Archive for December, 2010

Happy New Year…

Friday, December 31st, 2010

…to all of my Conventioneers™! It’s been quite the journey bringing my vision to life, and I’ve only just begun. I’m so thankful for everyone I’ve met, even those who simply sent in their photo and resume back in July. I’ve seen your faces numerous times, read about your experiences and passions, and count all of you as 8 x 10 gifts bestowed upon me in a challenging, but wonderful year. Best to you all, if you’re reading this, and be well.

With my limited perspective on making and promoting books and films, I refuse to see it as a hard-knock business full of rejection and pain. Even if the great majority of us never fulfill our dreams as we originally envisioned them, the joy is in the process and having the opportunity to express our art and craft. I always believed that if you were true to yourself and remained honest in your pursuits, you would find gold. It may not look like gold to everyone, but to you it would shine like a thousand stars.

May you all have full hearts in the coming year, and for those that I’ll be working with this time around, see some of you in Brooklyn on the 7th and 8th, and others in a few months. I only hope I can contribute to what I’m confident will be a magical 2011 for everyone.

– Scott

Round two/Boys Out, Babs In…

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Frost forms fast upon my furrowed brow, yet I dare not be deterred. Why am I speaking like Anthony Hopkins in search of a play? And in italics, no less? Mostly, because it’s fun – especiawwy when yew wips aw fwozen. But also because it sounds brave, and bravely we forge, once again, to the rugged shores of Brooklyn for our second round of auditions:

Dates: January 7th and 8th, 2011

Times: (Friday) 4:00 pm – 9:00pm, (Saturday) 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

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

Again, these times are tentative until I hear back from all those interested in attending. For most, I’ll be in touch with you individually as some of you will be reading with one another. For others, contact me for specific times and we’ll see what’s available.

In other news, after much consideration and cooperation with the supremely gracious Gerard McMahon, I have nonetheless decided to withdraw my pursuit of obtaining a synchronization license for “Cry Little Sister”. This also means the script will now have to be changed to reflect the decision. So as much as I loved the plot and character connection with The Lost Boys, I don’t think I’d be able to afford it even if my proposal were to find its mark. But fwet not, conventioneers, I have a backup plan:

Nightmare Castle. The Mario Caiano cult masterpiece involving back-stabbing, castle-dwelling lovers falls cooperatively into the “public domain” category, which means I can actually incorporate clips of Goth Goddess Barbara Steele directly into the action, if I like. Does it strike the same kind of innocently romantic note as the Warner Brothers classic? No, no it does not. But it will add a great deal more serious horror-cred to proceedings, and the rewritten opening scene is gloriously sexy and camp. And c’mon, how can one complain about Barbara Steele? At least she’s still black-swanning around the convention circuit, so I’m proud to salute her exquisite beauty and important body of work.

With that, I bid you leave. Hopefully, I’ll have more to report in terms of music licensing in the next update. I’m currently seeking permission for a variety of psychedelic, shoe-gazing and boot-stomping tracks from the likes of Tamaryn, Kristin Hersh, Light Asylum, The Black Ryder, Washed Out, Valet, No Joy, Linda Perhacs, and more. If things work out, it’ll be an all-out, indie affair with some underground unearthing and smart, cult, jib-cutting. You ask me, that’s where we belong, anyway.

Until next time, Conventioneers™!

Round One…

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

…and we’re rolling. Seriously rolling. It’s hard to describe the feelings that swanned through me as I met with all the brave, brilliant and beautiful people who showed up at HorrorCon Headquarters to help breathe life into the vision. Humbled and grateful would be a good start, but those sentiments are quickly overtaken by excitement and hope. Of course, the old feelings of regret for not being able to hire all of you on the spot are still there, but as I tucked away head shot after head shot, and loaded minute after minute of tape, I knew I was building relationships with some of the hungriest, most talented, and just flat out coolest group of actors the greater New York area has to offer. And believe me, folks, I’ve got a stack of material waiting in the wings.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There’s still all to do, and I am currently exchanging emails and ideas with some of you about the best time to host round two. Some of you prefer weekdays, and that can be arranged. Some may be better with weekend nights, so a Friday – Saturday thing might work better than Saturday – Sunday. I’d love to hear from more of you, so tag me with your thoughts.

Also, it appears that the next round will involve combined reads, as well as first shot solo sessions. I’ll likely split those up between the days, if possible. If not, well, we’ll make do, won’t we? Yes we will, so check this space.

And thank you all for your enthusiasm, effort and artistry. You’ve opened my eyes and my mind, and I am forever grateful for every minute.

UPDATE: the novella, HorrorCon, just got a nice review.

Psst…

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

…there are cheat sheets available for those who may be a little confused by some of the details of the story. I understand a few plot points are getting lost in the script that I’m hoping will be clearer on screen, so if you’re one of those who would like to catch up, just email me and I’ll send the explanations out to you.

And if you’re planning on attending the auditions this weekend, the times are posted again below. A few self-starters have locked in times to meet with me, so if you’re pressed for time (I know, silly “if”) you may want to set something up sooner than later. If you’re not able to get it together, don’t worry. This time of the year is a real bear, and I’ll be posting new dates for after the New Year. But if you’re one of those who believe that getting in early and making an impression gives you the edge, hopefully I’ll see you at the Brooklyn space this weekend.

Really looking forward to meeting you all. Travel safe, and stay warm.

Dates: December 4th and 5th

Times: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (more or less)

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

Other Stuff: Come in ready to read whatever you want: monologue, cereal ingredients, the riot act – my mind is open. I’m mostly interested in seeing you in your read, so I’m not expecting anyone to nail any of the roles. If you do plan on reading from the script, there will be a few available so no need to schlep one with you unless you have notes, etc.