One of the joys of my artistic path has always been producing projects that I was passionate about, whether it was live events, theatrical presentations or films. While live events and theatrical shows were always extremely gratifying and the people who patronized those events certainly enjoyed them, they were very much a transient experience. They didn't last beyond the day or night of the show and then, quite literally, they were gone with the wind.
Film has always been an exciting medium for me. My first professional jobs were on film sets and there was always an intoxicating, electric feeling that I always got there. I learned a lot from wonderful mentors who taught me about writing scripts, directing, the vital teamwork that was needed to make a film happen and how it truly was a collaborative artform.
As one of my favorite authors is H.P. Lovecraft, I always saw his stories cinematically when I read them and they really resonated with me visually. How does one film what Lovecraft always described as "indescribable"?
That being said, I did my best to show just that with my first Lovecraft film of his short story "Cool Air". While many chapters could be written on the trials and hard work that it took to get the film made, I got it done and not only was I happy with the end result but it seems many other fans of Lovecraft's work liked it as well. Not a month goes by where I don't receive a very kind email from a stranger letting me know how much the film meant to them or how it's influenced their own attempts at making a film of one of Lovecraft's stories. That makes me feel pretty good that the film resonates with so many people as I tried to bring a little something more than simply a straight adaptation of the story and folks tend to tell me that I actually made it better than the original tale. While I would humbly disagree, I did my best to honor the source material and to do justice to the Old Gent from Providence's work.
In 2013 I created Arkham Cinema, LLC to create a more ambitious work, the long awaited "The Shadow over Innsmouth" based on one of Lovecraft most popular and enduring tales. I was able to develop the script and do some design work with props and makeup designs that explored the look of what the people of Innsmouth might look like as well as conducting several location scouts for the right locales that, with the right set dressing, could make a convincing Innsmouth for a film. Financing is being secured as well as putting together the right team who can best help me to realize the film as it should be made; uncompromising in Lovecraft's original vision and tone in the period that he wrote the story. Nothing less will do.
Also, I'll be releasing "Cool Air" on DVD in the special "Duo-Chrome" edition as well as the original, black and white theatrical version to help solidify the Arkham Cinema brand which will present the best in Lovecraftian films.