Horror Hotel Convention & Show


Sony to Sponsor 2016 Horror Hotel

Filed under: Announcements [B] — rayszuch @ 11:25:04 pm

Thanks to our continued sponsorship with Sony Creative Software, we have more new prizes for both The 2016 International Horror Hotel and The 2016 Indie Gathering International Film Festival.

Sony will be giving away software to the Best Short Film, Best Feature Film and 1st place Film Scoring Competition winners. Each of these winners will receive Audio Master Suite and Catalyst Production Suite, a combined value of $1,000 in software.

Audio Master Suite - Sound Forge™ Pro 11 and SpectraLayers™ Pro 2 are the most advanced waveform and spectral editing applications available today. Each with its own unique genius, they work seamlessly together to form a colossal editing system offering extraordinary and immediate gains for audio professionals everywhere. Award-winning Sound Forge digital audio editing software includes a powerful set of audio processes, tools, and effects for manipulating audio. Sound Forge software allows you to edit, record, encode, and master nearly any form of digital audio including WAV, AIFF, and MP3. Whether you're new to editing audio or you're a seasoned audio engineer, there is a Sound Forge product that is right for you.

Catalyst Production Suite - The Catalyst Production Suite fuses powerful media preparation and fast, focused video editing to provide the backbone for your video productions. Catalyst Prepare paves your path from camera to post with robust organizational tools, strong color adjustment and monitoring, extensive metadata support, and more. Catalyst Edit provides a lean, focused video editing environment that makes your cutting process fast and fluent. With support for 4K and Sony RAW media, the Catalyst Production Suite gives you the power to make the most of your camera's high dynamic range and wide color gamut as well as the stunning resolution of 4K from beginning to end.



Project of the Day: Revenge of the Spacemen

Filed under: Announcements [B] — rayszuch @ 11:32:10 pm


"Revenge of the Spacemen"
Directed by Jay Summers (Ohio)
4th Place Sci-Fi Feature at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Synopsis: Aliens invade Earth in this retro, B-Movie, Sci-Fi Comedy. This time they're out for revenge, probing animals and people alike. It's up to some college age kids, small town law enforcement and some hillbillies to save the world from this terrible green scourge.

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

A: This film is intended to be just plain FUN, it’s NOT serious and isn’t intended to be serious.

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

A: An interesting part of our film is the Writer (Conor Duffy) is from Ireland and lives in Toronto, our Editor (Ashley Wincer) lives and edited the film from Victoria, Australia and it was shot right here in Ohio. It’s a truly International Film.

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

A: Our film is unique in that we attempted to carry on the Old School, B-Movie, Drive-In genre. With all the errors, exclusions and campiness included. We aimed low and hit the target right on. Most films try to be perfect in all ways, including the seriousness of the story and technical aspects. We sought out to make a FUN film, one that’s funny in content and amusing in presentation.

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

A: Upcoming screenings are GenCon in Indianapolis at the end of July, we’re submitted to other festivals as the year progresses as well. DVD’s may be purchased from eBay or our Web Site. for $10 each plus shipping.

More about the film:


Project of the Day: Ambo-Zombies

Filed under: Announcements [B] — rayszuch @ 11:45:10 pm


Written by Mark McDermott (United Kingdom)
3rd Place Feature Horror-Comedy Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Synopsis: Due to an ancient spell, Noah will rise again and gain revenge on his killers. However when two paramedics, Mark and Carl, accidentally interrupt the spell, Noah resurrects as a zombie! After drugging Noah with morphine, our medics adopt their newly stoned undead friend and set out on a night of scaring their patients. However when Noah starts to remember his own murder, Mark and Carl take it upon themselves to try and gain revenge on Noah’s killers. Will they succeed?

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: I have been working as a paramedic for 13 years and have always laughed at how we all look like a zombie after a night shift! I was chatting with my crewmate on a shift (incidentally his name was Carl) and we joked about how we would stop a zombie attack. I came up with the idea of drugging one with morphine and the idea grew from there.

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

A: With the zombie market saturated at the moment, everyone is looking for a unique angle in a zombie film. With mine, I am actually combining a Horror/comedy film with a revenge story. You'd think these two aspects wouldn't combine, however if you throw a stoned zombie into the mix, anything can happen!

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

A: My goal is to option the script to someone else. Sadly work commitments would stop me producing the script myself.

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

A: In an ultimate world, where there were no boundaries I would love to see Seth McFarlane or Alan Tudyk play the role of Mark. The character of Mark is our hero and down on his luck. He is rude, unprofessional and not very likeable in the beginning. However through his relationship with Noah, we start to see Mark grow into our hero. I believe such a role would be perfect for these two actors!


Project of the Day: 14 Days

Filed under: Announcements [B] — rayszuch @ 11:34:40 pm


"14 Days"
Directed by Joseph Villapaz (New Jersey)
4th Place Sci-Fi Short at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Synopsis: A diverse cast of characters deals with life changing issues in a variety of stories tied together by the location they all pass through.

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

A: It is a sequel to No One Lives Forever but filmed in an experimental style rather than a narrative one.

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

A: Time and budget determined the single location decision.

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

A: The experimental nature of the film allowed for diversity of stories and unpredictability of how the stories unfolded.

More on Joseph's work:

Project of the Day: The Proposal

Filed under: Announcements [B] — rayszuch @ 02:32:55 am


"The Proposal"
Written by Diana Woody (California)
3rd place Short Horror-Comedy Script at The 2015 Horror Hotel

Synopsis: When Maggie tells Connor they need to talk, Connor assumes she is going to break up with him. So he and his best friend Jack devise a hair brained and disastrous scheme to get her to change her mind.

Q: What was the inspiration for your script?

A: I read a true story about a teenage girl from the 50’s who would take men up to Griffith Park and kill them. When she was interviewed by the police she calmly said ‘She just wanted to see what it was like to kill someone’. That was such an odd thing to say that it inspired me to make a character who kept her desire to kill someone suppressed all her life until one incident released that demon.

Also, I have heard from my guy friends that the scariest words a woman can say to a man are ‘We need to talk’. Their imagination goes wild with what those words could actually mean.

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

A: I feel that all of us struggle between logic and emotion when we make decisions. After Jack is accidentally killed, Maggie and Connor argue about what to do with the body. Maggie’s decision is based on logic and the instinct to survive. Connor’s decision is based on what is right ethically. One has to win which means that one of the beloved characters will be killed. I struggled with that because no one likes to see characters they grow fond of die. I had to choose one. So I went with logic.

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

A: I think it would be fun to produce it myself. But if I optioned it, I would want to be involved so that my vision of the characters remains intact.

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

A: I have been watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt lately and I think Ellie Kemper, who plays Kimmy, would make a great Maggie. She appears to have the range to transform from the docile Maggie to the empowered Maggie.

Also for Jack and Connor, I could see any of the guys from Big Bang Theory playing those parts. They all play well off each other, have great comedic timing, and can play frenetic goofy very well.

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