Archive for November, 2012

HOWL OUT: Joseph Anderson

Posted: November 30, 2012 in Howl-Outs

A very special thank you goes out to Joseph Anderson for contributing to our indiegogo campaign!

HOWL OUT: Byron Yoh

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Howl-Outs

Thank you, Byron, for contributing to our indiegogo campaign!

(MtCM essays are written by director Shiva Rodriguez)

Over the Thanksgiving weekend the crew of Predatory Moon went out into the middle of nowhere in the freezing cold to shoot a series of promotional videos that we’ll be showing next month. We took the opportunity to invite some other local film crew members to come out and play with us, and the experience was nothing short of amazing.

This week I am taking a moment to gush over the extremely talented and ambitious people who braved both the weather and the wildlife to help us out.

So, in no particular order, I would like to thank the following people:

Richard Anasky, who came out with his camera to shoot all the behind-the-scenes photos. I’ve worked with Rich on a couple film sets before, and I was thrilled to have him there. Asides from being a very talented director himself, he has an amazing way about him and you just can’t help but feel happy and energized about the craft when he’s around.

Robert Coggin, who volunteered to help out with the camera crew and easily shuffled between several crew positions as each member took their 15 minutes in front of the camera. He was a lot of fun to work with and I look forward to being on a set with him again.

Dee Dee Seruga, who really blew me away with her makeup designs. I gave her a list of characters I needed and throughout the day I was stunned by these amazing creatures walking onto the set. It was a very tall order, but she tackled it with a smile and really pulled off an incredible job!

Mar’Keyth Powell, who came out to help with the wardrobe and also ended up being the “blood wrangler” while on set. I already knew that he was a great actor, but he really stepped up to the plate to keep the process running smoothly. One minute he’d be getting someone in costume, the next he’d be spooning out the blood and then gathering up all the messy props to hose off. I really couldn’t have gotten things done so fast without him!

Wayne Burgess, who jumped in as a sound mixer for us. Despite being scheduled for an overnight shift at his “day” job, he stayed with us from beginning to end with an incredible amount of professionalism. He also volunteered for an on-screen role, and really did a great job at adding those special little touches to the character. I’m really looking forward to working with him in the future.

Pat McSherry, who took up the script supervisor position. He was always ready to lend a hand with anything, and worked with a great deal of diligence. He was an absolute joy to have on set, and really helped keep our spirits up as the temperature started dropping!

Mary Dutcher, a very cheerful actress who came out to act as a PA. She was happy to take on one of the character roles, and was also quick to lend a hand whenever she wasn’t on camera or in the makeup chair. It’s always a pleasure to have her in a production!

Devin Payne, who volunteered as a PA. He is relatively new to the craft, but really showed the dedication and drive is so important. He ended up being all over the place as the crew played “musical chairs” with production roles throughout the day, and met the challenge with enthusiasm.

“Big Lou”, who got up before the sun and brought his camper out to the set. In all honesty, this shoot just couldn’t have happened without his generosity in providing and maintaining a portable unit for us to transport supplies, provide necessary facilities, and give the crew someplace comfortable to get out of the cold!

On the set of the “Blood Drive” for Predatory Moon.

Doctor Carnage’s World of Horror, an entertaining blog dedicated to horror movies around the world, has a special interest in independent films such as Predatory Moon. Recently the editor interviewed our director Shiva Rodriguez, and asked her to tell his readers about the story, the practical effects involved, and what to expect from the production.


HOWL-OUT: Anonymous Donor

Posted: November 18, 2012 in Howl-Outs

Thank you to an anonymous donor for contributing to our indiegogo campaign!

HOWL-OUT: Patricia Canakaris

Posted: November 15, 2012 in Howl-Outs

Very special thanks to Patricia Canakaris for contributing to our indiegogo campaign!

Spotlight: Kathleen O’Brien

Posted: November 15, 2012 in Meet the Cast

(Spotlight essays are written by Director Shiva Rodriguez)

When I started development on Predatory Moon, one of the first things I decided was that I wasn’t going to start casting it until it was financed at least through the production stage. I just don’t think it’s fair to keep actors “on hold” for a time period when I’m not completely certain about the schedule.

However, there were some people that I couldn’t have kept away from this project even if I’d erected a ten-foot wall of barbed wire around it. Kathleen O’Brien is one of those people.

I first met Kathleen when she worked on a comedy film that my husband directed a couple years ago. She was just getting into film-acting and had this amazing sense of humor. She also seemed to really have fun with the role she was given and was one of those people you could just tell was “hooked on the biz”. We stayed in touch after that project, so I watched her advance in her acting career and she learned what I normally do in the world of film.

Kathleen has been waiting for the opportunity to get on a horror set with me for years. She’s been in a few productions around Florida (Most recently, The Hunter’s Moon webseries) and she always has that wonderful enthusiasm about everything she does.

Add to that the fact that she is a great actress who puts 110% into every role she takes and it’s not hard to see why I would make her a rare exception to my no-casting-before-financing rule.

So I am very pleased to introduce the lovely Kathleen O’Brien as the actress who will be playing the role of “Karla” in Predatory Moon.

Kathleen O’Brien

Howl-Out: Joel Gausten

Posted: November 15, 2012 in Howl-Outs

Special thanks to Joel Gausten for contributing to our indiegogo campaign and helping us spread the word!

HOWL-OUT: Curt Wiser

Posted: November 14, 2012 in Howl-Outs

A very special thank you to Curt Wiser for contributing to our indiegogo campaign! Be sure to check out his comment on our campaign page to learn about another Florida film that recently finished shooting!

HOWL-OUT! Anonymous Donor

Posted: November 9, 2012 in Howl-Outs

We would like to thank an anonymous donor for contributing to our indiegogo campaign!