Thursday, June 28, 2012

'Seekers' get a last minute revision, new actress in mind for the lead.

Hello Horror Freaks!

It's been quite a while since I've blogged, so here are a couple updates.

1.  My zombie screenplay Seekers, has undergone a major revision.  The female lead, which I had Jennette McCurdy in mind to play, has now been changed to another actress, only this one is recognized in the genre.  I won't reveal who I have in mind, yet, but rest assured I think she is more than capable of playing the part.  I still have genre fave, Bill Oberst, Jr., in mind for the male lead, that of Henry "Hank" McCulley, a military officer who knows first hand how the zombie epidemic started.  The screenplay has been sent to two prodco's as of this writing. 

2.  My second feature, Hell Weekend, has been on the back burner because I could only revisit that landscape so many times before I ran out of steam with it.  So I am letting simmer. The story revolves around a young girl who must fight back against a backwoods, pick ax wielding psycho and his demented family members.  I have Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3, Way Down in Chinatown) and Gregory Blair (Deadly Revisions, The Great Venice Robbery) pegged to star in this one. It'll be interesting to see them bring the characters of Rose and Claude to life. 

3.  In early June, I did a one minute interview with Shriekfest founder/director/actress, Denise Gossett.  You can read the interview here on my blog.  I'm thinking of doing the radio interview to give myself a bit more publicity. 

4.  And finally, my short story, Slicer, is almost completed and will be submitted to the LGBT horror anthology, Blood Drenched Rainbows, as part of the NOH8 campaign. 

That's all for now.  Hope everyone is enjoying their summer so far.  And remember...

Keep screaming!   >:-D

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

One Minute Interview

Below is my one minute interview with Shriekfest Founder/Director, Denise Gossett.

DG: What is your name and company name and URL?

MS: My name is Mike Schoonveld. I don't have a company name, but I do have a blog,, or I can be followed on Twitter @horrorguy30.

DG: What is your specialty...filmmaking or screenwriting?

MS: Right now it's screenwriting. I enjoy the writing process of creating characters and telling a story. Creating likeable and believable characters is crucial when telling a story. If they're not believable, then the story fails, too. Eventually I would like to venture into directing. I think it would be a lot of fun.

DG: What are you currently working on?

MS: I just finished writing my second feature, Hell Weekend, that I'm looking to get made with Maria Olsen and Gregory Blair. It'll be interesting to see them bring these two psychotic characters to life.

DG: Sounds cool! congrats! Have you been a finalist or winner in any festivals or competitions?

MS: Yes. I was a finalist at last years Shriekfest with my zombie apocalypse screenplay, Seekers. Bill Oberst, Jr. said he would love to do it. He's a great guy and a very talented actor. I actually wrote the part of Military Officer Henry 'Hank' McCulley with Bill in mind. He has a very commanding presence that the role requires.

DG: Nice! I love Bill, he is a dear friend. Why do you think the horror/scifi genres have such a large following?

MS: Because these movies take us away from our everyday lives. They're fun to watch and not meant to be taken so seriously. With everything we have going on with work, kids, paying bills. Just struggling to survive is work. At the end of the day, its nice to just sit back and watch a good horror movie and be scared and have fun. That's what its all about. Having fun.

DG: I agree! An escape. What do you love most about this business?

MS: How close everyone seems to be in the genre. It's like a family. Everyone I've come in contact with has been so nice and has given me a lot of great advice over the last couple of years and I didn't let any knowledge or insight they had go to waste. I feel like I am part of the family now.
DG: It is a wonderful family! What do you dislike most about this business?

MS: Ask me again in a few years. Haha!

DG: LOL Any advice you'd like to give to newbies?

MS: If you have a dream, go for it. Nobody can make it happen but you. Grab it by the balls and don't let anything or anyone stand in your way or get you down. It's about having fun with what you do and making the most of the opportunities that come your way. If you can't have fun with it, you shouldn't be doing it.

DG: I love it! Anything else you'd like to say?

MS: If I hadn't come across Shriekfest, I probably wouldn't be doing this interview today. I'm very grateful for the chance I had to submit my first screenplay to Shriekfest. Making it to the finals was a huge accomplishment and a proud moment in my life, and I thank you very much for that. And I thank you for this interview. It's been fun.
DG: Thank you MIke, great catching up with you!