Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

Today’s video still after hours of rotoscoping Zombies at The Headlands

Monday, September 1st, 2008

zombies

Misty for Me

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

I watched The Mist a few nights ago on fast forward. Even Marcia Gay Harden’s apocalypse-hungry character could not save this film. SPOILER ALERT: The acting was so poor that at the end when our “hero” shoots four survivors including his own wide-eyed child to spare them from a fate torn apart by massive mist-dwelling CGI-tentacled critters only minutes before tanks pour in to the rescue, his grief is so shallowly performed the viewer can’t possibly care.

Speaking of mist, the California version blotted out the sun, and the entire landscape yesterday (hint: in the white is a beach, a lagoon, and hills):

fog

This non-tentacled critter staggered out, but luckily didn’t see me, probably due to weather:

alan

Strange Visitors…

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

…at the Studio last night, uncanny yet nonthreatening.

Ivy

Ming

John

Luisa

Ghost Field

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

ghost field

A Still from my new video, working title Ghost Fields, featuring artists in residence and visitors to The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, California. Still room for more zombies if you are in the area…

Something Wicked this Way Came

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

zombies

I hear vague stories about ghosts and other undead that haunt The Headlands. No one wants to tell me the stories which is fine with me. These three were in the field the other night, emerging from the fog. Luckily very slowly, although I heard a muffled “kill kill” in the wind.

Slasher Fashion, and Knitted Zombies

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

slasher fashion

Joe Ryan, intern extraordinaire at The Headlands Center for the Arts, models his LRG “Friday the 47th Hoody”, haha. Lest you think the designer got the slashers mixed up, “wasn’t Leatherface the Chainsaw maniac?”, think again – this is progress. By the time Jason Voorhees gets to sequel #47, which if you are young enough may happen in your lifetime, he will figure out the effectiveness of power tools and leave his machete and axe behind. Big Daddy, lead zombie in George Romero’s Land of the Dead, used a jack hammer in 2005 to hurl his way through shopping mall glass where his 1978 predecessors in Dawn of the Dead merely pawed hungrily at the doors until they opened and they lumbered in. If a zombie can evolve, Jason can too. After all he went from wimpy preteen mamma’s boy to strapping youth to a hulk of a man in merely a decade.

He’s looking mighty powerful in this 1989 interview with Arsenio Hall to promote Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan:

slasher fashion

Check out the detail on the appliquéd chainsaws. The mask also detaches to reveal bloody drips inside the hood, if you don’t feel like wearing the slasher mask on a given day. This reminds me of a reversible Red Riding Hood/Granny/Big Bad Wolf doll of my childhood. And here I am in the dark foggy woods surprising myself by sleeping deeply and soundly not even afraid of big bad wolves.

Speaking of dolls and zombies, you might not expect someone who knits to be a horror fan, much less take horror as their craft subject. But knitting isn’t just for tea cozies and sweaters anymore! Ms. Hannah Simpson of the UK skillfully knits the cutest zombies I’ve seen – blood and maiming included – snuggle up with that!

knitted flyboy and fellow zombies

Knitted Flyboy and fellow zombies from Dawn of the Dead.

Visit her blog or see her Dawn of the Dead slideshow.

Wanted: Non-Professional Actors for Ghostly Video Shoot

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

wanted

Participants for a video shoot by Headlands Center for the Arts artist in residence Jillian McDonald. Some will be shot from behind only, therefore your identity may be kept anonymous if requested. Participants can be artists in residence, Headlands staff and interns, or visitors to the Center.

headlands field

Ghost Field is a new video featuring a dry uninhabited field, swept by fog. Throughout the long run time various characters enter the frame like lost zombies or ghosts and stagger off to haunt the living. There is no beginning, no end, and no narrative.

Shooting, including ghostly makeup, will take approximately 2 hours. No acting experience or knowledge of horror films necessary!
Contact: jmcdonald [at] jillianmcdonald [dot] net with any questions.

for examples of previous related work see:
Zombie Loop
Vampire Hunt
Zombies in Condoland
Artist’s website

Wanted: Men for Slasher Cycle Video Shoot

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

wanted

MEN to participate in a video by Headlands Center for the Arts artist in residence Jillian Mcdonald. All men will be masked, therefore your identity may be kept anonymous if requested. Participants can be artists in residence, Headlands staff and interns, or visitors to the Center.

jason

Slasher Cycle stars anti-heroes Michael Myers from Hallowe’en, Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Jason Voorhees of Friday the 13th. The slasher is a sub-genre of horror film wherein a psychopathic, often masked, usually male killer stalks and murders many victims using weapons such as kitchen knives or chainsaws. These 4 films in particular had wildly popular runs from the 1970s and 80s through to the present, effectively transforming characters once viewed as frightening monsters into anti-heroes cheered on by audiences. In Slasher Cycle the four famous slashers stalk each other through the rooms of a house. There are no victims, no one is ever caught or killed. The characters are filmed separately, with a steadicam and from various angles.

leatherface

I’m looking for men to play the slashers complete with facial masks and costumes. Makeup and shooting will take approximately 2 hours. No acting experience or knowledge of horror films necessary!
Contact: jmcdonald [at] jillianmcdonald [dot] net with any questions.

freddy

House on the Hill, Slashers, and Tattoos

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

house headlands

New work in progress:
This house, circa 1907 and originally a general’s, is the set for one of my new videos. I’m working out the details so I can shoot it in the coming weeks. Stay tuned: it stars Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, and Jason Voorhees, as themselves. I’m looking for men to play the Slashers (sans any actual slashing), so if you’re in the area let me know.

While researching those slasher stars today I came across this strange phenomenon – tattoos of their visages on the bodies of many, all or mostly men from what I can tell:

Leatherface Tattoos
Freddy Tattoos
Jason Tattoos
Michael Tattoos

Why am I eternally surprised by the devotion of fans?

Haunted Maritimes

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Beckley and I just returned from visiting my family on the East Coast of Newfoundland. We had a restful and fun vacation, but the landscapes are stark, harsh, and magical. Horror-film worthy to say the least.

shark
Don’t go in the Water!

moon
The Howling

ship
The Mist

house
The House that Sank into the Hill

rocks
Careful where you swim, my sweet

bighouse
The House of Horrors

yellowhouse
House on the Hill

fog
The Fog

danger
The Danger

blueship
I Know What You Did Last Summer

redhouse
The Cellar

clouds
The Rocks

road
Incident at the Old Pig Farm *

*Special Thanks to Cara Kansala and Pam Dorey of Cara’s Joy who happily told me about the abandoned Pig Farm and showed me their zombie cats paintings.

I’m already half-planning the next trip: the icebergs and grey skies of Winter may be muses calling my name.