Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Finally the roles are reversed, Mr. Sullivan!

Years ago I did some FX work for director Scott Sullivan when he was first starting out. The second project I worked with him on, "Harbinger",  landed me my first award at a contest.

Since then, he's moved on to be awesome.  Seriously.  I've lost count of how many people I've heard gushing over his work both as a director and as a cinematographer.

"The Family Way: Coming Home" was sort of a test run to see how well we'd work together if I were the one in charge.

Of course, anyone who knows my directing style knows that I am not so ego-filled that I won't acknowledge that there are people who are better at their jobs than I am at their job, and that I have zero problem taking suggestions. (Hell, I've been known to grab the nearest PA for a second opinion on something on set.)

Working with Scott was like a dream.  I figured that my job as Director was to make sure that the actors knew what they were doing and that his job as Director of Photography was to make it all look pretty in-cam.  And that worked out beautifully for us.

I really can't wait to see the finished product. Just what I saw with the rushes was breath-taking.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

More laurels for The Family Way screenplay!

I just found out that The Family Way script that Duckie and I wrote made the semi-finals in the Los Angeles CineFest Screenplay Competition.

Here's hoping it makes it to the finals!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Body Count

So last year's Body Count came up to 27 kills/injuries between six different films: Hungryland, The Figure, One Night of Fear, Love at First Night, My Sister's Shoes, and The Family Way: Coming Home.

This year I'd really like to break my record of 50.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Coming Home - A Personal Reflection

Out of all the pictures taken on set during the film shoot this week, this one is my favourite.

Over a decade ago I developed the characters for a story called The Family Way, which was my first purely fictional feature-length screenplay. The story was inspired by my wondering how crazy people who are obviously not related get together to form “families” in horror movies.

The first draft opened by introducing “Crawford”, a teen-aged sociopath who was discovering his murderous tendencies and was about to get caught for his youthful, sloppy mistakes. Crawford soon became one of my favorite characters to develop, although those first scenes of his were eventually cut from the final draft of the script. At the time I never thought I would actually get to see this character come to life on a screen.

This year we decided that instead of filming a trailer to use as a visual while we pitched The Family Way to potential investors, we'd take those lost scenes and turn them into a short film. So we shot “The Family Way: Coming Home” this week.

The young man with me in this picture is very special to me. I met Nick Trivisonno when he was 14 years old when he auditioned for his first film role in the project that was also my first time directing. Although he was too old for the role he wanted, I made sure to cast him as an extra and over the past four years I've been both a friend and mentor to him. He's very serious about chasing a career in acting, probably the most dedicated person I've ever known at his age.

This photo was taken during the second day of filming. Almost four years after this ambitious newbie teenaged actor came in to audition for a reluctant newbie director, he's my Crawford as I sit in the director's chair for the prequel to The Family Way.

Friday, December 30, 2016

The Family Way: Coming Home

This week I directed "The Family Way: Coming Home", which is a short prequel to the feature screenplay The Family Way, which is currently in development.

Scott Sullivan (Director of photography) and Shiva Rodriguez (Director) on set.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Back From TBUFF

I had a great time on Friday night at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival.  I got to see some work done by my friends and there were two films in the horror blocks that I played a part in.

I directed "The Figure" and was joined by Mar'Keyth (played Andy the Stoner) and Duckie (Played Micheal the Killer) at the screening.

I also worked as the SPFX person for "My Sister's Shoes" and got to catch up with a few people from that production too!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Another Film Festival for "The Figure"

"The Figure" is playing in the Really Bloody Horror block at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival on December 2nd.

If memory serves, I'll also be doing a director's Q&A right after the screening if you want to come out and show your support (or just throw rotten vegetables at me.) 
All the details as to the when and where are here: