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HUNTER’S MOON – Cast Announcement

Wow! That’s some serious news pick-up! We JUST announced our cast this week and Hunter’s Moon wound up in everything from IMDb news to ScreenDaily, Bloody Disgusting and the National Post.

 
IMDB - 08.08.2014 - “Production Begins On Canadian Thriller HUNTER’S MOON”
Screen Daily - 08.07.2014 – “Hunter’s Moon to begin Toronto shoot”
National Post - 08.07.2014 – “Popcorn Panel: Guardians of the Galaxy is as good as its Groot”
PlayBack - 08.11.2014 – “Hunter’s Moon Turns to New Tech”
JoBlo - Arrow in the Head – 08.08.2014 – “Production begins on murder mystery Hunter’s Moon starring Holly Deveaux”
Dread Central - 08.08.2014 – “Holly Deveaux Cast Under a Hunter’s Moon”
Bloody Disgusting - 08.08.2014 - ‘Hunter’s Moon’ Launch Party Becomes a Race For Survival”
Twitch - 08.08.2014 – “Production Begins On Canadian Thriller HUNTER’S MOON”
IMDB - 08.08.2014 – “Holly Deveaux Cast Under a Hunter’s Moon”
 
Haddonfield Horror - 08.08.201 4- “Principal Photography Begins on Hunter’s Moon”
Kill Panda Kill - 08.08.2014 – “Holly Deveaux Cast Under a Hunter’s Moon”
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HUNTER’S MOON – A Werewolf Thriller

It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to direct an indie genre film that I also wrote on… the last one was a Western, and I’m happy to announce that the next one is a thriller in a wonderful classic monster genre that is close to my heart: the Werewolf!

Hunter’s Moon takes place when a lavish launch party for the mobile gaming app ‘Werewolves Awaken’ is interrupted by a priest cursing the game as the devil’s work… but the party-goers are convinced that the religious man is just a publicity stunt for more press. Until they find the body for the first victim. One by one, the remaining survivors are convinced that something terrible is happening in their midst, but when some believe that a supernatural evil is responsible, paranoid divisions in the group drive them to each other’s throats. At the moment the true beast reveals itself, their lives become a heart-pounding race for survival of the fittest.

The cast is shaping up to be the best I’ve ever worked with, and the crew working with me behind the scenes are nothing short of top notch.

www.HuntersMoonFilm.com is the official site, and
#HuntersMoonFilm is the hashtag we’re using to keep everything easy to find on Twitter and Instagram.

I’ve got no networks or studios to please this time, so this indie is going right for the throat. Best of all, I’ll be videoblogging it the whole way, giving you unrestricted access to all the delicious behind-the-scenes secrets of Hunter’s Moon!

It’s gonna be a hell of a ride, I promise.

~M@

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FALLOUT ASYLUM: NIGHT SHOOTING

I’m no stranger to a long, cold night shoot. But, working with Nomadic Pictures, this is the first time I’ve had my characters lit by massive maxi-lights on two 80-foot condor cranes for key and kick light. And I’ve got to say it’s awesome.

Now, you don’t need this kind of light for every sort of night shoot –in Six Reasons Why, we sometimes worked with just firelight and a single kick light– but when you have an entire western town to illuminate, it sure does help move things along at a rapid pace while keeping every frame looking gorgeous.

Our warlock of a cinematographer, Neil Cervin, has conjured up some of the most stunning, beautiful, and terrifying images for Fallout Asylum, and I can’t wait for you to see just what I’m talking about when the first trailers and TV spots start to roll out in the fall!

In other news, my good friends in the Canadian band “Four Letter World”, will be providing the song for the ending credits of the film; I’ve heard it and it rocks all kinds.

Plenty more exciting news to come as we film with Ashanti this week, so keep an eye out for more goodies right here!

~M@

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FALLOUT ASYLUM: Principal Photography

After nearly a week of principal photography on the new film I’ve written for the SyFy channel, I’m happy to report that we’re making something friggin’ awesome.

So far, we’ve shot with an incredible cast including Spun Out’s Holly Deveaux and Heartland’s Amber Marshall, plus Jason Cermak, Lara Zaluski, Roger LeBlanc, Graham Littlefield and Megan Tracz as our heroes, getting into all kinds of nasty trouble at the end of the world. And some of them even live through it.

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It’s been a pretty wild time, with weather giving us the gift of gorgeous snowfalls, and making us pay the price by having to shoot in -15 degrees. You can’t even pay for that kind of production value! Well, I guess James Cameron can…

Between doing some on-the-fly re-writes, running a camera, animating graphics, and supervising visual effects, I’ve actually had some time to do a bit of directing, if you believe it! And working with huge talents like the extraordinary DP Neil Cervin, and David Winning (he directed the Power Rangers sequel), it really is a dream team to have on board to bring this screenplay to life!

As of right now, IMDb is telling us that there’s a September 2014 release… so keep watching here, and keep your eyes peeled on Twitter for the #FalloutAsylum hashtag for updates from all of us!

~M@

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Writing, Directing & Producing for SyFy in Calgary

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We go to lens on Fallout Asylum on Thursday, and I’ve spent the past week on location in Calgary with Nomadic Pictures, hard at work getting to a shooting script for the SyFy network.

With the reality setting in of which actor is playing which role, when they’re available and what locations we’ll have, it’s been a great process of collaborating with all the departments to be sure we’re making just the right movie for just the right tone and excitement on-screen at just the right price.

On this project so far I’ve had the chance to work along side folks from the props department on “Chronicles of Riddick”, as well as a bunch of folks who worked on Nolan’s new film, “Interstellar”, and at least two people who have worked on Power Rangers movies. Say what you will about Judi Dench acting in a Vin Diesel movie, this crew is pretty top-notch.

Keep your eyes here; there’s more to come about Fallout Asylum!

~M@

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SIX DAY ROAD – Episode Zero

“When two sworn enemies awaken in the snowy wreckage of an avalanche, their only hope for survival lies in reconciling their differences.”

This is a single episode of a 9-part Post-Apoclayptic Western series that plays in the same univierse as Six Reasons Why. I made it with some very talented folks: Melissa D’Agostino, Caden Douglas and Marco Timpano.

I hope you dig it!

~M@

Melissa D'Agostino as Wonder Woman in Man of Steel Song

Man of Steel Song Wins at Dragon Con!

WINNER Silver Dragon at 2013′s DragonCon Film Festival and Official Selection at LabCab Fest 2013!

“With Marvel showing up DC at the box office, Man of Steel better make lots of money if the other members of the Justice League stand a chance of having their shot on the big screen – and the entire JLA has come out to lament the dismal future of their careers.”

A fun music video I directed that has screened and won at some exciting festivals around the world, we poke fun at Warner Brothers for dropping the ball on some of the most iconic characters in comics, all to the tune of the Crash Test Dummies’ “Superman’s Song”.

I hope you dig it!

~M@

Wolverine vs Gladiator

Wolverine Vs. Gladiator in Les Miserables

“Hugh Jackman is Wolverine is Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe is Gladiator is Javert in the action-movie version of “The Confrontation” from the musical “Les Miserables”!”

When I heard the casting for the Les Mis film, I couldn’t help but imagine these two in a battle… and so this happened when Melissa D’Agostino and Adam Lazarus helped me bring it into the real world for everyone to see!

How’d we do it? Here’s a peek:

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~M@

Nar Williams stars in DNE: Do Not Erase

DNE: Do Not Erase Wins at Dragon Con!

WINNER Best Sci-Fi Dragon Con Film Fest 2012, Official Selection After Dark Film Fest 2012

“When Brian’s graduate thesis on Time Travel costs him the love of his life, he forces himself to choose the best way to live out the rest of his days.”

We had some stiff competition at DragonCon, but DNE came out on top in the SciFi category! Congrats go to my awesome team including Rudy Jahchan and Nar Williams, Michele White and Richard Hatch, with Bear McCreary doing the music and Kevin Grazier producing!

Here’s a spot of coverage we got while I was down in Atlanta for the con:

~M@