I was recently interviewed by SOUNDONSIGHT.ORG about THE SHELTER and my background. Read an excerpt below and the whole thing HERE
As for The Shelter, Fallon has remained vague as to plot details. “And I will continue to be.” Currently in post-production, Shelter finds character actor Michael Pare as a homeless drifter who wanders into an empty house. He’s “basically a scumbag, living with regrets and self-loathing. He’s a vagrant. One night, he comes upon this house. He makes himself at home. Falls asleep, wakes up in the morning with a gun in his lap. At that point, it becomes a mystery, without spoiling too much.” What has surprised friends and family who have read the script, given Fallon’s love of gore, is the lack thereof. Rather, he has focused on a the psychological aspects of horror.
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The first teaser trailer for my feature length directorial debut THE SHELTER starring Michael Paré (which will be represented at the 2014 Cannes Market by the fine folks at DC MEDIAS) is now online and you can see it below! Holbrook Multi-Media and I are still in the early stages of post-production at the moment, assembling our first rough cut. We have the first 25 minutes of the film pretty much (I stress the words pretty and much) set in stone. Now many people that have seen the teaser before this release have told me that they are not 100% sure as to what the story is about – and that was the point. I wanted to tease this early in the game, not spell it out. It’s an aloof teaser for a film that pretty much plays by its own rules. The indie/low budget spectrum is pretty much the only place left in the film biz to try to do something different and to take chances. So yes, The Shelter is all about that, for better and for worse. NOTE: Keep in mind that none of our VFX shots have been created yet, hence are not in the teaser.
I must admit that the Post Production process has been very stimulating and creative. I am loving every second of it and couldn’t be happier. The imagery is striking, the message is coming across and our leading man Michael Paré is so owning that scenery, it’s not even funny. It makes all of the “producer” battles that have been dropped in my lap for the last 3 months worthwhile. Yup, this is the “fun” part of making movies. We aim to finish the picture by the end of the year. After that we’ll hit the festival circuit (with Sundance being the numero uno priority, aim high, work our way down) and we plan to bring the finished film to the 2014 American Film Market in November of 2014
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Although very early in the game (we just finished our teaser trailer and only now started cutting the movie), my directorial debut THE SHELTER, starring Michael Pare, Gayle James, Rachel Whittle will have a presence at this year’s Cannes Film Market. The film will be represented by Sales Agent company DC MEDIAS. I am very much aware that most buyers rarely buy a film that only has a teaser trailer going thus far, but hey, you don’t know if you don’t try! Speaking of the teaser trailer, if I all goes well, you can expect to see it permiere online come April 28, 2014. Will keep you all in the loop!
The Shelter is a motion picture written and directed by John Fallon and starring Michael Pare (The Lincoln Lawyer). It’s produced by Bruise Productions Inc. and Donny Broussard. And excutive produced by JoBlo Movie Productions and Bruise Productions Inc. The film is about:
On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Pare) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. Inside, with nobody in sight, he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting wholeheartedly on some food and relishing the silliness on the tube, he gets some well-earned shut eye. All is well until a restless Thomas wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap. Baffled, he picks up the weapon, checks the barrel and notes that it is fully loaded. A visceral sense of unease invades him immediately. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave. Alas he finds out swiftly that the premises won’t let him depart so quickly. The doors are all locked, and the windows puzzlingly cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal?