We started talking about where I was in the story, where I wanted to go and basically how I was going to get there and we started talking about taking the story and turning it around to make it something completely different then Rise of Mortis.
During this hour long discussion we started talking about part two and how to reflect these changes in the script to make it flow into part III, we talked about making a MAJOR change to the overall Sins of Man story to make it a more complete story and a better trilogy.
While I'm not going to **SPOIL** anything about the upcoming Sins of Man II or III but we are going to knock the "normal" slasher film on it's ass and turn alot of heads with Sins of Man II.
I have learned during the filming of Rise of Mortis that during the magical creation of the movie my vision changed in many ways from the basic idea I had when I wrote the script to the changes that were forced on the production due to the location change my vision changed when I was talking to Chris today I could see my vision for Part II changing thus I knew that Part III would has a result be completely different the the current vision I have for the finished trilogy and this type of change or overhaul of the script upset me greatly during the pre production and production of Rise of Mortis but now that I know a little (a lot) more about things I understand that change in story, script and vision is the nature of the beast and I have learned to role with the punches for the betterment of the project.
Staying Humble is something that seems to be on a lot of peoples minds as it relates to my "small town fame". I do get noticed when I walk around, when I'm shopping, when I'm getting breakfast with my wife etc. and I take it all in stride, people want to talk, people want to ask questions or take a picture or ask me to sign something for them it's a very cool feeling I'll admit it. I never refuse anyone because again it's the nature of the beast. While fame doesn't have anything to do with why I make movies I know it comes with it and I'm okay with that. The day of our DVD release party I went into Subway to grab a snack (chips) because my blood sugar was low and I was hungry too, my friend from high school worked there and was going to come to the signing after she got out of work people heard us tallking about the movie and asked questions and wanted hand shakes etc. that was my first taste of "fame" and while it was awkward it was also very cool to be recognized for my work.
I have a different opinion on fame and "celebrities responsibility" to their fans then most I think, see as a hobby I collect autographs (mostly horror) and there are A LOT of celebrities that LOVE to sign things for fans and will even write a nice note back to you along with signing what ever you sent them (Some will even add to your package with a signed picture) on the other side of that coin you have some celebrities that don't answer fan mail or autograph requests at all which grinds my gears and before you all jump to their defense YES I know A LIST celebrities are really busy and don't get a chance to answer their fan mail but I'm talking about celebrities that haven't done anything in years and are genre stars (80's / 90's Horror movies) I have my fair share of A list celebrities (Emma Roberts, Channing Tatum, Wes Craven, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Englund, Danielle Harris, Scout Compton among others) and I have a ton of 80's / 90's Horror stars also (PJ Soles, Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel, Lar Park Lincoln, Ted White and many many more) some I have paid for most I've paid the price of postage which is another issue all together. an example I have 29 autographs from the Friday The 13th series and I paid for SEVEN of them and the rest I got through the mail by writing a nice letter, sending return postage and a picture or DVD jacket.
I feel that it's part of the job if your going to make movies, TV shows, music whatever the medium may be if a fan asks you for your autograph or to take a picture with you you should do it gladly because FANS are the reason YOU are FAMOUS !! Without each and everyone of you I would be nothing just another guy sitting here write blog, I'm simply a guy that has chased his dream and continues to chase it and I owe it all to my fans allover the world :)
Am I saying it's not a pain sometimes when you in a hurry and people want to talk to want you to sign something, yest it is but I do it because I know where I came from and I understand that signing someones shirt or a napkin at Dunkin Donuts puts a smile on their face ans makes their day alittle brighter. An example would be I was at the store with my wife and kids yesterday when someone recognized me, I was pushing a cart with one hnd nd holding my daughters hand with the other this person walked up to me and started talking to me so I put my daughters hand on the cart (we do this exercise alot) and talked to them, I signed a few business cards for them (I always carry them with a sharpie) We continued to talk for a few minutes while my wife continued shopping he said thank you for the cards and for talking to him and we went about our lives, I caught up to my wife and kids and my wife said "That's the first time that's happened while I've been with you" I said yeah you'll get used to it she then said "You handled that really well" and I said it's part of the job we laughed and finished shopping. my son (14) tells all his friends that his dad is a film maker (which leads to alot of odd interactions at school meetings and IEP Meetings but it's all cool to me LOL
STAY TUNED & STAY WICKED !!