Staci Layne Wilson is an award winning filmmaker, TV Host, and Amazon #1 Best selling author for her book, ‘So L.A. – A Hollywood Memoir.’ She wrote, produced and hosted three entertainment talk shows online: This Week In Movies, Inside Horror, and Dread Central Live. She has been featured on the BBC, Bravo, Reelz, MTV, CNN (and many more) as a film historian and author.
In this episode we discuss how Staci ended up writing for the ultra popular horror blog, Dread Central, growing up in LA surrounded by artists and famous people, making her films, and tons more.
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— So L.A. – A Hollywood Memoir – The #1 Amazon Best Seller
— Dread Central – is an American website founded in 2006 that is dedicated to horror news, interviews, and reviews. It covers horror films, comics, novels, and toys. Dread Central has won the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Website four times and was selected as AMC’s Site of the Week in 2008.
— The Ventures
— Buni Bacon – only appeared in a couple of movies, but she worked a lot behind the scenes – including training big cats like Zamba and Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion, and writing for celebrity gossip tabloids like Confidential.
— The Rainbow Bar and Grill – is a bar and restaurant on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California, United States, adjacent to the border of Beverly Hills, California. Its address is 9015 Sunset Boulevard. The restaurant was founded in early 1972 by Elmer Valentine, Lou Adler, Mario Maglieri and others, opening on April 16, 1972, with a party for Elton John. At the time, the word “rainbow” signified peace and freedom. It quickly became known as a hangout for celebrities of all types. John Belushi ate his last meal(lentil soup) at table No. 16
Steven Bernstein is a screenwriter, director, and cinematographer. He’s lensed such films as Monster (Directed by Patty Jenkins), Kicking and Screaming (directed by Noah Baumbach) and Like Water for Chocolate. Interestingly he also shot comedies like The Waterboy, Scary Movie 2, and White Chicks and blockbuster action films like S.W.A.T. He also wrote a best selling text book, Film Production.
His latest films, Decoding Annie Parker, and Dominion Steven wrote and directed. The films include actors Aaron Paul, John Malkovich, Helen Hunt, Rhys Ifans, Zosia Mamet, Bradley Whitford, and Rashida Jones.
Currently Steven is teaching his own film seminars on & offline which I highly encourage you check out HERE.
Steven has had an unusual career and it’s led him to very different views about filmmaking. Steven has lectured on film, particularly new approaches to screenwriting based on an understanding of the visual nature of film, as well as radical approaches to lighting and understanding cinematography for the non-cinematographer. He also has lectured about new approaches for putting together the independent film.
We chat working with Patty Jenkins on Monster, making your own projects, working with A level talent like Charlize Theron and John Malkovich, and so much more.
— Steven Bernstein Film Seminars – Finally, seminars from a real feature filmmaker, who is a successful writer, director, cinematographer and producer.
— Eurythmics – were a British music duo consisting of members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart.
— Tony Kaye – is a British director of films, music videos, advertisements, and documentaries.
— Patty Jenkins – a writer/director best known for her debut feature Monster, based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos, directing the pilot episode of AMC’s hit show The Killing , and as the director of the film Wonder Woman for Warner Brothers.
— Wonder Woman – Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
— Monster – Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.
— Sophocles ScreenWriting Software – was a Windows-based screenwriting software application used for writing feature film and television screenplays. The program first became available on the Internet in 1999. Its distinguishing features included a two window screen setup, showing the script and screenplay outline simultaneously.
— WriterDuet – is a screenwriting software that focuses on real-time collaboration and industry-standard formatting for writing screenplays created by Guy Goldstein
— Downward Dog – The series follows the adventures of Martin, a philosophizing dog, who has to live with his owner, Nan, a millenial who has no more time for him because of her work at Clark and Bow Outfitters.
— Spider Man: Homecoming – Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.
David Powers is a filmmaker, podcaster, and currently the Operations Manager for Subway Cinema that produces the New York Asian Film Festival as well as the Director of NYAFF Chat for Subway Cinema.
In this two hour long episode (!) I chat with Dave about the New York Asian Film Festival, getting burned out from working on film sets, what happens if you don’t follow your dreams, working with The Ultimate Warrior, pro wrestling, and tons more.
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— DB Cooper vs BigFoot – A group of young hunters arrive at a secluded lodge in the Pacific Northwest. Little do they know that the hunters are about to become the hunted.
— London At Midnight – also known as The Hypnotist, was a 1927 American silent mystery film with horror overtones, distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film was based on the short story “The Hypnotist” by Tod Browning, who also directed the film. London After Midnight starred Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Conrad Nagel, Henry B. Walthall, and Polly Moran. The movie is now lost and remains one of the most famous and eagerly sought after of all lost films. The last known copy was destroyed in the 1967 MGM Vault fire. In 2002, Turner Classic Movies aired a reconstructed version, using the original script and film stills, by producer Rick Schmidlin.
— Nightmare on Elm Street – several teenagers who are stalked and killed in their dreams (and thus killed in reality) by Freddy Krueger. The teenagers are unaware of the cause of this strange phenomenon, but their parents hold a dark secret from long ago.
— Dolemite – a 1975 American blaxploitation feature film, and is also the name of its principal character, played by Rudy Ray Moore, who co-wrote the film and its soundtrack. Moore, who started his career as a stand-up comedian in the late 1960s, heard around that time a rhymed toast by a local homeless man about an urban hero named Dolemite, and decided to adopt the persona of Dolemite as an alter ego in his act.
— Takashi Miike – highly prolific and controversial Japanese filmmaker. He has directed over ninety theatrical, video, and television productions since his debut in 1991. Miike is credited with directing fifteen productions in the years 2001 and 2002 alone. His films range from violent and bizarre to dramatic and family-friendly.
— Park Chan Wook– is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, producer, and former film critic. One of the most acclaimed and popular filmmakers in his native country, Park is most known for his films Joint Security Area, Thirst and what has become known as The Vengeance Trilogy, consisting of 2002’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, 2003’s Oldboy and 2005’s Lady Vengeance. His films are noted for their immaculate framing, black humor and often brutal subject matter.
— Visitor Q – The film’s plot is often compared to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema, in which a strange visitor to a wealthy family seduces the maid, the son, the mother, the daughter, and finally the father, before leaving a few days after, subsequently changing their lives.
— Audition – a 1999 Japanese horror film, based on the novel of the same name, directed by Takashi Miike. It is about a recent widower, Shigharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), whose son suggests that he find a new wife. Aoyama agrees, and with a friend, stages a phoney audition to meet a potential new partner in life. After interviewing several women, Aoyama becomes interested in Asami (Eihi Shiina), who responds well to him, although as they begin to date, her dark past begins to affect their relationship.
— 13 Assassins – Cult director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era. 13 Assassins – a masterful exercise in cinematic butchery (New York Post) is centered around a group of elite samurai who are secretly enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord in order to prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war torn future.
— New York Asian Film Festival – In 2002, Subway Cinema launched its flagship event, the annual New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which has been presented in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center since 2010. Now entering its 15th year, NYAFF is North America’s leading festival of popular Asian cinema. Subway Cinema’s other events and initiatives include the annual Old School Kung Fu Fest (showcase for the best of classic martial arts films) and the New York Korean Film Festival (presented in collaboration with the Korea Society since 2014).
The 16th Edition of the New York Asian Film Festival takes place, June 30th – July 15th, 2017.
— Ringo Lam – a Hong Kong film director, producer, and screenwriter. Born in Hong Kong in 1955, Lam initially went to an acting school. After finding he preferred making films to acting, he went to Canada to study film. In 1983, he returned and began filming comedy films. After the commercial success of his film Aces Go Places IV, he was allowed to develop his own film. Lam directed City on Fire in 1987, which led him to winning his first Hong Kong Film Award, and has been extensively referenced as the fundamental inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s first film, Reservoir Dogs.
— City on Fire – a 1987 Hong Kong crime film written, produced and directed by Ringo Lam, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sun Yueh. Following A Better Tomorrow (1986), it helped establish Chow’s popularity as an action star in Asia, and to a lesser degree, North America.
— Reservoir Dogs – is a 1992 American crime thriller film that depicts the events before and after a botched diamond heist. The film was the feature-length debut of writer and director Quentin Tarantino, and stars Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, and Tim Roth. Tarantino and criminal-turned-author Edward Bunker have minor roles. It incorporates many themes that have become Tarantino’s hallmarks: violent crime, pop culture references, profanity, and nonlinear storytelling.
— Pulp Fiction – is a 1994 American black comedy neo-noir crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, from a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary. Directed in a highly stylized manner, Pulp Fiction connects the intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a mysterious briefcase. The film’s title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue.
— The French Connection & The Exorcist – This is what I was referring to in the podcast. A professor argued that this is the greatest, ‘1-2 punch’ in cinema history.
— Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl – Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl is the terrifying story of two classic monsters re-imagined as super hot – and super lethal – Japanese school girls. Gore rules supreme in this blood-cake cavalcade of carnage!
— Chikara Pro – an American professional wrestling promotion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The company takes both the name and logo from the Japanese kanji meaning strength. It was founded in 2002 by professional wrestlers Mike Quackenbush and Reckless Youth, who also served as trainers and in-ring performers.
— Zach Even Esh – Strength Coach at RUWrestling, Founder of The Underground Strength Gym,Host of The Strong Life Podcast, and Author.
— Sue Lee – Sue studied fine arts and pre-med sciences at Colgate University to pursue a stable career in medical prosthetics. However, she finally took the risk of pursuing her dreams by attending the Tom Savini Special Makeup Effects program.
— Beyond Wrestling – Pro wrestling organization in Rhode Island, and independent wrestling’s most watched YouTube channel.
— Tommy Wiseau – is a director, actor, producer, and screenwriter based in the United States. He produced The Room (2003), which has been described by many critics as “one of the worst movies ever made” and has gained cult film status
— Brick – Brendan Frye is a loner, someone who knows all the angles but has chosen to stay on the outside. When the girl he loves turns up dead, he is determined to find the “who” and “why” and plunges into the dark and dangerous social strata of rich girl Laura, intimidating Tug, drug-addled Dode, seductive Kara, and the ominous Pin. But who can he really trust? These are the ingredients of Brick, a gritty and provocative thriller that critics describe as “a clever, twist-filled whodunit!”
— Sid Caesar – was an American comic actor and writer, best known for two pioneering 1950s live television series: Your Show of Shows, which was a 90-minute weekly show watched by 60 million people, and its successor, Caesar’s Hour, both of which influenced later generations of comedians.
— Casino – Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci star in director Martin Scorsese’s riveting look at how blind ambition, white-hot passion and 24-karat greed toppled an empire. Las Vegas, 1973, is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob’s multimillion-dollar casino operation, where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice.
— Dawn of the Dead – David Emge, Ken Foree. Zombies take over a shopping mall and terrorize four people hiding there in this sequel to George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.
— The Ultimate Warrior – was an American professional wrestler, who wrestled, among the others, under the ring name The Ultimate Warrior for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) from 1987 to 1991 and again in 1992 and 1996.
— Kitchen Nightmares – an American reality television series formerly broadcast on the Fox network, in which chef Gordon Ramsay is invited by the owners to spend a week with a failing restaurant in an attempt to revive the business.
— Kanji Furutachi – Kanji Furutachi was born in 1968 in Sakai, Japan. He is an actor, known for Au Revoir L’Ete (2013), Hospitalité (2010) and After the Storm (2016).
— Weng Weng – was a Filipino actor and martial artist. Only 83 cm (2 feet, 9 inches) tall, he is listed in the Guinness World Records as the shortest adult actor in a leading role. He played Secret Agent 00 in For Y’ur Height Onlyand The Impossible Kid, and also starred in the western “D’Wild Wild Weng” and “Da Best in the West”. In total, Weng Weng was a co-star or appeared in 14 films. However, many of them are considered lost.
— Big Trouble in Little China – Kurt Russell stars as truck-driving, tough-guy Jack Burton in this mystical action-adventure-comedy-kung-fu-monster-ghost-story film about the imaginary world under Chinatown where ancient Chinese ghosts and evil spirits dwell.
— James Hong – James Hong was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He studied civil engineering at the University of Minnesota, but at some point along the way became interested in acting. He graduated from the University of Southern California and practiced for 1½ years as a road engineer with the County of Los Angeles. He took sick leaves and vacation time to do films. He finally quit engineering to focus on acting full time.
— Waynes World 2 – Everyone’s favorite headbangers from Aurora, Illinois, are back in this sequel to the 1992 hit comedy Wayne’s World.
Joe Kowalski is a Cleveland, OH based filmmaker who recently made, ‘I am the Doorway’, a Stephen king Dollar Baby, and is hitting the film festival circuit with another film, Prism. This is Joe’s second time on the podcast and this time I didn’t mess up his name!
We chat making movies on a shoe string budget, how to dig through opportunties both good and bad, getting emails from stranger, and Story vs An Experience, and so much more!
— John Fallon NYC Indie Film Podcast – John hosts an excellent film podcast as well. John is also an excellent film editor whose going to be reediting my TV pilot, Game Over.
An Evening with Bukowski – Premiered at the Venice Film Festival. This documentary is based on a video interview conducted by journalist Silvia Bizio in January of 1981 with writer Charles Bukowski at his home in San Pedro, California. It was a long night of endless talk while smoking cigarettes and drinking red wine with Bukowski and his soon to be wife, Linda Lee Beighle; he talks about all kind of subjects: literature, his relation with other writers, sex, poetry, love, humanity. The interview was shot on Umatic tapes which have been digitized and edited; new images of today’s Los Angeles were shot with a Super8 camera, a poignant counterpoint to poems read by the same Bukowski.
Slate Goods NYC– a NYC-based filmmaker with a cause. For every 2 pairs of shoes they sell, they donate 1 pair of shoes to a Not–for–Profit partner.
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— Oscar Claude Monet – a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.
— Alan Moore – an English writer primarily known for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell
— Texas Chainsaw Massacre – When Sally hears that her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin, set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family’s old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.
— Reservoir Dogs – Four Perfect Killers. One Perfect Crime. Critically acclaimed for its raw power and breathtaking ferocity, it’s the brilliant American gangster movie classic from writer-director Quentin Tarantino. They were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then their simple robbery explodes into bloody ambush, and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer. But which one?
— Save The Cat Goes to the Indies – From international sensations like The Blair Witch Project to promising debuts like Pi, from small films that acquired cult status like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to Euro-blockbusters like The Full Monty, from unexpected gems like Before Sunrise to auteur classics such as The 400 Blows, from Dogville to Drive and Boogie Nights to Cinema Paradiso, here are 50 movies that fit both the “indie” label and Blake Snyder’s 15 beats.
— Sitges Film Festival – The Sitges Film Festival is a Spanish film festival and one of the world’s foremost international festivals specializing in fantasy and horror films.
– Billions (TV Show) – The series is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor of financial crimes Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and his legal battles with hedge fund manager Steve Cohen of SAC Capital.
– Split by M Night Shamlayan – The newest movie from M Night. Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns with an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has revealed 23 personalities to his psychiatrist, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him – as well as everyone around him – as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
Michael K Snyder is a graduate of Full Sail University’s Film & Entertainment Business programs, holding both Bachelors and Masters degrees. Founder of Crash Films INC, an independent production company specializing in short films and music videos including both Lust and Infatuation which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival ’13 & ’14 respectively.
Mike is currently writing & producing both short and feature length films in Los Angeles, California.
— Full Sail University – Full Sail University is a for-profit university in unincorporated Orange County, in the U.S. state of Florida, near Winter Park.
— Walt Disney – was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.
— ScriptShadow – A (somewhat divisive) screenwriting resource run by Carson Reeves.
— Seaworld – is a United States chain of marine mammal parks, oceanariums, animal theme parks, and rehabilitation centers owned by SeaWorld Entertainment (one park will be owned and operated by Miral under a license).
— John Hargrove – is a former Senior killer-whale trainer for SeaWorld and supervisor of Killer Whale Training for Marineland in the South of France, who appeared in the 2013 documentary Blackfish and has since gone on to support legislation in California and New York to end the practice of keeping killer whales in captivity. He is the author of a memoir, Beneath the Surface, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.
— The Goonies – a gang of misfit kids and their families are about to be evicted from their neighborhood, because it’s slated to be turned into a golf course — unless enough money can be raised to stop the development. When the leader of the gang, Mikey, stumbles across an old map leading to the hidden fortune of a pirate named One-Eyed Willy, the Goonies head out on one last adventure to find the treasure and save the day. Gather the kids together and get ready to enjoy one of the most hilarious family movies of all time.