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Trailer sightings…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 19, 2010 by deadofnightmovie

Hey, everyone.  Just wanted to address this so-called “trailer” that has popped up around the web in the last few days.  I appreciate some of you trying to share the link to it here on the blog, but it actually wasn’t something we ever intended to be viewed by the public.  It was created many months ago as a sales tool for our international sales folks to use.  It was made BEFORE a lot of the effects were finished and even uses some test footage that was created before the movie was even done.  In fact, there are many creative directions there that weren’t in the finished stages at all.  It is NOT representative of what the movie ultimately looked like.  We’ve been trying to get it removed from various sites because we think it really isn’t representative of what the movie is now AT ALL.  A lot of people, myself included, worked very hard to create a movie we’re all very proud of and I can say with 100% certainty that what is in that “trailer” is not the product we created.  The good part of that is that we’re now bending all of our efforts to get an official trailer out there to show you all what the movie really is.  Look for it soon.

-Dan

Rating

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 30, 2010 by deadofnightmovie

Yep, in case you didn’t hear it, we have indeed received our rating from the MPAA.  Dylan Dog: Dead of Night is now rated PG-13.  We argued quite strongly with the MPAA, as it had initially been given an R rating, but without changing a frame of the actual film were able to convince them that it should be PG-13.  As I said earlier on this blog, we didn’t want to compromise a frame of what we wanted to do with the movie, and Kevin wasn’t asked to edit to any particular rating, but the fact that we got to a PG-13 without having to compromise anything is pretty exciting to me.  More news soon…

-Dan

Quick update…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 6, 2010 by deadofnightmovie

Final color corrections this week.  Movie will be in the can as of Friday.  Look for news on a domestic distributor to follow very quickly thereafter.  Woo HOO!!!

-Dan

A Valentine’s Treat

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 11, 2010 by deadofnightmovie

I know that I’m doling this out a little slower than some of you would like, but I’ve only got so many and I want to make them last.  Plus, I’m an evil, evil man who enjoys torturing loyal fans.  No, wait, sorry!  That was the evil me created by a transporter accident.  :-)

Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day!

-Dan Forcey

Development Exec/Former Stunt Guy/VMILWHW (Very Much In Love With His Wife)

Moving right along…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 5, 2009 by deadofnightmovie

We’re still making little tweaks here or there, but we held another screening last night (sorry I couldn’t inform anyone about it!) and the audience really, really loved it.  I continue to be more and more proud of the movie as it’s coming together.  We even had some of the effect shots from our partners at Prana Studios (the effects house we’re using) and they look GREAT!!!

I know this is a frustrating time and everyone is dying to see something new from the film (photos, trailers, anything!) but it’s all about the timing right now.  We don’t want to give too much away this far out or else everyone will get excited about something and then have to wait months to see it.  Too soon and we risk those of you who aren’t already on the edge of your seats forgetting about the movie!  However frustrating it is for you guys, it’s ten times more frustrating for us that no one gets to see all the great work we’ve done!

-Dan Forcey

Development Exec/Former Stunt Guy/FLAEM (Feeling Like An Expectant Mother)

ah…the internet

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 1, 2009 by deadofnightmovie

For those of you who are familiar with me on twitter or Facebook, you may have noticed some recent posts I made there about the demise of the great Neil Diamond (http://www.facebook.com/dan.forcey).  It was done as a experiment in social media.  After a few posts on both sites, the rumor spread and eventually the search “Neil Diamond dead” wound up on Yahoo’s top searches for the day.  Somebody also changed the Wikipedia page on Mr. Diamond.  All of this prompted the real and very much alive Mr. Diamond to start twittering to prove he was still alive.  This all came from a few Facebook updates and twitter updates to my social circle, which is truly not that large.  Updates that had NO actual articles, interviews, or facts of any kind to back them up but were picked up and passed along. I did it because I’m personally fascinated with the disappearance of journalistic integrity.  Actually, honestly fascinated with the fact that you can post something ridiculous on the web and it is immediately accepted as fact.  It’s like the high school rumor mill has been pumped full of steroids and spread it’s ugly tendrils around the world.

But why is this important to a production blog on the upcoming movie “Dead of Night”?  Well, somebody this morning, with NO articles, interviews, or facts of any kind to back it up posted that Dead of Night was now going direct to DVD and it has spread around like wildfire.

To put a kibosh on this: there is no doubt that this movie will be a definite theatrical release.

Whomever started this had not spoken to anyone with the production or fact-checked this in any way before posting it.  Personally, I suspect Neil Diamond.  He’s got it out for me now.  I truly, honestly would like to apologize, Mr. Diamond.

-Dan Forcey

Development Exec/Former Stunt Guy/SMS (Social Media Scientist)

What now?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on June 1, 2009 by deadofnightmovie

Sorry I’ve been MIA for the last week, folks.  I got back from New Orleans only to find I needed immediate oral surgery.  Won’t go into the gory details, but it wasn’t fun and didn’t leave me with a lot of “umph” to want to do much but lie there in pain.  I know, kind of breaks the whole “tough stuntman” image, eh?  Not that those who know me really ever had that image, mind you…  :-)

So where do we go from here?  The cameras are done rolling, the costumes have been boxed up, and my own elbows and knee-pads are put away.  What’s next?  Surely it’s just a matter of doing a little editing and then we’ve got a movie.  Week or so, right?

Not exactly.  Now things really start happening.  Sure, the fun part is done, or at least what I consider the fun part, but now things start rolling on two major fronts.  The first one is that Kevin and our editor, Paul Hirsch, have to basically lock themselves in an editing bay for the next six months,  pouring through two months of footage and connecting the dots while working with the music and sound department to make sure everything fits together seamlessly.  (If you don’t know Paul, don’t be embarrassed.  I didn’t either.  But I DO know a little film he won an Oscar for back in 1978 and quite a few movies he’s done since sit in my DVD collection.  Bragging rights to whomever names the film first.)

The second front we’ll get rolling on soon is the major PR and Marketing push for the film.  One of the reasons my hands have been kind of tied here is that the PR/Marketing Machine that’s been lined up for the film has been waiting until we lock down a release date before they start barraging you with photos, clips, etc.  They don’t want to start releasing things too early or people will lose interest in the film before we get close to the actual release.  I know I’m not talking to the Dylan fans or Brandon fans or Dan Forcey fans (Hi, Mom!) out there, as you’ll all go see it regardless and be just as excited if you see a clip now as if you saw it two months ago.  (Well, maybe not my fan club, as she…ahem…I mean THEY find movies “just too loud these days”.)

So I’ll be keeping you all up to date on what’s happening on both fronts as well as sharing some stories from the set now that all is said and done.  Rest assured, oral surgery aside, this will remain THE place for all Dead of Night news.

-Dan Forcey

Development Exec/Former Stunt Guy/TT (Temporarily Toothless)

In regards to promised “dirt”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 18, 2009 by deadofnightmovie

I feel like I’m being a bit of a cheerleader here about the movie and I don’t mean to be.  I’d really like to give you guys some “dirt”.  Honestly, I would.  I know I promised the unedited truth when I started this blog and I’ve been trying to give it.  Believe me, I’d love to have some juicy drama to talk about, as it would be picked up in an instant and probably increase word of mouth about this production tenfold, but the truth of the matter is that there isn’t any.  None.  The biggest conflict I’ve seen associated with the movie is me getting into ongoing arguments with the publicist about NOT being able to put up any frickin’ pictures.  (And even those haven’t involved even a raising of either of our voices.)  No actors have hated each other.  No production people have had power struggles.  Nothing.  It’s been a completely lovely, if slightly boring, set.  I may kick some random person in the shins tomorrow, just to start some conflict for you guys. I mean, it’s silly.  Here I am, in a position of power, running the Official Production Blog of a major motion picture, with no one editing me, and I’ve got NO gossip to spread.  I mean NONE, ZIP, NADA, NOTHING bad to say or scandal to unveil.  Nothing to get TMZ or E! Online or even Lying In The Gutters to look at.  Perez Hilton could be quoting me, darn it, and I can’t find a reason to give him.  Life is really unfair sometimes.  :-)

Just wanted to say I’m really not sugar coating anything.  It really is THAT great a production and THAT great a crew to work with, dammit.

-Dan Forcey

Development Exec/Stunt Guy/ATOUACOSJFYG (About To Open Up A Can On Someone Just For You Guys)

One is the loneliest number

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 18, 2009 by deadofnightmovie

Last Thursday we said goodbye to a gentleman named Eric Norris.  Eric was our stunt coordinator on this production and one of the best I’ve ever worked for in my career.  Even thought the production had another week of filming, all of the major stunts were done and Eric was anxious to go back to his wife and three daughters, so I was left the lone stuntman on set.  (Every other stunt guy had left the previous Friday.)

Little known piece of Hollywood history for you (and stick with me for a sec and this will make sense why it’s important): on July 23, 1982, Vic Morrow and two small children were killed when a helicopter fell on them during the filming of “Twilight Zone: The Movie”.   As happens often in tragedies, many lawsuits sprang out of that fateful night.  One of the changes that came from that night was the so-called Morrow Law which states that a stunt coordinator must be on set in any scene where an actor is doing even the most minor of stunts, even a slap to the face or a kick to the shins.  You see, in that tragic case, it was unclear who was in charge of the actual stunt, whether it was effects people, the stunt coordinator or the director.  Now, thanks to the Morrow Law, the stunt coordinator is the unquestioned authority and, ultimately, holds the ultimate responsibility, for the safety of the actors and the crew.  (You can read more about this, if you want, in a book called “Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego, and the Twilight Zone Case” by Stephen Farber and Marc Green.  It’s really a fascinating read.)

Why is this even remotely relevant to a production about a nightmare detective currently shooting in New Orleans?  Well, it is personally important because there is a shot on the very last day of filming where Dylan is reluctantly forced to slug a guy in the nose.  Thus, because of the Morrow Law, they need a stunt coordinator on set that day, but Mr. Norris had to get back to Los Angeles, which leaves yours truly as the ultimate power for one shining day!  I, yes I, will finally have my day in the sun and they will rue the day they ever called me “stunt boy”!!!!  <<EVIL LAUGH>>  <<EVIL LAUGH>>  <<EVIL LAUGH!!!!>>

Uh…sorry about that.  Don’t know what came over me.  Actually..umm… I’m the only one left and the only one that was willing to stick around for a week for a half hour’s worth of work (and no one has EVER referred to me as “stunt boy”).  I think I’ve had too much beef jerky and red vines from craft services.  :-)

The REAL truth of the matter is that it’ll be an honor and a privilege to try and fill some very big shoes left behind by Mr. Norris, even for a half an hour and one punch.  Eric is one of the few people in this business that I’ve ever encountered where he walks on a set, any set, and everyone has a smile and kind word for.  I have worked with him on several sets and this is true on every one I’ve ever been on with him.  He’s handled everything from difficult actors to props gone bad to fireballs that are…a little bigger than we were told they would be (none of which were on this movie), and he’s done so with grace, tact, and an ability to keep his cool and have all parties walk away as friends that really amazes me.  Eric has done some amazing things on this show that left the entire cast and crew giving him a standing ovation when he had his final scene last week. The position of a stunt coordinator is not one it’s easy to step into, even for a half an hour.  The movie, the production budget and, ultimately, people’s lives are in your hands (as is, unfortunately, evidenced by the incident on Twilight Zone).  It’s a lot of responsibility and I tip my hat to you for it, Mr. Norris.  It’s been an honor working for you and I’ve learned a ton.

-Dan Forcey

Development Exec/Stunt Guy/MWPBS (Megalomaniac When Powered By Sugar)

And MORE photos!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 7, 2009 by deadofnightmovie

Couple of more photos released today.  Make sure to check back with these great sites, as all of them have posted follow-up articles talking about their experiences on set, too.

http://www.mania.com/first-look-dead-night_article_114886.html
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=21114

-Dan Forcey

Development Exec/Stunt Guy/EATEN (Excited by All This Entertaining News and, yes, also “Eaten” (by zombies))

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