Bloody Hero Film Festival Recap


The weekend has come and gone. It was a long long one but a lot of fun. Chris Martin, the festival director, was awesome about letting Brian Smith and myself be on the jury and doing our little podcast from the event. We can’t than him enough. As far as the festival itself I have to say I was very impressed with the movies and shorts that were shown there. There were so many talented people that submitted it almost made me think I should get out before I have truly begun. But I won’t. Even if I’m the next Ed Wood I have to stick it out. It’s in my blood.

I am going to start by listing off some of my personal favorite movies I got to see while I was there or got to screen in advance. These will be in no particular order. I really enjoyed Matt’s Chance. I thought it was quite funny and I loved meeting the director and his co-writer/supporting actor over the weekend. They were great guys and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future. American Courtesans, a documentary from Kristen DiAngelo that is a very honest look inside the world of the sex industry. She was a very warm and smart woman and I wish her and her film success. Some Guy Who Kills People, a movie starring Kevin Corrigan and Barry Bostwick. This movie was funny, sweet, bloody, dark and just plain good. It already has distribution and will be available soon on DVD and Blu-Ray. I watched so many movies over the weekend everything is such a blur but I do want to mention some of the great movies from other countries – Agon, Crawl and Beyond The Grave. All of these films are worth looking for. Agon was filled with some amazing performances. 

I also want to take a moment to apologize to Tom Weston, director of The Wind That Blows, for not having a chance to see his documentary. I had a great time talking with him last night. He’s a great guy and I hope he can get distribution soon so I can watch it along with the rest of the world. 

Now let’s take a moment to talk about the short films. There were some really clever and funny ones, wonderfully dark ones, and great animated pieces that came through the festival. The first one I want to mention is a stop motion Lego animation by an eleven year old boy. It was called Parkour Race and it was very impressive. I always like to see when someone find that thing they love to do early in life. Pierre is a very gifted young man and I hope he keeps it up. Some of the other really cool shorts I got to see where Late Lunch, Time Out Of Mind, Whatever Happened To That Weird Kid?, Pride Of Caldwell, Paper People, Him Indoors, Kerry And Angie and Apartment 15. I hope I’m not forgetting anyone there. Several of the short filmmakers were at the festival as well. I loved meeting every single one of them and wish them success in everything they do.

I would like to apologize to Ryan Ondriezek for not having seen his short film before interviewing him yesterday. I hope I get a chance to see it soon.

Now I want to take a quick moment to talk about the people that made this festival so much fun for me. Randy Robinson and Rob Edwards – you guys are awesome. I can wait to get started on Ded Moroz so I can boss you around some more. Chris Martin – Brian and I can’t thank you enough for everything. Thanks for putting on the fest. And if you’re doing it again next year we will be there. Barbara Gresser – Thanks for everything you did all weekend. It seemed like anytime someone needed you there you were before they could even ask. Sylvie and Frank Cohen – You guys were awesome. Sylvie, I really want to see New World Order and I really want to get started on Ded Moroz to finally get to work with you properly and not just a quick gag on the podcast. Jai Yunae – thank you for coming out to do the podcast with us. You were awesome as always. Sorry we didn’t get to say goodbye before you left. Kevin Moyers – thanks for coming out, watching podcast, hanging out for lunch and just letting us do whatever we want on your network. Brian Smtih and David Sabal – I know you guys didn’t to spend as much time there as you would have liked but you were there when needed and did what had to be done. That’s why we’re friends. Kristen DiAngelo – It was a pleasure talking to you. Sorry we went to a gluten filled restaurant. If there’s ever a next time we know now. And last but not least Mr. Brian Burroughs – You made the long weekend so much easier. You were a lot of fun to talk to and I really loved your short film Shotrocity. 

Everyone go listen to The Gorram Nerd Hour on Wednesday for our show from the Festival.

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Shooting Lepus Day 2


Today was amazing. It was the first day of having Tyler Gallant on set to shoot his half his scenes as Sheriff Cristos. He knocked it out of the park. The character is gonna be so much to see on screen when it’s all edited together.

Today was day with with my little sister Cherith Pruitt as Zelda. She plays a psychic who comes to warn the sheriff about the killer Easter Bunny. She used to want to be an actress before she decided that being a wife and mother was a more important pursuit. She did a great job in scenes with Tyler.

Kelsee Benson, my other sister’s oldest child, is playing Jamie in Lepus and shot her first scenes today. She was great. I cannot wait to see what she does on Thursday when we shoot her frightened run.

Kat Garcia came in today to shoot her scenes as a lovely teen who is dressed like a chicken. We were lucky to get her and we have Tyler to thank for that. She plays Jamie’s bitchy friend Mary and did a wonderful job.

Rob Edwards, another one we got thanks to Tyler, stopped in to shoot his two scenes today. He is playing Deputy Beckett, one of the only people who realizes something funky is going on in town. His performance was subtle and very good. We are so grateful to have had in our short film.

Our friend Randy Robinson popped by today too. He is playing the town coroner who is more interested in his own life than in doing his job. His performance was hilarious.

And then there’s Brian Smith. He has never acted, nor did he ever have any interest in doing so. He just wanted to go-write and produce this with me. But I asked him to play the Lepus and he has been amazing. He is so creepy and funny in the pink bunny costume and his 70’s porn star moustache. I am so with his performance.

That just leaves David Sabal. This man is a one man film crew. We got so much accomplished in such a short time in the last two day we are taking tomorrow just to do pick up shots. I can’t say enough good about this man. Without him Lepus wouldn’t have been possible.

We got so much done today it was astounding. We worked our butts off…but it was so worth it. I can’t wait to have something to show you all.

Lepus Shoots In Three Days


I have to admit that I am dreaming out a little about shooting my first short film. Around the beginning of September I went through a brief bout of anxiety but it passed quickly. Then I was completely zen about the whole thing. Well that fear has reared its ugly head once again now that there’s only a couple days to go before we start.

I’ve been doing my prep work. I have been making shot lists and storyboards. We had the table read a few days ago that was a lot of fun. Overall, I am very excited. This is what I wanted after all. I suppose even the big directors get nervous before a shoot on a major motion picture. I can’t imagine that anyone feels comfortable with the prospect of shooting a $200 million feature and having it lose money. I guess if I put it like that and remember this isn’t costing us one red cent then I should just be calm and enjoy the ride.

The problem is that I am putting pressure on myself. I don’t want this to look like crap. I want a short that I can he proud of, something that is funny and weird and that people will enjoy…even if they don’t get it. If this looks like some of the shorts I have seen then what is the point in doing this at all? That’s what I’m freaking out about. It’s not the performances, it isn’t the costumes, it isn’t the gore factor. No, it’s me. I am freaking out about me. Do I really have what it takes to do this?

I know deep down that I have the knowledge. I know that my whole life has been leading to this moment. I know somewhere inside of me that I won’t fail. Bit I still have that fear. Oh well. I’ll get over it. Lepus is gonna be fun and weird and bloody, all the things it is meant to be. If it isn’t then I will blame Brian (just kidding, Brian).

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