Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Night Shift: On to the Next

Night Shift is the diary of Fighting Owl Film's new independent supernatural-adventure-comedy of the same name currently in distribution in Mobile, AL. Over the course of the next several weeks and months, you'll get an insider's peek at what it's like for filmmakers to craft a new entry of paranormal pop culture from Erin Lilley, a producer and actress on the film.

On to the Next!


Things are really starting to move around Fighting Owl Films HQ (aka My Living Room)! First off, we've found out a little bit more about where The Night Shift will be available. So far, it's Amazon (which you already knew about), Deep Discount,, DVD Empire,, DVD Planet, CD Universe, and Home DVD Store.

There's also one more little place you may have heard of: WALMART!

That's right! Walmart will be stocking the movie, and not just online! According to the website, it'll be available in stores, too! If it ends up at the one we do our grocery shopping at, I'm totally stopping to take a picture. I don't care how stupid I look taking pictures in the middle of Walmart, as God is my witness, I. Will. Do. It.

Thomas and I are happily, busily tweeting and posting updates on all of our social networking sites. Should any more retailers be added to the list, you'll find them there. Prices vary from store to store, but so far, they're all in the under $20 range, so it's completely affordable, and would make the perfect holiday gift (hint, hint, wink, wink, say no more!).

Okay, shameless plugging aside, Thomas, Soren (our director of photography, composer, and voice of everyone's favorite skeleton) and I got to do a little photo shoot yesterday for the local paper. The Arts editor is doing a little piece on the movie receiving distribution, so we met up with their photographer in one of the cemeteries we shot in. Hopefully, it will all turn out well, and we'll have a cute, professionally shot picture to hang up next to the movie poster. In any case, we're overwhelmed with the amount of local support that's been shown. The hometown has been very kind to us.

Also, if you're going to be in the Atlanta area October 21-27, you'll want to check out the Horror Quest Film Festival. The Night Shift will be screening Wednesday the 26th at 9 p.m. at the Cinefest Film Theatre. Sadly, Thomas and I can't be there in person, but we'll be there in spirit, and hope some of you can go out and show your support of indie film.

Finally, with distribution in place for The Night Shift, Fighting Owl Films is attempting to move on to the next project. Thomas has pretty much finished the script for a horror-comedy revolving around Jersey Devil folklore. It is a lot of fun, and with a few tweaks, should be a grand old time ... if we can get financing.

So, here we are, back to submitting emails and stamping envelopes, contacting every producer/investor in the book - well, more like every producer/investor on the Web. There is a book, but it's expensive. The online list was cheaper, but I digress.

Anyway, Thomas is contacting those folks while I work on story synopses (plural), bios and press releases. There have been some nibbles, but no offers as of yet. Nibbles are good, though. Nibbles give us hope.

There's also been some interest in Fighting Owl production services, so, again, hope. That aspect was mentioned in the local paper this past weekend, and we were out at the city's Downtown Art Walk a couple of weeks ago with information and business cards. Oh, and of course, we've sent mailers to anywhere we could think of that might be interested. Basically, we're doing anything and everything we can (you know, legally) to fund this new project.

It's like I heard on a rerun of Supernatural, "You can expect a miracle, but in the meantime you work your butt off." That's kind of become my new motto. I think it works.

Oh! One more bit of neat news, before I go: The Night Shift is supposed to be featured in October's issue of Rue Morgue magazine!

We found out a couple of weeks ago, and I've been cracking up over "Rue Morgan" being in Rue Morgue ever since. For some reason, that just really tickles me. The magazine should be on newsstands around the first of the month. Oddly enough, my city doesn't have any newsstands. Not one, and the only retailer that carries it is in the next town over, so Thomas and I get to embark on a little road trip to pick up a copy. I love that, because it makes getting the magazine a really special event, and not just a run of the mill errand. Plus, the next town over has really good doughnuts.

So, this October, maybe we can all grab a copy of Rue Morgue and raise a doughnut in honor of The Night Shift!

Follow The Night Shift at You can check out the poster, trailer, cast and crew, and some fun downloads. Heck, if you like, you can even be our friend on Facebook and Twitter (@NightShiftMovie), where you can follow more of the progress of the movie.