By : Jamie Santamore
Casting is complete for our first short film titled The Vengeful One . Her are the main cast of the film with many amazing actors playing extras in the film.
By : Jamie Santamore
No one starts out in the Indie film world with all the answers and a ton of money unless they know someone in the business. This is something I've been thinking about lately as I've been struggling since day one in this business. I had no clue what to do when I decided to make Sins of Man : Rise of Mortis into a movie. I had a script and the desire to learn how to make a movie and off I went to make it happen. No one ever said making a move is easy because it's not if it were EVERYONE would do it. Along the way I've made a ton of mistakes, bad casting decisions, bad writing, bad scheduling, sets burning down, screaming matches on set between cast members hell I've even been forced in front of the camera as an actor and made the best of it because its all part of learning to do this job I love so much. My father used to say to me "Find something you love to do and you'll never work a day in your life." I did the crappy dead end jobs for years and was never happy. I started writing screen plays and haven't worked a day since.
I've been very blessed to have met some amazing people right away. My Producer / Cameraman / Business Partner Chris Fyfe being one of them and one thing we have talked about at length is always helping others when we can this is one of those times when a friend in the business needs help. This business is hard like I said earlier but on top of being hard this business tends to be expensive and costs add up quickly. I can't tell you how much my first two movies cost to make and we haven;t made a single penny from the DVD sales yet we are starting production on our third film The Vengeful One in October.
With all that being said I know in this business we are all competing for DVD / Blu Ray and Digital download dollars, Merch sales, Crowdfunding donations etc. I understand that's the nature of the beast. Competition is healthy in this or any other business, I truly believe that. However I think it's weird that everyone is so obsessed with success, selling a bunch of DVD's / Blu Rays, making a bunch of money and no so concerned with helping each other get better. I want to sell DVD's and grow my brand as much as everyone else but doesn't it make the business better if we help each other grow to become better writers, actors, makeup Artists etc. if we help each other it makes the business stronger by making us better film makers, Right?
My friend Alan Dillingham and his film The Diamond Den has been selected as a finalist in the Single Take Challenge in Sarasota, Florida and they need help to raise money to get a few of the cast members to Florida for the festival and that's where YOU and I come in !!
I want to see Alan, his cast and crew and this project be a HUGE success! Competition in this business is healthy it keeps us all wanting to improve by write better scripts, become better actors and make better movies. I want him to win at this festival because seeing him gain this success because it makes me want to get better and make a film that may challenge him at a festival in the future.
PLEASE DONATE TO The Diamond Den's GoFundMe Page HERE :
In closing I just want to say again competition is VERY Healthy in this business. Just because we are competing for the same money from the same fan base doesn't mean we can't help each other out. I want my friends in this business to succeed just as much as I want to find success but I will never lose sight of the concept of helping everyone around me elevate their careers and their brands. PLEASE DONATE to this campaign and support Indie Film.
THANK YOU !!!!
Stay Humble, Stay Hungry My Friends.
As I was finishing up a draft for a project it dawned on me that I hadn't written a blog for you folks in awhile so i thought I should update you guys on some things here we go ....
By : Jamie Santamore
I've been busy writing, training, and basically pulled in a dozen different directions for the last 4 years now. I love my job for sure but at times it's hard to keep up with everything. I have two web sites to keep up. five twitter accounts, five Facebook pages to maintain, five e-mails to manage and I'm in the office 7 days a week 10 -15 hours a day. I wanted to write this blog and give you all an update on things.
The Vengeful One is still looking for it's star as audition videos have started coming in . The Top Secret Project finallyt has a finished draft of the script. Training is an everyday thing now, with DDP Yoga, Kali, Boxing and Tai Chi many times a week. I'm still working on the costume for this project but have a few ideas.
Things are looking up for Top Guy Productions and Wicked Carnival Productions is on track to shoot and release Sins of Man III : Tribulation in 2018.
I'm still trying to catch up on fan mail and autograph requests. If you sent a request or a letter I will get back to you as soon as I can, I promise. my fans are the most important thing to me with out you I'm not who or where I am today and I know that. Keep sending in your e-mails and DMs I will reply.
Have a great day everyone if you have a questions send an e-mail !
STAY HUMBLE, STAY HUNGRY MY FRIENDS :)
Here is where I will post my thoughts on upcoming projects, ask you fans questions and just talk about about all things horror and Wicked Carnival Productions .