Your upcoming Zombies of the Living Dead - in a few words,
what is it about?
It is about zombies,
relationships, love, action, blood, gore, and more!
How would you describe your movie's approach
to the zombie genre, also in comparison to the many other zombie movies
out there, including your own Wisconsin
Project X? And what will the zombies in your movie be like?
approach to this type of genre will be pure fun and for the love of these
kinds of movies. It will be a very huge step up from my last
zombie picture, Wisconsin
Project X, for sure. This film has a
great cast and I'm not in the starring role this time. Josh Meny is
the star of the show as Police Officer Sid Jensen. The zombies
like their cousins from Wisconsin
Project X, don't die easily. You
can't just shoot them in the head; Total dismemberment is needed and
another little twist has to be done to finish them off. These
zombies are more like the Return of Living Dead-zombies.
sources of inspiration when dreaming up Zombies of the Living Dead?
II, Return of the Living
Dead, Zombieland, Planet
Project X, and my silly movie Zombie SpooF.
The zombie genre suggests quite a bit of gore
almost by definition - so how do you go about your gore effects and the
Spew!!! Lots of what I call "Spew". Which
is a concoction of chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, grape jelly, and
strawberry jelly. With the occasional coffee grounds. And a
lot of practical special effects. I've made a ripped in half
body, eyeballs, heads, masks, prosthetics effects, and some C.G.I.
practical hybrid effects to enhance the special effects. We have
been getting very messy and having so much fun!
You're usually very inventive in making your
locations look bigger than they are - so what can you tell us about your
locations this time around?
are using what we have this time around. So, there may be some
digital matte shots here and there. But, not much this time around.
We have been shooting nights and have to light it to look like
daytime. We are proud of that. You can see pictures in
the Car scenes on facebook of that. You can see we used old
projector screens to bounce light and reflect it. They work perfect
to create a daytime effect during night shoots.
Do talk about the look and
feel of your movie for a bit!
going for a brighter and more action packed tone for this movie. With tons
of blood and gore! My last zombie movie was visually
dark but bright in tone. This will be bright visually and in
tone. There is a love story involved, too.
What can you tell us about
your cast, and why exactly these people?
cast is awesome! And why them, well, they are perfect for the
roles. And, they did great in Terror
Vortex, too. Josh Meny
brings a real sincerity depth to his character, Johanna Ciampa fills her
character with a depth and realism as Mary the love interest to the Sid
character, Jesse Head as Sid's father Ted brings tenderness and warmth,
Cheyenne Adamson portrays Cisco, Sid's friend with tons of depth and
realism and true emotion. Tyler Wittenberg rocks by bringing a
sincerity and humor to his character along side his brother Edmund
Wittenberg playing the strong and conscious soul tone to his
character. The whole cast rocks! I play Cisco's
buddy Jimmy and a lot of the zombies in the film ha ha. Seriously
though, the cast rocks on this picture for sure!
As far as I
know, the film's still in production. So how far along is it, and any idea
when it might be released onto the general public yet (and I do realize
it's waaay too early to ask)?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
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plan is to wrap shooting this year and have a release later in 2014
sometime. That is the plan for now.
Any future projects beyond Zombies of the Living Dead
you'd like to talk about?
I'm always planning ahead. We plan to shoot a remake of my movie
Metal Rebound, a futuristic cyborg movie, and
Valgard, written by Tyler Wittenberg, which is a medieval
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
- check it out often for updates on the movie!
you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Vortex Special Edition DVD will be available this October 2013
on Amazon and Amazon Video On Demand the extras include "Making of
Featurette", "Audio Commentary with Cast & Crew",
Deleted uncut Scenes, and more! Distributed through FastCoast
Productions and will be available at http://www.fastcoastproductions.com
We plan to get it out on Itunes, Netflix, and many others later next year.
for the interview!