In the Deep South where society persecutes minorities, a plague runs rampant. Bobby is trying to save his infected wife and their unborn child. When he awakes from a terrible accident, he discovers that his wife is missing and the infection is now taking over his body. As he follows the blood trail searching for his wife, he is tortured by the decision that he has to make.
This live action short is an introduction to a feature script that will explore the effects of a zombie apocalypse in the Deep South. While the disease unravels society, the inherent social issues of prejudice and racism comes to a head. This short is a glimpse into that world and is being tailored for the festival circuit.
The forerunners of the production team are senior students from The Art Institute of Jacksonville. This team has been recognized for several projects; the most recent being the short film The Fenimore that won 13 awards in the 48 Hour Film Project. It will go onto Filmapalooza 2012 where it will go up against other winners.
They are teaming up with Executive Producer Jonathan Shepard, owner of Fat Screaming Baby Productions. He is bringing 15 years of production experience to the project.
DIRECTOR GUS COOPER
Award winning Director and Producer Gustavo Cooper brings his unique visionary approach to every project he works on. Gustavo was awarded Best Emerging Director at the 2010 Jacksonville Film Festival for the video “Strangers” and has been featured in several regional magazines such as VOID and EU Magazine. With over 20 commercials and dozens of music videos and short films under his belt, Gustavo has proven that he has an eye for fresh and engaging content and his pursuit of perfection makes him a fast up-and-coming Director.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER JONATHAN SHEPARD
In 1997, FSB founder Jonathan Shepard, left a 9-year sales and marketing career in the telecommunications sector to pursue his passion for film. In the last 15 years his production career has encompassed virtually all formats of film and video content creation. As a hands on producer he is deeply engaged in the technical aspects of all physical and creative production from development through delivery.
From his first gig as a location scout on Andy Garcia’s “Just the Ticket”, he moved quickly up the ranks in both independent film and national television production. His projects include work for HBO, FOX/Paramount, CBS, MTV, Vh1, Nickelodeon, Showtime and Comedy Central, American Zoetrope, Possible Films, HSI, Merchant Ivory, Biegel-Mailer, Double A Films, The Shooting Gallery, 40Acres and a Mule, Robot Films, 10×10,and many independent production houses. From 2008-09 he resided as the in-house Director and Supervising Producer for The Doorpost Film Project – an online short film festival & competition, voted among Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 Festivals worth the entry fee” in 2009.
PRODUCER HEATHER BURKY
An award winning freelance writer and producer, Heather has been 1st AD on several films that are touring on festival circuits. Heather wrote a short film titled “Smooth Move”, which won Best Film in the 48 Hour Film Project (Jacksonville 2010) and was screened at the Miami International Film Festival. Working out of her office located in Jacksonville, FL., Heather has produced several music videos and commercials that have been screened internationally. From pre-production to the day of the shoot, Heather has the skills necessary to make productions run smoothly and effectively.
SPECIAL EFFECTS TEAM PENNY DREADFUL PRODUCTIONS
The Penny Dreadful Productions, based in Atlanta GA, fabricates creative props, costumes and accessories for the entertainment industry. Additionally they provide art direction, practical effects, and other creative consulting services. Lead conceptualists Mathew Silva and Erin Bushko work with a team of specialized artists to produce the highest quality products and services. Their work has been featured in live entertainment, film and television. They have furnished materials for one of America’s premeier haunted houses, Netherworld. Several projects with Whitestone Motion Pictures have benefited from Penny Dreadful’s expertise. They have worked on other movies including Zombieland, Ben 10: Alien Swarm, Book of Eli, and most recently they [designed] effects for AMC’s The Walking Dead. They also provide quality costuming and props for the consumer market.
Tom Martin – Bobby
Tom Martin was born and raised in Miami Florida and is fortunate enough to make a living doing what he loves to do the most. He has become one of the most recognizable faces in the world of commercials. His Super bowl Ad (2011) for Bridgestone tires “Reply All” was considered one of the best ads of the year among many advertising Guru’s. He now has another ad for Heineken Light, “Handlebar Moustache” that seems to be turning heads all around. Tom graduated from the School of Theater at Florida State University. His first gig ever was playing the young son of Roy Scheider on the hit show Sea Quest DSV. He continues to work in television and movies. Although acting is his true passion, he has also had some great success in writing and producing. His first screenplay “Elle” A modern Cinderella Story recently got worldwide distribution. This quirky family film starring Disney sensation, “Sterling Knight” also won quite a few film festivals. Tom also spent 2 years developing and starring in films for the Doorpost Film Project. His films made him a finalist both years and won him some awards. His last film ,“La Premiere” was the story of the inventors of cinema, Lumiere Brothers in 1885. They were able to get the great “James Earl Jones” to narrate it. This film qualified them for Academy Awards and screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2010. Tom is currently working to get his latest screenplay, “Run Paco Run” funded and developed for the summer of 2012.
Steve Ezell – Police Officer
Steve Ezell was involved in theater during his school years and went on to focus on his music career, headlining a variety of acts over the last decade. He recently returned to acting, being cast in a series of commercials for Autoline Preowned. He brings an easy going energy and naturalness to his performances, making him a director’s dream. Velvet Road will be Steve’s first narrative performance.
WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING
Cast: flying in credited actors, providing hotels
Crew: hiring a professional crew
Equipment: lights, Red Camera, trailer, tow truck
Special Effects Make-Up for zombies
Incidentals: food, gas, permits
Props & Wardrobe: two period vehicles from the 1960s
Police & Ambulance on standby
Original Score: Brian Jerin
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