EDIT: This was originally written for yesterday, but it looks like it didn’t get posted, so I’ve made some adjustments and am posting today. Apologies to my friends who’s shorts aired yesterday that this blog wasn’t a portal for people to see your stuff. -C.A.
The shameless self-promotion train continues today as we have five spook-tacular shorts premiering today: Fun Size Horror web site
Since neither Rene or I have any shorts playing today (although they are absolutely worth checking out, it’s a good mix today) I thought it might be nice to give a little history as to how Rene and I got involved in this project in the first place.
This whole project is the brainchild of my friend Zeke Pinheiro. He’s a director/writer/editor and you’ve probably seen his and my names together before particularly if you remember a horror film that we were trying to get made called The Pom Pom Massacre. The one thing we ran into, time and time again, was a lack of ability to get the film funded. Even after a successful Kickstarter to help get the development funds we needed, we just couldn’t lock the financing down. This happened for a few projects in a row and it started to feel like we were always looking for money and never actually making anything.
Last November I got a call from Zeke while I was on set for a commercial. He said that he wanted to make 31 short films for Halloween and release one every day in October. They would all be self-financed so we wouldn’t need to lock down funding. He and I know too many talented people, if we could just find a few that wouldn’t mind helping us out we’d probably be able to do it. That being said, I was a bit flabbergasted. But, it sounded like a hell of a lot of fun and I’m always up for a challenge so I told him I was in. After that he reached out to Mali Elfman and Michael May, two other friends of ours in the industry. Together we started building a plan. That plan was to reach out to other filmmakers we know and see if they were into the idea of:
Creating a short film at 2 minutes or less. (This idea changed later.)
It would be self-produced and funded. (We had no money to offer anyone.)
The creator maintaining all rights and intellectual property.
They licensing us the right to air it through the end of 2014 on whatever distribution we can get, even if it’s just our own YouTube page, and have the option to participate in a bigger release if they choose.
Simple plans with a simple goal: get projects into production and get them seen by the public.
Thankfully a LOT of filmmakers we picking up what we were putting down and we were pleased to have more projects pitched than we were even able to use!
This is the first of what could be an annual event. So many great little shorts have come out of this and there is so much talent that Rene and I have had the pleasure of working with now. I look forward to how those relationships grow. I hope you’ve enjoyed the shorts this year. Check out the Facebook page and come to the public screening if you’re in L.A. on November 2nd.
So much happening today at Fun Size Horror! Today is the big day for Rene and I since the short I wrote and directed, Bloody Mary, is up and the short she stars in, Home, is up as well. Wednesday is Double Feature day, so all of the hosting sites are showing two shorts. We are friends with just about everyone involved int todays posts so I hope you’ll check them all out…
Home is the tale of a crumbling marriage and a fight that leads to the worst kind of homecoming.
Bloody Mary is a bit more personal. When my sister and I were kids I used to get a great deal of joy out of scaring her which, as I’m sure you can imagine, neither she or my parents were all that fond of. The worst thing I ever did was convince her that Bloody Mary lived in our bathroom mirror. This is that story.
Big second day is here and there are six more shorts released! All of them can be seen at Fun Size Horror.com.
However, I’d like to bring special attention to the short Persephone by Lisa J. Dooley. In it Rene and I are terrible rich people. Because it’s a short we’re not in it much, but hopefully a release of the outtakes will be put up somewhere because we had a LOT of fun on this shoot and there was some comedy gold that was, rightly, sent to the cutting room floor.
Get ready for a week of posts all about Fun Size Horror, the micro-shorts project I’ve been working on this year. The posts are up and going to the Fun Size Horror website is probably the easiest way to be able to see them. There are links at the top of the page to each hoisting site and directly to the shorts themselves. Go head there now and check them out: Fun Size Horror.com
Shameless family promotion time: Rene is in the short When They Say You’re Alone. She is one of the cultists and she’s the one that has the close-up near the end.
All the shorts that I’m involved with will be out Wednesday, but don’t wait – go check these out now! Each video is only up for 24 hours and then they are gone until after Halloween. Let me know what you think of them!
It feels good to be getting back into the writing swing of things. Today’s Fun Video Friday is more shameless promotion about Fun Size Horror (have you liked the Facebook page yet?). Here’s the trailer, which features many of the shorts and you can even glimpse Rene a few times if you’re paying attention *wink*. Next Monday the shorts will be released, five per sponsor per day, for only 24 hours each until Halloween!
CurtisAndersen.com is officially back up and, although there’s still some tweeking to do, it’s time to post again!
The big thing I want to focus on is the launch of Fun Size Horror which is NEXT MONDAY! Not familiar with Fun Size Horror? It’s 31 micro-short horror films playing the week of Halloween done by over a dozen up-and-coming filmmakers, including yours truly. Follow the links to the WEBSITE and FACEBOOK PAGE. It’s been a hell of a thing getting this together this year, but the projects that I’ve seen come through are really good and cover the spectrum of horror sub-genres. Go check things out and look for Bloody Mary on Wednesday October 29th on Shock Till You Drop.
The last thing I want to touch on is the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer – omfg.
I’m making some changes to my website and, due to limited amount of time, this means that I won’t be posting for a bit. When I’m back, there should be an all-new, exciting website!
…or horrible disappointment that my HTML skills are feeble and I require a professional designer.
If you are a loyal reader then I encourage you to dip into the archives. It’s not all genius, there’s a lot of crap back there, but there’s also the first posts of Project: Iron Man (which is coming back), the short stories from the 52 in 52 project and any number of Fun Video Friday posts.
Um… I don’t want to be the guy who spouts excuses, but Rene and I were shooting a Fun Size Horror short Thursday night (more on that later) and I was exhausted Friday and forgot to post until about 11pm last night. But this post is actually REALLY cool, in my personal opinion, because it’s the AdCouncil PSA that I was in directed by Matt Piedmont! I did a blog about that a few months ago as a Fun Video Friday because he directed a series of shorts that Rene and I saw at Sundance and you can see those HERE.
I saw this and immediately wanted it to be the companion series to the new season. Gravity Falls meets The Doctor. Can we get The BBC and Disney on this? For more great art by creator Stephen Bryne go check out his Facebook Page.