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[8 Mar 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

This weekend I climaxed all over my apartment. I started off nice and slow in the living room, then as the pressure built up I moved into the bedroom where I sprayed the end of the movie all over the walls, the bed, the floor, the bookshelf…the place got pretty coated. A mixture of rage, hurt, betrayal and blood oozed off the set this weekend in what was the last of the shooting we will be doing on the main set (Shannon and I’s apartment). There is still one weekend …

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[1 Mar 2010 | 3 Comments | ]

This weekends shoot was a bit eerie in tone. It was the first weekend that we scaled production down to just two days instead of three, and their was a lack of urgency in the air. We are a mere two weeks away from wrapping the production and this weekend was devoted to grabbing a few pick up shots and also shooting a series of singles used in montage form . Not a lot of heavy lifting and certainly not a lot of beefy scene work. The important thing here …

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[26 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]

I often forget that I am shooting a feature film in my apartment, surrounded by neighbors who are not shooting feature films in their apartments. “Dude, why the fuck are you banging on my wall at 12:30am? Trying to sleep? Don’t be a pussy. I’m making art.” That’s the thought that jumps into my head when my actor is singing his guts out and the angry pounding begins. This being both a horror movie AND a musical you can probably imagine just how many weird sounds are floating through my …

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[17 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

When I was writing the script to The Dead Inside, there were moments in which I needed to span time without actual dialog between the characters. To do this is actually quite simple. You write a montage. A series of smaller scenes that promote a length of time and help push the story forward. I knew while writing these select scenes that they were perfect for the final experience of the movie, but were going to suck my ass to shoot. What I love most about the production side of …

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[9 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

If you keep up with The Dead Inside blog then you remember last Friday we ended up chasing the sun and then lost the ability to record sound. It was an awesome day in Hell, and one that Friday seemed to get off on because he decided to do it again (not sure why Friday is a dude).  On the schedule was a big musical number that required a psychiatric hospital bed. My Executive Producer, Jessica Petelle, secured us a kick-ass, old-school, nut-house bed with large white head and base …

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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | ]

As I was driving to Taco Bell last night around 12:30am, I couldn’t help but think that driving delirious was eerily similar to driving drunk. The only real difference is that one is legal. We had wrapped about forty minutes prior, but should have shot for another hour. I decided the rest of the shots would have to wait when we filmed an entire scene (three times) in which I never once caught that my sound man (Aaron Gaffey) was taking up a portion of the right frame. I made peace …

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[25 Jan 2010 | 5 Comments | ]

Things started to get a little dark this weekend. I had almost forgotten we were shooting a horror movie because all the upfront scenes are so much fun, bookended by a couple toe-tapping musical numbers. But last night we met a ghost…and those cheery, sing-songy voices became choke-hold whispers. I’m really loving the evolution of shooting this movie, and it’s nice to be going in order (for the most part).
We’ve shot for seven days now and two musical numbers are in the can (yes, yes…it’s HD, but “in the can” …

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[21 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Fuck vampires. Screw werewolves. Frankenstein can suck my left testy while the mummy can slobber on the right. Zombies can take a long drag off a short pier and aliens can go to Hell (cause they’re not in the bible)! Now don’t get me wrong, I love each of these creatures dearly. I’m a horror fan after all. But if we’re talking scary…if  you want to know what kind of beings make my blood freeze…it’s ghosts.
Strange since most tales, legends and theories of these entities leave them pretty much harmless …

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[19 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]

“Hello? World? You still there?”
Four straight days I have been tangled in an apartment full of stingers, c-stands, arris, apple boxes and one shiny 7D. Production on The Dead Inside began Friday (January 15th) at 10:00am and wrapped weekend number one on Monday (January 18th) at 10:00pm. To say I was excited going into this project is fair. To say I’m excited after the first weekend of shooting is completely false. Excited is to lame of a word to describe my enthusiasm for it.
I learned a valuable lesson while shooting …

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[14 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

About two and a half years ago my girlfriend hopped on a jet skiing kangaroo and relocated herself from down under, sweetly planting herself into our lovely one-bedroom apartment. At the time I was in the final post-production stages of my latest film, Lo. She was hot off the Melbourne gallery scene where she showcased and sold her photography. It seemed we had both eaten a lot of dirt and were preparing to shit out pearls…but we didn’t. Instead we found that we really enjoyed living together and because it …

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[13 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

I felt a bit guilty last night when I went to bed leaving Shannon (my cinematographer/lover) still working hard on the set of THE DEAD INSIDE. She had been busting her ass all day getting things ready for our Friday start date. I too had been working very hard but in a slightly different way. I couldn’t focus on a single task in front of me because I was mentally exhausted.  Two days until we go to camera and there is one fraking sequence I just can’t wrap my head around…and …

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[11 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Can ghosts shit their pants? I mean even if they were wearing pants they would be made of the same paranormal goo that the actual ghost was made of. So if one were to believe that a ghost could even (or need to) take a shit, that it would fall right out its ghost ass and through its ghost pants. But even then, the shit would be a ghost as well, so shouldn’t that fall straight through the ground, out the other end of the Earth and on into space?
Well, …

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[28 Oct 2009 | 8 Comments | ]

With my feature film LO finishing its run on the festival circuit and heading to DVD in 2010, it only makes sense to make another damn movie! I’ve done a horror film, JOSHUA. I’ve experimented with a love story in SUNDAY. Then I squished the two genres together with my latest, LO. Looking back over my filmography, I see no reason not to continue the trend and try something completely different! I am here to officially announce pre-production status on my next feature film, The Dead Inside. A ghost possession …