombie attacks in the movie and the one plus is no CGI effects! The film uses Zombies as a backdop of what was really going on. This film rates 2 out of 5 stars in the Booster TK rating system.