Hey all, even though directing is my main passion at the moment, getting a film off the ground takes the time that it takes. Hence I am not abandoning acting by any means. I’ll always have a soft spot for it and kicking onscreen ass! I recently revamped my acting/stunt reel for the new year, give it a whirl below! Hope life is finding you all well! God bless! JF
The last time that I wrote a screenplay on spec it was THE SHELTER and to be honest, the trial and tribulations that I have had with that film in 2015 nipped my creative streak in the bud for the bulk of the year. In short, handling the producing duties after the shoot killed the screenwriter in me. Now although I’m still carrying/pushing/hustling THE SHELTER (and with some help, FINALLY overcoming the obstacles that have plagued us); I’ve rediscovered my creative streak and am now in the midst of writing my next spec script EVA (working title, or maybe not).
After DEADEN and AMERICAN MUSCLE, I’ve always wanted to round up my “revenge” trilogy (as a writer anyways) with a female protagonist. I have been thinking about Eva and her story for a long time and I am now having a blast finally giving it life on the page. I’m relishing writing a strong, intelligent and damaged female lead character, the story that I have is unique within the subgenre and yes, there will be blood – lots of it. In between taking THE SHELTER home, setting up my next film as a director THE PRIZE, fulfilling my duties on a writing job for hire, a new project with Dead Shadows director David Cholewa and now EVA, my 2016 is off to a solid start. Off to the Pub! Got some writing to do.by
DEADEN and THE RED HOURS will be screening on Sunday May 20th at 3PM at the Roxy in London! THE RED HOURS (which I wrote, produced and directed) is about a dude (named Mark, played by Deke Richards) with women issues and DEADEN (which I wrote, produced and starred in) is about a dude named Rane (played by this jerk) who gets fucked over and then gets a lot of guns, snorts a lot of cocaine and does his own brand of fucking. THE RED HOURS was co produced and shot by Donny Broussard. DEADEN was produced edited and directed by Christian Viel.by
Director Christian Viel and I saw it coming when we made the film 5 years or so ago. Good old DEADEN = the flick that keeps on trucking! Personally, its lasting power sooooo inspires me to get another action project going a-fucking-sap (I am working on it) With that, a new review just surfaced out of the Deaden Dark Fest screening, read an excerpt below and the whole she-bang HERE!
The first eight minutes of Deaden have caused numerous people to walk out of the theatre — most of them women. Deaden writer John Fallon explained that to the crowd at Dark Fest during a brief talk before the screening of his film, claiming that after the first eight minutes were over, it settles down and becomes a more mellow film, and that he’d appreciate it if everyone would give it a chance.
If I said the first eight minutes were brutally violent, I might be understating it. This is not the feel-good movie of the summer, the sleeper hit, or something to show the kids. What Deaden is, however, is an imaginative take on the revenge film, shot on a shoestring budget over 13 days. It does to the revenge film what Clerks did to the comedy: it proves you don’t need huge financial backing to make your movie work. After the first eight minutes, Deaden does calm down, but perhaps not to the degree of being “mellow.”
Off to go polish the script to my next action film!
Director Christian Viel and I had a gut feeling that our little vigilante flick DEADEN (2006) would probably become some kind of micro cult classic; and being that we are in 2011 and we still hear about it via peeps e-mailing us to say they dug it and new reviews randomly popping out; I guess we were right. Fellow Canucks at Film Reviews From the Basement recently covered the flick by way of mini reviews and their Podcast. Here’s a preview below; check their review HERE and Podcast HERE.
Jason: Filmmakers who piss and moan about not being able to make a good movie on a low budget need to shut the fuck up and watch Deaden. This is a low, low budget action flick that delivers. It’s got nudity, graphic violence, awesome kills and, for the most part, decent acting. Lead man and screenwriter John Fallon might not have the hard look of the old-school action star, but he’s got the physical presence and acting chops to do the job. And his script doesn’t let him down. A Good from this Basement Dweller.
Shawn: This movie was fantastic! Sure the budget was smaller and some of the actors weren’t awesome, but that didn’t detract from it being entertaining, violent and full of action. Pull any punches? Fuck no! I can’t believe how far this movie actually went. Good for you Fallon. Fuck Hollywood’s pretentious asses. Too bad the industry hasn’t grown a set of ball and given you what you need to do this kind of thing more often. A Good from me!
PERSONAL NOTE: Man I gotta get my next action project TRIGGER off the ground…
What film role was your favourite so far?
Rane in “DEADEN” is one of them. Being that I wrote the script; I gave myself a well rounded part. Got to hit varied emotional levels, got to fight, shoot guns, kiss the girl, and blow up a car with a rocket launcher. Fun times! I also loved playing Jimmy in “100 FEET.” I got to act with Famke Janssen and more importantly got to be directed by the man who inspired me to start writing screenplays in the first place when I was a teenager; Eric Red.
It’s a new year; so I thought I’d have a new acting/action reel done. It was long overdue; I had my old reel going for way too long. Big thanks to my bud Gonzalo Lopez for whipping it up for me. You are the Mack! Check it below!
It took a while for the UK to get around in distributing our brutal low budget vigilante flick DEADEN; but its finally happened and the DVD is now for sale (GET IT HERE). I gotta say it; the cover (above) is looking SWEET! I love what they did with it; 70’s exploitation meets 80’s action with a twat on the cover. Dig it the most! DEADEN is about:
Ex-undercover cop turned biker Rane, witnesses the brutal murder of his pregnant wife by his crew who have learned about his old policemen days. Upon his exit from the hospital, he arms himself to the teeth and goes on an substance fueled, psychotic rampage, in the name of retribution.
The film was produced, directed and edited by Christian Viel. It was written, co produced and stars my sorry ass. It co stars Deke Richards and Neil Napier.by
Ahhh DEADEN… easily my fav project that I ever did (I wrote, starred in, produced and mopped the floors on the film) and its also one that has proven to have the most legs. I mean we wrapped this fucko in 2006, 4 years ago, and I still get e-mails about it and shit, here I am still yapping about it. Anyhow, feast your retinas on the new DVD Artwork (above) by Sv Bell for the Black Flag Pictures release of Deaden in Canada. Pretty dope eh! DEADEN was produced, edited and directed by Christian Viel… am pretty sure he mopped the floor on set at some point as well…by
They say that you are never a prophet in your home town, I say it can take a while. Our little indie action flick DEADEN which was shot in Montreal with a story set in Montreal, is finally available to buy in fucking Montreal, behind the clock in terms of some of the rest of the world which has been distributing it since 2007 or so. There it is (along with SV Bell’s Crawler) at Archambault downtown, as it should be. Props to SV Bell and Christian Viel 4 making it happen. PS: Deaden is also available on Netflix for my US pals.by