Archive for December, 2012

(MTCOM essays are written by director Shiva Rodriguez)

Oh no! I’m doing a werewolf film and I can’t draw a decent stick figure! Enter Daniel Byrd, our Creature Designer.

I’ve known Daniel for a long time, and he’s designed a lot of great logos for me over the years. We’re even got a graphic novel pet project in the works together. But what he is best-known for, and very deservingly so, is his graphic work in the horror genre.

So when I knew that I would need some designs for a very unique and complicated werewolf creature, Daniel was the first person I called.

He’s never thought about designing for F/X before, so this is a very interesting challenge for him. Not only is he creating the overall look for the creature, but he is also deeply involved in working with me on designing the sequential stages of the human-to-creature transformation. And I have to tell you, he has been coming up with some extremely creative and twisted ideas for that!

Then he went and surprised the crew by offering up three original art pieces inspired by Predatory Moon to help us raise funds for the film! (You can see them on our indiegogo campaign page.)

Daniel has a formal education in sequential art, and his work has been featured on the covers of albums and movies, as well as logos. His horrifyingly brilliant pieces been shown in many art shows around the country, and he has the distinction of being a two-time winner for “Best Horror” in the Dragon*Con Art Show.

To learn more about Daniel and his amazing work, visit his official website at

Daniel Byrd

HOWL OUT: Patrick McSherry

Posted: December 28, 2012 in Howl-Outs

Special thanks to Patrick McSherry for contributing to our Indiegogo campaign.

HOWL OUT: Judith Potocki

Posted: December 27, 2012 in Howl-Outs

A special thank you to Judith Potocki for contributing to our indiegogo campaign!

Happy Holidays!

Posted: December 25, 2012 in Howl-Outs

The crew of Predatory Moon would like to wish everyone to have a howling good holiday!

(MtCoM essays are written by director Shiva Rodriguez)


Duckie is our stunt coordinator for Predatory Moon.

Oh, where do I begin…

First of all, Duckie and I have worked together for the better part of  20 years. We met while acting in one production, re-connected several years later while working for another production, got married and started producing stage shows together, then eventually got into doing film work together.

Yes, our marriage is a partnership made in heaven… he gets actors to beat each other up (as a stunt/fight coordinator ) and then I come in and kill them (as an FX artist ).

We also used to fight in a live combat show that we produced. One of his favorite stories is about how one performance fell on my birthday so during our fight he let me pluck out his eyeballs. See… that’s love.

Duckie is a bit of a maniac when it comes to planning out a fight sequence, but he’s also an even bigger nut about safety than I am. When I told him that I was going to need a big fight, he immediately started working on various contraptions he could use to give me “Crouching Tiger Hidden Werewolf”.

(He’s hoping that we do well with our fund-raising so that he can build some even more  interesting mechanisms for the werewolves.)

Duckie has also done quite a bit of directing for both stage and screen, and the many years of watching him in action and working beside him has taught me an awful lot about what to expect.


Yes, we’re now casting for Predatory Moon!

Auditions will be held in Ormond Beach, FL on January 15-16, 2013. Go to our Auditions section to submit an application. Deadline for applicants is January 13th!

Her Film

Posted: December 23, 2012 in Donation and Fund-raising News

A special thank you to Her Film for helping us spread the word about our indiegogo campaign. Her Film puts the spotlight on films that are produced and directed by women, or are made for women.

This weekend Her films spotlighted our director, Shiva Rodriguez. You can see the article here:

Spotlight: Mel Heflin

Posted: December 20, 2012 in Meet the Cast

(Spotlight essays are written by director Shiva Rodriguez)

I’ve mentioned before that I made it a rule not to cast for Predatory Moon until financing is in place, but there were a couple of exceptions…

The one female role that I thought I’d have the hardest time filling was the one that required a wide acting range, nudity, and heavy FX makeup. I can’t tell you how excited I was when Mel Heflin came onboard this project!

I met Mel on the set of a project called Moonie vs The Spider Queen, and there were three things about her that just really grabbed my attention. First of all, she’s gorgeous and has a very friendly disposition that makes her great to work with. Secondly, she’s extremely professional and has a realistic understanding about working in small independent films. And the icing on the cake was that even after her scene had wrapped, she stayed around for the rest of the day to get to know the crew and even lent a hand with the production.

That third point was the most important to me. I’ve been on a few productions where there was a very solid dividing line between cast and crew, and I never thought that was beneficial. So I was thrilled to meet this beautiful actress who went above and beyond to help with the projects she’s involved in.

Oh, and did I mention that she’s a huge horror fan who really wants to be in a werewolf movie?

Mel has been in several films, including The Trip, Dead Woman’s Hollow, Left 4 Dead, and The Pit. Her modeling work is incredibly diverse, everything from glamor to straight-out zombie horror. You can read all about her on her website at

I am really looking forward to working with Mel on Predatory Moon and I believe that she will really bring a lot to the character of “Shari”.

Mel Heflin (Photography by Herblish)

Mel Heflin (Photography by Herblish)

HOWL OUT: Melissa Rhinehart

Posted: December 19, 2012 in Howl-Outs

A special thank you going out to Melissa Rhinehart for contributing to our indiegogo campaign!

(MTCOM essays are written by director Shiva Rodriguez)

Garo is a Co-Producer for Predatory Moon, lending the production his experience and skills in marketing, distribution, and getting the production put together.

I first met Garo in 2011 when he hired me to do the practical FX gags for his film Dangerous People. I didn’t really get a chance to get to know him until a month or so later when he asked me to come back because he had to re-shoot most of his film due to a couple of problems that were real doozies. That’s what really got my attention. Here was a Director-Producer who had spent most of his budget shooting the film once and was faced with his project completely collapsing, but he had the determination to get out and film it a second time.

This was a guy that I figured I could learn a thing or two from, and ever since then I’ve learned quite a lot from him. In fact, he tries to make sure that I avoid making mistakes as a fledgling director by offering his advice and suggestions every step of the way. He also seems to have this uncanny habit of getting in touch with me right when I’m about to pull my hair out over something and talk me down off of a virtual ledge.

He has been involved in film distribution since the age of 18 when he began acquiring and distributing Asian action films. He began his own film series at the Coolidge Corner Theater and was awarded with two Boston Film Critic Awards for Film Programming. He also worked for Quentin Tarantino’s Rolling Thunder Films by researching and acquiring the original Hong Kong marketing materials for films such as Fists of Legend and Chung King Express to be used to create a US marketing campaign.

Garo co-wrote, produced, and co-starred in the low-budget film Actress Apocalypse which was carried by major retailers. He is currently living in Boston and is in post-production on Dangerous People.

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