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S’no Problem…

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

…we’ll be at the Brooklyn space for our second round of auditions, weather be damned. Hopefully, you will be, too. At the space, not damned. Although, if you are damned, I’d say use it.

The forecast calls for a possible 2-4 inches on Friday, with another 1-2 Friday night. If it does happen and for some reason becomes a problem, try as best you can to let me know. I’ll be checking my email, and if you don’t have my cell number, feel free to use it to get it.

The address and times again, below:

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)

I’m very excited, I must say. There will be new faces, and some familiar ones, as well. We’ve been working very hard here at Yellow Horse to gather props and secure locations, and so far we’ve not run into any unforeseen obstacles. I will try and remind myself of this jinxing when the inevitable Nor’ Easter hits in March, but until it happens, I’m not going to sweat it.

Speaking of sweat – stay warm, relax, and have a safe journey.

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.


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.

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.


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.