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Apocalypse Now with Templars! HERETIC is seriously shaping up!

January 18th, 2017 No comments

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If there’s one thing that I learned about the film industry over time is that it’s wise to have more than one project to shop around at a time. Right now, I am pushing five of them, all different genres and different budget ranges (with EVA and THE PRIZE getting the most traction thus far). One that, one is in the process of being born (Co-Writer Karim Cheriguene and I just finished our first draft), it is called  HERETIC and the easiest way I can describe it is: Apocalypse Now with Templars!

It started off as short by Karim and we were all set to shoot it. But it got LOTS of love by the folks who read it and all I kept hearing was “it should be a feature”. Hence Karim and I decided to do just that.  Personally, I am so passionate about the time period, the subject matter and the themes at hand, that writing has been a pleasure.

It’s set in a time when men were men.
Amidst wondrous and treacherous nature.
Explores the double edge sword of spiritual belief.
Sports action and brutal sword fights.
Addresses the themes of brotherhood and the layered ways one can cope with guilt.

Yup, the last time I was THIS pumped about making a film was THE SHELTER, which basically means, there will be no stopping me in getting it off the ground. I already have a name cast and varied production outlets interested. Time to bring this one home. But first, get that script perfect… back to work I go!

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Eric Red’s 100 FEET on the big screen as it should be! Rare BTS pics!

September 22nd, 2016 No comments


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I’ll speak for myself here; with its long takes/classical directing style and old school cinematography (by the great Ken Kelsch); ERIC RED’s 100 FEET starring Famke Janssen, Ed Westwick, Bobby Cannavale and yours truly as Jimmy was always meant to be a big screen experience. Alas, the movie was finished when the film market collapsed and distribution as we knew it went tits up, hence it wound up straight to TV then DVD.

On that I am elated to report that Writer/Director and my compadre ERIC RED will be  hosting a double bill 35MM screening of 100 FEET  (and his classic BODY PARTS) at Alamo Drafthouse in Denver, Colorado on Thursday October 27th 2016 (GET THE INFO AND TICKETS HERE)!  So many of you will get the opportunity to witness it on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen in the first place.

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I look back at 100 FEET with much fondness as it was a first for me on many levels.

1- I played against type (nervous/insecure tech dude)
2- Finally got to be in an Eric Red film, which was along term goal of mine.
3- I acted alongside two acting powerhouses (Janssen and Cannavale). My cherry got popped!
4- I had to deliver an “exposition laced” quasi monologue (I basically set up the rules of the movie) and make it sound “organic”. Never had to that before (or since). To this day I remember my lines :)
5- Learned so much watching Eric Red at work. I’m a better director today for it.

It was also on that set that I met Michael Pare (who wound up being the lead in my directorial debut The Shelter), visited Eastern Europe for the first time (the flick was shot in Budapest) and also learned the hard way that downing a Coca Cola is not the best thing to do right before acting in a scene (duh) being that one needs to be relaxed to act, Coke did not “relax” me…lol!

To celebrate the film’s big screen showing, I decided to dig up some obscure BEHIND THE SCENES shots from the film for y’all! Tap them below! 100 FEET goes full circle. I am happy!

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Escape from the Dark Dimensions at Cannes 2016!

May 11th, 2016 No comments

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Contact : dcmedias92@gmail.com

Hey all! ESCAPE FROM THE DARK DIMENSIONS (a screenplay that I had the pleasure of working on as co-writer and a film I’m slated to act in – it’s in the same vein as BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA btw) is being shopped around at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Writer/Director David Cholewa (who’s prior feature DEAD SHADOWS was distributed in over 25 territories and screened at the Sitges Film Festival) and Producer Sidney Chiu will be on hand pushing the project. They are presently in the process of attaching name talent to the film. Check out the synopsis and one-sheet below! I had lots of fun with this one, it’s a crazy ride! Kill it boys!!

“When best friends Gabe and John meet up at a local bar to discuss plans for Gabe’s upcoming bachelor party, they never expected to get caught in a battle between good and evil.  After running for their lives to escape the clutches of a psychotic vigilante cop named Largo, with a serious axe to grind, along with his furious henchmen, they seek refuge in a decrepit old community center where an unspeakable act has occurred.  The brilliantly deranged mathematician and master of the kabbalah, Rabbi Sandoval, has perfected a formula to open a portal which will destroy creation itself.  All the Rabbi needs is one more sacrifice to complete his evil scheme.  Now, Gabe and John are forced to make common cause with Largo, and two of the building original inhabitants, an old blind man, Isaac, who is more than he seems, and his young daughter Tsofia ,  to fight their way up through the floors, each of which is protected by a supernatural guardian more terrifying than the last, and somehow prevent Sandoval from finishing the ritual and opening the seventh portal.  Will they be able to stop the ultimate doom and make it back to the world they know? Or has time really run out?”

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A new The Shelter clip and review!

February 19th, 2016 No comments

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Hey guys and dolls! You can feast your retinas on a new clip from THE SHELTER below! I hope you enjoy it! A new review of the film just surfaced on SCREAM HORROR MAG as well. Here is an excerpt

“Whilst Fallon’s film will probably polarize most audiences, as it boldly goes where most films daren’t – relating a somewhat incongruent tale that does anything but spoon-feed viewers; in my book, that’s the epitome of the kind of films people need to be queuing up to catch instead of the spate of Hollywood horrors that don’t even try to get the audience’s grey matter muscles flexing.”

Read the whole thing here!

As for where the film is at. I’m presently hustling further Festival screenings, working on getting the film seen by more people (am expanding the audience I am targeting) while seeking worldwide distribution for the film. You can e-mail me HERE for inquiries!

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How to stay positive in the cut-throat, bullshit filled film industry? Here’s what works for me…

August 5th, 2015 No comments

unnamed88“I failed” is ten times more of a man than someone that says “what if” cause “what if” never went to the arena! – Greg Plitt.

I’ve been in the film industry under varied hats (actor, screenwriter, script doctor, producer, stuntman and now director) for years. I’ve been through a lot (like a lot) and I have learned (and am still learning) the HARD WAY about the nature of this fickle beast. Now if there’s one thing that I eventually struggled with that I couldn’t shake off is how to NOT become cynical/jaded in an industry that is filled with false promises, bullshit, and let downs?

I mean; why get pumped about writing a script for a film that has little chances of getting made? Why get stoked about an audition when getting the part is one in a million? Why get excited about submitting your film to a Festival when chances are they’ll turn you down? Why get excited about directing a film when the odds of making your money back or/and locking distribution are against you?  And I won’t even get into the hardships that come with “making an actual living” in this business – nope – no novels today. Hence, for a long time, after so many let downs, I lived that way: coming into projects fairly cold to protect myself emotionally from what will most likely be A LOT OF FIGHT in exchange for DISAPPOINTMENTS and LITTLE REWARDS. On that, I was never sold on my approach to the process being that I was nurturing negative energy and it was sucking the “fun” out of trying to make movies.

But it’s all I knew. I simply couldn’t crack how to consolidate having a “positive attitude” with the reality that is this cut-throat, false promises filled and “you scratch my back I ignore yours” industry. But this month, I finally figured it out for myself and I’m sharing it with you because I’m sure I’m not the only mook in the biz that’s struggled with this.

Remove the bulk of your focus from the end game and instead celebrate the steps forward, no matter how small they are.

Make sense? Yes? No? Here’s an example: I have been trying to get this new project off the ground this year. And for a couple of months now, every week or so, the project would inch forward, yes INCH. But you know what? An inch forward is better than an inch backwards or no inch at all… in the film industry an inch forward is f*cking mammoth! So I’d smile, and celebrate the step by having a drink with buds, going to hike a mountain in honor of that step, having a stogie etc. By perceiving things in that manner, focusing on the steps forward that were achieved as opposed to the end result that has yet to come, I managed to seep in more positive energy than usual in terms of the overall procedure of trying to get a film off the ground.

Now this project I was attempting to get going, went south right at the fucking finish line 2 days ago, the path we were on was gonna end one way or the other and sadly it took the “no dice” route right at the end. Sure it hurt me when it nose dived but not as much as it could have because of this new perspective that I applied – all of my energy wasn’t put on the end result but in acknowledging and being proud of the success in the actual steps forward instead. PS: I’m back to square one with that project; ready to fight some more – it will fly one way or another – I know it when I have a winner on my hands and this is one. More news when it locks.

So there you have it, I hope this “celebrate the steps” angle makes sense for y’all. Because it has helped me cope with the harsh reality of this business and I hope it does the same for you. Am done! Back to the hustle! The Shelter is calling my name! That demanding mofo is never done with me….

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Dead Shadows slithers in legendary French genre mag Mad Movies!

July 11th, 2011 No comments

I”m gonna be honest with yall here, not since DEADEN, have I been so excited about tackling an acting gig. Yes I speak of David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS, a cross between NIGHT OF THE COMET, DEMONS 2 and THE THING. I went through the script recently with a magnifying glass and man is it tight! And my role in it, is a dream come true. Much like any other actor I have a “type” and my part in DEAD SHADOWS is all about embracing my “type” i.e. it was  tailor made for me.

With that, DEAD SHADOWS recently graced the pages of the French rag MAD MOVIES (the French answer to Fangoria) and you can see the article below. DEAD SHADOWS stars Fabian Wolfrom, Gwendolyn Gourvenec and myself with a special appearance by Famous TV host Laurie Cholewa. Production begins this September in Paris, France. Visit its new FACEBOOK PAGE HERE

Synopsis: Dead Shadows tells the terrifying story about a young man, Chris, whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day that the comet of haley could be seen from earth.  Tonight, a new comet is going to appear and everyone in his building are getting ready for a party to celebrate the event. There’s even an apocalypse theory going around. As the night falls, Chris starts to discover that people are acting strange – and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet. People are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn’t take long before they start mutating into something far beyond this world. In a fight for survival, Chris has to try to escape from his building with the help from some other tenants – but will they make it out alive?


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Next acting role? French film Dead Shadows!

April 6th, 2011 No comments

Looks like my next acting role will be in the French film DEAD SHADOWS to be directed by David Cholewa with special effects by David Scherer. I read the script, really liked it; my role is very Vin Diesel-ish (its good that I have been training like an animal now of late) and I gotta say am kinda pumped to be acting in French again; something I haven’t done since my beginnings in the biz. The flick will be shot in Paris, France this year and is presently at the early pre-prod stage. But they have some teaser art up; see it above this drivel or HERE. Got a few other things cooking, but as we all know, nothing is done till the contracts are signed and the checks clear. Till then, laterz!

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LA stories…2010

June 1st, 2010 No comments

johnnyh2Am back from LA and I accomplished what I set out to do. First and foremost I went there to heal my noggin; after a 6 months bout with health issues, I got the physical part under control; LA was to gap the psychological part, trauma if you will. Yup, I was still shook up before I left, I’m not anymore. Finally!

Another goal of mine was to meet up with some old and new film industry pals. Although I didn’t get to see everybody I wanted while there (sorry to those I couldn’t hang with), I did my best. Special shout out goes out to my good bud Donny Brousard who came down for a weekend (always nice 2 see that mofo) and to the Christian Sesma/Paul Sloan crew. Was great to finally meet those dudes in person, they reminded of my boys at home, no bull, down to earth and ready to rumble – I respected that.

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Finally I went there to explore the film industry, see what’s going on and got pretty much what I expected to get. There’s no money in Hollywood right now, every producer I met as to my projects had the same spiel: “You got money, distribution or stars attached?” – hey man, If I had that, I wouldn’t need you . In terms of finished products, there is a demand, but buyers want shit for free or for chump change. I give it two years till the infra structure is reset and money starts circulating more. This year’s AFM should be another bust…fuck… that. But am not discouraged, am working on something tight here, a horror project that I am inches away from finishing and that I will be directing. Moreover, Eric Red and I are cooking something as well and we’re stubborn mofos and won’t exit the kitchen till the cake rises.

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Any negatives on this trip? Well I did learn the hard way that doing tequila shots while on a diet is a bad fucking idea but hey what can you do, I’m only human, I fuck up… so its  get over it and get on with it as a good bud of mine always says. Also got the sad sack 411 on TRANCE  (a script I wrote that got shot and has been in limbo ever since) from varied sources – finally know what’s going down with that fucking flick… but that’s another story, one that I will delve in deeply in due time, specially in light of recent developments.

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All in all my LA trip was a groovy one. Loved Santa Monica, loved Malibu (jogged by Emilio “Bill the Kid” Estevez’ house :), loved the parties, loved the strip and loved having time and room to write, write, write. Big thanks to Eric Red and his lovely wife Meredith for putting up with my shit for a month. Although my return home started with a middle finger up (there was a flood in my place, fried my PC and printer…sigh) am still feeling positive about being back and in tackling the second half of the year. I got new answers, hence a fresh outlook; onward and forward!

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Malibu owns!

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Fallon back in LA!

April 26th, 2010 No comments

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Hey all, just letting yall know that I leave for LA this week and will be there to of course see old friends, meet new ones, PR the site, streamline projects and to shake the film industry tree to see if any fruits will crash my noggin. I gotta say, having just overcome my health ordeal (got it under control anyways), the change of scenery will do me well and I see this as a firm first step in rebuilding the machine that is John Fallon (BTW if I refer to myself one more time in the third person, you have the right to call me an asshole.) So in closing,  if you wanna meet up while I’m there, shoot me an e-mail at: john.h.fallon@gmail.com Peace!

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Fallon & BC Film Industry Round 1!

August 15th, 2009 No comments

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Booooo! Go Habs go! ; )

So here’s the dealio as to Vancouver, BC and the film industry so far. The good news is: I got myself an Agent in like 3 days and got an audition on the same day I locked that agent. That was fast! Moreover, the projects filming here (like Smallville, Supernatural, Fringe etc.) fit more with what I’m known for (genre projects) than say the shit back in Montreal (no genre TV Shows being shot there that’s for sure). So that’s good too! Am being submitted for shit that I actually WANT to be in. Booyakasha!

Bad news is, something I couldn’t have anticipated went down; the impending 2010 Olympics (to take place in Vancouver) have slapped a spoke in my wheel. Vancouver, BC is in full revamp for the event; hence lots of locations are off limits. Result? Two thirds of the industry here has gone out the window. Of course it has…why wouldn’t it…I finally got my ass down here…so it’s a given that the industry here would drop like a dead lay…sigh…my luck will never change. But that’s how it is, what can you do? At least I’ll be able to look at myself in the mirror at the end of the year; knowing that I finally tapped BC and gave it my all for better and worse. That jive is priceless.

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So been making the best of my time here; my bud Deke is here so that’s cool, some old friends are here too (Frank and Danny) so been hanging with them as well. BC has also been acting like a high end detox for me. Am very physically active here, I party much less, quitting smoking is sticking so far, minor slip ups aside (when booze gets involved) and psychologically – I never felt better – at peace if you will. Script wise; I’m inspired so that helps – been writing my hockey screenplay and its flowing out. Been a while since I wrote a drama; so it’s kind of a trip to be tackling that genre again.

What’s next? Will be going ocean Kayaking tomorrow, will be visiting where they shot FIRST BLOOD (in Hope, Vancouver) next month when my brother comes down to visit, will do some Sea-dooing, may rent a speedboat and travel around, am tapping a gun range to shoot some loads (pun intended)… yup, am keeping busy, trying to have fun while being productive. To be continued…

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Make sense…

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