Archive for November, 2010

Key Minors…

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

I just wanted to add something to the audition information involving some of the roles available. There are the principal characters, some minor characters with speaking parts, and some specific extra roles that could lead to speaking parts. I plan on shooting a number of different visitors to both Eliza and Dmitrije’s tables, allowing for improvisation and spontaneous interaction. Since this is the heart of the convention experience, I plan on using as much interesting/funny/compelling footage of this nature as I can. You never know what you might get, and it’s been my experience that there are always, always, always pleasant surprises in store.

So, if you’re coming in to read for a major or minor speaking role – or both – I’d like you to keep in mind that there’s room for you to originate your own roles, as well.

The info again:

Dates: December 4th and 5th

Times: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (tentative)

Place: 231 Norman Ave., #201, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Between Russell and Henry streets)

A couple of you have also requested more dates in the future and I’m working on that. In every case, there have been other projects that conflict, so to that I say congratulations and good luck. Let me also say that video submissions are still a great way to be considered, so send ’em if you got ’em.

–Scott

Audition Dates!

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Here’s the info so far, gang…

Dates: December 4th and 5th

Times: (tbd)

Place: 231 Norman Ave., #201, Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Between Russell and Henry streets)

At this point I’m thinking of keeping a window open between 1:30 and 4:00 on both days. That should be long enough to decide if I want to jump out of it.

Just kidding! I’m really looking forward to meeting all those who can attend. If you need time outside of that window, or you can’t make one or more of those days, contact me and we’ll work something out. For those who can do it, be prepared for videographic and photographic documentation, and come ready to read your choice of pages from the script. I’ll try and give you as much time as circumstances allow. That goes for me, too, as I’m sure I’ll want to know as much about each of you as I can. I might dissuade you from leaving behind childhood yearbooks and baby pictures, though. Let’s retain some mystery, shall we?

Other news…

I’ve booked two rooms at the hotel: an executive suite that will serve as Dr. Radan’s room, and a regular room that will double as Eliza’s room and cast dressing room. While I’ll be offering travel to and from the shooting location to comfy lodgings at the shore, I don’t see why the room can’t be used as on-site lodging, as well. My leads may like to spend some time in them or something, but we can work this out later.

The Kickstarter campaign is ready to go, but I’m holding off until after the New Year. By then I’ll have my cast and crew and they can assist me in promoting it. The more traffic we drive to the site, the better. Between us, we’ll have hundreds, even dozens, of Facebook friends to shake down. Fun!

I’ll also have some artwork to share very shortly: Dr. Radan’s book cover and signing poster, and the Landmine one-sheet in particular. They’re looking awesome, so check back.

Okay, that’s it. Hope to hear from everyone soon.

-Scott

Expired Artistic License…

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I’ve been eating and sleeping HorrorCon, since the middle of the summer. When you’re so engrossed with something like this, it really becomes who you are. You try and work it into every conversation, you see the entire world as less of a place where people live and work and more like a collection of possible shooting locations, and when you’re not slowing down your brain with beer, wine and television sports (the only thing that works, films and dramatic TV have the opposite effect), you’re planning, executing and planning some more.

And you know what…it’s not getting old.

I’ve been a writer for over half of my life and a musician for…hmm, let’s see…(grabs calculator)…for 116% of the time. No wait, that’s wrong…(grabs calculator again)…right, sorry–I’ve been a musician for 88% of my life. But this filmmaking stuff; this is awesome. It involves all of my interests at once! And I’m a social bird for the most part, lucky to be blessed with the discipline to sit down, alone, and work things out. But it’s been a joy to communicate with some really great people and bring them into the HorrorCon fold. Seriously, the hardest thing about all of this today is what was hardest after my first email casting call: not being able to work with everyone. It sucks, it really does.

It even sucks more than having Warner Brothers turn down my proposal for licensing about three minutes of audio from The Lost Boys. I have to confess that, when I wrote the scene where I wanted to use it, my brain didn’t allow me to think I wouldn’t get it. It just said, “Go on, son, the world will open up to you because your screenplay is obviously the greatest cinema blueprint in the history of no-named, nobody, fledgling filmmakers!” Well, to be fair to myself, I doubt they even looked at what I sent. They likely had their own reasons why they didn’t want to get involved, impossibly entangled in eye-dotting and t-crossing legal-eze. Which is all fine and peachy, but what do I do now?

I contact G Tom Mac (Gerrard McMann), of course. His song “Cry Little Sister” opens the film, and if I could get that incredible tune, I could use it to suggest my characters are watching the move in question. I’d also be more than willing to place the new, “cave mix” version (see below) somewhere else in the film, or even over the closing credits! Surely, G Tom wouldn’t mind lending a little help to a huge fan (I really am) who’s never made a single movie in his life but has written the greatest cinema blueprint in the history of no-named, blah, blah, blah, etc. Right?

Well, I’m still waiting. Once I was able to track him down, to G Tom’s credit, he’s been helpful and even open to my idea. We’re even friends on Facebook now, and you all need to go get his new record because he’s a fucking genius. And just so you know, if for some reason he runs into trouble and his people turn me down, I’ve got a couple back-up plans. One of them involves rewriting the script and losing the entire Lost Boys connection, which in a way would be very sad. I love that movie with all my heart, and if you’re a fan you should watch it again with Joel Schumacher’s commentary. Just brilliant. But if I have to let it go, it could mean introducing the fantastic Barbara Steele into proceedings. And folks…in the history of no-named, nobody, fledgling filmmaking, I’m sure worst concessions have been made.

Not much else to report. I’ll be shooting my video for the Kickstarter campaign tomorrow, and will likely have the crowd-funding page locked and loaded by Friday. If I get that much done, I’d say we were running right on schedule.

Still Kickin’!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Ingrid Pitt is pleased to announce that Kickstarter.com has accepted HorroCon‘s crowd-funding proposal.* YHP&P is still in the process of producing a short video with yours truly to help generate donations, so I can’t link to the page just yet. But I can tell you that the entry will be titled, HorrorCon: an “Indie” horror film.

I chose to promote HC’s quieter, more auteur nature for a couple of reasons. For “starters”, I think it’s important to differentiate yourself when you’re promoting a product. The synopsis can only do so much. Secondly, while I don’t want to scare away any horror-heads who may enjoy slasher/monster/zombie type fare (after all, I’m one of them), I want to reach out to lovers of character-rich, independent cinema, as well. I’m hoping I can do both with my approach. Make no bones about it, setting is key, but story is king, here.

In other news, I’ve gotten clearance for the location that will be used for Eliza’s apartment. Thanks, Joe. Preferred libation, forthcoming.

*courtesy of my imagination


Casting Unseen…

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

I’ve been hard at work gathering my cast and crew. Cue screaming and fainting. Hopefully.

The story is more emotionally harrowing, and very different from what one might expect of a horror film these days. In fact, I describe it as an indie-horror, as it deals far more with character development and circumstances than blood-soaked peril. It’s actually amusing to think how few traditional elements of the typical horror yarn are in attendance. There is no nudity (although, it is implied), no blood (save a few small drops), and no body count (per se). But what is there is suggested in an exciting and intriguing way. In other words, if I do my job, you’ll feel far more than what you may be used to feeling. Every piece of dialog and action counts, with grave circumstances looming like a yellow moon.

At the moment, I’ve got my hands full. Back in July I posted a notice on the industry networking site Massify.com, and took out an ad in Backstage magazine. Before I knew it I had nearly 400 resumes and replies in my inbox. Picking through them was fun, but also extremely challenging. There was no way I was going to be able to see all those interested, so how do I pare down my choices? Obviously, those with the best looks for the various roles found themselves in a special folder. Then I checked all corresponding reels and related media. Once I narrowed it down to those who seemed both capable of what I was looking for and legitimately enthusiastic about the project, I found myself drafting an email to over 80 hopefuls. Since I was dealing with 6 principal characters and a handful of minor roles, I still needed to get the number down to a manageable list. Again, what was most important to me was genuine interest in the material. I wanted actors who believed in the project and saw participating as a way to both further their careers and create something special.

After sending the script to a more select list, and few email updates later, I opened the process to video submissions. This allowed those who didn’t have a reel to compete on the same level. They could read from the script, juggle kittens, make a sandwich, or just say hello. And they only had to show me what they wanted me to see. It gave those who I might not be able to meet with in person a distinct advantage in some ways, and they could submit as many videos as they liked. Enthusiasm and ability: that’s what I’m looking for. So far, I’ve received a couple and am waiting on a few more.

As it stands, I’m still working on a date to travel to NYC for in-person auditions and meetings. The number in contention is much smaller now – down to a few dozen – and I’ll say it’s getting very difficult to decide on some of the roles. Everyone has their strengths, and my mind has been opened to various physical types for the characters. What makes it even more difficult is that I’m dealing with what seem to be some very nice people. If you’re reading this and you’re one of them, damn you.

I’ll also be asking for hand-outs, shortly. You read that right. I’m submitting my proposal to crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com this week, and there will be some juicy rewards for even the smallest donations if it’s accepted.

We’re making movies, people, and I’m very excited. Next update may include news of my attempts at clips and music licensing, and after that, photos and descriptions of shooting locations. I think I’ve found some great places to scare and move the faithful, and perhaps by then, a few more talented people to help me.

– Scott