Haemophobia Soundtrack + Toxic Man Draft 3

Haemophobia had some setbacks in editing. Todd, the Post Production Dude, had caught a bad cold right before Thanksgiving, poor guy. After a couple weeks without editing, we got back to it on Tuesday tackling the soundtrack. We had recorded an assortment of percussive clangs, bangs, and znyoooms with the goal of clipping it all together to sound like an Einsturzende Neubauten composition. We learned that that will be a bit harder than we thought... or to me... exactly as hard as I thought. 

Now hol' up. All is not lost. We did not record all the metallic crashing and banging for nothing. A couple years ago I used an app to make a little clip of techno music for Vkult. I rediscovered the app and started making little synth beats and ambient lulls. This morning I plugged the audio into my editing program and began to edit and warp the sounds into something eerier and sinister. I learned how to export audio files at the same time! Good job, me. :)

Today I also typed the first new sentences of Toxic Man draft 3. I saw Fight Club the other night and was impressed again by the notion that you don't always end up drawing inspiration from films and stories *like* what you are currently telling. I think in some cases the strength of a story lies in its ability to express universal emotions and situations, not just in its ability to stand alone as art or whatever...

So for Toxic Man draft TWO, the good word has been that my overall theme was better expressed and that the story *is* now a tighter tell. I should also bring in a female writer for some help with the female characters. Haemophoia happily passed the Bechdel and Mako Mori tests where Toxic Man miserably and deliberately fails. I may have gone too far though, to the point where the female characters are just cardboard cutouts. Well, no, I didn't go *too* far, I went too far for one character. The film is an exhibition of a (literally) toxic man, told with intentional and intense male gaze, but still, I do want to do my characters justice. They should live and breath as much as they can- all for the sake of strengthening the story. 

This post comes as part of a new resolution to blog more, post on my Facebook page more, and Tweet more. We'll see how that goes!

TOXIC MAN: a BioPunk Blowout- GoFundMe now live

Well kids, with the finishing touches being put on Haemophobia I have been doubling up my labor working on the second draft of Toxic Man. This marks my first time juggling two serious personal projects at once. It's wild I tell ya. Wild. I sent the script out to a handful of colleagues and collaborators for their feedback. Last time with Haemophobia I was the only person who worked on the script which was... fine... ... thank god for "fixing it in post" (ugh, so many unnecessary lines.) Generally, I expect Toxic Man to be a more powerful, passionate film. There's a theme of violence and release that zings through the script in such a way that starkly contrasts the unreleased tensions of Haemophobia. For those that don't know, I seem to follow a night and day thing in my work. Notice how my stop motion film, Catharsis Cathedral, was immediately followed by The Drink of the Damned- it's spiritual opposite. 

I launched the GoFundMe campaign for Toxic Man a few days ago- the end goal being $6000. This time we'll need a legit budget to pay people for their time and for their work. It also helps when I'm not the only one octopus-arming my way through the special effects department! 

Expect more updates soon! I won't say much but I've been considering a vlog series, doing FX for other filmmakers, and even getting into publishing...

Haemophobia should be complete in the next couple weeks.
In the meantime, spread the word. Support independent cinema. Do your part. 



Spooktober Updates

Haemophobia is nearing completion... I've been entrenched in the stages of post production alongside editor, Todd Allen Johnson. The process of editing is tedious to say the least, but still incredibly rewarding and educational. Since this was my first live action film I've had to deal with production complexities I never faced in animation. I've learned an incredible amount about how to make a film from just watching and rewatching what we did and didn't cover on Haemophobia. Every line, every move, every scene is ingrained in my mind at this point. It drives me crazy... but it's all fun! It's the life I chose. 

Now while Haemophobia is still weeks away from being finished and released (somehow) I've just wrapped up my NEXT script, Toxic Man. Oof... 

Toxic Man sees me once again taking a spin on pseudo-Cronenbergian ground in a surreal thriller concerning a man who must confront his rapidly worsening illness. This short borrows imagery and concepts from films like Akira, Videodrome, Scanners, Eraserhead, Pi, and Tetsuo the Iron Man. I figure if Haemophobia is a "female" film, Toxic Man is its "male" counterpart. Seriously though, I should do something that's NOT body horror/sci fi soon.... Which brings me to the next shizzzz...

I will be adapting Hel Unbound as a proof of concept short called "Attack of the Necro Nazis" before making the feature length version. I'm considering filming Toxic Man and Attack of the Necro Nazis back to back, I'm just scared my colleagues will look at me in horror and preemptive exhaustion at the notion. We shall see. I hope to launch a GoFundMe campaign for Toxic Man over the holidays with a $5-6000 budget in mind.

May your October be... October-ey...

C. Rimbeaux

Haemophobia Rough Poster

Haemophobia Trailer 1 Out Now!

Haemophobia- Mid Production, filming, getting Directorial "sea legs"

I'm doing it. I'm doing it. I'm doing it. I am directing a film... not a short little clip with puppets, but a live action film with a real cast and a real crew. I'm still wowed by the fact that after six and a half years I've made it!

My debut project is of course, Haemophobia. 

Since coming back to Orange County from NYC I've been working day and night to assemble as team of players to help Devon and I realize the film. These hot summer days have seen me bent over working on all manner of gory goopy special effects. 

Perhaps one of the greatest challenges I had to face before we began filming was casting. With a miniscule budget falling under $1000 we knew it was going to be difficult to find actresses willing to work for little to nothing. My main concern however, was the skill our actresses did... or didn't have. I realized however, that one of my favorite directors and one of the directors whose work proved massively influential upon Haemophobia, David Cronenberg, has worked casting wonders on his films. He is able to draw out engaging performances from individuals such as Debbie Harry, Jeff Goldblum, Marilyn Chambers, Jeremy Irons, and Robert Pattinson, that to a casual moviegoer might seem dry or dull, but to me, they seem perfect and cold representations of Cronenberg's steely world or shifting identity and corrupted form. 

From the very first day of filming I found myself pleasantly surprised (and relieved) by the performances each actress gave. *Whew*

We began filming one week ago on July 9th. The first scene we shot was in the parking lot of City Hall while I was on a 45 minute break at my day job. That night I arrived early at our office/warehouse location with Todd, the DP and helped set up for when the rest of the crew arrived. Our progress was slow and ungainly. I was thrown into the pool without a floaty you could say- that night I found myself trying to find things to do and hide a little bit. I was unused to being in charge of so many people (or anybody at all!) 

The second night went much smoother, but we ended up running late and needed to schedule a makeup date. I had a better grasp on what I needed to do on set. The third night would have gone much better, but we got started late and one of the actresses was in danger of falling asleep at any second from acute exhaustion. I'm amazed by the performance she gave in her state (I felt a little bad, but we had fallen too far behind already...) 

Our fourth night of filming was cancelled unfortunately do to conflicting schedules and unanticipated setbacks. We are set to film again on July 24th, but will not be able to complete shooting until early August. 

I know now what I need to do and be as a director. I know from the technical side and from the scheduling side how crucial it is to have everything planned before you ever reach the location. It is imperative to see the locations with your crew before you begin to film. It's also important for others to communicate with *you* how they are feeling and how they are doing not just as far as their role in the film is concerned, but it is also important to have an open dialogue about other personal matters that might set things back or bog people down. It can be tough and awkward especially for people you don't know very well, but it's these little things that help production move along smoothly. 

This has been a tough and educational week. I filmed and handled production matters four days and nights in a row, then worked my day job four days in a row. I finally find myself at a nice pause tonight where I can drink iced coffee and watch someone else's movie. 

Stay posted for photos and updates. 

The Haemophobia trailer will drop sometime this week I expect...


C. Rimbeaux

Haemophobia GoFundMe Campaign Goes Live!

The GoFundMe campaign for Haemophobia is now live! 


Haemophobia- Progress

Today marks exactly one month since I began working on Haemophobia, a body horror short film conceptualized by my friend Devon Larae (the Producer/Co-Producer). I am glad to say that it has been a very productive month! I have completed the initial screenplay, begun work on the story boards, and started putting feelers out for a cast and crew (it's not quite as difficult as I thought, being on the wrong side of the country!) None of my projects has ever gotten off to such a good start so fast before. Take Hel Unbound for example, I had the fetus of an idea two years ago and I'm still trudging through the pre-production stages...

Haemophobia, which revolves around a woman whose spilled blood mutates into tiny monsters, is in a body of work akin to that of John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and early Guillermo Del Toro... with what I hope plays out as Tarntinian dialogue. We shall see... Even though I've been inspired by 80's cult horror films in terms of story, I'm hoping to avoid 80's aesthetics as much as possible. I love "nostalgia" when someone else is doing it, but I like to think I can create something that does not date itself to a particular decade- past or present. Herculean task? Maybe.

It's a strange thing to realize, like really realize and comprehend, that no one can teach you how to be original or show you what your artistic style will be. In a way it is terrifying, though the terror quickly turns into an overwhelming and inspiring sense of freedom. All I can say at this stage is that you like what you like, you're inspired by what inspires you (not exactly the same thing as "what you like,") and out from that somehow your style or voice will be established. 

It occurs to me that I fell asleep last night with an idea for a "trailer" for Haemophobia stuck in my head. I challenge myself to complete the task of getting a rough trailer made this week while having no cast members, no solid crew, and while being states away from my collaborators. If I manage to come up with anything the results will be posted on my social media pages. 

"Remember, never let them ride your wave-" (Coach Lilly)

C. Rimbeaux


Hel Unbound- Entry 2, Updates

Last month Hel Unbound entered the first stages of revision! The screenplay is now being brushed up, the dialogue, action, and formatting are all being improved. It's a long and slow process, but the results are beautiful to behold. 

None of my projects has ever been this ambitious in scope before. In the past I've kept close to short films because they were something I knew for a fact I could pull off. The important lesson I'm learning is that you can never and will never get from point A to point B without putting forth the effort and going through the necessary growing pains. 

Last weekend I ordered a copy of Robert Rodriguez's "Rebel Without a Crew" from Amazon. From the get-go I was impressed by this guy's drive, his creativity, and his philosophy. I tell you now, I've read A LOT of books on film and filmmaking over the years, but not a single one was as impressive and immediately helpful as "Rebel Without a Crew." I highly recommend this book for filmmakers of any level and status. Give it a read sometime.

A couple weeks ago a good friend of mine had an idea for a body horror/thriller about a breed of monsters created from the blood we shed when injured. Since she is not the story-writing type, she was gracious enough to let me take the reins of the project and adapt it into a short film. I have since been writing the story on the side, drawing from the works of John Carpenter and David Cronenberg. The project holds the working title, "Haemophobia." 

I'm in for another month full of writing, creating, and movie-watching. Remember to take the time every day to enjoy yourself in some way big or small. 

C. Rimbeaux



Hel Unbound- Entry 1

In January of 2016 while fueled by an intake of 80's gothic rock, pre-election anxieties, and my bizarrely transformative exposure to Sam Raimi's 'Army of Darkness' (Evil Dead 3) I sat at my tagged up desk- red and black candles burning in the fading Winter-Sun- and penned up a couple paragraphs of story for what I then called "Attack of the Necro Nazis."

This primitive "draft" followed a clueless gaggle of teenagers that had accidentally summoned an army of undead Nazis led by the goddess Hel, intent on destroying the world and bringing an early Ragnarok. Somewhere in these first scribbles I thought it would be a slick move to have Thor come in and save the day. Like most of my earlier stories, "Attack of the Necro Nazis" was dreamt up as a chimeric smorgasbord of inane Pythonesque humor and cheap American slapstick. Within weeks of the inception of "Attack of the Necro Nazis" I began to have some issues with the overall story. I felt I was not handling the subject matter with the care and attention it deserved. I allowed myself to become distracted, and for many months I was happily occupied by other, more immediately important projects. 

November of 2016 brought on a creative surge. Not only was I driven to bring people a story that resonated with the times (ie a flashback to a brand of conservatism and political murkiness not seen since the 70's-80's) but it was at this time when I first watched Stranger Things. Immediately, from the very onset of episode 1 I was deeply in love. Stranger Things showed me how you can tell a story that is genuinely scary, socially relevant and politically intriguing (Cold War paranoia!), while also supplying an enlivening stream of good-natured humor and endearing nostalgia. I found myself working again on "Attack of the Necro Nazis," only this time I new I wanted to give the story a deeper meaning, more emotion, more complexity, more horror. I renamed the story "Raise Hel," feeling that "Attack of the Necro Nazis" had too much of a goofy sound that just wouldn't work anymore. Sadly, I found myself caught up in a slew of other projects that kept me good and busy from December 2016 all the way to October of 2017! 

Starting in March 2017, I began carefully, oh so carefully, watching horror films to give me some perspective on storytelling and special effects. Growing up, my brothers and I were mostly kept away from dark, scary, depressing stories (thankfully too- Spirited Away killed anime for me for years!) During my mid-teen hippie years I also adhered to the idea that one should avoid the dark and negative in order to keep a clean mind, healthy body, and happy soul. However, certain traumas and tragedies gave me a view of the real horror out there in the world after which I found my mind steeled against the spooks of fiction and fantasy. (I am morally opposed to horror films and thrillers featuring a human villain/ torture porn. It's gotta have a bone of sci fi or fantasy for me to watch it.) I began my horror education with classics like Evil Dead 2, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing, and Poltergeist. Following that I branched out into other films like Nightbreed, They Live, Return of the Living Dead, The Love Witch, and It Follows (probably one of the scariest things I've seen to date. Don't watch unless you are, like I am, gifted with a strong mental filter. It Follows is literal nightmare fuel.) As I watched I kept careful note of what worked, what didn't, and what I found entertaining or intriguing. Fear does not entertain me. Blood and guts do not keep me in my seat. I got through many of these films hoping that at one point or another I'd be struck by some new plot twist or that I could at least give a shit about the people getting picked off. I find that the vast majority of horror films lack well-built characters and interesting plots. Haunted house? Possessed girlfriend/creepy kid/doll? Sadistic villain that won't stay dead? Dilution of a good franchise by dumbing each sequel down by a factor of 10? Too many films have one or more of these problems. 

When I saw It in the theater in September I was nearly brought to tears (never in all my life has a film done that- not even Bambi.) I was angered and truly saddened not only for the characters in the film, but I was initially angered and disgusted that some demented sicko would write these tragedies down and that another depraved guy would say "let's make it a movie!" My thoughts almost immediately shifted the anger to those who really deserved it- real life murderers and rapists and people who hold life to be anything other than sacred and beautiful. I also reconciled my momentary anger at Stephen King when it re-occurred to me that I draw out the evils I've endured when writing stories as a form of cathartic release and artistic expression. I was confronted with the fact that it is the job of the horror writer to give Form and Name to the unseen evils of our world and put them down in stories where they can and often are beaten our outlived by the protagonist. I took this thought quite personally and nestled it in my heart, making it my mission to release my own pains through art and hopefully give someone else a vessel for release and inspiration. 

Shortly after seeing It I decided to sit down and write a fully formed screenplay for "Raise Hel." The days were getting colder, the nights were getting longer, Stranger Things 2 was due to drop just before Halloween, and it seemed there was no better time to start writing again. In the first two days I put down more than 20 pages of writing, another 10 pages of story and notes were written that same week. 

Now that I'd taken real steps to making my vision a reality I learned that based on what I'd written "Raise Hel" would not work as a title. It's also more than a little similar to this one weird movie from the 80's called Hellraiser, anyone heard of that one before? That's the one with Jason, right?  I came up with a list of potential titles and then ran a poll online- "Hel Unbound" won by a long shot.

I am all at once excited, terrified, eager, and focused. I hope that one day soon I will be announcing that full production has commenced. Until that day though, pages for Hel Unbound can be found on Facebook and Instagram. 

C. Rimbeaux

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