Just click on the player below and enjoy Carver. Please let me know what your thought of the film.
I am excited to announce that Carver is now available to rent or own. It's really simple and extremely inexpensive. I have set the price point so that anyone who wants to view or own the movie can. I am extremely proud of my first endeavor behind the camera. It was an amazing experience and I learned so much. I worked with some incredibly talented people and I hope they are as proud of the film as I am.
Just click on the player below and enjoy Carver. Please let me know what your thought of the film.
That's right, we are inching closer to a finished product. I am very excited that the finish line is finally in view. My dad and I have been dealing with audio issues and we have been searching for the perfect music for various scenes. We finally have all the audio in the time line, except for one last song which we will be putting in tonight and then it is off to our mixer. Once it is in his capable hands it should be about 2 weeks for the mix. While the mix is being done we will finish off the opening and end credits. Then it is time to plan the premiere and send screeners to all of the interested distributors. After we find out where we stand distribution wise we will then be sending the movie out to our many supporters on Kickstarter and to everyone who helped make Carver happen.
I am so lucky that my Kickstarter backers are willing to wait until we sort out or distribution deal before they get their copy of Carver. They have been so understanding and supportive all throughout this process. Not one complaint about how long we have taken to get an edit complete. Not one complaint when we asked them to wait for their copy of the film until we have our distribution deal settled. Carver has been such a rewarding experience so far and that was all made possible by the 500 + backers who believed in me. For that I will be eternally grateful.
I will be blogging more in the coming weeks to keep everyone on the near completion of Carver. Once it is done I will announce it here and to my Kickstarter backers. That will be followed by premiere information. After that I will keep everyone up to date on distribution news and when they can get their very own copy of CARVER!
I hope all of you have had a wonderful holiday season. It has been a busy time for me and my Carver post production team. The movie is finally color graded and we have been working feverishly on the audio. I truly can't wait to bring you Carver in 2015.
I have put the Carver Crew T-Shirt up for sale. Every dime we earn will go towards finishing Carver. You can order you shirt by clicking here.
There are so many wonderful things on the horizon for me and Carver. I can't wait for the New Year.
It has been a very busy month since my last blog entry. We are still going through the color grading process at Spirit Animal. It has been a very rewarding experience being able to sit in with someone as talented as Randy Little. I didn't realize how much work goes into making a film look finished. The longest part of this process has been the conform. Bringing an edit from Premiere Pro over to Da Vinci isn't always a smooth process. However, Randy has really worked hard and we will soon have a color graded film. I am hoping today will be that day as we make the trek back to Spirit Animal in Philadelphia. I will update everyone as soon as I know.
Since my last entry I also was involved with Eli Roth and Fear The Crypts 6 second scare competition. I am proud and excited to say that I finished second out of hundreds possibly thousands of entries. I won a Canon 70D camera for coming in second. I am very gracious to have finished so high in the contest but I wanted to win. I am very competitive, sometimes to my detriment but to accomplish anything in this field you have to be determined and driven to extremely highly levels in order to thrive. My goal is to continue to make movies and get better each time. That won't happen if I rest on my laurels and become complacent. That is why I am excited to announce that I am currently in pre-production on my next feature. My dad and I just finished the first act of the screenplay and we have already obtained the necessary social media handles and registered the domain. I am not ready to announce the title yet but I will soon. When I am not working on Carver or school work I am working really hard on my next projects look book and coming up with concepts for the mood reel that I will utilize to pitch this project to the people who can make it happen. We may go the crowd funding route again but we want to exhaust all other avenues before we ask my fans to back another one of my projects. Carver has opened some doors for me and now I have the ability to reach out to people who have the contacts or the means to finance my next film. That is why it is so vital that Carver is the best movie it can be. I know I made a really good movie on a very limited budget and time schedule. I can't wait to show everyone what I was able to accomplish.
Things have been rather crazy the last month but I am excited to announce that we have picture lock! Now it is on to the next step. Getting Carver color corrected and graded at Spirit Animal by the incredibly talented Randy Little. Randy has worked on several well known movies and is going to make Carver pop!
The editing process is long. Sometimes tedious. But oh so rewarding. I've learned so much during the editing process. Being the one who edited my film I have learned valuable lessons that I can take with me when it is time to direct my next film. One of the things my dad taught me when this whole process began is don't dwell on the mistakes. Making mistakes and learning from them is what will make you a better film maker going forward.
This past weekend I filmed my 6 second film to be entered in Fear the Crypt's 6 Second Scare Contest. I am very pleased with how it turned out. I posted it last night and was beyond excited when Eli Roth re-tweeted, re-vined, and favorited my entry. If you would like to check it out you can do so by clicking here. It would be amazing if I was one of the winners.
The past month I have had several meetings and received a lot of interest in Carver. I think there are going to be many options open to me once the screener is completed and ready to ship out to potential distributors.
It has been a whirlwind since the trailer launched about a month ago and the momentum keeps building. I am so thankful to everyone who has helped me get to this point. It is important that the horror genre has a strong feminine voice going forward. I will be one of those voices.
I get asked a lot when Carver is coming out. I wish I had an exact release date but I don't. I can tell you that after the color grading and correction is completed this week that moves us one step closer to releasing the film. I just ask you to be patient just a little while longer. You will not be disappointed.
It is so much fun following along with all the awesome events at Fantastic Fest on social media. I can only imagine what it would be like to be a part of that crowd, that event, that atmosphere. Next year. That is my goal. To have Carver play at Fantastic Fest. Here I come Austin...ready or not.
The last two weeks have been some of the most frantic and rewarding weeks of my life. My trailer and story have been written about in articles all over the world. I have been on national TV. I have done countless interviews with a couple more still on the horizon. CARVER has gained a lot of momentum since the release of our first teaser trailer and we are trying hard to keep that momentum going. We have had a lot of inquiries from potential distributors but we aren't ready to have that discussion. We need to finish our edit and make the movie the best it can be. We have hired Spirit Animal, an amazing post production house located in Philadelphia to do our color grade. We recently were given a tour of their amazing new studios and had a discussion with one of their colorists and suffice it to say Carver is in good hands.
Our amazing composer, Matt Norcross, has been diligently working on the soundtrack and music beds for the movie. There is a lot of wonderful royalty free music available on the internet but we wanted something we could call our own. Matt has delivered some amazing music so far. The Carver theme is brilliant and I can't wait to debut it once Matt has it exactly the way he wants it.
I am really excited for today because today we are working on all the foley sound for CARVER. Nothing ties a scene together more than a good music bed and well placed sound effect of a sickle slashing through the air.
We are filming a new scene for CARVER this Tuesday. I am so stoked to get behind the camera again. I can't discuss the details of the scene because I don't like giving anything away but I promise you it's going to add to the narrative big time.
As of this blog the CARVER trailer is nearing 65,000 views on YouTube. I can't thank Bad Ass Digest enough for debuting the trailer 2 weeks ago. They have been so good to me since the launch of the Kickstarter one year ago and it flatters me because I love their site! It has created so many opportunities for me and I am very grateful.
These last 2 weeks have been humbling. I have had opportunities that I never imagined would come my way. I have received messages of encouragement from industry professionals that were flattering and unexpected. None of this would have been possible without those amazing 500+ people on Kickstarter. Thank you for helping me make my dream come true and hopefully launching my career.
I can't believe the reception the Carver trailer has received so far. As I write this post we are nearing 30,000 views on YouTube and the trailer has been watched over 1700 times on my website. I hoped we would get a lot of views but I truly did not expect this. Since debuting the trailer on www.badassdigest.com every major horror website has posted a story about the trailer's release. All pretty positive. We have also garnered some mainstream attention from MTV, Cosmpolitan, The Huffington Post, and The Nerdist! It has been a whirlwind, one that I will never forget. I hope we continue to build on this momentum and deliver a film everyone will be eager to see.
I want to take this opportunity to address an issue that continually pops up in the comment section of the articles written about me and Carver. The issue I speak of is the continue notion that I didn't direct this film. That I am merely a publicity stunt, a shill, a prop, that my dad dreamed up to market his movie. This is extremely insulting. Not only to me but my father as well. Yes, we wrote the screenplay together. Yes, he was my AD on the film. But I was the director. This is my vision, my hard work, my dream. I am lucky enough to have a father who supports me and worked his butt off for me to make sure the movie was completed on time. Actually, we finished one day ahead of schedule but that is besides the point. The point is people making these wild assumptions based purely in conjecture are not doing anything but being hurtful. I'm not going to sit here and call them names or belittle them because I don't know them. I just want to put this issue to bed. Hopefully this will be the last time I have to talk about it. Somehow, I don't think it will be the last time.
My dad always says don't feed the trolls. That's what they want. However, when someone questions my integrity I am not going to sit idly by and let them hurl anonymous arrows at me or my dad.
I want to end on a positive note. We are busy with post production and have some killer music composed. We are busy tightening the edit so we can deliver it to our sound mixer. We are really excited with how everything looks and sounds and can't wait to unleash Carver on the world.
I know it's been a long time since my last blog. Believe me when I tell you it isn't because I haven't wanted to write one. It has been non-stop Carver since my last blog with hardly a minute devoted to anything else. Since my last blog we wrapped filming, completed a rough timeline edit of the film, hired an amazing composer, unwrapped the film and shot two additional scenes, and started to plan the wrap party. It's been a crazy month and a half to say the least.
I am very excited with how everything is turning out so far. I never realized how much work went in to post production. What I mean by that is the list of deliverable's necessary to obtain a distribution deal is extensive. Luckily I have some great people on top of that which frees me up to work on the edit with my dad.
The editing process has been quite daunting at times. I have learned so much. It truly is amazing how the simplest sample of music or the perfect sound effect can completely sell a visual. I saw this first hand when my father and I edited our first kill scene. When it was pieced together visually it looked off to me. Almost clunky. I was worried. I told my dad my worries and he simply said, "trust me." He put in a generic knife slashing the air sound effect and a sudden quick music cue, that he called a stab and suddenly the kill looked smooth and polished. I was very excited to move on to all the other kills in our movie after that. I can not wait for everyone to see what we have done. The kills are bloody and intense coupled with our awesome score I firmly believe we have a movie that everyone is going to enjoy.
My dad and I are currently working on a trailer that we can debut shortly. Putting together a trailer is a lot tougher than I thought. I want to show so much but at the same time not give anything away. We hope to have the trailer ready in time for September 4th which would be the year anniversary of our Kickstarter launch.
I would like to end this blog by answering a few of the questions we have continually received. It is important to me to keep everyone updated with Carver's progress and it makes me very happy to see that so many people are following the progress and continually engage with us. I guess this could be considered an FAQ. As always if you have any questions you can post them in the comments section.
1. When will the movie be completed?
This is the toughest question to answer. I can assure you we are doing all we can to deliver the movie in a timely manner. I want everything to be perfect from the audio mix, to the sound effects, to the score, to the colorization, everything. I don't want to give an exact date and then not be able to follow through. I can guarantee you this, that when the movie is completed it will be as perfect as I can make it.
2. Will there be a premiere?
Yes. Date to be determined but we are planning to hold a west coast and east coast premiere.
3. How long will the movie be?
We are still in the process of putting together the film but a good estimate right now is around 80 minutes.
4. Will the movie have a theatrical release?
Of course this is the dream of every independent film maker. Realistically however we are probably looking at a DVD and VOD release.
We will continue to update all of you with Carver's progress through post production and eventual release.
Yesterday we wrapped our principal adult cast and we have two days off before we film some pick up scenes and then we bring our child actors. I can not wait to work with our kids. They are such a talented bunch.
The first 12 days of filming have been quite a learning experience. The thing I am most proud of at this point is that we are still on schedule. We have made every single one of our days, some of them with time to spare. I can not say enough wonderful things about my crew. They have all worked their collective butts off. Each day we work together the more cohesive of a unit we become. It is so much fun watching a well oiled machine operate and that is what we are at this point. An unstoppable machine.
The cast has really knocked it out of the park as well. They have all come prepared and they all knew their characters very well. It was a joy watching them bring my story to life. I don't like singling one actor out but it is imperative I give our lead the notoriety she deserves. Lea Falcione joined this project 3 days before filming began and delivered a performance that left me speechless. We parted ways with our original lead amicably when a scheduling conflict arose. We wish Sarah Robertson all the best and hope we can work with her some day. Any how, my dad and I had recently recorded a production of Fiddler on the Roof for GAMP a performing arts high school in Philadelphia. One of our producers, Christina Blankenship, is a teacher there and she also directed Fiddler. The production was fantastic but there was one girl who captured our attention. I remember the car ride home, my dad and I spoke about this girl and how it was a shame we didn't know here while we were casting Carver. Funny how the universe works because 2 weeks later there we were meeting with Lea and offering her the lead role in Carver. She had 3 days to familiarize herself with the character and the story. 3 days to learn her lines. 3 days to become Sophie. Believe me when I tell you, she was utterly fantastic.
We have filmed the majority of the kills and the team of my dad and John Rattacasa have made them a gory, gruesome spectacle. With the Red Viper, (what my dad calls the fire extinguisher he has rigged into a blood pump) they have rained blood all over our sets. My dad and John have worked relentlessly to ensure that my promise of NO CGI gore will be kept.
The first 12 days have been a roller coaster. Ups and downs. Twists and turns. Exhilarating highs and cavernous lows. But at the end of these 12 days I can say I have grown not only as a director but as a person. I have learned how to deal with a variety of personalities and not let the bumps in the road get me down. Our entire production team has rolled with the punches and navigated the some times choppy waters of production and when all is said and done and I yell that's a wrap for the last time I know that we will have an awesome movie to share with the world.
Emily DiPrimio is the 14 year old writer director of Carver. A throwback to the 80's style slasher film told through the unique perspective of a 14 year old, female director. Carver is currently in post production with a release date TBD.