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I took time out to do a little teaser trailer of upcoming topics for the second episode of Smash or Trash TV. I need to line up lights, a camera or two and studio time. Also a guest host. Hopefully something can get started in January. Enjoy this short teaser and we’ll dive into the show in the near future.
This weekend we say happy birthday to a very talent young actor – Dennis Hill. Around these parts Mr. Hill is known for his starring role in Timewarp Films slasher DEAD HUNT. Dennis has since moved to LA and has made a name for himself in television, including such shows as COLD CASE, AN AMERICAN HORROR STORY, THE WIRE, and CSI. To celebrate Mr. Hill’s birthday, why not pick up his break-through movie – the excellent DEAD HUNT – HERE at createspace.com.
CouchCutter.com is run by David Anthony (I believe). Lately the website has had a few articles that directly target low budget independent filmmakers, and I found them well done, as well as relevant. Here are three of them to look over.
The first up is that Moe Porne of DRUNK ON VHS has a new podcast up where the focus is TROMA films as well as independent films in general. His guests on the show are Jon Cross of THE AFTER MOVIE DINER and Erik Martin of GUTS AND GROG. They all discuss the TROMA movies they love, as well as the ones they hated. Bonus points to Jon Cross who brings up the discussion on Don Dohler films and Baltimore, MD filmmakers in general. Thanks Jon. Overall it is a tremendous treat for the listener.
Next up is David Anthony’s open letter to low budget independent horror movie filmmakers. He pulls no punches on what is wrong with the independent horror film scene and how audiences have to get off their butts and start supporting independent movies in order to revitalize the horror genre. Excellent, excellent article and you can read it HERE.
Lastly, David Anthony talks directly to low budget independent filmmakers about the laziness on display in their movies today – and how it is not an excuse. Now, while I do agree with quite a bit of what Mr. Anthony says, I do take a little exception to how “different and edgy” he feels indie filmmakers have to become. My feelings are that there is nothing wrong with doing familiar genres as long as they are done really well and with a ton of passion and commitment. Give it a good look over HERE.
It is that time of year again where we pay tribute here at Smash or Trash. In early December, 2006 we lost a dear friend and mentor here at Smash or Trash; filmmaker Don Dohler. Many tributes have been made to him, but it cannot replace the fact that we wish he was still with us – spending time with his family and friends and being creative. We still miss you Don, and thank you for continuing to inspire countless people around the world.
Homemade Hollywood is an incredible book based on a much beloved passion of many: the fan film. Written by Clive Young, this book tracks the history of the fan film. This is an incredible book that goes behind the scenes of several fan filmmakers, including:
Don Dohler (Cinemagic Magazine)
Stuart Basinger (Moonraker ’78)
Dan Poole (The Green Goblin’s Last Stand)
Donald F. Glüt (Spy Smasher)
…and and UNBELIEVABLE amount of other inspired artists. Now, I plan to do an in-depth review of this fantastic book in the near future. However, I urge you to check out this tome as soon as possible. It talks about the triumphs and the tragedies these fans have experienced making their dreams come true, as well as finding out what big time Hollywood feels about it. You can buy a copy of it HERE.
Okay – a few posts today folks.
First up I am very, very happy to hear that the person that had assaulted beloved actor George Stover earlier this year has gotten life in prison with no chance of parole. Mr. Stover has recovered nicely and is continuing to act. You do NOT mess with the Stover! We love you George!
I have a couple of fantastic people helping me do movie reviews now. I will be posting Hugh Robertson’s review of TIED IN BLOOD sometime in the next week. Stay tuned!
The Blame Game, is an independently produced film, that was funded using crowd-funding through Kickstarter. The film is the brainchild of writer and director Zack Gross, which he made in collaboration with producer Nathan McFarland. The two of them assembled a cast and crew over several months. Then, over the course of two weeks, completed filming of the feature length movie, with a modest budget of $4,000. Currently The Blame Game is in post-production, and there are plans for a Fall/Winter 2012 release.
A little info on the filmmakers:
Both Zack Gross and Nathan McFarland are currently students finishing up their Bachelor’s degree in Film and Video from George Mason University. Zack Gross has directed two films prior to The Blame Game, including The Odd Spot, which is available on DVD.
Nathan McFarland is a filmmaker and musician from Manasas, Virginia whose credits include creator/director for the webseries Deep Cover, and producer for the webseries Absolution.
TEN SUNDAYS PRODUCTIONS - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ten Sundays Productions (Cannibal Cheerleader Camp, Boxing Day) is proud to present the feature horror film Veil.
The film stars Joseph Durbin (Deadlands 2), Devon Marie Brookshire (Ninjas vs. Vampires), Josh Davidson (Ghosts Don’t Exist), Kendra North (Witch’s Brew), and newcomer Meghan Nelson.
The temptation to have a one night stand leads a man to a distant town and a woman with a dark agenda. When he doesn’t return, if falls upon his black sheep sister to uncover the truth about what happened.
The film is written & directed by Paul Busetti and produced by Busetti along with Chris Kiros (Zombthology) and Josh Davidson (Dead iSland). Executive Produced by Leo Curbelo and Elizabeth Katheryn Gray.
Filming took place over the winter on location in Virginia & Maryland. Veil is currently in postproduction.
Also I will be posting the premiere episode of Smash or Trash again on youtube and am busy editing the 2nd episode as well. Stay creative!
The monsters are running amuck and terrorizing Alice! Phil Cook and Eagle Films have done a great job with episode 8 of MALICE, and it can be found – in full – at this link HERE.
For those of you not in the know, filmmaker John Cosentino – in 1974 – did the first recognized Star Trek fan film called PARAGONS PARAGON. This was a very ambitious undertaking. Done well before the days of CGI, this 100 minute 8mm film involved sets, costumes, makeup, miniatures, props, and optically printed visual effects.
Unfortunately the whereabouts of this film – and Cosentino himself – have been a mystery for decades. This is a true shame because he played a huge part with such publications as Don Dohler‘s CINEMAGIC and designed some of the creatures for both Dohler’s THE ALIEN FACTOR and GALAXY INVADER. These are not small accomplishments!
Fortunately the man himself has surfaced on the web in early 2012! He now hosts a blog site that recounts his days of working on his film, plus the articles he had written for CINEMAGIC, and his days of working with Dohler in the 70s. There are loads of pictures and clips of his work uploaded. For a person that loves do-it-yourself special effects, this is a dream come true.
I hope to interview John in the near future. For now click on the image about to go to his amazing site!