Saturday, March 10, 2012
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TARA THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME FROM YOUR AMAZINGLY BUSY SCHEDULE TO DO THIS FOR ME- I REALLY APPRECIATE IT! THANK YOU!!!
JG - Not to be too personal- but leaving home at 16 and working 3 jobs- that must have been very difficult- what do you feel is or are the best lessons you learned growing up ?
TC -Nah - working is what I'm good at. I learned how to be focused, make ends meet, save up. It was a good experience. I felt it was necessary at the time. I had so much going on, and I needed to get out of the small town I was living in.
JG -Now you have had some interesting work , dancer and a wrestler , modeling for comic book characters, acting, and even an advocate for children. I find this awesome- quite well rounded and also a heart for helping others. Go as deep as you want- but tell me about these experiences a bit. I see a connection between you as a child working at such a young age and being an advocate for childrens rights and also with C.L.U.B. .
TC -Oh gosh - I was never a dancer - you can ask anyone - I can't dance to SAVE my life. I'm the world's WORST dancer. The only thing I do worse than dancing is signing!
All of the above came as a natural by-product of my acting career. I'm a method actor (which can be a huge pain the ass), but the wrestling came out of doing stunts which I was training for Red Reaper. And of course with Red Reaper being such an obvious "comic book movie" that just came out of that.
JG - Now- I have to ask- how did you get into wrestling? Were you a fan anyways or did an opportunity arise that you grabbed and went for it?
TC -It was completely by accident. I was at a casting for something else when I caught the eye of former WOW wrestler Bronco Billie. She liked my look, called me in for an audition for her company, and hired me on the spot. I worked and trained with her up until about 18 months ago when I decided to focus solely on my acting. The wrestling was getting to big. I got flown out to Hawaii to do shows, I was getting booked for work in the midwest - it was taking me out of LA. I never meant for it to get as "big" as it did.
JG - I have some questions I ask everyone- so –its your turn now- Do you have a favorite movie? Horror movie? Every Warrior Princess has to have a favorite!! Any director or actor you would die to work with???
TC -I loved the Princess Bride. That's an all time favorite! As for a horror movie, I really liked Insidious. I've always been a fan of Patrick Wilson's (or at least I was when I saw Phantom of the Opera). There are a lot of directors and actors I'd DIE to work with. Of course Jos Whedon and James Cameron top the charts. Ron Howard is another. I recently got to work with Clint Howard - and that was a dream come true. I'd like to do an action film with Ho-Sung Pak and Don the Dragon. I've shot a few scenes with Don in the "Liberator" pilot we did last summer, but we didn't get to fight. He thinks it's funny that I want to do an action scene with him.
JG- If you had the chance to be in a remake of a horror movie- one that would pay homage and proper respect to the original- what would you hope that film would be?
TC -Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Ok.. so it might not be your hard core horror - but it's my dream role. I wouldn't do it without Joss though. That would be a deal breaker.
JG- I sense you have a spirit for adventure- if you could go anywhere in this world- non English speaking country- and live for a year and absorb the culture- what country would you love to go to and why??
TC -Africa. I'd love to go live with a small African tribe, live off the land, become one with nature, learn to speak in clicking noises. It seems so much easier, simpler - more real.
JG -Books- are you a reader? What are you reading at present?
TC -Oh you caught me - you know for the past few years I've been so busy filming I've not had time to pick up a book. Scripts, texts books (just graduated university!!!!! - well not JUST. It seems like yesterday) yes, but no actual fiction books. So, here's my guilty secret - I've read every single one of the Twilight novels and now have started on Harry Potter (I'm on book 2). I'll be honest, I didn't get the Twilight movies until I read the novels. Now I get it.
JG -Music- what is your favorite kind of music?? What would I find on your Ipod if I snagged it?
TC -You know, my music, like my wardrobe, is totally dependent on what I'm doing. When I write, I love classical or symphonic music (never with lyrics). When I'm at the gym I like something a little harder with a beat. When I'm just puttering around the house - cooking, cleaning, organizing said wardrobe - a little pop or R&B.
JG - Any guilty pleasures??? Love asking this one!!! Secret Loverboy fan (I am!!)- or maybe a lifetime movie junkie??
TC -I already admitted to the Princess Bride and the Twilight novels. I do own the ENTIRE boxed set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and will occasionally re-watch certain episodes.
JG - The most important one yet- pancakes or French toast? What’s your favorite?? Choice of syrup??
TC -Not on my diet until June :(. I'm working out hard core to get in top shape for Zombie Massacre. (Butter pecan syrup!)
JG -This is the fun part for you hehehe--- guiltless self-promotion- run with it- tell us what your working on ! Do you have future plans to go to any conventions?? Film Festivals??
TC -Blah - not my thing. I know, I know. All my friends get cast in a film and post it on facebook. I don't *usually* post about anything until the contracts are signed and we've begun (or sometimes wrapped) production. These things fall a part so easily. I don't want to jinx it.
So - Zombie Massacre is a go - I'm off to Italy in a few months to shoot my role as the bad ass who takes out zombies with my SWAT team. I'm in talks for some other stuff, but I'd rather not saying anything until the contracts are signed at least :)
I just completed "Basement" with Clint Howard, Caroline Williams and directed by Uwe Boll. It's based on a true story of a woman who was kidnapped by her father and kept in the basement for 24 years. I play the daughter (Clint and Caroline are my parents), and there is a fairly intense rape scene.
"Liberator" the pilot I shot with Lou Ferrigno, Ed Asner, Peta Wilson, Michael Dorn and Don the Dragon Wilson should be out later this year.
Song of the Shattered should be out soon as well.
Red Reaper will be out at the end of this year/ beginning of next. Post production is very involved, and there's a village working on it.
And there you go :)
It's been great chatting with you John!
THANK YOU MAUDE FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO DO THIS PODCAST WITH YOU! ITS BEEN A LONG WHILE SINCE WE BECAME FRIENDS- AND NOW- FINALLY- WE GET TO CHAT!
FOLKS- THIS IS THE GAL WHO DID THE AWESOME WEB SERIES OF "BLOODY BREASTS" AND ACTIVE IN THE WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH ! SHE HAS SEVERAL GREAT SHORT FILMS WHICH CAN BE FOUND ON HER WEBSITE ! THEY ARE AWESOME- SO- MAKE SURE YOU GET TO SEE THESE SOME TIME! SO SET BACK- ENJOY- AND OH YES- POPCORN AND SODA- HAVE THEM READY !
Friday, March 9, 2012
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Thanks in advance for doing this - it means a lot to me to know you would do this ! I also want you to know that if there is any questions you would prefer not to answer- that is fine. Please - include any info you wish to be included that I might have forgotten ! If you have any questions for me about the “interview “ questions- pleas ask me- no problem at all!
JG- What put you in place to do horror movies? Was there a film in your past that grabbed you that you knew that you wanted to act and horror was the path?
MT -Just like so many others, I wanted to be an Actor since I was a little kid. Once I hit High School, I became a lot more interested in behind the scenes work and immersed myself in the world of Video Productions--it wasn't until I hit College that I got bit in the ass in a big way for Acting when I took a Theatre Class as an elective. I never had a strong path towards specifically Horror, though I loved Horror flicks as a kid and watched mostly those and war movies with my Dad. As an Actor, I fell into doing Horror when I booked the amazing Kevin Tenney's Feature Film BRAIN DEAD and very shortly thereafter THE CELLAR DOOR that was written by Christopher Nelson, Directed by Matt Zettell and produced by Hilary Six. However, I'm beyond grateful I've fallen into the genre!
JG- What is your favorite horror movie (old and or new) ?
MT -Hhhhhmmmm. I don't know if I have one absolute favorite. When I was little, I was completely in love with the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. I also really loved The Ring, Hostel and Let the Right One In. (THE SWEDISH VERSION.) I'm also a sucker for vampire flicks (pardon the pun) and love the television show The Walking Dead.
JG- If you were asked to be in a remake of a classic horror- one that would be respectful to the original , the type that would make fans happy and feel good about the film, what movie would you like to do? Now what about directing? If you had this same opportunity as a director ???
MT- Ohhhh remakes. First off, let me just say I don't think I could ever bring justice to any well made film as a remake. When I love a film, I love THAT version of a film and have a hard time letting go of that love to make much room for a remake. Unless I'm able to totally separate out and view the remake as a film of it's own entity. With that being said... Maybe WITCHBOARD or PUPPETMASTERS, just so I can work my friends Kevin Tenney (Witchboard) and Kenneth J. Hall (Puppetmasters) and they can helm the whole thing and keep control of the direction the films would go in. :)
JG- If you had the opportunity to pick a cast and director to star in a movie with , who would they be? As above- also- but from an acting standpoint???
MT -I am a huge fan of Milla Jovovich, so she'd definitely be in there. Mixed with Jamie Lee Curtis, Meryl Streep, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Wayne Callies, Holly Hunter... That list is too long to properly add to an Interview, but clearly it'd be one helluva strange flick to add these Actors to the mix, so it'd have to be Directed by Catherine Hardwicke or Quentin Tarantino.
JG-What kind of film would you love to do ,not horror in any way shape or form and why ?
MT -A really gritty and/or solid Drama that has a strong morality tale intertwined in there somewhere. Something in the vein of What Dreams May Come, Thirteen and The Blind Side. Those types of flicks hit home in a personal way to an audience. I'd love to create something that'd leave people thinking about it for a few days afterwards and maybe make them think of the subject matter in a different way.
JG- What would you love to do if film was no longer an option , something else in the film industry or maybe a whole different career all together?
MT -Well, I'm also an Acting Coach. That is definitely THE only other thing I find joy in doing, other than Acting. It's really awesome to see an Actor grow and spread their wings and start to book projects. I love being a small part in their process of progress, it is truly gratifying. If it was a career not AT ALL related to the Film Industry, I would lean more towards being a shrink or life coach. When I coach Actors, it's one on one in private sessions. That ultimately brings up a lot of things they discuss that they'd not generally discuss if they were in an actual class. I'm someone who naturally wants to help others overcome their "stuff", so the aforementioned professions would likely be what I'd lean towards.
JG- Are you a reader and if so , what is your favorite book and author?
MT- I LOVE FICTION. I find most non-fiction to be incredibly depressing. Life is crazy enough, so I lean toward the things I can fling around in my imagination. Loved the Harry Potter series, I've read the first book in the Hunger Games, I'm in the middle of a crazy Michael Crichton book right now and I've been enjoying a series written by Karen Kingsbury. So much of the time I'm reading scripts, so sometimes it's hard to get to read a book, but I've always loved reading
JG - Now ,fun stuff, if I were to snag your IPOD - what music would be on it right now ???
MT -HAHA! A TON OF STUFF! Songs from Eminem, Dwight Yoakam, Portishead, Limp Bizkit, The Doors, Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Ani Di Franco, Enya, Motley Crue, Poison, Ratt, (note that as I'm writing this, Belinda Carlisle just came on.. Yes, it's true!), Enigma, Nirvana, Billie Holiday, Moby, Steppenwolf, Beastie Boys, Korn, Bob Dylan... Other Hip Hop Artists, etc. etc. I have pretty vast musical taste. There's even a tad of classical music on there. Oh, and Kenny Rogers. :)
JG- Any guilty pleasures? Music (secret Loverboy fan) , Movie ( loved Somewhere in Time perhaps?), maybe a Harlequin Romance (you know, the kind with Fabio on the cover ? Hehehe)
MT -I catch a lot of shit over my guilty pleasures, but I don't care! I love the Twilight Saga. Not because they're amazingly well written books or flawless films, but because they're so much damn fun to love. I am seriously a 12 year old in so many ways. And deep inside I think there might be an utterly hopeless romantic... I love the Transformers flicks because I have a huge crush on Bumble Bee. Yes, the yellow hot rod. I also still watch Some Kind of Wonderful on occasion just for the line: "You break his heart, I break your face." And there's a lot of not so well received Fantasty flicks I liked--for example the Last Airbender. I don't know why I liked it, I simply did. I am a DORK!
JG- Now that you have also done some writing for film with the Mis-Adventures of McT & A , has the writing bug grabbed you ?? Is this something you would like to pursue more of?? TV / Film ?
MT -Most likely NOT! I do not consider myself a writer what so ever. When I co-wrote part of Mis-Adventures with Kimberly Amato, it was literally me saying things like: "Dude, I should say this here and you should say this there, I think that'd be so silly!" I'm more of an idea person in that sense and someone who can execute getting things done and shot in a timely manner because my gift lies more in putting the right people together, rather than the right words.
JG - You have been able to do so many different aspects of film- actress , director, writer- me as a fan , I would think that from those standpoints that the approach and ‘frame of mind” would be different in each aspect. From those aspects- is there a diferent view in your opinion on the relevance of horror in society, or the impact the genre has in social aspects? Maybe bettered worded- what place does horror have in todays society? This is a tough one I think- I would not know how to answer this myself! Interpret how you feel it needs to be and answer from there!
MT -Firstly, YES, I definitely have to skip around to different frames of mind based on what I'm doing. I just coordinated and produced three teasers and a little ditty we're calling Zombie vignettes with both Kimberly Amato and Christopher Nelson. I created the Production "Bible" that had every single thing needed for every single shoot and handed it over to my long time friend and first partner in production crime Kelby Floyd on our shoot days so I could just focus on being an Actor on the days we actually shot. I learned the super hard way that it's WAY too difficult to try to wear the Producer hat as the same time as the Actor hat. It's too hard to focus on being in front of the camera when you're getting asked a zillion and five questions by everyone--not their fault, it was mine for not appointing someone to be the go-to person on days of production that first time around. Not only did things go well with the recent four shoots inside of three days, but we even wrapped early because of how much every single person kicked ass. I'm blessed with the humans I have in my life.
The place Horror has in today's society? Horror SELLS. In another interview I recently did, I mentioned that Horror is not only just on the Cable Channels, but Network Television as well. It's a hot commodity. Between True Blood, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and now The River... Amongst anything else I just missed, Horror is clearly gaining speed in popularity. Not to mention flicks like Paranormal Activity more than quadrupling their production budget in Theatrical Ticket Sales. For whatever reason, a lot of us like the bajeezus scared out of us and will pay money to make it happen. And there's also a rise in the notice of women filmmakers thanks to Film Festivals like Shriekfest, Viscera and Bleedfest. The playing field is getting evened out and I think that Horror will be very popular for a long time to come, given the amount of creativity, original thinking and solid execution that a lot of people are putting into it.
JG- Last one- hahaha---- has there been a role that you feel somehow really challenged you personally in some way in your outlook on life ? Example- hearing about the folks who worked on Band of Brothers , a lot say filming that really changed the way they approached life in sincerity- knowing what the people in the film went through to end that war, to see the camps! IN that way- has there been a Michelle life changing role- or one that challenged you in some way that you will never forget that??
MT -I hope it's not twisted to say I'd love to be in a film about war. Not that there's anything glorious about war, per say, but it's a genre that I grew up watching and.. have a desire to check out as an Actor.
Thus far, I'd have to stick to Rudy from The Cellar Door. I spent several days shooting in a tiny space that's not any bigger than a shower stall at my gym. It got me thinking about our own personal prisons. The kind we build in our mind. And how so many of us don't do anything to try to break out--we often sit, resigned to what we perceive is our fate... Without realizing true freedom lies just past the walls we've created for ourselves. I say the words we, us, ourselves.. because of course I've been there myself--a zillion times. In the course of shooting the character Rudy, she tried several different ways to escape Herman's grasp. And finally she succeeds. She breaks through her fear, reaches a super "I'm gonna kick your ass" mode and just goes for it. The physical cage in the film, to me, represented our minds. And the power that we have to either stay caged up or to escape ultimately boils down to our choice in commiting to something and going for it--all balls going for it.
JG -Now- guiltless self promotion ,spill it all- new projects- conventions , websites ? Anything- anything at all!
In varying forms of Development and Pre-Production on Feature Films--2 with Kimberly Amato, 2 with Christopher Nelson.
Also shot a couple of Supporting Roles in Feature Films OFFICER DOWN and an Untitled Drama, Recorded a VO Gig for a Commercial and am mid-rehearsals for the Play ANGEL ACADEMY.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Wireface - The Beginning 2011
Starring - Cindy Maples , Joshua Loren , Chrissy Joy ,Renae Amber , John Schockley , Joe Chrysler and more!
Directed by Kristofer Allen Rommel
Written by : Merit Alexander
Running time approx 20 minutes
This was awesome- I really enjoyed this short and I am very anxious for the feature length. The story of a man who through set back after set back- tragedy after tragedy – finally stands on the edge and stares into his own deep pit of insanity, and makes a choice- a choice that introduces Wireface to the world.
Joshua Loren did a remarkable job at playing Xavier Paris – and man who become known as Wireface. His ability to show his anguish as it grabs him like the barbs on barbwire- and tangle him up in his psyche and his spirit- to the point that he crosses that line to a dark world of a killer, the transformation of his mind to the mind of a killer. He killed this role- he mastered the role- he brought a tear to my eye to see him fall into this abyss of despair!
Cindy Maples- geez- what can you say , she rocked her part also- the southern gal , she has the ability to bring life to her character ,make it believable and someone you could wish to know! She needs to have any of her works watched- this one will rock your socks off, and the feature length- will be amazing.
The whole cast- to be honest- was phenomenal ,they had excellent casting, folks who have passion about their craft- I am amazed at what a lot of the indy directors and actors are doing in the horror genre. You will NOT be disappointed!
This short- is the start – the Pre-Wireface- with the last shot as Wireface is unleashed on this small community. The things that brought this young man to this point in his life- the people he knew , he knows, and gets you acquainted with the town. This town just does not know what is in store for them.
I could go on and on- and I could give to much away- but that would take the fun out of it for you to watch this short! So I shall end this here- and find a way to see this- check out the website mentioned above and judge for yourself- and keep in your mind- how strong are you ??? How strong are you when your world comes crashing down, are you able to stare into that abyss and deal with that “dark passenger “ ( stolen from Dexter)- and face it down – or would you fall to its grasp and become a killer?
Monday, March 5, 2012
THANK YOU FARAH FOR BEING MY FIRST ON STREET INTERVIEW- FROM A HORRORS FANS PERSPECTIVE- YOU ROCK FRIEND- I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND YOUR TIME IN DOING THIS BRAND NEW ENDEAVOR ON MY BLOG!
JG - As a fan of the horror genre- what do you like and dislike about today's horror genre??
FF -I'm starting to get into a lot of foreign horror films. They're films actually concentrate on a lot more gore, which creates more of a shock value. I feel like everything has been done so, there's not much that is scary anymore. I love a lot of the foreign films that are out there. I also like what has been done with the zombie films lately....they're getting a lot more inventive. As far as dislikes, I'm really tired of the horror genre trying to remake every horror movie out there and failing miserably. They should just leave well enough alone! I'm also not a big fan of CGI....some is ok but, when you rely on it too much to make the movie, it just winds up looking fake. I always say, we all know monsters are fake but, for movies sake, do they have to look fake too? LOL
JG -the big questions that fuels arguments- how do you feel about the "remake"trend??
FF -LOL I guess I jumped ahead of myself in the first question, I really don't like remakes at all! I can only think of 3 off the top of my head that I like and those would be, I spit on your grave, The last house on the left & Dawn of the dead.
JG -what's your favorite generation of horror ? ( ex. 60s, 70s 80s and why!)
FF -That's a hard one because I've recently started to expand my horizon with early cult horror from the 50s, 60s & 70s but, I guess I would have to say the 80s, simply because those are the horror films that I grew up on :)
JG -now for the deep question- what about horror grabs you- that makes you wanna watch them?
FF -I was actually weened on horror. I can remember as far back as being a toddler at the age of maybe 3 or 4 and staying up late at night with my father and watching horror movies, it was our "thing". What I like most about horror movies is the adrenaline rush I get from a scary movie. I like movies that heighten my senses. Say for example, if I'm watching a horror movie with a lot of gore, if it can actually make me dry heave or make the bile rise in my throat, I'd say it's done it's job....I love it!
JG -has horror gone over the edge or deep end with sub-genres such as torture porn ? or is it another way to make a point or pure shock value ? What do you feel about this as a fan?
FF -Personally I don't watch torture porn, I don't even really think it's relative to horror. I would say it should be a sub genre to porn. Although, I'm sure it's scary and shocking, I don't believe it belongs in this field. War documentaries provide the same effect and they're not considered a sub genre of horror.
JG - What do you enjoy about the conventions?? What would you like to see more of at cons?
FF -I'm ashamed to say I've never been to one but, I'm hoping to attend my first one this year here in Phoenix, in October.
JG - now- tell me- after reading some of my interviews- and reviews- what things do you really enjoy seeing,and knowing- are there things that come across your mind you wish you knew about your favorite stars, or films??
FF -I really enjoyed this interview. The questions weren't your run of the mill kind of questions and I definitely enjoy reading your reviews, John! Keep up the good work! Thank you for interviewing me :D
okay - friends!!! I am going to do something I think will be very cool! Something I think us as fans , you the actors, directors etc may find awesome and perhaps spur you on to more and more great things!! I am gonna do some "on the street" interviews- the fans perspectives on horror- what they like , what they dont, all from a fans perspective on horror ! These fans- are not actors, not directors- not in the bsiness of the genre- just everyday folks who love horror!!! So- I hope you enjoy and find it fun , exciting and more ! My first one will be up if not tonight it will be tomorrow! May I proudly introduce my first "on the street " interviewee- my dear awesome- beyond cool- and die hard horror fan- Fearless Farah !! So be prepared- hehehe- this is gonna rock!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
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