Archive for March, 2009

There are places deeper than hell…

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2009 by runningfornow

Behold! The new poster design…  featuring Mazimus:


Mr. Nash has done it again with his digital pen and ink. I’m loving it and hope you do, too.
You can see the full Mazimus image at Mike’s site here.

In other news, John Emurai continues to tinker with the eel demon that rises from Kevin’s mouth. After deliberating over what we can and can’t shoot (keeping our non-existant budget in mind) we’re hoping to capture some footage of Kevin in bed (played by Ron Elwell) so John’s CG work has an environment to “live” in. We’ll just swap out the hospital room with a bedroom setting. If all goes well, this will become the foundation for the Sleeping Deep teaser. Here’s a screen grab from John’s CG work:


The latest, greatest draft of the script continues to make the rounds in L.A. with literary agents, companies, contests and festivals. We’ll see what happens. These things take time and, in the end, I’m not sure what will come of it. But you just have to put it out there and hope for the best. To be honest, I’m leaning more toward holding on to the property and finding co-producers; this way I can retain ownership of the creative content and develop the property as I see fit. Either way – selling or holding on for dear life – there are no guarantees. But if the price is right… ;)

HP was recently in the news. No, not Hewlett-Packard. I’m talking about H.P. Lovecraft. Apparently Ron Howard is on deck to direct Image Comic’s graphic novel “The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft” sometime in the future. Variety reports here. Not sure how I feel about this. Ron Howard? That’s a strange venture indeed. However, as a filmmaker with a Lovecraftian script in tow, any bit of H.P. on the brains of industry heavies can only help little projects like The Sleeping Deep gain footing and possibly momentum. I say, bring on the weird!

April 1st kicks off ScriptFrenzy. That’s no fools joke either. The online event challenges you to pen that blockbuster (100 pages) during the month of April. I had ambitions of hunkering down and hammering out Part II of The Sleeping Deep, Lair of Mazimus although I’m not sure if those ambitions are founded in any shred of reality. There are other projects staring me down that demand attention.

Speaking of Mazimus… that gruesome guy actually has his own website! Crafty bugger he is. Well, okay. I helped him out with that. You know, to further along his career as demonic soul-eater from depths deeper than hell. Eventually this site will feature the auditory works of our composer Shawn P. Russell, but for now you can simply gaze into his gaping gullet or stare into his evil eyes. Be warned, you will start to feel your pathetic life slipping away, inching into oblivion.

Well, that’s it for now. Thanks for tuning in and checking out news from The Sleeping Deep.

~ Jeff


Gruesome goodies to share…

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2009 by runningfornow

Howdy folks ~

It’s been a while, but my absence only means that I’ve been busy with all sorts of things, as have been a few other members of Team Sleeping Deep. Where to start? In no particular order…

From the SD outpost in Maidstone, England, our concept artist Mike Nash just added the finishing touches to the the eel demon design, the sinewy beast that rises from Kevin’s mouth while he’s in the hospital [read excerpt here]. We are both really pleased (I’m blown away!) with the end results and I think you will be, too. Feast your eyes on this sucker :0


Pretty damn slick, eh? There’s a larger version with amazing detail close up, but for the purposes of this blog I wanted to post something that would easily load. Be sure to visit Mike’s website for more glimpses into his world of sketches, drawings and fine art. Cracking work, Mr. Nash!

And from the East Coast outpost, in snowbound Somersworth, New Hampshire, Shawn P. Russell spent the week scoring music for the test scene where Miss Bell (Sheilah Morrison) encounters Eric (Matthew Magennis) in the hallway of Charlotte’s apartment building.  On top of the spot-on performances (this was the first time these two worked together) Shawn was able to elevate the scene’s intensity and underlying creepiness with some fantastic music. Look and listen:

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Hollywood, here we come? If you’d like to hear more of Shawn’s music, visit his website when you have the chance. Kudos, Shawn!

I’d like to introduce a newcomer to the team, someone several of us here have worked with before. But, for those who haven’t yet been introduced, please welcome the honorable Matt Johnson. As an indispensable member of our crew on Matthew Magennis’s standard, Matt is lending his talents and enthusiasm to this pre-viz process by helping with locations and logistics. You’re invited to take a look at some of the pics from the standard production here. Matt, glad to have you on board – again!

Speaking of locations, I still have yet to hammer down a decent spot for the next screen test. After Matt and I have the chance to connect and sort through our options, we will move forward on that. Stay tuned.

The most recent draft is making the rounds (for better or worse) with a handful of Hollywood in- and outsiders. I’ve also submitted to 4 more festivals and contests, one of which is the prestigious Nantucket Film Festival, an annual celebration known for its interest and attention to un-produced screenwriters. Winning awards is always exciting, but more importantly is getting feedback from the readers. Well… okay, one more award would be kinda cool ;)

Lastly, I’d like to add that I’m thrilled and honored to be working closely with so many talented cast and crew members. This is what makes filmmaking such a treat; it’s all about strength in numbers. Hey, I guess that could be said for the budget as well. How many zeros was that check?

Thanks for tuning in. All are encouraged to forward this blog link and the website link to friends, family and fellow film fans alike.

Take care,