Posts Tagged ‘indiefilm’

Blood HungerCelebrating 5 years of my top ranking novel Blood Hunger, the anniversary of my deadly enigmatic vampires. Get your free copy of Blood Hunger HERE on Kindle Unlimited. You can also watch the slow burning prelude film Terminus free.

Terminus from A. M. Esmonde on Vimeo.

Crawl or Die

The future… A team of soldiers try to make their way out of a maze of underground tunnels while being hunted down by a deadly creature.

A relentless and grim indiefilm, reminiscent of The Decent, in terms of tight spaces, part homage to Alien with it’s creature design. It’s a dark film with tight metal shafts, torch lit, choking soil filled tunnels as Tank and company try to find there way out.

Lead Nicole Alonso’s performance as Tank and costume peaks interest, Torey Byrne and David Paul Baker are notable. The practical creature design deserve a mention being well hidden until the closing act.

Given the nature of the film the dialogue is sparse and the sound design is effective. Director Oklahoma Ward’s Crawl or Die (a.k,a Alien Crawl) is a slow burning low budget feature that will certainly disturb claustrophobics. It does a lot with its limited budget.

Worth checking out if you like the likes of The Dark Lurking (2010),Hunter Prey (2009), Cargo (2009), Crawlspace (2012).

In 2010 I was lucky enough to watch David Paul Baker’s Mission X. Two years later I sat down to a preview showing of his latest offering Screen. Unfortunately, due to book and film deadlines I wasn’t able to view the whole chiller. Nevertheless, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again David P Baker captivates the viewer from the outset- compelling viewing.
70 people died in front of the screen in the 70’s, with the 40th anniversary of the deaths nothing can stop Lola and Carrie from attending and watching the Screen. Watch-Scream-Die.
What I did see (certainly from a Brit perspective) is an everyday underbelly vision of the USA that you wont see in a Hollywood blockbuster but may get a glimpse of in a Quentin Jerome Tarantino film. Trailers, drive-ins, diners and American suburbia. Baker directs a rounded cast including actress Nicole Alonso and injects style, great depth, colour, visual effects and sharp editing.

I admire Bakers tenacity to get things done but even more so his ingenuity as a filmmaker. What I saw of Screen was creepy and intriguing, bodies with gauged out eyes, crime scenes, static TV’s and mysterious silhouettes and shadows.
When Screen is available to the masses make sure you watch it, but don’t let life imitate art by screaming and meeting death.
You can now join the team, become a producer or just share The Longest Night film. One crime, one woman, one reckoning.
Whether you’d like to become part of the team or just keep updated with it’s production progress and release. Help ensure its completion and distribution spread the word and make some noise about this project, so by passing this link onto others through Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, word of mouth and good old-fashioned email you will be doing us a big favour.

Visit Indiegogo imdb, or http://www.breathingdead.co.cc for more information.

My long-time collaborator, director of Terminus Sean P. Parsons returns with this dark science fiction film short Syntrifica.

The not so distant future, Chinzera a war veteran is diagnosed with PTSD but shows no signs of the disorder. Find out why… Before 2019 and Bladerunners there was Chinzera and Syntrifica.

Watch it here:


SYNTRIFICA

THE CAST:
THEO JOHNSON
CLINT HERRING
ELAINE SEWARD
PATRICK HALE
SHAUN SCHROTH
DORIAN RUCKER
JON LAWLOR

WRITER/DIRECTOR/SHOOTER/EDITOR/SOUND/GRAPHICS:
SEAN PARSONS

GAFFER:
DORIAN RUCKER

MUSIC BY:
CLIFF MARTINEZ
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THE FENDERMEN
JASON ALDEAN
THE KNIFE

Please check the following site for cast interviews and news on the film: http://www.seanparsonshome.com

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

Well the start of 2011 has been very blog lite!
Basically after one illness after another (boo, hoo get that man a hanky). I’ve done very little. That isn’t to say I haven’t done anything.
TerminusSo where are we? Sean P. Parson’s Terminus is doing modestly well in the USA video on demand market. Alternative pet project The Breathing Show gains momentum. Independent films Terminus, Bear Scary and Revamped have been entered into several 2011 film festivals, their screening fate yet to be decided.
Bear ScaryThat said, it’s less about making money and moving onto the bigger projects, it’s about art, creativity, myself, my collected collaborators and the viewers experience.
A person once said to me, “I’ll speak to you when your famous.” My answer was direct, “I don’t think so, I can’t measure fame, only success.” It’s a fickle and superficial world, I feel almost unspoiled living a corner of the world that is farthest from, but also out of the buzz, and pulse of where it’s all happening it has it’s pros and cons.
Anyone that knows me, will tell you I’m a self confessed film addict, music lover and horror fan. My first website was dubbed the ‘quirky to turkey’ film reviews. I regularly write reviews on IMDB. Not to practice writing, (although some may say need it) but because a hour and a half or so of my life has past me by as the credits roll and I’d like to have something good or bad to show for it.
The Ten Commandments (Limited Edition Gift Set) (DVD/Blu-ray Combo)I simply adore motion pictures, and the work and effort that goes into them. A short stay in Elstree studios solidified this for me. From B-films to blockbusters, I love them. The more atmospheric the better but it cant be any old pap. It has to have flare, a je ne sais quoi.
The Crazies > In broad terms everything is about the money, the pound, the dollar it is a big business indie or not. As much as I like some remakes, I can help but feel it’s creatively lazy, that said remakes have been around for a long-time, nearly a long as film itself, one and not the first as early as 1904, The Great Train Robbery. But for me the best remakes are the ones that go back to the origin, the conception and/or original source material, if its based on a book etc. or take the essence of the original and turn it into something new, yet it does not necessarily have to be something better, just something as special.For example, Invasion of the Body Snatchers; The Ten Commandments; Dawn of the Dead; Fistful of Dollars, Little Shop of Horrors;The Crazies to name a few.
Lawrence of Arabia
I wont comment on the flurry and mixed production values of Japanese horror remakes, I leave alone the film that are remade in less than two years of release because most don’t want to read subtitles. I won’t mention the bad ones, ultimately everyone has their own opinions and taste. But the soulless ones can be sniffed out and found in a bargain bucket somewhere. And I feel the same about sequels, no one wants a rehash of the first, but it pains me when a sequel disregards the ideas of the predecessor or changes the concept into an uber version, just for the sake of showing us something new. We vested time in the characters we want to see them continuing in ‘that’ world, or develop further. I don’t wanna see them become something they are not.
Star Wars Darth Vader Collector's (Supreme) Edition Adult Halloween Costume (X-Large)
Don’t stick a jetpack on Darth Vader or put Lawrence of Arabia in a BMW. The extreme I know but you understand what I mean right?
I digress, while I have been poorly it’s given me a chance to reflect on my work, I find it hard to juggle my writing with my film work. And like my love of films the same can be said for writing, James Herbert did for my writing what Elstree did for my film calling. They go hand in hand but are very different beasts. I’ve recently have been commissioned to write a book based on a true crime, I can’t say too much but it’s a horrific, brutal and violent contemporary story. I also have Dead Pulse coming out later this year, a zombie tale. If truth be told I’m nervous and reluctant for it’s release, don’t get me wrong I have confidence in the story but the market has been saturated, and sometimes ideas seem to be in the air and comparisons can easily be drawn. Nevertheless, Dead Pulse is what it is, a zombie story many years in the making and I hope it will be enjoyed by it’s intended hardcore audience.
Blood Hunger is out there available to the public and critics, it seems to have been well received. I was asked in a radio interview how do you feel about critics, if truth be known no one likes negative criticism, especially when it’s clear they haven’t even read or seen your film. That aside I laugh at these bull shitters who say it doesnt bother them, I agree though, some constructive criticism is healthy, it helps you improve but if you’re a newbie filmmaker and or a writer and you’d like some advice on the subject don’t put yourself out there if you can’t take the flak. And certainly don’t rush something out if it’s not ready.
Blood HungerWell that was rumour control, those were the facts, this is A. M. signing off until the next time…