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07/07/15

English (US)   Project of the Day: The Portrait  -  Categories: Announcements [B]  -  @ 12:16:26 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"The Portrait"
Directed/Produced by John Borowski
Written/Produced by David Ho (Illinois)
Honorable Mention Horror Short at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Synopsis: A young woman discovers a painting of a house in the trash. She takes it home, only to discover the terrifying truth... The portrait actually houses a Demoness that sometimes appears in the painting, staring out the window, and whoever sees her becomes her next victim!

Q: If there was just one thing you wanted audiences to know about your film, what would it be?

A: The inspiration for the film came when I was Googling "Haunted Paintings" and I came up with one called "The Hands Resist Him": https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hands_Resist_Him

Q: Can you share a fun fact/trivia about the making of your film?

A: This film actually originated from a screenplay I wrote for screenwriting class entitled, "The Portrait". The original story is also available on Amazon Kindle as part of a horror anthology: "Twisted Tales of Terror" (http://tinyurl.com/p7cr58a). The short story is significantly different from the film.

Q: What makes your project unique, and why should audiences see this film?

A: This film was actually inspired by an actual, haunted painting, "The Hands Resist Him". In the actual painting, it was reported that the children actually came out of the painting (http://www.dailydot.com/lifestyle/hands-resist-him-haunted-ebay-painting/).

Q: Do you have any upcoming screenings, or is your film available for purchase or online viewing?

A: I plan to submit it to the Chicago International Film Festival. After that, I may put it on You Tube.

More about the film:
www.facebook.com/portraithorrorfilm

07/06/15

English (US)   Project of the Day: The Body Beautiful  -  Categories: Announcements [B]  -  @ 01:22:24 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"The Body Beautiful"
Written by Jaime Medina (New York)
2nd place Short Sci-Fi Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Synopsis: An overweight fast food worker awakens from suspended animation to discover a world where everyone is a physical specimen! When science decides they must not let him contaminate the gene pool, our hero goes on the run! Well, maybe a slow jog.....

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: I've always been a fan of The Twilight Zone, one of my favorite episodes of which is "Eye of the Beholder". It's got such a basic human message, and I felt I wanted to write something similar. Being an overweight person living in a society that frowns upon fat people, I felt like doing a story for people like me. So it's an homage to Rod
Serling and a tip of the cap to those ostracized by society.

Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?
A: It's an idea that's not really been done before. A society where everyone is a physical specimen is basically invaded by a relic of the past, a fat guy. The way they turn on him and see such a gentle soul as a threat to their existence is a different theme.

Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?
A: As written, it would be pretty expensive to film, so count me out(LOL). I'd love to option it to someone who shares my love for 50's sci-fi.

Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?
A: It would have to be a young Jack Black type. His kind of humor would go perfect with what I've written.

07/01/15

English (US)   Project of the Day: The Other Side  -  Categories: Announcements [B]  -  @ 02:31:13 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"The Other Side"
Directed by Chris Niespodzianski & Raymond Mongelli III (Pennsylvania)
2nd Place Horror Feature at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Logline: A man searches for his wife and protects his daughter during the beginning of the zombie apocalypse.

Q: If there was just one thing you wanted audiences to know about your film, what would it be?

A: We set out to make a character-driven film that just so happens to take place at the dawn of the zombie apocalypse. First and foremost, we wanted to tell an interesting story, and build a rich, deep fictional world that our characters lived in. Those who want constant "blood and gore" in their horror probably aren't going to be fans of our film, and that's OK. But those who want to get to know the characters in a movie, and understand their motivations and reactions to conflict will likely enjoy our film a great deal.

Q: Can you share a fun fact/trivia about the making of your film?

A: Absolutely! Our film was shot entirely in the Pittsburgh, PA area -- the birthplace of zombies! The cast and crew were mostly from the Pittsburgh region, but we did have actors/actresses travel in from LA (Danielle Lozeau), NYC (Sean Scott), and even China (Jing Jing Zhang)!

Q: What makes your project unique, and why should audiences see this film?

A: We believe the ending of our film packs an explosive wallop (which we can't/won't spoil here), and believe that we leave audiences wanting more (in a good way). For the ending of the film to have the desired impact, it requires some patience and a "slow burn" in the first half of the film. We slowly raise the stakes from beginning to end until everything comes together in what we believe is a satisfying conclusion. As horror fans, we all-too-familiar with a seemingly amazing horror flick that starts strong but fizzles out at the end (or worse, wraps with a totally unbelievable ending). So we set out to ensure that we closed with a bang, so to speak. smile emoticon

Q: Do you have any upcoming screenings, or is your film available for purchase or online viewing?

A: Our film will have worldwide distribution on all major VOD platforms via Gravitas Ventures on September 1st. We hope everyone will check it out!

More about the film:
www.teamorchard.com
www.facebook.com/OPPTheOtherSide

06/30/15

English (US)   Project of the Day: It's Only Safe at Night  -  Categories: Announcements [B]  -  @ 01:36:09 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"It's Only Safe at Night"
Written by John L. Shea (Texas)
2nd Place Feature Horror Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Synopsis: A legendary beast with chameleon-like abilities terrorizes hikers, bikers, campers, and Mexican immigrants in the desert land of Texas’ Big Bend. Those who survive the first onslaught must band together to make it back to civilization before the stalking terror finds them again. Daylight and wide-open spaces are no longer safe; nighttime holds the safety in this unusual horror story.

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: I had attended another festival/conference and horrormaster Wes Craven, one the panelists there, said to come up with something different than all the regular horror type movies. Most horror movies have people being scared in narrow, confined, dark places. So I came up with a story that had the danger be out in the wide open spaces of a deserted land; if you dared be out in broad daylight, chances are you’d be facing curtains or whatever the danger was. The only time it was safe would be at night, hence the title.

Q: What is the most unique aspect of your story?

A: My creature can only attack during the day. It has to “cool down” at night, go into a lethargic mode where it’s not much danger at all. I chose the area of Big Bend, Texas as one of the dryest isolated places around, where it barely rains at all. The creature, Utkeena, seeks moisture, and is particularly fond of fresh, salty, blood. Once it’s “awoken”, it starts out small and moves up the food chain, until it finds whatever humans it can. It’s not choosy, just hungry, very hungry.

Q: Is your goal to produce the script yourself or option it to someone else?

A: I would love to have someone option it. But I would like to have an active role in the development and production of it.

Q: If you could pick anyone to star in your produced script, who would it be and why?

A: Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black might be a good choice for Val. She’s shown herself to be a gutsy gal, something that Val evolves into based on her encounters with Utkeena.

06/28/15

English (US)   Project of the Day: Magnetic  -  Categories: Announcements [B]  -  @ 12:18:00 am

*PROJECT OF THE DAY*

"MAGNETIC"
Directed by Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein (New York)
2nd Place Sci-Fi Feature at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Logline: On December 31st, the Earth will be destroyed. Everything you know will become nothing. Maybe it already has.

Q: If there was just one thing you wanted audiences to know about your film, what would it be?

A: Magnetic is very music driven, with a focus on an electro darkwave score and soundtrack. There are huge sections of it where there is no dialogue and all of Alice's emotion and context is conveyed by song lyrics and tones. .

Q: Can you share a fun fact/trivia about the making of your film?

A: We have a lot of sheep in our film, and at one point, we thought it might be a good idea to attach a camera to a sheep to get some sheep POV shots. That proved fairly difficult, but we were able to coax the sheep with oats, attach the camera, and give it a try. The sheep was named Buttercup, and after this success, we told our cinematographer that she would not be working on the rest of the film now that Buttercup was taking over. We ended up not using any of the sheepcam footage in the movie.

Q: What makes your project unique, and why should audiences see this film?

A: Our movie stars just one actor playing all of the roles (except the sheep). Allix Mortis did a great job portraying lots of subtle variations on the character of Alice and doing all of the voice work for the movie.

Q: Do you have any upcoming screenings, or is your film available for purchase or online viewing?

A: We're in the middle of a year-long festival run with screenings announced at the Gen Con Film Festival, Fantasmagorical Film Festival, and Galactic Film Festival, and several more soon-to-be-announced.

More about Magnetic:
www.magneticthemovie.com
www.facebook.com/magneticmovie
twitter.com/magneticmovie

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