Always moving forward, that’s the phrase to remember when trying to be successful in the world of independent film making. I’m not trying to imply that I have been financially successful as an independent film maker but I have had creative successes that made all the hurdles I had to overcome while making a film worth it. The reason why I have had some creative success is because no matter what happens, I always keep moving forward. If you dwell on the failures or the setbacks you will never achieve. I have had my fair share of failures but the key is I never wallow in self-pity. I pick myself up and go on to the next task. I learn from whatever mistakes I made and make sure I don’t repeat them. I know so much of what I am saying sounds cliche but it is all true. I have seen so many fledgling independent film makers whine on social media. It’s disheartening to see, it makes me want them to slap them in the face Godfather style.
I understand the frustration a lot of film makers go through. The mistakes I’ve made are huge and I’m sure there are many more I will make but the one thing you won’t see from me is whining. Believe me, I truly thought VIOLET was going to be our next project and that it was going to be something special. And if things hadn’t happened to derail that project I truly believe it was the project that was going to get us noticed. It wasn’t meant to be. However, out of that setback CARVER was born. We are in the infancy of pre-production but this one feels different. There’s a great attitude from the people who are working with me to make it happen. There’s a lot of compliments directed at the concept art that has been developed thus far by Brian Mitchell. Most importantly we are putting together a solid financial plan. Financing is always the key. I could choose to shoot Carver with just local talent and I’m sure it would turn out well and we would play in a bunch of festivals and maybe land a small distribution deal but we have higher hopes for Carver. We want to attract some known talent to the cast as well as hire a professional cinematographer so I’m not holding up production setting up the shot myself. The way to have success in the independent film world, especially horror is have some names attached and make sure it looks good. I want Carver to be the springboard to other projects. I want Carver to lead to more work for my talented crew and for myself. Carver is my shot and I’m going to take it and put everything I have into making it a success. But if I should fall flat on my face again I will do what I always do…Move Forward.
This week was very productive for Little Red Wagon Films. We shot and edited a segment for our promotional video for CARVER, we worked on props and set pieces for the second segment, and we searched for the perfect location to film the main body of the promo video. We haven’t struck pay dirt yet but we will. Everyone involved is really excited about what this promotional video could bring to the production. As always the major hurdle when trying to produce a top of the line horror film is financing but we feel we be able to raise the needed amount to make the movie. Which brings me to the next big event on the Little Red Wagon Films Calendar, the Zombie Bikini Car Wash!
The Zombie Bikini Car Wash will be held Saturday June 15th beginning at 11am at The Rail Bar in Richland NJ. The bar is located at the corner of Rt.40 and Landis Avenue. That is a high traffic area and we are hoping to draw a large crowd. After the car wash we will be holding a production kick off party for Carver. There will be raffles, prizes, and merchandise. We are looking forward to seeing all of you there. Here are a few pictures of the girls who are already booked to be Zombie Bikini Girls.
As you can see we have some real beauties lined up so far. This is going to be a great time so come on out and get your picture taken with a beautiful zombie bikini girl while your car gets washed!
It’s been a while since I have been able to spend quality one on one time with my daughter. Because of some extenuating issues we have had to share our time together. Today was the first day in a long time that it was just her and I and we had a blast. We are both working really hard on Carver and today we worked on one of the sets we need for the promotional video we are going to shoot. I am the first to admit that I am not very skilled when it comes to building things or anything to do with arts and crafts. Luckily my daughter is very skilled and we completed work on one of the set pieces and now we film tomorrow. This set piece is for a small segment that is part of the promotional video but it was vital that we got to look like we envisioned and I believe we were successful. Just working side by side with Emily made me so very happy and proud. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish tomorrow. I don’t want to give to much away but let’s just say some Barbie dolls are going to be in grave danger tomorrow. I will blog tomorrow with some set pics and an update on how everything turns out. Thanks for reading.
I had written several blog posts talking about a web series I was developing called Violet and was hopeful to have had several episodes available by now. It wasn’t meant to be. My daughter Emily who was playing the title character needed surgery on her ankle and was out of commission for 12 weeks so we were not able to film Violet. However, during her rehabilitation her and I started to develop the script for a concept I had come up with a few years ago. The concept was for an 80′s style slasher film, a genre we both love. Thus, Carver was born. And over several weeks we worked on the script together and during that process I decided that she should also help direct. Believe me when I tell you I would not put that kind of pressure on my 13 year old daughter if I thought she couldn’t handle it. I know she can handle it and together we are going to make a kick ass slasher film. This week we will be working on a promotional video for Carver. We have worked hard to come up with a concept that will appeal to all audiences, not just the horror fans. Rest assured there will be plenty for our horror brethren. We know what it takes to make a great slasher film. The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind as we try and organize pre-production. We have charted a course and we are ready to embark on this journey. There will be a Carver website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and any other social media we can use to our benefit. We are going to be posting a lot of behind the scenes stuff that we hope will attract and engage a large audience. It’s not often a 13 year old girl and her father join together for such a purpose and we hope you will join us on our journey.
We are meeting this week with key members of our production team and will begin posting the links to all of the pages promoting Carver. We will be posting pictures from the behind scenes of our promotional video all week so keep checking back.
Had a great time today at The Smitville Artwalk. Met a lot of talented people and met a lot of people who seemed interested in what I was promoting. Pre-production on CARVER is going extremely well. I am very excited for CARVER because I will be directing along side my daughter Emily. She helped come up with the story behind CARVER and I believe she is ready to help me direct. I know she is only 13 but her knowledge, talent, and determination are going to help make this a wonderful film. The next week we will be working on something special for CARVER and I will be posting pictures. I will be blogging a lot more. I have been lax when it comes to blogging for numerous reasons. I’ve been very busy with planning my wedding which is finally happening next month. I cannot wait to marry Sarah. She is the girl of my dreams. I also did get lazy when it came to blogging. I would just post on Facebook or Tweet all news concerning Little Red Wagon Films. I will be better about updating all my social media avenues.
It’s been a while since I blogged but believe me when I tell you there’s a good reason. We have been busy with pre production for our next film CARVER and we have been busy organizing and promoting the next NJ HORRORFEST which is going to be held October 25th and 26th. That is why we are at the Smithville Artwalk today to promote Carver and NJ HORRORFEST. I will be blogging a lot going forward talking about these two exciting projects. If you are in smithville today stop by and say hi.
It has been nice to read the comments and reaction For Love of Zombies has received since we released it free to the public on this blog and on YouTube. While I enjoy the emails I would prefer if you left a comment so everyone can read your opinion. I post all comments, positive and negative. We really worked hard on For Love of Zombies and we want as many people as possible to see the movie. I realize not everyone is going to love it but at the same time I want people to take in to consideration how hard it is to complete an independent movie even one that is only 17 minutes long. I have learned so much from all the short movies I have worked on since I debuted my first movie making effort, Sorrow Hill. Sorrow Hill was a huge undertaking, one I should have never done as my first project. But the things I learned from it are more valuable than anything I could learn in a film school. I guess what I am trying to say is that I am getting better as a movie maker. It is starting to show in my latest work, The Playground.
The Playground is easily the best “looking” product LRWF has produced. There are several things that I need to continue to approve upon but I finally feel as if my abilities and equipment are starting to catch up to my vision. This is why I am so excited about our current project a web series titled VIOLET. I have a lot of incredible people on board working on the crew. People who are going to make this our most successful project. The scripts are completed for the first two episodes and I have the entire first season outlined. It is the most fun I have had writing since For Love of Zombies. I can not wait to start sharing more information about Violet. I believe that if I can capture on camera what I envision in my head and what I have written on paper I will have something very special on my hands.
FUTURE OF RANDOM ASS PODCAST
Well, unfortunately there isn’t a future. The Random Ass Podcast is dead. However, Little Red Wagon Radio is going to launch after the first of the year and it is going to bring you the very best in independent film talk. I will host a one hour show that will highlight all the great things happening in independent film. I have a ton of great guests lined up and if you are a film maker, writer, or even someone who is interested in jumping in to the wonderful world of independent film making this show is for you. I am going to make this show one that film makers can look to for sound advice, tutorials, and tips on how to run a low budget film company.
We will be holding auditions for Violet. We need to fill a lot of roles. Experience levels range from Very Experienced to Novice so if you ever wanted to give acting a shot or if you are an experienced actor looking to be a part of an exciting new project email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch.
As always thanks for reading and if you haven’t done so watch For Love of Zombies and be sure to leave a comment.
Tonight is the night! For Love of Zombies makes it’s online debut. I am very excited to show off this movie. It was the most fun I ever had filming. There were a lot of hurdles and headaches but at the end of the day it was all worth it. I hope a lot of people log in at 9PM to watch. I am excited to hear the reaction. It has garnered a lot of positive reviews from the numerous festivals it has played. The movie has also had it’s fair share of negative reviews, which are always welcomed as well. As a movie maker it’s important to listen to all feed back so going forward you can continue to grow. My one goal is to be better each time I set out to work on a project. For Love of Zombies is just one part of my development. I hope you enjoy For Love of Zombies.
We have been very busy at Little Red Wagon Films. This week we signed an agreement to bring the NJ HORRORFEST back to the beautiful Landis Theater in Vineland, NJ. This years festival will be held Friday Oct 25th and Saturday Oct 26th. We will have a vendors room this year, a screenplay competition, and we are working very hard to bring some great guests. Keep checking the blog and the NJ HORRORFEST web site for announcements. Submissions will be open January 1st.
We are very excited that our short film, the festival hit, For Love of Zombies will be making it’s online premiere this Sunday December 9th at 9PM. It will be premiere on youtube, CLICK HERE to watch. We may also post the video on this blog. We will decide in the next couple of days. Either way we hope you take the time to watch our little 17 minute movie that took the festival scene by storm. We are hoping we can begin to build an audience through our short films so when we debut our next big project people will be excited about it.
The next big project is our web series title Violet. This project has been a lot of fun to work on thus far. We have only done some preliminary filming and we are having a huge casting call in a few weeks but this project has really gotten everyone involved excited. I have written the first two episodes and I am working feverishly on the others. I love this project because it is quite different then anything we have ever attempted. I am not ready to give too much away but we hope to debut a teaser trailer and website by the new year. We are assembling an amazing crew to film the first episode. We are putting a lot of resources and calling in a lot of favors to make this look amazing. The few people who have had the opportunity to read the first two episodes are anxious to see what we do, I do not plan on disappointing. We have been posting pics and updates on our Little Red Wagon Films Facebook Page. So if you haven’t liked the page you should, we will be debuting a lot of Violet information on that page.
It’s been two months since my last blog. A lot has happened. The first NJ HORRORFEST was a success. Can’t wait to do it all over again next year. We will be expanding the NJ HORROFEST to include a vending room, celebrity guests, and of course incredible independent horror from around the world.
Since my last blog I have been working on several projects. I wrote and directed a short film called The Playground. We are getting that ready for a hopeful festival run in 2013. I began writing what I hope to be a feature length version of our smash festival hit For Love of Zombies. I completed my first non horror screenplay titled Trailer Park Princess. That is in pre-production and I have been fortunate to have some very talented people all ready come aboard to be a part of that film when it eventually goes in to production. But the project I am really excited about is a web series I have developed. It remains untitled but it is my first attempt at science fiction. There are a lot of horror elements but if I were to categorize the genre it would have to be science fiction. What I am finding most enjoyable about writing science fiction is the fact that I am creating my own universe, so I get to create all the rules. Which gives me endless possibilities story and character wise. This past week we began filming the first episode and we had a blast. I have such an amazing group of people working with me now.
The plan for the web series is a 6 episode run. There may be one or two more episodes added but there will be at least 6. I hope to have the first episode online by the end of the year but I’ve learned my lesson when it comes to rushing a project so I am not ready to commit to a release date for the episode. It will debut online when I feel it is the best it can possibly be. I have high hopes for this story and I want to do it right. I have learned a lot the past 6 months when it comes to filming and my work has never looked better. I finally feel like my abilities and my equipment are finally catching up to my vision. I have always said that if and when that happened I would no longer have an excuse as to why I haven’t been able to make movies my full time profession…I believe I no longer have any excuses. Money of course is always an issue but as always I am willing to sacrifice whatever is needed to make the best possible product that I can.
I am hoping that if the web series is successful it will attract the capital we need to make either Trailer Park Princess or the For Love of Zombies feature in 2013. Keep an eye out for casting calls for all upcoming projects on this blog or you can follow me on twitter @rondiprimio. You can also follow Little Red Wagon Films on Facebook. We will be posting all casting information in as many places as we can.
I promise it won’t be two months between blogs anymore. Thanks for reading.