Taking four steps back and four forward…

First off… we magGots would like to wish you a very happy, happy, happy 4th of July!

Growing up… We had our family reunion on the 4th. My Pops and his brothers would put together an insane fireworks display. Folks traveled from all four corners to see our redneck explosive shenanigans…

The 4th of July, 2012… David Graham, Rachael Deacon, April Lynne Radzanowski and I took a little trip. It was a rough year and a rough day for me… Being the anniversary of my Pops passing… and just three weeks before Mr. Ben was in the hospital battling his ailing health (July 28th, which was also the first day of shooting His Devil’s Night in West Virginia. Moments before shooting our first shot, we received the phone call… which of course set the bar and importance for the shoot having much more meaning.)

My rad friends thought we could pour that negative energy into something positive… So in classic magGot fashion…

We set sail to shoot a magGot Corner and enjoy the many festivities at a carnival to boot. Such a groovy day was had indeed; full of insane laughter, tasty treats and the best friends in the world!

Though the footage was thought to be lost, it has resurfaced just in time to chop it up and share our little adventure…

This will forever be an important day for me. Through memories growing up as well as so much more.  Here’s to another 4th today…

Have a very magGoty 4th!

American Backwoods: SLEW HAMPSHIRE

DEATH IS NOT THE WORST OF EVILS

A local rite goes frightfully wrong when a group of teenage boys encounters a sinister hunting party, a bloodthirsty tribe and a mythical beast in the backwoods of New Hampshire.

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Midnight Releasing unleashes the SLEW, starring Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games, Terminator: Genisys), Michael Todd Schneider (August Underground’s Mordum), Eric James (I Never Left the White Room), Jeremy Isabella (Ghoul), French television actress Gaya Verneuil and a whole slew of majestically bearded actors.

You can snag your very own HARD copy by clicking HERE!

VOD, streaming content providers and select Redbox kiosks throughout North America beginning NOW!…

“Goriest Scene of the Year”- Rue Morgue Magazine.

Best Feature, Best Actor, Best Editing nominations – 8th Annual Shockfest Film Festival.

 

Unrated for ‘graphic violence, profanity, nudity and sexual content’.  You know you want to… So slew it up.

magGot and Slew director Flood are currently touring the film in the New Hampshire area… Screenings are listed below. Hope to see you there!

Screening one: HERE.

Screening two: HERE.

Screening three: HERE.

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Holiday Reflections…

Each year, we magGot’s set off to create an annual magGot Family Christmas Special.  Something that started out six years ago as a simple gift to my Mum… Quickly became a gift that was much larger then it’s original intention.  I thought it would be great to share my art with her, but wound up realizing it was a gift to not only her but to my entire family, friends and even outsiders…  This years became something extra special and I wanted to take some time to polish up the effort before sharing it to the outside universe…  Enjoy!

 

Stay tuned for a ton of magGot news!

 

 

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas… and has a very Happy New Year!

Devil’s will tease…

Eat up the brand new teaser for Our Devil’s Night.  To celebrate tonight’s festivities…

Pre-order the brand new feature cut of Our Devil’s Night tonight…  and receive a special surprise.  Exclusive only to Devil’s Night orders.

 

The DEVIL’s are back…

Their night is coming back.  The night they took their very own tricks and treats.  This year, Devil’s Night will endure an experience unlike any other…

The never seen feature length cut of Our Devil’s Night is freshly under wraps.  The complete companion to His Devil’s Night.  In a brand new HD magGot Vision transfer and never seen footage.  Extras and packaging all freshly splayed out for taking.

Pre-sales are up on the magGot Store.

 

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On set…

 

A serious little moment from set… as well as a little tease…

Here’s some of the extras on the premiere limited release of Let’s Make a… Horror MovieRevealed for the first time here:

 

1)  They All Swim Home

(Never before released or seen complete short film, a companion to Let’s Make a… Horror Movie.)

 

2) The First Time.

(Group discussion upon first viewing the final cut with Nikki McIntyre, Art Ettinger, Max Almeida, Michael Todd Schneider.)

 

3) magGot’s Mum Confesses

(For the first time ever, magGot’s Mum opens up on camera.)

 

Pre-sales are up on the WEB STORE. A release date is quickly approaching… Stay tuned…

 

“A corpse-level look at underground filmmaking…”

The Gore – Met, Rue Morgue Magazine.

 

The HORROR is near…

Fresh off the cutting slab… a brand new teaser of the latest magGot experience. Eight years in the making, now complete.

Pre-sales of the first limited batch are available to order in the STORE. A release date as well as further announcements are quickly approaching… catch yours before they swim away…

“If you can relate to this movie then you’re either insane or a filmmaker.” – Film Bizarro

LET’S MAKE A…

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“If you can relate to this movie then you’re either insane or a filmmaker.” Film Bizarro

It has been a long road to finish Let’s Make a… Horror Movie. Eight long years. Making a film is like a lifetime all on it’s own.

You live, you die, you are reborn…

You cry, you sweat, you bleed…

You lose friends, family and loved ones. Times change. Reality continues to rumble along. Yet you remain in this timeless world within the film until it is complete.

When you finally come up for air and the film is done, it is as if you were locked in a cryogenic chamber. You then wake into a world you’ve been fumbling through, but not entirely living in. As part of you was lost in this alternate world you were creating.

This past year it took fracturing my foot to kick back and take in my adult life to that point. For fifteen years I had lived the starving artist lifestyle. Not necessarily in that I was starving… but that my mind, body and soul were starved of the nutrition and proper care it craved. I once was in good shape before I shipped off to art school. Within the first quarter I dropped from 185 pounds down to 120… I didn’t see the skeleton looking back at me in the mirror. I only saw the creations that I yearned to create. The dreams I climbed towards…

Whatever I needed to do to survive as an artist, filmmaker, musician… I did it. I was last on the list to look after as long as the art was surviving and being created.

Somewhere I had lost the connection with just how much my art would benefit if I were in solid health and shape. It took falling into the darkest days of my life to see the change that was needed. So I could get on with magGot Films, finishing Horror Movie… and moving onward.
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A good friend of mine (Andrew Hummel) had passed on his dvd’s of P90X. An intense workout program. In 90 days you will be in the best shape of your life… it was time to push play and build a stronger foundation…get back to basics.

It’s now a year later and I feel better then I did when I was 18 at 35. I could see clearly what needed to be done to properly complete this long term work of passion, Let’s Make a… Horror Movie. The benefits of good health and being in shape benefit everything you do. I didn’t realize how foggy my focus had become, or wretched my memory had gotten… Everything benefits when you are a well oiled machine. Not to mention living in general is at it’s richest and fullest.

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For the first time I stepped out of the war zone that is filmmaking. Building to the proper mindset to see the film through, rather then just going through the motions. I’d lost my passion and nothing was enjoyable anymore. It’s nice to be in my old skin and the magic of cinema is as magical as it was as a child once again. If only more artists as a whole could balance their health, physicality and art… I swear we could concur the world.

I’m sharing a piece of my journey in the hopes of inspiring others as friends had also inspired me. It’s never too late…

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I’m now at the end of the road and couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome… Today, pre-sales for the film are now officially in the magGot Store. These will be a limited collectors edition with lots of neat extras, hand numbered and the lower numbers will come with extremely rare goodies. (Such as the original sketches that artist Nick Mears did when we were conceptualizing the cover art)…

In the coming days keep an eye out for more news as the release comes to fruition…there are some fun surprises coming up to give a peak into this much labored production…

This film is my love letter to cinema.

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“It’s a visceral view of the production of an underground film that careens through dream sequences and bizarre set pieces to portray the trials, tribulations, fears and insecurities Schneider experienced making his movie.” – Rue Morgue

Mr. Ben celebration. Helped goes VHS.

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Today would’ve been Mr. Ben’s birthday. Shortly, I’ll be sitting down to watch …And Then I Helped on VHS. I had the honor of being the first director to work with Mr. Ben as a lead in a feature film. Something that should have happened many years before. But when you have star presence, small roles get cut from feature films. Because you take attention from the films stars. Tarentino is one of the few directors to give star power to smaller roles and highlight them, but traditional cinema showcased its stars… and if you were lesser in casting, you couldn’t over power them. This of course isn’t the case with every film, but it was the case for nearly every film Mr. Ben was lucky to land a role in. So it never built to larger casting… that he so deserved.

Later in his life, he helped out a group of hungry young filmmakers. In turn he finally had the opportunity to take the helm next to an incredible cast. All of whom equally loved one another, we were one huge family. With Nikki McIntyre, Justin Alvarez, Jerry Summers and myself… I considered myself very privileged and terrified to have to bring it, amongst such a team of talent.

When writing the story with Nikki and Max Almeida, they urged me to play a supporting role as well. At first I was reluctant but being an independent film, you always know you’ll be a reliable actor you can count on when directing. So I dove in…

But the week leading up till I acted, it felt as if it was the first time I’d ever acted for a camera. It is the key opening scene in the film, when Mr. Ben, Nikki and I converse on the porch of the cabin. It occurred to me that my character was the most underdeveloped because we collectively just brushed it off as a character we knew we had. When I had to prepare, I was struggling to find something. I was panicking to act with such talent.

… I was out for a jog, collecting my thoughts. A light bulb went off. It all made sense. I excitingly sprinted the remaining few miles home… and began making notes. I now knew who I was going to play, now it was time to prepare.

Then the first big day came…and it was a major location shoot. The first film I’d directed with a camera of this caliber. I’d just come off of directing duties on George Romero’s son’s directorial debut (Cameron Romero’s The Screening)… which co-starred Nikki as well. We’d shot with some incredible equipment and a cozy budget. Much bigger then we had, though this was one of the many cameras we did in fact shoot on as well. But when it’s for your own film, the bar is raised on another level. You want to put your complete stamp… and see it through. Also, I not only had to direct, but jump into these acting shoes…

So…I step up onto the porch first thing. Starting to block out the shots. The floor of the cabin breaks and I fall through…up to my hip. Everyone begins running to my assistance… and all at once stop, when they realize they could quickly join me… I wait for the pain. But realize, I appear to be fine. I then begin to laugh. As I realize this is exactly the final piece to the puzzle for my character… and decide to incorporate this accident into the scene, be it on a much lesser scale. So it doesn’t come across as slap stick humor, as it had just happened in real life…

We then spend countless takes of me breaking my foot through the floor of the cabin… and my foot’s now starting to hurt, all in the name of art. Pain has always been a huge part of me performing. I don’t plan for it, but at the end of the day it seems to be a huge key to the performance. Somehow.

Now… here we are a little over a year after Mr. Ben’s passing. Probably the largest pain that strikes me when thinking of …And Then I Helped. Also, the proudest we can collectively share of it too. The wonderful opportunity we shared in creating this insanely crazy film.

To keep the magic alive… I want to announce the pre-sales for the long awaited VHS release of …And Then I Helped. (They will ship the week of January 27th 2014.) There will also be a secondary option of buying it with a DVD screener for those without VCRs. The DVD will be recorded straight from the VHS itself, so you can enjoy the trailers and complete 4:3 aspect ratio of the VHS itself. As well as the wonderful nostalgic quality VHS offers.

The film has been converted to 4:3 as traditional VHS releases. This includes Pan and Scan and many techniques used when converting a feature for VHS release. An enormous part of the VHS experience for sure. Also, following the tradition of the VHS release of His Devil’s Night, I’ve compiled another slew of directors trailers from the underground. It kicks off with a scathing short film by Rachael Deacon as well as trailers from fellow filmmakers: Brian WilliamsScott SwanDamon PackardKapel FurmanAdrian GoodmanMatthew Clark and Jeff ParenteauJon WamsleyJason T. Swinchock and Ronny Carlsson.

Thank you Mr. Ben for allowing us all the chance to create this monster of a film. Happy birthday from down below… Today I realized you shared the birthday with Richard Dean Anderson, responsible for the portrayal of MacGyver. Easily the most influential fictional character in my life. There’s always something reinvigorating when you discover details like this.

Mr. Ben and I shared a decade of friendship and constant collaboration on film and stage. Now he continues to inspire through the impressions he made on screen, much like I was affected by MacGyver at an early age… and continue to be to this day. Long live the world of cinema and how it can offer us a look into a world that is timeless…

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