Monthly Archives: April 2014

Rank This! Your Most Anticipated Summer 2014 Movies

RankerMay is here and that means that through the month of August, we will have wannabe blockbusters and some of the hottest properties the film industry has to offer hitting theaters one after the next. Even though every studio and distributor is approaching the season intent on making an impression (and big bucks), there’s only so much love and money to go around, so we want to know which highly anticipated summer movies you’re making top priorities.

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Indie Horror Journal: Bringing the Child Eater to Life Part 4

Colin_Child_Eater_2After nearly a month in Catskill, New York, we’ve completed three weeks of principal photography on Child Eater and have just a single day of shooting left to go. But before we make our way down to New Jersey to shoot the hospital portion of the script, it’s well worth revisiting certain experiences from the past week because it was certainly the most challenging of the shoot.

Lesson 1: Weather Sucks

One of my favorite parts about being a producer is problem solving. Something goes wrong and you fix it; it’s that simple. However, no matter how hard you work, for the most part, there’s just nothing you can do about weather. When we put together our shooting schedule back in March, we had a number of things we needed to schedule around. At that point, the priorities were an actress that we had to fly in from Los Angeles for a short period of time and also accommodating the day-set and night-set material in a way that our call times would get later and later each day so that our cast and crew had a proper turnaround. A few days in, something else took precedence – our child actor. He had to be wrapped by 10pm on school nights and midnight on weekends, and as unforeseen factors forced us to make changes to the schedule, we absolutely ran the risk of jeopardizing that requirement.

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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 2

Prolethians_Orphan_BlackEven though episode two of the new season of Orphan Black still attempts to cover just as much ground as the premiere, ‘Governed By Sound Reason and True Religion’ is a tighter experience because there’s more depth to each clone’s situation and they’re becoming more and more intertwined. Should that trend continue, season 2 could rock quite the build.

We’ve known for a while that Kira, Sarah’s daughter, is special. Clones can’t reproduce, but for some reason Sarah can, so naturally her offspring is one of a kind and therefore highly valuable to the various interested parties.

Watching Sarah react to Kira’s disappearance has been gut-wrenching, but by ditching the missing Kira plot early on, we can get to the juicer parts of her curious situation. And it’s those juicier parts that are responsible for the large majority of the connective tissue between scenes, scenarios and characters in ‘Governed By Sound Reason and True Religion.’

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Interview: Locke’s Tom Hardy & Steven Knight

Tom_Hardy_Locke_InterviewTom Hardy is Ivan Locke, a successful building site manager and dedicated family man.  The night before one of the biggest concrete pours of his career, Ivan learns that a woman he once slept with is about to have to his baby.  Determined to be there for the birth, Ivan spends the night driving to the hospital, switching from phone call to phone call trying to keep the soon-to-be mother calm, walk his second-in-command through the preparation process for the big pour and attempt to keep his marriage afloat, and every single bit of it takes place in a single location – Ivan’s car.

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The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

The_GiverWelcome to the first installment of Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we cherry-pick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past few days.


1. The Giver

This new 60-second piece for The Giver doesn’t completely fix the issues in the first trailer, but it does manage to suggest the book-to-film adaptation still has a chance. The use of black-and-white footage isn’t particularly well woven into the material, but it is there and it’s effective thanks to sharper editing and an effective representation of the strikingly powerful and unnerving tone.

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Indie Horror Journal: Bringing the Child Eater to Life Part 3

Colin_Child_EaterIt’s hard to believe it, but we just finished up week two of principal photography on Child Eater. I’d be lying if I said everything went swimmingly, but there was loads of successful troubleshooting and problem solving and, in the end, we managed to walk away with exactly what we needed.

Lesson 1: The RV that Changed Everything

For the majority of this week, we shot in a two-story house that also has a two-story barn on the property. Initially, we thought there’d be more than enough space for our grip truck, art department storage, catering, craft service, holding, hair, makeup, wardrobe and, of course, our set, and there was, but we didn’t factor in the production office appropriately. For the first day of shooting in the house, myself, Luke (producer), Alvaro (UPM) and Katie Valovcin (2nd AD) crammed into a bedroom to set up shop. We managed, but weren’t as efficient as we could have been had we had a quieter space, all on our own. We had to sit with laptops on our laps, couldn’t print anything while rolling and constantly had people walking in and out of the room grabbing equipment and other items left there for storage. We made it work, but it was far from ideal. However, an RV changed it all.

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Review: Orphan Black, Season 2, Episode 1

Orphan_Black_Season_2_Episode_1From day one, Orphan Black had the benefit of having a highly intriguing story to sell. When Sarah Manning (Tatiana Maslany) first spotted Beth Childs on that train platform, only to watch her newfound identical twin jump to her death, it pulled you right in. How would you react if you bumped into someone who looked exactly like you? And then, what would you do if you had the opportunity to find out why she looked exactly like you? 

What made Orphan Black such a standout from that point on was how it expanded upon that inciting incident. The slow reveal of additional clones and their search for answers proved to be a very natural, sustaining progression. The trouble is, where do you go from there?

The new clone game could only last so long and it seems as though the writers figured that out because, at a point, the introductions stopped and the character-building began. The thing is, during season 1, everything was new. They could stick to scratching the surface of the science and politics behind the situation and still satiate an audience.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

X-Men_Days_of_Future_PastThe new trailers for Jersey Boys and Gone Girl are two of the more high-profile promos of the week, but even though both pieces confirm the films could be well worth the hype, they don’t evoke that gotta-see-it sensation quite like three other new releases.

The Best Stuff

1. X-Men: Days of Future Past

The X-Men: Days of Future Past marketing campaign continues to hit it big, delivering a brand new trailer that further proves this film could rock a particularly riveting and satisfying nonlinear narrative. The piece has a wholly comprehensible representation of the past and present narrative at its core, which is then further enhanced by spot-on comedic timing, riveting action and, of course, the thrill of seeing your favorite X-Men come together.

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Indie Horror Journal: Bringing the Child Eater to Life Part 2

Cait_Colin_Child_EaterFor part 1 of this indie horror journal that looks at the making of Child Eaterclick here.

Week one of Child Eater is officially complete. We shot six very full days, drank pots and pots of coffee, saw the sun rise four times, and added three new vehicles to our fleet, but we did it and did it quite well at that.

Every stitch of footage is all that we hoped for and more, but there’s no denying that there was quite a bit of troubleshooting to set the bar that high and then keep it there. I could probably write a book about what I’ve learned about making a feature based on these first six days alone, but for the sake of brevity, I’ve isolated four pivotal lessons and experiences that are vital for any filmmaker to know.

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The YA Countdown: The Latest Buzz on ‘The Fifth Wave,’ ‘Allegiant’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Fault_in_our_StarsClearly the young-adult book-to-film adaption craze isn’t slowing down anytime soon, but it seems as though the success of Divergent may have triggered a few major steps forward because we’ve got new details on three high-profile projects.

First Clip from The Fault in Our Stars

If you thought the chemistry between Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in the trailer for The Fault in Our Stars was palpable, just wait until you catch the first clip from the Josh Boone adaptation.

In the film, Woodley leads as Hazel, a 16-year-old cancer patient. She manages to survive with stage four thyroid cancer with metastasis forming in her lungs, but Hazel still has a tendency to keep to herself and that’s why her mother insists that she attend a support group. Even though Hazel isn’t thrilled with the idea, she changes her tune after meeting Elgort’s Augustus Waters, an osteosarcoma survivor. The connection is instant and profound. She’s never felt this way about someone before, let alone have that person feel the same way back, but even though their bond feels so right, she often struggles and wonders, is it wrong to pursue it given her condition?

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