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.