DreamStalker Films


Promotional Event Tonight for Jamie Wyman’s UNINVITED – Come to Gotham City Comics for a chance to win some DreamStalker swag!

by Herr Direktor on Sep.25, 2015, under Film News, Promotions/Events

Some quick updates:

1) If you are in Mesa, AZ or thereabouts be sure to come by Gotham City Comics tonight 8-10PM. Jaime Wyman will be promoting the Kickstarter for her new book, UNINVITED. This is the third book in this series and if you’ve never heard of it I recommend you check it out.  The Kickstarter has several backing levels that include the first two books, in case you can’t make it tonight, check it out.

Tonight, there will be raffles and auctions to raise funds toward the publishing. There will be a set of DreamStalker Films Shorts (Volumes I and II) and a DSF shirt raffled off, art by Zach Reddy (the artist behind the anime sequence in “The Con” and the design of this site and our logo), and much more!  For more check out Jamie’s blog, here.

2) We’re about to go into production on a new short and start filming in 8 days! This one is Halloween themed so be sure to check back for info on that.

3) We have another script too that should go into production before the year is done. This one should be a fun action short, that we’re looking to mostly shoot with the GoPro3.

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“Dead Scene” goes live!

by Herr Direktor on Oct.24, 2014, under Film News, Promotions/Events, Site Updates

I know it has been forever since there were any new films or updates on DSF… but I am pleased to announce we just completed our first horror film, “Dead Scene ” for the A3F 72 Hour Fright Fest Challenge.

You can see the final film above and see all the production details (including pictures from the theatrical premiere at the A3F Fright Fest last night) on the film’s main page here.

A missed post:
“Tea Time”, DreamStalker Films’ 4th Annual 2 Week Project premiered at the 2014 Phoenix Comicon last June. It too was well received in a good size audience.

A bit of site maintenance:

“Fair Seasons” (the film itself only) has been removed and will be offered exclusively on the DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol II DVDs and Blu-Rays.

“Cubicell” has officially been scrapped due to issues with post effects and the lead actor. The page for the unfinished film has been removed.

“Assassinatra”, “Christmas Cliche’d” (Joe Benzer, writer) and “The Pelican” (Breanne Roxbury, writer) have officially been added to the pre-production section on Films as we have officially begun those scripts.

Also… DSF ‘ s 5th Annual 2 Week Challenge starts October 31st, so expect our next film the weekend of November 15th!

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“The Con” Premieres, Goes Live!

by Herr Direktor on May.27, 2013, under Film News, Promotions/Events, Site Updates

Well, “The Con” premiered last Friday at the Phoenix Comicon.  Thank you to everyone who came out to see it at it’s early premiere.  We were happy that the laughs were plenty and in all the right places.  For everyone that didn’t get to come out, the fact that it has officially premiered now means that you can now watch it online!  Check it out on it’s permanent page here or directly on YouTube.

As I mentioned in the Q and A after the premiere and in the last blog, we are working toward our second DVD collection of shorts.  I hope to have that put together by the end of the year.  The DVDs will either be available when you donate to DreamStalker Films (did you notice we have a Donation Button for Paypal?) and/or at a Comicon Booth at some point in the future.

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DreamStalker Films Premieres

by Herr Direktor on May.17, 2013, under Film News, Promotions/Events, Site Updates

Greetings fans and followers!  Just a couple of quick updates and reminders during this very busy month.  First, don’t forget our brand new, never-before-seen film “The Con” premieres in one week at the Phoenix Comicon.  Mark the date, mark  the time, mark the location on your conquests: Friday, May 24th, Local Focus Block I starting at 10:30 am, Room 232B and C.

Second, a big thanks to Pages Per Content and Moses Fidal for showing two of our short films to the public for the first time last Friday at the Firehouse Art Gallery in Phoenix,  “Fair Seasons” and “99 Problems”.  A special thank you to Zen Jen for introducing us to Moses and giving us this opportunity.  Stay tuned, PPC will be doing more screenings throughout the summer, if I hear they are planning on showing any more of our films we will let you know.

Third, Derek just completed his second directed film (the first being “The DreamStalker Films Christmas Special”), “Rankle in the Breast“.  The film recently premiered and will likely be a bonus feature on the upcoming Vol II DVD.  Stay tuned, that will also be available to view online shortly too. [Update: Rankle in the Breast is now live with it's own page on our site!  Check it out!]

Lastly, progress is being made on the DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol II DVD.  With the completion of “The Con” we finally have enough films again to make sure we have a nice selection for this next collection.  I am currently working on getting together some special features (namely gag reels for certain) that will be available exclusively on this DVD.  Additionally, now that “Fair Seasons” has had a public screening, it has now been retired off the internet.  Our page is still up on this site for information, but the film will now be an exclusive only for this DVD.

Be sure to come out to the Phoenix Comicon next Friday to see “The Con” and look for a new blog right here shortly after Memorial Day weekend!

-Herr Direktor

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“Schoolyard Ninjas” to Premiere at the Phoenix Comicon!

by Herr Direktor on May.22, 2012, under Film News, Promotions/Events

As some of you may or may not be aware, we submitted two films to the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival this year.  Unfortunately, “99 Problems…” was not selected.  “Schoolyard Ninjas”, however, had gotten mixed in the shuffle.  So, although it is not an “official selection”, it will premiere at the con.

“Schoolyard Ninjas” kicks off the comedy block on Saturday night at 11pm.  The film is 10 minutes, so if you have other plans at the con at that time, 11 pm is a great time for a short break to come see our film.

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“Schoolyard Ninjas” Goes Live!

by Herr Direktor on Mar.26, 2012, under Film News, Promotions/Events, Site Updates

Eleven years since it was filmed on a warm Arizona day… “Schoolyard Ninjas” has finally been completed.  The short was directed by Jay Montoya all those years ago while we were in our second semester of Film Class at ASU.  I was on camera (16mm) and after the film was shelved for a few years I took over Producing and all other Post-Production (thanks to Jay for giving me the opportunity to work on this film again).

I’d like to thank the voice over cast (Pete Haverson, Matt Torrez, Shannon Griffith, Alanta Noel, and Derek Lookingbill) as well as composer Scott Kos for their participation in finally getting this project completed.

This film and our last Two-Week Challenge, “99 Problems…” have both been submitted to the Phoenix Comicon 2012 Film Festival this last week, so may the Force be with us!

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DreamStalker Films at PHXCC!

by Herr Direktor on May.25, 2011, under Film News, Promotions/Events

Big news for those who have not heard… “Laptops’ Revenge” will be premiering at the Phoenix Comicon this Saturday at 11:20am.  Come by and check it out and stay awhile for the Q&A with local filmmakers at 12:20pm.  I will be there with members of the cast and the producers.

Xander Benzer, Scott Kos, Peter Haverson, Jason Lippencott, Nick Benzer, and Shannon Griffith on the set of "Laptops' Revenge"

If you can come a bit earlier our friend Kane Black will be premiering his short “Fashion Assassin” at 11:08am.

Be sure to drop by Zach Reddy’s Paleocomics and Emma Lysyk’s Em2a Cartoon booth (759)  They are both very talented and in addition to selling their own work they will have a small supply of DreamStalker Films Vol. I DVDs.

DSF Shorts V1 DVD Cover

DreamStalker Films Shorts Volume I

While in the exhibitor area be sure to check out Anti-Hero Brand Press (booth 681).  Artist John Chihak and Agnew will be there selling his work.  We had the pleasure of sitting in the booth next to this talented guy at last year’s con, so if you see him tell him we sent you.

Other than that we are running full force towards finishing Principle Photography on Slayer Wars 3.  We should be wrapping in September.

In the meantime, watch for completion of the long awaited Amoric video “Who Are You?”  Hopefully that will be soon now that we have a final cut of the song.

After that I’ll finish up “Fair Seasons” so it can be posted here.

The last half of the year will be occupied with shooting our untitled Steam Punk film and hopefully starting a limited webseries version of “Reunion”.

Hope to see you all at the Comicon on Saturday!

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Another 48 Hours…

by Herr Direktor on Mar.06, 2011, under Film News, Promotions/Events

As many of you may already know, DreamStalker Films just completed our third 48 Hour Film Challenge for A3F.  But more on that in a bit.  As I look at our site it looks like once again I have gone too long without an update… So here’s what’s happened so far for DSF in 2011:

How the Production Assistant tells the Director to shut up.

In January we completed a very long day of filming on Slayer Wars 3.  Special thanks to Chrissy for all her hard work in her return as “Darth Empiric” despite being very pregnant (she delivered a healthy baby girl less than two weeks after the shoot) and to Shannon for sticking through it most of the day despite being sick.

Chrissy Palmer as Darth Empiric

I have just completed the final cut of the “Voice” version of “Laptops’ Revenge”.  There were a few shots that just incredibly slowed the pacing (and this version was already a lot longer than my Director’s Cut) and I wanted that fixed before submitting it to any festivals.  I am burning copies of that to go out for submission to Filmstock and the Phoenix Comicon Film Festival next week.

A couple of weeks ago we met with Ryan Lunt and offered him the job of Propmaster for our upcoming Steampunk project later this year. Ryan has already created some amazing and original things and we look forward to working with him on this project as well as possibly creating more original DSF props in future films.

Last weekend we took on the A3F 48 Hour challenge again, as I mentioned earlier.  This time we spent more time in pre-production for “Fair Seasons” than we have in the past.  This was primarily due to needing to get costumes together and props (not to mention preparing the cameras and equipment for shooting in the rain).

Ryan Lunt creating wings for "Fair Seasons"

It was a cold and wet shoot but we all got through it.  Thanks to the actors and crew for sticking it out.  Unfortunately, due to the lateness of when we started (and me leaving the ND filter active on one camera) we had some rather dark shots toward the end.  Despite this, we finished filming and had all the footage captured by 8:00pm.

Before going to bed at 4am, I completed the rough cut and began compositing.

The Four Seasons in the rain.

Beginning again at 8am Sunday morning, I was off to finish visual effects while Derek Lookingbill ran Unit 2, re-recording all the dialogue for the film (as our original audio was plagued with planes, traffic, and annoying kids).

While Scott Kos composed music for the film (blind as he had no internet that day) and Shannon Griffith and Alanta Noel drove to pick it up, I finished compositing and editing as much of the new looped audio as possible.

At the time I had to stop in order to get it rendered and burned to a dvd in time to make the deadline I was less than halfway through adding the looped audio (and what was done was far from perfect), had not done a final mix, no sound effects were added, and the soundtrack was very haphazardly added.

Spring Vs. Winter

So, needless to say, we don’t consider the film finished and will not post it here until it is completed.  The film did not make the top 20 for the competition, as expected and did not premiere at their event.  I’ll post it as is here after it is finished.  Expect it in a few weeks (minimum), because I need a little break and I am currently brainstorming ideas on the Steampunk project while working on a draft for “Reunion”.

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The Phoenix Comicon 2010 Experience – The DreamStalker Films Perspective

by Herr Direktor on Jun.01, 2010, under Promotions/Events

Shannon Griffith, Joe Benzer, Alanta Noel, and Derek Lookingbill at the DreamStalker Films booth.

First of all, I have to say a HUGE Thanks to everyone for their support of our fledgling company this last weekend at the Phoenix Comicon!  Especially to Shannon and Alanta for coming out and working the booth with us (and alone when Derek and I were at the screening or getting our geek on with Stan Lee) for the entire Con.  Thanks also need to be said to Jason, Dori, and Everett for hanging out on the last day and making it so all the tons of stuff we had left we could get back to the truck in one trip.

So here’s the rundown… Friday was our first day at the table.  The day was a bit slow as far as selling product, but we made some film connections and spread the word about DreamStalker Films.  Shortly after we had opened the DSF Booth, our short film, “The Family That Decays Together…” premiered at the Film Festival during the local films block.  Derek and I were there to hear the audience reaction.  We heard laughs and “ahhh”s in all the right places, so seems to have gone over well.

Saturday was a much busier day at the whole Con, and our booth was no exception.  We sold more DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol. I DVDs this day than any other at the Con.  Thanks to Matt showing up we were also finally able to sell our first Car Decal.

Sunday, was pretty busy still at the Con, most likely due to Stan “The Man” Lee being on hand for autographs and pictures that day.  We sold some more DVDs, despite not being able to offer any more free Slayer Wars DVDs along with them as our supply had run out.  Also, thanks to some supportive family members and Jason coming down we were able to sell some more decals as well as several T-Shirts.  Additionally, we had some added products this day thanks to Dori Perry: DSF Dice Bags!  We were able to sell one of these nifty products, too!

Dori with one of the DSF Dice Bags she created.

On Sunday, Derek and I had the honor of getting our picture taken with Stan Lee.  Check out us sporting our DSF shirts with “The Man” and a copy of our DVD we gave him.

Overall, we sold 35 DreamStalker Films Shorts Vol I DVDs, 3 T-Shirts, 4 Decals, and 1 Dice Bag.  Not too shabby for a pretty much unknown independent film company.  More importantly, we spread the word and made a bunch of new contacts for potential fans, filmmakers, and actors.

For everyone that were not able to make it out to the Con or didn’t have any money at the time, there are plenty of DreamStalker Films products left.  Looking to the future, we will have these items available by PayPal on this site, but for now, if you’re interested in a DVD, T-Shirt, Decal, or Dice Bag, contact us at dreamstalkerfilms@gmail.com.  If you’re a veteran DreamStalker Films cast/crew member, ask about our discount especially for you!

Stay tuned for the next post with an update on Slayer Wars 3.

I will wrap this post (finally, a week after the PCC) with this picture:

‘Nuff Said!

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