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Cool Write-up for DDMS Entertainment!

Published April 26, 2016 by glgiles

Here (click on this link for the write-up).

{Picture below taken in March 2016}

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So much fun being interviewed by the lovely ladies of the “Killer Queens” podcast!

Published October 20, 2015 by glgiles

You can listen to it here.

Interview with a Sultry Screenwriter and Film Director: Staci Layne Wilson!

Published July 9, 2014 by glgiles

Staci Layne Wilson is a screenwriter and film director whose artistic muses often lead her into the Twilight Zone. Some of the places you can find her darkly delightful work:

Keepsakes Book Trailer – https://vimeo.com/87879097

Self Portraits Book Trailer – https://vimeo.com/88459015

Fetish Factory Film Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZyr2iuaiDE

“Keepsakes” on Amazon Kindle here.

“Keepsakes” Audio Book here.

Q. Sincera Alexander’s voice draws the listener in from the first word of the audiobook “Keepsakes.” I especially loved “Mood Ring.” How did you know that Sincera Alexander, KK Rider, Kurt Lambert and others would be perfect for the parts?

A. Thanks. “Mood Ring” is one of my favorite tales, too. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that objects can be imbued with evil… cursed, if you will. “Mood Ring” is a story that needed an unusually silky, sensuous voice, because the subject matter is highly seductive. Usually, I draw from my pool of talented friends and colleagues. But in this case, it had to be pretty specific so I sent out a public casting notice. You would be amazed at how many actors applied… whose voices were absolutely nothing like I’d specified in the casting notice! Instead of Barry White, I got a bunch of guys who sounded more like Betty White! Crazy. Fortunately, Sincera was one of the first actors to audition, and he nailed it. KK was the right choice for “Death-Sized”, because she’s got a snarky, plucky delivery which makes the dialogue really pop. She went the extra mile to learn a Cajun accent, and how to pronounce the provincial expressions I used in my writing. Although the story doesn’t take place in Louisiana, it’s all about happens when a tiny voodoo doll comes to life and has big, bad plans. Curt is an actor whom I’ve known socially for about a year – so, from listening to his hilarious impressions at parties, the way he quotes classic movie dialogue, and knowing he has a flair for the dramatic, I thought for sure he’d be great as the disturbed, disgruntled dental assistant who goes on a tooth-stealing spree. This story is especially tricky, because a lot of it is from the POV of an unlikable character. Thanks to Curt’s innate likability, you want to stick with him and see how it all ends.

Q. What was recording in KK Rider Studios like?

A. It was awesome. It’s actually a closet, but it’s all sound-proofed (mostly… it does happen to be near the Burbank Airport!) and KK has everything set up so we could access the stories on an iPad (no paper-rustles) and the actors could pause and record at will. (Sincera recorded his own story and sent it to me via email; and Leslie S. Osborne, who does the voice intros and outros on the audiobook, helped out with equalizing the sound and so on.) It was a great collaboration, getting all the little bits and pieces together to form one fun audiobook.

Q. Loved the “Self Portraits” Book Trailer with Egon, Leonor and Louis, so I’m looking forward to reading the novella. What made Diane Ayala Goldner, Andrew McGee, James R. Petix, Rochelle Moore and Camille Calvin the perfect casting choices?

A. Thank you! It’s not easy to cast actors who are based on real people – in this case, the spirits of surreal artists Egon Schiele, Leonor Fini, and Louis Wain were more interpretive than impersonated to the letter. Still, when you find the right actors some wonderful alchemy happens between what’s on the page and who’s in front of the camera. I’ve always had a knack for casting. I just kind of know who’s going to be right, and… I’m always right!

Q. Yes, Ma’am, you are! Awesome choices! “Keepsakes” is described as “a creepy novella…a triptych of tales focusing on three collectors of evil items–but which came first, the evil or the item?” Will the question be answered by the novella’s end?

A. What fun would that be? As Oscar Wilde famously said, “When a truth becomes fact, it loses all its intellectual value.” I love leaving things open for interpretation, and to provoke thought.

Q. I couldn’t agree more. You directed, shot and edited the book trailer for “Keepsakes.” How was it working with Brooke Lewis as ‘The Jewelry Collector,’ Mike Mendez as ‘The Tooth Collector’ and Alisa Burket as ‘The Doll Collector?’

A. They were wonderful. They are all my friends of many years, and so they stepped up to help me out. Brooke Lewis is a fabulous scream-queen and actress who’s usually cast in quite humorous parts, so it was a joy to see her seethe as an embodiment of evil. In the audiobook, her character is in the “Mood Ring” story. Mike Mendez, who’s a terrific horror and sci-fi film director (he did “Grave Dancers”, and the recent cult hit, “Big-Ass Spider”), provides the face to Curt Lambert’s voice as the creepy tooth-hoarder in “Misfortune Cookie”. Finally, Alisa Burket (a fabulous singer and songwriter), channels mystery and beauty as a doll collector. Not the same character KK reads in the audio book, but she exists in that same netherworld of “Death-Sized”.

Q. How was Mars of Dead House Music chosen for the score?

A. Again: I dipped into the deep well of my super-talented friends. I first met Mars when I was a journalist working for Horror.com. After I reviewed a film he did the score for back in in 2006 — and I noted that basically the only good thing about it was the music — he reached out to thank me and we became friends. We both love guitar-based rock, and synth film scores ala Goblin and Tangerine Dream. Mars has since scored nearly all my short films, and is currently working on the music for my feature-length directorial debut. The movie is called “Fetish Factory”, and it’s a sexy, saucy zom-com about burlesque dancers pitted against blood-thirsty zombies in Hollywood. He’s got amazing instincts, and he’s extremely dedicated to crafting the most striking theme to fit each scenario onscreen.

Q. What’s in the pipeline for the remainder of 2014?

A. We are in the editing room for “Fetish Factory”, of which I am very proud. I cannot wait to show it to everyone. It’s produced by up-and-comers Blanc-Biehn, so chances are good it will not only see the light of day — it’ll bask in it. Hopefully by Halloween, but there is no release date set as of yet. I’ve completed the script for “Fembot”, a sci-fi thriller starring Michael Biehn, and am about to begin on “The Lincoln”, a wild adventure which stars Jennifer Blanc and will also be directed by her. In other news, I’m novelizing a totally badass vampire comic book (as of now, I’m beholden to an NDA – can’t wait to share the good word in detail!).

Q. Where can readers go to connect with you and your amazing work?

A. Thanks for asking, Georgia. I’m pretty easy to find. Facebook/StaciWilson – Twitter/StaciWilson, and Instagram/StaciLayne

Thanks again, Staci. Always a great pleasure!

Interview with the Stunningly Beautiful and Talented Mary Alexandra Stiefvater!

Published May 28, 2014 by glgiles

 

 

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Photo Credit:  Theo + Juliet Photography

“Mary Alexandra Stiefvater was born in Chico, California and grew up in Stockton, where she was first introduced to theater and dance at a young age. Educated at The University of California at Los Angeles, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater, she also studied French cinema and philosophy abroad at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) and Le Centre Parisien d’Etudes Critiques. After graduation, she moved to England to train at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Five days after graduating from LAMDA, she packed her suitcase for New York to pursue work in theater, film, television and modeling. As well as being a skilled dancer, Mary Alexandra received her stage combat certificate from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. She is trained in a variety of different weapons and unarmed combat.

Her first break came on the The Late Show with David Letterman where she regularly appeared in comedy skits.  At the same time, did motion capture work for the character of Mona Sax in Max Payne 2 with Rockstar Games. The collaboration with Rockstar Games continued on Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and The Warriors. 

Later, she moved to Los Angeles, where further success came in television (The Mentalist, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, The Wedding Bells & Happy Hour). Known mainly for her work in independent films (Supergator, Bear, Speed-Dating, Driving By Braille, Loveless in Los Angeles, The Perfect Boyfriend, Easy Rider: The Ride Back, & Four Lane Highway), she has also appeared in numerous print ads (Verizon, Babies-R-Us, Fera Skiwear, Quenchwear, Cargo magazine, Stuff magazine & The San Francisco Embarcadero Christmas Catalog), commercials (Bud Light, Volvo, Lupus PSA, Red Bull Sugar-free, Style Network, 1-800-Collect & TGIFriday’s) and web-series (Playdate & Rules of the League). 

In order to sustain longevity in the ever-changing entertainment industry, she started producing and writing. In 2006 she produced the award-winning short film, Bad Habits, with the production company she helped found, Habit Forming Films. Stiefvater then produced Wedding for One and 11-44, both directed by Kristina Lloyd. The two met in acting class at UCLA and have collaborated on several projects together. After many years of co-writing, her first, solo, full-length script, Squaw, was nominated for Best Screenplay in two festivals. In 2012, her first books, In My Contrary Garden and Cocoa For Saturdays were published. Her sophomore effort, On The Merry-Go-Round, was released in 2013 with The Sun She Sets and Fair The Rose following in 2014. 

Mary Alexandra continues to work as a producer, actress, model, screenwriter, photographer and poet” (IMDb Bio.). 



You played Alexandra Stevens in Roger Corman’s “Supergator” (2007). Unfortunately, your character meets her untimely demise thanks to the ‘Deinosuchus’. Nonetheless, was it fun filming it?

Yes! We filmed in Hawaii for almost a month and had the best time. Shooting death scenes can be tricky but we had a good laugh filming that one. 

What else have you had loads of fun acting in (films-wise)? 

Each role has its own challenges and benefits but I love playing characters from bygone eras that have their own specific look and costume. I have a lot of fun playing with different accents and physicalities too. It’s a chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes…to understand someone else’s reality. 

Speaking of fun, you regularly appeared in comedy skits on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’. Have you ever tried stand-up comedy? If so, then where? 

No, I have never tried it. Stand-up is incredibly hard and I have profound respect for the comedians that can do it. Who knows, maybe one day….

Are there any comedic genres that are off-limits to you—like Insult Comedy? 

I like “kind” comedy. I don’t care for comedy that purposely hurts people’s feelings. Life is so funny anyway so I think there is lots of humor to pull from everyday situations. I really admire the comedians who are witty and clever and help us find the humor in the paradoxes of life. 

Me, too! Switching gears, what inspired you to write your books (“In My Contrary Garden,” Cocoa For Saturdays,” etc.)? 

I didn’t want to be afraid to try. I have always loved poetry and photography. The writing community has been so gracious and inviting to me. It’s really fun to be part of that global, literary conversation. It also helps me as an actor because understanding how the writer creates a story, helps me figure out how to play a character within the story.

To me, you’re the epitome of a Contemporary Renaissance Woman/Polymath. You wear many hats well! Do you think that being multifaceted is a must for true success in this day and age? And, can it be a hindrance from the branding aspect? 

Wow! Thank you for that lovely compliment! They used to ask, “Are you a triple threat?” Meaning can you dance and act and sing…Nowadays being a triple threat means can you act and write and direct or some variation of how many skills do you have? I like to think about being an actor as a stock portfolio. A smart investor diversifies to prevent risks when one part of the market is slow. So a smart actor invests in his/her skills and learns as many as possible (be it voiceover or writing or modeling or dancing or directing, etc.) so they can work even when the market is slow. In terms of branding; yes, it is important to establish your brand. It’s how the world is first introduced to you. But don’t limit yourself. It will be detrimental and boring if you don’t grow and evolve.

Great advice! Thank you. So, how did you get started as a producer? As a screenwriter? 

I basically told a friend I loved his screenplay and we should make it. From that initial yes, we started the company and went into preproduction. Several meetings and a few months later and we were on set filming. After Bad Habits was done, other offers came in because work begets more work.

As for screenwriting, I think it’s a natural fit for actors. We create backstories for every character we play. Screenwriting and acting are just two halves of the same whole; they are both storytelling. I had some stories I wanted to see on the screen and the only way that could happen was to sit down and commit them to paper. A script is just a story with an internal set of directions that tells the entire production team how we are going to tell this story. From there, the collaboration and fun begins.

Please tell readers more about your award-winning short film entitled “Bad Habits.”

David Accampo and Jeremy Rogers wrote this really cool, edgy script and from the first read, it jumped off the page. They both knew how they wanted to film it so my job was simple; I just facilitated their vision. The story revolves around 4 characters and how their lives intersect on a fateful occasion. The cast was amazing and gave such beautiful performances. I felt privileged to make this film with that fantastic group of people.

What’s in the pipeline for the rest of 2014?

Lots of good things. We have two scripts we are working to bring to the screen. One is my script, about how Squaw Valley ski resort won their bid to host the 1960 Winter Olympics and how those Games almost didn’t happen. The other is a period piece I’m attached to called Where The Eternal Noise Lay by writer Reggie Gill, with Alban Horncastle producing.  I’m also working on my seventh book which will be out soon.

 

***Readers can follow Ms. Stiefvater on Twitter here, check out her Facebook page here, follow her on Goodreads here, follow her on Pinterest here and check out her really cool ‘NEWS & PRESS’ site here!
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You can visit here to pick up a copy of “Fair The Rose.”  
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You can visit here to pick up a copy of “In My Contrary Garden.”
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You can pick up a copy of “The Sun She Sets” here.