FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Award-winning Blind Filmmaker Seeking Short Fil
December 13, 2012, 12:19:am
December 12, 2012
Award-winning Blind Filmmaker Seeking Short Films
Horror, thriller and suspense films to be considered for anthology feature
(CAPE CORAL, FL) Groundbreaking director Joseph M. Monks, whose first teleplay was developed into a TV pilot and whose debut feature earned him the Achievement in Cinema award at the Gasparilla International Film Festival, is seeking short films to round out an anthology feature planned for release in 2013. And, while Monks sees the final product as appealing largely to horror fans, if you’ve got a short film that fits into the overall theme, it doesn’t have to be traditional horror.
“The premise is based on a comic character of mine from the early ‘90s,” explained Monks. “She turns up when somebody’s faced with an important decision. Often, a life-changing one. Depending on the outcome, it could very well be your fate being decided. That’s what I’m looking for, short films where a main character has a tough choice to make, regardless of whether or not they do what’s right.”
The feature, which will be entitled REDEMPTION, currently has distribution interest from both domestic and foreign distributors, thanks to contacts Monks developed after attending the American Film Market in 2011. At present, the first segment of the feature has been completed, along with a framing sequence that will carry throughout the feature, establishing characters Monks plans on continuing to showcase in the future.
“The concept works great for a movie, but even more so for a TV series. If things go well with the film, I certainly plan on shopping the concept at AFM 2013 as an ongoing series, something that would appeal to fans of The X-Files, Millennium, even Buffy. Those viewers are all looking for something to satisfy their supernatural needs, and I’m confident this will attract that same kind of audience and fan base.”
The preference is for films shot in hi-def, with a running time of 40 minutes or less. Horror, suspense, thrillers and even dramas will be considered. Sorry, no sci-fi, comedy or animated films.
“The key is that your movie be well-shot and well-written,” says Monks. “That, and fitting into the theme are the only important elements. I know I’m going to turn down some great films simply because they don’t work with the theme, but I’m willing to consider just about anything, so long as it has an emotional impact.”
For more information on REDEMPTION and how to submit your short, visit: www.sightunseenpictures.com, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ripped up lips
Ash and dead
Hazed and dazed
Filled with lead
Lines of rails
Sniffed in whole
Through the walls
Blood streaked tears
Burn my eyes
The cops are coming for me
Trapped inside my sanctuary
Left for dead in my insanity
My lovers of Destruction
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now i gottta go and get ready for skool :P blehhh exams again thank god it is le last 1 ^^
Been hunkered down the past couple of weeks, getting some freelance writing gigs turned in, making my editors happy by beating deadlines, that sort of thing. Now, the focus is back on my own stuff, and in a big way. Tomorrow, an actress from my short film, Redemption, will be here for a photo shoot for the cover to the next short story we’ll be uploading for the Kindle, and soon after for the Nook. Tomorrow, Pam is going to be talking to a girl we know about doing a shoot for another story, that one quite a bit longer, and for which the screenplay has already been written. This is a property of mine we had some interest in a couple of years ago, but the original actress left the business, and I’d already gotten some other projects rolling. Now, I’ve updated that screenplay and short story, which clocks in at roughly 80 pages, and we’ll have that one up for both Kindle and Nook sometime in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, I’m banging away on something brand new, which I didn’t expect to be working on at all. It’s an urban legend horror story that came pretty much out of nowhere, and it’s been trying to claw its way out of my head, so I took a break from the new Whelan/Carver novel to jump on it.
Have to say, I’m digging Kindle. The experience has been overwhelmingly positive. Sure, there are plenty of holdouts who don’t believe e-books count as ‘real’ publishing, and I understand where they’re coming from. There are plenty of people out there writing books about their cat, fantasy novels that all read like Harry Potter or Star Wars or the Lord of the Rings trilogy, wannabe poets in the goth tradition who write like they still listen to old Cure albums on repeat and bemoan how the world is always mistreating them, and so on. There’s no question, just because you can click UPLOAD, that doesn’t mean you’re a writer, and so there’s a ton of crap out there. But I’ve been publishing for more than 23 years now, and with this new outlet, so far, so good. My books are selling, and selling well. The response has been excellent, and people keep asking for more. So…
More is coming. Much, much more. Currently, my mystery novel is still far outselling my horror anthology, but that’s fine. Dead Meat is doing about as well as I’d hoped to be doing. But the mystery…that one’s doing so much better than I expected that I shifted things around to begin working on the sequel, which I hadn’t planned on tackling until after New Year’s.
If you haven’t checked out my current Kindle offerings yet, my debut novel, Torn to Pieces, can be found at:
No title yet on the urban legend story, but check back soon for updates on that, on our titles for Nook e-readers, the all-new Chance Meeting TV pilot and more.
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