My short film is here! Vote for it in #MyRodeReel!

I’m extremely proud to present my finished short film, Devil’s Advocate for the My Rode Reel contest. Devil’s Advocate is about a skeptic whose doubt is put to the test when a ghost hunter claims to have a recording of the devil’s voice.  I was really inspired by cerebral horror like in Night Gallery and Ray Bradbury Theater instead of heavy slasher/monster tropes for this one. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it!

I’ve embedded it below, along with the behind the scenes video, where I chat a bit about the production process and the roles for women in film.

The film had to be shot with a Rode microphone product, come in at under 3 minutes, and include a 3 minute behind the scenes video. Please check out the link below and VOTE! They’re giving away a People’s Choice award in addition to the Judges’ picks, so it can’t hurt. :) All you have to do is sign in with Facebook or Google + and hit the Vote button. It takes five seconds and could make a world of difference for me and my crew :D :D And if you want to go the extra mile, please SHARE via Twitter, Facebook, or WordPress.

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Thanks for all your moral support guys!

Follow Friday: Carrie Rubin! + Thoughts on Horror

It’s my pleasure to give this week’s Follow Friday to Amazon bestselling author, and physician, Carrie Rubin. Carrie’s blog is enlightening as well as humorous. She’s chock full of great stories, in addition to being a lovely and supportive blog friend. Go visit her blog and maybe even buy her book :)

Fridays are usually freeform. Mostly, I preface them with a Follow Friday, and then I yak about whatever’s going on with my projects, or something on my mind. This week – a brief discussion about horror, as that’s been something relevant to me this week.

Horror and I have never been good bedfellows. I’ve never seen Saw, or Hostel, or even classic slasher movies like Friday The 13th. Until I was 17 and Repo! The Genetic Opera became one of my favorite movies, I had a real aversion to gore as well. I’m still squeamish, but only with the “realistic hardcore” gore from something like Django Unchained or Saving Private Ryan. Or anything that involves demonic possession. Or really hardcore disturbing stuff like American Horror Story, because of all the disfigured skinless serial killers they’ve got running around. But the fake, dismembered-limbs, bright-red-blood, obviously-fake-entrails gore from Death Race 2000, or the 300 movies, or even Harper’s Island? Doesn’t really bother me anymore.

I can count the amount of “scary” movies I’ve seen on probably one hand. About the only ones I grew up with were Poltergeist, which is fairly tame, and some mild Stephen King fare like The Langoliers and The Stand. Last year, I watched Devil during October and quite enjoyed it.

So, since it’s the season of horror, I’m going back and watching a few movies I would have been afraid of once, but can now handle just fine. Austin and I have begun with the Scream trilogy, which is on Netflix. I’m adoring them so far. The irreverent humor is just grand and I’m still never able to guess who Ghostface is. The first one was basically like “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Murder Spree” and I really need a gif of Matthew Lillard being hit with a phone and whining about it as he’s simultaneously bleeding to death. And they’re really not scary at all so much as they’re hilarious. I don’t even know why movies like Scary Movie were made if Scream already nailed the horror parody.

Next on the list: The Cabin In The Woods, which is a Joss Whedon movie and supposedly quite wry; The Craft, which I’ve seen bits of before and enjoyed; may give the first 3 Resident Evil movies a shot (as I’ve seen 4 & 5 and they were basically just action movies with a few zombies). Maybe Cursed too, because I think it’s on Crackle or Amazon? I may also watch Rubber, which is a dark indie comedy about an evil tire that rolls around and makes people’s heads explode. And I’ve got The Cable Guy, World War Z, Carrie, Rosemary’s Baby, Apollo 18, The Raven, Prophecy, Let The Right One In,  and Donnie Darko all in the queue, all of which I’ve never seen… that should be enough to get my slightly wimpy horror/thriller fix for Halloween XD

And after all that – Chicken Run. Because Thanksgiving. :P Have a good weekend!