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CORBIN NASH: Corey Feldman Dazzles With Outrageous New Role! Highly-Anticipated Flick To Hit Theaters and VOD In April!

CORBIN NASH: Corey Feldman Dazzles With Outrageous New Role! Highly-Anticipated Flick To Hit Theaters and VOD In April!

In his first theatrical release in years, Corey Feldman joins forces with fellow horror icons Malcolm McDowell (Halloween) and Rutger Hauer (The Hitcher) in Corbin Nash, where Feldman plays cross dressing vampire villain Queeny. Directed by Ben Jagger, the film stars his brother Dean Jagger (Game of Thrones, Warrior) as the title character, Fernanda Romero (The Eye), newcomer Richard Wagner and Academy Award nominee Bruce Davison round out the cast.

Feldman states “I’m elated for audiences to see this character come to life on the big screen, as it’s certainly my greatest departure yet as an actor, and in a film that is sure to ignite controversy as a result of its shocking nature, which feels like an all-out attack on the senses. Especially for my horror fans, this is the film they have been screaming for.”

Set in Los Angeles, a rogue detective (Dean S. Jagger) is murdered only to be reborn the ultimate killer. Embracing his destiny, vowing vengeance on all that destroyed his family; he is Corbin Nash, Demon Hunter.

Check out the official trailer via iTunes here:
https://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/corbin-nash/

Released by Gravitas Ventures, Corbin Nash will be in select theaters on April 20th (cities listed below) and will also be available on all Major Cable, Satellite and VOD Internet providers. Corey Feldman, along with fellow cast and crew members, will kick off the film’s release with a Hollywood premiere on Monday, April 16th at The Montalban Theatre at 8 PM. Visit www.themontalban.com for more information.

Corbin Nash will be released in the following cities and all VOD on April 20th!

AMC Irving 10 Dallas, TX 4205 W Pioneer Dr, Irving, TX 75061
State Theatre Modesto Sacramento, CA 1307 J St, Modesto, CA 95354
Windchimes Cinema 8 Houston, TX 13155 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77077
Emagine Lakeville Minneapolis, MN 20653 Keokuk Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Gloucester Cinema Boston, MA 74 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
Galaxy Mission Grove Luxury + Los Angeles, CA 121 E Alessandro Blvd Riverside, CA 92508
Center Cinemas New York, NY 1 Williams Plaza, Rutherford, NJ 07070
Cinemas Entertainment 10 Chicago, IL 3330 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60624
Flagship Cinemas Homestead Miami, FL 2250 NE 8th St, Homestead, FL 33033
Barnstorm Theater Orlando, FL 2720 Brownwood Blvd. The Village, FL 32163

 

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John Bradley On Pushing His Creative Limits In Ash Avildsen’s ‘American Satan’

John Bradley On Pushing His Creative Limits In Ash Avildsen’s ‘American Satan’

John Bradley exploded onto the pop culture landscape with his breakout role as Samwell Tarly on HBO’s incredible hit series, ‘Game of Thrones.’ A true fan favorite, we’ve watched his character grow by leaps and bounds of the course of the series. However, a quick look at John Bradley’s work outside the world of ‘GoT’ proves that the young actor isn’t one to rest on his laurels. One of his latest and most captivating projects is ‘American Satan’ from the mind of director Ash Avildsen (Creator of Sumerian Records). The film focuses on a young rock band, half from England and half from the US, drop out of college and move to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. In the film, Bradley plays Ricky Rollins, who is the brains of the operation that is The Relentless. He may not look the part or always walk the walk…or even talk the talk…but what Ricky has in spades is dedication and a willingness to do whatever it takes. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it’s too late?

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with John Bradley to discuss his journey as an actor, his passion for bringing unique tales to the screen, sharing moments on set with the legendary Malcolm McDowell and more!

Over the past few years you’ve become a familiar face in film and on television so I want to start at the beginning. What made you pursue a career in the arts?

I think I wanted to be an entertainer from the start, long before I wanted to be an actor. I wanted to be some kind of entertainer before I even knew it was a job and certainly before I knew what it took to become an actor with the technical specifications or the classes where you learn to be an actor. I just wanted to entertain people! I think that came from watching comedy on TV as a child. We weren’t a family who went to the theater very often. We weren’t a family who even watched a lot of high-brow drama on TV. Actually, we started off by watching comedies. We watched things like “Monty Python” and even American stuff like “Married With Children.” I really liked “Married With Children” as a kid. I obviously didn’t understand all of it at the time but there was something about watching those comedy performers that made me feel very, very happy for some reason that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I didn’t know that it was a job! [laughs] I didn’t know that John Cleese had written this down on paper and was performing it on camera in front of an audience to be broadcast on TV. I didn’t know how that happened! All I knew was that I wanted to make people feel the way he was making me feel. I wanted to have that reaction from people and to make people as happy as he was making me. It was only later on that I discovered what an actor was and how you became an actor through things like drama school. I suddenly decided it was an option for me. I had never considered it as an option in the past because where I come from, and in the sphere of people around me, there was no one who had done it before. There was no blueprint for somebody like me to follow and go into that world with no contacts, experience or anyone to turn to. I didn’t think it was an option but I was desperate to entertain in some way. It was only later that I discovered it was an option, went to drama school, got into “Game of Thrones” and started to do it professionally when I fulfilled that ambition. At the start, it was just about trying to elicit a similar feeling that I was made to feel by my heroes when I was a kid and somehow it managed to happen! It was a pie in the sky when I was a kid experiencing all of that. I still pinch myself to this day that it’s managed to come true!

In addition to becoming a fan favorite on “Game of Thrones,” you continued to take on interesting projects along the way. “American Satan” is a great example! How did you get involved with this unique project?

The great thing about being on a project like “Game of Thrones” is that you have your annual schedule set out for you. Most of the time we know that the last six or seven months of the year are going to be set out by “Game of Thrones” and we have to commit to the series for the second half of the year. Usually, the fall part of the year is yours to do whatever you want with. What is handy and a luxury about that is, in terms of schedule but also in terms of relative financial security, we know the first half of the year can be taken up by projects that are slightly risky or maybe not quite as financially lucrative but are interesting projects. You can take on these projects to feed some kind of artistic views within you or maybe go into slightly uncharted territory as far as your acting is concerned. When the “American Satan” script first came through and I was told about this character of Ricky Rollins, the first thing that captured my attention about it was that it was just such a different character from anything I had been able to do before. I’ve played so many characters, especially Samwell, of course, who tend to live in quite a dark place. They inhabit quite a dark mental space. If you take Samwell for example, he sort of carries around a lot of damage with him and psychological scars from the abusive childhood he suffered. Those experiences inspired a lot of darkness in his life and he’s plagued by low self-esteem and crippling self-doubt. You really see, in the first season, he doesn’t have a shred of belief in himself and that is quite a dark place to inhabit for what is essentially seven years now. What I liked about this character of Ricky was that he is the polar opposite of that! He is brimming with self-confidence and brilliance. He never goes into a situation thinking he isn’t going to get on top of it or that it isn’t something he can’t handle. He goes in and takes over the situation with experience, grabs it by the scruff of the neck and has total belief in his abilities. It’s almost misguided a lot of times. He’s not quite as able as he thinks he is. He’s a lot more inept than he suspects he is but he still lives in a very bright space of extreme self-confidence. That was quite a nice change of pace to play somebody who has that much contrast to the roles I have played before. He has so much spark about him and so much get-up-and-go, that it was nice to inhabit a slightly brighter, more positive mindset for a change.

When it comes to the project in general, you do worry when you are attached to something about the rock world, the music industry or the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, that it’s going to be told by people without much experience in it. You fear it’s going to be written and performed by people who have never been on the road with a band or someone who may have messed around with a band in high school but have no real knowledge of that landscape or the world we are trying to portray. The thing about this one is we have Andy Biersack and Ben Bruce and this world has been their life since they were very young men. They have lived that life, existed in that landscape and they know all of these characters. Ash [Avildsen], the director, owns a record company and is very well-versed in that language and very familiar with that world as well. What I knew you would get is a very authentic account of what it’s like to live that life and to exist in that world. You can always tell when you have a project that has been directed by people who know what they are speaking about. They have that confidence about them and you know there is not going to be anything plastic or synthetic about it. It allows you to provide a very faithful account of what it’s like to be a touring rock band at the start of your career. I like the authenticity of that and I knew they would have a certain amount of credibility because of that, which is another thing that definitely drew me to “American Satan.”

Ben Bruce, John Bradley and Andy Biersack on the set of ‘American Satan.’

In addition to working with real-life rock stars like Andy Biersack and Ben Bruce, you also worked with a cinematic icon. What was it like sharing the screen with the legendary Malcolm McDowell?

It was interesting timing-wise when I found out Malcolm was going to be part of this project. About 12 months before we started “American Satan,” I had become a very absorbed Stanley Kubrick obsessive! [laughs] It all came about from watching the film, “Room 237,” which is about all the hidden meanings in “The Shining.” I watched that and became obsessed with Kubrick, his methodology, his working methods, how he has become synonymous with perfection and his obsessive attention to detail. The way he works with actors is so unique and interesting. It’s so uniquely his own methodology, so it was interesting to find myself working with someone who had experience with that. Not only was he in a Kubrick movie but was the lead in a Kubrick movie and is someone who’s worked with him very closely all the way through the making of “A Clockwork Orange.” I felt it was just written in the stars that I happened to be working with Malcolm McDowell just when my Kubrick obsession had reached its peak. Then, I thought, “Maybe Malcolm wants to get away from that. Maybe he sees ‘A Clockwork Orange’ as one movie in an entire career. Maybe he feels he has spoken enough about Stanley Kubrick.” I didn’t want to press the issue in case he didn’t want to talk about it. As it turns out, Malcolm will talk about Stanley Kubrick all day if you want to! He is so forthcoming about talking about that period of his life! He is so proud of that movie, as he should be, and he is so proud to have worked with Stanley, as he calls him. It was such a wonderful thing to sit around and listen to a guy talk with such insight and a rich personal experience about something you are so fascinated and absorbed by! It was a real treat to have him among us, especially for me, as I’m such a fan of his performance in “A Clockwork Orange.” It was a real thrill to work with him! He’s exactly the kind of actor I like! There is something about him that is very dangerous — even now as an older man, he still has it! The same danger and unpredictability he had about him in the ‘60s is there today. You can’t watch Malcolm McDowell act and be comfortable! There is something about him that is really unsettling and it makes you feel on edge and quite nauseous. I don’t know what it is but there is something about this dangerous, charismatic attitude that he has about him on screen that is so absorbing. It has a visceral effect on you. When you see Malcolm McDowell on screen, you’re instantly nervous because you don’t know what he’s going to do next. We associate him with all of these twisted, psychological parts that he has portrayed so beautifully over the years and there is something that is so powerfully unsettling. As you can tell, he is one of my favorites and working with him was a dream come true!

John Bradley opposite Malcolm McDowell in ‘American Satan.’

How do you take on a new character and what were your biggest challenges on “American Satan?”

In terms of playing a character like Ricky, it’s the same as you approach every character, which is as a completely blank canvas. I try not to bring any of my tricks or methodology that I’ve used to play Samwell Tarly in the past into Ricky because it’s a completely different character, completely different rhythm and pace. Sam is very low-key, he talks to himself quietly and speaks slowly. He has a kind of doing about him but it doesn’t appear on the surface. He barely moves, Samwell, his movements are so small and subtle that sometimes you can miss them if you’re not too careful. With Ricky, I had to approach it really differently. I had to attack every single thing with so much energy and a hyper kind of friendly energy that I’ve never really played before. Ricky is the kind of person who instantly lights up the room, picks everybody up who’s in there and tries to be a source of positive energy for the people. I’ve never played a character like that before so it was about conserving my energy so when I arrived on camera I was able to hit the ground running and attack it with all the exuberance I have in my performance. It was interesting to try and maintain that level of energy throughout the piece.

One of the things I found so interesting was how the film almost starts off as a buddy comedy and not as a satanic psychological thriller. It’s starts as a buddy comedy with a bunch of guys coming from England, meeting up with a bunch of American guys, trying to have fun, starting to make a band and having all of the laughs and fun and games that a young band has in their early days. When I was playing those scenes, we couldn’t think about how it would end up. We couldn’t think about, SPOILER ALERT, they were going to make a pact with the Devil and everything was going to go wrong. We couldn’t have that in our mind! All we could have in our minds was the fact that these are actually good times for these guys and it was exciting. We couldn’t let ourselves foresee what was going to go wrong because they couldn’t foresee what was going to go wrong. So, that’s how it goes from a buddy comedy for the first part to a psychological satanic thriller for the second part. We just had to concentrate on keeping those two bits separate. The change is going to happen when it happens, so our challenge for the first half of the movie was to get our chemistry right and make sure our friendship and energy as a group of young men came across. I think that was easy because we all got on as a cast very well. We had that friendship off the bat and kept maintaining that and tried to light up the screen with it in the early stages with the joyful, youthful fun and games! Keeping those two halves of the movie separate in our minds was a challenge.

Andy Biersack and Jon Bradley living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

Our time is short, so I have one more question. You are building a great career and it’s inspiring to see you put in all the hard work. What is the best lesson we can take away from your journey as an artist?

The best lesson you could take is to always be aware that what you consider to be your shortcomings, imperfections or what some may say are your failings could be exactly what people are looking for. I’m somebody who, prior to “Game of Thrones,” struggled with my weight. I had all kinds of weight issues and I was trying to lose weight, manage it, get on top of it and solve a lot of the problems that I had which I thought were connected to my weight. As it turns out, that’s what people were looking for. What you consider to be an imperfection or something you don’t like about yourself may prove to be exactly what somebody else is looking for and that sort of thing can project you and give you a springboard into a career. I’m not necessarily saying that it’s good to be overweight because there are health issues associated with it. All I am saying is that the one thing I considered to be the thing that would hold me back in my life turned out to be my unique selling point in my early days and got me my first job. It’s just really about not beating yourself up about the things you consider to be wrong with you because they may be what makes you unique. If you think you have a big nose or that you have big ears or are overweight or going bald, you have to remember one thing — they are casting characters of every shape, size and description! If you want to be an actor, embrace what makes you unique and don’t try to iron yourself out to be like everybody else!

Well said, John! Thank you so very much for your time today! I really appreciate it and I wish you continued success! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the years to come!

Thank you, Jason! It’s been lovely talking to you! Take care!

Ash Avildsen’s ‘American Satan’ hits select theaters on Friday, October 13th! Get all the latest info and screening info for the film via the official website — www.americansatanmovie.com.

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AMERICAN SATAN: New Trailer Unleashed, More Theaters Added To Theatrical Release!

AMERICAN SATAN: New Trailer Unleashed, More Theaters Added To Theatrical Release!

AMERICAN SATAN, the Rated-R supernatural rock & roll thriller from SUMERIAN RECORDS mastermind ASH AVILDSEN, continues to make waves in the music and film industries with their latest official trailer.

Starring ANDY BLACK, (Black Veil Brides), JOHN BRADLEY (Game Of Thrones) and Golden Globe Nominee MALCOLM McDOWELL, best known for his iconic role in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and currently on Amazon’s Mozart In the Jungle, AMERICAN SATAN opens on the big screen Friday the 13th of October in 50 US cities, many of them already on sale at AMC theaters. Internationally, cinemas in Canada, UK, Australia and Mexico are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

AMERICAN SATAN introduces BEN BRUCE (Asking Alexandria) and OLIVIA CULPO (Miss Universe) to the screen, as they star alongside an ensemble cast that includes Disney’s BOOBOO STEWART (The Twilight Saga, X-Men: Days Of Future Past), MARK BOONE JR, (Sons of Anarchy, Batman Begins), DENISE RICHARDS (Starship Troopers, Wild Things), WWE’s BILL GOLDBERG, BILL DUKE (Predator) and DRAKE BELL.

In the summer of 2015, while director ASH AVILDSEN was working on the AMERICAN SATAN script, he met his father for the first time, Oscar-winning director JOHN G. AVILDSEN (ROCKY, THE KARATE KID, LEAN ON ME). As fate would have it, they collaborated on the movie together and formed a very close bond. John gave crucial notes on the script and some great tips to Ash during production. John also has a cameo in the film, playing a CNN news anchor. This would go on to be the last finished film John worked on before he passed away in June of 2017.

Already a winner of several awards on the festival circuit including Best Picture and Best Director at New York’s Peekskill Film Festival as well as Best Feature at California’s Oceanside Independent Film Festival, AMERICAN SATAN is set to play this Friday, September 22nd at the 33rd Annual Boston Film Festival.

About the release of AMERICAN SATAN, Ash Avildsen said:
“This story comes from a very real place. I dropped out of college to pursue a career in music. I’ve toured as both an unsigned and a signed artist. I’ve been a promoter, a booking agent, a manager, a producer and am an active record label owner. With the exception of a physical manifestation of the devil and an angel, everything in the film is based on real events that either myself or the producers of the movie have experienced in our careers working with bands. I’m excited for our music community to go on this ride and understand why we chose the Neil Young quote, ‘Rock & Roll is where God and the Devil shake hands,’ to be put on top of the poster at theaters.”

The music-centric film features an original score by composer JONATHAN DAVIS of KoRn, debuting two unreleased tracks from Davis. Additionally, songs from Deftones, The Pretty Reckless, Skid Row, Crosses, In This Moment, Meg Myers, Circa Survive, Dorothy, After The Burial, Barns Courtney, Palaye Royale, Animals As Leaders, Slaughter and more.

Some of the AMERICAN SATAN producers Ash references are: Andy Gould, best known for producing Rob Zombie’s Halloween & The Devil’s Rejects and co-managing Pantera & Linkin Park.; John Reese, former tour manager and band manager for Guns N’ Roses as well as concert festival producer for Knotfest meets Ozzfest and Rockstar Mayhem Festival; and Jeff Cohen, entertainment attorney best known in the public eye for handling Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe’s manslaughter trial in the Czech Republic.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A young rock band, half from England and half from the US, drop out of college and move to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams. Living in a van, their passion and talent exceed their means to survive. An enigmatic stranger sees their true potential and emotionally manipulates them during a time of weakness. Caught in the middle of a Faustian deal, their music and controversial altercations end up influencing society beyond anything this century has seen, but can they take back control of their destiny before it’s too late?

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW:
Albuquerque, NM | AMC Albuquerque 12 | Click Here For Tickets
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Orlando, FL | AMC Universal Cineplex 20 | Click Here For Tickets
Philadelphia, PA | AMC Cherry Hill 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Phoenix, AZ | AMC Classic Arizona Center 24 | Click Here For Tickets
Pittsburgh, PA | AMC Waterfront 22 | Click Here For Tickets
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First Theatrical Trailer and Poster Released For ‘American Satan’ Starring Andy Biersack Unleashed!

First Theatrical Trailer and Poster Released For ‘American Satan’ Starring Andy Biersack Unleashed!

The first teaser and official poster artwork for the upcoming dramatically charged Rock & Roll Thriller—AMERICAN SATAN—have just been released. The movie featuring Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), John Bradley (Game of Thrones), BooBoo Stewart (The Twilight Saga), Ben Bruce(Asking Alexandria), Mark Boone Junior (Sons of Anarchy) along with Denise Richards, Bill Duke, WWE’s Bill Goldberg, Drake Bell, Larry King, Olivia Culpo and more, is slated for a theatrical release in the late summer of this year. Written and Directed by Ash Avildsen,

Produced by Sumerian Records & Films, AMERICAN SATAN follows the journey of a group of young men hailing from the US and England who drop out of college and move to Hollywood’s infamous Sunset Strip to pursue their dreams of becoming a Rock & Roll sensation. A full trailer will be released in the coming weeks, meanwhile the teaser can be below or via the official site for the film HERE.

For those of you in Southern California, there will be 250 tickets available to the public for the private industry screening of AMERICAN SATAN on April 18th at The Arclight in Hollywood.

Tickets can be purchased at the following link: http://americansatanmovie.com

The Arclight Hollywood is located at: The Dome Entertainment Centre, 6360 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

FOLLOW AMERICAN SATAN ON TWITTER:
@AndyBLACK
@Caitlin_OConnor
@BooBooStewart
@BenjaminBruce
@OliviaCulpo
@AshAvildsen

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About Ash Avildsen: Ash Avildsen is a producer and writer, known for American Satan (2017), What Now (2015) and Asking Alexandria: Through Sin and Self-Destruction (2012).

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First Teaser Poster For Rob Zombie’s ’31’ Unveiled

First Teaser Poster For Rob Zombie’s ’31’ Unveiled

The first poster for Rob Zombie’s upcoming horror flick, ’31,’ has been released. ’31’ tells the story of five carnies in 1976 kidnapped on the morning of Halloween and held hostage in a remote industrial Hell. While trapped, they are forced to play a violent game called 31. The mission is to survive 12 hours against an endless gang of grease— painted maniacs.The film stars Meg Foster, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Richard Brake, Malcolm McDowell, and Sheri Moon Zombie.

’31’ will premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival on January 23rd in the Midnight section.

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Brendon Small Talks ‘Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera’

Brendon Small Talks ‘Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera’

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‘Metalocalypse’ creator Brendon Small had little idea when he chose to combine his loves of music and comedy that they would form one of the biggest underground animated  sensations the world had ever seen, nor did he expect DETHKLOK to become “the world’s greatest cultural force!” Now, both Small and Dethklok stand ready to take on their biggest challenge to date — a full-on, no-holds-barred, over the top rock opera! ‘Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera’ picka up directly after the abduction of Dethklok guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season four finale. With his life in danger, his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on Earth—his bandmates, extreme metal band Dethklok. Will they be able to get past their own egos to help someone besides themselves? Only time will tell! The animated one-hour special, ‘Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem: A Klok Opera’ airs Sunday, October 27 at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. 

The impressive original score  for the special will be released as a full-length album on October 29, 2013. And this isn’t just your average metal record— this is full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra! The album features the bonus Dethklok single ‘Blazing Star’ and orchestral movements, produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns once more to join Brendon and other musicians such as bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani) and Mike Keneally (Dethklok, Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani) for this epic undetaking. As you can imagine, being the world’s most extreme metal band can be an undertaking in it’s own right. Luckily, we have you covered! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with creator Brendon Small to discuss the history of the band, his own musical roots, the challenges of composing an animated rock opera and much more!

Brendon Small

Brendon Small

You are a very multi-faceted artist but music is a huge part of what you do. How did music first come into your life?

I was lucky to have parents who got me into lessons early on. That was great and there was always a piano in the house. I took lessons, starting around the time I was seven or eight years old. I didn’t really know what I was going to do with it. Then I saw people playing a keyboard in some school assembly. One of the keyboardists was playing a song by Van Halen or something. That is when I realized, “Oh, you can actually play cool music!” [laughs] I think that was a big eye opener for me as an eight year old. That was probably the first thing. Then something just happened and I am not sure how it happened. I used this line on my old show, “Home Movies,” it goes “The reason I play guitar is because I was a boy from the suburbs and it was my destiny. I had no choice.” [laughs]

There are so many hardcore fans of “Metalocalypse” out there but there are also a lot of people who are just now discovering it. Going all the way back to the beginning, what sparked the idea which would lead to all of this madness?

I had gone to music school awhile back and then got into standup comedy. Through standup comedy, I started to do TV and I made my first show, “Home Movies.” That show lasted for seasons and we had a really good run. At that point, I was trying to figure out what I was going to do next. While I was on my comedy jag, I didn’t know what I was going to do with music anymore. I had put my guitars aside at the time. As more time passed, the more I got excited about my guitars because I was reconnecting with the world of metal. I had grown up with it and listened to it before I got confused by music school. I was really excited in the early 2000s with everything that was going on and found myself falling back in love with my guitar. I was trying to find an excuse to play it all the time. That is how this show came together. I thought “How can I make all of these things come together?” Basically, that is how “Metalocalypse” was made!

Did you have any inkling early on that “Metalocalypse” would have the impact that it has had on its fans?

You can hope that people will gravitate to your project but the main question I think you have to ask yourself as a creator is “Do I connect with this stuff?” or “What do I have to do with this stuff?” If you start liking your own stuff and taking it seriously enough to present it properly, I think people will maybe start liking it. I don’t know! Honestly, I had no idea that anyone would ever watch the show! [laughs] What I did know was that there wasn’t a show like this on TV. That is the only thing I can do as a creative person is to try to do something I don’t think someone else has done.

To what do you attribute the longevity of the project?

I think the network is really cool. We get good ratings, I guess. That gives a little leeway and they have always been up for it. The reason the team and myself keep doing it is because we continue to try and grow the show from previous seasons. We try to make each move a cooler move than the previous one and try to keep the characters and the show moving forward. That for me is why the show continues to exist — it is growing and moving forward. This next incarnation, the hour long rock opera special, is what I had hoped the show would achieve.

An Adventure of Epic Proportions!

An Adventure of Epic Proportions!

“Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera” is a huge milestone for you and your team. Was there anything specific you wanted to achieve with this release?

Yeah. First of all, there was “How do I make an hour long rock opera with this music only and no dialog?” That was just one of the technical things. Also, I thought “I have a story I want to tell and I want to make sure the story works first. If I have the right tone, I am going to put it to music. Not only am I going to put it to music but I am going to get a fifty piece orchestra to play with me! I am going to get a bunch of great musicians to play with me and really treat it the way it needs to be treated with the right respect so it will be the project I hope for it to be.”

How did the writing process for this outing mirror what you have done in the past or become more challenging due to the subject matter of a rock opera?

It is similar in some ways and very different in others. This is so stupid but slowly we re-figured out that if our story isn’t tracking in the outline of the whole thing, then we are screwed and have to go back and fix stuff. We had both instances where it was like “Oh, this is a solid story and it could work.” or “The story is somewhat problematic in the second act and we are probably going to have to go back and fix stuff.” I had a lot of this story in my head and brought it into the two other people I wrote with, Mark Brooks and Janine Ditullio. I pitched them the whole story and in two weeks we weeded it out in a way. I thought for each story point in this thing, there has to be a piece of music. “What piece of music will it be?” was something I was wondering about. I said “Ok, this intro reminds me of the intro of this other rock opera but hopefully we can cover our tracks!” There are moments from “Tommy,” “Evita,” Jesus Christ Superstar” or “Annie.” [laughs] This is the moment from “Annie!” People are going to know it but it was in my mind. That was the normal part, just outlining the thing. The abnormal part was picking each story point as a piece of music. It all started to make sense. The totally different part, which we had never done before, was I went away for a month and a half into my home studio and started writing music. I was going to write the entire piece of music, a gigantic demo, so we could start storyboarding. That is what I did! I gave myself a month and a half and I turned it in mid-April. I played it for everyone and gave everybody the script to read along. Everyone said “This is making sense to us.” That is very rare for us to have that feeling! [laughs] So, we just went from there. Basically, in order this whole thing to start; I had to write forty-six minutes and thirty seconds of music.

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Wow! It is very interesting to hear how the process gets started. It sounds like quite an undertaking to say the very least!

Yeah. It was but you know what? It was fun! As you will see in the rock opera or hear in the soundtrack, the way this music and the whole show works is that the music has to contradict itself. When I write music on the show, the metal music is what people remember. I have one metal moment per episode, pretty much. Everything else is the most not metal thing in the world. You will hear elevator music, source music, some kind of a score or some kind of a stupid plucky song one of the characters sings, followed by really heavy stuff with double kicks, crazy guitar and all that stuff. That is kinda how this rock opera works as well. You hear heavy, light, heavy, light. Not necessarily light but a lot of other styles of music. There are a lot of contradictory styles going on but that is what propels it. If I were a whole hour of metal, I think your ears would get fatigued and you would stop paying attention. This is designed to keep you engaged and the whole thing moving forward.

Brendon Small

Brendon Small

You worked with composer Bear McCreary on this project. How did the collaboration come about and what did you learn from your time together?

We have been friends for a while and his work is amazing. He is a fan of the show and had said “Hey. Have you ever thought about getting an orchestra?” I said “Wouldn’t that be a wonderful world to live in, where we can afford orchestras!” He was like “Well, there is a way to do it and if you ever want to know how to do it, give me a call. He talked me through a lot of the stuff and ways to go about it. At some point, I said “I think I am ready to do this. I think I am ready to get a fifty piece orchestra on this thing!” He was very helpful. He took my music and plus’d it all. He helped arrange and produce the whole orchestral part of the whole thing and added a huge amount, which is great! That is my ultimate thing with the show, “Take my idea. Please! Make it cooler!” [laughs] When I talk to the director, an editor, a compositor or an artist, I have to come to them with something. I could be a sketch of an idea, what a character look like, a description or something. My challenge to each one of these people along the way is “Beat this idea!” Bear definitely brought that to the table. You will hear it. It is really cool. There is no mistaking how cool that stuff sounds. You will hear it right when the whole thing opens!

Looking back on putting this project together, what stands out in your mind as the biggest obstacle or challenge?

The challenge of all animation is that animation does not look good until the last couple of days. You have to get a whole team up and running. Because of the nature of the show, I will do a whole season and then put out a record and tour; we won’t always get the same team of animators. We have to get these guys up and running and change them from guys who are moving characters around to guys who think like actors would. We have to make sure a mood is being conveyed and making sure they understand the script or the story. Sometimes in animation, people will just lift the shots and have to second guess or not know the story but because of the way we do the show, we are editing in one room and in the animators are in the next. That allows us to go over and talk to them to walk them through stuff. Our director, Mark Brooks, will say “Guys, it’s like this… check out this movie.” There are different times where he had to get up and dance for them because we had a musical and we had to have a dance sequence! [laughs] Not only that, we had to have a couple! We had to show them because they are guys who haven’t danced once in their life and we have to show them these ridiculous moves! That was really different! [laughs] The cool thing about doing this is that there are some things that made it easier in some ways. When you are cutting to music, all of a sudden, your story starts flowing! We have known that about “Metalocalypse” from the beginning. We start finding where all the down-beats are and start cross-cutting and using our drums as a guide, it is going to have a really fun energy to it. We still have to make sure our story is completely tracking throughout the whole thing. This is a crazy thing! The main idea for all of “Metalocalypse” is that if we turn it off and just listen to the dialog and the music, does that make sense to us? Can we follow the story? Also, if we turn off the music and look at the visual, can we follow the story? When you and the two together, you get something that is really nice!

Brendon Small Dabbles In The Makeup

Brendon Small dabbles in the face paint.

Obviously, you have covered a lot of ground with “Metalocalypse” on many levels. If there still ground you are looking to cover or something you still are looking to accomplish, not only with the show but on a personal musical level?

I don’t know. That is a good question. I don’t know. I have gotten to fulfill so many things throughout the history of this show from meeting my personal guitar heroes to being able to build guitars with Gibson Guitars to this new special, which is one of the biggest and coolest things yet. Having an orchestra play is a huge deal; not only having them play but having them increase the drama.

Looking back on all you have been able to accomplish in your career, how do you feel you have evolved as an artist?

Good question. I think the one thing you can do as a writer is realize when something isn’t going to work in an early stage or be able to change it sooner and not become married to the idea. I think sometimes that is helpful when you say “Ok, I don’t think that is going to work.” and you are able to move on to another idea quickly. As a musician, I feel like I have the same process from when I started but I may be able to get to the conclusion sooner and I can do it quicker than I did before. I think I can just do stuff faster these days. I am a lucky guy because I get all of these outlets to be creative in a couple of different ways, as a writer, an actor doing the voices and writing the music. This project is really fun to work on because even though I really love metal and making a full metal record, it is really fun to have different styles of music come through. Every person, metal band or band in general listens to different styles of music but you don’t always get to play them. AC/DC has to play AC/DC, ya know! [laughs] They probably like different styles of music but they don’t always get to play them. In this case, I got to play a lot of different styles of music, which is really fun and ridiculous!

What are your plans as far as taking the show on the road? I imagine that will be quite an undertaking.

You have to realize, this is a small group of people who make this show, so coordinating all of this stuff is really crazy. The soundtrack is coming out and that is my main thing because I am financing all of that stuff. The record is finishing being mastered today (10/23/2013). It is going to go up for pre-order a couple days before it comes out and my website will probably reflect all of that stuff. It is all last second! We just turned in the special to the network yesterday (10/22/2013) and it airs on October 26th, but that was the plan! That is how much time we needed. That is how much time I needed to mix and master. It is a small amount of people involved but I have people involved in the touring aspects. I will have news on that soon enough! The way that I pitched this was “This is a rock opera that I would love to be able to animate, put out a record for and tour to picture.” It is definitely its own genre at this point. It is a weird, dramatic, comedy musical, rock opera thing! I don’t know who we would tour with! [laughs] How do you bookend that!

Dethklok creator Brendon Small

Dethklok creator Brendon Small

What do you feel the future holds for Dethklok?

People are asking a lot of stuff. People want to know if this is the shows end and I keep my mouth shut about that stuff because I don’t want to ruin the special. I think if you watch this special, you will know everything you need to know!

You are a guy who always has a ton of irons in the fire. What other projects are on the horizon for you?

I have a lot of stuff I am excited about doing. I am in the middle of a couple different projects right now. Nothing to announce just yet. In the meantime, my favorite thing to do is be creative in different ways. You will find me doing standup in Los Angeles. You will find me performing; I did a one act play this summer. I am just developing and working on stuff, ya know? I just want to beat the last thing I did and try to bring something unique to the table. Like I said earlier, the most exciting thing I can do for myself is put something on TV that I haven’t seen before and I think that is “Metalocalypse.” I want to do more things like that.

I know I have found your work inspiring and I am sure a lot of others do as well. What do you think is the best lesson that can be taken from your life and times?

First of all, thank you very much. That is nice to hear. I think the thing is not to wait for someone to tell you to do something, go it yourself. It is like standup and guitar. Don’t let anyone tell you that they don’t see you as a comedian or a musician or that your fingers are too fat to play fast! [laughs] Those are things I remember hearing in my life and I was like “Hey! FUCK YOU!” [laughs] I think if you want to be a comedian, an actor, a writer or an editor, start doing it today. You are going to suck but you are going to get better. It is like all artwork, you are going to suck but you are going to get better! Guitar is the perfect example, you are going to be terrible when you start out but you are going to get good if you really give a shit! Don’t wait for someone to discover you, start doing it!

Any final thoughts before I let you go today?

The thing I am trying to draw the most attention to is the soundtrack for “Metalocalypse: Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera,” which is coming out October 29th. I am really excited for people to hear it. It is such a fun, roller coaster ride on the ears! I am really excited and very happy with the way it turned out!

Thanks for letting us help spread the word, Brendon! Keep up the amazing work and we will talk soon!

Thank you, man! I really appreciate it!

‘Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera’  premieres Sunday, October 27 at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. The original score from the special will be released as a full-length album on October 29, 2013.

For more updates on the music and show, follow Brendon Small on Twitter at @_brendonsmall.

The deluxe edition of the original score soundtrack will include and exclusive bonus “making of” featurette with Executive Producer/creator/writer/musician Brendon Small and cast/musicians, available only via www.brendonsmall.com.

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Dethklok’s ‘Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera’ Soundtrack Tracklisting Revealed!

Dethklok’s ‘Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera’ Soundtrack Tracklisting Revealed!

An Event of Epic Proportions!

An Event of Epic Proportions!

DETHKLOK mastermind Brendon Small is pleased to reveal the official METALOCALYPSE: THE DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA soundtrack track listing today! See below for the full list of original score tracks, including the bonus track ‘Blazing Star’, released last week via Loudwire.com at this location. The original score will be released on Tuesday, October 29th.

OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK TRACK LISTING:

1. The Birth/ Fata Sidus Oritur/ One of Us Must Die

2. Magnus and the Assassin

3. Partying around the World

4. Tracking/ Ishnifus and the Challenge

5. How Can I Be a Hero?

6. The Fans are Chatting

7. Abigail’s lullaby

8. Some Time Ago…

9. The Duel

10. I Believe

11. A Traitor Amongst Them

12. Training/ Do it All for My Brother

13. The Answer is in Your Past

14. The Depths of Humanity

15. Givin’ Back to You

16. En Antris et Stella Fatum Cruenti

17. The Crossroads

18. Morte Lumina

19. Blazing Star

20. The DOOMSTAR Orchestra

This isn’t just your average metal record— as mentioned above, this is full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This full-length album features the intense, driving metal that DETHKLOK fans clamor for, as well as orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Also included with the album will be a bonus “making of” featurette with Executive Producer/creator/writer/musician Brendon Small and cast/musicians. Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns to join Brendon and DETHKLOK. Other musicians include bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK/THE ARISTOCRATS/ JOE SATRIANI), and Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, FRANK ZAPPA, JOE SATRIANI).

In other DETHKLOK happenings, Adult Swim unveiled a five-minute intro clip of METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA special yesterday via this link: http://video.adultswim.com/metalocalypse/special/. Take a sneak peek at the special now before the air date on Sunday, October 27th! 

METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA airs on Sunday, October 27th at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. This once-in-a-lifetime DETHKLOK experience includes special guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

In METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA we pick up directly after the abduction of DETHKLOK guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season four finale. With his life in danger, his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on Earth—his bandmates, extreme metal band DETHKLOK. Will they be able to get past their own egos to help someone besides themselves? Find out in this one-hour heavy metal rock opera special with a completely original score.

More information is coming soon. Please visit www.brendonsmall.com for more information on the music, and www.adultswim.com for information on the television special.

For more updates, follow Brendon Small on Twitter at @_brendonsmall.

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Dethklok’s ‘Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera’ Airs Sunday October 27th

Dethklok’s ‘Metalocalypse: The Doomstar Requiem – A Klok Opera’ Airs Sunday October 27th

An Event of Epic Proportions!

An Event of Epic Proportions!

In METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM –  A KLOK OPERA we pick up directly after the abduction of DETHKLOK guitarist Toki Wartooth in the season four finale. With his life in danger, his only salvation can come from the four most selfish human celebrities on Earth—his bandmates, extreme metal band DETHKLOK. Will they be able to get past their own egos to help someone besides themselves? Find out in this one-hour heavy metal rock opera special with a completely original score.

Created by Brendon Small, the animated one-hour special, METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERAairs Sunday, October 27 at Midnight (ET/PT) on Adult Swim. This once-in-a-lifetime DETHKLOK experience includes special guests Jack Black, Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell, and Cannibal Corpse’s George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.

Watch a first look of the special HERE.

The original score from METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA will be released as a full-length album on October 29, 2013. And this isn’t just your average metal record— this is full blown musical featuring a fifty-piece orchestra. This full-length album features the bonus DETHKLOK single ‘Blazing Star’ and orchestral movements (produced by Brendon Small and Emmy winning composer Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica/Walking Dead). Also included with the album will be a bonus “making of” featurette with Executive Producer/creator/writer/musician Brendon Small and cast/musicians.

Legendary powerhouse metal drummer Gene Hoglan returns to join Brendon and DETHKLOK. Other musicians include bassist Bryan Beller (DETHKLOK/THE ARISTOCRATS/ JOE SATRIANI), and Mike Keneally (DETHKLOK, FRANK ZAPPA, JOE SATRIANI).

Creator Brendon Small states, “This is not like anything we’ve ever done. This is a full blown musical- metal combined with symphonic passages, classic musical theatre, high stakes drama, emotional moments, and yes totally ridiculous comedy. I drew from all of my influences to make this the most unique project I could dream of. This is easily the best thing we’ve ever done with the show and the music. I can’t wait for you to hear it.”

Composer Bear McCreary states, “I have been a fan of Metalocalypse for many years, and I am fortunate to call Brendon Small my friend. METALOCALYPSE: the DOOMSTAR REQUIEM A KLOK OPERA provided us the opportunity to collaborate that we’d always been looking for. I had a blast helping Brendon realize his vision for a fully-produced orchestral score to accompany his drop-tuned guitars and pounding double kicks.  This opera takes his catchy songwriting to a whole new level, and I was thrilled to help out.”

More information is coming soon. Please visit www.adultswim.com for information on the television special.

For more updates on the music and show, follow Brendon Small on Twitter at @_brendonsmall.

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Director Michael J. Bassett Talks ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’ And More!

Director Michael J. Bassett Talks ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’ And More!

Director Michael J. Bassett has spent the past several years making a name for himself in the genre that inspired him as a child. ‘Deathwatch,’ ‘Wilderness’ and ‘Solomon Kane’ established him as a young director to watch and have earned him legions of dedicated fans. Those earlier films as set the stage for what is him most ambitious project to date,’Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’, which certainly doesn’t disappoint! In the latest chapter of the highly anticipated saga, Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) and her father (Sean Bean) have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her forever. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with director Michael J. Bassett to discuss his love for the ‘Silent Hill’ franchise, the challenges of bringing material from script to screen, his evolution as a director and much more!

I am a fan of your work. I wanted to take a moment to give our readers a little background on you. What originally intrigued you about the world of filmmaking and made you pursue it as a career?

Michael J. Bassett

Oh my, God! I am a movie fan! It is as simple as that. I absolutely loved movies as a kid! I never really had any intentions of becoming a filmmaker.I wanted to become a vet. I was crazy about natural history, science and all of that stuff. Everything in my life took me in that direction. I was a movie fan but in the UK when I was growing up, there was never any sense that you could go off and become a filmmaker. We don’t have a Hollywood in the UK, so there is no “I am going to go to this place and make movies!” The movie industry was so depressed and no one was interested in making genre pictures, which is what I loved, so I went off to be a vet. While I was trying to do that, I kind of failed at it because I didn’t work in school. While I was there I bought a video camera and started making short films. Everyone was saying to me “Do you want to make short films about animals?” and I would say “No. I want to blow shit up!” [laughs] I just kind of transitioned into it. I still have a love of natural history and science but I thought “I can make these movies and short films!” I wrote a couple of scripts which got me a little bit of interest and it grew from there. I love horror. I remember as a teenager cutting school, which is part of the reason I didn’t become a vet, and renting a bunch of VHS video nasties Wes Craven’s “The Hills Have Eyes,” “Thriller Killer,” “I Spit On Your Grave” and John Carpenter’s stuff and watching them with my friends. I just loved the genre. I love horror and scaring people. When video games came along, I was a game fanatic as well. Everything slowly coalesced into this notion that I should get into filmmaking because I wasn’t qualified to do anything else!

Who would you cite as your biggest professional influences that have inspired you along the way?

The reason I am a filmmaker is because of Ridley Scott’s “Alien”. I was too young to see it when it originally came out but I was obsessed with the design and the visuals. The “Blade Runner” came along and solidified the sense that you can make these incredible movies with mythic ideas in them. James Cameron is an influence. Oliver Stone, I think is amazing. John Carpenter’s early-to-mid period stuff, where he was at the absolute top of his game was just amazing. To me, ‘The Thing’ is one of the best horror movies ever made!

I totally agree with you there! Your latest project is ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D’. What attracted you to this project initially?

In Theaters October 26th!

I am a gamer! I love the ‘Silent Hill’ world and I was also a fan of the first movie. I thought Christophe Gans did a great job with and it looked amazing. If you weren’t a gamer, it was kind of hard to understand what was going on but I loved it. I made a movie with the producer of the film called ‘Solomon Kane’. After I finished that, the producer said me he was interested in doing another ‘Silent Hill’ movie. I said to him “I would love to play in that world! If Christophe doesn’t do it and you are looking for a director or writer, talk to me!” We sat down at dinner and he told me what he wanted from the movie. I told him that I thought I could do that and I understood what he was trying to achieve. I told him “Let me come up with some story ideas. I think that adapting game number three was the way I would head. That way we could make a sequel to the original where the little girl has grown up. She is now about to turn eighteen and all of her nightmares and the history is being to well up inside of her. Her father disappears and she has to go to Silent Hill to find out who she is and rescue her dad.” I really liked the idea of inverting the first movie where the mother was looking for her little girl and this time the little girl is looking for her father.

How did you prepare yourself to tackle this film stylistically?

It was one of those things. As soon as I knew I was going back into Silent Hill, I revisited the games. Konami gave us all of their material and design ideas — their bible to the world. I immersed myself in it from that point of view. I watched the first movie again and I chatted with Christophe Gans and told him what I wanted to do and he approved. Of course, making this movie in 3D was a different step in trying to get the audience immersed in the world. There is no post-3D here. I shot it in 3D in an attempt to give a window into this strange twisted universe. I wear my influences on my sleeve a little bit! If you watch my stuff, you can see the things that I like but there was no sense of “Oh, I’ve got to copy that.” There are a few moments where you say “I really want to use that image from the game because it works so well.” or “I want to do it because the fans would love to see that.” Just for a fleeting second, you will see a frame in the movie that is exactly like you see in the game. There a few little hints, twists and touches that only a true gamer will get but the key was to make a movie where you didn’t have to know anything about ‘Silent Hill’ to watch and enjoy the movie. It is all just a very straight forward, scary, Friday night date horror movie! The balance between those two things was the hardest thing to get.

How much more challenging is it to shoot in 3D than a standard format?

It is a pretty challenging thing to do! Starting out, I wasn’t a giant fan of 3D because I didn’t think it had been used terribly well in a lot of movies. The post-production 3D process, I think, has really damaged the reputation of 3D a little bit. When you are planning to shoot, you have to decide what approach you are going to take. What are you going to use the 3D for and why is it advantageous to use that format. It is a slower process and if you don’t have a bottomless pit of money like James Cameron does, you have to be very careful how you shoot and make the most of it! It is a slower process and you can’t do certain things as easily like steady cam or handheld shoots because the camera is so much heavier. You editing process is different as well because when you look at shoots in 3D, they can hold the screen for longer because the eye sort of roams through the universe, whereas in 2D you can cut off a shot really quickly but in 3D you want it to sit there for the audience to enjoy! That makes the pace of the movie slightly different. When you go to see the film, you have to see it in 3D because that is the only version that is the real version of the film.

Overall, what did you find to be the biggest challenge while making this film and bring it from script to screen?

Making any movie is a huge challenge because there is never enough time or never enough money. I think the challenge with this project was staying respectful to the games while not making it inaccessible to everyone else. There are a lot of hardcore gamers out there who really like it and know the world. I want them to appreciate and love the movie but the truth is that I need to make it for more people than just them or we will never make the money back and we will never, ever see another ‘Silent Hill’ movie. As much as anything, the real challenge and the pleasure of this film was making the monsters! I am an old school horror fan, so I want rubber suits, prosthetics and makeup! That is the best kind of monster for me! Today, they can look a little bit cheesy because the audience is now used to seeing very sophisticated computer graphics for these monsters. I thought it was much nicer to have them on the set, wandering around so the actress, Adelaide Clemens, who plays Heather Mason has something to react to. The challenge was getting it to look great. The pleasure was going to the creature workshop to see them being designed and molded for use on the set. There is only one digital creature in the movie and it was one that we simply couldn’t get to work in any practical way. It is a very cool monster and it looks terrific but it was sad to me that we had to give up and have one digital creature.

There is no shortage of talent with this film. What can you tell us about the cast and what they brought to the table to bring the whole thing to life — maybe even something you didn’t expect?

Kit Harington and Adelaide Clemens

One of the things about making a horror movie is it is really easy to forget the need for a performance in the middle of this thing! I wanted to make sure we had, in Adelaide Clemens who is the lead, a young Australian actress, somebody who was going to ground the whole thing and allow us to really sympathize with the events happening around her. She is not just a scream queen, she is a girl who has to find her inner strength, so hopefully it becomes a proper human story that you can appreciate. Adelaide was definitely the key. Finding the right Heather Mason was everything! Once I got her, I wanted to give her an onscreen co-star, a young man who is a character from the game but also very, very different. That character is played by Kit Harington, who if you know ‘Game of Thrones’, plays John Snow. He is terrific young actor, a british guy. He plays this slightly ambiguous character, who may or may not be her love interest and may or may not be there to help her, you don’t quite know who he is. Once I got my young cast in the middle of it, i knew I wanted to bring Sean Bean back! I am a huge fan of Sean’s and he plays the father in the first movie and since it was the story of the little girl grown up, I wanted to make sure his maternal presence was really strong. Then getting Malcolm McDowell to play the human embodiment of the Leonard monster was terrific. In the game, the Leonard monster has human voice but you never seen in human form, only the monstrous form. Getting Malcolm to come onboard and do a couple of days for me was brilliant. Then you need the big baddie at the end and that is personified by Carrie-Anne Moss. She is the sort of wicked queen who is controlling the whole process. Carrie-Anne really embraced the whole notion of it. In the game, the character has no eyebrows, so we cover her eyebrows, she has bare feet and a very striking head of white hair. It looked fantastic! Putting the performance at the center of this movie is hopefully what will the audience will relate to.

You have a pretty impressive body of work at this point in your career. How do you feel you have evolved as a director since starting out?

Director Michael J. Bassett

Wow! Well, you just get a little bit better each time. You try to get closer to achieving what you see in your head. It’s not the imagination that I am lacking, it is just the skill set I need to develop to get closer and closer to what I want. Every movie you make there is a scene where you say “That is exactly what I imagined!” ‘Deathwatch’ was my first picture and there are a handful of scenes where i said “Yeah, that’s great!” Then with ‘Wilderness,’ I got a little closer and ‘Solomon Kane’ has got even more stuff that is exactly what I imagined. With ‘Silent Hill’, you get closer and closer to the sense that I have a skill set now, an understanding of the technology and the ability to be on a film set and communicate my desires in a way which gets me closer and closer to achieving that end of being genuinely able to say “This is exactly what I want the audience to see.” It’s an experience thing and a confidence thing. The other key is making movies you would want to go and see. you’ve got to love what you do because it is so hard and it takes so long, it’s got to be a pleasure. It still is luckily!

Is there a particular type of film, a genre or project that you are anxious to tackle in the future?

There is so much ambition that I have yet to achieve. I love my genre pictures and I don’t think I am ever going to make non-genre movies. I love fantasy movies and they are very, very hard to get made and it is hard to get an audience for them these days. You know, ‘Game of Thrones’ seems to have sucked up the audience and put it into a TV context, which is really exciting. I have just done a TV action-series called ‘Strike Back’ which included a lot of running, jumping, chasing and explosions! It is about a counter-terrorist unit and that was terrific to be a part of. I realized that I do like doing very physical action movies. I can tell you that I am never going to do a romantic comedy! [laughs] Beyond that, I will try anything! It is great stories that I really enjoy. I’d kinda like to make a children’s movie. Maybe one with a dark sensibility to it. There are lots and lots of challenges ahead and I am a long way from retiring!

Being a seasoned vet of the industry, what is the best piece of advice you can pass along to aspiring filmmakers?

God, if I am a season vet, then I am in trouble! [laughs] I still think of myself as a beginner and I am lucky to get jobs! Ya know what, it is really all about perseverance. It is so hard and you have to knock on so many doors. The difference now is that you can make films fairly easily. With the technology available on your average computer, you can shoot and edit incredibly easily. It is no longer a question of coming to Hollywood and making a movie. It is about finding the resources to make a movie and sharing it with an audience. I think that is the key. The key is realizing that you are a filmmaker if you make films. It doesn’t matter how big your budget is, it is about how big your imagination is.

I thank you for your time, Michael. I also wanted to mention that I have really enjoyed your blog and people should definitely check that out.

Oh shit! That reminds me! I better go and fill it in because I haven’t done anything on it for awhile.

Yeah. You have been a little slack lately, Michael. I won’t hold it against you. You seem to have been pretty busy!

[laughs] I have been busy but thanks for reminding me!

We will be looking forward to it! Thanks again and we will talk again soon!

Definitely. Thanks so much!

SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D hits theaters everywhere October 26, 2012. Don’t miss it! Check out Michael J. Bassett’s blog at www.michaelbassett.com!

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Malcolm McDowell Discusses ‘Suing The Devil’, His Longevity And More!

Malcolm McDowell Discusses ‘Suing The Devil’, His Longevity And More!

Malcolm McDowell is one of cinema’s most iconic figures. Best known for portraying wicked Alex DeLarge in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film “A Clockwork Orange,” his career spans more than four decades and 150-plus film and television credits. His dedication to his craft garnered him critical acclaim and earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At 68, McDowell shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, his work is more vibrant and eclectic than ever before.

For his latest outing, McDowell plays the part of the greatest villain to ever walk the Earth — The Devil. “Suing The Devil” revolves around a landmark legal battle, in which a down and out law student, Luke O’Brien (Bart Bronson), sues Satan for $8 trillion. Just as Luke is about to file a default judgement, Satan (Malcolm McDowell) appears to defend himself. Armed with a legal team of the United States’ best trial lawyers, the entire world watches intently to see who will win this Trial of the Century. Jason Price of Icon vs. Icon recently sat down with Malcolm McDowell to discuss his latest film, his longevity in the ever-changing entertainment industry and much more!

Malcolm McDowell

Tackling a career in the entertainment industry is often not for the faint of heart. What drove you to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

Oh my god! I can barely remember, it has been so long! [laughs] From a very early age, the age of 11, I made my very first appearance in a play at school. I always felt very comfortable being on a stage and I always felt, in the back of my mind even as a kid, if all else failed in my life, I could always be an actor! Of course, that was very naive of me to think that but, you know, that is the naivety of youth and I thank God for it!

To what do you attribute your longevity in the industry?

Well that I really don’t know. A lot of luck, I think. I imagine I have managed to adapt along the way. I have aged and I am aware of my physical appearance, meaning I am not afraid to play older, in fact, I embrace it! I love it! I also keep away from Beverly Hills surgeons! All of these lines, I have earned the ones I’ve got and I’ve got quite a few of them!

Your latest project is “Suing The Devil.” What was it about the script or the character in particular that drew you to your role in the film?

I liked the script very much because I thought it was a very modernist kind of take on it. And of course, if you are asked to play the Devil, it is a wonderful part to take on. It is sort of like playing King Lear or something! It is a larger than life character that you have to make watchable and all the rest of it. There were plenty of challenges and I just liked the idea of a courtroom drama/comedy and everything which it entailed. I enjoyed that.

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You mentioned the unique challenges that present themselves when you attempt to play the role of the Devil. What can you tell us about those?

Well, everyone has preconceived ideas about the Devil, don’t they? I really wanted to make the character watchable and enjoyable, as much as I possibly could, without cheating, without being sentimental or anything like that. I wanted to show the danger when it was required but have fun with it. [POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT!] And keep in mind, I am not really playing the Devil, I am playing the leading character’s idea of what the Devil might be. And don’t forget, he dreams it. So, I had to play a sort of heightened caricature in a way. Not a caricature per se because you had to believe it but, you know, something was slightly heightened. When we discover at the end of the film that it is all a dream, you think, “Oh, OK, that is why!”

Are there elements of your personality we see come through to this character?

It’s not a question of my personality particularly, it is that the character had to have the elements that make it watchable. He had to enjoy what he was doing, relish it, have great energy and try to make people laugh. I felt that the humor was a very big part of this role and a lot of it I ad-libbed. I really wanted to go for the comedy a lot because I felt it was so important.

Well, you did a great job with that and it does shine through in the film.

Thank you!

You have played some amazing villains in your career.

Yeah!

Malcolm McDowell

Do you tend to gravitate towards those type of roles? What intrigues you about those type of characters?

No, I think they gravitate towards me to be honest. You can only do what you are offered in the end, you know? I don’t go looking for them, believe me, but they always seem to find their way to me. But this part, if it wasn’t called the Devil, it’s not really a heavy. It is sort of a rather buffoonish character in many ways but he is a lot of fun to play. A lot of fun to play for the reasons I have stated but it was great fun to do the long speech at the end of the film. I think we got it in one take! It is an eight-minute monologue where all of the characters true feelings really come out. That was pretty cool actually! That was a real challenge!

You career has been and continues to be very diverse. Is there a particular type of film or genre that you are anxious to tackle in the future?

No. I am not anxious to pursue anything. That is the truth because I feel that if you have any sort of hope to play any particular part that, one, you will never be offered it and, two, when you are and if you are you have already played it through in your mind and you have blown it. I would just prefer to take it one job at a time and my favorite one is always going to be the next one.

Looking back on your career so far, how do you think you evolved in your craft since starting out?

Oh my god, I don’t know! I feel I have been very blessed with the work that I have had. I feel I am now going through a very purple patch where I can’t cope with all of the stuff I am being offered right now. I am able to pick and choose from some really terrific things. I am very excited that I will probably be going back to the theater in the fall. I am also excited that I am doing a wonderful show on TNT called “Franklin and Bash” where I am a regular on the show. Actually, I am in Winnipeg right now where I am doing a movie with Debi Mazar. From here, I will be off to New York to do a movie with Olympia Dukakis. I have so many things on right now it is insane!

I imagine that is a good problem to have for someone in your profession.

Yes, it is a very good problem to have!

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Any chance of us fans getting an autobiography out of you in the future when you slow down?

Well, I did a one man show about my relationship with the great director Lindsay Anderson. In fact, they made a film of it which is called “Never Apologize.” That, in a way, serves as an autobiography because not only is it about him but it is about me too — my early career, how it all came about, the people I met along the way and all the rest of it. But when I slow down? Well, maybe I better write it all down before I forget it!

Being an icon in the industry, what is the best advice you can pass along to someone looking to follow in your footsteps?

I would add another string to your bow. It is very, very difficult at this time. It’s not at all like it was in my day. It was much easier and there weren’t quite so many young actors and I felt like there were more parts which was probably not true. I would say, only the ones that want to do it so much that they can taste it and they won’t take advice from anybody no matter what, they are the ones that will survive. The ones that think they want to do it, but are perhaps in the third or fourth year of being out of work, have no money and tiring of being a waiter, who think, “Maybe it’s not quite for me.” — They are the ones that shouldn’t have done it in the first place.

Thank you for your time today, sir. We really appreciate it and best of luck to you in the future!

Thank you. It has been my pleasure!

For more information on the film, check out the official website for ‘Suing The Devil’ at www.suingthedevil.com. The film is available On-Demand nationwide April 6th, 2012!

Official Synopsis: Luke O’Brien, a washed-up law student, decides to sue Satan for $8 trillion dollars. On the day Luke files a default judgment, Satan appears to defend himself. On Satan’s legal team are 10 of the country’s best trial lawyers. The entire world watches on Legal TV to see who will win the Trial of the Century.

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