Adam Rifkin & Penn Jillette put out a trailer for the Sladmdance film DIRECTOR’S CUT. It’s currently playing in festivals all over the country. It’s a very meta film, so as a producer you can find me wandering around in the background quite a bit. We’re looking to have a good proper release date soon.
Herbert Blount aspires to replace the real director of a movie and make it his own by capturing the lead actress and inflicting much horror upon her in his version.
Written by Penn Jillette, directed by Adam Rifkin. Produced by Pete Golden, Glenn Alai, Cyan Banister, Eric Thirteen, Randy Pitchford
Great news! I’m back from Sundance, where 31 was very well received. The film will be released September 16th in theaters and on VOD! It’s real classic Zombie, just brutal as fuck. You’re going to love it.
Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.
Written and directed by Rob Zombie. Produced by Eddie Vaisman, Eric Thirteen, Rob Stull, Michael Sherman, Matthew Perniciaro, Andy Gould, Mike Elliott.
I was the last guest on Brad Wyman’s show about Crowdfunding. We talked about Director’s Cut (which was crowdfunded!) and what the fuck a producer actually does. It was a live sort of talk show, but you can see the archive of the episode online. I’m about 2/3 of the way through episode 22.
It’s finally that time! I’m on the set of Penn Jillette and Adam Rifkin’s new movie . Today I managed to grab this quick video while we were setting up our last shot of the day.
Filming has been incredible. Everyone working on the film is spectacular, I never want to leave the set. You might recognize Dustin Knouse in the video! All our makeup fx and production design / art dept people are killing it, the movie’s got a great weird look.
I mostly just came to see how it’s going, but I ended up being in a bunch of scenes. I’m getting shot in the head in the movie-within-the-movie, and I’m also playing an EP in some stuff on the set of that fake movie (which is called “Knocked Off”).
Shooting is about to begin on Director’s Cut! I shot a video last week of Lexi Love. In the somewhat meta screen test, we reference her other meta-venture, the crowdfunding campaign she did to fund her role in the crowdfunded movie.
Lexi’s awesome. She’s also the Executive Producer of Double Feature. Doing this video was a blast. If I wasn’t off to LA for a month, I’d be hang out in SF shooting some more.
As you might imagine, fans of a free internet podcast aren’t the ideal candidates for pledge drive. That’s ok though; they’ve actually pitched in a ton of money! The thing is, those resources alone are not enough. If this Kickstarter makes it, it’s going to be because of my friends. So if you’re reading this…help me out!
If we can’t fund this Kickstarter, it’s over for us. Yikes. I explain a bit on the page:
When this show began, there was only one goal – to put out a show every single week, even if we didn’t quite know what we were doing. We figured we’d learn. It was content creation through brute force. We started planning for the show almost half a year before even publishing an episode. It seemed like an easy goal at the time. We were self employed, barely twenty years old, and lived maybe a mile apart. We saw each other every day and we never stopped scheming.
Over the years, an afternoon of slasher films went from a recurring activity to something that required strategic planning. Time went from our most abundant resource to our most scarce. We eventually started mapping out the show like a war game. Every year, our real world responsibilities made planning more difficult. In recent years it’s been a near impossible task. The show’s been hard, but we’re thankful for it. We stopped having time to hang out. Working on the show together became the excuse to stay in one another’s lives.
Jobs and responsibilities are what usually end podcasts, and we were determined not to let that bury ours. We found a place to record at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, and it started to look like things were going to be alright. Not a month later, work unexpectedly pulled us to opposite sides of the country. We started scrambling for shows anywhere we could fit them. We were deciding next week’s movies just minutes before we hit record, it became impossible to plan. When we began, time was our most abundant resource…now it’s the one thing we’re without.
With less than a week left, I really don’t know what’s going to happen to the show. It’s such an important part of my life, but it’s become really hard to do. We’re so fucking close now. I really hope we can make it through.
I shot the song with Rob Cornell on February 3rd. It was a spur of the moment kind of thing. I borrowed a Canon T1i and he brought his T2i and we filmed without having any real preparation. Neither of us had been to Lincoln Hall before, so we weren’t really sure what to expect. I’ve been really interested in using a DSLR to shoot video and I thought this would be a great test for low lighting.
I know Glittermouse though their singer, who also happens to be my Double Feature co-host Michael Koester. To be perfectly honest I’ve only seen them live a handful of times and I wasn’t really sure what song to shoot. While we actually shot for the first two songs, I ended up putting together this video for the fourth song in their set. It wasn’t optimal for the coverage we had, but I loved this song so it had to be the one.
I edited it together in Final Cut. I actually cheated a bit and used a ton of b-roll and footage from the other songs. While I’m sure knowing that will ruin the magic for some people, I’m actually really impressed I was able to pull off such a believable video. A lot of that was the magic of Final Cut. This was my first time really using FCP – when I did the Birthday Massacre Bootleg DVD I had made everything using Quicktime and iMovie. Final Cut turned out to be really great. I even did the color in it. I can’t wait to jump back in.