Wednesday, May 27, 2015

"Halina" Accepted into the 2015 Long Island International Film Expo!

I've entered Halina into a good handful of festivals so far, and our first acceptance comes from one of the best ones: The Long Island International Film Expo!

Now obviously, this is a personal achievement for me because we're being recognized by the film community from my own home (which is Long Island) and because this festival helped put Purgatory Comics on a path to distribution back in 2010 . . . but also, this is a tremendous win for the entire cast and crew on a much grander scale. LIIFE is one of the most legit festivals I've ever found and it continues to grow exponentially every year. Being accepted for a screening is a major victory for Halina, and I can't think of a better place to premiere this short on a big screen. Plus, celebrities!

Even more of an honor: Halina will screen the opening night of the festival at the Bellmore Movies! The worldwide premiere of Halina will be Friday, July 10th at 6:45 pm. There will be an online service to buy advanced tickets soon, and I'll put the link up on this blog.

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Halina for this win, and thank you to the Long Island International Film Expo for inviting us to be a part of the 2015 festival. What great news!!!

New Short Film: Second Place

This has been brewing for a few weeks, but I haven't had many confirmations to post about on the blog so I've kept this project under wraps. But here's everything about Second Place, a short film that's production is running concurrently with The Burden of Choice:
  •  I've found that the shorter the script, the harder it is to explain the plot (at least without giving it all away). So for now I'll go with this logline: A couple is woken one night by a familiar yet unwelcome visitor.

  • Like Halina and The Burden of Choice, Second Place is a character drama with a hint of science fiction. The grand plan is to create a family of these short films - all similar in tone - that can one day be put together to create either a series or an anthology film. This is something I've wanted to do as far back as 2009.

  • This short is only about 5 minutes.

  • The leads in Second Place are practically cast, but not locked yet so I'm going to hold on the announcement.

  • Even though this will only require one day of shooting, scheduling has been a bit of a challenge. I was hoping to shoot this very close to The Burden of Choice, but I think it's going to have to be a week or two after now.
I promise once I have more information to share, I'll put it up here. Stay tuned!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Casting "The Burden of Choice"

This week we held a two day casting session at Ripley Grier Studios for The Burden of Choice. Auditions were held by myself as well as my casting director Enge, with help from some friends of WM Productions: my old friend Chris (who did a cameo in Purgatory Comics), my pal Shane who helped with the Purgatory Comics casting many moons ago, Lamis who did a lot of graphic work on Halina, and Lilly's husband Nick who is also an actor.

As always we met a lot of great actors and as always the choice will be tough. A new challenge here is having several key characters who are related in the script, putting restrictions on race and age that I'm not used to. Stay tuned for more casting announcements for The Burden of Choice!

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Elisa Pupko to Learn "The Burden of Choice"

Casting for the upcoming short film The Burden of Choice is underway, and while some auditions aren't being held for another couple of weeks, we have snagged one of our leading ladies! I'm excited to report that Elisa Pupko will be participating in this production!

Elisa is a New York City actress originally from Seattle WA. In addition to acting she has worked on many professional and personal projects as a host, a model, and a singer. You can check out her web site and portfolio right here.

I met Elisa last year during an audition, and reached out to her because I thought this role would be a great fit. She'll be playing Piper, a smart and ambitious business woman who comes to a tough choice in her career and reaches out to our other lead for help.

While I only met Elisa last year, I've seen her much earlier in some of my favorite College Humor sketches. I'm going to post one below because this sketch still cracks me up.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Over 1,000 Facebook Fans for "Halina"! So Here's a Preview Clip!

The Halina Facebook page has flown by the 1,000-likes mark - so to celebrate, I put up a clip from the film! This little snippet comes from Mischa's very first encounter with the robot Halina.

Hopefully I'll have some good news on screenings soon, but for now I hope you enjoy this little taste!