Thomas Jackson takes over as Sound Designer for STASH

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As a sound designer, Thomas Jackson combines his wealth of technical sound editing wisdom to assist in the suspended judgement concerning the uncertainty of a narrative.  Highly motivated, raised by wolves, T. Jackson fascination and appreciation of sound for film is just as strong today as it was when he first developed an interest in story telling. Each piece of work he encounters, whether personal or professional, is met with the same kick-ass appreciation, no matter how large or small the project may be.  With a B.F.A in Sound Design, nine years prior military services and two little hellions, there’s truly nothing that can keep T. Jackson from concurring the world.

Stash Director Terry R. Wickham says, “I feel relieved  that I finally found the right person to do the Sound Design job for Stash.  To be truthful, Thomas is the fourth person to take the reigns, but there is is big difference between what he’s doing and the people before him.  First of all, Thomas dove right into working on the movie with no hesitation and the positive attitude to tackle all the work needed to be done.  This is no small feat when you consider the original sound wasn’t recorded right and there was absolutely no sound recorded for half the shooting dates.

Thomas Jackson will be leading two new ADR sessions with Stash lead actors Jonathan Weirich on Saturday February 20 and Almog Pail on Saturday February 27.

Ed Gorman to play “First Assailant” in Abandoned

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Ed Gorman receives direction from Director Terry R. Wickham for The Devil’s Five, Actress Diana Noris is on stretcher with actress Lauren Dougherty as Nurse Davenport, and Ralf Scheepers looking on in the distance.

Director Terry Wickham is excited to share that he has handpicked Actor Ed Gorman to play “First Assailant” in his upcoming suspense film Abandoned.  Wickham says, “Ed did such a great job as the “Ambulance Driver” and was our EMS Expert on The Devil’s Five segment, I wanted him back for this film.

 

The Devil's Five star Ralf Scheepers with Ed Gorman on set airport runway Calverton, NY on 9/20/15

The Devil’s Five star Ralf Scheepers with Ed Gorman on set @ airport runway Calverton, NY on 9/20/15

Ed is not only totally committed to playing roles with conviction, but I know from experience, he’s a person I can count on for helping us behind the scenes as well.  He performed multiple duties on The Devil’s Five and that’s why I want him involved on this film.  Since I have such a small crew on Abandoned, Ed will be able to fill multiple roles and that makes him very valuable.

 

Director Terry Wickham goes over the scene with Actor/EMS Expert Ed Gorman with Actress Lauren Dougherty and Producer/Actor Richard Kern look on.

Director Terry Wickham goes over the scene with Actor/EMS Expert Ed Gorman with Actress Lauren Dougherty and Producer/Actor Richard Kern look on.

This will be a totally different type of role for Ed to play, so he will get to show his acting diversity.  Overall it’s going to be fun teaming up with him again on this little film.”

Visit Ed Gorman on IMDB:

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Martyrs

Martyrs

Martyrs
Anchor Bay Entertainment – 2016

Directed by Kevin Goetz & Michael Goetz
Screenplay by Mark L. Smith

Starring
Troian Bellisario
Bailey Noble
Kate Burton

Martyrs is a hard movie for me to review because it has strong performances, super high production values, but the story involves things I didn’t really enjoy watching.

The movie begins with a 10-year old girl named Lucie, who flees from an isolated warehouse where’s she’s been held prisoner.  Deeply traumatized, she is consumed with night terrors and taken to an orphanage.  At the institution for the parentless children, another young girl her age named Anna, befriends her and helps her start to cope with regular life again.

The movie then jumps forward a decade, where Lucie tracks down the family that tortured her.  When she does find them, she calls Anna because she wants her to see the monsters she told her about, are real.  But when Anna gets to the house, what she finds repulses her and makes her question the sanity of her friend Lucie.

But then Anna finds a shocking discovery that confirms the truth and this leads to an action packed horrific third of the movie that wasn’t easy to watch, but was done on a powerful level.

I guess the hardest part for me is that I don’t enjoy watching torture.  Especially when it comes to children of any age and when it’s girls, that’s even worse.  But deep inside the considerable bloodshed, there is s story of love and revenge.

I never saw the original film this movie is obviously based on.  What I can tell you about this American version is that it’s directed with both style and substance.  I’m certain the movie will find people who will support it.

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The two lead actresses Troian Bellisario and Bailey Noble are terrific.  This movie would not be any good if they didn’t perform at the level they do.  They both come across as not only the characters they are playing, but as kindred souls enduring amazingly difficult lives and grim circumstance.

I thought I recognized the actress playing the wicked leader of the carnage, but couldn’t put my finger on it.  Then when I watched the end credits and saw the actress name Kate Burton, it was only then that I realized it was the redhead from John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China.  She definitely is a different character in this movie, one whom I’m sure you will learn to detest.

The movie is helped immensely by Sean Odea’s stellar cinematography and Evan Goldman’s appropriate music.  I also think the shooting locations, which were done outside Los Angeles looked superb and really added to the film’s quality.

I don’t remember seeing any movies made by The Goetz Brothers before, but this is a true calling card for their talent.  They certainly display the right attention to story, characters and action and would not be surprised by where this film leads them to bigger things professionally.

The DVD comes a with a behind the scenes 8-minute documentary piece called MARTYRS: First Look.

I definitely recommend Martyrs but under the condition that you are prepared to get a bit pulverized by what happens on the screen.  I’ve heard the original had more torture and violence, so I do give kudos to writer Mark L. Smith and these filmmakers for focusing more on what really matters.

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