Archive for August, 2011

It’s been a while but Teddy and I are back catching you up with all the latest news concerning Little Red Wagon Films and our thoughts on current films and the upcoming fall TV schedule.


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31Aug 11

As I have stated in previous blogs there have been many obstacles placed in front of me when it comes to making Tribe of the Dead a reality.  There are the usual obstacles when it comes to independent film making the two big ones always being money and time.  Two things I have very little of right now.  Those things are trivial compared to what my mom is facing so I will not stress about the trivial things and will focus on getting my mom better.

However, there are 24 hours in a day so the hours I’m not taking care of mom or working I will be busting my hump to get Tribe of the Dead off the ground.  I already have some huge positives in my favor.  The first being a 43 theater commitment already in place to show Tribe once it’s complete.  That by itself is huge!  The second of course is having some well known talented people interested in playing roles in the film.  All of this is contingent of course on whether or not I can raise the necessary budget but I am really approaching financing from a different angle that I think will motivate and excite people.  Let’s hope it’s enough to motivate them to invest.

I am trying my hardest to get a few things done before I put together the investment packages.  Those things of course is adding more talent both cast and crew.  Filming a trailer and launching a web site.  I will be working every free waking hour I have in order to get these things done.

As I said before I am looking for a storyboard artist.  This will help provide potential investors with visuals of what the film could look like.  So please, if you are interested get in touch with me.

Forging Ahead…

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30Aug 11

Since the last time I blogged a lot has happened…not in a positive aspect.  My mother has been in the hospital fighting a courageous battle and I haven’t left her side.  Together with the help of other family members we are going to get mom through this ordeal.  I don’t care what needs to be done we will get her well.

I have only done some minimal work on Tribe of the Dead and I have not been able to call around and get prices for production needs.  I haven’t been able to place ads for crew.  I haven’t been able to get the script out to talent.  I have been able to break down the script into scenes which is my first step in script break down.  Next I will take each scene and break it down further to what character, props, stunts, and extras are needed.  Then from there I will start going over camera angles.  I am looking to hire a storyboard artist.  This will help greatly in the script break down process and it will give me some important visuals to show to potential investors.

Unfortunately Tribe is in a holding process, I will do everything I can while taking care of my mom.  I need to devote a lot more time to Tribe but there isn’t enough hours in the day with hospital visits and work.  I need to find an awesome producer to help out with everything but so far I have come up empty.  If you want to help make Tribe of the Dead happen and aren’t afraid to work hard then contact me.  Being an indie film maker it’s hard to find people to help with the dirty work.  They just want to be there on set and be there for the “action”.  No one really wants to help with all the frustrating aspects of a production.  If you are ready to get your hands dirty and work your ass off to make this movie a reality as I said previously…you know how to contact me.

Day and night…work, work,work

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23Aug 11

For the last week and a half the song the underpants gnomes sing in the South Park episode has been stuck in my head for the simple reason that work is all I seem to do.  Not only do I work two full time jobs but I am spending what precious few minutes I have on Tribe of the Dead.

From contacting rental houses about equipment, sets, cast, and financing there are so many things to do.  I do have help but I find myself wishing that there were two of me.

This weekend was busy and I did get some things accomplished.  I had a great meeting with Kristina Klebe from Rob Zombie’s Halloween and she is very interested in Tribe of the Dead.  We are still working out the details but it’s safe to say that with funding in place Kristina Klebe will be a part of the cast.

I also had a great meeting with Lance Henriksen.  I spoke to him at length about the project and he was intrigued.  He gave me his contact/management information and asked me to get the script to him.  I truly hope we can work things out with Lance and his people, he is one of my favorite actors and it would be an honor to work with him.

I am working to put the budget together to see how much money we will need to film Tribe of the Dead how I envision it.  I will  not compromise my vision to save money.  If I can’t do it right then I’m not going to do it.  With that being said, those who know me, know that I am relentless and when I set my mind on accomplishing something I do not stop until my goal is achieved.

Keep checking back for more updates.  I will be speaking with several rental houses and with the people from Melody Ranch this week so what it will take financially to make this film will start to become clear.

As always thanks for reading.

I promised you I would be making a huge announcement concerning Tribe of the Dead and I am going to deliver.  Now before I announce who has been cast I just want to remind everyone that this is a verbal agreement, nothing has been put into writing and won’t be until financing is in place.  All of the cast announcements coming in the next couple of days are contingent on getting the film financed.  Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way it’s my distinct pleasure to announce that Courtney Gains from Children of the Corn and Back to the Future has agreed to be in the film.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Courtney.  He is an extremely talented actor and will bring a lot to the film.  He was the actor I envisioned playing this role while I was writing the script and to now have him actually on board with the film is very satisfying.

I will have more cast announcements soon…so stay tuned.

Starting to line up…

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20Aug 11

Over the last couple of days I have received some good news concerning the casting of Tribe of the Dead.  I will be announcing some very notable additions to the cast later today via this blog so you will want to check back later tonight.  I feel very fortunate right now because the first three people I’ve asked to be in the movie have all said yes and they are the ones I envisioned from the beginning playing those roles.  If all goes well today, I have a meeting with one of the actors, I will be announcing all 3 additions to the cast tonight!

I’ve been working really hard on the pre-production aspects of Tribe that don’t require money but require a lot of research.  I’ve had a lot of help from my wonderful daughter Emily and my incredible girlfriend Sarah Albertson.  They have been busy researching how people dressed and what type of weapons existed during the Gold Rush.  I have been working on securing/researching locations as well as putting together a teaser trailer which I hope to film very shortly.

But with every movie there is the one elephant in the room that needs to be addressed.  It’s the one thing that can stop one’s dream before it even gets started…and that is funding.  I stayed up to the wee hours of the morning discussing this very subject with Ryan Burnett.  I bounced a couple of really creative ideas of him that I feel will raise the awareness of the film as well as raise the necessary funds to make this film a reality.  Ryan and I will be meeting later today while at Monster Mania to go over a few more aspects of this phase of pre-production.  I hope to launch our fund raising campaign within the next couple of weeks.

A much needed break.

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13Aug 11

Friday turned out to be a really great day.  It started out with a morning meeting with Tom Carty from Thomas Design studios to discuss Tribe of the Dead.  I always have a great time when I go to his office and I always  marvel at his talent.  Today we discussed the Tribe of the Dead logo and other branding.  I can not wait to show off what he has come up with.  After my meeting with Tom I headed to the beach and spent the day frolicking in the water with my daughter and lying in the sun.  Unfortunately I didn’t have the greatest sunblock and I ended up getting burnt but not even my seared skin could diminish the fun I had.  While I was lying in the sun visions of Tribe of the Dead danced through my mind.  I played over the entire script in my mind and how I envision shooting certain scenes.  I know I am going to do what ever needs to be done in order to make this film reality.  Today was a day I didn’t think of either one of my jobs, or the bills that need to paid it was a day of recharging the batteries and focusing my mind on the task at hand.

I’ve been asked by several people, Why do a zombie western…it’s already been done?  My response to that question is that a zombie western has never been done correctly.  There have been several tongue in cheek attempts at a zombie western with cornball names like The Quick and the Undead and things of that nature.  The movies are always poorly acted, badly written and directed, and most importantly not a REAL western.  It all begins with the script and when I wrote Tribe of the Dead over 6 years a go I went into the script with the mindset that this is going to be a serious western.  I drew my inspiration from Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns.  Larger than life hero and villain and an intricate plot.  When I created the characters for this screenplay it was important that I give every meaningful character a complete arc.   That is always my goal when I write a screenplay, if you create believable, well developed characters the more an audience will become attached to or hate.  In most horror movies there a lot of what I like to call “throw away” characters.  Meaning that a character is simply there to be fodder for zombies, a serial killer, or monster of some sort.  You don’t become invested in the character and then when that character gets killed there isn’t any impact it’s simply an addition to a body count.  I try not to do that in most movies, in a zombie movie however it’s hard to give a crowd of people who are attacked by a horde of zombies a complete arc but there are ways to make their deaths important to the story.  My goal with Tribe of the Dead is to give the audience a zombie experience they will not soon forget.  One that will make the viewer question…who truly were the monsters in that film?

Intrigued?  I certainly hope so.  Tribe of the Dead is one of the most  complex and fun scripts I have ever written.  It is a true cross genre blend that will thrill and entertain an audience.  Pre-production has begun and as always you can keep checking the blog for updates, follow me on Twitter @rdiprimio, or join the newly created Tribe of the Dead Facebook fan page.  Updates will be coming on an almost daily basis so stay tuned.

Working hard

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11Aug 11

I am working my fingers to the bone on Tribe of the Dead.  I registered the domain name for the movie and I’ve been in contact with a well known actress to star in the movie and she is VERY interested.  I can’t reveal who she is just yet but trust me all of you will be just as excited as I am.  She is well known in the horror community and extraordinarily talented.  So needless to say things are falling into place.

I hope to finish up the teaser trailer script tonight and get it out to the principals involved.  I can’t wait to film the teaser.  Then we can go in front of investors with a lot going for us.  I am currently contacting well known actors/actresses to gauge their interest in the project.  I have a dream list and I will do all I can to get them attached.

I plan on having a For Love of Zombies/Truth or Dare premiere this October.  I have entered FLoZ in several film festivals and I am eagerly awaiting to hear if we are accepted.  We are currently editing Truth or Dare and it is looking pretty good, it’s our first HD production and I am very happy with how it looks.  I want to have a premiere on the same scale as our Sorrow Hill premiere…maybe even bigger.  The few people who have seen FLoZ love it and I can’t wait to premiere it.

I hope I can announce some of the talent attached to Tribe of the Dead within the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned and follow me on Twitter for constant updates. @rdiprimio.

Hey gang…what’s new?  It’s only been 3 months…damn I can’t believe it’s been that long.  Anyhow I will try and catch everyone up with what’s new and what’s happened in the past 3 months.

Sorrow Hill debuted at the Maverick theater in Mankato and it did very well.  It was held over for a second weekend because of it’s popularity.  It was a great moment for Little Red Wagon films.  It felt really good to hear such positive reviews about Sorrow Hill.  Because of  Sorrow hill’s success we have recently completed a deal with the Maverick theater chain to show our next feature there…whenever it is completed.  That’s a 43 theater distribution deal already in place…that’s a big deal for an independent film company.

We recently wrapped filming on our latest short film Truth or Dare.  It was probably our smoothest production to date.  It was our first HD production and I am very pleased with the films look.  The entire cast really did a great job and Tim Somers as usual was a kick ass AD and sound engineer.  This was the first film I co-directed with someone and it went really well.  Ryan Burnett did an amazing job directing along side me.  We worked really well together and our collective vision is going make Truth or Dare a really good short film.

Now that Truth or Dare is wrapped we are on to pre-production  on our zombie western…Tribe of the Dead.  The original screenplay I wrote was titled Dead Noon but there is already a movie by that title and I don’t want there to be any confusion.  Tom Carty from Thomas Design Studios is working on logo and branding.  I am working hard on the other aspects of pre-production including financing…the biggest obstacle in producing an independent film.  I look forward to speaking with investors because not only do I have a wonderful script and some top talent attached  we already have a 43 theater distribution deal in place.  Now when I go in front of the investors I will have something tangible to show them.  Something to show that this movie will be an worthwhile investment.

In the coming months I will be faced with a huge task…getting my dream of a zombie western to become reality…will you join me?

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