I have been working hard, when I have time, on the pre-production for my zombie western Tribe of the Dead and today I made a lot of head way when it comes to the most important part of this production…the location. When I initially set out to make this film I wanted it to be authentic. I wanted our location to not just be a setting I want it to also be a character. I want the set/location to leap off the screen and add realism to the film. I know what you’re thinking, realism in a zombie western and I say yes…realism. I worked very hard on this screenplay so that all the characters have a complete arc. When people see this film they will be emotionally invested in several of the characters and will be cheering for them to survive.
I am going to film this in the old spaghetti western style. Same color palette, a lot of Leone style shots and yes a score reminiscent of Morricone. I am so excited to make this film. I know if I can get this film made this will show the world what I’m capable of and get me one step closer to becoming a full time film maker. So keeping all of these things in mind I have found the perfect location…The Melody Ranch. I spoke to Paul today from the Melody Ranch and he loved my idea for a zombie western. He assured me that they would be willing to work on the price to help make this movie happen. So that is a huge step in the right direction. Now it’s time to keep the momentum going. Time to get some of the actors/actresses I want for this film signed. Most importantly I need to get this film funded. I have really struck out using Indie go-go maybe it’s my approach but I’m hoping that my new improved strategy will pay off on Kickstarter. I have a few other fundraising ideas I’m excited to roll out and I think the most important thing I can do is head out to as many horror conventions I can and promote. The horror community and more recently the zombie/horror community have proven to be extremely supportive and loyal.
Let’s hope for my positive news concerning Tribe of the Dead in the coming weeks.
Tonight we are heading to special fx guru Logan Wall’s studio in Philly to work on some special fx make up we need for some upcoming projects. She is incredibly talented and along with her equally talent partner Hector Mendoza I expect our special fx make up and gore to be top notch for our future projects. It’s going to be nice working on this tonight just to be distracted from real life for a while. I don’t talk about personal stuff anymore just so I don’t feed the trolls but there have been things going on that have prevented me from devoting a lot of my time and energy to these projects. I hope things become less crazy in the next couple of months so I can get back to my projects.
I am looking forward to the escape the Chicago Fear Fest is going to provide April 13th and 14th. It is going to be nice to get lost and forget about life for a while. The line up is spectacular and their are several movies they are showcasing that I am dying to see. REC 3 being one of them. I am a huge fan of the previous REC films and I’m hoping this one delivers like the previous 2 have.
I recently contracted someone to turn the LRWF logo into an animation to be shown before each of my films. I am really happy with how it turned out. Now I just need to add sound effects. Should be fun…I enjoy foley work immensely. Check out the awesome opening animation video below:
Spent the day re-writing a screenplay and it felt good to bang away at the keyboard again. It’s been a while since I had sat down and let the words flow and it was amazing. I wrote two distinct endings for the story and I have decided to film both of them. It will be a while before I get behind the camera again but when I do it’s going to be epic. Behind the keyboard and behind a camera is where I belong and I am working hard to make sure that’s where I stay. I don’t want to work an average job anymore, I want to create. That is why I can’t wait to get to Chicago. I am looking forward to meeting some people that could possibly help with getting my zombie western in gear. I am working hard formulating a production plan to make this dream a reality. I’ve made the mistake in the past talking about things before they were set in stone. Not anymore. I will announce on here every time there is something substantial. I hope to have something new to report about Tribe of the Dead in a week or two.
I can not wait for everyone at Chicago Fear Fest to see For Love of Zombies. I am positive they will be impressed with what we accomplished with so little. My cast and crew were amazing. They are the reason why For Love of Zombies is the film that it is. It gives me hope for the future as a film maker when I see the response to For Love of Zombies. People are genuinely entertained and people always say the same thing after it is finished…they wish it were longer. Maybe it will be someday. I have outlined a feature length version of For Love of Zombies. Perhaps after Tribe of the Dead.
I am excited to be able to announce that For Love of Zombies is an Official Selection of the Chicago Fear Fest to be held April 13th and 14th. This is quite an honor. This is another feather in the LRWF cap and we have only just begun. This is a very prestigious horror fest that is boasting quite a few huge premieres. So to say that being chosen legitimizes me as a film maker is an understatement. Once again we have proven to be a company capable of putting together a great film, that tells a great story with a meager budget. We will continue to produce quality films while other so called film makers continue to just make posts on Facebook. I have reached several of my goals and I continue to set loftier goals and I will achieve all of them by building a solid track record of quality work that showcases my abilities and talent. I will continue to let my work and the accolades I have received showcase what people are starting to realize, that LRWF is a force to be reckoned with in the film making community. I can not wait to get to Chicago so I can start laying the ground work for what will be my biggest project yet.
Life’s too short to worry about the little things. I know it’s cliche to say that but the last couple of weeks have shown that to be true. I allow myself to get wrapped up in other peoples negativity that hinders me from focusing on the big picture. I am trying hard to steer clear of all the negative influences that have somehow become a part of my life but it can be difficult. Especially when you truly care about the people who are responsible for the negativity. I use to try and use their negativity as motivation, I thought if I succeed then they will stop…I was wrong. As much as it pains me I have started to cut ties with people who have been holding me back. Will this lead to more focus? I don’t know, but I am hoping it does.
The latest setback with The Neighbor has given fodder to the trolls as well. I should probably stop blogging because that only feeds them but this is the one true outlet I have for my projects so I will continue to suffer the trolls. Facebook however is a different story. If you are friends with me on Facebook or you belong to one of my fan pages you may have noticed a lack of posts, comments, and updates on the social networking juggernaut. That’s because I am truly done with Facebook. I have begun the process of going through all the photos I have posted on there and saving the ones I don’t have backed up. Facebook is no longer useful. The only reason I stayed on was to promote my films and sell them. Considering that advertising on FB has led to zero sales I decided it was time to leave. Honestly, it was rather tedious just logging on. All the people crying, bitching, and moaning about how terrible their life is was getting out of control. And all the wanna be film makers who just blatantly lie about what they have going on, begging and crying for attention was nauseating. No your film is not the next Halloween. No your film is not going to change the horror genre. No your film is not going to show Hollywood how it’s done. Never have I seen more bluster and hubris then what I witness from fellow film makers. I will continue to let my accomplishments and my films speak for themselves. I will keep my account active just so when I have something big to announce, something substantiated other film makers can see how it is truly done. Don’t get me wrong, not all indie film makers are like the ones I just mentioned. In fact I have several friends who are very talented film makers who feel the same way as I do. I’m just tired of the talentless, wanna be’s clamoring for attention.
We are postponing the production of The Neighbor indefinitely because of an unforeseen personal matter. Any one who donated to Indie GoGo will be receiving a full refund after the campaign expires. I appreciate your understanding in this matter and ask you respect my privacy. Thank you.
That is the best way to describe the life of an independent film maker…an uphill battle. We’ve been working hard trying to make The Neighbor a reality. I have sold several items on ebay, we’ve started and indiegogo fundraising page, and we have been selling raffle tickets for an iPad 3. Even with all of that we have hardly put a dent into the budget we need to raise. I always remain positive because at the end of the day I always find a way but it’s a lot harder this time because of the budget we need. We are paying a lot of skilled/talented people to be a part of this project and we had hoped to be able to raise the money by offering something awesome in return to all that enter. However, it doesn’t seem to be working so I am taking to my blog to ask what do we need to do to motivate you to donate as little as $1 to our film? I am open to any suggestions. We believe in this project and we know that once it is completed and out there for public consumption it will help put LRWF on the map. Feel free to email me, leave a comment on the blog, or send me a message on Facebook. I want to hear from the people who read this blog and listen to the podcast. I want to know what will motivate you to donate. With that being said, I am still very hopeful that we will make The Neighbor and it will thrill and entertain audiences across the festival circuit.
Speaking of festivals…For Love of Zombies has been accepted to a huge festival and we are so excited to be a part of it. I can’t announce the name of the festival until they make their official announcement tomorrow but believe me when I tell you this a big deal and a huge opportunity. We have been getting a ton of positive feedback on the FLoZ DVD. Orders are sluggish but those who have ordered have been very pleased which is what I like to hear. I understand how hard it is in today’s economy so when anyone plunks down their hard earned money for one of our DVD’s I want them to feel as if they haven’t wasted their money. So far, no one has complained and everyone has raved. So, if you would like to order the zombie movie that Zombie Zone News calls “a must have in zombie movie collection.” Click here —>FLOZ
Also, if you’d like a chance to win an iPad 3, all you have to do is donate as little as $1 to our Indie GoGo campaign. Every dollar raised goes towards The Neighbor, the majority of the money going to paying people for their time, talent, and creativity. LRWF is trying to put talented people to work, help us make that happen. If you would like to donate as little as $1 to our campaign click here —>DONATE
I’ve been very busy since I last blogged. We are working hard on the pre-production for our next project The Neighbor. This is going to be our most expensive production to date. We are hiring a lot of talented people to be a part of the project and talent costs money so we have set up an IndieGoGo page to help with the production costs. We have started the Can you spare a dollar campaign? We are asking people to donate as little as a dollar to our project. Here’s the awesome part for the contributor, with each dollar donated an entry will be place into our iPad 3 drawing. So if you donate 5 dollars that’s 5 entries into the drawing. So please help us get this project funded. Click here to donate —>DONATE As I’ve stated before we are lucky to have the amazingly talented Bill Oberst Jr as our lead in this film so help us make this film a reality.
The For Love of Zombies DVD is also available. We have been getting a lot of great reviews here’s one. FLoZ has also been accepted into a huge film festival that we are so excited to be a part of. We can’t announce until the festival makes the official announcement but trust me this is huge! If you’d like to order the DVD that NY Times Best Selling Author Jonathan Maberry called a “brain munching, flesh chomping, riot of living dead fun.” Just click here —>FLOZ .
I hope everyone will help out if they can either with a donation as low as a $1 for our indegogo campaign or by purchasing the For Love of Zombies DVD. We appreciate all the support you continue to show us and hope we can continue to entertain you in the years to come.