THE BET gets an overhaul

THE BET gets an HD facelift with a new edit, remixed sound and a new look.

Explanation of the Variants

A guide to understanding why there are different versions of books in Rubbershop and which one you should buy.

Interview with the Author of DETOX

Filmmaker-turned-novelist Michael Dunn talks about his latest novel based on an unproduced screenplay with THE BET cowriter, Chris Smith.

Press

GDUSA “Seen and Noted” | 08.03 Michael Dunn, art director with the Brown & Partners agency, drew inspiration from pulp magazine art in designing the invitation, collateral and awards book for the AIGA Las Vegas Work Show competition. The materials, which feature the art of legendary pulp artist Norman Saunders, were produced in homage to […]

Awards

2017 AIGA Las Vegas Work Show BRONZE | “Let’s Live” TV | Reverence 2014 Regional Advertising Federation Awards GOLD | Attraction NYE photography | ARIA 2014 Las Vegas Addy Awards GOLD | Attraction NYE photography | ARIA 2013 Las Vegas Addy Awards SILVER | Rice & Company menus | LuxorBRONZE | Centra menu | Luxor […]

Resumé

Employment History Robertson+Partners Creative Director | 08.18–present Associate Creative Director + Video Production | 04.15–08.18 (Promoted) Art Director | 04.14–04.15 (Promoted) Brought all video post-production in house, lowering budgets and increasing profits MGM Resorts International Creative Director | 10.12–04.14 Creative Manager | 04.10–10.12 (Promoted) Senior Designer | 10.09–04.10 (Promoted) B&P Advertising Art Director | 02.01–03.09 […]

Screenplays

Screenplays available for purchase or production.

Michael Dunn author links on Amazon and Goodreads

Collection of books by Michael Dunn easier to find on leading retail site and social library.

Haikuingly,

Email sign-offs between Smith & db.

Beautiful

Twin brothers believe one of them should have been absorbed in utero and look for a way to do what nature didn’t.

Detox

Mat kidnaps his ex-girlfriend, Julia, to detox her from heroin, hoping she’ll fall in love with him again.

THE BET included on Pollygrind DVD

THE BET is proud to be a part of grindhouse festival’s DVD label debut.

Slamdance praises body horror screenplay BEAUTIFUL.

Slamdance gives great feedback on Michael Dunn’s feature-length screenplay about body integrity identity disorder, BEAUTIFUL.

Suffer Singles

These books are not for you. Three volumes of short works by Michael Dunn.

Separated at birth

Ha, a teaser for the upcoming blog post about something special. But, seriously… this.

Suffer

From a period spanning 15 years, the works herein were a way of exorcising the emotions and thoughts that would have poisoned from the inside. Now, for the first time, they are collected and presented for the public. Understand, though, these stories were never meant for anyone else.

MONEY SHOT

An ex-porn star is forced to choose between his notorious past and an anonymous future.

Money Shot

I have just begun pre-production on another short entitled “Money Shot.” I’ve created a Facebook page where I will updating the steps along the way. Like the page to keep in the loop. Matt Wilkinson, producer of “The Bet,” has agreed to help with the producing duties. Chris Smith, co-writer of “The Bet,” is currently […]

Writeaholic?

So I’m 75% through Beautiful (for the second time) and revisiting Detox to see if there’s a way to punch it up and get it sold. And I’m toying with an idea that could maybe be a feasible next short. And by “could” and “maybe” I mean “if I can figure out a way to […]

Lucky number 7

This weekend I got my 7th tattoo. It was a sorta last-minute thing. We had planned a weekend trip to San Francisco mainly to get away to celebrate our 15th anniversary and my two-score birthday by going to Alcatraz (fitting, i know). (side note, Mythbusters is doing Alcatraz escapes). I’ve been jonesing for a tattoo […]

Diversity Champion

As part of my new corporate life, I was required to attend a two-day Diversity Workshop – basically a team building leadership experience. I was, from the onset, opposed to the very idea of it. There were some comments from people that really freaked me out (“spooked the herd” as they say). I’m not a […]

Prom Night

Apparently I wasn’t a Jamie Lee Curtis Fan Boy. Despite my horror geekiness spawned in the mid-’80s, i’d never seen seen terror train, nor prom night – the two big post-Halloween, Curtis starrers. Well, I’ve finally seen Prom Night, and, well… meh. I know had I been on the bandwagon then, I’d have followed the […]

what’s your favorite horror film…

Or horror film moment, or most terrifying moment? When, while watching a horror film did you think, “oh, crap, i can’t do this anymore!” what made you jump after watching a horror film. basically, share your horror film experiences as they encroached into the real world.For weeks after seeing The Blair Witch Project, my wife […]

Wicked Little Things

Not a bad film. Definitely nice looking. But I can’t stand Scout Taylor-Compton. Had a few decent scares, some blood. It just lacked that certain something.

budgets

After Paranormal Activity (which had a budget of about $11,000) raked in over $100 million, Paramount looked into launching an indie arm to produce and distribute under-$100k films. Ummm, the sequel to PA has a budget of $2.75 million. If even the sequel to the film that started that idea doesn’t fit into the plan […]

Friday the 13th Part II

I wanted to stick with films I hadn’t seen before, but Netflix is skimpy on the instant films, and I was jonesing. Plus, after watching The Prowler, this one was stuck in my head. Still one of my faves of the franchise. And this is one of the films in this year’s lame Fear Fest […]

Nine Dead

I should be nice, after all this had some promise. Had there not been a little-seen film called Saw, and had the actors here been convincing, this could have been a nice little thriller. All said, this film ain’t horrible – the end, yes – but the rest not so bad. A bit repetitive, a […]

Witchboard

I can still remember seeing this in the theatre and it makes me kinda sad that going to see a film – especially a horror film – in the theatre is nothing like it used to be. Used to be a lot more audience participation. Now, people sit there (all 3 of them) and text. […]

Case 29

Ugh. What a wannabe thriller with a puffy, sweaty crack whore in the lead. She should have stuck with the level of fame Texas Chainsaw Massacre-The Next Generation would have afforded her. And Jodelle Ferland needs to leave the business altogether. A failed attempt in Silent Hill, Tideland, everything, pretty much… Fail. Though if spiders […]

Happy Birthday to Me

Another one I’ve already seen, but not for a really long time. I still think it’s funny that the poster gives every kill away. Not great by any means, but I have to think this is one that played on HBO back when we got HBO through an antenna because I remember having seen this […]

Dreamscape

Oh, Nostalgia, you flittering tease. This was one of my go-to films as a teen. This and The Clash of the Titans were my gold statuette gods. I can still hear the HBO Feature Presentation music playing moments before this started. I couldn’t stop thinking Kate Capshaw is married to Steven Spielberg, and Dennis Quaid […]

Terror Train

LAME!I can’t even describe how pissed off I was at this film – another I had managed to never see, despite watching some horrocious dreck. Two words: David Copperfield. I think he still does the same lame flourishes now. I wanted to punch him the way I want to punch Criss Angel. Douche.Besides that, I […]

The Prowler

This is a toughy. A slow start with the newsreel footage and endless reading of the “Dear John” letter. But finally some good gore with the pitchfork kill of two young and sexy folks – which made me think, “Gee, I wish they hadn’t cut down the spear to the back of the making-out couple […]

Survival of the Dead

Couldn’t sleep. Decided to watch a horror film. Today’s flick was Survival of the Dead, the latest George A. Romero’s “of the dead” film. Some gooey effects, but not much else. It wasn’t bad enough to put me back to sleep, but I wish it had. Gonna be dead tired today.

Horror Movie a Day

It’s October – the month of my favorite holiday – and i decided to watch a horror film every day, hoping to watch films i hadn’t seen before or had seen once a long time ago. This is coinciding with my “wear a different horror-themed shirt to work all month” mission. Well, I fucked up […]

Another IMDb update (now with links)

Everyone is up (or less down) than last time. Included links to each page (opens a new window). I also “liked” each of the entries through Facebook. Except John’s. I got an error. poop. “The Bet”: down 5% Michael Dunn: up 381% Chris Smith: down 54% Matt Wilkinson: up 150% Kurt Rauf: up 11% Lou […]

Feedback from Slamdance Script Competition

PLEASE COMMENT! I submitted both the short version of “Beautiful” as well as Detox to the Slamdance Script Competition. I paid for coverage on Detox and just left the “brief feedback” do for “Beautiful.” First the short (and sorta sweet) part. For “Beautiful,” the one-sentence feedback was: “Interesting idea. Title really doesn’t work for me […]

David Peoples

Can I get a w00tw00t for this guy. I just watched for the first time (sadly) “Le Jetee” and was wow’d how 12 Monkeys spawned from that. So I look up the screenwriter for 12 Monkeys – which I love – and found out he also co-penned the screenplay for Blade Runner, oh and a […]

IMDb updates

Yes, I’m blogging this update because it’s easy. Shut it. The Bet: up 4%Michael Dunn: up 119%Chris Smith: down 64%Matt Wilkinson: down 34%Kurt Rauf: up 69%Lou Diamond: down 31%Courtney Gardner: down 40%Walt Turner: down 82%Mat Planet: down 59%Shannon Sarver: down 70%John McClain: down 57%Rachel Bellinsky: down 21%Drew Marvick: up 1%Mike Minnick: down 71%

IMDb updates

Full disclosure: My bookmark to IMDb goes to The Bet’s page. Why? I like to see how the fickle “MOVIEmeter” ranks the film and those associated with it. It updates every week, and I thought it would be fun to share what it says about the film (i’m sure my snooping skews the percentages) and […]

WINNER!

“Hallway,” the theme from “The Bet,” performed by Justine Bellinsky and written by Rachel Bellinsky, won the award for audience favorite music video at the 1st Annual PollyGrind Film Festival. How cool is that?!?!

Detox screenplay complete

After over 25 drafts back and forth between me and my co-writer, Chris Smith, Detox is in it’s final form – at least until it’s sold and rewritten. HA! Hmmm, not funny.

Schmitty, McFunkle & Stump

So, a bunch of guys I know and/or have worked with got this crazy shit going on that’s airing on Comedy Central at odd wee hours and will soon explode into awesomeness the likes of South Park. Love it now. Be one of the first. And visit the official site here: smands.com

Another fest for “The Bet”

A new screening (and look) for “The Bet.” PollyGrind will premiere the “Midnight Movie” version of “The Bet” AND the music video for the song from the film “Hallway.” Check out the full lineup here: PollyGrind.

Rubbersquare Fan Page Is Live

The Rubbersquare Fan Page on Facebook is live – facebook.com/rubbersquare. Become a fan.

Awesome, but disappointing

How’s that for a title? I got an email today from the Vice President of Acquisitions for After Dark Films (yes, that is part of the awesome), asking what the status was of “The Bet” and if a screener was available (second part of the awesome). I already knew what was going to come of […]

Clash of the Titans (2010) vs Clash of the Titans (1981)

I don’t know how to review this. So, let’s just have fun with it. for simplicity we’ll just use the year. BUBO1981: an annoying replacement for a lost helmet2010: an inside jokeADVANTAGE: 2010 (barely)This was one of my biggest complaints about the original. Bubo is the Jar Jar of Clash of the Titans. The reason […]

Rubberblog moved

At least, hopefully. Blogger will discontinue FTP publishing for blogs. Rubberblog (should) now be available at blog.rubbersquare.com. If there are any issues, let me know. All blogs, including the Rubbersquare News and Detox blogs have been consolidated into this new blog.

Quentin Tarantino has “Thought Disorder”

Researching a character for a script, I came across a Wikipedia article on Thought Disorder and was surprised to find how many of the symptoms actually show up in Tarantino’s scripts’ dialogue: Thought is revealed through speech. Thus, observation of patterns of thought naturally involves close observation of the speech of the individual being considered. […]

Sabi

Sabi Pictures are in the beginning stages of planning a theatrical tour of event-screenings in August 2010 for White Knuckles and Heart of Now. Simply add yourself to their fan map and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. If the demand is there, they’ll bring a Sabi Pictures event to your town. […]

Goodbye to ’09

Can’t say it was a bad year. Wasn’t a great year. Definitely an interesting one. Laid off and out of work for four months before getting hired at MGM MIRAGE – funny thing about that being is that i used to be the ad guy, now i’m the corporate guy. you know the song “triangle […]

“Detox” receives coverage

After finishing draft 14 and spending nearly 3 years working on it, Chris and I decided to send Detox for coverage. Script coverage is, according to Wikianswers, a filmmaking term for the analysis and grading of screenplays, often within the “script development” department of a production company. While coverage may remain entirely verbal, it usually […]

Funding has begun for “Beautiful”

Funding for the new short film “Beautiful//The Janssen Twins” has begun. The official budget hasn’t been sorted completely, but we’ve set $10,000 as the initial goal. Besides funding through IndieGoGo, a couple of other fundraising events are being discussed, including special screenings and other events. Stay tuned. You can go to beautiful.rubbersquare.com for updates or, […]

A new short script

Last week I finished the first draft of a new short script entitled “Beautiful // The Janssen Twins.” Yes, the // is part of the title and, actually, a symbolic element of the script. It’s an idea I’ve been knocking around for a long time. Something Chris Smith (co-writer of “The Bet”) has been fascinated […]

The Wicked Blood

At the end of the school year, my son, Spencer, got all of his various papers and projects sent home with him. He had just finished second grade. This is one of the papers he brought home. Click it to make it bigger (opens in a new window).

May the pants be with you.

I can’t get this one outta my head. I love the word pants, as do apparently many others. And I love Star Wars. So, thanks to Mat Planet, I want to hear your best pantsing of Star Wars (if you have a better name for it, let me know). Basically, replace a word from dialogue […]

um

yelling upstairs. took forever to load this fucking thing. my life is hell. suck it.

A new chapter

So, I got a job. I won’t go into details, but it was a very odd process. Basically, the interview was with people who knew everything that was in my portfolio because it was for their company. I applied and had to take a drug test. About a week later, on a Friday, I was […]

“The Bet” Digital Download for $1.99

Finally! You can now download a digital copy of “The Bet” for $1.99 through Payloadz. Simply go to RUBBERSHOP or directly to the PAYLOADZ page. Either link opens a new page.

Get “The Bet” for only $9.99 ($3 off!)

For a limited time (until August 31, 2009), use coupon code RUBBERSQUARE for $3.00 off “The Bet” DVD from FilmBaby – LINK OPENS NEW WINDOW. The DVD includes over 4 hours of Special Features, including Commentaries, Making-Of Featurettes, Alternate and Extended Endings, “Hallway” Music Video, Trailers, Bloopers, Storyboards, the Short Film “Foreplay” and MORE. Hurry, […]

A fail and a retry

Funny thing about criticism – at least with me – is that I’ll try to rationalize why I did whatever it is for whatever reason, but eventually that nagging feeling they were right will weigh me down and I’ll buckle and give in. I sent Under, the latest script, for paid coverage – yes, I […]

Update

We have decided to forgo further contests due to a lack of funds for entry fees. Instead, we are polishing the latest and final draft which will be sent for a paid critique (yeah, I said we had a lack of funds) and then we will be packaging it up for presentation to a producer […]

New Feature Script “Under” Completed

Michael Dunn has just finished the script for a horror feature entitled Under. The script follows seven college friends who are stranded in an abandoned town under which horrific creatures dwell.

QR Codes hit America

This poster for 9 – the Tim Burton/Timur Bekmambetov-produced, Shane Acker-directed CG film – features the (in other countries, at least) ubiquitous QR Code – also seen in the header of this blog (and as an Easter Egg on “The Bet” DVD leading to other goodies). I love the QR Codes (for more reasons than […]

Effects artist directs the undead

As a favor for a fellow filmmaker, I am linking the press release for the zombie film Haunting Kira. Take a read (opens a new window) HERE.

Not supposed to do it

My best friend and co-writer of “The Bet” and Detox, Chris Smith said that when you tell people that you’re working on something it takes the wind out of the sails. This blog is mostly just my own diary that I have decided for whatever reason to make public, so I don’t really think I’m […]

The Verizon guy, Chad and why I love comments.

In response to an article about the verizon guy and that chad guy (i swear he’s the “O face” dude from Office Space) for alltel, i found this: When I was in high school, I worked at the local K-Mart. That’s right. Jealous much? I was a cashier…then I was promoted to the Books/Stationary section. […]

Lock down – UPDATE!

So, apparently there are multiple males (that’s what the cop people say) living in the house. And one of these males was holding multiple females hostage (which is sometimes okay – well if you can pull it off, it’s awesome) and the cops were getting the chicks out one-by-one, save the last one which is […]

Lock down!

Had an interesting night last night. At 10:45, Michelle and I went upstairs to go to bed and we were looking for something for one of the kids when BANGBANGBANGBANGBANG on the door. I figured it was kids joking around. Then a few seconds later, again, BANGBANGBANGBANGBANG! So I went downstairs and tried to look […]

Road trip

Over the weekend I took my first solo recreational road trip. I went to San Diego to visit my friend Rachel (who wrote the song “Hallway” for “The Bet.” After I’d gotten laid off, she kept bugging me to come and visit. So I did. I was a bit nervous driving out there on my […]

Lots of stuff in the past much days

Still unemployed, though not poor enough to start whining. I’m getting scarily accustomed to not having a job. Finding a new schedule comprised of family-centric tasks. Odd. Really studied script structure over the past few weeks – thanks largely to Michael Hauge’s 6-stage Script Structure and this one. Helped to rewrite the first act of […]

Wil Wheaton is, well, cool

Unemployment FTW

Don’t cry for me, I’m not without income. But I am without schedule, sadly something I was really, oddly, addicted to. It’ll be 1:45 and I try to tell myself I need to eat, but I don’t know what to eat and spend the next 20 minutes and realize I need to go to the […]

Rubbershop Opens

To create a centralized location for Rubbersquare merchandise (as well as that of others who have a relationship with Rubbersquare), Rubbersquare has opened the online retail outlet Rubbershop. The site, located at shop.rubbersquare.com, pulls merchandise from specialty vendors, such as POD-based Lulu.com, as well as Rubbershop exclusives like Donnie and Maree t-shirts and autographed merchandise.

New site is LIVE

The newly revamped Rubbersquare site is now live. Go ahead, check it out (opens in a new window). Some of the cool stuff you’ll find are information about all of Rubbersquare’s projects, like “The Bet” and Detox. There’s also the music video for “Hallway” and the short film “Foreplay” – both of which you can […]

I re-redid the Rubbersquare site

Yes, I’m a bit… insane, bored, pick your own adjective. Just don’t share. But I completely revamped the revamped Rubbersquare site. Why? Because I want something a bit lighter. And I figured out how to get a text feed into Flash whilst keeping the formatting. No, it’s not a live update from the soon to […]

Suffer Published

Rubbersquare is proud to announce the publication of Suffer – Collected Works by Michael Dunn. Whether the setting is a desolate apartment building, the set of a porno or an everyday high school, it’s still a world from the imagination of Michael Dunn. His characters, often struggling to survive even an ordinary life, are thrust […]

Sneak Peek

Get a sneak peek look at the in-progress, revamped Rubbersquare site at http://www.rubbersquare.com/beta Just a taste of what’s coming, it’s all still in flux, little tweaks, little bugs, and possibly a revamp of the revamp. Nothing is set in stonepixels. SO, your feedback is very much appreciated. Sound off!

The economy sucks

I got laid off today. One of 9 people who got laid off (in a 30-employee company). Everyone else got a pay cut. Did it matter I was there for 8 years? Well, apparently it did, since 2 others who were there nearly as long were also laid off. Who stayed? The ones with the […]

Happy Birthday, Scott

I miss ya.

My so-called criminal past – part 2

So, I finally found (I think) a way to get “The Bet” torrent removed from at least one torrent site. I sent them an email following their instructions, and it should be removed in a couple of days. We’ll see. I also asked (though I’m sure I will get no response) if they had any […]

I have an interesting past

I got spam on my Vimeo account which, oddly enough, led to a torrent of “The Bet.” I know nothing about torrents. Except that it pisses me off people can download the film without paying – and paying me. Anyone who knows how to get torrents deleted, please let me know. Anyway, what was particularly […]

Very odd

We have “The Bet” for sell at Amazon, has been available there for quite awhile. That isn’t the odd part. What’s odd is that it shows there are 4 in stock, and in the breakdown of what’s available it shows: 2 new, 2 used. At first I thought it was strange that the used copies […]

Hybrid Moments

My wonderful friend Rachel Bellinsky (who wrote the song “Hallway” for “The Bet” and liked to disturb me by eating crackers like a hamster when we worked together) has another awesome video. Her previous video for “Salt of the Sea” was directed by Thomas Barndt. This one was directed by Lexington Wolfcraft. Hopefully, soon, I’ll […]

Fuck

I was so happy that no film had been made (at least according to IMDb) with the title Detox. Until now. Sure, it’s a totally different story. Yes, it only cost $10,000 to make. Okay, everyone involved has really only been involved in this one film. But still. Really?! Fuck.

D90

It arrived. Actually, it got here on Tuesday, but I’ve been too slammed with work to really mess with it other than quick point and shoot tests. I still haven’t really had time to do much with it, but I’ve been devouring the manual and testing various things. Hopefully this weekend I’ll have some time […]

Finally

I did it. I bit the bullet and defied the recession and bought a Nikon D90.What sucks is that I’d planned on going to a store and getting it and spending the weekend getting to know it. But, as my luk would hold, they were sold out at all Best Buys. No other local outlets […]

I’ve seen 157 of 239 films

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show(x) Grease(x) Pirates of the Caribbean(o) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest(o) Boondock Saints(x) Fight Club(o) Starsky and Hutch(x) Neverending Story(o) Blazing Saddles(x) AirplaneTotal: 6 (x) The Princess Bride(x) Anchorman(x) Napoleon Dynamite(x) Labyrinth(x) Saw(x) Saw II(x) White Noise(o) White Oleander(o) Anger Management(o) 50 First Dates(o) The Princess Diaries(o) The […]

My take on AFI’s Top 100

I’ve seen 49 of the Top 100 according to AFI. What I hate about these lists is that I really don’t care to see a lot of “important” films and have only seen the bulk of these because of film classes. To me, films are entertainment, they’re an escape. When it comes to the “scholarly” […]

Nikon D90

I just watched the most interesting and inspiring video created from stills shot on the Nikon D90 – which makes me even more desperate to buy the fucking thing. Just. Wow. Using the 4.5 fps still shooting mode and putting that together with Twixtor, just created the most amazing display. Someone had mentioned shooting with […]

Rough draft of “setup”

I just sent the rough draft of the setup – mentioned in the last entry – to Matt Wilkinson. As I said before, this lays the groundwork for the rest of the film. It clocked in at 24 pages, just shy of my 30-page goal, which translates to about the first half hour of the […]

Something new

Long time, no blog. Believe me, I haven’t spent all this time sitting around playing Left 4 Dead (if only!) The something potentially awesome that I had in the works seems to have fallen through, so it really wouldn’t even mean much to relay what that was – though it could have been pretty awesome. […]

I’ve Been Pirated, Attention Indie Filmmakers

I was Googling “The Bet” – hey, don’t judge – and saw it listed for sale at a new website. A lot of sites pull from Amazon, so I wasn’t freaked out. Until I saw that it was listed for a price lower than Amazon AND that they had 317 copies in stock (which no […]

Detox Fail #2

Well, Cinequest just sent a rejection letter (which, I must say, as much as a rejection letter sucks, it’s better than not hearing anything and just assuming you didn’t make it). We didn’t make it into the top ten finalists. Which kinda sucks because the top ten get feedback to make changes for resubmission into […]

Fail #2

Well, Cinequest just sent a rejection letter (which, I must say, as much as a rejection letter sucks, it’s better than not hearing anything and just assuming you didn’t make it). We didn’t make it into the top ten finalists. Which kinda sucks because the top ten get feedback to make changes for resubmission into […]

My Top Ten Favorite Horror Films

This is a list of my favorite horror films. Maybe not the best, but my faves. 10. Session 9 This one was actually not in my first round of the Top Ten. When I came back to the list after letting it gestate a while, I was shocked I hadn’t included it and actually bumped […]

“The Bet” script published

After too much tinkering, you can finally own “The Bet” – The Screenplay and Original Short Story from Rubbershop (which also has lots of other goodies) or directly from Lulu. You can also get a 24″ x 36″ print of either “The Bet” poster or the Detox teaser poster, as well. The screenplay for “The […]

“The Bet” Screenplay Published

Rubbersquare is proud to announce the publication of “The Bet” – The Screenplay and Original Short Story. The 72-page paperback includes the complete screenplay by co-writers Michael Dunn & Chris Smith and the original short story upon which the script was based by Michael Dunn as it was published in the October 2005 edition of […]

Detox Fail #1

The Movie Deal (which we would have passed on HAD we won) has announced their finalists. Not us. Not even a finalist, though… that kinda stings. Meh. Also, Wildsound has fucked us for the second time, still not sending feedback, despite our payment for such. Beginning to think this is a cursed project. Ok, not […]

FAIL #1

The Movie Deal (which we would have passed on HAD we won) has announced their finalists. Not us. Not even a finalist, though… that kinda stings. Meh. Also, Wildsound has fucked us for the second time, still not sending feedback, despite our payment for such. Beginning to think this is a cursed project. Ok, not […]

3 degrees from Kevin Bacon

I was playing around tonite, after my kid was worried that the “long-haired guy in the red shirt) in Tremors was gonna die. And I said, “Kevin Bacon won’t die!” Which prompted my son to ask who is Kevin Bacon. Which prompted me to tell him about the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Which led […]

I miss writing

It’s been an amazingly long time since I’ve written a story (screenplays don’t count). I was just starting to get that little whisper of inspiration, the feeling like a nicotine craving or being horny that compels me to put words on a page (and not blogging). Hopefully something will churn up. Now that I know […]

Show Me Your Indies

IndieFlix, an On-Demand DVD site where you can buy a standard edition of “The Bet” without specials features for $5.95, has a special site called “Show Me Your Indies.” As part of that, they are highlighting filmmakers with films for sale with a “What the heck are IndieFlix filmmakers up to?” blog. Mine is up […]

Forward on draft 11

With Kurt’s notes – which Chris Smith just went through and agreed he and I are on the same page – I am moving ahead to draft 11. No major changes, just a bit of fleshing out the characters with some revised action and dialogue. Possibly going to re-incorporate some stuff dropped from previous versions […]

Sometimes technology is better than people

Hello the man in the planet, We at BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM would like to wish you a happy bloody birthday! ’nuff said.

First feedback on “Detox”

Kurt Rauf gave feedback on the latest draft of Detox. Kurt was the DP on “The Bet” and many other films, including My Name Is Bruce with his buddy Bruce Campbell. Kurt’s leaving to go to Michigan next week to catch the tour of MNIB. But he managed to get through the latest draft and […]

First feedback

Kurt Rauf gave feedback on the latest draft of Detox. Kurt was the DP on “The Bet” and many other films, including My Name Is Bruce with his buddy Bruce Campbell. Kurt’s leaving to go to Michigan next week to catch the tour of MNIB. But he managed to get through the latest draft and […]

Horror

I just blogged about the first script pitch for Detox over at the Detox blog HERE. And at the end I mentioned wanting to write a horror script that couldn’t construed as anything BUT horror. You’d think that’d be easy. And, I guess, it would. But maybe my brain is just not wired that way. […]

First pitch.

On Friday, I came across a post from the Director of Development of a production company asking for scripts to be pitched. I sent him an email asking if they were buying the script outright or if they were willing to allow me to develop it for them as the director. They said they were […]

Obama. FTW!

Thank you.Let’s hope change really does come.Cos we need it. And thank you, especially, to Shannon. She made me want to vote. And if she made ME vote, she made others (and I know she did). And, considering the number of new voters, there were a lot of Shannons out there. I just hope America’s […]

It’s almost Halloween.

yay. woot. and who gives a fuck. if you’ve been around since last halloween, you’ll know how sucky it was last year. AND if you’ve been around since last halloween, why haven’t we had drinks? i’m not looking forward to it (and it’s funny that i took a vacation during last halloween as well – […]

Super 8

I just bought a Super 8 camera off eBay (which means it may not work). It’s a Kodak Instamatic M26. And it was $3.99. I don’t know anything about Super 8 cameras except that I love the look they produce (hence the faked 8mm look of “The Bet” on the DVD – or was it […]

I hate the world

or maybe just america, i don’t know. it could just be vegas.i don’t like to hate. i really don’t. i feel better as a person and have a better day when i don’t hate people. but i’m really, really starting to hate them. and for very personal reasons that would affect no one else, so […]

Three contests

A few months ago we submitted an in-progress draft of Detox to the Wildsound Screenplay Contest as they provide feedback on every script submitted – whether or not it “wins” and is given a live reading with live feedback. I never heard anything back from them and contacted them to check on the status. Their […]

Sign a petition for 24fps in the Canon 5D Mark II

I don’t know if these things actually work, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Yes? Canon is releasing the 5D Mark II in November. It’s a great still camera and one of the first to shoot video. However, it only shoots 30fps. There is no option for 24fps. If you don’t know, 30fps is a […]

My geek is showing

Okay. So I spent about 6 hours this weekend building a Steampunk aircraft out of LEGOs. So what. And yeah, sure, maybe I went to Fresh ‘n’ Easy with my goggles on. SO?!?!?

2 words: Zombies. LEGOs. FTW!

Oh SHIT!Zombie Apocafest (love all of that) 2008 took place at BrickCon (love the idea of that) 2008 in Seattle (god, i love seattle), WA between October (my favorite month) 2 and 5. i. am. in heaven. and as jealous as mom when she caught dad making naked hugs with uncle roger on the porch […]

I grew up (just a little).

My office spouse, Shannon (yes, she’s okay being called my office spouse and I’m glad to have her as one), is insane. For many reasons. But the reason that relates to this blog is that she’s very politically involved. She’s actually going to spend her Sunday morning canvassing the neighborhood to educate the undecided voters […]

First 50 of Empire’s Top 500

Empire Magazine Online listed their 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. I love the fact that Empire Strikes Back is #3 and no other Star Wars film even breaks the Top 20. Though I’m not exactly thrilled that Aliens beat Alien. Nor that Evil Dead 2 is in the Top 50, but no sign of […]

Decided. D90 FTW.

I’ve finally decided on a camera. It was not by far an easy choice, believe me. When I’ve literally dreamed about cameras every night for the past month or so, you gotta understand it’s been a pretty thought-intensive process.I’d been going between the Canon 5D Mark II, which shoots 21MP and video at 1080p at […]

Draft 10

After quite a bit of discussion, draft 10 of Detox is finally done. It is not yet the final final final draft, however it is the draft going to the first contest. There are few minor points to noodle. This is the draft we are going to let people read and get feedback on. This […]

Bummed

I think about how it could be, sitting around and thinking up shit to film, experiments and such. Brainstorming. And doing. I don’t have those kind of friends. My friends get annoyed when I drone on about film stuff. Well, at least the local ones. Even if they don’t say anything, I can feel it. […]

Get “The Bet” for $5.95

The Standard Edition DVD of “The Bet” (sans bonus features) is available for $5.95 from indieflix. Buy it (or better yet, get the fully-loaded (like me) DVD with over 4 hours of bonus features from filmbaby. Either way, you’re helping me get a Canon 5D Mark II and helping me make more films. With the […]

The Canon 5D Mark II

Pretty much decided. Well, I am decided. I just need the cash (hopefully that will come when the camera does in late November). Can’t tell you how awesome it is. 1080p. 30fps (which I’ve test converting to 24fps and it looks fine; plus a firmware upgrade may allow 24fps filming). And it’s a Canon. My […]

Two things

I need to find a decent camera. For the past week I’ve been drooling over the Nikon D90 because it records HD video at 24p and (since it’s a DSLR) has interchangeable lenses. And for $1299 (with the stock zoom lens) it’s pretty damn affordable. BUT I am not liking the rolling shutter. I could […]

I am trying

I know at least 2 people read my insane ramblings here.that doesn’t bother me.i have been doing everything i can to learn about filmmaking. reading blogs, watching commentaries, listening to podcasts, reading about the rule of thirds, discussing marketing, about every imaginable way i can even attemt to begin to get a clue about how […]

Possibly the most (or 2nd or 3rd) awesome photo ever

TERRIFYING

Not really sure what to do with that.

I rarely covet…

Okay, calling my own bullshit. I covet damn near everything. But this I am just absolutely insane over. Like, I would trade one of my kids (the bad one) for it. Okay, not really. But damn near close. This is like the uber-cute, snuggly version of the one I sold in a garage sale too […]

James goes to Italy

Below is Walt Turner (in blinding blonde hair) to promote Vegas: Based on a True Story at the Venice Film Festival on September 1st. How exciting! Walt played James in “The Bet.” He took copies of the DVD to pass out as his reel – wouldn’t hurt if it landed in a VIP’s hands, that’s […]

The art of collaboration

When interviewed about “The Bet,” I was asked what it was like to write with a partner. I thought I’d take a minute and explain the process Chris Smith and I go through. It’s not the way many people might imagine, where we discuss and ponder and brainstorm in between turns at the keyboard. Actually […]

The inspiration

For quite some time, I’ve believed that everything around is an answer, we just haven’t asked the question yet. On February 9, 2007 I was at a photoshoot at Francis George’s studio. Between shots, I was looking through some of his props on a shelf and came across a huge horse syringe. Francis said I […]

Interwebs interactivity

Attempting to create a way of making it easier to get updates on all the stuff that I am working on, whether it’s a new review of “The Bet” or an update on Detox, or something else that happens to be in the works. Not that anyone reads these blogs… but I can pretend. What […]

New Blog

My name is Michael Dunn (also “The Man in the Planet) and I am a filmmaker.Shortly after completing my directorial debut, the short film, “The Bet,” I had an idea for a feature-length film. My co-writer on “The Bet,” Chris Smith, agreed to tackle the project together. In the next couple of days, I will […]

Final Detox teaser poster

Here it is. As always, clicking makes it bigger. Thanks to Francis George and Francis R Baytan for another excellent photoshoot and Leana Hildebrand for another awesome model. Why is there a poster if there’s no film yet? I wanted to promote the script with the same level of promotion I would give a film. […]

The Farting Scientologist

No idea how long this will stay alive on the internets. I’m working on a longer version. And, I just realised this isn’t the first farting scientologist video out there. When Shannon was playing with the Whoopie Cushion widget over Tom Cruise’s weird ass video, I nearly died and we thought it’d be great to […]

Death sucks

While roaming the user films section at DVXUser, I came across a post that shocked me. It mentioned that an actor named Chase Korte had died in a car accident early last year. Don’t know him? Most people probably don’t. I did. I have this morbid joke about how, when I’m developing a script, I’ll […]

Scarier

The transition in Jacob’s Ladder from the normal hospital to the hell hospital was and is far scarier and creepier than the CGI paint peel in Silent Hill – the movie. Very subtle. But haunting. Even the change in Silent Hill 2, the game obviously, was scarier than peeling paint. Maybe not as visual, but […]

Two Trailers

Two trailers snatched from twitchfilm that are worth passing along. The first, for Dying Breed, promises a rather awesome film. The second, for Mum & Dad, just plain creeps me out.

Amazon Annual Fee

Just found out that Amazon will be charging an annual fee of $29.95 for selling through their Advatange Program – which is how “The Bet” is selling. Please note the annual fee for continuied (sic) participation in the Amazon.com Advantage program will be deducted from your July sales payment. The annual fee is $29.95. The […]

I’ve always known I was different

I’ve come to accept it. I wear two different color high top Converse at times (fuck you, Punky Brewster). I wear shorts to work. I’ve got tattoos. My ears are pierced (though the earrings are long gone) and I even had my lip pierced. Sure, some may say rebel without a clue. When Batman Begins […]

A rant on the MPAA ratings

A short one, cos I’m drunk, but why is Grand Canyon (and awesome film) rated R for “Language,” (they say “fuck” more than once – and there is some violence, though this isn’t even noted, realistic and disturbing at that) while Hostel 2 is given the same rating for “sadistic scenes of torture and bloody […]

IMDb Indie Showcase

IMDb sent me an invitation to upload “The Bet” to showcase on their Indie section. I chose to only upload the trailer (not the whole film) and, whether or not they decided to actually highlight it, the trailer is now live on “The Bet” IMDb page. Pretty cool. Cooler if they actually highlight it, though.

Absence

As a big fan of independent and no-budget filmmaking (and a fan of the Silent Hill games), this short by first-time filmmaker Steve Griggs really caught my eye. An awesome location (Pleasure Beach in CT) and some very striking, haunting images. Watch it. Comment. This guy’ll only get better. Damn him and his talent. Opens […]

Wow

I haven’t felt as tense as I did watching this film in a long time. So much for needing to see something on a big screen to get into it. Wow. Pretty intense stuff here. INDEMNE

Wall-E

First – If you’re gonna use anamorphic bokeh and blue line flares, please use the lens flare as well. it’s just unrealistic otherwise (yes, i know it’s a film about robots!) Second – Enough with the Apple references. Third – Enough with everyone claiming it’s political. Fourth – This film, despite everyone’s raving and craziness, […]

To DVD or not to DVD?

Was sitting here this morning, drinking my coffee, wondering how I would feel if I were to get to make Detox and it ended up going straight-to-DVD. Would I be happy that I got to make the film? Would I be upset it never played in a theatre? Does a DTV-release mean I made a […]

Sometimes I drink

Last Christmas. Vodka. Peanut Butter. My dog (stop your filthy mind). Edward Scissorhands.

We are on Google Street View

View Larger MapAnd on Google Maps you can see Bat Boy!

I am awed by Jackie Chan

See why (as if you don’t already know) – awesome video of his TOP TEN stunts

Talent = Talent – Hype

Yes, I admit it. I play the soundbyte of Daniel Noriega’s classic “Some people weren’t likin’ it” anytime some questions me or my design fa shizzle (I have a rather small but potent array of soundbytes, the latest being the “Party in the elevator” awesomeness by Brent Bailey in the Taco Bell :15 second Queso […]

Why is horror the indie gateway?

Yeah, I know that The Blair Witch Project is the most profitable film ever, but reading the numerous filmmaking blog I subscribe to, I gotta wonder why so many of the threads are about people who are making horror films? Andm about that, read a post the other day that said if the company wanted […]

I’m committed

I may beard again

Before I was gonna do it until, well shit, I don’t remember what I was gonna do it ’til… Maybe for Detox to get made? Well, how ’bout a slightly shorter wait (or not) for the new short film, PeepShow. Meh. I’m doing it cos I get bored of the doof in the mirror.

The new short film

With any luck, in January of ’09, I’ll be shooting a new short film. If the script comes together. If there’s money. If the SAG paperwork goes through in time. If I can get it all together and going before the end of January when my free equipment goes away. Of course, as usual, I’m […]

Wordle

Came across an awesome site: wordle.net which makes a word cloud from text that’s entered, bigger words are the ones used most. So I dumped in the script for “The Bet” and here’s what it looks like. Click for a much bigger image.

My Splitapart

I was touring teh internets and came across two articles. One that address the sins of grammar (my lowercase ramblings are heretofore exempt, but open single quotes in place of apostrophes are not – and “an” should be used when word starting with “h” begins with an unaccened syllable as far as i’m concerned), and […]

Revamping “Detox”

There have been some rumblings about the ending being “tacked on.” I, myself, really liked the ending and, being stubborn, didn’t want to lose a lot of the elements that appeared there. It was a decidedly thrilling ending, but I’ve had this feeling that it didn’t really fit. I realised this fully as I was […]

David Lynch for iPhone

David Lynch for iPhone on FunnyOrDie.com

Your needle or mine?

Here’s the first iteration of the revised teaser poster for Detox featuring a syringe shot by Francis George. Comments are greatly appreciated (good and bad). This is to promote the script – not the film – hence the lack of real credits (like “directed by” or “produced by”). The credit block at the bottom reads […]

FADE IN: & FADE OUT.

I love typing the words FADE IN followed by a colon. Usually, when I’ve committed enough to type that, I know where I’m going next and can usually fill about five pages in no time. The journey from FADE IN: to FADE OUT. (which I have to say the punctuation says everything; a colon means […]

“A Lonely Place for Dying”(and Auctioning Off the Dream)

Not sure if I’ve mentioned already that I’m doing the marketing materials (website, AFM email campaign, EPK, postcards, etc) for the independent film A Lonely Place for Dying (link opens IMDb page). In exchange for the work, I’m receiving 2 participation points (and as a special “thank you” the director is also giving me free […]

Relax

Everything’s going to be okay.

Onward with “the punishment cabinet”

After spending the weekend churning through a few dead end ideas for a new script – keeping in mind everything I’d been reading about creating a successful script – I finally decided to come back to the punishment cabinet, even though it doesn’t exactly follow a lot of the rules for a “successful” script. Let […]

Foreplay on IMDb

The short film I did for the AIGA Awards Show back in 2004 is now listed on IMDb. Awesome. Watch it below.

How I learned to stop worrying and love digital cinema

Yes, it’s a bit of a film geek question. Consider the source. I myself LOVE film, even the weave and stutter and all the “bad” things about it. I remember in a film class in college, we watched Hiroshima, Mon Amour, the beginning of which, due to a threading malfunction, had sound that was garbled […]

“Detox” – the next step

As soon as we get draft 5 into a very, very nice place, which i am aiming to have it wrapped up by the end of June, we’ll be submitting it to both the WGA and copyright office for the obvious copyright protection. Then it’ll be heading off to the Wildsound screenplay competition. Why there? […]

I’ve asked before. Now it’s important.

UPDATE: Two new votes popped up which have brought the overall score UP to 2.4. Thanks to whoever it was that voted. Too bad the “real” votes aren’t counting like they should. An arithmetic mean of 8.2 and a “weighted average” of 2.4. At least it’s going up. So I’m asking again. IF you’ve seen […]

“Detox” FX estimate

To see how we were doing keeping Detox low in the budget arena, I decided to get a quote from a popular FX house to handle the various effects. I’m not spilling any beans on what those effects are, nor who quoted it, nor what the amount was… I’ll just say I was pleasantly surprised […]

IMDb User Ratings

EDIT: Apparently, I’m not the only one hit with a sudden 1-star vote that drastically lowered the overall rating. Over at Without a Box’s FORUM, a number of people are reporting their independent films were hit with the past month with a 1-star rating which dropped their film’s score way below what that one vote […]

My latest obsession

I have lately been obsessed with the ’90s for a variety of reasons. Recently I rented (from a not very near video store) Run Lola Run. I popped it in just to see how it started and ended up watching the whole thing (and loving it to the point of obsessing over it the entire […]

“Collector”

Trailer for a Russian short film that looks… awesome.

New DETOX poster

Because I wasn’t likin’ the first one. This should convey more about what to expect from the script, since that’s what it’s selling. Comments? Thoughts? Click for a bigger image.

Geeking out

I get in these moods… I mentioned before my obsession with anamorphic lenses… well, yes, I am obsessing over it, so much so I have been learning about different kinds of anamorphic lenses and when is best to use them and all that. Then there’s my newfound eBay obsession. Yes, I did buy the Alien […]

How an alien changed my life

When I was 8 years old a film came out that I was only aware of on the periphery of my sheltered existence. At the summer recreation center at the school I went to I happened to pick up a book, a novelization of a popular film. I’d never heard of it, but the cover […]

AWESOME!

Just got my limited edition (#143/210) poster for Alamo Drafthouse’s screening of The Thing. It’s just so cool. See picture and description below. Click image for larger view. Sci-Fi Series – John Carpenter’s The Thing Poster by Tyler Stout!Stout Strikes again! Tyler has crafted this beautiful poster commemorating the Alamo Drafthouse’s screening of one of […]

Shooting a commercial

Off in Northnern California shooting a commercial. Yes, it is 1:50 in the morning. Yes, I just got uphttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif for a 2:30am shoot. Yes, I’m going to be working until 4pm. No, I’m not happy. Until I recover, enjoy the following links. The House Next Door “Soderberg Is a Wild Man” – a thread covering […]

Reverend Michael Dunn

Yes, Reverend. Mat Planet (“The Bet” fans know him as “Donnie”) had said before that he was an ordained minister of the Universal Life Church. I thought this was awesome. So much so that I wanted him to officiate our 10-year vow renewal (which we opted to have dinner instead, meh). So much so that […]

Mad World

Anytime I get the chance, I love to plug my good pal Rachel Bellinsky (and here, too, her sister Justine) and this is as good a time as any. Here they are fooling with teh teknology. One of my favorite songs. Mad World

One of those days

Today was one of those days I rarely get to experience. After a week and half of the most horrific neck and shoulder pain, last night was the first night I actually slept really good. At least until 2:30 this morning. I got up, partly cos I was hot, partly because I needed more Advil, […]

It amazes me…

…when people actually buy “The Bet” on DVD. Why? Shouldn’t I just cash the checks and smile? No. I wanna know WHY they bought it. I wanna know WHERE they heard about it. I wanna know WHAT they thought of it. And I have no clue most of the time. Of all the DVDs that […]

My ghey is showing.

Around 1987, with the release of Boy George’s first solo album Sold, there was a 12″ single (yes, I still love vinyl and still have a ton of 12″ mixes) for the title track which featured Mr O’Dowd in a rather provocative shirt. I (at the tender age of 16) would have killed for that […]

I am a procrastinator

Because I hit a temporary block on the script for the punishment cabinet I decided to let it go for a bit and made a new teaser poster for it. I also did some theoretical casting (which helps me visualise the characters) and found someone that totally fits the main character. With him in mind […]

Missing a friend

This is my second favorite photo Scott took, simply because instead of seeing him, we see him the way others saw him when they were being seen by him through a camera – which was a true honor. My first favorite is featured in “The Bet” and to see it and to know why, buy […]

the punishment cabinet

Well, apparently I can’t write traditional horror. What started as an idea for a ball-out, rockin’ horror gorefest has become a deeply disturbing human drama. I’ve got the groundwork laid out for a new feature-length script called the punishment cabinet: After an attack resurrects a man’s past and leaves his wife in a coma, he […]

Interview with the cast & creators of “The Bet”

2.0 Television interviewed us after one of the screenings of “The Bet” at CineVegas last year and have finally posted the segment in two parts. Check it (and don’t laugh). Part 1Part 2

If you liked it, or hated it…

There are ways to let others know your feelings about “The Bet.” You can go to any one (or more) of the following outlets for your thoughts. And believe me, I’m not going to whine if I see a post that says, “That movie was teh sux0r, wasup wit the Pupptz?” I know they are […]

I would kill to have Tyler Stout design my next tattoo (or more)

Click to make bigger! If you said “Tyler Who?” you are forgiven because I only just recently (about 10 minutes ago) discovered him and fell in love. The line work is just so… amazing. I hate that Quentin Tarantino tapped him for all those QTFest posters (and hate him more for having his OWN FESTIVALS!!!). […]

Review: “Headscrew of a Short Film”

Soiled Sinema has reviewed “The Bet,” calling it “Abstract and Beautiful.” Soiled Sinema was one of the sites I mentioned previously to whom I’d submitted a screener and said to check them out before I hated them for giving the film a bad review. Well, worry not. “The Bet” unfolds like a magnificent eclipse of […]

Kinda cool

I know Target’s online store has connections with Amazon, hence the inclusion of “The Bet” at target.com, but it’s still pretty freakin’ awesome that if you go to Target’s site and search for me (or anyone else in the film), the DVD’s gonna pop up. EDIT: What’s also interesting is that there are three other […]

DETOX draft 4 underway

After getting some constructive feedback from Kurt Rauf and my being absolutely insane to get back into it, I got back into conversations with Chris Smith about the Detox script. Kurt’s comments were, basically, the central story of a woman being detoxed by her partially insane ex-boyfriend was really good. What lacked was the framework […]

Before I change my mind…

Two places I’ve sent “The Bet” for review are absolutely amazing blogs. The first is Soiled Sinema. He’s very cynical and opinionated, but that’s why I was happy to send “The Bet.” If he likes it (and some of the films he likes, I love), I’ll be happy. If he hates it, I’ll chalk it […]

I hate Eli Roth. But…

I do have to appreciate some of the stuff he does. Things I’ve fantasized about doing since I was ten. So, check out this MySpace Bulletin. You have to log into MySpace to see it. For those who don’t have MySpace accounts or don’t want to log in, here’s the gist: The owner of the […]

Eli Roth sucks

I don’t like his films. I don’t like him. He’s an asstard. A pretentious fuck wipe. There’s maybe jealousy or envy, but only because he made a crap film and another crap film, oh, and another really crap film and whined when it bombed, and people still know who he is. Fewer people know who […]

Psycho…

May become my #2 favourite film of all time… beating out Blair Witch Project. Which after all the spoofs, why isn’t there a Bel Air Witch Project?

I hate sports

But hear me out. Today is SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!!!!!!!!!!! and as much as I couldn’t give a fuck (or even know who’s playing), I have often wondered what people (and by “people,” I mean “men”) would talk about if there were no sports. Imagine the office party and no one could say “So, can you […]

Mike Myers + Deepak Chopra

Not a huge fan of the series in general, but I was captivated with this one. http://www.sundancechannel.com/videos/230257476

The Rubbersquare Forum

Still very much new (so don’t expect a ton of content off the bat) is the Rubbersquare Forum. I tried this once before and it was inundated by spammers to the point where I had to close the thing down. I’m gonna try it out again and hopefully it’ll work out. You can go, sign […]

Coming soon…

So, I’m this close to getting the collection of short stories and poems ready for sale. This is my first publish-on-demand endeavor, but seeing the quality of their products, I was amazed. So I decided to collect most of my short stories and poems, including “The Bet” and lay them out in an awesome paperback […]

AMAZON!!!!!

“The Bet” is now available through AMAZON! Although it is currently listing at $16.99, that should be adjusted shortly to be $12.99. Not sure why this is so exciting, but really kinda is. Well, I guess it’s cool that people can actually review it (I will not post fake reviews and encourage others to be […]

Is it possible…?

Is it possible to get the creepy factor of, say, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper’s original) or I Spit on Your Grave, that kind of ’70s horror (which you could include Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes) and combine it with the aesthetic of Blade Runner or […]

I would totally cast Lizzy Caplan in a film.

She could so rock the role of Julia in Detox. After seeing her in Cloverfield (which was really kinda meh) which I already had seen her best performance (or one of) in the exclusive clip when Hud is trying to interview her on camera, I kinda thought I might feel like I’d really like her […]

“The Bet” on Flixster

A quick little email and voila! “The Bet” is now listed on Flixster. Why is that cool? Cos it is. And Facebook folks can rate it and love it. It’s cool. Trust me. The Bet

The Skin of Mother

I officially started a new script yesterday, another short. This one is called “The Skin of Mother.” So far, so good. To commemorate, I’ve created a teaser poster and, of course, a MySpace page.

THE WIDGET

Okay, hopefully this one works. EDIT: For some reason, the linking to the DVD site doesn’t seem to be working on MySpace. GRRR! Everything else works, the trailer plays, etc. Just no link.

Widget – Test 2

I dropped the trailer only into a widget just to see if it works. If it does, I’ll make it all nice (without the auto-play). This is only a test. EDIT: Took down the widget test since it would autoplay and be annoying.

The Widget

EDIT: Not really sure if this thing is working or not. I’ve tried posting it to my MySpace page and it says it works, but doesn’t show up. I’ve been able to email it to myself and I’ve been able to post it to MySpace comments. Gonna keep playing. If you have a go at […]

“The Bet” – The Musical

After watching these exclusive videos you’ll wonder what it might be like if there were a musical based on the film. After all, Sweeney Todd did pretty well. What might the songs be? Here are some ideas: “Almost Spilled the Beer”“Rain, Rain and More Fucking Rain”“You’re Gonna Die (But I’m Not Gonna Kill You)”“Listen, Cupcake” […]

The NASA DVD mixup

I just found out last night that some of the DVDs of “The Bet” do not have the correct DVD inside. Instead of “The Bet” it is a NASA film called “Spitzer Space Telescope.” Since the cases are shrink-wrapped, there is no way of knowing which DVDs are packaged incorrectly. I have contacted the manufacturer […]

Behind the Scenes Photos

Here are a few behind the scenes photos that didn’t make it onto the DVD. This was from the first day of shooting (when we actually could think about taking pictures) when we did Henry’s room. Clicking will open the full-size image in a new window. Here’s a nice overview of the set. This was […]

Oh, celebrities

It may sound like a joke, maybe a lie, but I swear it’s true and all the funnier for it. And please if I ever should do something this retarded, please punch me. We (and by “we” I mean myself, Francis George, Francis Baytan, the account executives for both the agency and Bellagio) were scouting […]

Another review: “Hauntingly powerful”

Googlebating, I came across another review of “The Bet.” I had sent a screener to the critic some time ago and had given up seeing a review, thinking that either the critic didn’t like it enough to comment or it simply never made it. Apparently I was wrong on both accounts. I didn’t realise when […]

Happy Holidays

Yes, a tad late, but wutev. Looking to the new year with some thoughts in mind (both of what happened this year and what’s in store for the next). The Year that was 2007 CineVegas Easily the biggest event of my year was having “The Bet” premiere at CineVegas. It was one of those moments […]

Awesome review of “The Bet”

Short End Magazine has posted an awesome review of “The Bet.” It’s rare to see a first time director arrive on scene with all his aesthetic ducks in a row. With The Bet Michael Dunn enters just that way, with a vibrant vision in a carefully crafted and intriguing philosophical horror worth its weight in […]

My son reciting “Night at the Museum”

This is his favorite scene in the film, and he wanted to record it when I told him the laptop recorded video.

Top 10 Horror Deaths

How could this not be the best top ten list ever?MAXIM has not only created a top ten list of movie deaths, they’ve got video to back it up. Maybe I don’t agree, but having ten awesome MDK’s is reason enough to hit the link.

“The Bet” released on DVD

Rubbersquare is proud to announce the release of “The Bet” on Special Edition DVD. In this internationally acclaimed, genre-defying film two men have a long-standing game of placing a wager on the fate of those unfortunate enough to cross their path. “The Bet” made its premiere at CineVegas with a subsequent showing at ShockerFest. The […]

“The Bet” – AVAILABLE NOW!!!!!!!!!

You can now own “The Bet” on DVD! It’s being sold online by Film Baby for $12.99 (plus s/h). Click HERE or the above image to go to the site (opens a new window). “The Bet” DVD features over four hours of bonus material: 6 full-length commentaries including: director Michael Dunn stars Courtney Stavros and […]

Short End Article

Short End Magazine has published an interview with yours truly to coincide with the DVD release of “The Bet.” Go. Read. It’s a great site.

That’s a… wrap?

Quite the coincidence that one year ago today I said those three words, filled with the same sort of excitement tempered by fear that I have right now. One year ago, we wrapped filming on “The Bet,” and I was partially relieved (it was a less than stressless shoot) and partially terrified not knowing exactly […]

Beard update

In case you care, which you probably don’t, but this is about one month since I’ve decided to shun the shaver and go all mountain man. Still a fairly sad follicular response, but I’m giving it a go still. Besides, despite the horoscope* my wife read from the current issue of InStyle, nothing’s really changed. […]

The creative jones

I spent the weekend flowing between a number of projects: wrapping Christmas presents (yes, that’s creative), working out a remix of “Hallway” (yes, I am obsessed), deciding that the motel version of the script for Detox isn’t gonna work and trying to get back in and adjust the house version to become the “mean” version […]

DVDs shipping today

Just got a call that “The Bet” DVDs are shipping out today and should arrive by end of day on Tuesday, the 18th. They WILL be available to order online at Film Baby on the 18th, but will display as “Out of stock” until they receive the actual shipment from me (which should be on […]

Detox update: the “mean” version

Mentioned before about taking a slightly new direction on the script, and that is fully underway. I don’t know if I explained exactly why I was taking it there. After the mixed reviews of “The Bet” – and believe me, I would never give up the polarized reaction for a middle-of-the-road meh – I wanted […]

Beard, part 2

So I was reading The Great and Secret Show by Clive Barker because it’s totally awesome, and then I can segue into Everville, its sequel. Anyway, if you remember my previous post about not shaving unless something awesome happens… well here’s a little snippet from the end of the third chapter: Forty-eight hours later, drunk […]

Detox update

Just winding down on the third draft of Detox (which is technically the first completed draft) and it kept nagging at me that it needed something. I knew what that something was, namely more commercial horror elements, but wasn’t really sure if they’d work in the context of the script. Well, I just went through […]

To beard or not to beard

I like it. I have eschewed the razor (well, technically I haven’t shaved in over a year, favoring instead the beard trimmer to take the sad growth down to a relatively acceptable length) for the past two weeks. I can’t say if it looks good. In fact, it probably doesn’t, but I pretty much don’t […]

DVD Giveaway contest ends December 8th

It’s you LAST CHANCE to win one of five copies of “The Bet” DVD over at Fatally-Yours. Go. ENTER. And good luck.

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Mirror mania

I’ve recently been exploring the surrealistic nature of mirrored images. Nothing new in any form, but the simplicity of seeing it with my laptop made it really easy to play with and really got my imagination going. And I love the Rorschachian quality of the images. I figure, once manipulated a bit, they could maybe […]

The Final Script

I hadn’t opened the final draft of the script in, well, since we shot the film which was just about a year ago. I had forgotten the little appendices I’d dropped in there and, when making the PDF to put up here, almost deleted them – then thought, “Why? Why not just let it be […]

Weary

After three days of photoshoots (unrelated, but ugh, so tired) and two days of back and forth with the dvd replicators, it looks like everything’s a go to manufacture the dvd for “The Bet.” It looks like they should be ready in time for the official release date. And Film Baby’s getting the page up […]

And I draw shit, too

I gotta find the full size version of this. I love this drawing of William S Burroughs (based on a photo I found in a magazine). I used to have free time.

I design shit, too.

Bet you didn’t know I’m actually an art director for an advertising agency. Yep, the 9-5 is spent making people like what they don’t (nee advertising). See what I’ve done HERE. Oh, and here’s the older site HERE. You can see even with TMitP I was fascinated by squares.

Shannon did it…

My office spouse, Shannon answered these on her blog. And now I will: 1. Is your second toe longer than your first?WTF?! no. 2. Do you have a favorite type of pen?I like pencils. 3. Look at your planner for March 14, what are you doing?I don’t even have next week planned. March?! 4. What […]

Subtle cosmetic surgery and Rufus

Rubberblog is undergoing a slight facelift. My current obsession with QR codes is apparent in the updated header. I’ll probably make a few other slight changes which shouldn’t interrupt your regularly scheduled blog. By the way, if you haven’t listened to (or even heard of) Rufus Wainwright, you really should. There’s something in the chords […]

Where it all began – The Story

This is the original short story as published in the October 2005 issue of Thirteen. The story was based on a recurring nightmare my wife has when she was a teenager. In the nightmare there were times when she was a silent observer and other times when she was the helpless victim. I wrote a […]

Maybe Theo didn’t try hard enough

Revolt of teh interwebs5 More pages on DetoxLoving Van GoghYes, I added another 5 pages to Detox. Since teh interwebs were not working at the house yesterday (despite 45 minutes on the phone with Cox – such great double meaning there – I still couldn’t get it to play nice. Then, I chilled and went […]

Happy Birthday to ME!

Even with the retro-aging scheme I cooked up last year, I’m still way older than I want to be. Not that numbers really bug me, really, they don’t, but they serve as a kind of guideline to how we’re supposed to feel and act. I’m at an age where it’s really not appropriate to wear […]

Become integral

Technology is sometimes one of those things that improves life. Like heart transplants or that kind of thing. But it can also be something that makes life more difficult. Like trying to get all your AV components connected and working well with each other (and don’t even get me started on the cord issue). QR […]

FAIL!

The DVD master I sent apparently has failed the initial checks before replication. Now they tell me? So, the DVD release date has been pushed back to the 18th of December. Ugh. Now that they told me the “proper” way of burning the disc, hopefully I can get it out tomorrow. Still, they won’t get […]

Loving the new script – and retro horror

And the film that could/should/will come of it. I’ve got a playlist with what could be (with different musicians) a rather interesting soundtrack album. I’ve begun compiling visual references that will come in handy with the subsequent rewrites. Basically, everything that happened with “The Bet” the few months or so before we shot it, is […]

Still more international sites

Not sure what language (possibly Chinese?) but “The Bet” is included in what looks like another IMDb-type site. I do have to admit, I love the way it comes up in foreign languages. Feels so… real. 导演: Michael Dunn

The major tattoo jones

Yes, I am jonesing for a tattoo. My last one was in January of aught6. Almost two years. Sure I currently have six. But if you have more than 2, you surely want more than 20. There are a few problems: a) they cost money. And while my wife said I could take $500 from […]

99 pages

Ok, apparently cleansing the other script from my head did good. I sat down at the computer this morning around 9. At about 10:30 I actually stopped fooling around with various distractions, like getting the printer to work through AirPort and got to the script. Detox gained about 13 pages and WOW! are they some […]

Is it weird…

…that I want a camera slate for my birthday? I mean, really, what says MOVIE more than a movie slate? that is so iconic. And yet, filming “The Bet,” we didn’t have one. We tried to use a dry-erase board we found in the school, but it sucked. The next weekend Kara bought a dry-erase […]

Is it procrastination?

So, I’m all ready to dive back into Detox, but then one of the ideas that i was mulling before tackling that script came rumbling back. It’s a much more typical horror script, lots of scares and blood and even a supernatural element. Something far more commercial than Detox probably is. So I let it […]

A glimmer of hope (and profit)

So, after figuring out the breakdown of how much the DVDs cost to make and how much the film cost to make, we just need to sell 800 copies to break even. Just. Only. ugh. In one sense 800 doesn’t seem like all that many, when you compare it to Hollywood standards. But in our […]

As writers strike, I write

Ironic, isn’t it, that just as the Writers Guild goes on strike, I gear up to attack the script for Detox head on. Of course, I’m not union, so it doesn’t really matter; I’m not breaking any rules. I just thought it was kinda funny. And speaking of the script, thus far I’m at 86 […]

Final DVD Specs

The film itself is 19 minutes long, but the DVD features over 4 hours of bonus features, including: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.4:1 Presentation Enhanced for 16×9 TVs Six Full-Length Commentaries: The Film: director Michael Dunn The Stars: Courtney Gardner Stavros and Walt Turner The Story: writers Michael Dunn and Chris Smith The Look: director of photography […]

“Your order arrived today”

That’s the subject of the email I just got from Discmakers who are manufacturing the DVDs. In theory, twelve working days from now, the DVDs will be on their way back to me. Scary. I still can’t quite wrap my head around how large a delivery of 1000 DVDs will be. I don’t think it’ll […]

I love the Bird

Send me pictures of people (you or anyone you know) flipping the bird. Do it. I love it. Send them now. This will come up once a month, my call for the digital salute. I don’t even care if they are from teh interwebs. Send them to michael AT rubbersquare.com and put BIRD in the […]

In place of film, there’s fudge

So, I absolutely refused to have anything to do with anything even film related today, no writing, no editing, no thinking, no watching, no anything whatsoever that involves film. So, since I can’t not do anything (yes, I’m just that sick), I spent the day making two batches of fudge – regular and cookies and […]

Mission: Relax, accomplished.

So, I realised this morning early, like 6am, when I awoke with that too-much-garlic taste in my mouth (which apparently I smelled as well), that although I had finally snagged the Greatest Hits version of Silent Hill 2 (which has the Born from a Wish scenario where you can be Maria) over two years ago, […]

To write or not to write?

If I had to define myself in one word, of what I am and stand for, something that people would immediately recognize and understand and go, “Oh, that makes sense,” that one word would be “Artist.” I have no qualms with that. It’s fairly encompassing of what I do and am and believe. For a […]

“Hallway” Bigger Version

You can see a larger version of the video for “Hallway” by clicking HERE.

“Hallway” Music Video

Finally, here it is… “Hallway” – performed by Justine Bellinsky and written by Rachel Bellinsky. This is a new version of the song that plays over the end credits of “The Bet.” This version was produced by, well, me and the video was directed by, well, me again and shot by Francis George and Francis […]

DVD Delivered

Well, the DVD master and artwork files went out in the mail today. Priority mail (just cos I wanted them there Tuesday, but may still get there Wednesday). Which means, in about 3 weeks, I’ll have 1,000 – that’s ONE THOUSAND!!! – copies of “The Bet” DVD ready to sell. I should feel exonerated, but […]

“The Bet” DVD Giveaway

The fine folks over at Fatally-Yours are hosting a DVD giveaway for “The Bet” to announce the December 4th release. Check it out HERE and enter.

“Hallway” cover

Temp cover for the “Hallway” single. Plus, I’ve decided I’m going to have to export the video (at least the “light” scenes out and adjust them frame-by-frame in Photoshop. If I can get it to look like the cover on a TV set, I’m there. Of course, this painfully delays everything, but it’ll be worth […]

Oh. So. Close.

DVD sleeve. Done.DVD artwork. Done.T-Shirt artwork. Done.Commentaries. Done. All 6.Final sound and picture. Done and done.Bonus features. Well… very close. So, that’s the good thing. So close to being done. A few tweaks. Another test. Possibly adding one more thing to the beast. Yes, even though there is now over FOUR hours of bonus features. […]

Halloween Blue Balls

So, smack dab in the middle of my “vacation” is Halloween, my single favorite holiday of all. I mean, how could I not love a holiday based on ghouls, goblins, horror and scaring the fuck outta people. So, I spent about 3 hours today, 3 hours that I could have been getting ahead of the […]

“Hallway” Music Video Hits Web

The completed music video for “Hallway” has hit the internet to promote the release of “The Bet” on DVD December 18, 2007. The video can be seen on Rubbersquare’s Vimeo channel as well as both MySpaceTV and YouTube. “Hallway” was written by Rachel Bellinsky of Switchyard and performed by her sister Justine Bellinsky of Moonvine. […]

Bruce Campbell’s Take on “The Bet”

You can’t please everyone, nor would I ever try. But it seems Bruce Campbell (yes, THAT Bruce Campbell of Evil Dead and Brisco County Jr. fame) wasn’t overwhelmed by the film. A few weeks ago, director of photography, Kurt Rauf, took an early release of the DVD (with a printed image of Donnie & Maree […]

In the Spirit of the Bird

Here’s the artwork for that t-shirt I was telling you about. Click on it for a better look. These are being produced as white silkscreen on a black t-shirt. They’ll be in when the DVDs arrive (part of the same order) and, as of now, there will only be 22 available. Which means, they’ll be […]

Interviews Done

Nothing says “That’s a wrap!” like flipping off the director. Saturday was the last of the interviews with Kurt Rauf, the director of photography, and the three leads, Lou Diamond, Courtney Stavros and Walt Turner. Now to get them all edited together in a coherent fashion that’s fun to watch and that’ll be done. That’s […]

“Hallway” music video

It was a stressful shoot, trying to cram WAY too much into a tiny time frame. Only got about a third of what I wanted, but what we did get looks pretty fucking awesome.The first image is in the “light” world, which is a dreamy reality. Justine is playing a glamourous version of The Girl […]

sleepy. sore.

We wrapped the video shoot (part one) last night about 11:30. I can’t imagine how Justine feels. I was just standing around going, “more ragdoll-y” “eyes up” “chin down” while she had to waltz with Walt (heh) in about a 5-square-foot area. Not to mention the corset. We scrapped a few shots for time, but, […]

Commence Shooting

Today I’m going to be directing my first evah music video. Like “The Bet,” the most nerve wracking thing is that since we are doing it on the uber-cheap, that something will go wrong. Luckily, the video doesn’t have a strict narrative, so some muddling wouldn’t be noticeable. Still, though, I just want it to […]

Artifact is Awesome

Artifact Design did an awesome new main title animation of “The Bet.” They rock. We (Shannon Sarver and I) recently had drinks with them when they were in town and talked about the commercial they are working on with us and asked about “The Bet.” They had just done the title for George Romero’s Diary […]

Shockerfest

Yesterday, “The Bet” played at the Shockerfest International Film Festival. And? Well, unfortunately we couldn’t go, though we had hoped to. I checked the website and I was the only one who’d added it to their schedule (and then didn’t go. ugh). Wondering if there’ll be any kind of response. Feels weird not knowing what […]

Opacity

If you haven’t seen the site Opacity, GO NOW! It’s shots of abandoned asylums, hospitals and other buildings. Awesome, creepy, amazing, haunting, just… WOW! Lots of pictures from that site were inspirational in creating the sets of “The Bet,” and just browsing through the pictures gives you an unsettled feeling. Check it out.

Commentaries & More Interviews

Today Chris Smith and I recorded our writers’ commentary, followed by me on the director’s commentary. Let me tell you, a 20-minute film flies by when you’re talking about it. Chris and I were going on and on and I looked up and realised we were near the end and thought we’d only just begun. […]

Interviews Part 1

Between armpit sniffing, brain blowing, puppet fucking, score keeping, foot showing, puck flying, random rambling, Boone’s Farm guzzling, chubba huffing, and what can only be described as the most horrid violation of a stuffed creature I’ve ever known to be committed to film, I’d say day one of the interviews went pretty fucking fantastic! Editing […]

Constructive Criticism

Wow, it can sting a bit, but can actually be pretty helpful. Got the critique back from the Sydney Underground Film Festival (which didn’t select “The Bet” for viewing). Not as nice to read as the one from the International Horror and Sci-Fi FF, but definitely more useful: Firstly, we would just like to state […]

Tough time deciding…

Absolutely loving the distressed “grindhouse-edness” of the “super 8” version of “the bet” – how many quotes do i need? but thought the “16mm version” didn’t need quite as much scratches/dust/grain/weirdness. so i just made it look fairly realistic. BUT i can’t decide which is the easily found (ergo on the menu) version and which […]

Alternate Ending for “The Bet”

Just got the storyboards back for the alternate/extended ending to be included on the DVD for “The Bet” and I am a-twitter with excitement. Damn I wish we’d been able to shoot it. Would have so rocked. Such an entirely different vibe from the final ending… not that I don’t love what we ended up […]

Interesting Feedback

The International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival chose not include “The Bet” in their program; however, they did offer to provide feedback from the judges. Here’s what they wrote: After reviewing judging forms from the Viewing Committee and the Program Chairs, I have compiled a list of all the positives and negatives of your film. […]

Super 8 (16) Update

Yes, the Super 8 (or, technically the Super 16 since that’s more of what it looks like) version of “The Bet” will be included on the DVD… twice. After going back through and deciding it didn’t really look convincing, I popped in my Eraserhead and Pi DVDs and basically matched the look of those, dulling […]

And Chinese (?)

I think it’s Chinese, anyway: imDb.cn. I’m a 导演 too.

Polish (I think)

“The Bet” is now included on what I think is a Polish IMDB-type site. I am the Reżyseria. Jeżeli widzisz jakieś błędy bądź braki na tej stronie możesz wysłać do nas aktualizację. Jeśli zostanie ona zaakcepowana przez naszych weryfikatorów pojawi się na tej stronie. Kliknij przycisk ‘Aktualizuj’ a zostaniesz przeprowadzony przez proces wysyłania aktualizacji.

DVD Release Pushed

“The Bet” DVD will now be released on 12-4, two weeks later than originally planned. This will ensure that all the special features can be included and allow time to get it produced properly. Two weeks isn’t bad when you consider how much stuff is being packed onto the disc. Lots and lots and lots […]

The George Lucas Syndrome

Before we made “The Bet,” I would re-edit commercials we’d shot, or other peoples’ films or what-have-you just to have some fun. Now that we’ve shot “The Bet,” I have something original to play with. And play with, I have.Possibly to be included on the DVD is the “Super 8 Version” of “The Bet.” I […]

Grrr… but, WEEE!

For some unknown reason (maybe Tom knows), the MySpace page for “The Bet Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” has been deleted. Neat. Wutev. The good news is there’s an awesome new mix of the song “Hallway” written by Rachel Bellinsky of Switchyard and performed by Justine Bellinsky of MoonVine. The track (in another form) plays over […]

A bad(ish) review of “The Bet”

I’m not going to complain about a bad review. I said from the beginning that as long as they made a valid case, I would not have an issue. I’m not really sure if Moviebuffs‘ review is bad or not. They definitely had gripes with just about every element of the film, but there are […]

“The Bet” site updated

A few tweaks here and there. Added the Shockerfest Official Selection logo and screening info, a collection of reviews with offsite links, DVD information and a few minor revisions. Bascially getting ready for the DVD release on 11-20-07. Check it out HERE. Wish there was a way to preorder the DVD, but since we aren’t […]

Michael Dunn to Direct Music Video

Plans were announced today to shoot a music video for “Hallway.” The song plays in a different version over the end credits of the short film “The Bet” also directed by Dunn. Written by Rachel Bellinsky of Switchyard and performed by Justine Bellinsky of MoonVine, “Hallway” was remixed into a single version by Dunn with […]

Shockerfest

“The Bet” has been accepted into the Shockerfest International Film Festival. Great, great news. We’re gonna try hard to get up there for it; it’s October 6&7, with the week preceding filled with other cool events.

Review: “Utterly Engrossing”

Pulpmovies has posted their review of “The Bet.” I gotta say I can’t help but get excited over the positive reaction the film’s been getting. And when someone actually gets the story and then raves, i get chills. What was so awesome about Pulpmovies’ review was they said something that actually made me love what […]

ShockerFest to Screen “The Bet”

“The Bet” will play on the second day of the ShockerFest International Film Festival which runs October 6th and 7th.

Pulpmovies Review: “Utterly Engrossing”

Pulpmovies has posted its review of “The Bet.” One of the few 5-Star films in their history, the review was glowing (and, they got it). “What really sets ‘The Bet’ apart is the atmosphere of grimy desperation that pervades the entire film — not just for the woman, but also for the two men. These […]

Not looking good.

While the reviews have been downright glowing, the festivals seem to really not have taken a liking to “The Bet.” So far, we’re 1 for oh, about 10 now. We’ve submitted to mainstream, horror and underground fests around the country (and the world) and so far, the only fest that’s accepted has been CineVegas, which […]

two things…

two things to lift me from the unnecessary grumpiness i’ve been in the past week: 1. for some weird reason i’ve had the song “i’ve just seen a face” by the beatles stuck in my head, well i know it’s because it’s featured in the theatrical trailer for across the universe – but why i’ve […]

Sneak Peek at the DVD Cover

Click for a larger view. Art needs some color tweaking and is subject to change. Comments appreciated. Features are not final.

Time to put it to bed.

Due to various circumstances, from time, money and energy constraints to just needing to be done with it, some of the proposed features on “The Bet” DVD won’t be happening. That’s not to say it won’t be chock full of stuff, just some things won’t happen. Here’s a revised features list (items with an asterisk […]

Review from Gorehounds Unite!

I’m starting to get worried. The backlash is going to happen at some point and I’m scared for when it actually happens. Gorehounds Unite! just posted their review of “The Bet” with 4.5 of 5 severed heads (gotta love the fun ratings!). I started to expect the staple of todays horror which is the torture […]

“The Bet” is now Internationally-Acclaimed

Thanks to the UK-based website Horror-Asylum which posted the review by Phil Davies Brown, “The Bet” is now officially internationally-acclaimed. He gave the film 3 of 5 stars (which doesn’t sound fantastic, but here’s a snippet from the review: Viewers need to pay attention and think in order to fully understand, or at least attempt […]

DVD Progress

Still working out what special features are going to be on “The Bet” DVD – since a 19-minute short could stand to have some added value if we sell it for $10 – and working on the actual DVD design: the menus, transitions, etc. Hoping to have some commentaries from cast and crew and working […]

Hallway

Trapped in a world of light, a young songstress makes her way to the formidable (and exciting) world of shadow.

Weird

Not really sure what happened, but as of Friday morning (today is Monday), there’ve been about 100 friend requests on “The Bet’s” MySpace page. Not really sure what triggered it, but, well, just weird. Not to mention there’s been a TON of hits on the videos (both the original trailer and new retail trailer posted […]

FINALLY!

“The Bet” is coming to DVD November 20. Stay in touch to find out how to get your copy. Either check back here or the Official Site or MySpace page. The Bet – on DVD 11-20-07Add to My Profile | More Videos

Evil Dread weighs in on “The Bet”

One of the reviews I was anxiously anticipating was Evil Dread’s, simply because I’ve been a regular of the website for some time now. So, when they posted the review I was, well, we’ll say relieved. They didn’t hate it. I continue to discover that short films are not as well-received by others as by […]

“The Bet” on DVD 12-18-07

Rubbersquare announced today that the critically acclaimed short film “The Bet” will be released on DVD December 18th and is scheduled to include over four hours of bonus features, including six commentaries, interviews, featurettes, alternate and extending endings an much more. The DVD will retail for $12.99.

THE BET

Two men have a long-standing game of placing a wager on the fate of those unfortunate enough to cross their path. Their latest pawn is a young woman with a mysterious past.

“The Bet” on DVD

Currently eyeing a late November release on DVD. Who knows what the next couple of months will bring, but, barring some sort of crazy distribution deal of some miraculous sort, I think we’ll be dropping it near the end of the year in an attempt to recoup some of the money spent making it. Keep […]

Another review: “Unsettling… Brilliant”

Horror Reviews posted a short, but sweet, review of “the Bet.” This short film directed by Michael Dunn is dark in every way. The atmosphere is the perfect setting for such an unsettling story. Throughout the entire film, you are given little tidbits of information that keep you glued to the screen wanting more, which […]

Funny

I mentioned in a previous post about the most “famous” Michael Dunn being a deceased dwarf actor. In City Life’s article about CineVegas, they say, “Dwarfing even them, though…” Funny.

It had to be done.

Much like “The Big Lebowski – Fucking Short Version” on YouTube, where they kept only the F-bombs and edited out everything else, I went through Poltergeist and got rid of everything except people saying “Carol Anne.” Why? Cos I can.

“The Bet” en Espanol

Abandomoviez has a page up for “The Bet.” Nothing more than an information page (trailer, credits, etc), but it’s still pretty cool to see the “sinopsis” in Spanish. And, fueling the “I need to change my name” debate, if you click on my name, it lists that I was in TeenAlien (1978) – which I […]

83 pages…

Still not done, but oh so close. Basically plugged in as much of the climax as I knew. Still have quite a few holes and some stuff that needs serious work. In all, pretty much liking where it’s going. Chris is printing it out and marking it up with notes and such (or so he […]

AND HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!

Decidedly Happy

I keep checking on IMDb to see if they’ve added the crapload of credits I sent to them, and little by little they’ve been trickling in. Today when I checked, for some reason, it really kinda hit me that there, on IMDb, where I’ve checked so many times before for info on films and filmmakers, […]

Damn You, JJ Abrams

I’ll blame him for the slowdown on getting the script for Detox written. I gotta blame someone. Ever since I saw the trailer for 1-18-08, I’ve been sucked into what could be an ARG (which I wasn’t even aware they existed until now) trying to figure out what the heck the film’s about. Looks good, […]

“The Bet” trailer highlighted on Pulp Movies

Pulp Movies has linked to the trailer on their website (and their MySpace). They requested a screener to review. Still waiting for some other reviews to come back. Hoping the delay is due to their being busy and not because they hated it. Har.

70 pages and counting

Getting close to finishing Detox. Was hoping to be done this weekend, but life got in the way. Wrote a pretty dramatic scene where I wasn’t sure if it was crap or awesome, but Chris said he was digging it, so I guess it wasn’t crap. These characters are quite verbose, which I hadn’t anticipated, […]

The Angel Heart Connection

Yesterday at lunch we got on the subject of movies and Angel Heart was mentioned. Mat Planet and I dreamily recalled the various Lisa Bonet scenes before he mentioned “the greatest image in the whole film.” He goes on to explain, since Sal hadn’t seen the film, that towards the end when Harry regains his […]

It’s called a SINGLE OPEN QUOTE

OK. maybe i am crazy. some people have the craziest pet peeves. i’m not here to judge. cos mine is just as crazy. i HATE – absolutely HATE – when people use a single open quote instead of an apostrophe. i can understand how it happens. if you are typing, say in word, indesign, whatever […]

well, it’s the fourth of july

i got 53 pages (that’s 53 minutes) written on the new script. some of it is actually quite fuckin’ good. about another 40 to go and we’ll pronounce it a first draft. huzzah! got a call from the chiller! thriller! film fest. they got their screener copies of “the bet” and really want to watch […]

NO NO NOOO!!!!

I am on the fence with the whole remake thing. The Psycho remake sucked, but I’m all for a version of it that is closer in tone and the character of Norman Bates in the book. What Van Sant did was wrong. I think they did a nice job with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake. […]

Mark Farrow

In a nice break from movie-movie-movie, I just found out that Mark Farrow‘s site is finally up. I LOVE Mark Farrow. He is the most awesome-est designer EVER. A lot of people don’t get it, think it’s too simplistic, and I can understand that. But for me, well, just, wow. The majority of my knowledge […]

Forum down, IMDB up!

I am getting rid of the Rubbersquare forum. I get about 10 spammers a day wanting to open a new account. Honestly, it’s not worth it. The purpose of the forum was to be a place to talk about Rubbersquare, films, mainly Rubbersquare films, which at this point is really only “The Bet.” Didn’t quite […]

“City Life” Mention

“City Life,” a local Las Vegas paper, mentioned “The Bet” in an article about CineVegas. …Michael Dunn’s stunningly shot (in HD), enigmatic and profoundly disturbing The Bet [is] a metaphysical abduction drama worthy of David Lynch himself. Expect great things of Dunn. Read the full article HERE.

Another review of “The Bet”

Fatally Yours has posted a glowing review of “The Bet.” Dunn and co-writer Smith have crafted a well-paced, intelligent, eerie and intriguing short film. You can read the full review HERE.

Fatally-Yours on “The Bet”: “Well-Paced, Intelligent, Eerie and Intriguing”

Fatally-Yours has published a very positive review of “The Bet.” An excerpt: The mood of the film is immediately set by the low lighting and dark, grimy look of the film. The foreboding atmosphere is intensified by the eerie and punctuated score… The mysterious hallway and its two gambling inhabitants, flashes of the woman’s past […]

New script underway

Have a very rough 15 minutes written which may or may not move to other areas of the film. Detox, that is. Plus, this morning, while relaxing out on the patio (and for some reason the image of Faye Dunaway the morning after her Oscar win popped into my head) beside the pool, I sketched […]

CineVegas Winners Announced

So, at the awards luncheon at Postrio, we happened to be lucky enough to sit with the director of “Knock Knock,” the MySpace winner that was included in the shorts program. The dude, Jack Ferry, was cool people. Nice, genuine and not a pretentious snob. Much better company than the previous weekend’s luncheon. He’s a […]

Even hell’s gatekeeper has fun

Walt Turner, who played James in “The Bet,” goofs around with Bryan Mitchell at the SAG Indie-sponsored filmmaker bowling event at Gold coast, one of the more popular CineVegas events.

CineVegas Controversy

Apparently “The Bet” has pissed off one of the filmmakers at CineVegas. Not really sure why she is being quite as vehement as she is, but well, whatever. I was kind of shocked that the film was basically called misogynistic in the reviews, but, again, I think people just didn’t get it. Apparently they didn’t […]

Review: “A grimy and interesting trip”

Horror Movies posted a complete review of “The Bet,” giving it a total of 8 of 10 stars. A grimy and interesting trip into the minds of two sadistic gamblers. Read the full review HERE.

The World Premiere of “The Bet”

Well, not too long ago, lyrics from Poe’s “Walk the Walk” refused to leave my head: Watched his dream walk across a silver screenAnd he was standing there when the theatre went pitch black Dear world I’m pleased to meet you Hey everybody when I walk the walkI gotta back it all up I gotta […]

I’m Moving to New York

No, not really. But I wish I lived there. The two times I visited it was, well, something. And to top it off, this is something awesome. The Museum of the Moving Image had a special tribute to horror films, specifically HORROR FILMS FROM THE 1970s AND TODAY. How cool is that?!?! Some of the […]

Anyone know Korean?

Googlebating, I found this: 당신은 절대로 이길수 없다는 문구의 카피가 아주 새로운 뉴인디펜던츠 호러필름이다.어느 어두운 집.두명의 남자는 어리고 예쁘게 생긴 여자를 납치해오고납치된 여자를 걸고 죽음의 내기를 벌인다,정해진 시각.그리고 정해진 폐쇄공간에서벌어지는 죽음의 내기..그리고…상당히 퀄리티가 높은 필름의 인디펜던츠 단편이다.무비스온라인이나 호러무비 영화정보 웹사이트들에서 극찬을 아끼지 않는작품으로 올해 나온 단편중 가장 돋보이는 드라마의 완성도를 가진 작품이라고 평할수 있을정도의 작품이다. […]

Changing my name

Okay, probably not, but it was pretty disappointing to be “Michael Dunn (XII)” on IMDb. Moreso that the “famous” Michael Dunn was a dwarf actor. There’s just nothing about the last name “Dunn” that really says anything. It doesn’t have that cool ring to it like, say, Kubrick, Hitchcock, Lynch… y’know? Plus, it’s not the […]

More good response

Movies Online has at least four different pages about “The Bet” for various things like a sorta review, info page, director page and poster page. Here’s what they have to say: Do you like SAW? How bout Unknown? If you like a good horror thriller it looks like the new indie film “The Bet” will […]

First CineVegas Experience

Well, it wasn’t afilm, but rather the filmmakers’ luncheon at Roys. Food was great. But I couldn’t help feeling like the red-headed stepchild at a family reunion. The other filmmakers were nice enough, but when we (Chris and I) said we had done a short, they didn’t say it, but you could tell there was […]

Michael the 12th

Well, I’m finally in! IMDB has finally given me my own PAGE. Weird how really very exciting this is for me. I don’t know why. It’s like proof I made a film. They still only have editor listed, not sure why they’d do that and not director, but, hey, whatever – it’s THERE! Too bad […]

First review of “The Bet” – And it’s positive!

From The Horror Explorer: Michael Dunn makes his directorial debut with the short film “The Bet.” The story is based around two men and an unfortunate young woman for whom the bet revolves around. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. It has a look and feel to it that is […]

IMDB

Still not much luck with the IMDB page. The only folks they have listed are Kurt as cinematographer and Walt as one of the cast. Well, they have Chris Smith listed as writer, but it’s not the right Chris Smith. The film with no director. And only one cast member. But still, its Moviemeter is […]

Local Radio Plug

I missed it, but the Las Vegas radio station Area 108 was talking about CineVegas this morning and plugged “The Bet.” Something about “the film with all the buzz.” Pretty cool. CineVegas launches tomorrow with a special screening of Ocean’s 13. I’ve got my schedule mostly sorted out. Trying to fill in some holes without […]

More validation

Okay. Trailers are always better than the film. I know that. I just hope the film gets half as good of a review as the trailer has. The folks over at moviesfornobody.com have highlighted “The Bet” on their site and plugged it in their podcast (Episode 57 at 9:53). While they called me Michael “Nunn” […]

Rubbersqizzle

If you have never heard of Gizoogle, you gotta go there. It’ll “transizlate” it for you. Click here to see my blog transizlated. A sample: “Indie horror is a special breed if you gots a paper stack. Its eitha off tha hook or terrible wit da big Bo$$ Dogg. No middle ground is often found, […]

Some positive response

While the trailer has been pretty popular, garnering (as it should) quite a bit of talk and interest, it got it’s first “official” response on the website horror-movies.ca: “Indie horror is a special breed. Its either awesome or terrible. No middle ground is often found, not by me. Thankfully The Bet Trailer is really quite […]

Out of my hands

Well, after some “issues,” an HD version of “The Bet” was dropped off at CineVegas. Quite unceremonial (not that I expected a procession of ushers to guide me in under fanfare and all that), but even psychologically it didn’t quite have the OH MY GOD-ness I thought it might. “Hey, is there a manager on […]

Grrr

Just grrr. That’s all.

City Life Weighs In

In an article about CineVegas, City Life had this too say about “The Bet.” Michael Dunn’s stunningly shot (in HD), enigmatic and profoundly disturbing “The Bet” [is] a metaphysical abduction drama worthy of David Lynch himself. Expect great things of Dunn.

V.I.P. Premiere

Had a little party on Saturday to unveil “The Bet” to a small group of friends. Went pretty well despite a late start and my long-winded intro to thank a few people. Before the film, I added a teaser trailer for Detox, the follow-up feature, which was a surprise to everyone. Then the logos for […]

“The Bet” to Premiere at CineVegas

The short film “The Bet” has been selected to play in the Nevada Filmmaker Shorts program at the 2007 CineVegas Film Festival. The film has just gone through a complete sound design overhaul by John McClain of The Dog and Pony Show as well as substantial tweaks in the look. To celebrate the inclusion in […]

Blast from the Past

Here’s “technically” my directorial debut, an intro film for the 2004 AIGA Las Vegas Work Show. I created the theme and collateral for that year’s awards show (and the one before) and had come up with a “Obey. Submit. Release.” tagline which basically meant to obey the client, submit your work and then come and […]

CineVegas Showtimes

The CineVegas site has been updated with the film schedule, including showtimes for “The Bet.” It will play during the Nevada Filmmaking Shorts Program on Wednesday, June 13th at 3:30pm and on Friday, June 13th at 1:30pm. Check out “The Bet’s” page on CineVegas’ site HERE. Exciting! Exciting! EXCITING! I can’t wait.

CineVegas, baby!

Ok, as a local, I cringe when I hear “VEGAS, BABY!” But, hey, I’m pretty stoked. “The Bet” has been selected to show at CineVegas, so I’m allowing a little bit of goofiness. The film will play twice, on June 13th and 15th, though times have not yet been announced. The schedule and trailers and […]

DONE

or is it? After nearly three months of, um, delays and setbacks, I had no choice but to pull the post production of “The Bet” back into my hands. Not to say that in that time some nice things hadn’t happened, just that they hadn’t happened, um, completely. Hmmm, I am intentionally trying to be […]

Closer and closer

I told Chris “The Bet” was so close to be finished I could feel it in the back of my throat. Yes, it’s that close and that annoying. Well, only annoying because after going through post production I was being the diva director and wanted to get my fingers into it and massage it in […]

Eyes on the Prize

Tonite, Kurt Rauf, the DP on “The Bet,” is screening “My Name Is Bruce,” the Bruce Campbell-directed film which Kurt was DP on, for Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert and also showing his reel including scenes from “The Bet.” Which (if you didn’t follow that last sentence) means, potentially, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will […]

oh. no.

i’m going to unveil “the bet” to an audience of mostly cast and crew in a few weeks. as soon as i sent the invitations out, i was struck with a sudden bout of abject terror because now people were going to see a FINAL version of the film. not a rough cut. none of […]

Soundtrack on MySpace

Four of the tracks from “The Bet – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” are on MySpace. Take a listen, comment, add the page as a friend (and the ones for Rubbersquare (my personal page) and “The Bet” if you haven’t already.

Sound Design and Color Correction

Yesterday I went to Sun Media to address the color correction and, while it is a very, very subjective thing, I think it came out pretty good. Kinda disappointed we did it in Final Cut and not Smoke and it didn’t quite hit the contrasty look I’d hoped for (which I was afraid we wouldn’t […]

Score Completed

The score for “The Bet” is finished! And it’s pretty darn good, actually. The only thing that hasn’t been done is a full version of the song “Hallway” which runs over the credits, but since it won’t actually be in the film, it’ll wait a bit. All of the tracks from the score have been […]

First development meeting

Chris Smith and I chowed and pow-wowed about stuff today, including where we are headed with the new as-yet-untitled script. He had (of course) a pretty interesting idea which would tie into something I’ve had in the back of my head for quite some time, so that was pretty cool. I’m going to try to […]

DELIVERED!

The viewing copy of “The Bet” was hand-delivered by yours truly about 30 minutes ago. Yes, it’s still in progress, but at least I made the deadline. Now, to finish the damn thing!

The Bloody Glitch – in MOTION

FINALLY! I got the QuickTimes to export so that the glitches held (it has something to do with the scene that preceeds it, I think. Without that scene before, the glitch goes away. But once I exported it with the preceeding scene, reopened it and cut that out and saved again, the glitch stayed. So, […]

The Bloody Glitch part 2

More bloody goodness that shouldn’t be (though it really freaks me out). I don’t know why the glitches popped up in the first place, but the film has suddenly taken on an entirely darker feel because of it. The smear across the wall would have been awesome in the other room. And the blood on […]

Development begins

Chris Smith (co-writer of “The Bet”) and I are meeting Thursday to discuss the new script which as yet has no title because the original title kinda sucks so I made it go away. We’ve decided to go for the thriller rather than the gorefest which he thought was a smart move and the more […]

The Glitchy Blood

Went through the edit on Saturday with Chris Defranco and he had a few minor tweaks. Now to get the submission copy in my hands and to CineVegas. Going to be submitted as “In Progress” since there’s about two weeks of sound design and still need to color correct. Started going through and scoring. And […]

Trailer for “The Bet” Released

The trailer for “The Bet” is complete and has been released to internet outlets such as YouTube, MySpace and IFC. “The Bet” is a short film about two men with a long-standing game of placing a wager on the fate of those unfortunate enough to cross their path. Their latest pawn is a young woman […]

To gore or not to gore

Waffling back and forth on the next project. Should it be a clever, twisty psychological thriller? Or should it be a thrill-ride gorefest? I’m pretty much torn. I think the gorefest would garner a bit more attention than the thriller, but it would possibly be a superficial interest. While the thriller could (read that COULD!) […]

“Hallway” and 9 days

I’ve got (at least a temp version of) “Hallway” finished, the “Film Version” which starts with music that leads to the end credits which is where “Hallway” plays. Also different from the regular version in that it’s shorter and has a different instrumentation. Thanks big time to Rachel and Justine (and Mike Powers at The […]

Good Thing I’m Not an Accountant

I just realised that it’s not a week until the CinVegas deadline. It’s TWO weeks. Man, you have no idea what a relief that is. Whew. Okay, breath.

Never stop

Okay, so I’ve got two feature-lengths scripts a-working and a short one, too – all while trying to get “The Bet” finished up and submitted. Looks like it might be a work in progress that gets submitted, but hoping we’ll be able to get it finalised. We’ll see.

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days

Sunday we’re recording music and Monday (hopefully) I’ll get to see the new edit. Starting to freak out a litte bit. Got a lot to get done and not much time to do it. Only TWELVE days until the CineVegas deadline. gotta get a locked picture, shoot the “missing” scene and composite it with the […]

Feature-Length Happiness

So, I sent a quick, rambling treatment/outline to Chris for the feature I mentioned a few days ago. He likes. I like. And it looks like we might go tandem on this one as well. I can’t wait to start digging my claws into the story and pulling out the slimy intestines and forming them […]

“The Dark Hallway”

Looks like we might be recording the song for the end credits, “The Dark Hallway,” at the end of this week. Justine Bellinsky is singing and playing violin for the song Rachel Bellinksy wrote. The tracks from that will be filtered through the film as the score. Hoping to get in to do the finishing […]

“The Bet” Writers Develop Feature

Michael Dunn and Chris Smith, co-writers of “The Bet” have begun developing a feature-length script currently titled Detox. Details are being kept secret until the script is complete.

So, I had this idea… part two

Back in June of last year, I started this blog with the same subject, leading to (finally) the creation of my first short film. So, not content with a single short film, I started thinking a few days ago and came up with the premise for another short. Well, apparently not content with another short, […]

Those Magical Two Words

While waiting to get into finishing on “The Bet” (which is driving me a bit crazy, the waiting; I want to see the darn thing finished), I typed those two magical words: “FADE IN:” and started on a new screenplay. Tentatively titled “The Skin of Mother,” the story follows a convicted child molester/murderer who is […]

New version of the edit

Dropped off the hard drive with Chris DeFranco at Sun Media who is going to noodle around and see what he can improve upon this weekend. Can’t wait to see what happens when someone else with fresh eyes goes through it. Pretty exciting. Hopefully I’ll get to see something next week?!?! I wanna lock picture […]

More Color Tests

Version 5 and Version 6 of the color testing are up. Both were done by exporting the frames as individual images, then batch processing through Photoshop to apply specific color treatments and such (including some frame-by-frame hand fixing). Some things, like the very white highlights in the plaster on the wall were created by masking […]

First Color Test

Here’s my first stab at treating the look of the film. This is a Photoshop’d still that looks exactly like what I’d want from the final film – click the image to make it bigger. To see the sample I did (which doesn’t quite match the subtleties of that still) click HERE.

Stills

“The Bet’s” MySpace page has production stills and screen caps (with temp color correction) posted in the pics section. Check it out.

“The Bet” on the Interweb

In case you haven’t seen, “The Bet” is being promoted on a couple of popular websites, including the previously posted YouTube. The trailer is being shown on IFC’s Media Lab. Rubbersquare has a MySpace page which is promoting the film. “The Bet” also has it’s own dedicated MySpace page. The latter will be getting a […]

Editing Continues

Taking cues from the first preview, more editing is being done. Somehow, trimming some stuff to tighten up various scenes (which dropped about 30 seconds from the running time), I’ve managed to add back in about 20 seconds – not exactly sure how that happened. The pace seems a bit more appropriate, but there is […]

First Responses to the Rough Cut v3

Screened the rough cut, version 3, to Matt, Chris and Kurt (and Chris’ wife, Alex) and was I was shocked how positive the comments were. I was expecting much harsher criticisms, but in general it was relatively small things. Mainly, tightening up some of the dragging (no pun) moments. I had kept very strictly to […]

Without a Box

To facilitate the film festival submission process, I registered at withoutabox.com. In addition they allow filmmakers to create an Audience page with details about the film that anyone can view and post comments to, etc. The link to that page is audience.withoutabox.com/films/rubbersquare-thebet. Go take a look.

oh fuck!

WOW! After a few little tweaks in the rough rough cut, I am LOVING the new rough cut, what I will proudly call the “Director’s Cut.” Amazing what a few stylistic touches can do. I can’t wait to show it to the rest of the posse (Matt, Chris and Kurt) and get their feedback. Once […]

Assembly Edit of “The Bet” Complete

Director/editor Michael Dunn to screen the assembly edit for producer Matt Wilkinson, co-writer Chris Smith and director of photography Kurt Rauf.

Major Website Update

With the new hosting plan which allows unmetered traffic (finally) comes some new additions. The trailer is finally on the website, nice and big and clean. Recommended for faster connections, but shouldn’t bog down others too badly. Updated bios in the bios section. A revamped stills section (which has some work to be done, but […]

Website is down

Upgraded the hosting plan to allow for more traffic. Should be up tomorrow.

Rough Cut is Done

Very rough. But maybe good? Screened it for my wife and it was difficult for her to be objective since she was there for the filming and laughed at some parts, just because she knew what had gone on during the shoot. On the whole, though, despite some lighting and sound issues, she thought it […]

THE TRAILER!

On youtube until I get the bandwidth for the site taken care of.

Back on track

Ok. Finally. Back to editing. Got the first 2+ minutes copied from lo-def to hi-def this morning. Cutting together nicely. I’m amazed at how un-digital it actually looks. Not as clean as I’d feared, but still, no substitute for film. Of course, when you consider how much it actually costs to shoot/develop/transfer film, there’s no […]

Delays Delays Delays

Editing has been delayed until I can get the newest version of Final Cut. I only have 5.0. Damn. The trailer has been delayed until I can get a license to use music from Angel Heart. Failing that, I’ll have to get something original or stock, but nothing would be as good as the track […]

And that’s a wrap!

Yesterday marked our third and final day of filming. Despite a couple of digital effects shots that eatdrink and myself are doing, the film is in the can (or on the drive in this case). Much thanks to everyone who worked on the production, everyone from an amazing cast to people who helped clean up […]

“The Bet” Completes Principal Photography

Just a few days before Christmas, “The Bet” has wrapped and moves into post production, aiming for release at the 2007 CineVegas film festival.

The Dark Hallway

Our final set, the hallway between Henry’s and James’ rooms, is up. Last night we cleared the room – we had to set up in one of the classrooms, rather than the theatre since a Christmas party is going on tonite – and moved all the flats and such into the room. Starting about 10 […]

“Say it!”

If what I saw on the monitor today was any indication, this film is gonna be amazing. Not only did it look great, but the knife scene was just absolutely painful to watch – in a good way. Courtney wasn’t feeling well (bronchitis and a sinus infection) and the way Walt (in character of course) […]

James’ Room…

WOW! If Henry’s room looked good, James’ room looks fuckin’ amazing! Last night we did the basic build (which was pretty much the same as Henry’s with the door and window walls flopped and repositioning the door to match how it would be in the hallway. Today we painted (a dark aqua blue that I […]

First Day of Shooting Complete

Now I must sleep. edit: Ok, now that I’ve slept, I really have to add something to this. No way I could let such a monumental day go with just the one sentence. Once we got back on set in the morning, Kurt decided (rightly so) that the set was too plain. It looked like […]

17 hours later…

tired. sore. but we have a set. Spackled. Painted. Put in conduit and electrical boxes. We have drapes (ugly ones, to boot!) over the window. The rug and chair, bookshelves with books, wall sconces, moulding, Francis George’s cabaret chair in place… It looks like a room. Dark, dingy, dreary, bleak… but that’s the idea. 8am […]

Day One of Construction

At about 6pm we hit Imprints with truckloads of frames and panels to build the flats. Once put together, we got them standing and built what will be Henry’s room. But right now, it’s just a 20′ x 16′ room with stark white primed walls. To think in 24 hours this will be a (hopefully) […]

The Cast is, well, Cast!

Today marked the completion of our casting. In the role of Henry is Lou Diamond, for The Girl, Courtney Stavros and today we added Walt Turner as James. Such a relief to have some great actors to play the roles.

Moving Right Along

Offered the role of “The Girl” to an actress we met with last week. She was extremely smart and totally professional (and prepared – did her research and everything). She really liked the story and the script, so hopefully she accepts the role. Still looking for someone to play James. What I thought would be […]

The Puppets are Dead

Well, at least on camera. We shot the newscast yesterday and everything went great. Mat and Shannon did an amazing job with their puppetry debut. Got some great stuff in the can. Muy thanks to Francis George for the use of his studio and lighting. Matt and I met with our candidate for Henry at […]

“Henry” Cast

Lou Diamond has been cast as Henry. Lou has a lot of commercial and voice experience. This is a reunion of sorts since the “Look What’s Arrived” spot for UMC, in which he was a delivery man, was directed by Kurt Rauf, produced by Matt Wilkinson while Michael Dunn was the art director and Shannon […]

First Day of Shooting

The first segment of “The Bet”, the Channel 4 newscast with Donnie and Maree, was shot today at Francis George’s studio. Mat Planet and Shannon Sarver gave incredible performances for their puppetry debut.

Casting Continues

There are postings up at mandy.com, searchfortalent.com, exploretalent.com, casting-call.us and actorspages.org. Hopefully through one of those and word of mouth around town, we’ll find our talent. The Channel 4 newscast shoot is still planned for this Sunday, though Mat has gotten sick. Hopefully he pulls through by this weekend.

Casting Begins

While we don’t have the budget for an “official casting call,” casting has begun. The three actors are the final (and crucial) pieces in the puzzle that is almost complete. Because we don’t have actors yet, I’m raising the Doom Watch to DefCon 2. We’re shooting December 3, 10 and 17. JAMES – 30’s-40’s, dark […]

Principal Photography Scheduled

Principal photography on the short film “The Bet” is set to begin December 3, 2006 and continue the next two following Sundays. The film will be shot in the theatre at Imprints Day School in Las Vegas.

First Day of Shooting

We’re set to shoot the first element of “The Bet” – namely the Channel 4 newscast with Donnie and Maree – on November 5th. The newscast will be seen on the TV in James’ room, and is enacted by puppets through the eyes of The Girl. If you’re thinking “Puppets, that’s kids stuff!” then just […]

Dates, Deadlines and Doom

With a location found, now comes the task of coordinating everyone’s schedules. We’re tentatively set to shoot the three weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hopefully it works out, since the CineVegas submission deadline is rapidly approaching. By March 15th, we need to cast, build sets, shoot, edit, score and finish. Basically everything. I’m now on […]

Location FOUND!

Imprints Day School has agreed to let us use their theatre space on weekends to shoot the film. Awesome news, indeed. Now, on to the task of contacting actors and building sets and getting the crew assembled to actually shoot. Much, much, MUCH!!! thanks to Sheri and Imprints. They are committed to building culture and […]

Donnie & Maree Have Arrived

and they are creepy as shit. Creepy right out of the box and even moreso once Mat and Shannon started playing with them. Chris has created a monster with this thing. In a very, very good way.

Possible Location Found

Because of the deteriorated nature of the script’s locations, finding someplace that works “as is” has proven difficult. Las Vegas is renowned for getting rid of the old quickly (and “old” isn’t even that old). So we’ve started looking at a large enough space to build sets. We may have found a location; there are […]

The Actors Behind the Puppets

The roles of Donnie and Maree have been cast. Mat Planet will be performing Donnie, while Shannon Sarver will take the part of Maree. Mat is an art director with a penchant for performing (both on stage as a drummer, as well as anywhere the moment catches him – the office, the car, the restroom). […]

Casting Begins for “The Bet”

Two cast members have signed on just days into pre-production. Mat Planet has agreed to perform Donnie and Shannon Sarver has taken the part of Maree. Donnie and Maree are puppet newscasters seen on a television during a couple of scenes in the short film. Mat and Shannon have the quick, sick humor which will […]

Site Updated

The official site for The Bet has been updated with new artwork. Still fairly light on content, but that will change in the coming weeks. Once the photography (by Francis George) is done and the design complete, things such as desktops will be available. Hopefully I’ll get a forum created and running on the Rubbersquare […]

Donnie & Maree Have Been Cast

Donnie and Maree, two newscasters seen on TV in two scenes, have been “cast.” Actually, they are just puppets (it makes sense, believe me). But I’ve gotten approval from the company that makes them to use in the film. The actors behind the puppets have yet to be cast. As soon as the funding comes […]

The Script is “Official”

Registered with the writers guild and also in the process of being copyrighted. Chris Smith and I are co-authors of a short film script. Now, on to the process of becoming co-filmmakers, as well.

What does dismal sound like?

Currently discussing the style for the soundtrack with Rachel Bellinsky (of the famed Switchyard). Trying to decide if she should contrast the dreariness with a more lush, melodic score (like the Ludivico scene from A Clockwork Orange and the opening of Hiroshima, mon Amour) or accentuate it with equally sparse, cruel, grimy sounds. I’m kinda […]

Henry’s Music

Instead of eating lunch yesterday, I started noodling in Garageband and came up with a nice tune of sorts for the end of the film. Listen to it here.

Ladies & Gentlemen: The Final Draft.

On the perfectly-numbered 7th draft we have a winner. A balance of all things we’ve wanted from the very beginning. Subtle yet intense. Ambiguous but clear. At about 18 minutes (which should keep us at a 20-minute projection reel with credits) we have our final draft. Now, as Chris said, “Let’s find a spot and […]

Meeting of the Minds

This afternoon saw the first real discussion between myself, Chris, Kurt and Matt about the script and actual production. Still some fine-tuning to do and the hunt for a location is on. It might be tough to find the perfect location, but it’s out there. And to find a set designer to help things along […]

Greenlight October 1st

The official start of pre-production is set for October 1st. That’s when the first (hopefully not the last) wave of cash will come in. In the meantime the script is getting some fine-tuning and we’ll be working on the budget to see how much it will take to get to a rough cut.

We have a producer

Matt Wilkinson of Abe Froman Productions (who did the last two UMC spots) has agreed to be the producer for “The Bet.” Very exciting news indeed. Matt’s knowledge and experience (not to mention his sense of humor) are going to be great assets creating the film. Additionally, there’s a lead on a director of photography […]

“The Bet” Lands a Producer

Matt Wilkinson of Abe Froman Productions (who did the last two UMC spots which Michael Dunn created) has agreed to produce “The Bet.” Very exciting news indeed. Matt’s knowledge and experience (not to mention his sense of humor) are going to be great assets creating the film.

The Bet (2nd draft)

Mr. Smith has made some amazing additions and changes to the script. Lookin’ like it may be as good as I’d hoped it would be. He’s added an unusual little twist to the narrative. Unusual to say the least. The idea is good, but it will be quite the test to see if I, as […]

First draft of “The Bet” is done!

Timing in at 17 pages, the first draft of what will hopefully become my first legitimate short film is done. It’s pretty darn rough, to be sure, and there’s some cheating (like dialogue that goes “Something really cool is being said here,” but it’s a start. Chris said he’s game to cowrite, and I just […]

So, I had this idea…

Guess what I’m doing. as of Friday night I’ve decided that the one thing I really, really want to do is direct. Yes. Really. And since I am in the uncommon position of also being a writer, I thought, well, I can write something and direct it. Yes. Really. The UMC spots we’ve done have […]

Development of a short film

Rubbersquare has flagged “The Bet” for development into a short film. Chris Smith has been tapped to co-write the script with Michael Dunn. While the idea of the short story will be kept intact, many changes will be made to take advantage of the new medium.

“The Bet” Moves into Pre-Production

With a completed script, the short film moves into pre-production with Matt Wilkinson of Abe Froman Productions coming aboard as producer. Kurt Rauf has signed on as director of photography. Rachel Bellinsky of Switchyard will compose the score. Location scouting and casting will begin shortly. A December shoot is anticipated.

“The Bet” published

Thirteen, a UK-based horror magazine, has published “The Bet”, a short story by Michael Dunn. The story was originally written in 1987 after Dunn’s wife detailed a recurring nightmare. The story was re-written in 1995. This is the first professionally-published story by Michael Dunn. “The Bet” is an account of a wager between two men […]

Foreplay

An artist obeys the client, submits his work and releases everything in the name of art (and awards).