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?