Thursday, March 31, 2011
"Even though someone decided to make a horror feature titled YOU'RE NEXT coming soon... I stand by my humble beginings dating back to 2003 with my 1st super short called YOU'RE NEXT as well... Be well prepared for some not so family friendly sites to see for YN4: Extraction!!!"
Looking forward to this one - and the 'You're Next' series is definitely Stephenson's baby - the one that started it all - so we can expect good things in the form of low-budget, high intensity local horror!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Now we've come to a point where we simply have to have warmer weather - and no snow! - for the two and a half minute trailer to be completed. In other news, the trailer has thus far been assembled on an IBM computer using Microsoft's woefully inefficient MovieMaker program. Once that is at last completed, I have invested in a refurbished Apple G5 computer that's equipped with Final Cut Pro for the actual movie when we get to that point. I'm pretty excited about this development (I'm an Apple kind of guy) and can't wait to dig in to all the G5 has to offer. However, since the trailer was started on my PC, I feel like I should finish it there - no sense re-doing it all over! So hooking up the Apple for good will just have to wait. Sigh...
I will admit that the art for the above mentioned teaser poster turned out pretty darn good. I'm pleased with how it all came together in Photoshop, besides the fact that even THAT project had to be shot around the huge piles of snow here in Minnesota! The only other thing I have to report is that I've drawn up some official Drive-In of the Dead release forms to hand out to actors, extras, and crew so they can sign on the dotted line and make their effort on our project official. I hope to get the last few shots I needed wrapped up this weekend - it's supposed to be in the 50's on Saturday! - and then do some minor editing and tweaking to the trailer before it makes its debut.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Edgar Allan Poe
Originally uploaded by chucka_nc
[From the photographer's description:] Bust in the garden at Edgar Allan Poe Museum. Not exactly a huge place, but a few interesting artifacts -- His desk, chair, some writings, childhood bed, etc.
I must see this. I WILL see this...someday.
Monday, March 28, 2011
"Greetings, my friend. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future."
Those stunningly awful lines of dialogue open moviemaker Ed Wood's "Plan 9 from Outer Space," the 1959 ultralow-budget science fiction monster mash-up that for decades held the undisputed title of "Worst Movie of All Time." Charlottesville director and producer John Johnson, himself a veteran of low-budget schlock, thinks "Plan 9" can be redeemed. And he's filming his remake in Roanoke starting Friday. Johnson's goals are relatively modest. His company, Darkstone Entertainment, intends to use a cast and crew of about 200, including extras, wrap up by April 25, and aim for a worldwide direct-to-DVD release.
Read more here: http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/280876
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
The Drive In
Originally uploaded by leahish
Think the stars twinkle in the heavens at this drive-in? I would guess there's not a lot of light pollution at this Colorado ozoner located somewhere near Cottonwood Hot Springs...
Friday, March 25, 2011
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Leatherwood Drive In Theatre
Originally uploaded by gb_packards
From the photographer's description:
I finally made it to this long closed drive in theatre known as the Leatherwood Drive In on Route 147 in Belmont County. The theatre once served the town of Barnesville Ohio and had the capacity for 200 vehicles...About everything, except the speakers and poles is still there, although falling further into a state of ruin. The screen still looks good for not having been used for somewhere around 30 years. From what I understand, the old theatre closed sometime in the late 1970s.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Stephen King in talks to write an episode of AMC's zombie series
by Darren Franich
AMC’s zombie sensation The Walking Dead might be getting a serious scare injection on its writing staff for next season. Iconic horror novelist (and former EW columnist) Stephen King has confirmed with EW that he’s currently in talks to write an episode of the post-apocalyptic series. Dead is executive-produced by Frank Darabont, who has directed three films based on King’s work — four, if you count his 1983 short film The Woman in the Room — and King tells EW exclusively that Darabont “has expressed enthusiastic interest for season 2 or possibly 3.”
Monday, March 21, 2011
We were impressed with what Blood Eagle was able to put together with this production on what was almost certainly a minimal budget - and we are definitely looking forward to what this indie film studio comes up with next (if their first feature film is any indication, we see big things ahead for these guys!) Stop by and check it out and get yourself a dose of 519!
Sunday, March 20, 2011
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Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
AP– Tue Mar 15, 1:29 am ET
NEW YORK – Alice Cooper came into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a friend — a boa constrictor. The theatrical rock band with a lead singer who takes the same name was inducted Monday into the Hall of Fame. His class includes New Orleans piano maestro Dr. John, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Leon Russell.
Cooper wore a blood-splattered shirt and also brought schoolkids along to sing "School's Out." It all seemed appropriate for a band that inductor Rob Zombie said invented the rock show. Says Cooper: "We've always been a hard rock band. We just wanted to decorate it a little differently."
The work by the inducted artists will be celebrated in perpetuity at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.
"I was just stating the fact. In some ways it's a Wes Craven film, and in way it's not entirely, because it's not a script I have control of. It's ultimately controlled by what the studio wants in the script. My job is much more bringing whatever experience and expertise and creativity I can. [pause] Look, there was a bumpy period when things shifted over from Kevin to Ehren. I signed up to do a script by Kevin and unfortunately that didn't go all the way through the shooting. But it certainly is Kevin's script and concept and ideas and themes.
When I initially met with Kevin, he sketched out what the next two would be, and I found it really fascinating. A lot depends on whether they come up with scripts to flesh out. But certainly, I'm up for it, if the script is there. It's a fascinating thing to do two trilogies in a career."
Monday, March 14, 2011
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Friday, March 11, 2011
I've also been told that WPX may be included in the upcoming B-movie Celebration Film Festival. All great news for the little coffee-fueled indie film that could. My congratulations go out to Christian Ackerman and his cast and crew of WPX. We'll be sure to report more news as we hear it about 'Wisconsin Project X' as we near the release date this summer. Stay tuned!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
--Paul Naschy [on the character of Waldemar Daninsky]
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
St Croix Hilltop Drive-In Theater, Houlton Wisconsin - IMG_4615.JPG
Originally uploaded by thomasbrandt
I chose this picture because I've actually driven by the Hilltop Drive-In in Houlton, WI many times - in fact, I usually go out of my way to see it whenever we're in the St. Croix area. A great old ozoner - it was this screen that actually was the inspiration for Drive-In of the Dead all those years ago...
Monday, March 7, 2011
His film 'Planetfall' is a good example of taking a larger-than-life plot and making it come alive with almost no budget. He's one of those rare individuals who's able to realize a nifty idea with simply a camera, some Goodwill army fatigues, and plenty of ambition. I encourage you to check out his film - if not just for its truly independent spirit, then for my cool cameo I did as an alien in the space bar scene. That's right: I was fortunate enough to be able to visit the set for one day of shooting - and even got to dress the part (I'll leave it to you to guess which bar denizen I am). For more info about Michael and 'Planetfall,' visit:
Saturday, March 5, 2011
East Bend Drive In Screen Yadkin County
Originally uploaded by Bass Player Keith Hall
A cool pic of a sad screen. This is what's left of the East Bend Drive-in in North Carolina. It almost looks like it needs to be put out of its misery - but who has the heart to pull the plug?
Friday, March 4, 2011
"This month we filmed major scenes for Astro Zombies M4: Invaders From Cyberspace in Florida and NYC. We also completed location scouting and casting in Berlin, Germany, and will be filming at such landmarks as the Brandenburg Gate and the historic Reichstag building. Tomorrow and Sunday we wrap Florida by taking over an entire city block and shooting major panic in the streets. We also completed principal casting in Las Vegas this week."
The best part about all this globe-trotting and filmmaking is that I got Mr. Lester to agree to have Ted give Drive-In of the Dead a few minutes of his time for an exclusive one-on-one interview when he has a minute to spare. How cool is that? Stay tuned for our talk with Ted coming up in the next few weeks!
To learn more about this cool indie film, visit: http://www.tedvmikels.com or
Thursday, March 3, 2011
His case interested me initially due to the complex mathematical equations he was supposedly given by a higher intelligence - but those equations are only a small part of his story. After reading the book I can't say for certain that Romanek is the real deal - but I will say this: if his story proves to be a hoax then it is the biggest, longest running, and most elaborate hoax of all time. I suggest reading the book and deciding for yourself. If you're a skeptic on the possibility of life beyond our planet, this may be the book to convince you otherwise.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
"Yep, thinking I need to shoot a 4th part to the ongoing NFTS Productions YOU'RE NEXT series (Pt 3 known as PAJAMA PARTY MASSACRE) so I can work with some new talent & cure that itch for making movies till the new feature this summer... details soon!!!"
This is surprising but very cool information considering his recent post just a couple of weeks ago regarding NFTS's now in development 'A Haunting On Eerie Street.' Stay tuned to learn more about this as we hear it!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011