I had this idea of all the things I love about horror movies as well as all the typical stuff that's in EVERY horror movie and I started thinking about how I would apply them to a script and into a story that I wanted to tell.
The first thing I did was write out the character's and a (very) short bio for each one, I basically filled the basic horror characters list, the wallflower, the slut, the jock, the nerd, the best friend etc. then I started working on the magic of course I'm talking about the kills I did that quickly in the thinking process so I knew exactly what I wanted to do to each victim.
After working out all the kills I started working on my killer, who was this person, what they would wear and of course WHY they were killing all of these people.
I was lucky enough to receive a license from California Costumes Company to use one of there costumes as the "Mortis" costume so that was that. check one thing of the growing list of demands.
I then started writing Sins of Man : Rise of Mortis and as many of you know I wrote Sins of Man : Rise of Mortis along with TWO other films in less then 30 days making SoM a Trilogy.
Through the writing process I started building a fan following on Twitter with the @SinsofManmovie profile as I started talking to horror fans worldwide I gained confidence that SoM was a good idea and began casting.
Through the casting process I met several actors who came on board and believed in my vision. We ran our first campaign via Indiegogo.com and we raised an underwhelming $25 dollars. I reworked the budget and asked my cast to have faith in me and the project would still be moving forward.
Between the first and second campaign I had a meeting with the local school board about filming the movie in the local High School and I was rejected based on "Too much risk" which at first I was pissed about but then I thought about it and said to myself "that's fine we will do the movie somewhere else and then when we make it a success they will be asking us to film part II in their school"
I reworked the campaign and launched it again via Indiegogo.com this time raising $100 dollars to total (after fees) $101 dollars and some change. Did I let this stop me ? no way.
I went back to the drawing board and and asked my cast if they would be willing to work for no money just to be in a movie ? they basically all said yes with a few unable to remain on cast. we regrouped recast the roles that needed to be filled and moved on and here we are today.
We all had alot to learn and no one more then me and I'll be the first to admit that . Hell after the first weekend of shooting this project almost didn't continue but with the help of my Executive Producer Chris Fyfe he rallied the troops and we are now on knocking on the doorstep of a completed film this has been a wild, crazy, nonstop roller coaster of a ride and believe it or not I wouldn't change anything about it. I became a better film maker because of it, I became a better writer because of this film and I have met some amazing people because of this film.
In closing I want to say THANK YOU to the entire CAST and CREW because this movie doesn't happen without you guys and gals showing up working long hours (at one point we shot from 3:30 in the afternoon til 5:00 the next morning) driving long distance on your own dime to get to set every weekend. I know THANK YOU doesn't cover what you have done for me but it's all I've got.
THANK YOU to Chris Fyfe for being on board with all the changes for being my 2nd director and making sure the film fits together, you have an amazing eye for film making and I'm blessed to have you on my team.
THANK YOU to the AMAZING people in the towns of Solon and Sebec Maine for allowing us to film in your beautiful towns :) Sebec Country Store has amazing food and great people there.
THANK YOU Bridgton Community Center for allowing us to film in your building :)
and last but not least THANK YOU to the AMAZINGLY AWESOME Horror fans Around the world who have reached out to us in support of Indy Horror we look forward to delivering Sins of Man : Rise of Mortis on DVD in October !