Posted by: michellemuldoon | June 26, 2017

Last Stand to Nowhere Update

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(Jenn MacLean-Angus, Chelah Horsdal, Julie Lynn Mortensen as photographed by WendyD Photography)

It has been a while since I’ve blogged but as things are moving along, I thought it was time to share what the Last Stand Team has been up to.

We are now up and running on three social media platforms:

We’ve applied for financing through BravoFact and the Telus 100K program and this week, we will be on Indiegogo to crowdfund the film as well. There is no guarantees with funding agencies. The competition is tough so crowdfunding is absolutely necessary. It’s actually built into the budget for the funding agencies. We want to show them that we can partner to make top notch content.

Why go to all the trouble when we could just as easily make something less intricate? The answer is simple; Wonder Woman. If you follow me on twitter and instagram you’ve probably already noticed I love the latest incarnation of the Amazon Princess. It’s bold, strong, clear in its message and unapologetic about the power of the main character.  Wonder Woman is not clouded in romance, or having to prop up the male sidekick. (He does that very well on his own, thank you.) People are loving it, and I believe they will also love the women of Last Stand to Nowhere.

I hope you’ll follow us on our journey and see enough to convince you this is a project worthy of your support.

Our cast is stellar. Our crew is first class. And most of all, our timing is now.

 

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Posted by: michellemuldoon | May 3, 2017

Indie Film Tribe Interview

Indie Film Tribe

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Angela Matemotja of Indie Film Tribe. Angela and I are on the same page regarding the importance of community, especially for writers.

Being interviews by Angela is really more like having a friendly chat over coffee. She’s passionate about film, and about helping people, and it couldn’t be a friendlier experience.

My thanks go out to Angela for the experience, and for everything she’s doing for the independent film community.

Check out INDIE FILM TRIBE and our INTERVIEW. I hope there’s information in this that will help you on your journey.

For the catalogue of Indie Film Tribe Interviews, hit the link and check them out on iTunes.

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Posted by: michellemuldoon | March 26, 2017

Puppet Killer Fundraiser

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The Team behind PUPPET KILLER needs your help. If you love horror, and you love the passion that independent filmmakers bring to the genre then please join the team behind the film for a fundraiser on April 2nd at the Beaumont Studios in Vancouver.

Finishing a film can be harder than filming it. When you have unexpected legal bills on top of post-production, the mountain can seem daunting. Puppet Killer is counting on the killer community of horror and independent film fans in Vancouver to help get them to the top.

Tickets are $40 and include your first drink. There’s a cash bar, appetizers, live music, and a silent auction that includes:

Guitars
A Head Shot Package
Actor’s Taping Services
Collectible Horror Figures
Belly Dancing Performance
Custom Foot Orthotics
A Demo Reel
Script Coverage Services
A Nail Salon Package
… and much more.

Join members of the cast and crew of Puppet Killer on the evening of April 2nd and help the film reach the finish line.

If you don’t live in Vancouver, please consider buying a ticket in support.

Thanks very much!

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Posted by: michellemuldoon | February 28, 2017

Shiny Polished Scripts

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There are times when writing is difficult. I’m not talking about writer’s block, but the issue of time. Time is a struggle for me. Between working to pay the bills and working to make film there is sometimes little time to make words into sentences, and those sentences into a story. So what do I do, not write at all?

I turn my attention to making something old into something new. I do a polish on an old script. Does that sound like a writing cop-out? It might but not really. The more we write, the better we get. I believe I’m a better writer today than I was when I wrote some of my screenplays three or four years ago. Why not update the script with my shiny new skills and make it something I feel like I can stand behind today.

I recently did that with a feature script and now I’m organizing, with an actor friend, a script reading for a local director/producer. The script still resonates and it was worth taking another look at. I love this particular script, and I’m excited to share the script and the evening with some highly talented people.

I also cleaned up a short screenplay that I have always loved but not done much with. It just made the official selection list at the first festival I entered it in. It seems I might need to enter Masquerade in a few more events. That’s the bonus of looking back at your old portfolio. You don’t know what you have until you look at it with fresh eyes.

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Life doesn’t need to feel like it’s closing in on your writing time. You can keep honing those skills by polishing an old story into a shiny new and exciting vehicle. It takes less time, it stretches your writing muscles and helps your story analysis skills stay sharp.

Don’t give in to the time crunch, or give up on feeling productive. A script is never really done until the cameras roll, so feel free to play on an old canvas. You’ll be surprised at how much sharper you feel, and how much better that old script can be.

 

Posted by: michellemuldoon | February 22, 2017

It Begins: Last Stand to Nowhere

 

Last Stand to Nowhere

(Banner courtesy Michelle Lamberson)

March marks the one year anniversary of the first screening of Chaos Management and begins the journey of the next film, Last Stand to Nowhere. Last Stand is an all-female re-imagining of Gunfight at the OK Corral.

Why a Western, and why make a female Western on the heels of productions that have had varying degrees of success or lack of?

I grew up watching spaghetti westerns on Sundays, often with my father. I loved the Enio Morricone soundtrack and the cinematography but more than anything I loved the lesson that, regardless of your moral fiber, there comes a time when everyone is forced to take a stand. Sometimes that lesson is a product of circumstance, and sometimes it’s a conscious decision made when a person is forced to a point where turning back is not an option.

I love action films, including westerns, but let’s face it guys have all the fun in those films. The story is told through the male view screen about characters men find interesting and can connect with in some way. Let me say it bluntly, that sucks. It sucks that women are either Madonnas or Whores. It sucks that when the chips are down, women have no influence on the outcome. It sucks that women are satellite characters and are ultimately reliant on the male hero bailing them out.

Women often struggle to connect with male heroes because they aren’t us. I’m done with that, and from the look of the amount of women who are interested in this project, I’m not alone.

My filmmaking has mostly been about perspective and how it influences connection. I want to see what shifting a key point of perspective does to our connection to an iconic story; in this case one of the most iconic testosterone-driven stories of the Old West.

Over the next couple of months I’ll be unveiling who has come aboard as we prep social media landing sites and a crowdfunding campaign. I think you’ll like what you see. At least I hope you do enough to make a donation. The team hopes to leverage these efforts for a strong BravoFact funding application.  By the time Chaos Management is close to finishing its festival run, our goal is to have Last Stand to Nowhere going to camera.

Stick around for what’s to come. It’s going to be a fun ride.

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Posted by: michellemuldoon | February 16, 2017

Malibu West Awards: Chaos Management Wins

The Malibu West Awards, newly christened for 2017 as the West Coast Film Festival, is a division of the Port Hueneme International Film Festival. I am so pleased to share that Chaos Management has been awarded two awards in this past session; The Chaplin Award for Best Writer of a Short Film, and The Chaplin Award for Best Music Score of a Short Film awarded to our composer, The Land of Deborah.

Thank you to everyone at Malibu West. You believe in what we’re doing and that means more than I can describe.

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Posted by: michellemuldoon | January 31, 2017

Writer to Watch: Ellen Chauvet

 

 

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There are people who say they support the Arts and then there are people who put their money, their heart, and their talent into supporting creativity. Ellen Chauvet is that person. Not only has she invested in two independent feature films but Ellen’s own work, When Darkness Falls, can be found in Kindle and Amazon’s Create Space.

I met Ellen Chauvet when we both joined the production team behind the independent feature film, Puppet Killer, now in post production. Ellen is an Executive Producer on the project, while I’m a member of the Production Team. I was impressed with her commitment to support the vision and passion of Director/Producer Lisa Ovies and as I got to know her better I understood that Ellen’s advocacy of independent film comes from her own passion for the creative journey.

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(Ellen Chauvet and Anne Rice)

Ellen fell in love with the novels of Ann Rice as the Lestat stories reached the height of popularity. She drifted from the genre until a friend introduced her to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  What hooked her was the character Angel; a vampire that lives with the constant internal battle between good and evil. This would become the theme to Ellen’s own writing.

It’s a constant internal battle she sees in all of us.  Genre storytelling allows for the exploration of very human failings in a manner that allows for a wider spectrum of tests and revelations.

“When Darkness Falls” is the first of a book series called The Vampire Redemption Series. The story took shape as Ellen dealt with personal loss and health challenges. Once Ellen found her health and her footing, the journey to turn a rough first draft into a polished novel found solid ground, and set the foundation for what should be a three or four book series.

When Darkness Falls follows Lexie, a young woman who finds out she’s a vampire executioner in a long line of executioners.  She’s as human as her prey is inhuman, and her struggles are reflective of all of ours. This first book is set in Paris and southern France. The second in the series will take place in Scotland.

Ellen Chauvet is that rare creature; a person who is not only creative, but supports and nurtures creativity in others.

Get ahead of the curve and check out When Darkness Falls and fall in love with Ellen Chauvet like I did.

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Posted by: michellemuldoon | January 27, 2017

Introduction to Screenwriting Workshop

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On February 4th I will be teaching another one day Introduction to Screenwriting Workshop for the good people at Raindance Vancouver. Why do I teach this course and why do I think it’s an excellent first step? Here’s why…

Writing something, anything, is easy; writing a good spec screenplay is hard. Like many people, I started out thinking it would be a piece of cake; read a couple of screenplays, buy the software, let the creative brilliance flow. But here’s the thing, it isn’t that easy. There are rules; do’s and don’t of formatting and story structure, for instance. There’s a craft to the page that speaks to every member of a film production team, and a creativity that speaks to every member of the cast.

My workshop is practical. It provides the participant with a concrete list of actionables that have to be a part of your screenplay. You walk out with a breakdown of what makes good structure, formatting, character introductions, dialogue and scene composition. It’s only one day so we go straight to the important points around these topics.

Is this going to turn you into Paul Haggis? No. Is this going to give you a great foundation to start you on the path to telling the stories you want to tell on screen? Yes.

Here’s what a couple of people have said about this workshop:

Passionate, informative, organized, inclusive, clear, concise and captivating. Great communication, interaction, discussion and ability to field all kinds of questions while keeping the class on track. So glad I took this class. A wealth of information.

— M.E. Bond

Thank you for making the process so clean and specific. I loved the examples of “real” films to help understand certain concepts better. Your energy and positivity were contagious.

— T. Gillis

If you are an actor wanting to tell your own stories, or a production team member wanting to understand more about the work you’re given to break down in pre-production, take this course.

After all, everyone wants their work to stand out in the crowd.

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Posted by: michellemuldoon | December 31, 2016

End of Year Thanks: 2016

Happy New Year 2016

 

There’s no denying 2016 has been a challenging year for many of us, which makes giving thanks a challenge of its own sort. But amidst the sorrow, obstacles, and disappointments there have been successes, new friendships, strength and certainty.

Certainty is that understanding that there is always another well of resolve within us. It’s that moment of peace where you know that no matter what, you will find a way above the struggle. It’s the confidence to know the path you are on is the path you have chosen, and the grace that comes with that acceptance is the grace that will hold you above the swirling grey clouds.

My year has been tough, but I have the certainty that it is a year I had a hand in creating. That acceptance allows me to see so much good that has come into my life this year.

So, in no particular order, and with the caveat that I may come back and add to the list as the day goes by, I give you the people and events of my year that I am thankful for.

  • For yet another year, I will start this list with Del and Theresa Weston. It was a tough start for all of us as my 0-1 Visa application was denied. We spent the previous year looking forward to filming my feature film Dead Fest in Los Angeles, but it was now a deal that had to be dropped. Through all of it they showed me what perseverance, focus, and passion for the craft looks like. They are shining beacons for many filmmakers, but for me, they are also people I hold close to my heart with love and respect. I thank them for their leadership, their trust, and most of all, for being exactly who they are every day of their lives.
  • My family. The support I get from my siblings and my father is beyond anything I ever expected. They celebrate the good times with me, and never let me talk about giving up. They are rocks of support and I love them for it.
  • Actor and producer Frances Flanagan. She’s the friend that calls just to check on me; not text or private message, CALLS. It’s a revelation in some circles but not for Frances. She’s always there with concern and offers of help. Now that I have her in my production circle, I am not letting go.
  • Joan Macbeth is a writer and friend who took over the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival Screenplay Competition from me. I was so concerned about the baby I birthed two years ago, but in Joan I found a writer’s writer who cares about how we are all treated and will run and grow the event with the kind of integrity that makes me proud to know her. Thank you.
  • My Prosecco Friday Peeps; Sarah, Jeremy, Lini, Stevie, Wendy, Joan, Barbara, Shelley, Mirella, Frances, Jane and many others who float in and out of the group. We are creatives that meet every couple of weeks for a Friday tipple of bubbles. Without them I would feel adrift, but with them I feel I have a tribe. We support each other, laugh with each other, and keep each other going when the path seems lost. Thank you to every one of you.
  • Victoria Angell is a 2016 addition to my life and I couldn’t be luckier. We share a love of creating, and of genre programming.  I have a ton of respect for her as a person and as a producer and I can’t wait to make film with her. Thank you.
  • Fernando Mico, Brian Boyd, Don Andrews, Tracey Adlai, Carolyn Combs and James Christopher. Thank you for screening Chaos Management this year. You are the kind of people who run your events with a passion for film, and for filmmakers. Thank you for letting me be a part of your festival journeys this year.
  • Lisa Ovies. What can I say. The Puppet Killer journey has had its bumps but you stood up for what was right; you stood up for your film. You set an example for everyone; fight for what you believe in, and never let go of what you know is right. Thank you for being my friend.
  • The AOF Writing Community, and most of all, the Head Writers of the Writers Room who make the community what it is. Thank you for volunteering your time because you care, and because you are willing to invest in each other.
  • Nadia DiMofte. This woman came to me one day and asked if I ever thought about teaching workshops. Thanks to Nadia, I now teach an Introduction to Screenwriting Workshop several times a year for Raindance Vancouver. She saw something in me, and helped make it materialize. Thank you.
  • Maja Aro, thank you for showing faith in my latest project, for offering your considerable skills as a stunt coordinator, and mostly, thank you for being the kind of woman that supports other women without judgement. I can’t wait to work with you.
  • Thank you Rebecca Coleman, my partner in brunch crime. We eat, we blog, we plot together. I look forward to sharing more great meals with you in 2017.
  • Kim Barsanti. Kim is a talent agent in town that merged her own agency with Lucas Talent, creating the second largest agency in Canada. She has always supported my projects. When she heard I wanted to make an all-female re-imagining of Gunfight at the OK Corral she called and asked what she could do to help. To finish this year with such a positive and active show of support from someone so established in the local film community has made me excited for 2017.
  • My short film Chaos Management won some awards this year, as did my feature screenplay Birthday Blues. I am eternally appreciative of the vote of confidence these projects have received. Knowing my work has received an objective stamp of approval makes the journey feel less uncertain. I thank everyone for that vote of confidence, for taking the time to read or watch, and for giving me a boost when I needed it.

I could go on, and I might at a later date, but right now all I want to say is THANK YOU.

May 2017 be a year with less bumps and more celebrations. May the year bring happiness, love and success in whatever ways you define them.  This place, here and now, is where you stand. May it feel like home. May it give you the safety to step out on a walkabout of life; a journey as yet undecided in 2017.

Happy New Year.

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Posted by: michellemuldoon | September 28, 2016

Chaos Management: What a Run!

They say good things come in threes. If September and the beginning of October are any indications, then they come in fours and threes and it’s a combination that might have to become a lottery favorite of mine.

This weekend will mark the fourth screening of Chaos Management in the last month. The Valley Film Festival will screen our three minute short on Saturday, October 1st in this, the sixteenth edition of the Festival.  If I said I was thankful, it would be an understatement. Having worked as a screener for a festival, I know how tough these decisions can be. I’m  as excited to screen a year into our festival run as I was the first time it happened.

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(Poster Photo by Michelle Lamberson)

How have the other three screenings gone?  I don’t know where to start so I’m going to start at the beginning. Chaos screened the first full week of September at MartialCon in Los Angeles and was awarded the Best Director Award. A week later the film screened in Butte, Montana at the Covellite International Film Festival and was awarded one of three Short Film Awards. Then this weekend, after screening at the Austin Revolution Film Festival, Chaos Management was named Best Foreign Short Film.

I have never in my life had a month like this; four screenings, three nominations, three awards. It’s unbelievable. For a collaborative venture, “film” can feel lonely at times. You go through vast dry spells where it feels like you just haven’t been able to create something that connects with people and you might never will. There’s a feeling of frustration, as if your voice has gone silent and no one can hear what you’re trying to say.

Then along comes four festival directors that say, “I see you. I hear you. I know what you’re trying to do, and I support you.” When that happens, it’s like the heavens parted and the sun shines on your tiny imprint on the world. It leaves you a little light-headed and even worse, sorely lacking in a coherent vocabulary.  September 2016 has been like my personal Sally Field moment, “They like me, they really like me.” I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that. I’m still trying to shape the words to express my gratitude.

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I’ve been posting a lot about Team Chaos as of late. As a former athlete and coach, team is always the operative word for me. I know that the success of this film is not mine alone, but belongs to the entire cast and crew. Without the work and support of everyone in our credits, this month could not have happened.  I am grateful to the entire team, and think it’s high time I reminded you who they are.

TEAM CHAOS

  • Starring: Qelsey Zeeper
  • Executive Producer: Michelle Lamberson, Arne Toma
  • Producers: Frances Flanagan, Tijana Popovic
  • Associate Producers: Elena Butler, Jon Gale, Wendy D
  • Composer: The Land of Deborah
  • Director of Photography: Kenneth Lau
  • Editor: Mauri Bernstein
  • Motion Graphics Design: Krista Lomax
  • Production Manager: Tijana Popovic
  • Set Designer: Krista Lomax
  • Set Decorators: Frances Flanagan, Tijana Popovic
  • Gaffer:  Richard Macdonald
  • Sound Design: Kevin B. Barron
  • Colourist: Van Cooper
  • Sound Recordist: Eric St. Laurent
  • Voiceover Recordist: Nick Tyzio
  • 1st Assistant Camera: Marcus Fung
  • Digital Imaging Technician: Marc Baker
  • Slate: Mirella Gibeau
  • Make-Up: Hayley Miller
  • Assistant Make-Up: Denee Noel
  • Props Master: John Prowse
  • Set Photographer: Michelle Lamberson

Short Film Award

It can take a village to make three minutes on film. I don’t know how I got to be so lucky to be in this one.

 

 

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