Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Now Available! HORROR MAVERICKS: Filmmaking Advice From The Creators - Volume 1 - by: Danny Draven

Film-making Advice From The Masters
  Volume 1
- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace (January 21, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1469951460
- ISBN-13: 978-1469951461
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces 
- Price: only $9.99

Book Description: This new book features personal and intimate conversations with 
leading artists working in the horror genre. Mr. Draven asks all the right questions 
and the results are clear and candid answers from each person about their craft. 
Learn how Robert Englund likes to be directed, or how Stuart Gordon directs actors,
 or Robert Kutzman's fake blood secrets and so much more...

 The exclusive interviews include: 
- Charles Band (Trancers, Puppet Master, Subspecies) 
- Reggie Bannister (Phantasm) 
- Nathan Barr (composer for the Hostel films) 
- J.R. Bookwalter (The Dead Next Door, Witchouse 2: Blood Coven) 
- David DeCoteau (Puppetmaster, Sorority Babes, The Brotherhood series)
- Jim Dooley (Hannibal, When A Stanger Calls) 
- Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street) 
- Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Stuck) 
- Lloyd Kaufman (President of Troma and maker of Toxic Avenger) 
- Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk Til Dawn, The Rage, Wishmaster) 
- John D. LeMay (Friday the 13th: The Series, Jason Goes to Hell) 
- Herschell Gordon Lewis, The Godfather of Gore (Wizard of Gore) 
- Sam McCurdy (Director of Photography for The Descent films and Dog Soldiers)
- Debbie Rochon ( actress in over 150 horror films)
- Tom Savini (Creepshow, Dawn of the Dead)
- James Wan (Saw, Insidiuos)
- Chuck Williams (Bubba Ho-Tep) and much more...

About the Author
Danny Draven is an award-winning director, producer and writer of horror films
 and a member of the PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA. From slashers, to robots, 
to vampires, to beds that kill, each one has a unique story behind it. All of Mr. Draven's 
work has been distributed worldwide on DVD, the Internet, and Television. He 
started out working with genre notables like Full Moon Picture's owner Charles
Band (Puppet Master, Trancers, Subspecies), as well as producing and directing a
 movie for Master of Horror Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, Stuck, Edmund). Draven's production company, Darkworld Pictures, finished an excellent 35mm feature called
Ghost Month (2009), a supernatural-thriller in which he produced, wrote and directed.

Another great Horror Film-making
 book from Danny Draven!
The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead:
 How to Make Your Own 
Heart-Racing HORROR Movie 

- Author: Danny Draven
- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 1st Edition (January 5, 2010) - A leading publisher of  Media Technology books over for 70 years.We provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: film and digital video production.
- CLICK HERE to purchase Mr. Draven's Horror movies!
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240812069
- ISBN-13: 978-0240812069
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- US: $39.95
- EUR: 29.95
- GBP: 19.99
- Special Reduced Price: $28.55
- You Save: $11.40  (29%)

- Now you can produce, direct and promote your own chilling horror film with real-world advice from award-winning, independent producer/director Danny Draven! From 
the history of horror and the technique of the scare to pre-production and distribution,
 this complete, full-color guide to horror film-making uncovers all the insider secrets
 for creating your own successful movie. Sharing his personal film-making experience,
 Mr. Draven reveals how to create a spine-tingling horror film from start to finish.

- You’ll not only discover how to craft the story, but also how to master using production techniques, music, lighting and editing to thrill audiences. Straight-from-the-set tips
will help you avoid common film-making pitfalls, and extensive information on 
marketing and distribution will show you how to get your film out to the public. 

Learn from groundbreaking horror legends including:

- Lloyd Kaufman, Toxic Avenger
- Robert Kurtzman, From Dusk till Dawn
- James Wan, Saw 
- Robert Englund, Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare of Elm Street films
- Stuart Gordon, Re-Animator
- Tom Savini, Night of the Living Dead
- "Godfather of Gore" Herschell Gordon Lewis
- Charles Band, Trancers 
- David DeCoteau, Puppet Master 3
- John D. LeMay, Friday the 13th: The Series
- Debbie Rochon, Tromeo & Juliet 
- Reggie Bannister, Phantasm and many more…

Find even more hands-on horror advice and 
over an hour of video extras on
  the companion web site! 

- Behind-the-scenes footage from Ghost MonthCryptz, Darkwalker & Deathbed 
- A collection of independent horror film trailers 
- Sample scripts, schedules and agreements
- Classic behind-the-scenes footage from Puppetmaster, Blood Dolls, Dead Hate the Living and more courtesy of Full Moon Features
- Listing of horror film festivals and distributors

The following text refers to the Kindle Edition edition...
*Write, produce, and distribute your own low-budget but high-quality horror film
* Find over an hour of behind-the-scenes video footage and movie trailers 
on the companion web site!
* Exclusive interviews with horror legends


"Danny Draven is the renaissance film dude!" 
- Charles Band, Producer of the Puppet Master, Trancers and Subspecies Series 

"This publication is a must if you're a struggling Indie Horror film-maker, a 
neophyte to the Horror Genre, a professor of film-studies (great insight into the 
"making-of") and especially if you are a genuine lover of horror, since you will 
really enjoy all the references to obscure films that you have never even heard of!" 

"This fantastic book is pure unadulterated brilliance!" - www.HorrorUnlimited.com

"Roger Corman taught me efficiency, Charles Band taught me showmanship,
 Fred Olen Ray taught me tenacity, and Danny Draven taught me everything about
 post-production!"- David DeCoteau, director of over 80 feature films

"The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead is an amazing resource for all aspiring filmmakers in any genre." - FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND

"Danny Draven's book, The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead How to Make Your Own Heart-Racing Horror Movie is a terrific new 'How To' for aspiring indie horror filmmakers. In fact, there's a ton of great information packed inside making it a great go-to reference for anyone involved with indie production, not just horror. If you want to learn how to make a horror movie without enrolling in film school, this book is where your journey should start!"-Todd Debreceni, Makeup Effects Artist/Designer, Author of Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen Making and Applying Prosthetics (Focal Press, 2008)

"the reader will find interviews with filmmakers Charles Band, Stuart Gordon, Lloyd Kaufman, David DeCoteau and J.R. Bookwalter...followers of cult cinema will be thrilled to hear these masters of low-budget features discuss the hazards of the industry. The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead is filled with tons of valuable information that will not only apply to horror fans, but to filmmakers across all genres working on a smaller budget."
- ZigZag, horrortalk.com

 "Set tips and applications from an award-winning director, enhancing his perceptions with interviews with horror legends from Stuart Gordon (of Re-Animator) to Tom Savini (Night of the Living Dead). The result is a fine history of horror and pre-production techniques key to putting on a superior production." - CA Bookwatch

"The book covers every step of the filmmaking process (pre-production, production, post-production, and marketing) and is full of the author's experience and advice. There are also several insightful interviews throughout the book where horror icons such as Stuart Gordon, Robert Englund, and Tom Savini, dispense advice to aspiring filmmakers. The book is beautifully laid out and is full of great images. There is also a companion website to the book where you can download examples of forms used in filmmaking and watch multimedia examples of topics discussed in the book. The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead is an amazing resource for all aspiring filmmakers in any genre."

"In 2010, Mr. Draven published his first book entitled The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead: How to Make Your Own Heart-Racing Horror Movie. Contained within is a wealth of information about making your own independent movie, including all of the tips, tricks, and money-saving shortcuts that Draven uses on his own films. In addition to his own wisdom, the book contains interviews with some of the most respected figures in independent horror including James Wan, Tom Savini, Lloyd Kaufman, and a foreword 
by Full Moon's own Charles Band."- FullMoonHorror.com

Whether you’re a first-time filmmaker or an old pro, Danny Draven’s book will likely show you scenarios to rattle your indie filmmaking bones or cause you to chuckle. No matter what your background, if you’re a lover of the horror genre, or a maker of independent films, you should pick up this book.   - Film Monthly

Monday, January 30, 2012

Poe, Times Two - Twin Tales of Mystery, Murder... and Mortar - featuring Mr. Greg Oliver Bodine

Greg Oliver Bodine is a gifted New York City actor and playwright. 
 He is also a member of Actors' Equity Association and The Dramatists Guild of America.

He recently performed his critically acclaimed one-man play Poe, Times Two ...
comprised of two short adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic, horror stories, 
The Cask of Amontillado and The Black Cat at:
WorkShop Theater Company312 West 36th Street in Manhattan. 
- Joe Franklin of Bloomberg Radio lauded the performance as...  "a serious appreciation of Edgar Allan Poe’s understanding of our fears and madness." 

- Ronald Gross of the New York Theater Buying Guide equally praised the show as...
 "a scary, stunningly staged, high-fright homage to the creator of the horror story.”

Critically acclaimed for his solo adaptations of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol
by North Bay Review, WA... "Spirited, intense, riveting"

- Most recently from Tor.com (half of the 2011 NY Innovative Theatre
award-winning production of Things at the Doorstep) for his brilliant performance
 in H.P Lovecraft's The Hound... "Deliciously macabre"

312 West 36th Street
4th Floor East
New York, NY 10018 
(between 8th and 9th Ave)
(212) 695-4173

- The WorkShop Theater Company's mission is to provide a creative home for our diverse group of playwrights, directors and actors to hone their talents and cultivate projects, from inspiration through finished production, while encouraging our audience to partner with us in developing new and exciting work.

- The WorkShop has developed hundreds of plays, among them Allan Knee's The Man who Never Was Peter Pan. That play eventually became the film Finding Neverland. It also received Academy Award nominations for screenwriter David Magee and producer Nellie Bellflower, both of whom are 
alumni of the Workshop Theatre Company.

Contact Laurie Graff at 917 -572-4273 or
Ticket prices: $18; $15- Students/Seniors
Member Of A E A
An Equity Approved Showcase

Back-to-Back Solo Performances by...
One Exceptional Actor
Two Classic Horror Stories!
Written & Performed by Greg Oliver Bodine
Directed by DeLisa M. White

   - Lighting Design: Richard Kent Green                 
- Sound Designer: Charles Jeffreys
- Costume Designer: Jeanette Aultz
- Ass. Director/Stage Manager: Stefania Diana Schramm
- Producing Director: Kathleen Brant
NYSCA Grant Award-Winning playwright & performer...
 Mr Greg Oliver Bodine triumphantly brings 2 of Poe's
 best short horror stories to thrilling life!
as ALFRED, a condemned man
Time & place: 
Past midnight in the cold cell of a prison, north of NYC- mid 1800s
 starring in 
Synopsis: First published on the front page of the 
Philadelphia Saturday Evening Post in August, 1843, "The Black Cat" is one 
of Poe's famous murder tales. The story is told by the murderer himself, the
 first-person narrator speaking to us on the eve of his
execution for the crime of brutal killing his wife...
 Poe's masterful study of domestic violence, guilt and one man's descent into madness! 
It's a journey that illustrates the ability of the human mind to observe and comment 
on its own destruction, without being able to stop it!
Note: Greg’s other page-to-stage adaptations in the 'Genre of the Macabre' include his:

- Full length play, Wicked Tavern Tales, now published by Indie Theater Now

- A short, solo, female version of Poe’s The Tell-tale Heart.

 - Two H.P. Lovecraft’s classic short, horror stories: The Hound (a chilling,
 gruesome tale about grave-robbing) and Dark Soundings... an extremely 
successful solo adaptation of two nautically-themed horror stories also
 directed by DeLisa M. White 

- The Screaming Skull and The Upper Berth by F. Marion Crawford, which Greg has been touring at Seaport Museums and 'Haunted Ship' Halloween festivals since 2008 through his Long Island-based theater company: North Shore Theatre Group

312 West 36th Street
4th Floor East
New York, NY 10018 
(between 8th and 9th Ave)
(212) 695-4173

Written & Performed by Greg Oliver Bodine
Directed by DeLisa M. White

- Lighting Design: Richard Kent Green
- Sound Designer: Charles Jeffreys
- Costume Designer: Jeanette Aultz
- Ass. Director/Stage Manager: Stefania Diana Schramm
- Producing Director: Kathleen Brant


a slighted Venetian nobleman
Time & Place:
 The Prigioni Vecchi (State Inquisitor's Room) 
of the Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy - early 1820s
 starring in 
The Cask of Amontillado 
Synopsis: "The Cask of Amontillado"’ was first published in the November 1846 
issue of Godey's Lady's Book, a monthly magazine from Philadelphia that 
published poems and stories by some of the best American writers of the 
19th century, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 
and Harriet Beecher Stowe.  By the time Poe wrote this story, he was already
 nationally known as the author of the poem ‘‘The Raven’’ (1844) and of several short
 stories collected in a book called, simply, Tales (1845). The story is narrated by
 Montresor, who carries a grudge against Fortunato for an offense that is never
 explained. Montresor leads a drunken Fortunato through a series of chambers 
beneath his palazzo with the promise of a taste of Amontillado, a wine that 
Montresor has just purchased. When the two men reach the last underground
 chamber, Montresor chains Fortunato to the wall, builds a new wall to 
seal him in, and leaves him to die.

Greg will be performing Poe, Times Two next Fall at Cape May Stage 
and in October 2013, he will be teaming up with artist, Jason McKittrick

Starting October 13, 2013 in NJ
The upcoming Bodine-McKittrick theatrical project in Oct 2013, aptly titled, Cryptocurium: The Killian Chronicles Vol. 1, once again will be directed
 by DeLisa M. White! It comprises an evening of two, solo one-act plays adapted
 from The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Gold Bug - a dramatic
 re-telling ofEdgar Allan Poe’s classic tales of horror and intrigue by his friend,
 Dr. James Killian, renowned 19th century physician, sleuth, adventurer and 
abnormalist. The show opens in mid-October 2013 in NJ and will run for
 three weeks at 8pm through Halloween. 

For more details about Greg’s upcoming
 theatrical happenings, kindly visit:
1(212) 841-0327

CRYPTOCURIUM is a New Jersey based custom chocolate and candy maker
committed to producing “handmade edible art” of the highest quality.
Utilizing legends and lore, stories and myths, CRYPTOCURIUM transforms
the strange and the macabre into custom chocolates and candies for your enjoyment!

Greg Oliver Bodine  will be performing Poe, Times Two next Fall at Cape May Stage
and inOctober 2013, he will be teaming up with artist, Jason McKittrick of Cryptocurium 
Custom Chocolates & Candies, whose recent foray into creating horror-themed,
 ‘handmade edible art’ became a hit at the 2011 NJ Zombie Walk in Asbury Park, 
which Guinness World Records officially recognized in 2010 as the new holder of the
 record for the World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies!


More details on Greg Oliver Bodine:
- Artistic Director; Capt. Braddock in The Screaming Skull &
 Brisbane in The Upper Berth (Dark Soundings)
- Montresor in The Cask of Amontillado / Alfred in The Black Cat (Poe, Times Two) 
- Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol 
- For more biographical info on Greg, visit his website at www.gregoliverbodine.com 
- For more info on A Christmas Carol, please visit www.xmascarol.net 
- Director: Barrymore's Ghost; (Whodunit Mystery Reading Series) 
Greg is a very talented & gifted actor and writer dividing his time between Oyster Bay and New York City. He has performed in numerous regional and stock productions, including the premiere of his one-man adaptation of A Christmas Carol in 2003. 
 - New York acting credits: include shows at Metropolitan Playhouse, Ensemble Studio Theatre, American Globe Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, FringeNYC, Lincoln Center Theater Directors' Lab, Columbia University M.F.A. Directing Program, Center Stage, Theater Ten Ten and FringeNYC.
- Film: Solar Vengeance, Trash It! and The Big Cheat. 
Television: Guiding Light, As The World Turns and Saturday Night Live.
- Greg is a graduate of Hobart College and the M.F.A. Drama Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Grants For the Arts Recipient, (A Christmas Carol) and currently works as a Theatre Teaching Artist in the Long Island School Partnership Program with Tilles Center For the Performing Arts in Brookville, NY.
- Greg's professional affiliations include: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors' Guild, American Federation of Television & Radio Artists and The Dramatists Guild.  He is a member of the Writers' Forum at Manhattan Theatre Source and an Associate Artist with Living Image Arts in NYC.

Friday, January 27, 2012

The 6th Annual Dark Carnival International Film Festival "The Sundance Of Horror" October 19 - 21, 2012

Officially Announces Festival Dates
 and Call For Movie Submissions
NEWS FLASH! Bloomington, IN – Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls... 
 join us October 19-21, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana for the “Sundance of Horror” 
and the Greatest Show Unearthed! Founded nearly six years ago, the Dark Carnival International Film Festival strives to be the premier event for screening the best independent horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy films. Our mission is to put fans and 
filmmakers first and present a show filled with freaks, fire, and fantastic films from
the four corners of the globe. Many of the movies at the Dark Carnival have been 
picked up for distribution by major companies, and our event has provided
 numerous  networking opportunities for visiting filmmakers.
- Since 2007, Dark Carnival has screened over 160 films from more than a
 dozen countries all over the world, and from almost every state in the US. 
In a relatively short time, we have gained a reputation as a festival that values 
indie filmmakers and that loves the horror genre as something much more than a
 business niche or a way to sell merchandise.
- As a result, we’ve gained the attention of some of the most highly regarded genre publications, film distributors, and sponsors including Avid, R2 Entertainment, HorrorHound MagazineGeekTyrant, and Final Draft. The festival has also been featured multiple times in MovieMaker Magazine, which recognized Dark Carnival
as one of the “13 Horror Film Fests to Die For” (Fall 2011) and one of the top
 “25 Film Fests Worth the Entry Fee” (Fall 2009).
Dark Carnival 2011 
 Photos by: John Sears/Zombie Rights Campaign
- While other genre film festivals often screen their movies in tiny hotel conference rooms, from the very beginning we’ve been proud to showcase festival films in the best possible venue..  the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater (BCT) in downtown Bloomington, Indiana.  Formerly known as the “Indiana Theatre,” the BCT is a vintage 1930s era movie house that features state-of-the-art sound and projection equipment, on a 30 by 20 foot screen. The BCT is located just blocks from the Indiana University campus, and is surrounded by a variety of eclectic shops and amazing restaurants.

 IMPORTANT! What makes this distinction even more amazing is the caliber of the other festivals on the list... some of the most prominent festivals in the country, including Screamfest LA 
and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival

Dark Carnival is currently accepting submissions for 2012 and festival organizers 
are looking for original, cutting edge independent films in the horror, dark fantasy 
and sci-fi genres. Both short and feature-length films are accepted, as well as music 
videos and trailers. The final deadline for submission is July 28, 2012.
                                            CLICK HERE For our SUBMISSIONS Page

 ATTENTION! We’re searching the four corners of the globe to discover the most
 gruesome and spectacular horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy films known to mankind. 

Dark Carnival is a celebration of horror, featuring live entertainment, merchandise vendors, celebrity guests and film screenings. It’s a different show every year, and 
Dark Carnival events have included outdoor drive-in film screenings, costume contests, dance parties, sideshows, horror hosts, film-making seminars, burlesque dancers,
 live fire shows and more!  CLICK HERE For MAP and DIRECTIONS

Official Festival Passes 
On Sale July 2012

Our official program guide will soon be available in mobile format.
 Get the latest Dark Carnival news, film schedules, trailers, and more with
 the Dark Carnival Film Festival iPhone app, FREE on iTunes! 
 We’re working on a mid-January 2012 release date.

- Adult Screening Series 
Every year we present an Adults-Only screening series which is our last block of films 
on Saturday night. These are films that have more mature content (nudity and/or gore) and thus tend to be overlooked by a lot of other festivals.

- VIP Banquet
Dark Carnival hosts an annual VIP banquet on Friday night at midnight. This event is designed to give visiting indie filmmakers a low-key way to meet their peers, have fun, network, and hang out with some fans.  The banquet features an open bar, candlelit tables for small groups, and a separate party area on a heated outdoor patio overlooking the city. The VIP Banquet also doubles as our awards event.

- Vendor Area
This year, Dark Carnival is expanding our vendor area with more tables than ever! We’re working to bring a variety of  vendors of horror, sci-fi, and cinema related items, including memorabilia, art, books, movies, comics, T-shirts, and more! 
- "Into The Dark" Blog
Dark Carnival just launched a new horror/sci-fi entertainment blog called Into The Dark www.into-the-dark.com. This blog covers both indie and mainstream films, and will include reviews, interviews, and more!

David E. Pruett, Festival Director
Dark Carnival Film Festival

Buskirk-Chumley Theater (October 3 - 4) 
Dark Carnival VIP Banquet & Awards (Photo: Jamie Rio)

Dark Carnival Vendor Area (Photo: Jamie Rio)

Fire Breathing Show (Photo: Jamie Rio)

Special Guest Michael Berryman (Photo: Jamie Rio)

Dark Carnival Awards (Photo: Jamie Rio)

Buskirk-Chumley Theater  (Photo: Jamie Rio)

Dark Carnival Costume Party  (Photo: Paul Belcastro)

Dark Carnival Fire Show  (Photo: John Sears)

Dark Carnival Dance Party  (Photo: John Sears)

Evil Clown Greets Guest  (Photo: John Sears)

Best Costume Contest   (Photo: John Sears)

Dr. Calamari Greets the Audience During Intermission 
  (Photo: John Sears)


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