Keen readers of this journal will recall that, a couple of years ago, I wrote and directed a low-budget horror movie called Blood Relative. Things being as they are in the world of low-budget horror, it took a while to finish the thing and then it took another while to get a distributor. Now it has one, and boy are they doing their job! They’ve changed the title (which I like) and they’re taking it to Cannes! You can watch the sales trailer here!
Cristin Milioti and Marypat Farrell rehearse a scene in the kitchen of our primary location. Cristin plays a distraught young mother who seeks the advice of a psychic — and gets more than she bargained for!
If you haven’t heard of Cristin Milioti, that will change. She gave a clobbering great performance on a recent episode of 30 Rock, and this fall she’s scheduled to be the female lead in the Broadway production of Once. She’s been in all kinds of New York theater and, although she is a generation younger than your humble journal-keeper, knows everyone in New York that I know.
To celebrate the beginning of production, we had a party for the cast and crew of Blood Relative at our primary location, a house in Topanga Canyon. A splendid time was had by all, and then we all sat down to read through the script. Which is a scary thriller with lots of twists!
Left to right: James Urbaniak, Toby Huss, your humble correspondent and Cristin Milioti. Mr. Urbaniak’s left hand is still whole: the blurring is an effect of the camera’s shutter speed. For those interested, Mr. Urbaniak here models his Order of the Triad t-shirt. (Mr. Urbaniak informs me that he doesn’t actually intend to wear Venture Bros clothes everywhere he goes, he just gets dressed in the dark, like any other aging slacker.)
Ms. Milioti contemplates calling her agent to see if there’s any way she can get out of this project.
Mr. Urbaniak, on the other hand, is an old hand at dealing with the director, and calms down with a nice brewski.
Greetings, faithful blog readers –
I am directing a movie, titled Blood Relative. We start shooting in a little more than a week. This is one reason why I’ve been posting a lot recently.
I wrote the screenplay with my new writing partner, Holly Golden, who is also handling the producing part of the thing, and quite well I might add.
The house pictured is our primary location.
It’s kind of a haunted house movie.
Watch this space for updates!