DEATHYARD Film Festival Strategy

The DEATHYARD short horror film served as the 2019 promotional video for The Haunted Farm popular attraction in Hendersonville, North Carolina, which was primarily spearheaded by Co-Directors Taylor Hellhake and Daniel Ballard. DEATHYARD turned out too great not to share with the world, so I was hired on as an Associate Producer to assist with film festival strategy and submission process. I was happy to help since the film’s crew included friends of mine such as Braethun Bharathae-Lane as the Sound Recordist and Lauren Rivas as the leading actress.

As of this writing, DEATHYARD has been selected to play at multiple film festival events including DreadFest Horror Film Festival outside of Seattle, Washington on October 12th, HorrorHaus Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on October 26th, Buried Alive Horror Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia from November 13th to 17th, Stranger Days Independent Film Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 16th, and New York City Horror Film Festival on December 6th. Check out the teaser trailer for the LA based HorrorHaus event in the video embedded below.

DEATHYARD first premiered to a local screening with the cast and crew at the Carolina Cinemark in Asheville, NC while simultaneously going online via YouTube. You may watch the full short film below. Rumors are circulating regarding its expansion into a full feature, but that sort of info is above my current pay grade.

AS ONE FLESH screener

AS ONE FLESH is a psychological horror short written and directed by J.W. Naylor, Madeleine Richardson as Director of Photography, with an original soundtrack by Tony Mozz, and produced by myself. The film stars Jeff Alexander, Victoria Rae, Franklin Lovingood, and James Martin. It was created entirely in Asheville, NC.

After Nic’s marriage falls apart, he seeks solace in the faith he once lost. The film premiered at Cat Fly Halloween Film Fest in Asheville, NC on October 13th to a sold out audience.  Find the short film at Artificial Ink and embedded below via Vimeo:

https://vimeo.com/237166262

 

AS ONE FLESH poster

AS ONE FLESH is the horror short film that I produced over the summer, which was written and directed by J.W. Naylor, starring Jeff Alexander, Victoria Rae, Franklin Lovingood, and James Martin. Although the short film recently premiered at Cat Fly Halloween in Asheville, North Carolina on October 13th, we are now prepping to submit the film to other festivals, both domestic and international.

The film will also be available for online streaming within the next few weeks. When wading through the festival circuit, I believe it is always helpful to attach an attractive and engaging poster to submissions. Vincent Secary provided art and design on the poster for AS ONE FLESH. Find it embedded below via Instagram.

AS ONE FLESH production wrap

AS ONE FLESH wrapped production on Sunday, August 20th after only two days of principle photography. The horror short involves themes of marriage and religion. I’ve been producing the film which was written and directed by Joe Naylor, and stars Jeff Alexander, Victoria Rae, Franklin Lovingood, and James Martin.

Additional crew includes Madeleine Richardson (DP), Brittany Jackson (1st AC), Ashton Helton (Art/Makeup), Cat Wityk (Script Supervisor), Ryan DuVal (1st AD), Chelsey Radford (Art PA), and David Weiss (Sound). Tony Mozz will be scoring an original soundtrack, and providing the sound mix once the film is picture locked.

The second day of the shoot was almost entirely in the bathroom, aside from some minor exterior shots. Despite the tight space, effort to dodge reflections in the mirror, and intense scene content, we managed to successfully complete the day. Now we just need to push the film through post production, so it will be ready in time to screen at the upcoming Cat Fly Halloween event on October 13th.

indirectly directing #asoneflesh #shortfilm #filmmaking #movies #production #notpooping #bathroom #candid #horror

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AS ONE FLESH short film

AS ONE FLESH is a horror short film written and directed by Joe Naylor. On the first day of shooting, I managed the set on Sunday, June 11th as the Producer and 1st Assistant Director. The film is about a disheveled man on the other side of a failed marriage, moping about in his empty home, until an encounter with door-to-door missionaries prompts him to consider God’s forgiveness and retribution.

The cast featured talented actors like Jeff Alexander as Nicolas, Victoria Rae as Liv, Franklin Lovingood as Micah, and James Martin as Noah. Our crew was small but skillful, with Asheville local filmmakers such as Madeleine Richardson (Director of Photography), Brittany Jackson (1st AC / Lighting), Ryan DuVal (Script Supervisor), David Weiss (Sound), Ashton Helton (Key Makeup), and Chelsey Radford (Art PA).

movie makeup magic #AsOneFlesh #shortfilm #horrorfilm #filmmaking #production #makeupart #moviemagic #artdepartment

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The project was a fun challenge, both as an equipment test and procedural practice before the 48 Hour Film Project, but also for the extensive need for special effects and gore. As you’ll see in the images below, the film included multiple scenes that demanded practical horror effects such as maggot infested wounds (though mealworms were actually used), and precise blood splatters to mimic an artery burst.


We have another day of shooting to go in July before principal photography is complete, but the film is already in post-production and underway in the editing process. We expect to finish it in time for the Halloween season where we plan to screen locally, and perhaps make a small run on the genre film festival circuit.

#indiefilmmaking a lot of #specialeffects for #asoneflesh after very very little sleep

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Intro to PROJECT GLOOM

I’ve been in development on a horror anthology comic series over the last few months. Keeping it close to the chest, so let’s just call it Project Gloom for now.

I have gravitated towards the horror genre off and on for years. I checked out collections of horror stories from the library in 3rd grade. Middle school was a fascination with Japanese horror like THE GRUDGE, Edgar Wright’s SHAUN OF THE DEAD played on repeat in high school, but I kept revisiting DONNIE DARKO again over all else. I guess I like my horror to have a psychological Sci-Fi twist to it. Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS was pretty awesome, right?

Anyway, I’m grateful for Project Gloom since it allows me the opportunity to work with twelve sequential artists on just as many short stories. I’ve found about half of these collaborators so far which gives me plenty to work on in the meantime. One of these artists is Gabriel Fobert, a recent graduate of UNC Asheville’s New Media program. Find his Instagram at @crypt_crow and linked below with a piece of early concept art from our collaborative efforts.

#sketch #doodle #art #spooky #hag Another design idea for the night hag

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