Sunday, September 10, 2017

The New Screenwriter

Attention! If you are a horror screenwriter and you are working on your first script, you definitely need to check this out.
The New Screenwriter
Deciding on screenwriting as a career is like committing to walking up hill forever! It's hard work, long hours, aching muscles, and masochistic. But when you finally reach that peak! Bliss. Mine was that first professional gig - a spec I wrote fell into the hands of a Showrunner on the hit CBS TV seriesHawaii Five-O.  Opportunity meeting preparation. And if I can do it, so can you!  - Steve Douglas-Craig

The New Screenwriter
Coaching a Career. Not just Coverage

https://www.thenewscreenwriter.com/

The New Screenwriter is an essential service available to all screenwriters for whatever stage of development you are at  - 
  • The Free Consult .
  • The Story Outline / Treatment 
  • The Script 
  • Full Development 
Why did Steve Douglas-Craig create The New Screenwriter?
My time at the American Film Institute Conservatory here in LA was extremely cathartic. I ‘found’ myself as a writer thanks to a mentor who took me through my paces without coddling me. She was uncompromising, tough, and skilled and had clearly read your pages thoroughly when she came to class. Her feedback was honest, open and on point. I flourished inside her process of development (which was designed to mirror a real development process), and knew I wanted to create a similar experience for others someday (even teach at a college level myself). Not everyone gets to attend a Grad program for various reasons. So I wanted to take the joy, blood, sweat and tears I’d experienced back out to those who still have the drive it would take to do this crazy job.

That’s what The New Screenwriter is. It’s not a random coverage site where you throw money at some agency or studio intern for a dime’s worth of feedback. It’s a place you can be coached in the creation of a screenplay; somewhere you could come and KNOW the guy reading your script, sculpting your outline or making suggestions for characters and storyline is who he says he is… who you’re paying to mentor you through what can be an arduous process; a teacher.

The New Screenwriter is a ‘menu-based’ website. So, if you already have an outline you’re happy with, we can start at the script stage. If you have a coffee-stained napkin with one single idea or character-type on it, we can start there. We’ve even created a place where more advanced Indie Producers looking for a polish or larger development or pitch-based work can go. In a lot of ways, The New Screenwriter is a reaction to the impersonal nature of coverage sites… an attempt to create a more personal, hands-on approach to learning the craft of screenwriting while also employing years of development executive and story analyst experience.

To schedule a session, email me at sdc@thenewscreenwriter.com. Look forward to setting your story free. 
Steve Douglas-Craig - Since graduating from the American Film Institute, I've been working steadily on my writing and working to develop other works. My film business acumen has been acquired through my work at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA). At SPWA I have acquired a great deal of knowledge in story and project development, deal making, producing and packaging films, and some budget construction. I've also been lucky enough to have access to a great many top-line contacts in talent agencies, production companies, financing houses and other major studios. The chance to read stories of all mediums widely and keep in contact with what's happening in the film and TV industry have made me an asset both where I work and to potential employers looking for a great development and acquisitions creative in the future. I love it! That's the secret. The passion. 
All I've gleaned combined with a strong work ethic and integrity makes me an excellent prospect... not to mention continuing to develop my own projects through blood, sweat and tears. That is just another string to a bow I use to provide the type of material that talent, financiers and studios are looking for in the ever-changing movie and TV market.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

New York Times features Red Christmas director Craig Anderson

Director, Craig Anderson

Artsploition Film's 'Red Christmas'
"Growing up in suburban Australia, my grandmother had a ventriloquist doll in her dark, musky lounge. She had inherited it from her mother and told me that it spoke. What scared me the most was that someone had given it a “wig,” which wasn’t a proper wig, but rather the jaggedly cut scalp off another doll. Its face was decaying and eyes had hollowed out. I was scared to go into the lounge, but it was also right next to my grandma’s lolly jar so I was faced with a horrible temptation, almost like the price of pleasure was confronting fear. It’s probably why I like horror movies so much now.
The doll was inherited by my mother, who hid it in her doll shelf. Then when I moved out, I asked her if I could take it and put it my office. She was happy for me to. Now the doll sits on the shelf watching me as I write ideas for horror movies."
You can check out the entire New York Times article HERE 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

THE BEAST HAS A NAME... LYCAN, THEATRICAL 8/4



 
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
Lycan to open theatrically in select cities on August 4th 
followed by disc, digital, and VOD platforms on September 26th 

The horror / thriller is based on the popular urban legend of the "Talbot County Werewolf"


Lycan marks the feature debut of Bev Land. The horror / thriller based on the popular urban legend of the "Talbot County Werewolf". Parade Deck Films will handle the movie's theatrical release, followed by disc, digital and VOD platforms from MVD Entertainment.
  
Synopsis: When six college kids in a sleepy Southern town are assigned a group history project, one of them sets in motion a horrific fate when he proposes they head into the Georgia backwoods to uncover the truth about the hundred year old urban legend of Emily Burt, the "Talbot County Werewolf".
Lycan stars Dania Ramirez ("Devious Maids" X-Men: The Last Stand, American Reunion, Premium Rush), who will be starring this Fall on ABC's hit show "Once Upon a Time" as princess "Cinderella." The film boasts a strong ensemble cast that includes three-time Emmy Award nominee Gail O'Grady ("NYPD Blue", "Revenge", Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo), Parker Croft ("Little Big Lies", "Lewis and Clark"), Vanessa Angel (Kingpin, Hall Pass, "Weird Science"), Rebekah Graf (Entourage), Kalia Prescot (The Hunger Games), Jake Lockett (Transpecos), Alina Puscau (X/Y, Conan The Barbarian) and Craig Tate (12 Years a Slave, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage).
Making his directorial debut with Lycan, Bev Land talks about his experience in bringing his vision to life with his co-producer and star (and wife), Dania Ramirez. "I knew that the journey of making this film independently would be a challenge filled with a tremendous amount of blood, sweat and tears (pun intended) and I know we have something special that genre fans are going to appreciate. Fortunately for me I was lucky enough to be able to take this journey with Dania, who I not only respect and adore as an artist, but someone I also love as a human being."
Lycan producer and star Dania Ramirez agrees... 

"I am a firm believer that with hard work and dedication anything is possible.  I have been in front of the camera for quite some time and I feel blessed to have been able to help lead the team that made this movie possible.  When I met my talented husband, I said to him "I want to produce films" and Bev looked at me and said "Then let's do it together... I will write you a leading character with the dimension and depth that you are capable of playing but haven't had the opportunity and YOU will produce it for me!" The journey of independent film making doesn't allow much room for star like treatment and producing one proved to be more challenging than I could've ever imagined. Being the producer and star meant making every phone call and scheduling every shooting day also had to correspond with taking the necessary time to put on the clothes of my character and live in her before hearing the word "Action".  I also want to add that Latin female leading roles are rare in this industry and this one I think is one of a kind. The sense of accomplishment I feel today having not only brought our baby "Lycan" into this world but now having Eric D. Wilkinson at MVD Entertainment and Michael Ingram at Parade Deck Films distribute the film is overwhelming."
Having followed the film's production and progress on the internet and social media, MVD Entertainment's Director of Acquisitions Eric D. Wilkinson reached out to Peter Van Steemburg at ICM Partners for an introduction to the filmmakers... 

"I'm a huge fan of the horror genre and MVD Entertainment has been a long time supporter and champion of independent films. Peter gave me the opportunity to screen Lycan and I just loved it. I won't give away any spoilers but I will say that Lycan messes with your expectations throughout with an ending that you will not see coming!" In regards to getting Lycan into theaters, Wilkinson explains, "MVD has built a great partnership with Parade Deck Films. I was happy to share this movie with them because CEO Michael Ingram has done a great job in exposing some of these smaller movies theatrically, giving independent filmmakers a chance for their work to be seen by audience on the big screen, as they intended, and at the same time, help build awareness for the film after it's theatrical run for the VOD, digital and physical windows for the months following."
Lycan will open theatrically in select cities on August 4th, followed by disc, digital and VOD platforms from MVD Entertainment on September 26th. Pre-order the DVD now at MVDshop.com or at Amazon.
LYCAN
© 2017 MVD Entertainment Group
© 2017 1 Bullet in the Gun Productions
© 2017 Parade Deck Films
Directed by: Bev Land
Written By: Bev Land and Michael Mordler
Produced by: Dania Ramirez and Bev Land
Executive Producers: Crystal Hunt, Nada Hunt and Donnie Land
Running Time: 88 minutes

Crystal Hunt is an Emmy-nominated daytime staple for the likes of Guiding Light and One Life to Live. She's since transitioned into features inclusive of Magic Mike XXL with Channing Tatum, and Hilton Head Island with her Queens of Drama co-star Donna Mills and Antonio Sabato, Jr. 
ICM Partners is one of the world's largest talent and literary agencies with offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London. The agency represents creative and technical talent in the fields of motion picture, television, books, music, live performance, branded entertainment, and new media. ICM was formed in 1975 through the merger of Creative Management Associates and International Famous Agency. In 2005, the company raised equity financing from Rizvi Traverse and institutional investors to fund strategic growth, and in 2006, ICM acquired the literary agency Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann. In 2012, the agency completed a management buyout and formed a partnership with the new name, ICM Partners.
Parade Deck Films is a United States military veteran-owned and operated film sales and distribution company based out of Portland, Oregon, driven by a passion and love for films. Our focus is to distribute independent films of all genres not only theatrically, but also among all digital and VOD platforms and physical formats to new and wide audiences around the world, while giving back to the community and supporters of independent filmmaking. We strive to provide easy access to the best of independent film for fans, a great partnership for artists, and an unparalleled outlet for those most passionate about film as a whole.
Formed in 1987, MVD Entertainment Group celebrates it's 30th year as a full service music and movie distribution firm, exclusively representing thousands of audio and visual products for Theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, VOD, CD, vinyl, and digital rights, worldwide. 


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Universal Monsters Wolfman ReAction 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure

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  • Universal Monsters Wolfman in retro Kenner style!
  • Poseable 3 3/4-inch ReAction figure from The Wolfman!
  • Features 5 points of articulation, just like the classic Kenner action figures of the 1970s and 1980s!
  • Exciting retro action figure from Funko and Super7!
Go back in time and reminisce about the Universal Monsters horror classic with this Wolfman ReAction Retro Action Figure! Featuring the likeness of Lon Chaney Jr. in a simplified retro Kenner format, this Wolfman Action Figure is a must-have for all The Wolfman fans! This 3 3/4-inch tall ReAction Wolfman Action Figure has 5 points of articulation and features the 1980s style card back design, with a coffin-style blister where the action figure is displayed! Each card back features a memorable look of the character from the classic movie. Ages 14 and up.

Age: 14+
Size: 3 3/4 inch scale
Celebrities: Lon Chaney Jr.


Universal Monsters Wolfman ReAction 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure

'RED CHRISTMAS' IN LOS ANGELES, THEATRICAL RELEASE AUGUST 25TH

Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles, CA
August 25th, 2017

Theatrical debut of Craig Anderson's RED CHRISTMAS staring Dee Wallace



‘Red Christmas’ celebrates the tradition of holiday horror classics like, Gremlins, Christmas Evil, Silent Night Deadly Night, and Black Christmas, with it’s own sense of humor in spite of it’s dramatic theme.
Legendary Scream Queen, Dee Wallace (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Cujo, The Howling) embraces the role of a tough mother who is trying to hold her crazy family together over the Christmas holiday.
In a strange twist of faith, Dee’s past literally comes back to haunt her and possibly kill her in this unique throwback to the 1980’s slasher films that we’ve grown to love.
You better watch out because Cletus is coming to town and he bares the gift of a dark family secret.  This mysterious deformed stranger is about to weave a string of Christmas terror that horror fans will be talking about for years to come.
Director Craig Anderson tackles the controversial subject of abortion fearlessly and drops the issue dead center on Christmas Eve where there’s no turning back.
This movie has set the precedent for Australian horror films for all the reasons that we listed, plus large amounts of outlandish gore!
Merry Christmas To All and To All A Blood Covered Night!

Artsploitation Films is a Philadelphia, Pa based distribution company that’s making a global impact, featuring a catalog of movies from around the world including Australia, Germany, South Korea, Lithuania, Slovenia, Spain, France, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and the United States.

They are not your average distributor, as they are committed to bringing their audience the most intriguing, unsettling, unpredictable and provocative films around.  You don’t just watch Artsploitation Films, you experience them! 

The perfect blend of genre/exploitation films mixed with traditional art cinema is what to expect when watching titles like, Vampyres, Counter-Clockwise, Horsehead, Der Samurai, Killbillies, Deadly Virtues, Observance, and the upcoming abortion themed holiday horror movie, Red Christmas.

Artsploitation Films are available on VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray formats.  Go to their website for more information - www.artsploitationfilms.com  

The New Screenwriter

Attention! If you are a horror screenwriter and you are working on your first script, you definitely need to check this out. The New...