An Interview with ROTN Reviews

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Success is a waste of time unless you’re sharing it with other people. Once you get up those first few steps, reach behind you and pull your buddies up. Otherwise, what are you really doing?

I was invited to sit down and talk with Spider Baby the host of Spider Cafe for a long format interview of my career in terms of my growth and transition from theatre to film. I’m not going to spoil the discussion for you, but if you’re into Haunt Attractions and/or horror movies, you’re going to want to check this out. Not only do I talk about how I got where I’m going, I talk about my love of the craft as a horror fan, and I share some of my secrets of success.

Thanks again to the fine folks at ROTN Reviews, and their lovely lovely community.

Looking Back: “Suicide Silence”

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All three parts, here in one window. Enjoy!

Up until my recent work on the feature length film Bad Candy, this was the most epic production I had worked on. Three massive music videos, joined together to tell the narrative of a family’s circle of murder and vengeance. And I got to be a part of it, so that’s awesome!

There’s a lot that happens in these videos, so multiple views are needed to catch all the details I crammed into the backgrounds and sets here. I think my favourite bits involved the fake teeth scattered on the workbench.

A lot of people were involved, and with all that talent in one project, we knew it was going to come out just great. Pretty brutal footage though… which maybe I should’ve said at the beginning, so my apologies if you watched this at work and you just got fired. My bad.

Looking Back: “Nimrod”

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This was another video project where I had such a great and amazing time. It seems like every shoot I do with Digital Thunderdome I’m always having a good time. It’s because it’s such a healthy and positive environment, and there’s always some great opportunity to find some sort of new creative challenge each time. I’m also always lucky to work with a wide range of really talented people too. DTS has strong leadership that builds incredible teams.

Anyways, here’s some behind the scenes footage, more of which you can find in my portfolio over on my website at Bad Seed FX.

There’s quite a bit going on here in the video, but let me tell you a story about the mannequins.

The idea in my head for the video was that the guy in it was a tortured artist, tormented by past relationships. So each mannequin had three screws or nails embedded into their hearts (to represent the Three of Swords tarot card, which signifies hearbreak and personal loss.) Also, each mannequin looks slightly different from each other while keeping the same theme, in order to make them look like an all-girl super-group like Destiny’s Child or TLC.

So that’s my story. Great shoot that resulted in an excellent video. I love how everything turned out, and again I got to carry on the fine tradition of throwing a bunch of fake blood on my half-naked friend out in the cold woods, which I think I ended up doing like six times over the course of the past year.

The Halloween Hangover

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You know how they say the best way to get rid of a hangover is to have a little hair of the dog the next day? Well I’m not letting go of my favourite hoilday just yet, so here’s a little something something. It’s a twelve foot demonic muppet I made out of a couch I found on the side of the road.

Wanna see the entire process from start to finish? Click on the photo!

Speaking of Halloween shenanigans, go hit up my production design website to check out what’s happening over there, as I ramp up to talking about the full length feature film horror anthology Bad Candy that’s currently sweeping awards in festivals around the world. Are you signed up for the email? You should do that, then you’ll be ground floor and front row for it all. Can you dig it? Get in on it now!

“First Train” by Mayday Parade

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Ok so I think I’m all caught up posting all the music videos I’ve worked on recently, so this is nice.

I loved this video because it’s cute and wholesome, and it’s got a great anti-bullying message, which I’m always a big supporter of. This is also one of the rare non-horror shorts of done, so as I bonus I get to actually show my daughter what I do for a living. She’s eight now, and recently she’s been kinda side-eyeing me because I keep telling her about all these cool things I’ve been doing but she’s never allowed to see any of it. For a second there she was probably starting to think I was doing something terrible, like getting into politics.

Enjoy!

Fun fact: LLamas tried to eat our craft services the first day. We got attacked by bees at the end of the last day. We still conquered nature, big and small.