Topic: My new ZOMBIE FILM project - The Escape (Shooting begins Sept 2007)
Well, I am starting a new zombie film. after many months of taking a breather and trying to get Deadlands 2 made I said screw it and decided to do something else for now. Some Virginia based indie filmmakers want to put together a zombie-anthology project. Bascially, 5-6 directors will make 15-25 minute short films based in and around the zombie genre. I just finished the fourth and final draft of my Project... The Escape.
The premise is about 6 people stranded at a movie theater on the night a chemical spill turns the towns residents into zombies. The zombies are similar to my Deadlands zombies in that they will run, but they will also have a few new twists as well, which I don't want to talk about as it will spoil it for everyone. Once the project is unleashed I think it will be more enjoyable.
The entire films budget is about $2500, of which I am rpoud to say I am not financing. Feels good to do something I am not coming out of pocket on, but if need be I am willing to invest upto $1000 more to see it finished.
Here comes the fun part... We will be filming on weekends starting late September, and the filming will last approximately 2-3 weekends. The location is the same movie theater that Deadlands premiered at in Hagerstown, MD. So for 3 weekends we have complete run of the theater.
Cast & crew calls -
All of the original Deadlands crew is involved in Lonnie Martins Women's Studies at the moment, and I am in need of a few good people. I have put up a list below of what I need and if you are interested or know someone interested please have them email me at the email addy at the end of this message.
DP - Yep need a director of Photography:
The project will be shot on a DVX100B I have lighting, gels, and a meter for them to use. Also avilable is a pod and 9ft crane.
Lighting Grips - a few people to help the DP make some things move a little faster and smoother.
Production Asst's: As many as I can get.
Sound Tech/Boom Operator - The sound will most likely be recorded directly into the DVX100, but anyone that can help spruce up the sound a bit would be great.
Make-Up Technicians - Need some make-up techs to do some of the zombie and gore pieces.
ZOMBIES - Always need zombies
Female Lead - (24-29) White Female Blue Collar type name is Shelly
Female Supporting (18-23) White Female Works int he theaters box office, answers to Casey (Girlfriend of male character Chris)
Female Bit Part (911 Operators need 2)
Female (Child) Escape from her parents turned zombie Has minimal speaking lines. Age should be (7-10) Picturing blonde hair in apony tail, but pretty mcuh any decent child actress can get this part.
Male Lead (Chris) Already Casted Actor Chris Clark of Pasadena, MD
2nd Male Lead (Sean) (Age 24-29) As I worte the character I had someone who has the look and build of Hollywood actor Josh Duhamel (http://imdb.com/name/nm0241049/) in mind.
Male Supporting (Jack) (age 24-29) Jack is frineds with Shelly and Sean and has been attacked by the zombies. His friends are trying to get him medical help and they ran to the theater hoping to find some
NOTE: - I have 8 hours to shoot each night Fri, Sat, and Sunday. We will meet at the theater at 8pm and begin setting up. The last show leaves at approximately 10:30 and we have to be out at 7:00am so they can clean the theater for the next business day.
If any of you guys are interested or know someone who can fill a position please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are going to be scheduling a screen test very soon, I will post info on it once the dat and location are set.
Crew and cast positions are of course unpaid, but a very hearty meal will be served each night of production and I am trying to work out at least a gas stipend for the key crew needed.