My directorial debut starring Michael Pare which the L.A. TIMES called “remarkably ambitious” and “a concise genre piece that doubles as a heavily metaphorical character sketch”, had previously been released on DVD and VOD in the United States, and was also sold in various countries around the world.
Since The Shelter’s domestic release, we’ve done all that we could in terms of the classic route of finding distribution internationally. And although we did have some success (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden South East Asia, Canada) we’ve come to the conclusion that the best move to make at this final stage is to end on this different avenue.
I’m happy that everybody will finally be able to watch this unique, odd and very personal film. And for me, this marks the end of my 4 years journey with this picture. So there’s something to celebrate and be proud of right there! Thanks to all who have supported me and the film over the years!
It has been a very rewarding experience, one that changed who I am and that re-sparked and enriched by spirituality. I’m a better man and filmmaker for it and will bring all of that into my next film HERETIC. Peace and God bless! John
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.”
I’m really happy to share with you all that my directorial debut THE SHELTER will screen at the Film4 FrightFest Festival (August 27th – 31st) aka London Frightfest Film Festival 2015 . Exact date and time are still to be determined. Yeehaw! Man I needed that!
Since the film finished with its Post Production in late 2014 all I’ve been doing is pushing, taking the hits and posing action after action after action… so yeah… when you FINALLY get the reaction you’re seeking – you gotta relish it for a second or two before jumping back in the ring to fight yet another round. So, this is me relishing 🙂
Frightfest is actually a Film Festival (ran by some great dudes, shout out to Alan Jones, Ian Rattray, Paul McEvoy and Greg Day) that I’ve wanted to check out for a very long time now but that I never got around to. And right now I’m happy that I didn’t as I’m glad that I get to attend the Fest as a filmmaker.
I want to say a big thank you to Frightfest for having me and the film! You’ve genuinely made my day. Expect more The Shelter good news to come soon!
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?
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 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?
And another step stomped down! Post Production is now officially done on my feature length directional debut THE SHELTER (which was financed by my company Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions), starring Michael Paré, Gayle James, Rachel Whittle and Amy Wickeneiser.
How do I feel? Good. It’s another firm step as to the long road ahead. To be honest, there is still so much left for me to do, to figure out and so many hurdles left standing up (gotta get an outstanding this and an outstanding that, it’s like a scavenger hunt), that it is hard for me to “relax” and feel “great”. I’m still in “war” mode over here. On that, I look forward in swimming in shark infested waters to explore the world of sales/distribution and I’m also investigating “self distribution” for shits and giggles. Distribution has changed so much over the years and I need to catch up as to where it is now. I don’t want to make an ill informed decision. You can also expect a new one-sheet, a full trailer and an Official Site to surface early next year. I am working on it!
PS: I’ll be exploring the Festival circuit in 2015; where the film premieres is very important to me on a personal and business level, hence I must choose wisely.
PPS: I’m also toying with the idea of shooting a music video using one of the songs from the film to then use it as a marketing tool down the road.
PPPS: I am setting up an online screener to show buyers that have already approached me and to Hollywood pals that want to see it.
Post wise, working on the film with Holbrook Multi Media was educational and creatively stimulating. Editor/Colorist Bobby Holbrook and I came up with many visceral visual motifs for the film and sitting down with sound designer Colby Huval was rewarding as well. The Shelter is a film that needed a potent sound design and I am happy to report that we have one and it meshes with the polished visuals beautifully. I am excited about the end result! Michael Pare is simply incredible in what I believe is one of the best performances of his career, the supporting cast lent him able support and the haunting music by Shawn Knippelberg and Colby Huval was the cherry on top!
Here are some words from two key players on the project; the film would not have happened without them. Thanks again gents for believing in me and the movie.
Producer Donny Broussard: “Working with the Holbrooks and John Fallon has been a pleasure and the post process was seamless under John’s direction. I can’t wait for people to see what John cooked up in his twisted mind! I am proud to have helped bring this film to life”
Chief Editor/Colorist Bobby Holbrook: “It made sense for us to be involved in both sides of the film process since this is a unique story and needed to be woven together in a particular way, with many scenes requiring a different look. I shot with a Canon C300 using Ziess CP2 prime lenses, capturing everything wonderfully – from beautiful, wide lake shots, to cramped grimy alleyways, and the editing process consisted of fine tuning the look and feel John wished to convey. ”
Here’s the TEASER TRAILER for the film which we put together before we even edited the movie. The colour correction has changed since.
And the Synopsis: 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?
I know where my focus will be in 2015, much like 2014 – it will all be about THE SHELTER. All good…
Hey all, an update! THE SHELTER post production is advancing. Colorist Bobby Holbrook is finding the right tones, VFX house Null Effects are completing the varied VFX shots (and doing some great work at that), composer Shawn Knippelberg is discovering the proper vibe for the film (he’s getting there) while sound editor Colby Huval is giving the film an added potent layer via his sound work. I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!
On that, I feel blessed to be working with so many talented people and I feel more and more confident about the film every day. The movie should be completed with Post by the end of October. Now I’ve been sharing some pics on the films Official Facebook Page but I figured I’d share some of them here for those of you who don’t do the Facebook thing. That’s it for now! Talk soon!
And another piece of THE SHELTER puzzle is in now in place.
Producer Donny Broussard and I are very proud to announce that up and coming visual effects supervisor THOMAS WILSON has signed on to execute the varied visual effects that will be found in THE SHELTER.
Thomas has lent his considerable skills to films like Men in Black 3 (2012), Gangster Squad (2013) and the upcoming James Wan spook fests The Conjuring (2013) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013). Needless to say that we are very happy to have somebody with that track record on board. Our visual effects are in good hands!
And keeping with our M.O. in terms of the people we have attached to this project thus far, it also helps that Thomas is a pretty cool cat! Good and competent people = positive energy on set. Positive energy on set = an easier time to overcome the many obstacles that will be tossed out way. You don’t go to war with pop guns.
Producer Donny Broussard and I are happy to announce that RACHEL WHITTLE will be playing the pivotal role of Annie in my feature length directorial debut THE SHELTER, which is set to star MICHAEL PARE. A little story about Rachel’s casting:
We really wanted a blonde for the role of Annie in the name of the cast being diverse aesthetically. When Rachel, who is a brunette, came in to audition, she read for two roles. When she left, we didn’t really have her in mind for Annie, we were considering her for the other role. But on the day Donny and I were looking at the audition tapes, making decisions, Rachel sent us a private YouTube video. She had taken the initiative to go in Studio and re-do her audition. She was totally off book, used props and the intensity and credibility she brought to the role of Annie simply blew us the bleep away. After that video, we just looked at each other, mouth somewhat agape and right there we stopped looking for a blonde to play Annie. We just went with the better actress instead.
Rachel has appeared in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Beautiful Creatures, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and just nabbed a lead role in the series Dark Water which is set to air on the History Channel.
Welcome aboard Rachel! We are proud to have you part of our team!
In terms of what’s next for The Shelter, expect further cast/crew announcements sooner than later and a crowd funding campaign to pop up online in order to raise more money. To be honest with you all, I do have mixed feelings about doing a campaign, with that the more money we have, the better movie we can make. So we’ll see how it goes and take it from there.