The Amazing Gayla Partridge

2012 Shroud Poster v2

During our photographic push for stunning imagery for our first feature film, the spiritual gothic western Shroud, we were fortunate enough to work with Gayla Partridge in Austin, Texas.

We were referred to Gayla by our leading lady Nicole Leigh Jones. Gayla’s reputation is well earned: her impeccable style and artistic innovation behind the camera is astounding. We were amazed at the power of the images she and Nicole were able to achieve using our original Shroud wardrobe. Wearing Marty van Kleeck’s amazing custom dresses and Patrick Thaden & Ugo Serrano’s original plate armor, Gayla delivered mesmerizing images for our first feature.

We are very grateful to Gayla and her studio and recommend her unreservedly for any project where you really need to make an artistic statement of the highest caliber.

Galya, thank you! We look forward to working with you on our fantasy epic Vangelis.

Old Shroud MySpace Pages

With Shroud finally nearing completion, we will soon be populating our many MySpace pages with batches of new pictures, videos, trailers, wallpapers and postcards. Continuing updates are available at our main website at www.jetrefilm.com or our MySpace page:

Jetrefilm Entertainment
www.myspace.com/jetrefilm

Our viral marketing for Shroud will also be similarly populated in the coming weeks. The six demographic-driven pages for our first film are located here:

www.myspace.com/fury_of_angels
www.myspace.com/victorian_elegance
www.myspace.com/legend_of_cinecusa
www.myspace.com/teutonic_knights
www.myspace.com/townofshroud
www.myspace.com/ninesabers

These pages were designed and implemented by the advertising company I co-founded, Design & Technology Consulting Services (www.dtcs.net) of Dallas, Texas. Our MySpace page is located here:

www.myspace.com/custom_myspace_design

By keeping our many, many marketing and advertising costs internal, we are able to save an astounding amount of money that would otherwise be directed to outsourced designers and studios.

Update: Now that Facebook has utterly decimated MySpace, these are relics but they were fun to make.

Look at the Bones!

The Bones

Part of the mystery in Shroud revolves around the legend of a child-killer. To convey this grisly truth about the many child murders near Shroud, we originally had resin molds made for the bone yard.  Ideally, we wanted to cover an entire slope of land with thousands of child bones; however, being our first film (and an independent one at that) we simply didn’t have the budget for hundreds of child skeletons.

Making the skulls, we planted them off the main trail at Hamilton Pool cave and shot our scene. Regrettably, there simply weren’t enough skulls (and no complete skeletons) to create a true killing ground.

When we decided to return to Hamilton Pool Cave to shoot new B-roll footage for Shroud, it seemed a good time to re-shoot the bone yard sequence as well.

For whatever reason, I did not find the same online resources last year as I did the week before I returned to Hamilton Pool Cave.  Using Google, I searched for “prop bones” and ended up at a wonderfully macabre website called www.bjwinslow.com.

This site specializes in skeletons and horror paraphernalia of all kind for film: corpses, skulls, skeletons, entrails, tombstones, etc.

I selected some brutally grotesque child skeletons along with assorted bones and forensic quality skulls and had them delivered 2-day ground. Let me say: they look amazing.

Long story short, our new bone yard looks like a real bone-strewn dumping ground. It simply looks amazing. The forensic quality skulls stand up to extreme close-ups, with just the right tone and texture to the bone to look perfectly disturbing.

Need bones?  Go to www.bjwinslow.com.

Legendary Craft: The Art of Richard Lester

Two founding films in my small library of cinemagraphic influences are The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Four Musketeers (1974) by the amazing Richard Lester.

The name Richard Lester may be lost on most modern film fans, but Lester’s work remains masterful, enviably so, even today. Few filmmakers have such an utter command of the frame, motion and composition as Richard Lester.

Just wanted to pay my respects—Thank you, Mr. Lester.