More Izzy stuff

What a night. I wanted to get a blog post out sooner than this but my life is sort of busy and awesome at the moment. So far so good on ISABELLE. Everything we have shot so far looks great. We started off with an early afternoon green screen driving test with Des, Jeremy, and Steve. Rather than go through an entire day trying to figure out how to shoot in a moving vehicle, we decided to attempt it green screen and see if we couldn’t save ourselves some time, energy, and stress. So far, the footage Deejay has sent me looks fantastic so I think we lucked out. After an outstanding job by all of our actors (and a big thanks to Jeff for letting us use his garage), we went to Virginia’s, a local diner here in Lincoln, and I gorged on two orders of Croissant’s and hash browns. I am fat.

Later that night was when all the fun started. Melanie Gillis arrived from Omaha for what we hoped would be a fairly short shoot. FX guy Mitchell of Prometheus FX also showed up. The plan was to kill her. That didn’t quite go to plan. First, we were shooting in downtown Lincoln when a giant rain/hail storm hit us, delaying the shoot. Then we spent most of the night getting dialogue stuff. By the time we got around to the death sequence, we were out of time. Much to the chagrin of the cutest little kids ever who waited up as long as they could in the hopes they’d get to see a monster kill the nice girl who loves pie. Did I mention our actress loves pie? :)

I’m just getting around to finally looking at the footage tonight. Deejay’s harddrive arrived in the mail this afternoon and other than a few snafus (Has anyone noticed the glaring error yet?) that should be easy to fix in post, we did a great job. I can’t wait to start editing this stuff together. Good thing I a three day weekend. On Monday, I’ll be getting paid to edit. Always a plus :)

Leprechaun 3 – Lep's taking down Vegas, baby!

We checked out Leprechaun 2 a while back, on Splattercast #216, and that was a hoot. In light of that positive experience, when I got a suggestion recently to take a look at Leprechaun 3, I was willing to roll the dice on it. Turns out the Leprechaun has hit the strip, looking for some action in Vegas. Can you imagine with the Leprechaun? Maybe our pal Steve could get some luck from ‘ol Lep before our next game.

Isabelle: The Noir Slasher!

Yes, fear not, you will get a color version of ISABELLE in its full splatterific, blood spraying glory. Join the Facebook group to keep up on stuff.

But even as I work on Izzy, my mind is thinking about the next movie, which will be a film noir. Long time fans of the site will know that I am a huge admirer of not only noir, but black and white films in general. There's just something about it I like. And so this evening I had some spare time and decided to noir up the handful of scenes we've shot so far. There will be a black and white version of this movie available in some form eventually. Hopefully we can just stick it on the DVD ala The Mist as an extra option. Or maybe I'll just offer it as a download for those who buy the DVD. We'll see. That's a ways down the road. But I feel that it will only help when we decide to do our noir next summer. Some extra images after the jump

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eXplodey Files 71: Quagmire

Jo, Chris, and Becky balance the endearing benevolence of Quagmire with an extended discussion of the disturbing movie Megan is Missing, which contains minor spoilers (most of which are in the stinger).

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Splattercast #279

It's time for “Ani-May,” where we dip our tentacles into the world of Japanese animation. On Splattercast #279 we look at the sort of “meh” Blood: The Last Vampire and the totally awesome Berserk. We also spoil The Avengers for Steve, since he's like the only guy in the country to not have seen it over the weekend.