“Zombies!” is a new music video by The Longwalls that was created by Rock Media. The video was directed by Louie Jannetty, produced by Josh Bethoney and myself, and was created with lots of help from the rest of the team in all facets of the project from pre-production to post. The video’s premiere, which coincided with Halloween quite appropriately, featured a screening at the Independence Mall movie theater in Kingston last night and a web premiere at the stroke of midnight (muhahahaha) on Hollywood East TV where we’ve been celebrating the occasion all week with special holiday treats like spooky new videos and a spiffy new design.
As if the viewership of Hollywood East TV and The Series hadn’t seen (or heard) enough of me already, now I’m hosting a new weekly segment called “Conversations” that we started this past Friday, where I interview a member of the Plymouth Rock Studios executive team and ask them questions that were submitted online (via Hollywood East TV or our Twitter) by our viewers. For the first week, the guest was David Kirkpatrick, Founder of Plymouth Rock Studios and Chairman of Rock Entertainment. Watch the clip below to see my chat with David.
UPDATE: As of May 2010 this clip is unavailable online, sorry!
Over the last two years, everyone at our company has worked their tails off on the planning and development of a massive project: a 240-acre smart and sustainable film and television production studio with 14 sound stages and 10-acre backlot, in America’s Hometown, the historic Plymouth, Massachusetts. We successfully found a home for the studio, Waverly Oaks Golf Club, in July 2008, and then in October 2008, at Plymouth’s annual Fall Town Meeting, the local representatives were nearly unanimous in approving the key ballot items pertaining to our project, including the rezoning of the land for movie and entertainment production.
Since that time, a portion of our team has continued to work closely with the town on the planning of the studio, and earlier this summer, we received approval of the master site plan. But you already know that if you watch “The Series: Plymouth Rock Studios,” the daily reality show on Hollywood East TV that has been documenting the entire process since January of this year, which is produced by myself and the rest of the Rock Media team by the way. So, with many of key approvals out of the way, another portion of the executive team has finally been able to further pursue potential partners to finance the construction of the project. Unfortunately, due to the proprietary nature of these discussions we have been unable to show them on “The Series”….UNTIL NOW!
This week marks the debut of a new and exciting story arc on “The Series” called “Countdown to Construction.” After a nearly three month period of working with a potential partner, only 18 days remain to close the loan. Over the next 20 or so episodes, we will follow the every move of the Plymouth Rock Studios executives closely involved with the process, particularly Bob Almond and Tim Hadley, as they attempt to close what is potentially the largest private loan in the United States in over a year.
For a taste of the drama, watch the teaser episode below called “18 Days to Closing.” Almost forgot to mention, the “Countdown” features reality tv-style voiceovers, a la “Deadliest Catch,” voiced and written by me.
Before we went to the Produced By Conference we had to figure out what we would bring for swag, which is very important, as anyone who has attended a professional convention can attest, because free stuff is usually the highlight of the event. The hottest swag item at our booth were these stress balls we ordered in the shape of the Plymouth Rock that had our company logo on them. As is also typical of professional conventions, we ordered more than we needed and ended up with a surplus that we had to ship back to Massachusetts. When we aired the first episode of The Series about Produced By we were flooded with requests from people wanting to get their own rocks, and as luck would have it, we were finally ready to go live with the Hollywood East TV store, so it was a no-brainer. Our amazing head editor Louie Jannetty came up with this commercial for the rocks and was kind of enough to ask me to do the voice over. I hope you enjoy.
(UPDATE: As of May 2010, this clip is currently unavailable online, sorry!)
As part of our partnership with the Producers Guild of America, Plymouth Rock Studios sponsored the first annual Produced By Conference, a professional convention for producers of film, television and new media. The event was held at the Sony Studios lot in Culver City, CA and we had a booth front and center on the convention floor. My co-workers said I was a natural at working the booth, but my secret is that I have experience working music festivals and lemme tell ya, it’s much harder to pitch websites to drunk people than movie studios to producers. Obviously we filmed a lot of the event for The Series, and this particular episode features the conference’s kickoff event at Paramount’s lot.