Guests To Be Announced
December 11, 2010
|Face the Fiction
Saturday December 11, 2010
6:00 p - 10:00 p
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
55 Wyckoff Avenue
Ramsey, NJ 07446
We hope you will join us for our annual Holiday
Dinner/Meeting Event. This time around we have an
entertaining evening lined up. Our guests represent various
areas of the entertainment industry: Rob Hauschild is a New
Jersey-based writer, editor and cult film purveyor. Rob also
founded and published the cult genre magazine VeX
(1995-2000), and is presently co-owner and producer for
DVD label Wild Eye, focusing on offbeat horror and cult
movies (www.wildeyereleasing.com). Film teacher, writer,
horror expert, public speaker and filmmaker - Keith Crocker -
joins our panel. Also joining us is Ed X Young. Mr. Young will
talk to us about Zombies, b-movies and special effects
make-up demonstration. Mr. Young will screen a 15-minute
short zombie comedy showcasing Mr. Young's SFX skills.
Susan will discuss what it's like to be zombie fodder!
Rounding out this stellar panel is Brad Abraham. Brad
Abraham is a screenwriter whose work includes the recent
SyFy Channel movie STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE and the
2000 miniseries ROBOCOP PRIME DIRECTIVES. As a freelance
journalist, his writing has appeared in a variety of
publications, most notably Rue Morgue, Fangoria and
Of course, great food will be served as we enjoy the ins and
outs of entertainment. We will also have our famous Swap
Table! Bring something, grab something or swap
something. Bring your movies, books, posters and more!
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Before I get into what an amazing time we had with our Acting Out!
Panel guests, I'd like to thank our panel guests for a great
presentation - Brad Abraham, Keith Crocker, Rob Hauschild, Susan &
Ed X. Young - and everyone for helping out, bringing
food/goodies/swap table items, set-up, clean up and anything I may
have forgotten. Everyone pitched in to help in some way! We had
cheesecake, chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, marzipan's, fruit platters &
vegetable platters (yes, platters), great buffet-style dinner with
salads, appetizers/finger foods, pasta, rolls, croissants, sparkling
cider, soda, ice, coffee, milk - you name it, we probably had it (Todd
Debiak and I staked out an area near the food - lol). We had
candies on the tables as centerpieces, a beautifully decorated hall,
in short, it was fantastic. To ALL who helped out, brought, cleaned,
went above and beyond, showed up to enjoy...THANK YOU! Best of
all was enjoying the company of friends - luckily for us, there were
way too many of you to list individually, you know if you were there -
I do have to give a special Thank You to my helpers Devon and
Carson Gutierrez! They helped in so many ways and even provided
piano accompaniment. Thank you both (and thanks to Mom & Dad
for such polite, well-behaved boys).
Thanks to Thom for coming all the way from Baltimore! And we are
glad Ana Keveney was able to join us.
Now to our event. Our Acting Out! Panel was a huge success. This
panel meshed and it showed. They had fun with each other and that
clearly showed in their presentation to the audience. The panel
represented various areas of the entertainment industry: promoter,
actor, writer and more.
The panel began by providing brief bios. First up was Brad
Abraham: Brad is a screenwriter whose work includes the recent SyFy
Channel movie STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE and the 2000 miniseries
ROBOCOP PRIME DIRECTIVES. As a freelance journalist, his writing
has appeared in a variety of publications, most notably Rue Morgue,
Fangoria and Dreamwatch magazines. Next was Susan who shared
what it's like to be frozen to the ground in 9 degrees covered in
zombie prop blood. Ed X. Young followed and told us about
Zombies, b-movies and special effects make-up demonstration.
Next up, Rob Hauschild. Rob is a New Jersey-based writer, editor and
cult film purveyor. Rob also founded and published the cult genre
magazine VeX (1995-2000), and is presently co-owner and producer
for DVD label Wild Eye, focusing on offbeat horror and cult movies
(www.wildeyereleasing.com). Finishing the line-up was Keith Crocker
who also wears many hats - film teacher, writer, horror expert, public
speaker and filmmaker.
After each panel member had given a brief background, Mr. Young
screened a trailer for the film Sea of Dust (starring the legendary
Tom Savini and Ingrid Pitt, http://www.seaofdust.com/) and then the
hilarious 15 minute short zombie comedy showcasing Mr. Young's
SFX skills - Zombie Zombies Everywhere - check it out on IMDb:
After the screenings we took a break for coffee and dessert. We
chatted a bit and then reconvened loaded up with goodies and a
much-needed caffeine boost. As our guests do us the courtesy of
appearing, we like to have then present in the format or order they
choose or feel most comfortable with, not the other way around.
This has proven to be both a polite/respectful decision and a wise
one as our guests are comfortable and always give their best. This
panel gave 110%!!
After our dessert break, our guests were ready to go back and give
their all. The ice had been broken with each guest's bio and the
screenings, so this time the floor was opened for questions. We
couldn't get enough. We kept our guests talking until well after
11pm and could've kept going. The questions were diverse and our
guests gave thoughtful and often hilarious answers. They were
honest as well, i.e. Ed's personal story of his meeting Suzy over
Punk Rock and Brad's very funny aside that his likening Godzilla to
marriage in no way reflected on his own marriage as wife sat nearby
laughing. The entire time they talked to us we were entertained not
only by their responses, but often by their antics, i.e. Rob trying to
give Keith the mic and Keith responded with, "I don't need that, I
have a big mouth."
Topics ranged from CGI (good, sometimes useful, but mostly bad),
to promoting films (asked by Todd), to AMC's The Walking Dead
(asked by Barry). We learned how films are made thanks to Brad
and Ed (out of sequence, in various locations, etc.), how they are
selected and marketed (Rob, Keith). Every panel member agreed
that film school does not teach students how to market a film.
Rob's expertise took center stage here. He was honest as he told
us it's called show "business" for a reason. It's unfortunate but true
- not every film made will find a market. Sometimes bad films get
made and promoted while good films never find their way to an
audience through lack of knowledge on the filmmakerâ€™s part.
Susan provided some fun insider details about special effects and
boiled bones! Susan proudly told us she has kept every t-shirt she
wore as a zombie.
Thom asked about influences and we got lots of fun answers on this
one. Vincent Price, Hammer films, Roger Corman, Richard Matheson
and even Twilight Zone. The audience was extremely interactive and
the panel was animated and original. We learned what it's like to be
an actor in a film (Ed telling us about Sea of Dust and getting killed
by his first screen love Ingrid Pitt), an extra in a film (Susan
chomping on boiled bones and braving 9 degree weather while trying
to hold special effects blood in her mouth), watching syfy mangle
your work (Brad trying hard to not throw a brick at syfy channel for
taking some liberties with his Stonehenge Apocalypse story - stupid
high school and helicopter - you had to be there), Keith's hysterical
answers and opinions...it all added up to an amazing night and one
very good time. We can't wait to work with these guys again! Thank
you Brad, Keith, Rob, Susan and Ed for a fantastic time.