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Local Haunts: UNCSA grads pitch a movie and start a production company | Movie


The Vampire subgenre has been around since Nosferatu in 1922, with various adaptations and preying on the bloodsucking creatures of the night.

“We didn’t want to create just a standard horror movie. Rather, we wanted to accommodate the concepts of exoticism and romance in a beach-themed film that features three vampiric women and the contrasting characters they represent,” said director and co-writer Jordan McLaughlin.

The 2019 graduate of UNCSA School of the Arts Film and Animation, along with his colleagues, Savannah Gisleson, graduate in directing, and Katie Sanderson, graduate with a BFA in film production and a minor in artistic entrepreneurship, decided to bring his film, Local Haunts, to life with the help of a few friends. In fact, the majority of the upcoming film’s crew are UNCSA alumni.

“I told her (Katie) about my upcoming project, which I had originally planned to have in Asheville, with a mountain perspective before deciding on a beach approach, and she fell in love with the idea. next thing i knew i had my producer over the next few months i had built a few outlines of the movie but none of them felt right so in early 2020 i asked Savannah to join me as a co-writer on the project,” McLaughlin explained. “We’ve worked on shorts and episodes together, but this was our first collaborative feature and our most special to date.

Local Haunts became the first ongoing feature for the trio’s new production company, Doomsday Soirée. Filming for the feature film will begin in the fall.

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“The film is set in Lost Cove where three vampiric women find their own temporary home in this quiet seaside town,” Gisleson said. “The story follows Phaedra, our most prominent character, the one who stirs the pot and continues with traditional macabre vampiric practices, unlike the rest of the group. Tuesday is a lost immortal soul who seeks love and deeper meaning , continues to find her way in the world, but won’t let go of her past memories that prevent her from finding her place. And Katrina, the wisest, who is hundreds of years older, is content with her position, trying to exert the same energy on both Mardi and Phèdre. We drew a lot of inspiration from 60s and 80s B-horror movies that shared the surf culture and campy vibe we were looking for in our new world. film is about a world outside of itself, where you take off your rose-colored glasses to see the whole community is strange. Monsters can come from people, and in turn, illustrate the fear of the human psyche. In the story, every person we go with mpires connect dies, knowing that every new person who comes into their lives already knows the outcome, and the story is about coming to terms with it rather than hiding. What it means to connect with people when you know it’s temporary. »

Only a partial cast has been confirmed as the team continues to process casting call records. “We didn’t expect to get so much publicity for our project. We had people from all over the United States and learned a lot from watching others bring the characters to life with their own interpretations, and that’s how we found Cassandra Phillips-Grande, a multidisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia, which will be playing on Tuesday,” Sanderson shared. “We were also fortunate to introduce our cast to Alexander Folk, who has been in Hollywood for over 50 years, Chase Yi, Sky Ebolar, Kenneth Best, Austin Kress and Chopper Bernet, whom you may recognize from his work. on Terminator. 3. »

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With the script completed and the film entering pre-production, the rise in COVID-19 cases presents a new challenge for the team.

“I recently moved to California, while Savannah resides in New York. We started planning coast to coast to meet with Katie to start scouting locations for the film,” McLaughlin explained. Living in a COVID world as a filmmaker isn’t ideal, but it hurts the industry as a whole.”

In the summer of 2020, after careful planning and multiple COVID tests, the team began searching California for the perfect principal filming location.

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“We started in San Diego, then moved up to Pismo Beach and finished in Ventura. We were looking for a very specific atmosphere, and we hadn’t found it during our stay in California. While we were all together, we began to reminisce about our time at Winston-Salem, and it took us graduating to realize we had the aesthetic we were looking for right in front of us. The eerie atmosphere of storytelling is prevalent on Carolina beaches, especially off-season,” Sanderson said. “Also, North Carolina natives are very friendly and easy-going when interacting with filmmakers. They sometimes offer their space at no cost or hassle, unlike very well-known film communities who know all the protocol, prices , timeline, and knowledge of previous movies that were shot in the exact same location. It loses its value. Once, while we were shooting American Waste, our last short at UNCSA, we went to a junkyard at the middle of nowhere run by a husband and wife, whose hospitality was indescribable.

Doomsday Soirée prides itself on making family-style films, with strong community involvement on and off screen. “Everyone puts something into it, even if you don’t get anything out of it. It’s the labor of love and the bonds you create, especially when you’re attached to people who are interested in your project. Filmmaking is challenging, but it’s also meant to be fun, which shows in how crazy we’re willing to go with our characters and their dialogue. The mix of high and low art that blends with the combination of costumes, makeup SFX and cinematography,” McLaughlin explained. “It takes a village to make a movie and a decent budget to make sure it gets shot, but in the midst of it all it has the potential to be something big.”

For more news and updates, visit https://www.localhauntsfilm.com/the-crew. To donate, visit https://wefunder.com/localhauntsfilm.