Archive | October, 2013

ABC’s of Death 2 Competition

10 Oct

Hello my darlings, 

Some of you may have seen last year’s experiment in horror The ABC’s of Death, and if you haven’t you probably should.  The film features 26 shorts from 26 different directors who were each given a letter of the alphabet and told to create a short film based on a word of their choice corresponding to the letter they were given.  Last year they set aside a letter and held a contest for the 26th director.

This year they are at it again and a couple of friends and I have entered the contest.

On a budget of a whopping $10.75 (ish) we created a short that will no doubt make you think twice about getting all cuddled up into your bed.

*CUE FAVOUR ASKING*

So dears, if I may, I would like to ask you a favour.  This competition is based mostly on votes.  The more votes we get, the likelier we are to win.  All you need to do to vote is the following:

1. Follow this link: http://26th.abcsofdeathpart2.com/entry/m-is-for-mattress/
2. Watch the video!
3. Click the “Like” button above the video.
4. (Optional but highly recommended) Share the link with your friends!

Nigel, Brittany and I would love to win.  And we would love you forever for helping us win.
Also as some sort of, I don’t know, motivation, here’s me covered in blood!!!  Bluuhhhhdddd!!!

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As always, thank you for your loving support and beauty inside and out…  And you’re gorgeous…  And smart, and funny…  And I love you.

xoxo Jessie

Interview with Shauna Henry (BLOOD FOR IRINA)

4 Oct

Hello my darlings,

Earlier in September I posted the press release for QUEEN OF BLOOD (directed by editor-in-chief of Fangoria magazine, Chris Alexander) which will be the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed, award-winning BLOOD FOR IRINA in which a beautiful vampire faces the end of her time.

Well that beautiful vampire was kind and lovely enough to sit down with me tonight to talk about BLOOD FOR IRINA, QUEEN OF BLOOD, working with Chris Alexander and everything in between!

Spooky - Pretty!

Spooky – Pretty!

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What’s your favourite scary movie?

Okay, so, don’t hate me but I’m actually a huge scaredy cat! I’m not very well – I don’t know a lot about the horror scene because I actually get really scared. Actually it’s been good to do this, I’ve never obviously done anything like this before and being behind the scenes is a lot easier when you realize, you know, the blood, how unreal it is.  It’s… like candy! It’s sugar, glucose, very sweet and we’re just laughing about it, its a joke. When, for me to actually watch something like that is very traumatizing so it helps to sort of be behind the scenes and make it not so real. So I think I could probably warm up to seeing scarier movies.  I find, in general, psychological horror movies to be actually sometimes worse. When it’s more mental I find that more disturbing sometimes. So I quite like the way that Chris’ was more poetry and images. I call the first one an art piece, images to music. So it’s good warming up to the whole horror scene because I get terrible nightmares (laughs) so I actually have to be really careful about what I see! It’s been good to be involved with the horror scene, behind the scenes and see how silly it is! How fun it is. Less scary, shall we say.

So what do you do when you’re not drinking blood?

(Laughs) Good question! Well I’ve done lots of things over the years, desktop publishing is my main thing but on the side I’ve done dance, and vocals, and dabbled in acting because, the thing is when I was in school I really enjoyed acting and theater because we were just having fun. But I found when I got into the real world and it became a business it became very serious and very different to what I perceived it to be and I didn’t really feel like I fit in so I wouldn’t stick with it. That’s what I really enjoyed about doing the movie with Chris and doing the new one, is sort of like when you’re kids and in school, it’s a bunch of friends, you feel safe in this environment, you’re having fun, but you’re also doing some good work. It’s not about the money, you can voice your opinion if you don’t feel comfortable about something. It’s not as formal or as serious. So it’s been really nice to do that. But yeah mostly just desktop publishing and then arts on the side, because as a business it’s really scary! (laughs)

How did you prepare for your role as Irina?

Chris, he does talk about what he’s looking for so I would take notes and then he also sent me links to different movies just to get the idea or the feel. I also watched NOSFERATU and thats really what Chris was going for so I watched that a few times. Other things were just clips, like BLOOD FOR DRACULA or POSSESSION or VAMPYRES. More European style and retro shall we say, but that’s what I would do, listen to what Chris had to say, take his notes and just watch that movie a few times and the clips and just sort draw from life experience… (laughs) I mean not so much the vampire part! You know, lonely or isolated, I’m sure a lot of people at times can speak to that or draw upon that as well. In the new one she is more robotic than in IRINA, so different influences.

The audience kind of empathizes with Irina in BLOOD FOR IRINA, what kind of character development are we going to see in QUEEN OF BLOOD?

Well as Chris puts it, the second one is sort of a mirror of the first but darker, more surreal and he’s going more for nature and disease, as he says. She’s more robotic but still like a child, like an alien, and there will also be more blood (laughs) more killing than the first. Also, in the first, Irina was filmed more at night, as she could not handle the light, whereas this is all light, hence the nature aspect of it, its shot in the daytime. So that’s different than the first.

What challenges, if any, did you run into acting in a mostly silent film?

Well we did shoot some scenes with some dialogue, it just didn’t work. But what we would do is I would play music in the background, it didn’t matter what music we played because Chris was going to do his own score for the film or sound effects. So I would play music to sort of get in the mood and so that sort of helped. But if there was no music playing I would sort of go inside of myself and go with the emotion of the scene and sometimes Chris would talk me through it as the scene was unfolding, or rolling. He could actually speak because that was going to be cut out later so he could actually go “Ok, more of this,” or “Now you’re going to do this,” for some of the scenes. It was more relaxing, plus I love music and music really gets you into the mood so that was nice, to have that playing in the background when I was doing certain scenes.

Is QUEEN OF BLOOD also relatively dialogue-free?

It is, except this time we are using the sounds around us mostly of nature so we want to hear the actual birds, or the water running and things like that. There will be a little bit of dialogue, again very minimal. But it’s very similar to the first, same idea.

What was it like working with Chris Alexander?

He’s very good at convincing you that you can do it even if you don’t think you can, so if you have a lot of insecurities – and he’s genuine it’s not like he’s just making stuff up, he’s very genuine about it – he will definitely help you through it and really make you feel like you can do anything and feel comfortable. So I surprised myself that I said yes, so obviously he did a good job of convincing me (laughs). It’s very spontaneous, the way he does the movies, I would like a lot of rehearsal and prep and that’s not his style but in a way it works. Before you know it you’re doing a scene so maybe that’s a good thing (laughs) for me because maybe if I thought about it too much I would talk myself out of it, he can just be like “Ok, we’re gonna just do this! Let’s go!” and before you know it, you’re doing it and he’s like “Cut! Great! Beautiful!” And it’s like, “What?! What just happened?!”

So he tricks you? (laughs)

Yeah (laughs) and also it’s fun, you know we have a ton of laughs as well. It’s serious when we need it to be but also goofy as well in a sense. It was fun just to hang out on set because we’re all for having a lot of fun so that’s nice too.

Do you think QUEEN OF BLOOD will be the last film in the series?

I don’t know if I’m not… or if I am, but yes, there is supposed to be a third. I know nothing about it! But that’s the ideal… To have a third… Wrap things up.

Do you have any last words?

Any last words… Umm… Again, I wish Chris could sort of come in now because he’s SO GOOD at talking and I am not, I’m really working on it! Oh the Q and A’s were so nerve-racking for me. But you know… I’m very happy that people have enjoyed seeing the movie, we never, well I didn’t anyway, we never expected such interest. We really just wanted to have fun, and Chris wanted to see what it was like to make a movie, you know that was one of his dreams, to make a movie and have fun. And we did it just for fun and then it’s been really exciting to see that other people enjoy it. It’s nice to share in the fun, and other people get something out of it, thats always really cool. To involve more and more people in something too, and give back is also really, really cool. It’s sort of a trickle down effect, for this movie we have more people on board who want to be as well, so thats always nice, when everyone really wants to be there.

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I would just love to thank Shauna again for taking the time out of her busy schedule to speak with me tonight as production is underway for QUEEN OF BLOOD as you’re reading this…  Or it WAS in production… depending on WHEN you’re reading this…….

BLOOD FOR IRINA is available on Amazon, specifically HERE, and QUEEN OF BLOOD is set to be released Spring 2014.  I will be posting more information on the film when it is available to me and can’t wait to see the next chapter!

Stay scared,
Jessie xo