I am excited for the new year to begin. 2011 was without a doubt the most roller coaster ride of a year I have ever experienced. Every time something positive happened something devastating soon followed. I lost my mother to cancer in October which was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. I lost 3 other family members this year, one passed away while I was in Buffalo enjoying FLoZ’s festival debut at Buffalo Screams. However, this year saw Little Red Wagon Films begin to grow at a nice pace and I got engaged to the girl of my dreams in December. So, there was a lot of bad but also a lot of good so even though it was tough at times to remain positive I managed to do just that. Thanks to my daughter Emily, my fiance Sarah, and of course my faith.
I saw a lot of great independent films this past year as well as some not so good, but at the end of the day I always find something positive to say about any film because I know first hand how difficult it is to make a film a reality. I can not wait to work on the projects we have planned for 2012. We are taking our productions to the next level and we plan on really making a name for ourselves on the horror independent film scene. We are already screening FLoZ at the Blood on the Beach event in April. This convention will be April 20th – 22nd and it will be held in Virginia Beach. Check them out by clicking HERE. They have a lot of great guests lined up and the events planned look like they will be a blast.
We are also entering FLoZ in the Chicago Fear Fest. As of this blog posting we have not been accepted yet but we are hopeful we will make the cut and that we will be a part of this exciting event as well. The people who run the horror society web site are spearheading this festival so that alone makes this festival a can’t miss. You can check them out by clicking HERE.
Our first project we will be working on this year is The Neighbor. We will be holding a casting call January 28th so if you’d like to audition contact us at email@example.com. We have two other zombie shorts on our slate for 2012 so we will be casting for those as well so in essence you will be auditioning for 3 films. We are always looking for new talent so take the chance and be a part of something great in 2012. I have been in contact with a well respected actor in the horror community about The Neighbor and I am very hopeful he will be a part of this project. I have gone over the script numerous times to make sure it is pitch perfect. I am confident he will like the script, from there it’s just a matter of coordinating schedules and of course his requirements. Check out the incredible logo Tom from Thomas Design Studios put together for us.
I would like to take this opportunity one last time before 2011 ends to thank everyone for reading this blog and listening to the podcasts. I hope you will continue to follow us into 2012 and beyond.
I have decided that the next project that LRWF will be working will be a short titled The Neighbor. It is going to be a huge challenge for me as a director because there isn’t any dialogue. I am relying entirely on the talent of my actors and on my ability to tell a story with the camera. I will begin casting once the holidays are over and from there we need to scout the perfect location. Once we have everything locked in then I will be working with my actors intensively to get them ready for day one of principal photography. Rehearsal is going to be vital because before we begin shooting me and my actors will have to be on the same page. It will be vital to the film that everyone is properly prepared. I have been working out the storyboards and going over every aspect of the script and making sure that I have every shot, every angle worked out ahead of time. I can visualize the movie from start to finish in my head, just have to make sure I convey it perfectly to my actors and crew. This is going to be a new challenge for me one I can’t wait to take.
I am also working on expanding my podcasts beyond RAP. I have a couple of ideas and I will be trotting out a couple new ones this year. If you listen they will continue if you don’t then I will go back to the drawing board. RAP will still be brought to you on a semi-regular basis, that is my flagship show, the others will be more audience specific and hopefully enjoyable.
I’m working on hard on getting the FLOZ DVD together. I was hoping to have it ready by Christmas but that isn’t going to happen. Definitely in January. I can’t wait for everyone to see For Love of Zombies. It is my best work to date. I should blog again soon but if I don’t I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Check out the latest RAP and listen to Teddy and I discuss the Walking Dead, Dexter, Reality TV, upcoming holiday movies, what’s new with Little Red Wagon Films and anything else that pops into our heads…what do you expect…we are random. Click below and give us a listen!
I wish I knew what the future held. Right now it looks bleak for a couple of projects and for the podcast. I’m not ready to go into details now but it’s amazing how things can change in a matter of hours. My last blog post I was more focused then ever to get things accomplished, now even though my focus is there a few other components are now missing. It’s a shame but as I always do I will recover and keep moving forward. One thing I have been better at as I have grown older is to stop looking back and continue to look ahead. It’s hard at times to do that but if I want to achieve then that is what I have to do.
I’m not sure what’s going on with the podcast. I want to continue to do it and I’m sure that if RAP ends I will eventually start up a new podcast but in the mean time things are in flux…and I hate that. I hate not knowing. As soon as I know the future of RAP I will be posting it here and on RAP’s page. I have a couple interviews lined up so if need be I will do a couple solo podcasts but after that it’s up in the air.
I would like to thank Jonathan Maberry for the awesome review he gave For Love of Zombies. He truly enjoyed the film and that means a lot. I have a lot of respect and admiration for Mr. Maberry and to know he really enjoyed the film has taken some of the sting off of the other developments from this week.