Posts Tagged ‘indie film’

I’ve been almost off the grid for the last two months. Although you probably think I’ve been immersed in Commedia dell’Arte, The Voice, Hannibal, Bates Motel or Maimi Vice tee hee – I’ve been handling production of a music video. (Video and set snaps below).

Promotional music films predate the 1930’s and 70s TOTP deserves a mention but it was MTV that popularised them new heights in the 80’s. There was money to be made and new talent emerged and careers were launched off the back of a music videos. Like everything else these it’s now saturated, exploited (oh such a pessimist), times have changed but the purpose still remains not just to promote but to entertain. Although there are many great and innovative video’s out there I personally feel ‘Thriller’ is still thee music video, er or maybe that’s just because of my association with horror.

I digress, I’m a little like Billy Connolly at stand up gig sometimes.

Filmed over two days (20-21st April, with Mark Lysons and Vicki Macgregor) while I didn’t have the 1983 $500,000 budget (not adjusted!) of Thriller, or want to produce another short film I couldn’t pass at the chance to Direct/Produce this little offering… “Say My Name” – I hope you enjoy.

Just for fun – see how many film references you can spot.

For information on the rock band V0iD visit: www.v0idonline.com

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Having been confined to the USA as a download only I am pleased to announce anyone worldwide can now watch Terminus the film for free.
From director and writer Sean P. Parsons and myself the novelist of Dead Pulse and Blood Hunger comes Terminus – an existential vampire tale which crosses violent supernatural hijinks with an arthouse aesthetic to produce a new take on a worn-out genre.
The Story
Ellicott City, a condemned paper mill, home of Anushka – a vampire assassin haunted by self-imposed isolation. Her vow to never feed on humans is tried when a chance meeting tests her resolve. Her first bite could be your last.
Terminus is an original film that plays as prelude capturing the spirit of my book Blood Hunger. Sean P. Parsons’ screenplay features the sub character of the novel Anushka, who an important part of the Serbian plot. Marquise, played by Stacey Jackson, is an incarnation of the character Monica from the novel.

Watch this wonderful slow-burning vampire short by Sean P. Parsons here:

CAST

Philip Fletcher … Hauer
Katherine DuBois … Anushka
Stacey Jackson … Marquise
Sarah Taurchini … Caelum
Ben Cunis … Jacob
Ryan Sellers … Target 2
Bruce Allen Dawson … Bodyguard
Theo ‘Rick Vick’ Johnson … Target 1


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Juggling both my writing and filmmaking is not easy. When Darkest Moons goes to print will end my sub-genre horror books. My zombie, vampires and Werewolf and their subtle connecting thread will be complete for readers to enjoy. But who really cares? I wonder who reads these posts, I wonder who reads my books. Many people know the writer but not the work – it’s an odd situation.

I don’t intend on revisiting sub-horrors, although I have received some tantalising offers. I’m pleased with the interest and success of both Blood Hunger and Dead Pulse and I hope that Darkest Moons will have the same reception.

So what is next?

Thinking… Filming for me has a whole different set of challenges and gives different types of reward. Revamped was a little gem, Terminus has had a great reaction amongst the art house fans with its style and themes.

Darkest Moons –Taylor’s Plight pre-pro involved with creature effects and some basic funding is taking longer than expected. Despite having a lead actress cast, script and much of the pre-pro done if things don’t move forward it may be shelved. Which will be a shame. Its hard doing it on your own, especially in this climate it takes a lot of energy and time. You do meet people that offer their assistance but you also meet many that are all talk. You all encounter people with the best intentions in the world but for one reason or another cant commit. Unless you’re big budget it’s hard. A lot indie filmmakers just want to make their story, I need someone who is keen want to make my stories but their with vision. For me story is paramount, while I have vivid ideas of how something can look or can be made I’m not
overprotective of the source material (that’s the producer in me) so long as the story’s essence remains.

So I’ll await the release of Darkest Moons. Then I’ll be free to weigh up the options, more ghost writing, completion of my sci-fi novel, continue the series, film Taylor’s Plight, resurrect my development hell film Riverside Hotel to name a few or just procrastinate, my, my I hate that word along with viral and visceral.

Whatever you’re doing believe in yourself and just keep plugging. Please leave a comment or like my page because in cyberspace no one can hear you scream it can be a lonely thankless place.

My best A. M.

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My Vampire horror action drama Terminus had it’s first UK showing this October.

Chris Regan of the Movie Bar, Brighton called Terminus , “existential vampire epic successfully crosses violent supernatural hijinks with an arthouse aesthetic to produce a new take on a worn-out genre.”

It had some feedback on Twitter that included a nice comment, “Liked it alot! Nice meditative feel and slick visuals, very interesting take on the genre.”

For me it’s great that Terminus found an audience outside the US and Director Sean P. Parsons’ work is finding a wider audience. You can read the Q and A session about the making of Terminus here
and watch the trailer of Terminus here.

The 45 minute film is available exclusively on Amazon to US customers only.
Described fitting by film maker Chris Regan as “[an] existential vampire epic successfully crosses violent supernatural hijinks with an art-house aesthetic to produce a new take on a worn-out genre,” My production TERMINUS will have it’s UK premier at the Movie Bar Brighton on October 3rd at 7:30pm.

Based loosely on my novel Blood Hunger and featuring a few of its most alluring characters, writer/director Sean P. Parsons brings this vampire tale to life with some great visuals and moody atmosphere. Having already been shown in the USA and available State-side as a video on demand this is the first time Terminus will be shown in the UK.

 

Ellicott City a condemned paper mill, home to a vampire by the name of Anushka – a  vampire assassin haunted by lonliness and self-imposed isolation. 
Her vow to never feed on humans is tried when a chance meeting tests her resolve…
Her first bite could be your last!
The first Trailer of Terminus!
Philip FletcherHauer

Katherine DuBois

 Anushka
Stacey Jackson

Marquise
Sarah Taurchini Caelum
Ben Cunis
Jacob
Ryan Sellers
Target 2
Theo “Rick Vick” Johnson


Target 1


and Bruce Allen Dawson as the Bodyguard


 Photograph Copyright resets with their respective creators.
Sometimes you have to test yourself and give something back to the film community. It had been many years since I thought about writing any sort of screenplay. I’d been badly burned by ‘development hell’ and the frustration it brought, and then the carpet pulled was pulled up from underneath me. I was younger and took things a little too much to heart and thought less about the business and more about creativity and didn’t consider how they fitted together.
 
After writing character profiles and story outlines I haven’t and will not tackle the screen adaptation of Blood Hunger and have left it to other talented writers. This will give a fresh perceptive on the story and characters. Sometimes you have to let your creation breathe a little and allow it to be looked after by others.
 
As with anything in life you’ve got to face those demons and get back on the horse. So I came up with a little idea, tinkered a little, drank some, ate some, tinkered a little more and started small with ‘Scarlet Chess’, a 10-15 minute short, two characters, two locations. A ground thriller/horror that becomes surreal towards the end. The premise is that a psychologist commences their final appointment of the day. As the session proceeds a series of mind games ensue. As darkness arrives their client may infact be the last patient they see… Ever.
 
The Scarlet Chess script is available to the right filmmaker(s), from producer to director, as a festival entry, actor/director showcase or for anything that will allow filmmakers to implement their skills without having to start with a blank page. There’s also a Hollywood niche there. If you are interested in making this project please drop me a note with the Subject as ‘Scarlet Chess’ and your brief filmaking history.

Contact me via twitter @amesmonde

Starting at the bottom has never been easy, but now it’s never been so competitive. I’ve covered the ‘who you know’ angle previously.
Starting my own company to support untapped talents has given me rewards, but none- financially. That said, I’ve met and worked with some cracking people and some in the most unlikely of industries. Some of which have gone onto do much bigger things. I know my limits and some of my promotion stuff is beyond what I could ever have produced.
I received a survey from an individual for a project as part their degree. It was about the UK film Industry pre and post 2008. It’s not through trying but I must admit I’ve never been supported by any UK bodies (and it’s a sad for the UK) but all my film has been US funded. Surprisingly, even viable commercial ideas are passed on in favour for ‘quirky’ films that have ‘named’ talent attached even though they have little return or success.
That’s fine don’t get me wrong art is art and other stories should be told, but as it is the public’s money,dramatic bold and different films can be made and can also appease a wider audience. It is a business after all. Again there are lots of angels and opinions on this and once again this up for debate, I’m speaking from my own experience. My hat goes off to ‘self financed’ indie-film makers who do there’s research and pre-pro and go out –  putting it crudely, in simplistic terms, just make it, and make a film well, like David Paul Baker and Oklahoma Ward to name a few.

Terminus

Presently, I’m looking to sell some of my foreign rights but it’s a back rubbing exercise that I’m just not willing to play.  People talk about being transparent but there’s almost no such thing.  So I’ll wait until the right sub-agent or literary Agent  one comes along. I’m not looking for Michael Landon’s Jonathan Smith to turn up and say hey we’ll do your horror travel reads in thirty-three other languages, I just don’t want another unscrupulous suit to make me an offer.
So when we talk about retaining rights and so on what do we mean?  I’ve said many times I’m happy for my work to be played with by the right creative people. Sean P. Parsons Terminus was wonderful and I’m proud to have been a part of it.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga (Episodes I-VI) [Blu-ray]The Hobbit: 70th Anniversary Edition

So what ‘s that got to do with the The Hobbit and Star Wars? Well if you are are fan of either you’ll probably know there’s a lot of fan made stuff out there, some good, some bad, some legal and some not. (Never support anything illegal, it costs people jobs, seriously). Those who are fans of the aforementioned and have missed these are in for a treat.These are fan made films in the truest sense and are not for profit or to infringe on the rights of the official films… Enjoy.
Makazie One is set in the Star Wars universe during the time period between Episodes III and IV, an elite soldier has been sent to track down and destroy a known threat to the Empire. http://www.makazieone.com
Award winning unofficial prequel to The Lord Of The Rings dramatising Aragorn &Gandalf’s long search for Gollum. This 40 minute film, made by fans for fans is based on the appendices of LOTR and was painstakingly shot on a low budget as a homage to Peter Jackson’s trilogy and the writing of J.R.R. Tolkien.
“One thing is for sure you’ll never get to the centre of the Labyrinth.” Fiction, don’t you love it? Against all odds to out thwart some kind of evil. Well that’s where Blood Hunger the film is right now. Stuck in the pages of a novel, dying to get out and see the light of day onto celluloid or digital film.
From the outset, Blood Hunger may never happen but while I’m still here blogging, writing books and making films, there’s a chance. And like any film project it’s slim but workable. Nevertheless, even with the greatest writers on board or with he greatest actors interested to play the parts, it still doesn’t mean it’ll be made.
With all film making it’s about finance, and even if you have it, and a great producer, without distribution, no one will get to see it.
I’ll keep you up dated. So while I’m working on the above it’s safe to say it’s in development, in the meantime here is the trailer to the book (below) which features clips the spin off film Terminus and the Blood Hunger photo shoot.
Enjoy…
Blood Hunger Trailer
Read Dread Central’s write up of Blood Hunger here
Exclusive to the USA, download the Terminus film here

On a weekend in 2010 I was lucky enough to watch David Paul Baker’s Mission X, being a fan of camera point of view films (POV) when they are done right in cases like Rec, Cloverfield, Dairy of the Dead and low budgeter The Zombie Diaries it was a surprise treat. It’s easy to see why Usual Suspects Kevin Pollak is quoted as saying “…this film will not disappoint.”
With exciting news that Mission X is in development to be re-made I’ve put together my thoughts and comments on filmmaker Bakers indie POV movie.
But it doesn’t  end there, director writer David Paul Baker has just shot his horror  film SCREEN in the Tulsa USA. What’s it about? 70 people died in front of the screen in the 70’s, with the 40th anniversary of the deaths nothing can stop Lola Carrie from attending and watching the Screen. Head over to the official site watch the trailer, share with friends and support 2012s most innovative driven-in horror film.
MISSION X (2010)
Scottish mercenary veteran Ryan goes on a revenge mission with a group of guns for hire and a student camera-man on tow.

Arms dealers, bad language and shoot outs, are just the playing cards Mission X first lays on the table. It’s the hand that slowly dealt by director/writer David Paul Baker that makes this film stand heads and shoulders above a flurry of camera point of view (POV) films.
The editing is sharp, bringing together footage from different cameras POV, flash forwards and flash backs. There’s a minimal soundtrack music, first-rate blood effects, a great script and characters. With fitting camera work, near on perfect acting; played authentically, not just by the leads but the supporting cast too, that puts the likes of Quarantine (2008) and the interview segments of The Fourth Kind (2009) to shame.

Bond with the characters as you follow them with Ryan and camera man Grant, who’s verbal sparring on serious and every day issues are exceptional. Mission X is a joy to watch, from abandoned buildings, to night clubs and the streets of Scotland, it’s edgy, tense, harsh, hard and confrontational. Secret meetings, anonymous phone calls.
The screenplay is absorbing to the last reel. In between the shots ringing out; get to know the unit; get caught in the gun fire; it’s the closest thing to a possible suicide mission on your homeland you can see on film.
Mission X oozes tension, it’s a naturalist piece of filming that drags in and captivates the viewer from the outset, which makes it compelling viewing.
A smart cleverly crafted must see.
Order Mission X here
For more information about Mission X visit the website


MISSION X TRAILER from david baker on Vimeo.

The spin off film to my novel Blood Hunger has just been released – Directed and written by the great talent Sean Parsons.
Below is the Terminus Trailer:
You can now watch Terminus on Video On Demand click here
Sorry UK and the rest of the world, like Baby Ruth candy* it’s only available in the USA
*(citation needed)
So what is the vampire action drama Terminus about…
Ellicott City, a condemned paper mill, home of Anushka – a vampire assassin haunted by self-imposed isolation. Her vow to never feed on humans is tried when a chance meeting tests her resolve. Her first bite could be your last!