It's been three years since I launched Wicked Carnival Productions and two years since I started working on Sins of Man : Rise of Mortis as you all know we finished shooting Sins of Man II : Vengeance in July and are releasing it shortly.
So much has changed in the last three years and yet it's all very much the same in many ways also, I'm a more confident writer, I'm working on becoming a better actor and makeup artist while struggling with directing of the films. but that is par for the course because I can't excel at everything all at once and that is something over the course of the last several months that I have come to terms with and the main reason I stepped down as director for Sins of Man III : Tribulation .
I have never received a negative comment from fans about the movie itself which I think is awesome but really not a good indicator of success to the masses because a limited number of fans have had the chance to see my movie.
With the launch of ibleedindie.com from John Lepper and the folks at www.theblood-shed.com the entire world can now see Sins of Man : Rise of Mortis and will now be able to judge the film which is something that I look at in a positive way because it helps me grow as an artist when I hear people talking about dwhat they like and dislike in movies .
I'm still learning so much about film making, I'm still making connections with people and always willing to help anyone I can in the industry weather it's giving them their chance to star in a movie or helping them gain the confidence to go out and chase their own dreams .
I want to give fans what they want to see but I also want the freedom to do what I want to do in terms of the style of writing and storytelling without having to over explain it to people . I feel that indie films while we are able to push the limits further then a big studio because there is less red tape and more freedom to be creative we also should have the right to make a "classic" horror movie if that's what we choose to make.
I made Sins of Man : Rise of Mortis as a "Classic Hollywood Style" Slasher film because that's what I wanted to make and as an indie film maker I believe that's my choice. Someone said my movie would be better suited for Hollywood and to this I said "Well then why doesn't Hollywood buy the script and make the movie then or pay me to make the movie ??"
I'm learning there are alot of things that I don't know about film making and no one knows it all because the industry changes at a fast pace but I know enough right now to know that I can make movies because I've done it TWICE . Are they going to win any awards ? Who knows . I've not entered them into festivals or anything like that so far, I'm working to perfect my craft before I take that leap of faith but I'm releasing my work to the world because I fell I'm talented as a writer to write good stories that people can care about the characters and want to see the film and the characters develop throughout .
People often ask me if I could work on someone else's project as an actor or writer and I really don't think I would want to write someone else's movie for them as far as acting goes maybe but I don't want to pursue acting at this time so probably not .
What fans need to know is the role of Victor Barclay that I played in Sins of Man : Rise of Mortis was originally only supposed to be a one scene cameo but due to someone dropping out of the movie after we started production for reason beyond their control the character went through a complete rewrite and changes were made to make Victor a major player in the overall story and rather then reshooting the scenes to use a different actor I just kept the role and did the movie and now that we've shot Sins of Man II : Vengeance and I got to play Victor one more time, I've been able to see Victor grow and change as a character, I played him almost as two different people from Rise of Mortis to Vengeance and in Tribulation I think fans will see his character come full circle which I'm very excited to see how Victor is received by fans after the trilogy is complete .
In closing I would like to say THANK YOU to my fans who have supported me, The Sins of Man trilogy and Wicked Carnival Productions for the last 3 years and for your continued support as we move forward into the future. We have some pretty cool things coming up with a Web Series, Short film and a SyFy feature and several more slashers all on deck . Stay tuned and remember Stay Humble, Stay Hungry my friends :)