Brain Food

with founder Steve Rock

Blog Entry 10/29/17

Welcome to the Brain Food Blog!

After a long break for the holidays, we are starting to shake off this winter cold and get back to business. Dead Burger has been released, and we hope everhyone enjoys it as much as we did making it. It was a long intesive process, frought with missteps and problems as any first time movie would be, but we are very proud of what we managed to pull together in the face of extremely hard curveballs in our real lives, both in terms of cast members and crew. 5 years is a long time, and we had many moving parts to coordinate with the work schedules of upwards of 30 people, all of which are volunteers, on some shoots.

As you could expect, we have learned a great many lessons from this, and will be applying them to our future productions.

What now, you might be wondering, and for a short time there, so were we!

I'm happy to announce that we are working on several new projects. We are looking at several possibilities of the next feature, and evaluating which of the three main locations we would require that we may be able to get access to. Until we can determine that, we will be working on some short form series to have new content on a regular basis. We are branching out into a few different directions, the first of which will be a podcast featuring Randy Harlow, who was our production manager on Dead Burger as well as playing Bruce, and myself, Steve Rock, writer/director of Dead Burger, and Jim in the film. Randy and I met long ago when we both worked at a major chain video store, and our love of movies and games have been at the forefront of our friendship since. He and I plan to discuss many different topics in movies, games, and pop culture and will be looking for the suggestions from our audience on what you want to hear. We will be announcing more on this podcast soon.

Additionally, Ward Benoit and Steve Rock, who were the main effects behind Dead Burger, will be launching a series dedicated to making films on no budget. We mainly will be focusing on different types of makeup and special practical effects you can use and that we have tested and shot ourselves, but we also plan on having episodes dedicated to writing, casting, location scouting on a budget, and some editing or cinematography techniques.

 

Lastly, we have a web series that we are currently in pre-production on that will be a comedy series based on a fictional minor league baseball team. The show runner is none other than Kaleb Chase, who was our Voodoo Priest in Dead Burger, and will feature many of our cast members from Dead Burger in many roles both big and small. We are aiming to have the start of the series coincide with the early part of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.  

Soon, we will be launching a few new platforms by which you might be able to get involved and help us keep bringing new content to you! We do anticipate starting a new campaign on one of the major crowdfunding platforms when we feel we are ready to begin on the next feature, and we do plan on sharing details as we approach. Along with the podcast and how to series, we will be launching a Patreon page, which will have tiers featuring exclusive content and discounts on our online stores. We also have new products planned to release, and we will be offering prints from our beautiful and bloody zombie pin up models!

Right now in our store, we are happy to be offering a Sweetheart deal, which will include a bundle of Dead Burger and our 2018 Calendar while supplies last. We are planning our next round of calendars also, which we'll be releasing some teaser photos from our shoots as they happen. 

We want to hear from you! What content would you like to see from us? What topics would you like to see us cover in our podcast or how to series? Or maybe you want to get involved either behind or in front of the camera? Email us now at AbominationFilms@gmail.com

Our next update will be coming soon!

Stephen Rock

Abomination Films

 

Blog Entry 10/29/17

Welcome to the Brain Food Blog!

October has been a busy month! First we had a wonderful time at Rock And Shock in Worcester MA the 13-15th, where we had a vendor table, then this weekend we were involved in 2 nights of the Zombies are Coming Film Festival! It was wonderful to finally be sharing this, our vision, with the world. Now we are sharing it with you! Check out our shop to get a copy of the movie delivered to your home or inbox!

Words cannot quite describe the gratitude I feel for both having wonderful and professional people that made this festival and premiere happen, and for a great first screening audience. To be completely honest, I had spent the previous 2 days nearly sick to my stomach worrying about what if no one laughs, which as it turns out, was not an issue whatsoever! Thank you to all who were in attendance, I hope you all had a great time! Tell your friends!

Now, on to the topic I wanted to discuss, which is adapting to overcome. If you've been reading this blog, you can see where I'm trying to "pay it forward" with some advice and topics that they don't always teach you in film school, many things can only come from experience. Whenever I have been speaking with a filmmaker, especially at the events I've attended recently, they have asked how we dealt with the awful things that happened all throughout our production. The answer is this, we had no choice but to adapt and overcome. We ran into issues where cast members were unable to continue the production due to unforeseen life events.  This lead to our having to attempt a recasting twice, and then on the third cast do major rewrites after almost every scene to continue some semblance of the narrative we had been aiming for. It also caused us many delays, and most other people would have given up.

But I didn't. Not once did I even entertain the idea. Part of that was the Kickstarter campaign that started us. There were already people out there that were promised a final product. But more so than that, it was the "I started this, by hell or high water I'm finishing this" stubbornness in my personality that pushed this through.

You need to do the same thing. Your journey will not be the same as mine. I'm hoping you don't run into the very sudden and tragic events that plagued my production. But if you do, you need to find that same fire within you. You need to be your own champion. You need to, when someone tells you something is impossible, tell them to watch you as you do it anyway.

Sometimes this leads to decisions where you have to cut ideas and even entire scenes from your project, before they even got in front of a camera. You need to be ok with this. You need to, at all times, be prepared to adapt and overcome.

So if you're out there reading this and you have the intentions of picking up a pen or camera to start your own project, then hopefully you have the fire burning inside of you. Good luck to us all, and we'll see each other one day on the red carpet.

Happy Halloween everyone, be safe and be scary!

Stephen Rock

Abomination Films

 

Blog Entry 9/25/17

Welcome to the Brain Food Blog!

This week, I want to talk about something I feel every artist needs to hear. In the past few years I have had the pleasure of rubbing elbows with some wonderful artists and actors. I've had the pleasure of meeting or corresponding with people I hope to follow in the footsteps of. And there's one thing that I have learned about being creative and discussing your art, be it film-making, a garage band, cosplay, quilting, or whatever else, you should learn to drop the word aspiring from your vocabulary immediately.

 

For any artist, but especially those who do it because of their passion or for the challenge and fun of creating something, it may feel like if you haven't made any money off your art, then you have to call yourself aspiring. That's a judgement instilled within you from our social upbringing. If you have created something, even if it's just a short film, guitar riff, or a pair of mittens, you have created something, which is more than a lot of other people have done. Take ownership of it. Introduce yourself as an artist, no matter the quality of the art to others, it's the quality of the art to you that matters.

This will do 2 things for you. First you will feel more confident about yourself and what you are doing. Aspiring ends for a filmmaker the first time someone calls action with a camera running. You could be a beginner, but you are not aspiring, you have taken the first step, and that is where every single artist begins. Second, this will change how others perceive you. As an example, introducing yourself as "An Aspiring Chef" means that you don't know how to cook, but someday you hope to. Do you want to eat a meal made by someone who says that? Could you blame the person that says "No thanks" then leaves the restaurant do go to the nearest drive thru?

The point is, be proud of who you are, what you do, and what you make. It'll get you a lot further than hiding like a mouse behind the word "aspiring."

Stay weird fans! Good Health, Good Luck, and MORE BLOOD!!!

- Steve Rock

Writer/Director of Dead Burger

Now  gotta go wash the blood and latex off my face, Check out my zombie look for my undead cameo!

Blog Entry 9/13/17

Blog Entry 9/13/17

Greetings to you Dear Reader, It's time for Brain Food Blog,

This week's entry is very special to me. I am blessed to, on this very day, be celebrating 4 years of marriage to one of the most wonderful women I have ever known. From the first time I stepped into her bedroom as a scared college kid, and found that she had all of the horror movies I didn't yet, I knew she was the one. 

To any filmmakers reading this, please, take a moment and thank your spouses or significant others for everything they do. I don't know if anyone else would have the patience to deal with me and my madness in the quest to make films. Many nights where I didn't come to bed or if I did it was at the crack of dawn. Many nights where she would come home to me applying zombie makeup to a pinup model for the calendar, or how many weekends where she had to take the camera because I was on screen. 

It is wonderful to have a collaborator and a best friend as a wife. I owe her more than I can ever give, although I'm gonna try anyway. For 4 years of marriage, and  nearly 10 years before that of friendship, I can't imagine going a day without her.  I am posting here a picture of our wedding cake, which might have a few wedding guests you recognize. For all the people who cringed and asked 3 times if we were sure we wanted to be married on a Friday the 13th, you bet your ass we did. If we could have, it would have been at Camp Crystal Lake.

Have a wonderful week, and enjoy the new pics on our Behind the Scenes page!

Good Luck, Good Health, AND MORE BLOOD!!!!

Steve Rock

Founder

Abomination Films

Greetings to you Dear Reader, It's time for Brain Food Blog,

This week's entry is very special to me. I am blessed to, on this very day, be celebrating 4 years of marriage to one of the most wonderful women I have ever known. From the first time I stepped into her bedroom as a scared college kid, and found that she had all of the horror movies I didn't yet, I knew she was the one. 

To any filmmakers reading this, please, take a moment and thank your spouses or significant others for everything they do. I don't know if anyone else would have the patience to deal with me and my madness in the quest to make films. Many nights where I didn't come to bed or if I did it was at the crack of dawn. Many nights where she would come home to me applying zombie makeup to a pinup model for the calendar, or how many weekends where she had to take the camera because I was on screen. 

It is wonderful to have a collaborator and a best friend as a wife. I owe her more than I can ever give, although I'm gonna try anyway. For 4 years of marriage, and  nearly 10 years before that of friendship, I can't imagine going a day without her.  I am posting here a picture of our wedding cake, which might have a few wedding guests you recognize. For all the people who cringed and asked 3 times if we were sure we wanted to be married on a Friday the 13th, you bet your ass we did. If we could have, it would have been at Camp Crystal Lake.

Have a wonderful week, and enjoy the new pics on our Behind the Scenes page!

Good Luck, Good Health, AND MORE BLOOD!!!!

Steve Rock

Founder

Abomination Films

Blog Entry 9/5/17

Greetings to you Dear Reader and welcome to Brain Food Blog,

As we approach the release of Dead Burger, our first full length feature, we are trying to make a stronger focus on having new content to post each and every week. This includes an edition of this blog and some photos or videos of projects we are currently working on.

 Dead Burger and the zombie pin up merchandise is coming along on schedule! For release formats, we are looking into VOD options and creating DVD discs for our own self distribution at conventions and screenings. At initial release we will not have a Blu-Ray, however we are looking into ways to have that format available. More release information will be shared as it becomes available

We have released the first 3 of our Teespring designs, including our favorite Dead Burger poster and 2 of our Zombie Pinups! Check those out today! The 2018 Zombie Pinup Calendar is also days away from releasing as we wait for the proofs from our printers! As a little preview, here's the front cover, featuring our July pinup!

We are also starting to organize and arrange appearances  on podcasts and film screenings, as we get closer to release the dates we will be announcing more information and booth numbers, starting with Rock And Shock in Worcester MA, October 13-15!

Thank you all for your support, we hope to meet you in person at Rock And Shock 2017!

Good Luck, Good Health, AND MORE BLOOD!!!!

Steve Rock

Founder

Abomination Films

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