Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Proprietor of Stan's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Stan doesn't care so much about running his business, but when he meets Jarod, a special bond develops and we see a warmer side of Stan.
Brad first gained wide acclaim for his role as Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest in 1976, earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut, a British Academy Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Brad is known today for the role Grima Wormtongue in The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers and is the voice Chucky the killer doll in the Child's Play film series. Brad also co-starred with Gene Hackmen in 1988's Mississippi Burning and was a series regular on Deadwood.
A few quotes from Brad (though maybe not heard on the set):
I am good when there is something central about the character. There is always a human theme I attach myself to. I am really looking for something that is moving or enlightening or something with depth as an actor. I look for these kinds of roles.
There is nothing wrong with horror films. Their existence has definitely had an impact on me. It is important to have scary demons in our world on film. We have them in the world. That is why we are afraid, it is nice to have a visual and to have a confrontation with it.
Photo’s by Monica Lee. MonicaLeePhoto@live.com
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The RED ONE was used to shoot D&C. You can learn more about the camera at http://www.red.com/cameras/
Shown is one of the two RED's D&C had for filming. Akis shot for the A unit and Simon Baechler was the B unit cinematographer.
If you are wondering what is so revolutionary about RED, there's a fairly simple reason for that: this is the first digital video camera that has a resolution comparable to 35 mm film, with great color range. At its core, the camera uses a Mysterium CMOS sensor: The physical resolution of this monster is 4900 x 2580 pixels, for a total of 12.64 million pixels.
Photo by Monica Lee. MonicaLeePhoto@live.com
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Everyone's in a little trailer in Montebello, it's the 2nd week of July, 1st week of shooting, it's very hot, the lights are on and no air conditioning. Jeremy Sumpter, Jarod, and Debbon Ayer, his mom, Martha, are going over their paces.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Wednesday July 15, Winnetka.
Some crew members taking a break between scenes talking with one of the main cast member's about past films. From left, Brad Dourif, Gabriel Villanueva, James Cooney, Tiago Mesquita, Justin Wragg, Simon Baechler, Eshwin Dhir, Ken hedrick, Anthony Ngyuen, Elle Favorule, Seth Laird, and Katie Bowman.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Thanks to everyone for being so patient during this difficult time as we move to recover from the tragedy that took place on set the other week. As most of you know, we suffered a fatality. The coroner's office has ruled the incident an accident and everyone has been cleared of any wrongdoing. While Rick will be sorely missed by all, the production will carry on. We dedicate this film to his loving memory. Rest In Peace, Rick!
Photo taken by LACSD Coroner's Office.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
It's been nine days since a blog, that's how busy our production crew is. I'd like to introduce myself to everyone and say thanks for joining the blog and I'm sorry so much time has passed without any updates. We'll try to stay on top of things for you. I'm Ken, Exec. Producer and partner of AJI Productions. Justin is working hard everyday, running rehearsals, taking meetings with various departments, (Art, Special FX, etc.) and scheduling to name just a few. His wife Karen, doing everything she can to assist him and help keep him sane and on task.
There are many facets to the business end of creating a feature, there's certainly enough work to go around.
I pitch in every chance I get to help lighten the load, from location scouting (Stan's home, the secluded forest dirt road above, Stan's station wagon), script revisions, acquiring extras, catering services/equipment, and providing investment opportunities that go to help meet the needs of last minute expenses.
We're looking forward to welcoming Tiago in from Belgium, Davide in from Italy, Simon in from Switzerland, and Eshwin in from Canada, later this month for their important contributions. I want to thank in advance, everyone attached to the project for their commitment to making a difference and look forward to meeting and spending some time with all of you.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The art department is cracking away, and there are urns and other things being fabricated as we speak. They are a talented group, Isabelle, Briton, Anthony, Andrew, and Tracey, and we know that before they finish they have a ton of loose ends that they'll tie up. It's great knowing they're on it. Here now, tonight, what's going on is there's a lot of work that still needs to go out before bed, and there are meetings from 11 to 3, meaning there's not going to be quite as much sleep as I'd like, but then I guess I wouldn't have it any other way. Okay, it's 3:24. Coffee or sleep.. that's the big call.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Prepping a film is not that hard. You just have to be organized and ready for whatever comes your way, taking into account what the budget is and how the schedule will be a factor in all decisions that you make between now and the end of prep as well as the end of the shoot by estimating the key elements at work including cast, crew, locations, bank fees, rehearsals, special effects, hard drive space, foreign sales and the current state of the marketplace, on set supervision, shot lists, artwork and art department personnel, computer applications, and all of the other elements that can influence a shoot like changing minds, unanswered emails, interest rates, health concerns, pet allergies, business cards and expense sheets.
True, there are other factors that could be added to the list, but there are none that will convince me that there is anything less than pure relaxation that comes from a nice two months of prep.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Anyway, just wanted to show off...as usual, more to come soon.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Check out how it will look on film after we paint and clean it up.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
It's a black and white of our page one (thanks to Dave for layout and lettering...fantastic) and I love it! Click on in it to check it out in detail.
The full black and white version of book one should be done by the end of this month and colored version by the end of next month. We're going to ComicCon and passing out a limted amount of book one, so if anyone's going look for us there.
Much more to come soon!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Ok...we are making a comic book and I'm excited.
Today we met with Dave Lanphear (overseeing production on our D & C comic) who happens to work with every major comic book company (he even worked on The Long Halloween for anyone cool enough to know) and is officially on board with us. You have to check out his stuff at - coroflot.com/Artmonkeys now...no right now. The logo attached is from his company...check out some of the books he's worked on when you see the site.
I admit, I'm a nerd...but this is pretty cool. As soon as I get the first page layout, I'm blogging it...so look for it soon.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Living in L.A. can be tough when you want to break into the film industry. To make ends meet, most of us work in reality television. While less fulfilling creatively, for some of us anyway, it pays the bills. Most of the work that has been done on Death & Cremation happened while I was working elsewhere, so past co-writing the screenplay, I missed a lot of the prep work on it.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Where to begin? This whole process has been pretty crazy. Justin called me in 2007 during the fall to ask me if I had any script ideas for a low budget horror movie that we can write and sell. I had an idea for a dark horror/comedy that I told him about and he liked it quite a bit. So we began writing.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The real thing will be a photo with our lead actor (some of you already know who, but I can't say...sworn to secrecy by my Producer) and the word finder in his glasses will actually be a crossword puzzle. Don't be surprised if you soon see a few of the actual posters around Los Angeles...I have a feeling someone might put them up when no one is looking.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Throughout the coming months I'm going to put out a few blogs on the process of making a low budget Indie entitled Death and Cremation. It's a dark comedy/thriller that most people describe as Dexter (on Showtime) meets Karate Kid (yes, Daniel son). If that intrigues you, check out the synopsis below.
The screenplay takes place in a typical American suburb where a lonely 59-year-old (Stan) pretends to contribute to society by offering cremation services from his basement, when in fact he is murdering neighbors he thinks are morally unfit. When a bullied 16-year-old high school outcast (Jarod) lands an after school job in Stan’s Cremation House, the two develop an unusual working relationship. As a middle-aged detective (Matt) in search of an exciting case puts the clues of their murders together, Stan discovers protecting Jarod is a new cause worth killing for.
It'll be the feel good film of the year...sort of. Casting now. More to come in future blogs.