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Horrible Imaginings Podcast 169: Dreams in the Witch House, The Rock Opera

Although my tenure as co-director of the HP Lovecraft Film Festival Los Angeles came to an end this year when our franchise license wasn't renewed, I can't say I regret the number of amazing people I got to work with and meet along the way. One such person is Mike Dalager, who has spent the last several years on an ambitious adaptation of Lovecraft's chilling "Dreams in the Witch House" short story, and not just any adaptation--a rock opera!

This started out as a concept double LP, with a music video that played at Horrible Imaginings 2015. Now, Dalager is working on a cinematic adaptation of the concept album, and he has brought along new acting talent to do it. One such talent is actor Courtney Gains, who many of my listeners will know well as Malachi from the 1984 Children of the Corn!

I got the chance to catch up with Mike and Courtney at San Diego Comic Fest this weekend, so I decided to record a conversation about the project, the new scope of the cinema version, Gains's involvement, and the task of adapting Lovecraft to the over-the-top medium of the rock opera. The result is a fun and often hilarious conversation. Just mind the background noise, since we were recording on the vendor floor.

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If you are a filmmaker, we want to see your latest scares! Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is now accepting submissions! Submit today to the film festival Shant Hamassian, director of Night of the Slasher, says is "five stars across the board!" Horrible Imaginings Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

 

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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #168: Getting In Bed with Film Festivals! A Panel at San Diego Film Week.

Have you ever wanted to take a peek behind the curtain of film festivals? If you are a filmmaker, have you thought about some of the things you should do to increase your chances of acceptance into festivals? Those questions and more are what this episode is all about. This was recorded live on Saturday, February 11th during our panel at the first San Diego Film Week, an event designed to spotlight San Diego-based filmmaking and film festivals. Horrible Imaginings was invited to showcase some of our program during the event, and we were also invited to join a panel. I was joined on stage by Beth Accomando of Cinema Junkie Podcast and my partner in crime in Film Geeks SD, as well as Brian Hu from Pacific Arts Movement's San Diego Asian Film Festival and Moises Esparza from Media Arts Center San Diego's San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Photo by Leirigh Films

I am excited about two things about this panel. One, this is information we can provide not just to panel attendees, but to any aspiring filmmakers or even film lovers in general who are curious about festivals. Making this a podcast was a no brainer. Two, our audience was comprised mostly of film students, many in high school, who genuinely want to learn more about this side of the film industry. I have to thank Jodi Cilley and San Diego Film Week for encouraging young people to attend events like this. They were engaged and, as you will hear in the podcast, asked some excellent questions! As an educator myself, this was pretty damn exciting.

The outline of tips (LOTS of details in the conversation!):

  • 1. Research festivals

  • 2. Make sure your film fits

  • 3. Prepare a press kit

  • 4. Take the time to step away from your film and come back to it with fresh eyes so you can make it the BEST it can be. Show it to a test audience!

  • 5. Rejection is an unfortunate part of the process--how to handle this difficult aspect

I hope you find this podcast informative and helpful! As always with live panels, we probably missed a lot so feel free to add your thoughts in the comments! Also, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival is now accepting submissions! We have been on Film Freeway's Top 100 Best Reviewed Film Festivals list for six months running now--don't miss joining the family!

Subscribe to the Horrible Imaginings Podcast right here. You can also listen here on Dread Central or on the Horrible Imaginings website. You can help keep the podcast, the film festival, and our horror community going for only $1 per month! Become a patron at our Patreon for exclusive content and perks! Find out about San Diego horror events on our FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube, and always stay scared!

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