Archive for March, 2009

New Trailer and the Weekend Of Horrors

Posted in promotion with tags , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2009 by Richard Diaz

The first full trailer for ‘Distortion’ premiered last weekend at the Fangoria Weekend of Horrors. They were nice enough to not only include the trailer in their lineup but to show it all three days of the convention. And on top of that I was brought up to introduce it. I was not ready the first day but Saturday and Sunday I think I did a decent job. I don’t get that nervous in front of crowds anymore so it wasn’t that. I just wasn’t expecting it on Friday. More like being caught with my pants down. Luckily they weren’t.

On top of that the trailer is posted on the Fangoria website with a very nice piece. Big thanks to Tony Timpone and James Zahn. This was quite something to actually see something I did between those two giant Fangoria banners at a Weekend of Horrors. A long way since I went to my first Fangoria convention back in 1991.

Here’s the piece on the Fangoria website:

The trailer you can see in Quicktime on the ‘Distortion’ website or by checking out the YouTube version below. Be sure to click the HD tab.

On top of all of the amazing people I got to meet at the convention it was really a pleasure to meet actor Tom Towles who first freaked me out playing Otis in ‘Henry:Portrait of a Serial Killer’. I’ve been a fan ever since so it was great to meet him. I gave him a copy of the trailer as a pledge on my end that whenever I have the means I would love to work with him. That day can’t get here soon enough.

Richard with Tom Towles.

Richard with Tom Towles.

I’ve met George A. Romero four times in my life. He is one of the filmmakers who inspired me to make movies so each time has been something special. This past time though I was able to clearly articulate that and also gave him a copy of my trailer letting him know it was because of him I was able to make the film. In one of those moments where your heart stops for a beat when he asked if my contact information was on there. Now, I doubt I would hear from him but the fact that he took a moment to check was something so amazing I cannot possibly describe it. I had he and Tom Savini sign my original poster for ‘Martin’. An amazing film that you should see if you haven’t.

An incredible weekend and one that I will remember forever. Except for the headache I got on Saturday. Lousy headache.


Need More Coffee

Posted in Post Production, promotion with tags , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2009 by Richard Diaz

I know I haven’t posted in awhile but I have been working on different things. I had some work come up and some favors I needed to deliver on. I’m also working on a new reel. I realized my last one was from almost three years ago and doesn’t feature any of the HD work I’ve done. Between the Loyola shoots and the film I knew I needed to do a new reel.

‘Distortion’ is in its second cut. A few tweaks here and there. Also I am working on the ending. Soon I will be starting on some of the visual effects and start planning the remaining things that need to be shot. Considering it just snowed here those won’t be for a few more months. I’ll also be starting work on the music. That will make a huge difference. One scene specifically I want to recut without the temp music and instead think of a completely different approach to how it should be.

This weekend the second trailer for ‘Distortion’ will be premiering at Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors here in Chicago. Not sure if it’ll be shown all three days in the trailer line up but even if it’s only shown once that will be great. I can’t wait for this weekend. Should be a fun time but to actually be there this time with the film to talk about will be amazing. I will be posting it online after the weekend. I’m also going to try and get it posted on Fangoria’s website along the teaser. But at the very least it will be online for people to see on You Tube, MySpace, and of course at

I’m not sure what the future holds. I’m not sure what the film will do for me. Either way I won’t let it stop. I have two new ideas for films if I need to make another one in the same way I made ‘Distortion’. Whatever lies ahead I’ll be ready.