2014 – Production Update on the New Film

I just wanted to post a small update on the new film I’m working on. It’s taking awhile to write because I’ve been racking my brain on all the little details and the development of the characters.

One thing I can say for sure about the project is that it will not be a genre piece like The Can-Cannibals trailer was, it is not an homage, it is not self-aware nor is it “retro.” This decision is not because I don’t like retro movies/concepts it is because I already did it with The Can-Cannibals and I don’t want to feel stuck in a single genre; and if I feel like it I’ll return to that formula when it’s appropriate. Though originally it was inspired by genre cinema: slasher films and giallo films (Italian murder mysterious which had early traits of the American slasher films from the 80s) it is has now grown into a new beast and is not restricted by the tropes or “rules” of a slaher movie. My film shares same basic traits of a slasher: mysterious killer who uses mostly knives to kill their victim, and a somewhat high body count, but how I turn that into something new/different is the challenge.

Also I want to say is to expect this film to be dark. The subject matter is dark, every character is damaged and/or has a painful past which comes into play in the present. At times the film is psycho-sexual, it’s depraved, depressing and (hopefully) really good. There’s still humor to be found in the film but more like a Cohen brother’s way of humor where characters are just funny because of who they are as people.

Right now there are about 12 central characters and most of them are female, though I may trim it a bit. The age range is pretty wide, but a majority of the characters are young (20-30). And it will be open to all races/ethnicities once auditions and casting begins. I really hope to at least finish writing it in the 1st quarter of 2014.

I will say there are two main films I’m (currently) taking influence from and if you know these films you’ll get a good understanding of the overall tone I’m going for and how far I want to take my film. Hopefully I’ll have more news sooner rather than later. Happy New Year!

Blue Velvet:

Audition:

 

Cinco De Mayo out now on home video!

My brother and his girlfriend’s horror feature film, “Cinco De Mayo” is out now on DVD!

Paul and Angie are the boyfriend/girlfriend film making duo of A & P Productions.

It is distributed by an new indie distro Slasher // Video

Website: www.slashervideo.com

Available on Amazon

There’s a lot of cool special features including audio commentary with cast and crew, Q and A with cast and crew and an early short film by A and P Productions “The Mexican Connection.”

Trailer:

 

Alt Cover

 

Alt back cover

 

 

2nd Annual Tenacious Dreams Film Festival – Mass Screening

Great news! My short film “Mass” has been accepted into it’s first film festival: The 2nd Annual Tenacious Dreams Film Festival in my hometown Modesto, CA. Last year my brother’s film Cinco De Mayo was screened and won the audience award.

The festival will be held at The State Theatre 1307 J Street, Modesto, CA. “Mass” is part of program two and there will be two screenings that day at 3pm and 7pm. It’s $10 to attend one screening. I’ll update with a link to purchase tickets, but tickets can be bought on the day of the event at the theatre.

Update: It was just announced my brother is now actually on the jury. So this will be interesting.

And tickets can now be purchased at the State Theatre website: http://www.thestate.org/calendar/event/222

and at brown paper tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/529649

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/588723917842350/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

There will be two short film programs, with awards being given for Jury Select and Audience Favorite. Awards Ceremony and VIP after party will be at Concetta Restaurant, one block west of the theater.

YOUTHANASIA (feature film) screening and “Redemption” seminar 10 am – 12:00 pm

Program One 1 pm and 5 pm

Program Two 3 pm and 7 pm

Awards Ceremony and VIP After Party 9 pm – 11 pm

Tickets for each event (Feature screening and seminar, Program One and Program Two) are $10 each. All day passes (excluding After Party) are $25 each. Awards Ceremony/After Party are available only to filmmakers, festival jury, and VIP ticket holders. VIP tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets for $40, which is good for all events. Screening tickets are available at the State Theatre box office.

Scream Factory’s Mini Movie Massacre

My short film “Mass” is back on youtube but part of Scream Factory‘s Mini Movie Massacre. Scream Factory is a new and really cool distribution company (sub-company of Shout Factory). They do awesome collector edition releases of cult, horror and exploitation films. I’m really looking forward to their release of Night of the Demons (Feb. 2014)

So my film was accepted into their online film competition and is uploaded on their youtube channel. To vote just simply hit the youtube “like” button.

Direct link to my film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiVzOebQzBg

Youtube playlist with all the other filmmakers entries:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFqOtVuPNuSiwRz3NBLKMvvcjlpeipfrn

More info about the competition (taken from the official website):

The two awards categories are:

Audience Award – Viewers will be able to cast their votes in the form of YouTube video likes, indicating their favorite submissions.  The votes will be tallied on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 9:00 AM PST, and the video with the most likes will be declared the winner.

Judges Pick Award – Video content is reviewed by a selected panel of Scream Factory judges and then one is voted on as their favorite.

Winners of each will be announced on December 2, 2013 via Scream Factory’s official website and social media channels. The Audience Award and The Judges Pick Award Grand Prize Winners will both receive a $250.00 Scream Factory catalog shopping spree.

 

In Loving Memory – Sept/Oct Blog

The finalists were announced today for the ABCS of Death part 2 short film competition and my film was not chosen. Which is fine and was expected. A big reason we didn’t get as many views/likes as I had hoped was because I didn’t promote as much as I should have. Also the night before we shot M is for Mass I was making a prop/cutting it. I was cutting down and I used to much pressure and the blade came down on my left index finger, above the knuckle. I was doing this late at night at about 11pm and the cut was deep enough that I had to go to the ER with my girlfriend. I got stitches, which by the way did hurt, and when we left it was around 2-2:30am. The shoot on Saturday was at 3pm but I need to do errands before hand so that sucked.

Then that same night our cat Marilyn wasn’t feeling well and he peed the bed; since June 2013 he was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Then on my way to the location to shoot it starts to rain, hard. Out of all the days in September, in Summer it fucking rains. Thankfully we were shooting inside, but it was still an annoyance. The shoot went really well though.

In between I had gotten an official email saying my short film The Can-Cannibals had been accepted to a film festival, so I promoted it and planned on attending the festival, but then I get a second email saying it wasn’t accepted. Luckily mutual friends was helping to organize the festival and found out that the person in charge thought my film would be selected so she prematurely sent out an official email before the schedule was official. If it wasn’t for my friends co-organizing the festival then would I had never received an email informing me it wasn’t being shown? Would I have showed up like a fucking idiot and sat there just waiting for my film to pop up on the screen? The woman sent me an apology, again after my friends intervened. They even did their best to make up for the embarrassment and confusion by having it screen before the festival started, but I never found out if it was part of the official selection or not.

So I edited M is for Mass, put it up on youtube/abcs of death entry page and since then we were taking care of our cat Marilyn. He eventually passed on 10/20 and it brought extreme sadness into our lives, still does. My girlfriend wrote a loving memorial for him and you can read it at her blog: http://www.missmuffcake.com/2013/11/memories-and-love-for-best-kitty-ever.html

217237_10150166439271378_566101377_7250558_2084102_nMy girlfriend had Marilyn for 16 years and out of those 16 years I was in his life for 7 and a half. He was an awesome cat, he had one of the most defined personalities in a cat I’ve ever seen. He loved weird foods like avocado, spaghetti noodles, vegan mac and cheese, and much more. When we would come home, I would open the door and he’d hop down from his perch, or where ever he was and greet us at the door, like a dog. He didn’t just treat us like we were the ones that provided food, he truly loved us and especially Kendy (my girlfriend). He was a fighter, he hung in there to be with us for as long as he could. His will was strong, his medical conditions were holding him back and I know if he could he’d still be here right now. I want to write more but there’s so much to write but it hurts to write. He was king of the castle. We miss him. We have his ashes. And my girlfriend made an altar for him on Dias De Los Muertos. We love him.

But once he passed I did not give a shit about some online competition. I couldn’t promote my own film. But with one last effort I wrote an email to our local newspaper asking if they can simply promote not only my film but two other Modesto film marker’s who had entered into this worldwide competition. I even sent them messages/tweets on twitter, but got absolute nothing in return. They did not respond to my email, and they couldn’t even take the time to press the “re-tweet” button on twitter. Fucking bullshit. Where I live, Modesto, they do not give a shit about film let alone indie film. Art in this town is geared toward children and the elderly, and for whatever fucking reason they choose to ignore the 18-35 year old demographic. But even when we do have younger business owners/artists they want the community to support them but they don’t support the community back. I had a local cafe tell me he didn’t want to put up a flyer because his independent business was, “all about the coffee.” His establishment still exists in some form but he’s no longer the owner.

With all that shit, my love for film making has not dissipated, it is not gone! I have already entered Mass into another online competition and I am looking into film festivals. My short was made to be self-contained in a 3 minute format so I’m keeping it the same. I only added two things: One was an extra slightly longer shot of the actor Colton bleeding from his head and the other thing I added was credits. So it’s still the same movie. But I’m probably taking it off youtube while I enter festivals. It will come back online eventually. Though I went on about negatives, it’s because film/art is so important to me and I’m very passionate about it. And I get passionate when art is mishandled, ignored or abused; in one way or another.

I’m also working on a new script. This blog has gone on too long, so I’ll save details about the new script for later.

Sadness and anger was my September and October, but we’re living and I can keep going on.

Take care,
Matt

Two Can-Cannibals Bay Area Screenings in Oct!

Great news! The Can-Cannibals Grindhouse Trailers will be screened twice in October!

First it will be shown at the East Bay Indie Scream Festival on Thursday Oct. 17 in Oakland, CA at The New Parish. 579 18th Street (at San Pablo), Oakland, CA

Hosted by Jamie DeWolf (Tourette’s without Regrets) & Sidney Sin (Kiss Kill Consume). There’s a costume contest and there will also be burlesque performances recreating classic scenes from your favorite horror flicks! Variety Show includes Lola Martinet, Lady Satan, Meeks Baker, Ophelia Coeur de Noir, Patricia Misery, Balla Fiya, Hunny Bunnah, Szandora LaVey & Prisoners of Love!

Judges: Victor Miller Screenwriter of Friday the 13th, Wednesday Mourning of Oddities San Francisco, Kelly Vance East Bay Express Movie Reviewer, Jim “Kingfish” Sweeny Executive Producer of the Hubba Hubba Review, Kahlil Karn & Kate Freyer of the Oakland Underground Film festival.

Scream Fest is brought to you by the East Bay Express, in collaboration with the Oakland Underground Film Festival, Tourettes Without Regrets & Loakal.

Whole event is only $10!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/411000399005002/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

Second screening is the 7th Annual BCM Horror Film Festival in Berkeley, CA on Saturday, Oct 26 at Berkeley Community Media 2239 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA.

This festival also has a costume contest. It also has raffle prizes which are donated from local businesses, theaters and restaurants encouraging localism and helping to spotlight the richness of culture in Berkeley! Admission is only $10 bucks!

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/600428750007774/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar

I’m really grateful for all the festivals that have screened The Can-Cannibals, I’m amazed how we shot it over a year ago and ever since it’s been screened all over California. I absolutely love the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, etc) and I’m really happy how much play it’s gotten in there. I hope to attend both festivals, really excited about both of them.

M is for Mass (ABCs of Death Part 2 entry) is Online!

More photos at my flickr and facebook

My entry into the ABCs of Death Part 2 online competition is now on youtube and the official website. Ready to be viewed and voted on. In order to vote you have to go to the ABCs of Death website and hit the facebook “like” button at the top of the video.

http://26th.abcsofdeathpart2.com/entry/m-is-for-mass/

The way the contest works is: there will be 12 finalists with 6 picked from popular vote (facebook likes) and 6 picked by the producers of the film. Then those 12 will go to a panel of judges where 1 winner will be picked to be an official film in the ABCs of Death Part 2 horror anthology, which includes DVD/VOD and theater distribution!

Original song “Perdurabo” written and performed by Serbian based artists Spleen

http://spleenerebus.bandcamp.com

http://soundcloud.com/spleen-erebus

 

Production Update – ABCs of Death part 2

On Saturday (Sept 21st) we shot my entry into the ABCs of Death part 2 online competition. I wrote all about the specifics of the competition in my last post: http://www.alwayswrongfilm.com/2013/08/21/abcs-of-death-part-2-auditions/.

Because there’s a deadline with this film, I had to put my other horror short film “Trap, Neuter, Kill!” on hold. The only major thing I was waiting on was a visual effect, but I the artists finished that this past week. Not only have we shot the whole film in a single day, but as of this post I have the film completely edit! I’m really happy about the editing process with this project, because I was working with a tight time frame of 3 minutes, but I never ran into a roadblock of too much footage and not enough time. I did cut a couple of lines but nothing major.

I knew I would need music for the short, and usually I wait til I’m actually editing the film to find the right music, so instead I approach an independent musician before we even shot. Thankfully the musician agreed to the project and was able to compose an original song for the short without seeing a frame of footage. It was all based on the script and it came out really good!

The film will be posted sometime this week on youtube, most likely on Sunday. I’m really excited for people to see it. I’ll post photos real soon on my facebook: facebook.com/alwayswrongfilm.

To watch the other entries go here: http://26th.abcsofdeathpart2.com/entries/

ABCs of Death Part 2 Auditions

In my last blog I said how I’m planning on entering the online short film competition for the ABCs of Death part 2. Not only have I wrote my short film but my girlfriend has written one too! She’ll also be directing it. And it’s already almost cast. But I still have my cast call below. The ABCs of Death is a 26 part horror anthology that consists of horror directors from around the world and if we win our film gets to be apart of it. It will be on the DVD and get national distribution. The first ABCs of Death is available at large retailers like Best Buy and is currently on Netflix instant. This is a competition so I don’t want to reveal the plot so the character listing will be vague. Once it’s cast you’ll receive the full script. Info on the competition at the official website: http://26th.abcsofdeathpart2.com/

Here’s a description from the website:

“So, how do you participate? First, you”ll choose your own ABCs OF DEATH word starting with the letter “M.” For example, M is For Murder… or ideally something way more creative than that.

Then, you set out to create a short film inspired by the word you’ve chosen. How you interpret the word is entirely up to each competitor. You can shoot live-action, animation, stop-motion, use actors, cut-outs, puppets or animals. The choice is yours – there are no restrictions on content or creativity, provided of course you don’t break any international laws… or bore us.”

Casting Call for ABCs of Death part 2 short film:

My short film deals with the occult and religion, though it’s not satanic and no other religion is referenced by name. I felt I should point that out. In the story, it’s a religion made up of mostly women, but I can put in a few male extras in there too. The film is only 3 minutes so all the parts are important and will get plenty of screen time.

Will be shot in September in the Central Valley. No pay.

Priestess: *Part has been cast*

The Vessel: female, 18-29, used as a messenger

Acolyte: female, 18-35, holds ceremonial blade

Crucifer: female, 18-30, holds their crucifix

Cult Members (extras): female and male, 18-40,

Fundamentalist Leader: male, 25+, leader of hateful group

Fundamentalists (2-3): male, 18+, part of hateful group

email: Matt alwayswrongfilm@gmail.com

Trap, Neuter, Kill Production Update and Up-coming Projects

We shot two days for the new faux horror trailer “Trap, Neuter, Kill!” Production has been going pretty well, other than one of the special effects not working properly, but I’m re-shooting it this Saturday. Once this film is wrapped, I’m moving onto the next one. There’s a lot of other projects I want to do this year and I don’t want to waste time in between them. I want to keep pushing forward, no breaks.

More photos on Facebook and Flickr

I’m also working on a new music video, currently I’m writing it. I’ll share the name of the band and song once I’ve got it written out. What I can say is that the video will be shot in the style of a giallo film, which is an Italian style of slasher films from the 70s and 80s, but they were more entrenched in crime and mystery. It’s going to be really fun to shoot in that style. Again I’ll share more info as I write it.

Recently I came up with a brand new concept for a possible feature length film. I’m really early in the process with this one, it doesn’t even have a title! But what I can say is that the main cast will be very small, right now it’s only 3 characters. And I’m hoping I don’t add too many more. It’s also a film with mostly talking, which is great for no-budget guys like me. There’s no special effects needed at this time. I’ll just need strong actors.

Another project I’m thinking of doing extremely soon is a 3 minute horror film to enter into the ABCs of Death part 2 competition. It was just announced today and if I can come up with an original concept I think it’s worth the shot. http://26th.abcsofdeathpart2.com/