Friday, February 23, 2018

New Film Review!

 Nightmarish Conjurings was kind enough to take a look at "The Family Way: Coming Home"  Here's a little of what they has to say:

"THE FAMILY WAY: COMING HOME, directed by Shiva Rodriguez, will take you to the heart of the matter... or remove it, depending on how you look at it. "

You can read the full review HERE.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sitter released!

 I just found out that LO Pictures has released Sitter on Vimeo.  Duckie and I worked some of the special effects for this one and it is a really cool film. 

I'm not just saying that because I worked on it. I saw it at the first screening event and found it to be a great film-within-a-film story that is both creepy and intentionally B-flick at the same time.

Apparently I did good.

I just stumbled across this video review for One Night of Fear.  I was the practical effects supervisor on this film and I'm glad to hear that people enjoyed my work. There was one really interesting kill in this film that was a great deal of fun to do.

Fun Fact:  You'll see Duckie in this clip. He was on set for stunt work and got recruited into playing a character.  But that's not the best part...

Duckie is now the only person I know who decapitated himself with a machete.  You see, the actor who played the killer was not available on the day we shot this scene but Duckie was the same height. So in this kill scene, Duckie is playing both the victim and the killer!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Now Casting!

A short film I'm directing is now casting:

Rogue Chimera Films will be shooting the short film “Father of Lies” May 3 - 8, 2018 in the Tampa / New Port Richey area in Florida. This is a NON-UNION production that is offering a rate of $60/day to actors.
“Father of Lies” is a fantasy-horror story based on Norse mythology. We are seeking to cast the following roles:

40-45 years old. Male open ethnicity. A college professor who is having a hard time making ends meet. Must be under 6 feet tall. This role involves some minor stunts and heavy FX makeup. Rate of $60 per day for 3 days.

15-17 years old. Female open ethnicity. Caleb’s daughter, who is fascinated by world mythology. Must be under 5’-7” tall. Role involves some minor stunts and heavy FX makeup. Rate of $60 per day for 2 days.

25-35 years old. Caucasian male. The God of Thunder who is boorish and proud. Strong, muscular build. Must be under 6 feet tall. Facial hair a plus. Role involves some minor stunts and heavy FX makeup. Rate of $60 per day for 2 days.

Audition application deadline is February 18, 2018.

Please include a recent headshot, full shot (whole body shot), and resume (including your height). Applicants who do not provide these requested materials will be discarded.

Auditions will be held by self tape. Sides will be sent to selected talent.

Send the required information via email to with the subject heading "Father of Lies Casting".

Friday, February 2, 2018

Women in Horror Month

Me with horror film producer Lynne Hansen, who inspired my t-shirt.

February isn’t just about chocolate hearts and bouquets of roses. It’s also the official Women in Horror Month!

While I’m nowhere near high enough on the food chain to be showcased on the big horror websites and magazines (I’m working on getting up there though!), I do want to share a little about my experiences as a female director in the horror industry.

First of all, I never wanted to be a director until I was dragged kicking and screaming into that position a few years back. I knew how tough it had been just getting my foot in the door as a special effects artist and I was certain that my foot would be completely amputated if I tried to enter the ring as a director. But I had some very supportive men by my side who talked me into the director’s chair and then talked me off of all the virtual window ledges when all I wanted to do was jump.

About halfway through my first film project as a director I felt like I was getting the hang of it. By the end of that production I had to admit that I enjoyed directing.

While my first film was in post I did a couple more shorts that were pretty much slated to just be YouTube videos and I went back to doing special effects for other production companies. Not surprising but nevertheless annoying, I did run into a bit of misogyny on a couple sets. My favorite was after being held up all day because the director wanted to “shoot a quick scene” before the big effects scene that I’d told him would take at least 5 hours to do, my FX team ended up having about an hour or so to kill several people. Obviously things had to get cut down and in the end we ended up just sloshing a lot of blood everywhere. What did the director have to say to me afterward? The men on my team were great but the women sucked. Seriously.

Then I started working on my fifth project as a director and a strange thing happened. I stopped getting calls to work. True, I had taken myself off the market for a few months to shoot “The Family Way: Coming Home”, but after it was safely in the editor’s hands I put myself back out there. And to be completely honest, it bothered me to know that other companies I’d worked for a few times in the past were working on projects and I’d not been invited to the party.

Was it a coincidence that I stopped getting FX job offers after announcing I was directing again? Maybe. But I’ve also been told by more than a few people that it may be because I dared to enter the Boy’s Club. I really hate to think that that is true.

So instead of being up to my eyeballs in fake blood and silicone, I spent nine months promoting and touring with “Coming Home” on the festival circuit. Given how often I’d been kicked in the teeth with reviews on my past work, I was very surprised at how well my latest film was received. One big lesson I learned was that you should always have a speech prepared when you are in attendance at a festival and your film is nominated for an award. I’m sure everyone has seen the photos and videos floating around that should all be captioned “Shiva gets caught off-guard and fumbles her way through public speaking.”

I’m very glad that I did a festival tour. I attended some very memorable ones and met a lot of fantastic people who are very much in favor of female directors. I got a lot of encouragement and some great advice on moving forward. Now I’m working on my sixth and (hopefully) seventh projects in hopes of having the opportunity to do it all again.

My advice to any women thinking about entering this Thunderdome: Prepare to wear your skin like heavy armor and take no shit from those who would try to stomp on you. Keep working on projects and don’t give up, no matter how battered you get from bad reviews, nay-sayers, and haters. Be honest and realistic with yourself while at the same time reaching for the stars. But if you are just in it strictly with the goal of having a glamorous life and making lots of money, get out now!

#WomenInHorror #WIHFF #WIHM #IMakeFilmsLikeAGirl

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Interview from Macabre Faire Film Festival

The night of the awards you couldn't throw a stone without hitting someone with a camera or a microphone.

As for the feature film in development, the investment offering is open until April 20, 2018. You can find all the information about it here: The Family Way Investment Offering.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Macabre Faire

Duckie, Lowrie, and I had a bast at the Macabre Faire Film Festival last weekend.

Lowrie and I were on the Women in Horror panel, and then later on Duckie and I went on the panel for award winners as writers for Best Short Screenplay.

This was one of the best festivals we attended while touring with "The Family Way: Coming Home" and I'm really glad that we braved the cold of Long Island, NY to be there!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

More Festival News

Heading over to Ronkonkoma on Long Island, NY this weekend for the  MACABRE FAIRE FILM FEST

I'm on the Women in Horror panel along with my producer Lowrie Fawley.

"The Family Way: Coming Home" will be screening twice this weekend, once on Saturday and again on Sunday.

"Coming Home" was also nominated for Best Dark Drama and Best Screenplay. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

A year and a day...

We wrapped up on shooting "The Family Way: Coming Home" on December 28, 2016.

The short film just released today on Amazon Prime and Amazon VOD.

16 festivals (and one more to go), several awards, a lot of good reviews from movie critic sites, and now it's time to see how the general public reacts to a small taste of The Family Way story.

If you like what you see, please visit the official website at WWW.FAMILYWAYFILM.COM to learn more about the feature film in development and how you can become part of it!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Releasing Soon

This is happening a lot sooner than I expected it to.

I'm really proud of this short film I directed, and it's taken me many miles on the film festival circuit where I've met a lot of great people and seen their fantastic films. 

The release announcement could happen any day now.  It will first be announced on the Official Facebook Page here:

"Like" us on Facebook, watch for the announcement, then watch the film!