Archive for January, 2010

Premiere Information

Posted by rdiprimio
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30Jan 10

OK, here is the information that a lot of you have requested.

The address for the Broadway Theater is: 43 South Broadway, Pitman NJ 08071.

Click this link to get directions.   DIRECTIONS

We are holding a raffle for an iPod touch.  Raffle tickets are $5 and can be bought at the premiere.  The winning ticket will be drawn at the after party you do not need to be present to win.  After party information forthcoming.

The doors will open at 6PM and the movie will begin at 7:30 and the run time is approximately 90 minutes.

Those who pre-ordered tickets online can pick up their tickets the night of the premiere at the will call table.

Tickets will be available for purchase the night of the premiere for only $8.

Any other questions feel free to leave comment on this blog.

I look forward to seeing all of you the night of the premiere.

Two weeks away…

Posted by rdiprimio
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21Jan 10

The World Premiere of Sorrow Hill is exactly two weeks away and I am excited.  Excited to show my movie to those who attend.  Excited for my cast and crew to see the fruits of their labor.  Excited for the distributors who are attending to see the support I enjoy.  If it wasn’t for all the people who helped me, supported me, and followed me this wouldn’t be happening.  I would not be watching the film I worked so hard on, on the big screen.  It’s that support and following that gave me the courage to follow through on my dream and also the courage to book such a large venue to screen Sorrow Hill.

I am nervous that the turn out will not be indicative of the following and support I enjoy.  The Grindhouse Pictures web site has enjoyed big numbers this month.  That alone shows the interest in what I am trying to accomplish.  Each new blog entry attracts thousands of users and our Random Ass Podcasts attract thousands of listeners.  If a one eighth of the people who read the blog attended the premiere I would be turning people away so I am still hopeful that I can fill the Broadway Theater on February 4th.  I can’t wait to meet new people and see those I haven’t seen in years.

I am in the process of cleaning up the edit of the film as well as include the additional scene I shot two weeks ago.  I am also going over the credits.  I have a long list of people that need to be included in the credits and I feel like Santa making a list and checking it twice because the last thing I want is someone feeling slighted.  I’m pretty sure I have it covered but I am still nervous that I may forget someone.  I hope I don’t, but if I do I know whomever I may miss will call me on it and I will gladly fix it.

The premiere itself promises to be an exciting evening.  We are raffling off an iPod Touch which will contain some exclusive Grindhouse content.  There may be other giveaways as well.  Some of that is to still be determined.  Raffle tickets are only $5 and can be purchased at the event or from a Grindhouse representative.  I was selling them on the website via PayPal but I didn’t know it violated their terms and service so they laid the smackdown on me so I had to take them down.  The winner will be drawn at the after party and you need not be present to win this awesome prize.  The iPod touch is an amazing gadget and it’s a lot of fun as well.

I am still working out the details for the after party.  I will announce our plans here on my blog as soon as I know the details.

Also, if you are in the South Jersey area and have access to the Gloucester County Times there is an article in today’s edition about the Sorrow Hill premiere.  Kelly Roncace interviewed me and a couple of the cast members for the piece.  Or you can just click here and read the article.

Ticket sales are slow but steady…just like the tortoise in the Aesop’s Fable The Tortoise and the Hare.  We all know how that turned out, SPOILER ALERT, The Tortoise won.

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19Jan 10

The latest Random Ass Podcast is up for your listening pleasure.  Teddy Wycheck and I talk about the upcoming Sorrow Hill World Premiere at the Broadway Theater in Pitman NJ as well as discuss the future plans of Grindhouse Pictures.  Click below and give a listen.

I just had an interesting week.  One that was fun, hectic, stressful, educational, and at times frustrating.  I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work on the Travel Channel show Ghost Stories.  My friend Tim Somers was hired to do the sound and the production needed a Production Assistant for the three day shoot at the Peter Shields Inn in Cape May, New Jersey so I jumped at the opportunity.

The people involved with the show were very professional and easy to work with.  It was the first time I had worked on a set where I wasn’t the one in charge.  It was a little weird and I was worried that some of my instincts would kick in and I would offer my two cents when it wasn’t asked for…luckily I kept my mouth shut because I know first hand how annoying and disruptive it can be when someone on set decides to voice their opinion on what “they” would do if they were the ones directing the scene.  I only gave my opinion when asked and the rest of the time I sat back and tried to learn as much as I could.

The shoot itself consisted of gathering B-Roll footage and conducting interviews.  During the first day of shooting when we stopped for lunch I asked the group if anyone had kids.  Being a father it seems to be a question I ask all the time when I am around people I don’t know.  No one in the group were parents so to humor me they asked about my daughter.  During this time the producer/director Julie asked me how tall Emily was.  When I told Julie she seemed to perk up and asked if Emily would be interested in filming a re-enactment, one that required a child.  I said I would ask and of course Emily jumped at the opportunity.  Julie was thankful and she scheduled the shoot with Emily for the next morning.

I don’t want to go into too many details about the shoot because I don’t want to ruin the show.  It airs this upcoming fall.  But I will tell all of you this, everyone on set were very impressed with Emily and how professional she was.  They couldn’t believe it was possible for a 9 year old to be so patient and willing to do things over and over again.  They wrongly assumed all 9 year old children are bratty and unmanageable.  Emily certain proved that theory wrong and I am so proud of how she conducted herself on set and how well she listened and took direction.  That day on set will probably lead to several other opportunities for her.  I’ve already received several e-mails since the shoot ended from various members of the production team praising Emily.

Now before I go any further I have to state for the record I don’t believe in ghosts.  I know… how can a horror writer say that?  Simple. I’ve never had an experience of the ghostly nature.  I’ve been to some truly creepy places.  But I have never encountered a ghoulie, a ghosty, or a long legged beastie.  I don’t discredit those who claim to have had these encounters but I am skeptical and always feel there is a logical explanation for whatever phenomenon they claim to have experienced.  What I am about to describe next is an incident that occurred during filming that I am still searching for a logical explanation.

First some quick back story on what occurred at the Peter Shields Inn.  A 15 year old boy accidentally shot himself in the face and neck while duck hunting.  He made the mistake of using the gun as leverage to hoist himself out of the boat.  The gun fired leaving him mortally wounded.  He was taken to the basement of the Peter Shields Inn where he died on a cot later that day.  His ghost now roams the house and primarily the basement.    Now, a psychic was brought in for an interview for the show.  She has a son who is 16 months old.  He was a cute, energetic boy who just wanted to run around and play the entire time.  After the interview was over the mother was heading to the basement because that would be the epicenter of the most psychic activity.  Her son at this point wanted his mother so she scooped him up and brought him to the basement with her.  The cameras of course weren’t rolling for this next part but it is true my friends, believe me I wouldn’t make this stuff up.  Anyhow, once downstairs the little boys demeanor changed and he clung to his mother.  Something was definitely bothering him.  He then points his little finger to the spot where the 15 year old boy died almost a century ago and then pointed to his own neck and face and said “boo-boo”.  Indicating that there was someone there that he could see that had a bad “b00-boo” on his face and neck.   Pretty freaky.

All in all it was a great experience where I learned a lot.  I will definitely be incorporating some of what I learned into my next production.  Here is a clip from one of the previous Ghost Stories episodes that aired last October.

Now a couple quick updates.  I am almost done editing the additional scene we shot for Sorrow Hill.  It looks pretty gruesome and it will definitely set the tone for the rest of the movie.

Also, we are selling raffle tickets for an I Pod Touch.  Which will be given away the night of the premiere.  However, PayPal made me take the link down that enabled you to purchase the raffle tickets online.  Fear not.  You can buy the tickets the night of the premiere or from one of the Grindhouse representatives that are selling them.  The tickets are only $5.  How can you get in touch with a Grindhouse Rep?  By emailing me of course.

Also, ticket sales are really starting to pick up.  If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet do so soon.  Do not be shut out of what promises to be a great event and a great time.

We are raffling off an I Pod Touch the night of the premiere.  Tickets are only $5 and there are a limited number available.  Purchase them now by clicking here.  There will be exclusive digital content from Grindhouse Pictures pre-loaded on the Touch.  You do not have to be present to win but why wouldn’t you want to be there to witness the World Premiere of Sorrow Hill…just saying.

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9Jan 10

Yesterday went very well.  Every thing went smooth would have gone smoother if I had done inventory of my camera accessories instead of assuming I had everything in the case.  That was the only hiccup so I am thankful.  I had a lot of help as always but I want to take a moment to thank a few people:

Carla Myers did an amazing job.  She was so professional and patient.  Her performance is really going to help the final product.  I look forward to hopefully working with her again.

Miranda Laielli is so talented it is mind boggling that she isn’t on some Hollywood set doing special effects make up.  Her ability to create things on the fly and with limited resources is astounding.  I am lucky to have her as part of my team.

Last but not least I would not be where I am right now without Tim Somers.  Not only is he the best sound engineer around but he is a great friend.  He has done so much for this production and I can’t wait for the day where I can truly repay him for all his contributions.  Not only does he run sound and AD but he always is looking out for me in other aspects.  Tim is the one who passed my name on to Travel Channel, they would have never known I existed if they didn’t already have a relationship with Tim.  Because of him I have this great opportunity coming up.  Thanks Tim.

I also want to thank my friend Buddy Blankenship.  Not only did he step in and play a role in the additional scene we shot he found my battery charger and brought to the set.  Yes, the director forgot his battery charger for his camera.  Luckily I had a spare at the apartment.

Giovanni Petinelli revised his role as Lazarus for one day and did a great job.  I appreciate the fact he was willing to jump in last minute to help out but then again he always has.

And a big thank you to Sarah Albertson.  She is not only my biggest supporter but while on set there isn’t a job she won’t do.  She will slate, script supervisor, run up and down flights of steps because the dumb ass director forgot something.  I am very fortunate to have her in my life.

So all in all yesterday went extremely well.  I got all the shots I needed and I will edit them into the movie today.

The February 4th premiere is right around the corner and ticket sales are picking up.  Only$6 dollars on line.  $8 dollars at the door the day of the event.  You can also purchase tickets at The Rail Bar in Richland NJ.

First blog of the New Year

Posted by rdiprimio
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7Jan 10

First and foremost Happy New Year to everyone.  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.  Things have been really busy for Grindhouse Pictures since I last blogged so I will attempt to bring everyone up to date.

First, we auditioned a lot of talented actresses for the additonal scene we are shooting for Sorrow Hill.  I would like to congratulate Carla Myers for landing the role.  She is a welcome addition to the cast and I look forward to working with her.  We had well over 70 girls respond to the call and out of those we chose to audition 25.  We then whittled that 25 down to two amazing girls and we really had a difficult time deciding.  Believe me that is good problem to have.  Even though you inevitably have to deliver bad news.  The good thing is the girl who didn’t receive the role will be working with me in the future…and that is a good thing.

Since the last time I blogged I also landed a gig with the  Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories.  I will be on a 3 day shoot with them beginning next week.  This is going to be  a lot of fun and it never hurts to network.  I will blog about all the goings on with the show and once I find out when that particular episode airs I will announce it here.

Quick premiere update.  After a very slow start ticket sales have started to pick up.  Thank you to everyone who have already ordered.  Tickets are only $6 in advance and $8 dollars at the door the day of the event.  I truly hope all of you will come out an support the film.  A lot of wonderful and talented people worked very hard on this film and I would like to reward them with a packed house.

On a personal note I cannot wait to film this additional scene for Sorrow Hill.  It has been entirely too long since I’ve been behind the camera.  Friday cannot arrive fast enough.

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