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Dead Shadows! Why the film means so much to me and pics of cast/crew Paris signing!

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Hey all! I’m back from Paris, France and I am happy that I got to support the French release of DEAD SHADOWS in person. Of course its home country was the last to distribute it, but hey better late than never. I will personally always look back at DEAD SHADOWS fondly. The flick means a lot to me for many reasons and allow me to share with you the main one: You see, at the end of 2009 I had a near stroke. It was one of the scariest moments of my life and it acted as a trigger for changes I HAD TO make. At the same time, the end of 2009 was when the film market bubble burst and the movie projects (i.e years of work) I had going went tits up. So all that to say, I was not doing too well. It took the bulk of 2010 for me to change my lifestyle and get my health, drive and my mind back on track (hardest year of my life thus far).  And although I had made some major headway come 2011, I was still dealing with leftovers of that awful night, something I was still learning to deal with: random anxiety/panic attacks.

With Producer/Director David Cholewa.
With Producer/Director/French brother David Cholewa.

So in 2011 when Director/Producer David Cholewa asked me to play John in DEAD SHADOWS, the film resulted in me getting back on the “film biz horse” after basically taking a year and half off to heal and rebuild myself. I hadn’t acted in anything since the near stroke, apart from a short stint on a webseries (which I did right after said life uppercut, thinking it would help me psychologically – it did not, – I was a scarred and overweight mess). Hence at the time, I perceived DEAD SHADOWS as the kick-off to the NEW beginning I was striving towards and I was right, it was and I haven’t looked back since. What doesn’t kill you… you know the rest 🙂

On that, a big thank you (s) to David Cholewa for involving me in this adventure, to Sylvie Cholewa and Laurie Cholewa for their kindness and hospitality (ratatouille!), to the cast/crew that were a pleasure to work with, to Producer Julien Dunand for also having me onboard and to the peeps who have supported the picture. Here are some pics from the signing in Paris (at the Metaluna Store), which also acted as a sort of reunion for us! It was great to see everybody! A little older, a little wiser – still hungry! With the film having had its home turf wide release; I can now say with a straight face that my DEAD SHADOWS ride is over. Lets get that sequel going! 😉

With co-star Fabian Wolfrom.
With co-star Fabian Wolfrom.
With my nemesis in the film Rurik Salle!
With my nemesis in the film Rurik Salle!
With co-editor Cesar Ducasse!
With co-editor and Tennis champ Cesar Ducasse!
Thank you DEAD SHADOWS! Hope to work with all of you again in the future!
Thank you DEAD SHADOWS!
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Follow the Billy Trigger shoot on its official blog, FB page and Twitter!

As you may know we are presently shooting BILLY TRIGGER, an action film that I wrote, act in in and co produce. Usually I slap all my updates on this personal blog, but in this case, you can follow and all of the BILLY TRIGGER news at its OFFICIAL BLOG, FACEBOOK PAGE and TWITTER ACCOUNT. BILLY TRIGGER is directed by Christian Viel, stars me, Fred Williamson, Anderson Bradshaw, Matthew Bennett, Meghan Gabruch, Pia Metni, Valerie Wiseman and Deke Richards. The film is produced by Christian Viel, Berge Garabedian and myself.

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Dead Shadows pre prod done today, here we fucking go!

With Producer/Director David Cholewa and Producer Julien Dunand on the Dead Shadows set. Great men!

Today is the last day of pre-prod on DEAD SHADOWS (French film I’m acting in and pitching in as to the action scenes) so I figured I’d punch in and write some shit down. Monday the battle begins as we enter production. How do I feel? Confident. There’s a solid team behind this flick, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes and it has all the ingredients to be a stand out film, starting with a sturdy screenplay as its base, sweet practical effects, a great visual effect house backing it up and a production/creative team who are willing and able to fight.

How has Paris been to me? Pretty good. Although I’ve been to Cannes countless times in the past; I had never been to Paris; so far the bad rap I heard from some peeps is undeserved from my point of view. People have been nice, haven’t gotten in a fight and bar employees are also pretty money (they were dicks in Cannes though, should be spat). Am feeling very comfortable here, somewhat at home. Am used to it now. Haven’t had time to play tourist much (did see The Louvre and drive by the Eiffel Tower like everyday). NOTE: They drive like New Yorkers down here…yowzer!

Some of the Dead Shadow crew clocking a location.

My days have been long, in the sense that since I got here, I’ve been hustling all day and then coming back to my pad (in Bastille) to work the site and work a script I have been commissioned to write. Haven’t been sleeping much. Physically, the training kind of slowed down here for obvious reasons – no time. I lost some weight which I am not happy about (wanted to be bigger for the role), and if I go by past productions, I will lose some more as we run on adrenaline throughout the shoot. What can you do. I have lots of night shoots too… makeup girls don’t fail me now!

In terms of my role, I am prepared, I know my lines, got my beard in place (itchy), am handling the French dialogue well (got a couple of tongue twisting bits though), I know my key fight choreography (which I designed and am handling on set), so I am ready. Am also bringing boxing gloves and focus pads on set to loosen in between takes and got the Conan score (Crom!) and some Metallica on my IPod to keep me in the “proper” mood. Yeah my character is no Florist. All good. Jumping into a movie is always exciting, nerve wracking to some, but not for me. It’s just exciting. Yes, obstacles will be tossed our way, left, right and center, but I think that the Dead Shadows team is ready for them.  So yup, Monday is Judgment day, lets make a fucking movie! A L’ATTAQUE!

Fight rehearsal

PS: I know the Habs are starting their Season soon. Tried to watch the pre season games online…no dice! Grrr.

PPS: They have ice rinks here. Although ice skating is not considered masculine here, just like In Spain… cracks me up! Lets toss ya on the ice with a hockey stick, I’ll check ya, tell me its not masculine as you kiss the boards. 🙂 Must get on skates and keep my skills up. Once back home, it’s back on the ice I go!

PPPS: Am almost out of Conan comic books to read… must find more, am addicted…

PPPPS: I can think of worse ways to spend my days than slicing and gunning down mutants. Sometimes I love my life; this is one of them times. Will try to keep yall in the loop as we clock forward. Peace out!

Me and the beard!

One last thing…

GO HABS GO!

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Intro to my Official Blog!

Hey all! Welcome to my Official Blog! Yup, I decided to get rid of my old OFFICIAL SITE and get with the fucking times already. For those of ya who don’t know who I am (lucky you) here’s a quick rundown:

My name is John Fallon. I love nature and all that is “real” (people included). At the same time; I am pursuing a career in the film industry which is the opposite of peace and “real” (people included). I like to think that I’m a cool cat, a nice guy…until you fuck me over that is.

Professionally; I run one of the more popular (or so my mom tells me) horror websites on the web called Arrow in the Head. I’m also an actor (I’ve been compared to Lorenzo Lamas…ALL GOOD…GREAT MAN!), screenwriter, producer and director. To put it simply: I’m just a dude who wants to make a living working within what he loves: movies. If I pull that off, the rest is gravy.

What do I do for fun? I work (yes, its fun to me), travel (lots), work out, play hockey, see hockey games live, write, hang with buds, do extreme sports, play video games and do some boxing. I’m of the “live life to the fullest” school, so I’m always looking for new things to try and new experiences to live. My religious inclinations? I just try to be a good person, that’s my religion…that and the ocean which moves me…yup…I’m more of a spiritual type.

So what can you expect from this BLOG? Well I’ll talk about the film projects I’m involved in of course, my experiences in the zany world that is the film industry, will perhaps share some personal shite about me now and again… maybe even go the Diary way if the amount of booze in my system is on the money… basically, I’ll do whatever I feel like doing when I do it. Don’t want to really “plan” this thing, I’ll go with the flow and see where it takes me.

So, in closing; welcome to my personal/professional Blog! I hope you enjoy reading my drivel.

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