Friday, February 17, 2017

The Blood Artist

A painting prop I made for "The Family Way: Coming Home". 

The MO of the killer is to leave behind pieces of artwork done in the blood of his victims. This sounds great, but in reality it would really suck.

I used blood dye mixed with acrylic paint and I was still having a hard time painting on plywood.  Then again, fine art painting has never been in my skill sets.  Fortunately for me, the killer is young so I didn't have to pull off any Rembrandt calibre stuff!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Another Film Festival

I worked FX for "My Sister's Shoes" by Wicked Window. 

My Sister's Shoes will be part of the Cosmic Film Festival in Orlando Feb 18 - 19.

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.