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SPOTLIGHT: Chris Morrissey

Posted: February 14, 2013 in Meet the Cast

Chris Morrissey will be playing the role of “Kyle” in Predatory Moon.

Chris has been on a very diverse road that has lead him to follow his passion as an actor. He has always bee a performer in some fashion. He first started acting in high school, and though he did not continue acting in the normal sense in college; he found himself in front of audiences again, as a member of the Florida State University Flying High Circus.

Upon graduation he proceeded into the real world as a former police officer and attorney. But his desire to act was still smoldering, so he returned to the stage and then began his film career. Not only has he been honing his craft as an actor, but has also been learning the other aspects of film, and has worked behind the scenes as well on projects in audio and lighting. He believes knowing all he can about the full process of creating movies is essential in becoming a better actor.

Chris is thrilled to be a part of this project and looks forward to working with this talented cast and crew.

Chris Morrissey

SPOTLIGHT: Alex Brousseau

Posted: February 7, 2013 in Meet the Cast

Alex Brousseau will be playing “Ronald” in Predatory Moon.

Alex became interested in acting when he was 8 years old.  He studied at the Young Performers Studio for 2 years and has also participated in many acting workshops and camps.  He has been in several commercials including ones for Publix, Kennedy Space Center, and Universal Studios along with print work for Disney, Lazy Days, and Bealls.  He has also been involved in live stage performances and a student film.  

Alex enjoys acting, paint balling, videography, basketball, and is a black belt in karate.

His webpage can be found at:

Alex Brousseau

(MTCOM essays are written by director Shiva Rodriguez)

Normally I introduce a crew person on Mondays and periodically Spotlight a member of the cast, but this week I’m combining the two in honor of a good friend and very talented actor – Michael J. Cornell.

Michael will be playing the role of “Frank” in Predatory Moon.

I met Michael a few years ago when he auditioned for a film that my husband was directing. It was his first time auditioning, but his great personality and natural acting ability won him the role. He also co-starred in a short film that our Director of Photography spear-headed later that year.

Asides from being a fun person to work with in front of the camera, he’s also been known to lend a hand behind-the-scenes on the productions he works on. During projects we’ve worked on together, he’s always been quick to lend a hand with set dressing, organizing, and even helping me wrangle a huge spiked tree trunk prop!

Last week he jumped in to assist us during the two very long days of auditions for Predatory Moon.

Michael is also very dedicated to his work in the Coalition for the Homeless as a Veteran Community Support Coordinator.


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)

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