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08 March 2014 @ 11:20 pm
Cast Reading for GAVE UP THE GHOST  
It's hard to believe that two weeks from tonight we'll be wrapping the first day of production on GAVE UP THE GHOST, the short film adaptation of my friend Jeff Strand's short story for the horror anthology CREEPERS, executive produced by Mike T. Lyddon.  Jeff has adapted the story himself, and this will be the first film adaptation of his work, and my first time directing something written by someone else. I've been prepping by painting the downstairs of my house so it will look different than it did in DRY BONES (coming to DVD late summer/early fall).  Today was the cast reading of the script, which went swimmingly.

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The three leads are Drew Bialy, John Renna and Paul McGinnis, supported by Sam Qualiana, Jessica Zwolak and Alexander McBryde.  Drew impressed me in the short film ROAD TEST, and I've worked with everyone else before.  We were joined by Rod Durick, who is serving as director of photography, and Chris Cosgrave, who is editing.  What can I say?  A funny script read by a talented cast.  It's going to be a good film - a hilarious film.  I can say that because someone else wrote the jokes and I know I cast the right people.  Okay, Tamar cast Renna, and once again he's going to prove himself a force of nature.

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I still have painting to do, and wardrobe to gather, and catering arrangements to make.  I'm rehearsing the three leads next weekend, and then the weekend after that we shoot.  It's going to be a jam packed schedule, with Sam doing double duty as assistant director, Arick Szymecki doing special make-up effects, Chris Rados serving as lighting director, Scotty Franklin assisting him, and Chris Cosgrave and Paul alternating on sound.  Jeff Strand and Lynne Hansen are coming up for the shoot, and their limbs (as well as those of Tamar and Kaelin) will be pressed into service.

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It's going to be fun.  I might even smile.

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International Bon Vivant and Raconteurnick_kaufmann on March 9th, 2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
Holy crap, look how big Kaelin is now!
Gregory Lambersonglamberson on March 20th, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
Eight years old! She's growing almost as fast as I am.
The All Powerful NoThInG!namanth on March 10th, 2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
like the new paint on the walls greg :)
Gregory Lambersonglamberson on March 20th, 2014 02:43 am (UTC)
Thank you. I didn't exactly color inside the lines.
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