October 28, 2008 § Leave a comment
Since we’re following a bit of a Halloween theme this week, we didn’t want to let the festivities pass without a mention of our friend Jeff Palmer over at flicker pictures. Earlier this month, Jeff’s screenplay, “The Sleeping Deep” took top honors for best screenplay at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Orgeon. Jeff is keeping his script close to the vest for now, but you can check out some excerpts and see some photos at Jeff’s site. Congratulations and Yog-Sothoth! There’s a story here in Foster’s Daily Democrat.
Not in time for Halloween this year, but frightening nonetheless, is our friend Bill Bourdon’s decision to sell his soul to get his latest project off the ground. Bill is looking for other souls to sell as his film, “No Sympathy for the Devil” fires up early next year. You can read about Bill’s deal with the devil at the Boston Herald or at Bill’s site.
Freddie Catalfo, whose short film “The Norman Rockwell Code,” won some deserved praise a few years back, continues to move ahead with a feature-length version. A reading of the script is planned for this week.
Lastly, if you haven’t seen the link at the top of the page to the Halloween party this Friday, please check it out now. In addition to music and food, some of Roundtable Pictures’ films will be playing through the Witching Hour, including the award-winning short film, “The Listeners.” See you there.
August 4, 2007 § 1 Comment
The Palmstone Part 4 aired live here on August 3, 2007, but you can catch an encore now. Simply press the “play” button below and the show will begin. Be sure to check out all four parts of “The Palmstone.”
This exclusive production is available only at www.roundtablepictures.com.
(This may take a few moments to load, depending on your connection. If you experience difficulty, press pause and allow more time for show to load.)
For Part 1, click here:
For Part 2, click here:
For Part 3, click here:
For more on The Palmstone, click here:
Tim Robinson: Alexander Blok
Kristan Raymond Robinson: Cynthia Blok
Nicole Sugana Fuller: Tamara Blok
Don Kerr: Willie:
Tom Clark: Captain Chacksfield
Gregg Trzaskowski: Mr. Lucci
Ralph Morang: The Actor
Susan Morse: The Cop
Producer: Tom Daly
Music and sound effects: Chris Decato
Written and Directed by Lars Trodson
Recorded at Crooked Cove
Thanks to Greg Westley
Our appreciation to Rick Agran
July 19, 2007 § 1 Comment
So here we are, eight months away from the release of “10,000 BC,” the latest pop epic from once and future blockbuster king, Roland Emmerich. Eight months isn’t a lot of time to prep audiences for a film (see our earlier post on “Cloverfield”) so Warner Brothers has already dispensed with a teaser trailer thick with angry cavemen, mastodons, pyramids and woolly mammoths to whet our appetites. I’m going to bet the filmmakers have concentrated on little thus far other than the effects included in the trailer. Well, that and filming thousands of extras in loincloths battering each other with rubber spears.
It’s simply too easy to question the movie’s value. It will be big. It will be dazzling to the eye. It will make hundreds of millions. It will be called historically accurate or reckless and sacrilege. (There is no dialogue in the trailer, so it’s unknown if Emmerich will follow the path of Mel Gibson and “Apocalypto” and choose to use the native tongue, which for “10,000 BC” is … grunting?)
The real question is, what’s up with our affinity for cavemen? Would “10,000 BC” be possible if not for Geico? I don’t think “Clan of the Cave Bear” had much to do with it.
Perhaps the answer is biological.
For years, we’ve been told to get know our primal selves, to look to our ancestors for answers. Whether it’s Robert Bly yapping about “primal masculinity” or Ken Russell looking backwards in the underrated “Altered States,” life’s mysteries — or at least nagging questions like how do I twist off a bottle cap with my teeth — are already encapsulated in our genetic past.
H.P. Lovecraft once wrote, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” That simple truth serves us well to this day.
Of course, it may also do well by the filmmakers of “10,000 BC.” If it’s true that our basest and most fundamental urges and emotions are primal, then we should be scared silly seeing our ancestors on the big screen being stomped to a bloody pulp by a woolly mammoth. If that’s the case, and we are nothing more than cavemen in sneakers and jeans, then Emmerich may well hit the cinematic jackpot.
And then the cavemen will, finally, have bullied their way to the top of the Hollywood pile.
Cavemen, start your cameras.
See the teaser trailer for “10,000 BC” here: