Thad Byrd, prod.-dir.
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Thad Byrd, prod.-dir.
Casting "The Devil's Five," a horror anthology similar to "Paranormal Activity." Four films are connected by a fifth wraparound segment. Each story deals with demonic influences. This segment is titled "The Devil You Know."
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Shooting will take place at the end of May/beginning of June 2014 in Seattle, WA. Note: You must be local to Seattle to submit.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
Salary will be negotiated, but will be no less than $700 plus an additional deferral.
Meddling Kids is currently in pre-production on a horror feature anthology that will be produced in the found footage style similar to Paranormal Activity. I am one of four other directors around the country who are each making a contributing entry that collectively will be released as a single feature.
My script involves a man who had once been demonically possessed at a young age and later had a successful exorcism only to have the demons come back for revenge at the time our story takes place. He has what he believes to be a chance encounter with a young woman who is experiencing paranormal occurrences in her home and agrees to help her, not realizing he is heading into a trap.
The role requires nudity, so that is something you would need to be comfortable with. It also gets very gory at the end. I am doing this film in a somewhat experimental way in the sense that I personally will be playing the other lead, and so for the most part there won't be very many people on set except for some of the possession makeups and blood FX that will be required.
There is also pay involved which we will negotiate to make sure it is worth your while. My main concern is the comfort level on the part of the actress, and so it would be essential to discuss every aspect of the film up front. I personally feel very strongly about the potential to make a really cool horror piece and have spent the last four months training three hours a day to get in shape for the role (just to let you know my own commitment level to the film).
I also would be happy to let you see some of my previous directing work on music videos so you can get more of a feel about who I am. It is also extremely important for me to create a safe and stress-free working environment to capture the right chemistry on camera. We will be shooting the film in both high definition and Super 16 film.
The actress involved will be in literally every scene of the movie and will actually be responsible for shooting roughly 40% of the finished film. If you don't have any experience with camerawork, that's fine. I also work as a cinematographer on occasion, and I can take you through a crash course in filmmaking.
Additionally, we will have a clause in our contract giving the actress control over how the nudity is depicted. I feel that establishing a level of trust is critical to the success of this film.
If you are interested or need more information, please don't hesitate to call or e-mail me and feel free to include any appropriate head shots or resumes. Serious inquiries only, please. Thanks very much for your time.