Monday, January 28, 2013

Solace: Facebook Page

A friend of mine and I are still in the midst of pre-production on our independent film Solace.  Solace is a set of six short films put together in order to create one free flowing story, all taking place around the town of Solace.  The first short film takes place in 1938, which began principle photography several days ago.  The main focuse is on a creature leaving a trail of bodies within an ancient Indian burial ground, located just outside of town.  Each short film takes place during different decades, leading up to present day.  Here's the cool part of how we're going to create these films.  Each story will be shot as if it were filmed in the decade it takes place in.  For example, the 1960's film will be shot in the style of Hitchcock, the 1980's film will be shot as if it were a Freddy or Jason movie. 

Now this is the part where you, the audience, can help us in creating this viewing experience.  Eventually we're going to create a Kickstarter in order to generate funds.  If your not sure what Kickstarter is, its a website created for independent filmmakers, artists, writers, and game developers.  Its creation is solely based on developing a budget for their project with the help of fans, friends, family, or kind and generous people who would like to donate a buck or two for the cause.  Now in order for our Kickstarter to be successful, we need to build an audience who will help us in getting this budget we so desire.

Now the reasons as to why we're wanting to do this project is fairly simple.  We're wanting to create a story told in a manner that hasn't been done before.  Most horror films seem to follow the same formula, maybe getting something special once every ten years or so.  We're actually taking that formula and twisting it a bit, using what was popular in the past, and whats popular now to create something we believe to be special.  What I like you, the audience member, to do is follow us on our Facebook page.  Which you can find by clicking here. At this moment in time I'm not asking for much, but just to simply click "like" on our film page so we can get the word out.  If your stoked as we are about this, then help us get the word out so we can make something that everyone can enjoy.  Fellow horror and film fans, we need your help.  Can you help us?  

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Following: My Thoughts On A New Show

Mid season, typically not my favorite time for a new show to pop up because we usually don't get A-list television.  This January gave me a nice surprise with Kevin Bacon headlining a brand new show with a much different spin on the detective genre.  The Following is a new hour long crime thriller that dives into the circumstances that arises when a serial killer, played by James Purefoy, escapes from prison to finish what he started ten years prior.  Kevin Bacon plays a retired FBI agent, a man whose down on his luck and living on water bottles filled with vodka.  His expertise is needed once more to find the man he put away. 
If you're not wanting to know what will happen in the pilot episode then read no further, spoilers are ahead.  Maggie Grace plays the last surviving victim of Joe Carroll; she's the reason why he escaped so he can finish his work.  Joe Carroll was, at one time, a professor who has a passion for the Gothic workings of Edgar Allen Poe.  The famous authors stories and books were a road map to how he would kill his victims. 
The FBI soon need Ryan Hardy, the FBI agent who put Joe Carroll away.  The story of how things came to be are told in flashbacks throughout the episode, some of which I won't dive into.  Need to leave some things a mystery so you'll go actually watch the episode.  Ryan is soon surrounded by young and eager agents, wanting in on every little detail in order to find the killer. 
We soon meet the Carroll family, the wife and two kids that Joe left behind after throwing his life away.  A nice little twist is when you realize that Ryan and Joe's wife had a relationship, presumably after Joe's incarceration.  As the story progresses, we soon realize the Joe Carroll has built a cult following while in prison.  His cult is now a bunch of people who plan to follow his way of life, by killing innocence.  The reasons are not known and the villains goal is still a mystery, but wouldn't that just be a buzz kill to know that little tidbit so soon?
Eventually the last surviving victim is taken from her home by her gay next door neighbors, followers of the serial killer.  Ryan uses his detective skills to find where she was taken, but by the time he finds her, its to late.  Ryan and Joe meet face to face, and soon Joe is taken back to prison.  Most would believe that a show couldn't go on after the main villain was placed back in prison.  It turns out that his plan is just beginning.  We find out that one of his followers is his own daughter.  Joe's daughter abducts her younger brother in order to have leverage to talk with his ex-wife in the next episode.  We also learn that an apprentice of Joe's is now ready to set out on his own and begin his rampage of death.  The show ends, basically giving us a glimpse at how the show will proceed, with Joe playing puppet master from prison as his followers do his bidding.
The show was graphic in its content, something not normally seen on television.  The villain is smart and sophisticated in his approach to things, acting as if he's fives steps ahead of everyone else.  The bloody messages and the way victims are killed, I'm getting the vibe that this show had some push in this direction by movies like Se7en and The Silence of the Lambs.  The show is dark and keeps you guessing as to what will happen next.  A great show and worth a look.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Solace: Our New Independent Film

Hey there to all my readers.  I know I haven't been on top of the blog in the last month or so, but I've been a tad busy with life.  Around July of last year I wrote that my friend and I were developing a film called Polybius.  This film is something we still plan on doing but we've basically come to the conclusion that what we wanted to do with it would cost to much.  So we decided to put it on hold until we have the budget needed to do it correctly.

Don't fret though, as we do have a project in the works, something that hasn't been done before.  We're developing a movie that's basically based on six short films, all of which range from the year 1938 to present day.  The basic concept of the project revolves around a haunted piece of property with a supernatural force that effects the town of Solace and a family over the course of 75 years.  The interesting part of all this is that each short film takes place in a different decade and each short film will be filmed the way it would have been with in that time frame.  For example, the story taking place in the eighties will be filmed a lot like a Friday the 13th film, the nineties version will be filmed like The Blair Witch Project.  I think you get the picture.  Below is a teaser poster of the film.
 If you haven't guessed by the poster, a monster is involved with whats happening around the town of Solace.  I won't go into specifics as to why the monster is killing and what exactly will happen to him, but I will say that the first short film is being shot next week and we might possibly will give you a glimpse as to what we're trying to do.  The first film is based in 1938, and though I can't give you details I can give you a glimpse as to what the creatures arm will look like in a concept drawing.
No color or exactly what the texture will be, but it gives you an idea of what it could be.  Let your imaginations run wild.  If you have questions and would like to know more, just comment.  Anyways, we plan on putting up a Kickstarter in a month or so, and I'll be sure to post a link in due time.