Had an amazing past few hours with Ricky,Mike, and Paul... Some of my Elmwood Productions family. We were shooting some of the last bits for the "Risley Brothers" series, then we just sat and chatted and laughed, ALOT...
And now I'm on my couch reflecting....
Mike mentioned as the nite was winding down, that life is better because of his involvement with Elmwood.
And it got me thinking....
Life IS better.
Ten years ago I had no idea where Elmwood, or my life would be, would be. And at that time, as my life was is turmoil, I decided that Elmwood would be my home base, my rock. It was going to be something I would be proud of no matter what else was going on in life. I wanted to make sure every project with the "Elmwood Productions" name on it reflected me and the direction I wanted to go in creatively.
And while I have made compromises to get there I am as proud as I can be in all we have done in the past decade. And in the past decade not only has my life gotten better in ways I could not have imagined, but Elmwood Productions has gone above and beyond my dreams.
I'm honestly amazed at all WE have done. And how far we have come.
I have no idea who will see and read this post to be honest. But I am proud. And happy. We have done good. And the crew we have is something of dreams. Holy cow I am a lucky man. I'm grateful and thankful to all of you who have been a part of this for the past decade.
And the last year.... What a year!!! This crew has been amazing.... I love how we have risen up and done something special. Something that will make people laugh, and maybe think. I am lucky to call you all my friends.
Can't wait to share this new show with all of you. And can't wait to work on the next project with these amazing people....
There isn't a way to verbalize how lucky I am and how thankful I am for all I have and all we have done....
So I will just end it with a simple, and honest and true... THANK YOU.
With Halloween over I guess it's time to start looking forward to Thanksgiving!
So I figure I'll start right now!
Thankful. I am.
For so much in the world I live in right now. Sure, it isn't perfect, it never will be. But sometime it's good to stop yourself and look around and realize what you do have instead of always looking for something else.
Gratitude is a great thing. And I am so grateful for what I have and the people around me.
And sometimes it's just the simple things that can make it all OK.
Elmwood Productions is bringing HEAD to Milford CT as part of the Halloween screening tour! HEAD will be screening at the Firehouse Art Gallery on October 29th! It will be the last chance to see HEAD on a screen with your fellow horror and independent film fans this year!
Doors will open at 6:00 PM, and the movie will start at 7:00! Light refreshments will be provided, and feel free to dress up for some trick or treating! Bring out your Halloween best!
HEAD is the story of five twenty-somethings who go for a weekend camping trip in remote New England, only to discover that the land on which they're staying was the site of a brutal mass murder years ago. When they meet a mysterious man during their stay, things quickly begin to unravel as they fear they’re becoming the next victims. And after viewing this film you may never go camping again… HEAD is Rated R for gore, harsh language, sex and nudity, and bad behavior; all involving puppets.
$5.00 Suggested donation to the gallery for entrance. More Info if needed HERE!
Myself and a few of my brothers in Elmwood Productions are all HEADing to NYC today to be at FearNYC, a huge horror film fest that started on Friday!
We've got the honor of screening HEAD there today!
So as I sit back with my cat on my lap, a coffee in hand, and good music on the turntable, I can't help but to be grateful for all I have, and all I've accomplished. I'm grateful and thankful to all my friends and family, and all the people who dig what Elmwood's been doing... I know how lucky we are, and I am, to be surrounded by all this goodness.
So now, I can't wait to see some horror freaks! NYC here we come!
And it's not too late to come out and see the show! The flick starts at 5 PM! Tickets here!
Hole In The Wall Theater & Desultory Theatre Club present The Halloween Massacr-ade 10/21/16!
featuring Elmwood Productions Award Winning Puppet Horror Film, HEAD.
The costume theme is "Killers vs. Counselor's".
Dress up as your favorite Slasher (or create one of your own) or one of the Camp Counselors they love to stalk!
Prizes will be awarded for best costume!
A screening of the film Head and Music by The Super Scenics, accompany a cash bar and other treats. All proceeds from the event go to Hole In The Wall Theater to help us continue providing great theatre in the region.
I've been doing some research for a new series Elmwood is developing. It's going to be about monsters, and urban legends, and so on. And in the void that becomes the internet I ended up reading about alien flicks, which led me here now -
Here's a puppet I don't think I've ever mentioned here on this blog...
This is probably one of the most effective puppets in film history. To this day kids see this movie and freak out as E.T. gets sick, and nearly dies.
It's hard not believe he's real.
I could go on and on about this film and the impact it has had, but instead, just check out a couple cool shots of an amazing puppet -
Labor Day is past... And I saw some yellowing leaves... And all the pumpkin madness has begun in the grocery stores...
That means we can start getting ready for Halloween!!!
I'm already decorating this morning!
And since the Halloween Season is upon us! Elmwood Productions is also ready to celebrate! We’re bringing our multi-award winning horror flick HEAD out for a little tour! Join us at one of the screenings, or all of them if you’re a true horror movie nut! 10/21 – Hole in the Wall Theater New Britain, CT – With a Halloween Party! 10/21 to 10/27 – International Horror Film Festival Cinema Village New York, NY - Exact date TBA soon! 10/29 – Firehouse Art Gallery Gallery Milford, CT
Save the dates now! More Details on each one in the next few days!
Debacle is a film Elmwood has been toying with since 2007. Nearly ten years. I wrote a quick script from a funny idea, and just ran with it. We've talked over the years of doing it with actor. puppets, animation, as a comic book... But another project always steps up and becomes a priority. Over the summer I had some down time and built one of the leads, Grover here, for fun. We already have Leon built, he's the other lead. And we did use him in another short, "The Risley Brothers: Welcome To The Wooden Beaver"
as Thomas, the British jerk-wad. For Debacle though Leon/Thomas got an update. I'll post him again later.
Anyway, I decided to build Grover base on a sketch I did in 2010. He came out exactly how I wanted. So whenever I have downtime I'll keep building the Debacle cast... And one day the movie may actually get made!
From last Saturday to today it's been a loooong week.
Last Saturday was awesome, Elmwood was at the CT Horror Fest to promote HEAD, and it was a huge success! Saw some great friends, and met a ton of great new people...
Wednesday was a blast too... The shooting of the "Risley Brothers" series is getting close to the finish line!
And I got pooped on. No fun. But that's another story of another day, hahaha...
And now... A day off.
Before I spend the day mowing the lawn and then in the studio just wanted to point out it's Labor Day weekend.
For me it's more than a extra day off. It's a soul feeding weekend. I spent most them growing up running from MDA event to MDA event and watching the MDA telethon, and always ended up at Channel 3 here in CT at the end of the day Monday for the end of the telethon. Those were fascinating and wonderful times. I miss them, and so many of the people...
It's official... I have had my head replaced with a coffee mug... I am now really Too Much Coffee Man!
Anyway... This awesome Kermit mug... Last fall I went to Disney World with my wife, and every time I saw this mug in a shop I'd debate getting it, then talk myself out of it. The she finally stated "Get it! If you don't I will." And laughed...