Commercial Appeal

Couple months back, Pam told me about a film festival contest for commercials with a horror theme. Turns out the festival was Denise Gossett’s Shriekfest, a long-running California event that I love to promote because I know Denise from my earlier work and she runs one of the best in the country.

A one minute commercial hyping Shriekfest’s 13th year? No brainer. I was in. Unfortunately, weather killed my original idea. We had horrendous rain all summer, and it just didn’t let up enough to allow me to shoot the original concept. So, I went to a backup possibility. Problem was, I couldn’t assemble the necessary crew to get it done on such short notice.

The contest deadline was fast approaching, and for a day, I thought about just not shooting anything. Then, I had the idea to do a spoof commercial that could be shot without much crew, hardly any cast, and with total control over the location. I scripted it out, got some recommendations, and with only a couple days to pull it together, made it happen.

During the shoot, I got it in mind that maybe, regardless of how we did in the contest, I should figure out some way to multi-purpose the thing. We were all there, after all, makeup was set, cameras were rolling, why not?

So, we did some alternate takes, and bingo, the end-product was just what I wanted. BackStreets, our favorite watering hole and place to see live music, uploaded the spot yesterday. Sometime this coming week, it’ll be on their main site, and we’re talking with a local TV station about airing it.

Shriekfest is going on right now, which makes this even cooler.

Having multiple outlets running my spot isn’t something I expected, especially when I had to strip it down like this. Still, I’m thrilled about what we accomplished, basically in four and a half hours in one room without a professional makeup artist or the cameraman I’d expected to be behind the lens.

Fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants filmmaking? Sure was. Successful? Hell yeah, beyond my wildest dreams. Here’s the extended cut, which allowed us to get a little more creative and have a lot more fun. Hope you like it. Denise sure had nice things to say about it, and if it’s good enough for Shriekfest and BackStreets, that’s good enough for me.

WALKERS is Coming

I feel so Alfred Hitchcock saying that…and having it be grammatically correct. But it’s true, and right now the release date I’m targeting is October 19th, to coincide with the opening of ZombiCon in Fort Myers, Florida.

Right now, the estimated page count is somewhere upwards of 300, give or take, and it’ll probably include 15 different tales of the living dead, with a bunch of originals, some hard-to-find oldies, and one or two you might have seen if you’ve followed my comics career, although of course, these are the prose versions, and a bunch have never been seen before, even if they were adapted.

It’s a project that’s been a long time coming, and I’m happy we’ll be able to hit a convention whose audience is walking-dead-friendly. And, while I understand e-books don’t usually have illos, WALKERS will have a few goodies for the gorehounds out there, and here’s a sneak-peek at one of them, by good buddy and fellow zombie-lover Shane Smith.

Walkers Illustration

Sneak Peek at WALKERS…

We’ll have pre-order info up soon, but if you’re a Kindle or Nookster, or read on your tablet, trust me, you’ll be able to enjoy this one on a number of platforms.

Feel free to leave a comment, let me know how you like the first illo. I’ll be posting a B/W of the cover image, probably sometime next week.

And now? Back to work. Lot of editing left to do, lot of ropy intestine left to stretch, lot of internal organs waitin’ to be splattered about.

I know. I’m such a tease…

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