As the Sun Sets…

…on the HorrorCon Kickstarter pledge drive and another successful, adventure-filled shoot, we salute everyone who opened their hearts, wallets and several cans of wicked, windburned, kick-ass. Sunset Beach barely knew what hit it when our cast and crew of eleven strong rode up to the wind-beaten shores of New Jersey’s southernmost tip.

The weather forecast threatened sun and warmth, which would have brought out droves of diamond hunting locals and tourists, but a few phone calls to my old friend Mother Nature meant chilly, blustery conditions that attracted only a relative handful of cooperatively cool fisherman, and later, a few, small groups of beachcombers. And as always, the very lovely Sunset Gifts and Grille folks were accommodating with their restrooms and well-wishes. I’m sure few will forget the very bloody nose of one of our important, minor characters as he took his lunch break amongst them. Patrick James Dean was well on his way to becoming Patrick James Dead and he had his share of fun with it, asking for band-aids and answering inquiries about falling off his bike. Small children were held close to their guardians as he strolled around the grounds; a tribute to SFX master Tony Mandile who traveled all the way from Toms River to bless our production with his prodigious talents. A great guy who got stuck in with us on the beach whether he was needed at the moment or not, he and every last Conner refused to let the difficult conditions work the smallest complaint from their lips. What can I say? My peeps, from the bare-legged star of the film to my nerve-pinched DP, rolled around in the stony sand as if it were the most natural thing in the world to do on a Saturday in late April.

This is one tough fucking bunch. I love ’em all.

Special thanks to my good buddy Chris Livezey for stepping into his roll with smiling aplomb. In fact, we had to remind him to stop smiling so much! Thanks go also to Jason Goodrich for not only helping us get some insanely cool shots, but standing in front of the camera and absolutely killing his role as leader of the wrecking crew. In all, from top to bottom, we had solid, sustained efforts to make this film the best it can be, and I couldn’t be more pleased and satisfied. I hope everyone got some quality rest after they celebrated with their libations of choice, because I know I did.

Before I go, let me address the Kickstarter project. Those visiting this blog might look at our falling well short of our goal as a failure. Technically, it is. Those who pledged via the website will keep their extremely generous offerings and are left with the decision to send them to Yellow Horse Productions again, via check or cash, for the same rewards. In fact, everyone who chooses to send us money of any amount will receive a name credit plus the other promised rewards, and those who pledged on the higher slope of the scale will become associate producers. For all those who weren’t able to pledge at this time, or simply forgot, we still love you. If you do find yourself in a giving mood, feel free to contact us with any amount you’d like to donate. We’ll gladly, and humbly, accept. After all, I expected a few bucks from a large network of people. That’s not what went down, but what did go down simply floored me. This is no failure, by any stretch, and I won’t hear that from anyone.

Expect another post soon with a few stills from this past weekend, and I’ll be working on dates for the next round of principal photography. And huge thanks to everyone: the cast, the crew, the people at Sunset Beach, and everyone who sacrificed their walk along the small stretch of beach that became our set. You can’t possibly know what an amazing experience you’re all helping deliver to me, and how unbelievably grateful I am to each and every one of you.

(Above poster design courtesy of Lisa de Araujo)

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