Gruesome goodies to share…

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,



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