Notes From The Underground – Some Podcast Updates


I’ve been busy lately. Not only am I prepping my next short film that will be shooting next month after a few delays but I’ve also been doing a lot of stuff in the world of podcasts. I recently talked to a co-worker who happens to be a music promoter here in Arizona. I’ve been wanting to do a music podcast for a while now. It’s something that’s been sorely missing from the Abnormal Entertainment lineup. Well, we found a way to do it. Big thanks to Ryan Ford for helping us get it done. 

The first episode was recorded about a week ago and had been turned in to the big guy at Abnormal. We’ll keep you posted for the date it’s released. The other podcast news is that one of the shows I’ve been sitting on for a while is finally going to see the light of day. My fellow nerd Isaac Hulke and I have secretly been recording a limited series of Star Trek podcasts. The first episode is all about Star Trek: The Original Series. That has also been handed in. You may be hearing a lot from me in the coming weeks. 

If you have a band and you want us to showcase your work on From The Underground send me an email and a sample MP3 and we will see what we can do. If you’re local to Arizona we would love to set something up at our studio for a live acoustic set as well.

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Thoughts Of Past And Future


Here we are, just a few short months after I started this blog, and we have one short film nearly ready to show, another starting next month and The Gorram Nerd Hour has recorded nearly 20 episodes. All of that in just a few short months. When I started this blog I was talking about the features Brian Smith and I have been writing. We got detoured…but for good reason. We needed something to showcase our talent. We were a little arrogant to think that two writers with no credits to their names could get someone to give them money to produce and direct a movie of their own. Now we’ll have two things to show.

Since I was a boy I have loved movies. I would sit and watch an action movie like any little would. I loved Commando, Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. I also had an affection for every other type of film. I didn’t care. If someone made I wanted to see it. Science Fiction, Horror, Romantic Comedy, Sappy Melodrama, Musicals. I just loved movies. What I took away from all of that was that it was what I wanted to do. I wanted to make movies of my own. At first I thought I wanted to be an actor until I took a drama class in High School and my teacher had me direct something for the first time. That’s when my passion made itself crystal clear. I loved the behind the scenes aspect of things. 

I always enjoyed writing. It has been a passion of mine for as long as I remember. What I wrote was always weird. I would go off and write a sequel to Romeo & Juliet in iambic pentameter or a western about aliens hiding among the townsfolk and planning on destroying the town with radioactive lima beans. So when Brian and I sat down to write Lepus I suggested we write the whole thing in Klingon save for the killer’s one line which would be in German. 

Sometimes I need to be reigned in.

We decided not to go with Klingon. But we kept Brian’s line in German. There is not one good reason for it other than it made us laugh. Lepus is a comedy, after all. We started off goofy with our next short film and decided to go darker once we started writing. Terrestrial will be a different side of our writing. It’s tone is more serious while still being quirky. 

As I write this we are only a couple days away from the open casting call for Terrestrial. I couldn’t be more excited about who we have coming in to read. a couple of our Lepus cast members are coming in for it – Jai Yunae and Randy Robinson. I loved working with them on Lepus. I can’t wait to see what they bring to this audition. We also have some other really talented people we didn’t cast for Lepus coming in for another go. Wilman Vergara II was someone I was really impressed with and just couldn’t find a good place to put him last time. This time he’s coming in to read for the lead in Terrestrial and I think he’s got a great shot at it. Adam Boggs is another up and comer I really liked and he’s coming in to read for us again. I was impressed with both of them so much. I’m glad they want to come in and try for this one. 

We’re still not at a point where we’ve been able to pay anyone for their work. It’s all just copy and credit basically. I’m amazed by the talent that has been willing to work with us for nothing. Hopefully by the time we get started on the next two parts of Lepus we have a budget…something to pay these amazing people for their time. 

Back to Lepus for a moment – The rough cut I saw a while back is good. I was really happy with how it turned out. It was a very rough cut with no score, no effects, no foley. But it was great, great enough for Walter Reuther (aka Scarlet Fry) to tell me it was his favorite in the anthology horror DVD we will be included on. And he directed all the other shorts. 

David Sabal, our wonderful renaissance man (DP, producer, editor) just got the score back from the composer. I asked for something similar to a score from the 80’s scifi and horror movies I loved so much. I wanted something like an old John Carpenter score. From what I hear the composer delivered. Hopefully I will hear it in the next few days. 

Now on to The Gorram Nerd Hour. We have been having a lot of fun recording our show every week. Brian and I love working on it. We are talking about re-tooling the show a little. The first twenty or so weeks have been about finding out what works and what doesn’t. We’re gonna be trying a few new things in upcoming episodes that could prove to be a lot of fun. We are also going to be spending the weekend of February 8-10th at the Bloody Hero International Film Festival at the Phoenix Convention Center. We will be recording our podcast, conducting interviews and serving on the jury. This is a big deal for us. I know I’m really excited about it. We may have another fun surprise for our listeners that weekend too. This will be a part of the re-tool of the show. Let us know what you think.

One last thing before I wrap this up. We had a friend from our Abnormal Entertainment family in town last weekend. Camm Harston, co-host of Raise Your Spirits with Camm and Kevin. While he was here Brian and I both guested on their show. We had a lot of fun and everyone should go listen.

Here;s hoping 2013 proves even better for Robot Vampire Productions than 2012. We’re already off to a great start.

 

Let’s Get Drunk And Watch Twilight!


Recently Brian and I invited my friend Steve over for a little experiment. We wanted to record a commentary track to a movie we all hate. We just couldn’t sit through it sober. So we decided to watch Twilight and record the whole thing for the listening audience. 

Steve arrived at my house sometime around 8pm and brought me some rum he had left over from a while back. He brought himself some Seagram’s Seven. Then Brian arrived with the Vodka. By the time Brian showed up I was already three drinks in. It seems to take more for me to get drunk so I wanted to get a head start. 

We had some pizza and sat down for two hours of yelling drunken stupidity. It was a blast. I don’t remember a lot of what was said. I did have some videos on my phone which I posted on our Facebook page as well as Youtube. The commentary is not up on our official page yet as Brian is still editing. In the meantime check out the videos. We had a lot of fun that night.

 

Project Updates And News


It’s getting closer and closer to the start of Lepus. I contacted everyone about sitting down next week to do a table read of the script together. I can’t wait to see everyone playing off each other in the same room…especially since many of them are already friends.

But before the table read we have the Rapture Horror Expo all weekend long. It’s the first chance Brian and I have had to record from anyone but a house. I can’t wait to get up in front of a crowd, do our podcast, and grow our listening audience. Plus, we have a great list of people stopping by our show to chat with us. Some I can mention, some I want to surprise you with. But either way it’s going to be a great time. We are bringing cameras too, so there will be video up on http://abnormalentertainment.blogspot.com within a few days after the show.

Brian expressed to me he is creaking out a little about doing the podcast live in front of a crowd. I don’t know why. He and I did three panels at Phoenix Comicon last May and the audience loved it. This time it will be recorded for posterity. We are even bringing Tony and David Sabal along with us. They host a show with Brian about all things comic book related called The Atomic Fallout Society. They’re hoping to score some interviews at the Expo with the comic people there, like Brian Pulido, creator of Lady Death and Evil Ernie.

Once the Expo is done it is back to work on the short film. It’s been nice to have a small reprieve from thinking about it non stop and focus on something else. I have been watching movies to prep for the Expo like Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies and Paranormal Entity. I know who most of the actors are that will be there but I wanted to refresh myself on their bodies of work before going. And some of the Lepus cast will be there so we will try and get them to sit down and talk to us a bit about their projects as well plug ours a little.

Here’s the line up of people we will be talking to (as far as I can tell you so far) – some of the cast and crew of The Fallen One, an upcoming grindhouse style film starring Jake The Snake Roberts and Fred Williamson, directed by Rick Vasquez and produced by Michael Rodriguez. We will also talk in more detail to Jessica Cameron and Dave Reda. I also got in touch with the star of one of the movies being showcased at the Expo and he has agreed to sit down with us for at least 5 minutes to discuss his projects. I can’t say who it is yet but we are excited about it.

Brian and I have been doing a lot of work to make The Gorram Nerd Hour a lot of fun to listen to and make sure you enjoy it. We would love to hear your feedback. Stop by http://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com or http://facebook.com/TheGorramNerdHour and let is know what you think. Also, don’t forget to check out http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga to find out what is happening with Lepus. Or go to http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions to read about everything we are doing.

Rapture Horror Expo


Well, we are only two episodes in to The Gorram Nerd Hour but things are heating up fast. If you haven’t listened please go to http://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com and give it a try.

I just got off the phone with the man behind the first ever Rapture Horror Expo happening in Mesa, AZ in just a couple weeks. He was able to pull in some pretty heavy hitters in the horror genre like Jake Busey and Tony Todd. There are also going to be screenings of The Frighteners and Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies with the man who played Honest Abe in the film.

We talked about the chance to do a podcast from the Expo and he agreed. He wants local support as much as possible. This is great news for everyone. It gives us a chance to really get our names out there for The Gorram Nerd Hour and Robot Vampire Productions. It gives us a chance to support indie horror cinema, something I have always tried to support and encourage people to watch.

For more details on The Rapture Horror Expo, guests, dates, events, and ticket prices go to http://www.rapturehorrorexpo.com. And don’t forget to “like” our Facebook pages http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions and http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga.

Mending Fences


About a year ago Brian Smith and I finished writing Welcome To Deadsville. We wrote it after meeting a director that encouraged us to do it. He said that if the script was good he would direct it. After several meetings with him we realized he just didn’t understand the material. We tried to find a way to handle the situation and tell him we wanted to find someone else to direct. We were afraid he would take it personally and weren’t sure how to approach the subject. While trying to figure out a way to talk to him about it the problem just sort of went away. We harbored no ill will toward the man and we hoped he felt the same way. We all just moved on.

After a short time Brian and I discovered that he had a new film project in the works and everything was going well for him. We were focused on making our short films which we decided I would direct and Brian would produce. It all seemed to work out. In fact, we are grateful to the man for giving us motivation to get started.

Here’s how it went. I met him at Phoenix Fearcon about a 1 & 1/2 years ago. We got to talking about our mutual love of horror movies. A couple weeks later Brian and I met him for drinks and pitched him the idea for Welcome To Deadsville. He encouraged us to write. So we got the Final Draft program and hammered it out. At the same time Brian got to know a man who was working at the Phoenix Comicon and got us both in there to work in the film festival. It helped us make some new contacts. That leads us to how we found someone to help us get Lepus going. That also led to getting our podcast off the ground and getting in with Abnormal Entertainment.

It’s amazing how one chance meeting can change the course of everything. Sure, the Phoenix Comicon was a separate thing but we wouldn’t have had as much reason to do it had we not first written a script and had something worth meeting these people for.

That pretty much gets us up to speed. So now I would like to say I wish this other director the best of luck with his current project, The Fallen One, and all future endeavors. We spoke last night and agreed to cross promote each others work. You can find a Facebook page for The Fallen One with more info but I will tell you this much – Fred Williamson is in it as well as two of my Lepus cast members, Rob Edwards and Kat Garcia.

And don’t forget to go “like” http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions, http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga, and http://facebook.com/TheGorramNerdHour as well as visiting Abnormal Entertainment’s Facebook page and http://abnormalentertainment.blogspot.com and http://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com .

Alright, enough shameless self promotion for now. Thanks for your support

The Gorram Nerd Hour


Ladies and gentlemen,

Brian Smith and I have been picked up by Abnormal Entertainment to do a weekly podcast called The Gorram Nerd Hour. Each week we will be reviewing a B grade genre film from past or present. This weeks episode we reviewed the 80’s classic Night Of The Creeps starring Tom Atkins and Jason Lively. We also talk about movie and television news, comic books and whatever else comes up.

We are very happy to have been included in the Abnormal Entertainment family. They have been putting on The Atomic Fallout Society for some time now with our friends Tony and David Sabal who later added Brian into the mix. Kevin Moyers and Camm Harston have said some very kind things about our first show we did independently and decided to pick us up after that. We are very grateful.

Very soon we are starting production on our short film, Lepus, and we plan to do a show from the wrap party and have some of the cast and crew on. In the meantime Brian and I are compiling a list of B movies to watch and review. So far we know we will be reviewing Jessicka Rabid, They Live, C.H.U.D., and a few others with our own brand of snark and appreciation for the art of making enjoyable bad movies. Those who have followed this blog know I love these types of films and I am so glad we have an outlet to share it with the rest of you.

Head on over tohttp://gorramnerdhour.blogspot.com and give it a listen. Also make sure to go “like” our Facebook pages http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions, http://facebook.com/TheCristosSaga, and http://facebook.com/TheGorramNerdHour. We’d love to hear your feedback. 

Shameless Self Promotion


Alright everyone who looks at this blog, I need your assistance. Brian Smith, my writing partner, and I have had our podcast picked up by Abnormal Entertainment. It’s a rather exciting thing when you think about the fact that we recorded one podcast and they liked it enough to welcome us into the family.

We did post the first one on here and hopefully you all listened to it. We call it The Gorram Nerd Hour. Tonight we will record the second podcast, our first for Abnormal, and then go weekly after that. Every week we will be reviewing one B Movie, talking about nerdy news in comics, movies and television, and promoting our own projects.

We recently started a Facebook page but I can’t change the link until we are over 30 “likes” so I would suggest going to http://facebook.com/RobotVampireProductions and finding the link to “like” it from there. While you’re at you should also “like” our page for The Cristos Saga, the page dedicated to Lepus, Red Moroz, and Dybbuk (our epic short film trilogy). It’s guaranteed to entertain.