5/28/2017-ACTING-Recap From Zombie Con (Liverpool, NY)

A month or two ago I was contacted by Michael Alan Fitzgerald in regards to being at guest at this year’s Zombie Con in Liverpool, NY. After discussing particulars I agreed and then started to get things into motion. This would be the first time I would be at a convention at a table by myself-and I’ve only been to a handful previously-so I’m still a newbie per se to the convention scene. I basically wanted to replicate as close as I could the set up NoSS director Jonathan Straiton had at Monster-Mania in NJ back in March. I kinda got there 🙂 The TV I got (unfortunately not 1080 HD) is built in a way so when the stand is screwed on, the TV leans forward (?). I cheaply fixed that but it’s still kind of strange. I also got the same banner with my face on it that Jonathan had, but didn’t notice then or now (until someone pointed it out) that the quote on top of it could have used a spellcheck (“Goss” instead of “Gross”) 🙂 Then again, maybe it was like that due to space constraints.

-I arrived and was glad to see that I got a table next to an outlet. MAD ANGEL FILMS was to be at the table next to me, but they were filming on “Radiant Dark” at the Sterling Renaissance Faire (Mark J. Peek was also a guest but his table was elsewhere so MAF was represented) so that table was taken by THE PROFESSIONALLY UNPROFESSIONAL NERDCRAFTERS. As you can see from the pic, it’s kind of funny to see our two tables next to each other :). I had six movies to sell for this one (hopefully more at future cons)-NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE, SHE KILLS, Empire State of the Dead, TALES OF DRACULA, Locked In and (thanks to Greta Volkova) Bataille de Sang. Maybe next time I will have some pics as well.

-I had a good time both Michael F. and organizer Teddy C. Hanes would come by from time to time and make sure that things were going well and that I wasn’t having any problems. I met some great people here, as we;; as some familiar faces. Even saw Artist Azriel Mordecai who, underneath his jacket /main shirt-was a CAROLINE BLUE t-shirt. \m/

-I have to admit it was a little strange being at a table by myself-in part cause I was kind of used to being able to prowl around and meet / sell to people that way. I got to officially meet Actor Jeremy Ambler (of The Walking Dead fame) and we even shared a panel together (along with Mark P. and Greta V.) about being a zombie in films / TV. That was done by Michael and should be out sometime soon. Of course, I was being my usual cornball self 🙂

-I also was granted the opportunity to be interviewed by the G33KPOD Podcast for about 30 minutes-which really brought out the cornball 🙂 Of course, I talked too much and switched topics but hey-that’s me! 🙂 That should be out within a day or so online as well as on iTunes. -Another cool memory was having my image as Dracula sketched out-at the event-by Artist Brian R. Labelle. I found out when I was posting a pic on Instagram and saw that I was tagged in it-and yes, I had it by days end.

-Overall I had a great time and manage to sell a good number of DVDs-the main ones being Night of Something Strange and She Kills. Thanks to everyone who came by and said hi and it was great seeing old friends and making new ones. Thanks again to both Teddy and Michael for having me here and look forward to future conventions with you guys.

-Pics from this can be seen on my acting page on Facebook.

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5/25/2017-THINKING-Happy 40th Anniversary to the Release of Star Wars

-Today marks the 40th anniversary of when the original STAR WARS movie ( “A New Hope”) was released back in 1977. This was the earliest science fiction movie that I can recall seeing (I’d seen STAR TREK (TOS) on TV, but that was TV…). It’s release had a major impact of my wee little mind. I became obsessed with all things Star Wars. My folks must have spent a fortune on Star Wars merch when I was a kid. I was luck that I saw the original movie many times in an actual theater-which I’m sure cemented Star Wars into my brain. let’s go back a little bit.

-From 1977-1980, I lived on the island of Kwajalein-a part of the Marshall Islands. Basically a three by five mile island. There were 90+ plus islands within the atoll-which was part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific if I recall correctly. If I ever do get to writing “WAYNE-THE BOOK,” there will be a chunk of it devoted to my time here cause a good chunk of the vividness of my childhood memories started here. In many ways, living there was very much like the fairy tale stories you hear about living out your life on a tropical island in happiness. Of course, not all the experiences for me there were positive, but that’s another set of stories for another time…

-The Marshall Islands are around 2,100 miles southwest of Hawaii. In order to travel to the United States, you had to stop at Hawaii first (1-2 times I believed we stopped at Midway to refuel or something). We would go every year to visit my grandparents. The shopping malls there were where I got introduced to Godzilla, Ultra Man, an early version of the Power Rangers (Super Sentai? But the costumes were different…) and Shogun Warriors. That would all get pushed towards the back once I got hit with Star Wars, but I digress…

-So we were basically in Hawaii, twice a year, for a few days for three years. I don’t remember the name of the theater, (or even if it still exists), but there was this one theater that-for three years (maybe more)-had Star Wars showing and it was basically a ritual that I had to see the film whenever I was in Hawaii. So I saw the original film multiple times in a theater and I never lost the thrill of the opening scene when that star destroyer emerged, nor the magic of the rest of the film.

-I was even more obsessed when ” The Empire Strikes Back” was released. I had moved to the United States by then so I didn’t see it that much-till they were released on VHS. “Return of the Jedi” didn’t hit me as hard and, to date, I still haven’t watched the three prequels-even though I have them all on blu-ray. There will be a Star Wars marathon someday in my future 🙂

-I still have some of that merch somewhere in a storage area. Most of it is probably already gone, but hopefully I still have some of them left. Probably not in collectors condition unfortunately. It was definitely a magical time and, perhaps, that marathon might be happening soon than I expect 😉

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5/23/2017-MERCH-25% OFF “Night of Something Strange” Merch-TODAY ONLY


(Artwork by Chad Hunt)

-It’s Director Jonathan Straiton’s ( NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE ) birthday today! To celebrate, he’s OFFERING 25% OFF ALL Merch TODAY ONLY with offer code “BIRTHDAY” FREE Shipping in the US! New shirts, iPhone covers and even canvas art has been added-check them out! 🙂

NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE ONLINE STORE

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5/16/2017-ACTING-Recap of Filming on “Walking Bear, Running Wolf” (The Federation Files)

-Towards the end of 2016, I was contacted by the director of THE FEDERATION FILES-a Star Trek Fan Film production based in Arkansas. I’d worked with Glen on a few episodes of the STAR TREK NEW VOYAGES-where I first played the role of Ensign Dawson Walking Bear (created by Russell Bates) -a character from Star Trek The Animated Series (TV Show) from the 1970’s. This was for a short film and, while previous I’d played Walking Bear in minor roles, in this episode, I was the main lead-with the story centered on him. The episode is called “Walking Bear, Running Wolf.” After we talked about some arrangements (like how I needed a rub down in a hot tub after every scene I’m in as per Actors Suave Society rules (A.S.S. for short-HA!) 🙂 , I agreed to reprise my role as Walking Bear (who, I would later find out, had been promoted to Lieutenant at this point). Producer / editor Dan Reynolds-who I also met previously on NV, also contacted me about various things.

-Fast forward to May. With travel and lodging arrangements done, I stepped on-board a Delta flight on the way to Atlanta, then a connecting flight to Springfield, Missouri-where Glen would pick me up to take to the base camp. Right from the start, there was a delay with leaving Syracuse (mechanical issue). I was told I’d have about ten minutes to make the connecting flight. The airport in Atlanta is quite big, but luckily the connecting flight was in the same terminal. I did arrange it so that if I did miss it, I’d get shuttled to and from a hotel to an airplane the next day-all at Delta’s expense, so off I went. The flight hit a lot of turbulence, but overall went by quick-about an hour and a half.

-There were three interesting incidents. One was that, my first though upon sitting down was that planes have gotten a lot smaller since the last time I was in a plane (circa 2000). Then reality hit me that I was bigger-and this wasn’t the only time this would happen-more later 🙂 The second came quickly after that-I was between two others who were around the same size as me-so my arms were scrunched towards my chest the entire flight. The third came later when drinks were being served. I was asked if I wanted some coffee and I said yes. So I got a stirrer, a thing of creamer, two containers of sugar and….that’s it. The attendant just took of without giving me the coffee. Was it something said? 🙂 Oh well, no biggie….

-I got the connecting flight to Springfield-where the seats were shorter, but the two ladies I was between were much thinner so I had a little more room. In addition, I ended up talking to one of them the entire trip, which was nice. her name is Savannah and she started asking me a few questions and things took off from there. Time flew by while we talked-literally 🙂 . It was also cool that we both love cats 🙂

-So we land and, to my surprise, my luggage was there-woo to da hoo! 🙂 Glen was here-along with two others he had to pick up; Stephanie Masco-who was the make up artist- and Kearstin Nicholson-who played a role which, unfortunately, I can’t say (or show pics yet) cause she’s a “secret” character. I can related cause I’ve been in that position in previous films. By the time we got to the lodge it was around 12:30-1 AM-and call was at 9 PM. Breakfast was at 7:30 AM. I’m currently a night person so it took me awhile to go to sleep.

-The next day I was up and at breakfast with the rest of the cast and crew. Saw some familiar faces from the New Voyages days, but most were new. To sum this up, they had a great cast and crew here and it was great working with everyone involved on this shoot. It didn’t take long for me to be in makeup (I think Kearstin was in the make up chair for a good chunk of the afternoon for her role), but the first shot was delayed by three hours cause a braid had to be made initially. To my knowledge, the only time Walking Bear has a braid in his hair is when I play him-I know of no other media where he does. We definitely needed it for this episode-due to an idea I had on what to do with it towards the end (thanks to Glen for incorporating it into the script. 🙂 ) For whatever reason, the braid I used during New Voyages couldn’t be used, but Brian Holloway (from NV) made me a new one and sent it. By early Sat. it hadn’t arrived so the decision was to make a new temp. one hoping that Brian’s would arrive soon. It did later on in the afternoon, but some shots were done while I was wearing the temp. The first braid were pretty much covered by my hair (so I was told) during those shots so…

-As with New Voyages, those costumes are nice and warm and it didn’t take long for me to become “Sweaty Bear.” 🙂 It wasn’t as intense though-I’m not under a dozen hot lights for one thing (as when I was on the bridge of NV). In fact, I wasn’t on the bridge at all this time. I even had my own room 🙂 . The first day filming was done around 1 AM. I actually had a costume change and had to switch back and forth a couple of times. I was also barefoot-and Dan killed a spider the size of my thumb in sickbay-where I was barefoot. I was also told this studio was haunted and -at one point, we were have several equipment problems one after the other. For the most part, though, things ran smoothly. The only real problem was outside noise. In the afternoon, it seemed like it was thing to do for a motorcycle to drive by, turn and drive by again. It was all fun though. I was told I make some great expressions 🙂

-Also on the first day was the introduction of a real wolf on the set (see pics). A female wolf named Dia (I think) and her trainer Bud. She did very well-as you’ll see when this episode is released. In a lot of ways, it was like being with a big puppy 🙂

-The second day call was even earlier 7:30-cause we had to make up time for Saturday. It wasn’t long before we were at Mystic Caverns to film a very intense scene for me. I don’t say that cause I bumped my head a few times on the caverns (a lot of things on this trip seem to be made for people 5’6″ or shorter) 🙂 Worse-we were on a time crunch which made it much harder for me to “prime” myself for this. I can’t say what it was I had to do, but it was something I’d never done before with acting-and in one way, I failed to do it. In another way, I was told by a few people that what I did do caused, in part, the same reaction I was trying to provoke anyways (at least in part). Besides, Dan told me my hair (which is down the entire episode) blocked what I was trying to attempt anyways. Perhaps down the line I’ll be able to do this “on command.” One funny moment was towards the end of one scene here where I’m talking to Running Wolf, played by Dana Owen O’quin. The scene was to fade with her talking. We just kept going, cause Dan didn’t stop filming, with both of us in total improv mode for at least a few minutes. It’s always great to work with someone that you have that kind of chemistry with.

-Then we went to the last location for me-which was this cave / pit entrance in the middle of a forest that I have no idea how Dan was able to navigate to reach / leave there. I would’ve been lost in a hot minute 🙂 I had to climb down the hole, to a degree, on a ladder-which I found was harder to do when wearing “bozo boots” (my boots were size 12-13 so…). No mishaps at all though. However, the dreaded “noise interference hit us again-via a dog barking, distance voices and some guy deciding it was a good time to do some mowing. I might have to ADR a line, but other than that, I was wrapped. It wasn’t long before I found myself in a car with Glen, Step & Kearstin heading back to the airport in Springfield. The weekend flew by so fast…

-The trip to Atlanta was on a smaller plane, but I was in a two seat row this time so a little more room. I got a little lost in the Atlanta airport due to my connecting flight being in another terminal and having to take a subway to it. Made it towards the end and was lucky, I had the only seat in the row so I had a basically comfortable ride back to Syracuse, which was cold and drizzling-what a surprise right? 🙂

-I had a great time and a lot of fun on this shoot. Looking forward to seeing this, which I’m told might be out in as little as 2-3 months (no pressure) 🙂 One “meh” thing for me-and this is on me mind you-is I should have chosen a shirt that was one size smaller. In most of the pics I’ve seen so far from others, I kinda look too big. The shirt-which was a XXL-fit my shoulders and not much else. Of course, in most of the episodes I was in with New Voyages, I had a similar problem until my top there was custom fitted. I was offered a shirt one size lower, but that would have caused another problem-albeit a funny one, which did “pop up” this time too. I’m not sure why-or even why I’m saying it here, but for some reason my nipples tend to make their presence known-making me, in this case Nippin Bear (HA!). The first day I caught it (even with the larger shirt and had to have duct tape over them under the top shirt, but I forgot to do this on the second day so… Such glamour huh?

-I want to thank everyone involved on this shoot-it was a pleasure to work with you all and hopefully we can all do so again on future projects.

-Pics can be seen on my acting page on Facebook via the link below.

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5/11/2017-ACTING-“Night of Something Strange” Gets Distribution Deal (GER / NZ / AUS) with I-ON New Media

NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE has just entered a partnership with I-ON NEW MEDIA for exclusive distribution in Germany, New Zealand and Australia through MONSTER PICTURES. Expected release date is May 26th, 2017. \m/

NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE ON I-ON NEW MEDIA SITE

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5/8/2017-REVIEWS-“Tales of Dracula” Reviewed by Barbara Torretti for Darkveins.com

-Here’s a new review of TALES OF DRACULA by Barbara Torretti for DARKVEINS (Italy). It can be seen in English on the site page. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks Barbara! 🙂 \m/

TALES OF DRACULA REVIEW BY BARBARA TORRETTI FOR DARKVEINS (Italy)

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5/6/2017-REVIEWS-“Night of Something Strange” Reviewed by Toxic Fletch

-Review of NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE by Joe Fletcher Martin (Toxic Fletch)-3 out of 5 fingers. Thanks Joe-and thanks to Brian Bauer for setting this up \m/

“…this is one of the grossest movies I have seen. Within the first 20 minutes I shut it off. Forcing myself to return…”

NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE REVIEW BY TOXIC FLETCH

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