Guerrilla Filmmaking

As I went to film school and spent much of my high school career in theater, its not surprising that I’ve devoted a lot of time and effort to the craft.  It is a tad more surprising that I was fortunate enough to be able to put different teams together for wildly different projects, including an award winning effort, Edgar Allan Poe’s Berenice. 

 Always a glutton for punishment, there is a new film now in the works…

You wouldn’t call either of them a blockbuster, but that’s not why films are made on this level.  It’s like community theater — something I’ve also been fortunate enough to be a part of through college — you do it because you love it, and you truly enjoy working with like minded individuals.  There’s also a lot to learned from these endeavors and the skills I’ve honed have helped me produce nationwide-HD broadcasts and important educational dramatizations for the treatment of dementia.

Always a glutton for punishment, there is a another project now in the works, a madness-induced horror-comedy, slasher, haunted house hybrid, tentatively titled MASTER PIECES — more to come soon as we hope to be start production in January 2017.

Edgar Allan Poe's BereniceEdgar Allan Poe’s Berenice

‘I have a tale to tell in its own essence rife with horror-I would suppress it were it not a record more of feelings than of facts.’ Edgar Allan Poe begins his chilling story of love and betrayal between two cousins, now told anew in this unique film adaptation.

We were inspired by the idea of telling a period piece on a low budget, and sought something obscure in the works of Poe that still contained all of his usual horror elements.  We found the perfect material in the short story, Berenice, and began adapting it in late 2001 into early 2002.

We were able to get a cast and crew together with some luck and by connecting with some great people, and filmed mostly in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania in the summer of 2002.  We immediately commenced editing and had our first screenings in 2004.

It also bears mentioning that this effort pre-dates the full digital cinema revolution.  High Definition television sets barely existed when we began preproduction, much less the ability to shoot 4k video on an iPhone.  We were limited to a 4:3 aspect ratio at 480i, less than 1/8 the resolution of a modern rig, not to mention that low-light capability, dynamic range, etc., were all archaic by today’s standards.

This is why it’s easy to have a love-hate relationship with technology.  What was state of the art circa 2001 enabled us to visualize our dream in a way that would’ve been impossible merely a decade earlier and — in that sense — we were on the transformative edge of the technology curve, but fifteen years later there are smart watches that shoot better video.

Watch the Official Trailer on YouTube


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