The blood, guts and glory of creativity.

December 23, 2012

Welcome Dylan McDermott to the Deep Freeze


My hometown is getting quite the reputation for being the go-to place for horror films. Last week this article was printed in the Edmonton Journal. Notice how my film "Truckstop Bloodsuckers" is mentioned along the likes of "Ginger Snaps" ? Cool huh?
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December 9, 2012

SOON my pretties, soon...

It's been a whirlwind week of meetings with amazing locals who are assisting our team with the secret project. We now have the beginnings of a pretty amazing army behind us; professional Consultants, Marketing Strategists, a Graphic Designer and DoP. Pretty swell!

And most of our helpers have little to no idea of what our film is all about, which either speaks to my powers of hypnosis or the amazing community of Edmonton, AB. I think it's the latter. The sense of camaraderie and enthusiasm I've experienced extends far beyond our cozy film scene. How do we attract such good people?

Respect. Collaboration. Community. These are the principles that are defining our new production company, inspired by my favourite little friends, the Honey Bees. Can't wait to share with you all the new incarnation of the company and our wonderful feature film that - fingers crossed - will make it to the top!
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December 2, 2012

SISTER is DOING IT


Let me tell you something. When you are brave and take steps toward the ledge of your comfort zone, amazing things happen. Especially when you are courageous enough to push through the fear and march forward fully awake.
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November 26, 2012

Something Wicked This Way Comes...


Just when I was feeling a little discouraged with the state of indie filmmaking in Canada - and that there was no place for me in a sea of proposals looking for documentaries, educational programming and Christian Values - I got thrown  a big ol' bloody bone.
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November 8, 2012

Drought


I've killed a lot of plants in my life. It's the reason I haven't upgraded to goldfish or puppies. I can't take care of the basics.  I've been amazed at how some of my green victims have twisted themselves towards the light and have surpassed my negligence by toughing out the drought. And I tell ya, they are teaching me something; perseverance during the hard times, reaching out for help when you need it, and the obvious... drink more water.

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October 23, 2012

Big Lights & Big Thanks

Thanks to Step-Sistas Alex & Gillian, whoever I stole this photo from. : )

What an amazing night with our name up in lights, listed among the greats such as Blackula and Ghostbusters! We packed two hundred and fifty seven people into the Garneau Theatre for the Truckstop Bloodsuckers premiere and damn, our fans are LOUD!
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September 25, 2012

PREMIERE: TRUCKSTOP BLOODSUCKERS




Mark this down on your calendars folks! The full-length version of Truckstop Bloodsuckers will take place  Monday, October 22 @ 7pm. I want you all there early because the Red Carpet starts at 6:30pm and we are giving away free FANGS at the door. It's perfect for Halloween!!
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September 5, 2012

Ghost Cats!


Many famous writers - Dylan Thomas, C.S. Lewis, all the writers of Lost (assumed) - have written their best work while on some serious shit. My latest inspiration has come to me during this 5 day (and counting) asshole of a head cold and the assistance of no-name sinus medication. I have been a victim of Ghost Cats. Sure, laugh. But if it's happened to you, then you know I am talking about some Grade A Japanese horror-inspired heebie-jeebies that will make you sleep with the light on.
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August 30, 2012

What Would Jay-Z Do?


I've been working on the second project for Mosaic, "The Bleedening." We are officially in the development phase and hoping to begin shooting in the spring of 2013. It's been two years in the making and I'm really anxious to see it manifest. Not just because it will be a fantastic gory film - projectile blood vomit, you know you want it -  but because I have other projects tugging on my shirt like an annoying child in the supermarket. It's great to have a major project complete, but I gotta make like Jay-Z and get on to the next one.
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August 23, 2012

Advice for Writers: Flow Baby Flow



 "We are writers, and we never ask one another where we get our ideas; we know we don't know." - Stephen King
I used to think of myself as a wizard. Writing was like conjuring a ball of light that turned to fire in my hands and I had to hold it until the last possible second before I threw it down. Writing leaves you burnt, exhausted, and in desperate need of more mana.
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August 5, 2012

From the Vault: Jackson Sabre, P.I.


Back in the days when I was a teenager, before I had status and before I had a pager... I was (was?) a weird art school girl who skipped class to write morbid poetry and to make films. Thanks to the internet, my work completed at Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts is here to enjoy!

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August 3, 2012

First Bite: Truckstop Bloodsuckers Episode 1


Everyone has been asking me if their children can watch Truckstop Bloodsuckers. Why the hell not? Sure, we have a couple of choice words, a little bit of blood, and some male nudity (think Will Ferrell in Old School) so I guess you'll have to decide how corrupted your child is at this point. I mean, if they watch a television at all then they can handle this for sure. But if you have one of those precious gems who chases butterflies and still believes in Santa, then keep them home-schooled and share this when they turn 16.



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July 27, 2012

Truckstop Bloodsuckers Prequel (UPDATE)


Is Truckstop Bloodsuckers a Camp-Classic in the making? We will soon find out. Last night the teaser aired on Bite TV. In this episode, a teenager named Kolby Danner investigates a series of strange events in her town of Little Hope. Armed with her handi-cam recorder, Kolby soon discovers she bit off more than she can chew. Dun Dun Duuunnnn!

Tune in to BiteTV.ca to watch the episodes!

UPDATE: Watched the first episode this morning! Pretty sure our theme song is going to get stuck in your head. Maybe you'll just have to watch it 15 times like I have.


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July 26, 2012

Move On Up


I'm in the process of moving, so naturally I'm procrastinating on the computer. In a few days I will be in my own bachelorette with amazing views of the river valley and my Friendly Giant on the 4th Floor (very feminist forward). The tiny space is considered a Penthouse in NYC and will give me the opportunity to be creative in the nude, which I've been told naturally takes you to the next level of writing. Pants seriously hold you back.

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July 18, 2012

Truckstop Bloodsuckers Trailer


It's the moment we've all been waiting for! The Truckstop Bloodsuckers Trailer has been released and I have to say, I'm a proud Mom. I'm pleased to share this with everyone, knowing that it's been a collective effort of really good people who deserve a lot of praise.
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July 16, 2012

Humble Pie

Huzzah! My first feature film has been produced! So what glamorous events and praise have I been surrounded by? (Insert laughter here.) Nope. It's been business as usual and back to the work that pays the rent. Anti-climatic, non? Kind of like losing your virginity. I feel different... can't anyone tell?
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June 25, 2012

Recovering From Creative Burnout

I have been learning so much about the process of creation and how painful it can be. This current stage I find myself in - the recovery -  has been extremely difficult. I emptied my own well to achieve an amazing amount of work in a short period of time, while stretching myself to full capacity in order to keep some uncomfortable experiences at bay. Now the project is over and I'm tired and can't keep the walls up any longer.
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May 27, 2012

Wishitude

Fangs are the new Black.
Co-writer Tony Binns and I were full-on making fun of the Laws of Attraction when we wrote Truckstop Bloodsuckers. We needed a likable villain; a twisted salesman with a plan of power who used this notion of wishitude to justify his means. "If you want something, take it." Well as I walked onto my film set in West Edmonton, saw unfamiliar faces scrambling around the cafe, which had been magically transformed into The Little Hope Diner, my jaw dropped. I wanted this and it's happening. Wishitude is real!!! Soon I was performing my bit role with a Deer Bloodshake in hand and watching the cast shoot the final scenes.

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May 6, 2012

Bite Outta The Big Apple, Pt. 2

Home of Soho's International Film Festival
They say it's all about timing and lately, it's been perfect in all respects. I just happened to be in New York the same time that local filmmaker and friend, Geraldine Carr, was debuting her film in the Soho International Film Festival.

Animated by the brilliant aAron Munson, Maude Mary & The Titanic is a charming tale about Geraldine's great grandmother who missed the boat. I was genuinely touched by this film and the thematic message to slow down and detach from obstacles: you don't always know what good news is. Something I really needed to hear.  The American audience really responded to this film and I was pleased to see Geraldine receive the red carpet treatment she deserves. It was an honor to be there.

Maude Mary & The Titanic


Also had the opportunity to see fellow Canadian Xtina Cook's beautiful short, Spirit of the Bluebird and the inspirational Street Journeys by Tracy Christian. Both left me feeling very moved by the work women are bringing to the film industry. Bravo!



The Sunshine Theatre was a welcome retreat from the 30 C weather that was pulling at our resolve. Momma Jane and I spent the entire morning at the Modern Museum of Art (MoMA), which is hands down my favourite attraction.The humidity was taking us down a notch, leaving us nauseated, docile and cranky.

Momma Jane, listening to Kraftwerk

I stretch my pantyhose too.
Interactive installations @MoMA
James Rosenquist @MoMA

Bent & Broken @MoMA
Yep. That's a turd. @MoMA
RE: Turd on the floor.
Hells yes @MoMA

Getting back into the heat and wandering around Soho, I had to endure the infamous Ryan Gosling Incident (Read Here) which began the poor mother-daughter relations. Add hunger, exhaustion, and the incompatible shopping needs of a twenty-something and her older-something mom, and we had a level 5 meltdown on our hands.

The great thing about Soho, it's full of people hanging out on the steps of their brownstones, walking cute pooches, falling out of their American Apparel ads and standing aimlessly around, hoping someone will notice them. So we had an audience.

At NBC, reenacting our throw down.
I wanted to buy Momma Jane dinner in Soho, soak up the atmosphere and people watch. Momma Jane was fucking over it. She doesn't get the tight pants, the mustaches, the toques in 30 C. She wants the subway, the hotel room, and maybe a cookie. But we're already dangerously hungry. The subway could turn into the Donner Party.  So we argue in hysteric dramatics, stomp between the curb and the subway (SIX TIMES!) and remember what really started this? Ryan Gosling.

We finally settle for dinner in Soho, in a 1970's vision of the future bowling alley with white couches that hire the laziest hipsters in matching drop V-neck t-shirts. Food. Meh. Service. Pssh. I won and I lost, all at the same time.
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May 2, 2012

Bite Outta The Big Apple, Pt. 1

AND I'M BACK! Let me first just say, hella proud to be a Canadian. This truly the best country in the world. However, I will also say, "Brooklyn, CALL ME!" It's the pizza man, you can't beat it.
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April 11, 2012

Start Spreading The News...


I'm leaving Thursday, escaping to the City that Never Sleeps, which seems appropriate as my motto lately has been "no rest for the wicked."  To say I am empty, depleted, or gonzo is a massive understatement. I'm about 24 hours from a comical weekend-at-Bernie's situation. Just prop me up next to the chip bowl and go about your lives. No one will notice.  We will be on a high "Ryan Gosling" alert and will update if he happens to save us from a burning building. Cross your fingers!
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March 12, 2012

The Script Breakdown Beatdown



In the past few weeks, our writing team has been slugging through some dark waters. We've been stuck on the Beat Sheets, constantly returning to the structure and deciding the action. We think we've made progress and then no... back to the drawing board. We are all feeling a little beaten down.

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February 22, 2012

You're Not My Daddy Anymore


I want to be as honest as I can. I'm having a hard time. You love someone. They mean everything to you. Then suddenly, you don't recognize them and although they look like the same person, they sure don't act like it. The spark that made them special is gone. What do you do?
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February 13, 2012

One Step Closer


It's been a hell of a weekend! Twenty intensive hours with a fabulous story editor from Toronto, Claire Ross Dunn, and the creative team from Mosaic Entertainment all together to hammer out the next (hopefully final) draft of Truckstop Bloodsuckers.
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February 8, 2012

When the Man Comes to Town



I spent a few summer weekends at my uncle's house watching early 90's action flicks. It's where I was introduced to some of the classics: Terminator, Aliens... Soft light through slatted blinds, the air thick with cigarette smoke and bacon grease, and I fell in love with the man on the screen, Michael Biehn. 
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February 1, 2012

Funny Bone


It's the entertainment industry. You gotta be entertaining. I hear this is a common obstacle every writer faces at some point, that big question. Am I funny? Followed by what is funny? And how do I make it funny?
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January 15, 2012

Spinning Wheels


How does one accept they are human and stop acting like a hamster? No, this is not a tag-line for my next feature screenplay. No science-fiction Freaky Friday with the rodents ideas going on here...  just a simple question out to the Internet universe. I'm on the wheel and I can't get off.
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January 9, 2012

Bean Politics


Sometimes you have to accept the fact that you're a real adult -  and you still don't know how to take care of yourself. That's when I go to Starbucks.

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