In last week’s blog entry, I reminisced a bit about an older film of mine, Ice From The Sun. I don’t think about this film very often - it is from a extremely different, long ago era of my life. However, after the blog entry went up, I was struck by the interesting questions I received, which focused on the technical and logistical aspects of this one-of-a-kind production. (The fact that we shot Ice From The Sun on Super 8 film seemed to be of particular interest.)
03/14/2013 - 3:00pm
With the demise of the drive-in theater rose the behemoth home video industry – and a torch was passed from one era of low-budget directors and producers to a new batch of underfunded fringe filmmakers. These fresh faces had new technology, and a new distribution game… but a similar reckless abandon and rebellious tenacity as their b-movie forefathers.
03/07/2013 - 2:00pm
An older film of mine, Scrapbook (1999), was re-released at the beginning of this year as a signed and numbered Limited Edition VHS. Vultra Video released this collectable incarnation of Scrapbook – and they’re up to their old tricks again.
02/27/2013 - 3:00pm
There are $175 million studio films bolstered by major star power. There are $20 million “independent” films with established mainstream actors in them. And there are micro-budget films from the underground – made with almost no money at all. My occasional delve into the inky blackness of this underground cinema keeps me up-to-date about what is being produced around the world by small crews, tiny budgets, and rebellious filmmakers behind the camera.
02/21/2013 - 3:00pm
If I listed my top ten favorite film actors/actresses, living or dead, a minority of them could claim significant contributions to the horror genre. George C. Scott, however, is on my list, has been celebrated in the mainstream, and has made impressive contributions to horror cinema.
02/14/2013 - 6:00pm
Celebrating its 40th anniversary is the brilliantly crafted classic, The Exorcist (1973), a film by William Friedkin (The French Connection, Bug). One of my favorite aspects of The Exorcist is its collection of fascinating characters.
02/05/2013 - 6:00pm
Two weeks ago, I suffered a minor injury to my right thumb. Real-life bodily injury, bloodshed, and anything of a medical nature makes me very woozy, so my greatest danger was passing out. Thankfully, I maintained consciousness. With the first-aid expertise of my girlfriend, I was soon on the mend.
02/01/2013 - 2:00pm
A film I directed 2nd Unit on, We Are What We Are, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Friday, January 18th. It continued to be devoured by film fest audiences through January 26th.
01/24/2013 - 5:00pm
Andrew Copp was a DIY underground filmmaker, a film teacher, and a ravenous horror and fringe cinema fan. He is best known for his first feature film, The Mutilation Man