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New The Shelter review!

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A new THE SHELTER review just surfaced via Fromdusktillcon.com. Here’s an exceprt:

“John Fallon certainly has an interesting style of direction.  He gets the most out of his actors certainly, which is an amazing skill for any director to have.  But on top of that, you can clearly see how much he loves the genre as his influences show up on screen. There were times the film reminded me of the works of David Lynch, Dario Argento, and even the legendary Alfred Hitchcock.  This is perhaps the highest compliment I can pay to Mr. Fallon.  His work is evocative of such luminous names in the industry yet this is undoubtedly his own film.  It’s quite frankly a horrifically beautiful sight to behold.”

You can read the entire review HERE!

Am now prepping up to fly to England tomorrow for the film’s premiere at Film4 Frightfest! STOKED! Send good vibes my way guys and dolls! Talk soon!

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Full trailer for The Shelter and Cannes screening deets!

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Happy Monday! You can check out our new trailer for THE SHELTER below! A big high-five and hit to David Cholewa for his invaluable trailer input! Dude’s got the touch. As for the Cannes Film Festival market, the film will screen on May, 16 at 4:00PM in the GRAY 3 THEATRE. Spread the word!

The release of this trailer feels like yet another reached echelon for me personally and for the film itself which is getting closer and closer to its Cannes screening. I knew that THE SHELTER would be a battle and a huge part of my life once I took it on – but hey, you don’t REALLY KNOW until you actually go through it and find out first had. To say this film has been a fight would be an understatement and I am very much aware that I’m not close to being done. A huge thank you to my friends, peers and family who have been supporting me throughout this journey. I couldn’t do it without you all. All right, internal monologue done!

 THE SHELTER stars Michael Paré, Gayle James, Rachel Whittle and Amy Wickenheiser. It is represented by DC MEDIAS in terms of sales.  The film was executive produced by Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions. Holbrook Multi Media completed both production and post production elements. The film was produced by Donny Broussard and John Fallon.

The film is about: On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Paré) 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?

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Final one-sheet for The Shelter starring Michael Pare!

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Hey all! You can see the final ONE-SHEET i.e. POSTER for my directorial debut THE SHELTER within this blog post! It was created by the talented Fredrik Lund. Hope you all dig it!

The film is represented by Sales Agent company DC MEDIAS who can be contacted HERE. We are presently working on creating the Official Site and the full trailer. We now have a TWITTER PAGE HERE and a FACEBOOK PAGE HERE. You can look for the film by way of DC MEDIAS at the 2015 BERLIN MARKET. Now to find the right Festival for it to premiere at… to be continued on that!

the-shelter-final-aitheadCLICK HERE FOR LARGER VERSION

The Shelter stars Michael Paré, Gayle James, Rachel Whittle and Amy Wickenheiser. It was produced by Bruise Productions Inc. and Donny Broussard. And executive produced by JoBlo Movie Productions and Bruise Productions Inc. Bobby Holbrook was the DP and Holbrook Multi Media handled the Post duties.
The film is about:
On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Paré) 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?
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Producer Christopher White joins me on The Shadowing! New poster!

Hey all! As you know we are presently in Post production on The Shelter and it’s shaping up great. With that, I’m already eager to direct again, hence started setting up my next feature, the horror/action/sci-fi THE SHADOWING (LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE HERE). I’ll let our official press release do the talking and our one-sheet is at the end of this story! Share the news around if you can!

Producer Christopher White and Producer/Director John Fallon team up on
The Shadowing! Teaser Poster revealed!

HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 30, 2014) – Producer Christopher White (MTV’s hit franchise My Super Psycho Sweet 16 – The ABCs of Death: “D Is For Dogfight” segment) and Producer/Director John Fallon (The Shelter) under his company Bruise Productions Inc. have teamed up to produce the action, sci-fi thriller THE SHADOWING, which Fallon is set to direct.

From a story by John Fallon and written by Jason Hewlett and Fallon; THE SHADOWING is a relentless action/ sci-fi/ horror hybrid in the veins of Predator. You can download its teaser poster HERE (poster Art by Alan Robert).

Christopher White had this to say about the project: “John sent me The Shadowing and it read like a really cool 80’s throwback action flick. It’s fast paced, violent and has enough testosterone packed action to make Schwarzenegger and Stallone giddy like a couple of gossiping school girls. It’s going to be fun to make this movie with a long time friend of mine.”

John Fallon: “The Shadowing has been a pet project of mine for years. It has all of the elements I personally look for in terms of a good time at the movies. I am elated to have Christopher White on board. We’ve known each other for eons and I am looking forward in seeing the project through with him. And directing something completely different and more action oriented than The Shelter is very appealing to me.”

And some words from screenwriter Jason Hewlett: “John Fallon told me about The Shadowing back in 2012, when he was a guest of honor at a genre festival I co-hosted. At the time, I thought it’d make a great movie, and I was excited when he asked me if I wanted to write it a few months later. I’m damn proud of our finished script, and I know audiences will be in for a ballsy and intense ride.”

Synopsis:

A group of Special Forces soldiers on leave after a successful mission in Iraq head out to a cabin in the mountains with their beloved wives and their children in the name of having a good time and getting some well deserved relaxation. But as the night falls, it brings with it an unexpected and particularly strong snow storm hence forcing everyone to remain indoors. The following morning, the men wake up to find their children dead and their better halves missing, with the only clue left behind being an odd pair of footprints in the snow. Panicked, the men fall back on their military training to get them through the dire situation. They proceed to arm themselves and head out into the wilderness to find their spouses. What they will encounter will prove to be cunning, deadly and not of this world.

THE SHADOWING is presently in development. The producers are looking at cast and are in the process of securing financing.

Contact

Bruise Productions
john.h.fallon@gmail.com

Christopher White
laststop2006@gmail.com

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My directorial debut The Shelter, starring Michael Paré wraps production!

Hey all! We just wrapped production on my feature length directorial debut called THE SHELTER, starring Michael Paré. I am in the process of writing a production journal that I will share with you all sooner than later, but first, I have to beat this damn flu that sneaked up on me after the shoot. So for now, here is the official press release. Thanks to all who supported me in this crazy suicide mission. More soon!

JOHN FALLON’S THE SHELTER, STARRING MICHAEL PARE WRAPS PRODUCTION

Producer Donny Broussard, Writer/Director John Fallon and star Michael Paré!

Louisiana, January 23, 2014: John Fallon, founder of the horror website ArrowintheHead.com and his team have wrapped production on The Shelter in Louisiana on January 19th, 2014.

The film is a supernatural thriller that stars veteran actor Michael Paré (The Lincoln Lawyer, Eddie and the Cruisers) along with Gayle James, Rachel Whittle, Brigette Rose, Anastasia Brook and Amy Wickenheiser. The film is financed by Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions, an affiliate of the film site JoBlo.com, will enter post production shortly and is at the same time seeking distribution.

Fallon directed the film from his own screenplay, Donny Broussard (Little Houses) produced the film while Bobby Holbrook of Holbrook Multi-Media is its director of photography. Thomas Wilson (James Wan’s The Conjuring and Insidious: Chapter 2) acts as the film’s VFX Supervisor.

Director of Photography Bobby Holbrook at work!

John Fallon has acted in over 20 films including such genre favorites as Saw 2, Death Race and 100 Feet, and has written 8 produced screenplays. This film is his full-length feature directorial debut, although he previously directed the award-winning short The Red Hours. “Directing a feature has been my Holy Grail for 10 years. I am elated that my dream has finally come true. I was blessed with a relentless and talented team, a solid cast and a fearless lead actor and even with the hardships in tow, it was the most fun I’ve ever had working on a film. Post Production can’t come soon enough. We have something special on our hands.”

Paré, a veteran actor with over 100 credits to his name was immediately intrigued by the film’s screenplay: “The Shelter tells a great and painful tragedy. Not about global disaster or war or economic collapse but of the individual human heart. The human heart and soul is what all art seeks to unravel. Guilt, regret and shame kill the heart and soul. When our lower animal nature dominates our character our soul is lost.”

On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Paré) 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. But soon enough, he realizes that the house won’t let him leave, as its doors are all locked while its windows cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. What does it want from him? Will he survive the ordeal?

You can follow the production on the film’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thesheltermovie

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Bruise Productions Inc. and my feature length directorial debut The Shelter are born!

And it’s on! I recently founded my new production company BRUISE PRODUCTIONS INC. (see our slate of films here) and the next one out of the box will be my feature length directorial debut THE SHELTER, a film that I also wrote (it took me 3 years to crack that script, a first and hopefully a last for me) and that is produced by my brother in arms Donny Broussard.

We’re presently at the development stage, meaning we’re looking for our leading man, getting our budget together (we have some money locked but expect a crowd funding campaign to pop up online sooner or later to gap what is missing), scouting locations and I am shot-listing the whole thing. I am very proud of my screenplay for THE SHELTER; it’s unique within the subgenre it’s toying in and it’s something people won’t expect coming from me. It’s a horror film no doubt, but with “more” tagged to it. You’ll see…

I’ve waited a long time to direct my first feature. THE RED HOURS was gonna be it until I gave up on it after 4 years of trying to get it made. I eventually turned it into a short film (see it here) to get it out of my system. Later on, TRANCE was almost it, but I was offered enough money for the screenplay, that I gave it up, cashed in and it got shot without my involvement. And now we’re at THE SHETLER and the beauty is with that one; I know that nobody can shoot it but me. And I am very comfortable with that.

Find below our PROMO POSTER for the film and the SYNOPSIS, which I tried to make as vague as possible. Enjoy! We plan to shoot THE SHELTER at the end of the year, stay tuned for more updates!

One-Sheet by Paul Shirey

Synopsis: On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas 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 that he did. Inside, there’s nobody in sight and he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting whole heartily 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, 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. 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?

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My top personal moments of 2012!

Desert rats! American Muscle cast & crew!

After the cluster-fucks that were the end of 2009 and the whole of 2010 (aka the rebuild myself year) in terms of my personal life going to shit (which of course affected my professional life), it was great to get back in the swings of things come 2011 and that good joo-joo thankfully continued in 2012. Yes I had a pretty good year. I upped my sport intake and did more 4 wheeler, sea-doo, hiking, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling and kayaking then usual. I also took an overdue vacation. Me, a cabin, a lake, a book, screenwriting, a kayak, all good. I got to travel lots too (one of my fav things to do, I feel so lucky that I am able to), see some good fights live (GSP, Bute), see some Habs hockey, before that damn lock-out (all good, I saved some money for more traveling – thanks NHL) and made some head-way professionally.

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I discovered new things about myself as well. It’s like I always say, you can’t evolve unless you recognize, make peace with and work on your own faults. I am good at that, pointing the finger at myself as opposed to others. This year I realized that I have a tendency to be too hard on people. Too black and white. To quick to drop the axe. So it’s something I am now working on. Self awareness is the first step. I also let pressure get to me for the first time on a set but again, managed to calm the fuck down and overcame it. That was a first and now I know how to deal with it. What else… oh yeah, my place flooded. You haven’t lived till you’ve seen turds floating in your living room. I almost lost it there, for obvious reasons but kept it together. Actually, that’s one of my new assets, I am now able to keep my cool way more than I used to. I surprised myself this year. I usually have a short fuse, but showed mucho patience in dire situations. Ahhh the advantages of growing as a person.

Mother Nature still recharges me.

Now, although I am going through a end of the year jinx at the moment (it rarely fails, life always vomits on me in December for some reason, as my Grandma used to say, God bless her soul: “Encore Jesus”), I tried my utmost best to steer the wayward ship in the right direction, it didn’t work and it is now out of my hands. Am praying it works itself out. Am trying for it to not affect me too much emotionally and ruin my Holidays. A bit tough. Doing my best. But I”ll be damned if I let this end of the year BS tarnish what was a WELL EARNED positive year for me. Won’t happen! So with that out of the way, here are my personal fav moments of 2012 in NO particular order.

Attending Dark Fest as a guest in Kamloops, BC. Showed Deaden and The Red Hours, did the interview rounds, made new good friends (Shawn and Jason = class acts) and didn't go to jail. Awesome!
Writing and acting in American Muscle! First screenwriting by committee job ( did my best and learned), met awesome peeps (Nick! Todd! Laura! Travis! Robin! Joshua! Trent! Buzz! The list goes on!) and lived in the Joshua Tree desert for a month. A crazy adventure!
Spent a month in LA! Saw all of my friends, made new ones and spent time with one my best hombres Eric Red!
Went camping in Louisiana! See my old buds Donny Broussard and David Lawson! Lots of fishing, biking and drinking!
Dead Shadows premiere in Paris! Was groovy to see my friends (David, Laurie, Sylvie, Marielle, Rurik, Fabian, Julien), the screening went down smooth and I had a blast! I miss Paris already! See you next year I hope!
The first concert I ever saw was Iron Maiden with my brother. So we went back this year, it was like we were kids again, but VERY, VERY drunk! One of the best concerts I ever attended! ROCK!
Met one of my heroes Jean Claude Van Damme. He is one of the reasons I am in the film biz, so it meant a lot to me. Spoke with him for two hours and possibilities are afoot. Lets see!
After 5 years of trying, I saw my script Billy Trigger finally get made. And I got to act with Fred The Hammer Williamson. I learned a lot about acting and being an action guy from the man. I also learned a lot about myself via this shoot.
I said I'd do it last year and I did it. I went back to boxing and I am in love with it again. My goal is to have one amateur fight by the end of next year. And yes, I'm gonna win it or die trying.

I am excited for 2013 (even though the film market is shit right now and it’s scary for peeps working in the Indie film scene in terms of MAKING MONEY). I just founded my production company BRUISE PRODUCTIONS, I already have a first project in the works (DAY OF BLOOD by Gonzalo Lopez) and I will continue to build on and learn more via what I have achieved thus far. I also have other projects and acting gigs up in the air, lets see where they land. Also it looks like I’ll be seeing lots of LA next year. But hey, nothing is done, till it’s done.

Ya know, I may bitch and moan now and again and yes I basically still sleep in an office (by choice), but you know what, I still love my life. I have great friends, I travel the world, I get lots of opportunities and my work makes me happy. Even when shit doesn’t go as planned and spits in my face. the payoff makes it all worth it. I can’t really complain. This is what I wanted, and I got it. Am doing what I love, am making a living, what else is there?Am looking forward in challenging myself even further in 2013! Onward and forward mofos and mofettes!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
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