Thursday, October 26, 2006

Well, Little Red Riding Hood is done. It's done completely and utterly. The final cut is done. The DVD will available just in time for Christmas!

Also, the script for my next film, Film Club, has been leaked. The film is slated to shoot in December 2006 and then again in late May 2007 to early July 2007. One of my friends and fellow contemporaries, Craig Shannon, the director of the superb One Night Silent, is on board to play Roger and I'm in the midst of getting several other actors on board too. This blog will soon serve as the production diaries of Film Club.

Here's the script:

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Big Man Face director and founder of Bigwig Films Joseph Luster and Tokyoscope and Otaku in USA author Patrick Macias have done a very interesting, Freudian analysis of Little Red Riding Hood.

In response, like Chuck Norris' thoughts on the "Chuck Norris Facts", I'm not sure what to think. Is Red Riding Hood a simple twisted retelling of the Grimm's Fairy Tale told in a Shaw Brothers-style with a bit of Fukasaku mixed in or is it something far, far darker: a psychosexual metaphor for the destruction of Kojiro Abe or a scathing treatus on Japan/China relations (indeed, I wish I could have made the film in 1976 with Shih Szu as Red and Shin Kishida as the Wolf). You be the judge.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Little Red Riding Hood has been YouTubed, babaaaayyy. It is, however, just a fine cut of the movie. The film is still missing one thing: a score from one Neil Cicierega, so thus a good mix of Morricone, Ifukube, Ortolani, etc, etc has been substituted, though some of it will stay in the final cut.

Vol. 1

Vol. 2

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Post production is very, very close to completion. One shot has to be trimmed by a few frames and Neil is writing the score right now.

Little Red Riding Hood has a new page on my new website, by the way.

Also, I might as well spill the beans on two upcoming J.L. Carrozza films.

The first, slated to shoot around Spring of 2007 for a summer 2007 release, is Film Club. It's the semi-autobiographical tale of six young men, all movie nerds, each specializing in a different genre and all with little success with women who frequently have meetings to watch and discuss the cult films they enjoy. All this changes with arrival of Tanny, a young woman who threatens the very foundation of Film Club.

The second, slated to shoot summer of 2008 for probably a release in fall 2008 is Divine Comedy, the epic kung fu tale of Christ's battle against the forces of evil. Hopefully, it'll be impressive enough so to get me the money to make The Witch's Castle.

This blog will become Film Club: The Production Diaries once production on that film begins.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Friday, August 04, 2006

Well, as of today, the shooting has wrapped. I apologize for the lack of updates, here are some high resolution Little Red Riding Hood pics to compensate.

And here are some images from the final day of shooting:

Expect a final trailer by Monday at the earliest, Wednesday at the latest.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Well, another day of shooting happened yesterday. Now I have the whole first half of the film in the can and can start editing.

For your viewing pleasure, some caps from the footage we got yesterday. Yes, that is me in the dress.
Though played by a 26 year old, Red is actually only supposed to be 8.
I'm praying that this will be dated in three years. This also marks the second appearance of an issue of Weekly World News in a Kojiro Abe production. The first was in Harold.
Red's Mom (played by Kojiro Abe). Hey, at least it shows that I don't take myself as seriously as some have accused.

"Yes, Mr. Punishment!"
Mr. Punishment himself.
Red is afraid, as she should be.
Red exits her hellish RV home.Grandma (Neil Cicierega)
Red finds something very, very wrong with Grandma.
"All the better to look at you with."Now nobody will be able to distribute this film in Japan, ever.
The Wolf reveals his true indentity.

More shooting on Friday and I'll be posting some 35mm photos of the first day of shooting too once the film gets developed.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Stayed up until three AM editing the teaser trailer together:

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Well, the shoot went fairly beautifully today with no major mishaps. Charli was the hottest Red Riding Hood in any version of the film, Dave hammed it up so wonderfully I kept cracking up behind the camera, Jonathan gave a truly lumberjack-like performance and you haven't lived till you've seen Neil playing Grandma. And my God, the footage we got surpassed my wildest expectations, it's really quite early Peter Jackson. Below are several stills from the footage.

Long wide angle shot of the woods.

Red (Charli Henley) and the Lumberjack (Jonathan Daire) greet each other.

The Lumberjack.

The Lumberjack warns Red of the Wolf and his sick fuckdom.

The Lumberjack gets back to work.

The Wolf (Dave Luce) reveals himself to Red.

An almost Mario Bava-ish shot of Red getting freaked.

Red wonders about the Wolf's intentions.

The Wolf sweets talks Red into going on the Eastern path.

Grannie gets butchered.

It's supper time for the Wolf.

You saw these images first here, remember that.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

21 hours to D-Day.

Friday, June 30, 2006

A few updates:

In exactly 8 days, I will begin filming this thing. The filming was originally going to take place on June 24, but I wasn't able to get all the props together on time so it's been pushed back to July 9th. It will be shot over the course of three Sundays, as that's pretty much the only day of the week that all my actors are free.

Sadly, my good friend and collegue Jack Criddle has dropped out of the production. He moved down to NYC and I didn't feel right having him come all the way up here from there. Luckly, another open mike buddy of mine, Jonathan, has agreed to play the role of the Lumberjack.

My wide and telephoto lenses are here. This is the first time I've ever used added lenses for one of my films.

I've also got all the shots mapped out. I don't do storyboards as I can't really draw well enough to convey movie shots, what I do do, however, is a little thing I call "text storyboarding". It's a numbered list of all the shots in the film described in detail. I even specify the type of lens I'll be using for the shot.

Two cuts of the movie will be created, one slightly longer director's cut with a long, drawn out credit sequence at the end (a surefire way to get your short film rejected from any film festival) and with no qualms about using copyrighted music in it (such as a Pat Benatar song over said end credits) and a second, shorter, more streamlined cut for film festivals with a score more or less entirely composed by Neil and a very short end credit sequence.

The premiere of the film will be held at the open mike at Bella Piazza restaurant, sometime in late August. The two disc SE DVD will probably be ready in September, once I get my website back on the ground, I plan to add a shop to the site where you can buy a DVD containing The Big Toe, Harold and the Aquatic Observations trilogy (these already exist, I just haven't distributed many yet) as well as the two disc SE of Little Red Riding Hood.

And last but not least, all my props have been ordered and/or bought and I am awaiting the arrival of two of them. Some of the shit I bought includes:
-A replica of Bill's Hanzo katana.
-A full on, full sized replica rifle.
-A "Chicks: the Other White Meat" shirt from Rotten Cotton.
-A dress big enough to fit me.
-A grandma wig.

No, I am not Tyler Durden. No, I am not building a fucking bomb. You will see what these things will be used for in the film when the finished product is released.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

A few more updates:

1. I've begun to buy the props, should have all of them in a few weeks.

2. I've shot the opening credits of Little Red Riding Hood, which consist of pieces of paper with blood (actually raspberry salad dressing) being dribbled on them. I was originally going to have them flip storybook style but unfortunately I couldn't keep the pages still.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Well, the camcorder that I plan to shoot the film on came today. It's a super compact MiniDV Sony Handicam. I'm kind of disappointed actually, I can't get the iLink connection to work on my computer (looks like I'm stuck editing the film on my mother's laptop or at least capturing the footage on the laptop, burning it all onto data DVD and getting it all on my computer downstairs that way). Also the camera has no fucking mike jack, meaning I'll have to make do with the crappy, background noise heavy sound recorded from the camera's internal mike and I don't think you can white balance it either. But seeing as the film shoots in five weeks and returning it and buying a new camera would probably take a while, I'm stuck with it. I just wish I had the money to invest in a real filmmakers' camera and not have to use fucking camcorders that are designed not for professional filmmaking, but for capturing vacation videos. Life is truly unfair, but regardless of the vacation quality camera I'm using, Little Riding Riding Hood is going to rock way harder than anything I've previously done.

This isn't Red Riding Hood related, but the script for my next film after Little Red Riding Hood, Divine Comedy, is almost done. More on that later, as I'm exhausted and have a long day of work tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

A few things.

1. First off, Charli and Dave now have copies of the script to study.

2. The camera that this movie will be shot on has been purchased. It's a decent quality, $500 Sony MiniDV Handicam. Will shoot some test footage with it once it comes in the mail. I intend to stop buying DVDs completely so I can afford to save several hundred dollars for the film shoot.

3. Aquatic Observations 3 and Harold will both be shown at the local open mike at Bella Piazza restaurant in Plymouth. If you live around the Boston or Plymouth area, be there!

Friday, April 28, 2006

Here's a full list of the movies, I "ripped off" in my "cliched script", some obscure, others quite well known:

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1955)
While journeying down the Western path, Red is humming the truly wonderful theme to this David Lean masterpiece.

Eegah (1962)
Where the line "Watch out for snakes!" comes from.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
The whole staredown during the katana fight is very Leone inspired, especially by the "Il Triello" sequence in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)
My decision to use Rossini's "The Thieving Magpie" in this film during the split-screen cooking scene came from hearing that piece in A Clockwork Orange.

The Lady Hermit (1971)
About 10 seconds of this excellent film teaming the lovely Shih Szu up with Cheng Pei Pei (now best known as Jade Fox in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) will be featured on the TV in the opening scene of Little Red Riding Hood. I also intend to show this film to Red's actress, Charli, and have her somwhat base her performance off Shih Szu's.

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
The handheld shot where ninja woman Sayaka has Ogami Ito's sword right between her hands will be copied to a tee in my film, instead having the Wolf holding Red's sword between his hands.

Sisters (1973)
The split-screen sequence will be very Brian DePalma inspired, but it'll likely come out most similar to the split-screen sequence in this film, which features a character witnessing a gruesome murder.

The Killer Snakes (1974)
A couple seconds of the scene where this film's main character, a reptile obsessed psychopathic young man, unleashes a pair of komodo dragons on a trussed up hooker will be featured on the TV during the "cooking" sequence.

Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974)
A few seconds of the infamous atomic mutant sequence in this film, which got Prophecies of Nostradamus banned in Japan, will be playing on Grandma's TV.

A Deadly Secret (1980)
Eddie Wang's theme to this movie, a fairly sadistic and depressing kung fu flick from Mou Tun Fei (aka T.F. Mous), the future director of such heart warming family fare as Men Behind the Sun (see below) and Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre, will be playing over the opening credits (at least in the director's cut).

Samurai Reincarnation (1981)
The whole beach setting of the final katana fight between Red and the Wolf is a homage to the battle between Yagyu Jubei and Miyamoto Musashi in Samurai Reincarnation. This scene is also referenced in my screenplay Coup D'Etat for the battle between Jake and Principal Ragner.

Bad Taste (1987)
The line "Tomorrow, I'm having you for dinner!" is a play on the line "Tomorrow, we're having you for lunch!" from this early Peter Jackson masterpiece. The Wolf's blood shooting into Red's face is very Bad Taste or Dead Alive inspired as well.

Men Behind the Sun (1987)
The Wolf asks Red if she wants to go over his house and watch this film and indeed, it's not a film I personally would show any member of the opposite sex revolving around the horrible experiments perpetrated on Chinese civilians by the Japanese stationed in Harbin during WWII.
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1988)
The pixellation animation FX shot that will appear in the film is largely Shinya Tsukamoto influenced.

Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)
Red hums the theme to this, my favorite anime, while traveling down the Eastern path.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
The close up shot of Red unsheathing her katana will be taken from a shot of O-Ren Ishii unsheathing her sword, but who knows where Tarantino got that shot from.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The pose that Red strikes with her katana will be taken from a pose that Obi Wan strikes with his lightsaber before he goes into battle against General Grievous.

King Kong (2005)
The scene where the Wolf is shot by the lumberjack and falls down in slow mo is a semi-spoof of the scene where Captain Englehorn shoots a skull islander in this film.