Clint Carney is a musician, author and actor who started working in movie as a visible artist. In Dry Blood, he pairs up with actor/producer Kelton Jones for the psychologically twisted unbiased horror movie that tells the story of Brian Barnes (performed by Carney), an addict who decides to go to a distant cabin to get sober. The movie unfolds from Brian’s viewpoint as he seems to descend into insanity when he begins seeing ghostly figures at the cabin.
Directed by Jones, who additionally stars in the movie, together with Rob Galluzzo of Dread Central Presents, Dry Blood is darkly humorous and options some excellent sensible results.
Dread Central had the pleasure of talking with Clint Carney and Kelton Jones about the inspiration for the insane story, the magic behind the sensible results, and rather more! Learn on to seek out out what we talked about.
Dry Blood is being launched by Epic Footage and Dread Central Presents and might be out there on VOD, Blu-ray, and DVD January 15th. Pre-orders can be found via Epic Footage.
The movie will even be enjoying at the Movie Bar in Phoenix, AZ on January 25. Extra info may be discovered right here.
Dread Central: Clint,
I feel Dry Blood is such an unique
horror movie and I like that it’s advised with darkish humor. What impressed you to
write this story?
Clint Carney: I’m continually writing. With this specific script, I needed to inform a ghost story from the level of view of an unreliable narrator, the place in the event you’re experiencing the movie by means of the narrator’s eyes, you’re by no means actually fairly positive if he’s seeing ghosts or if it’s all in his head. Then I got here up with the concept of having the cop character in the movie. You by no means fairly know who the dangerous man is as the movie unfolds. You don’t actually know if the ghosts are actual or who is sweet and who’s dangerous, as a result of you’ll be able to’t actually belief the one that is delivering the story.
DC: How did you guys
meet and how did you determine that you simply needed to make this film?
Clint Carney: I began a writing group for screenwriters right here in Los Angeles and a mutual author/director pal of ours, Chad Michael Ward, was additionally beginning a writing group. The 2 teams merged and that’s how I met Kelton. Initially, I had introduced a punk rock, crime drama into the group and Kelton learn that and we determined we needed to attempt and make that movie, however for numerous causes we ended up switching gears to Dry Blood and that’s how it began.
Kelton Jones: I joined the writing group to work alone screenwriting, but in addition to satisfy different screenwriters that I might collaborate with. Once I learn Clint’s first script, I used to be blown away by how sensible it was and I used to be like, “This is something we could shoot right now. This is really brilliant.” It was by means of type of creating it that we realized it wanted a a lot bigger finances. We needed to have all the licensing to have the ability to use the nice punk rock songs that have been so necessary to us rising up and to the movie. We realized that it made sense to do one thing that was a bit bit extra manageable to start out out with in order that we might go on to increase and costlier movies. So, we put collectively Dry Blood based mostly on one thing that we might variety of do ourselves with out counting on rather a lot of huge identify forged members and big places and tons of extras and actually simply specializing in the story and the psychological parts of it.
Kelton Jones in Dry Blood
DC: Kelton, what was
it wish to direct and star in the movie at the similar time?
KJ: It was not my concept to be in the movie (laughs), nor was it Clint’s. We have been speaking about who we ideally needed to be in the forged. I had a accomplished a music video for Clint, for his band, and I used to be actually blown away together with his stage presence. I’d seen him onstage performing as properly, so I knew that when he would create this persona for his music, he had this superb power that folks have been drawn to. So, I knew he might convey that to the movie, but in addition there’s a dedication to the story and there’s an understanding of the story that simply made for such an amazing starting level for that. I talked him into being in it and he was like, “You know, you’ve got to tell me if I’m not up to par because it’s important for this to be good. If at any point you feel like I’m not up to this, you tell me and we’ll get somebody else.” So, we type of had that settlement going into it.
Then we have been speaking about who we needed for the sheriff and he stated, “You should play the sheriff. “ I said, “No, I’m not going to be in a film I’m directing. That’s just too weird.” Clint was like, “I tell you what. If you do this, you get to die and we save a lot of money.” And I stated, “Ok, sold.” (laughter) This can be a bit of a spoiler alert, nevertheless it’s comprehensible that the villain doesn’t survive the finish of the film. I offers you that. So, we each went into it with the settlement that if both one of us wasn’t as much as par, we might exchange ourselves with someone who was higher at it. (laughter)
DC: Clint, there are
a number of occasions in the movie whenever you marvel if Brian goes by way of withdrawal
or mentally sick, and if the ghosts are actual. Did you do any analysis or
something particular to get into the mindset of an addict?
CC: Not particularly. I feel simply life expertise as you reside your life you come into contact with individuals who have gone by way of these issues. I’ve had pals who’ve been by means of issues, however to not that diploma. I feel most adults sooner or later of their lives have recognized an addict of some type. I type of knew what some of the conduct in that state of affairs might be like. This character has compound issues of further psychological sickness on prime of his drug habit. It was actually simply based mostly on my observations of individuals I’ve recognized or had come into contact with over the years, that kind of factor.
DC: Kelton, I assumed
the particular results have been extremely nicely accomplished! How did you and the make-up
artists work collectively to provide you with the results for scenes like when Brian
shoots the sheriff? That was my favourite impact. Are you able to inform me about capturing
KJ: The earliest discussions we had about it have been about ensuring the sensible results can be superb. Clint and I have been each big followers of horror movies rising up and the ones that we have been actually all the time drawn to have been the ones that had the nice sensible results, like An American Werewolf in London. We actually needed to have that for the audiences as a result of that is actually a love letter to the style. We love horror movies and we needed to do one thing that basically spoke to the followers. Clint and I talked an awesome deal about what we have been going for with all of the results. We watched lots of movies we hadn’t seen shortly. We discovered a very sensible prosthetic make-up artist who might do the builds for us and the casts and molds of everybody. Clint is a tremendous surrealist artist as properly, so he had so much to do with it. One of the first individuals we introduced in on the challenge was the sensible make-up artist. The make-up was the largest line merchandise in the price range and it was actually essential to us that we get that proper. Clint gave the make-up artists tons of reference pictures that he had researched and discovered.
CC: Once I first began filmmaking once I was only a child I actually needed to be a particular results make-up artist, so I knew sufficient about the course of to have a reasonably good, knowledgeable dialog with our make-up staff. Chad Engel and Sioux Sinclair have been our sensible results make-up group on the movie. I’m additionally a visible results artist, so I ended up doing the visible results which have been typically mixed with the sensible results. So, quite a bit of it was Kelton, Chad, Sioux, and me speaking and planning the results beforehand in order that we might shoot it in the absolute best method to ensure it appeared nice onscreen. For instance, if you wish to take away half of somebody’s physique, you possibly can solely achieve this a lot with a prosthetic, so we did some digital results over the sensible results simply to take away some of the parts.
KJ: It actually began with the sensible results and that gave us a robust foundation. My spouse can also be a make-up artist and she did rather a lot of the magnificence make-up on the set. I had truly labored fairly a bit in visible results on the digital camera aspect of issues. I did digital camera and lighting on Mel Gibson’s Ardour of the Christ and Mr. and Mrs. Smith and tons of different movies the place we have been doing so much of results work. So, Clint and I each went in with a very good understanding of what we might get away with and what we would have liked to do to promote it, which gave us a reasonably good benefit, however we undoubtedly approached it from the concept of hold it as actual as attainable.
Clint Carney in Dry Blood
CC: Our objective was to make use of as a lot sensible results as potential and then the visible results, you need to be invisible to the viewers. The sheriff getting shot is the turning level in the movie. All the things is pretty tame up till that time, however as soon as that scene occurs, there’s a particular shift in tone in the viewers. Seeing the movie at the festivals, particularly when that scene occurred, it was actually nice to see the viewers react to that. It was such a visceral response to what was occurring onscreen, in order that was a cool second. We have been like, “Oh, shit! We did that right!”
KJ: Once we did that scene, we positioned all of our blood tubes, however we type of positioned them with me sitting upright and I’m mendacity down in some of it. So, what ended up occurring was once we shot the scene, the blood shot proper up my nostril! I used to be truly choking on the blood and simply making an attempt to get via the take earlier than the panic of drowning kicked in (laughs). So, some of the blood on Clint’s face was truly what I used to be coughing up. It was fairly brutal and I simply thought, “I’ve got to get this take right before I lose consciousness.” (laughter)
CC: At a sure level, Kelton is coughing up blood and it sprays me in the face. Earlier in that scene, I didn’t have blood on my face, so I did truly need to digitally monitor some blood onto my face in order that the photographs matched (laughs).
DC: I’m not going to provide away any spoilers, however I assumed it was intelligent that there’s a dialog between the sheriff and the comfort retailer clerk, performed by Rob Galluzzo, that provides some foreshadowing about the place the story goes. Why did you determine to incorporate that scene in the movie?CC: Comic story (laughs). I’m additionally a musician in a band, referred to as System Syn, and I wrote an album referred to as “All Seasons Pass”, which was an album that follows a real crime story. I additionally wrote a novella that went with the album that went extra in-depth to the backstory. The story the sheriff is telling is definitely from that novella. I included that in the script as a result of I might see the parallels with the place Dry Blood was going and I assumed it will be fascinating to have it exist inside the similar world. That’s somewhat random Easter egg in there that nobody will ever get apart from the handful of people who learn my novella (laughs).
KJ: And everyone who reads this text! (laughter)
CC: Perhaps my ebook gross sales will surge (laughs). It sort of provides a component of foreshadowing, despite the fact that it’s a special crime that they’re speaking about. However there’s a lot that simply labored with what was going to occur in the movie. Additionally, I feel it’s one of these issues the place after you see the place the movie goes, you’ll be able to mirror on that dialog and draw these parallels your self.
KJ: We additionally had Rob
put on a pair of System Syn t-shirts in the movie, which is sort of a pleasant
little nod to the fan base. Rather a lot of our early supporters of the movie have been followers
of Clint’s music and lots of his fan base was chargeable for serving to us get a
lot of the preliminary curiosity. Some of the individuals who backed the movie have been followers
of his artwork and his music. So, it’s a bit of a nod to his early followers as nicely.
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