Category Archives: writer

TACTICAL GIRLS WINS!

It’s been an incredible 2017 already for Tactical Girls, and as if the film festival wins and amazing viewership on Amazon Prime wasn’t enough, Melissa D’Agostino has won a 2017 Best Actress Canadian Screen Award for her incredible performance as Dougy!

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And, as you can expect from Melissa any time she gets her hands on a microphone, her acceptance speech brought the house down:

Canada has really been heaping the accolades onto Tactical Girls; just last month the Canada Film Fest awarded our show as the Best TV/Web Series!

The exciting Tactical Girls journey continues, with plenty more screenings coming up, including the Brazil International Film Festival, so keep it Tactical!

~M@

ROOTS OF A MAN: NOW ON AMAZON PRIME!

“Who so ever asks me of my birth… I will tell them I am born of Irish Princes who ruled in Donegal a thousand years ago; that I am descended from the High Kings of Ireland, and my name is from the Clann ÓDochartaigh!”

The O’Doherty Documentary, “Roots of a Man” is at last available for your online viewing ease and enjoyment on Amazon Prime: http://www.amazon.com/Roots-Man-Jeff-Campagna/dp/B01N0RUEDV/

And, of course,  if you would like a limited run collector’s edition DVD, you can always drop me a line or leave a comment here, and I’ll make sure we send one your way!

Ár nDúthchas,

~M@

WHAT THE F#@K IS “TACTICAL GIRLS”?

*2017 UPDATE: You can now watch Tactical Girls on Amazon Prime: http://www.amazon.com/Hello-Kitty/dp/B01M3PBTTF/

My new comedy mini-series, “Tactical Girls” just wrapped secondary photography, and we’re closing in on our post-production goals. It’s wacky, it’s mad-cap, it’s hilariously crass and violent. If the three stooges were women who couldn’t stop swearing or breaking things, you’d have the Tactical Girls:

Wanna know more? Check out the Facebook fan page to keep up to date with news: http://www.facebook.com/TacticalGirlsTV

~M@

MUTANT WORLD (FALLOUT ASYLUM) SYFY PREMIERE: NOV 8 @9PM

Fallout Asylum by its new, more SyFy Channel name, “Mutant World” airs on Saturday November 8th at 9pm on the SyFy channel! Be sure to check it out, and hit up the Mutant World Facebook page, give it a LIKE and you’ll be kept up with international air dates, behind-the-scenes goodies and news on how the sequels and series are going… because you KNOW I always write a story that leads to another story.

I hope you dig it!

~M@

FALLOUT ASYLUM: NIGHT SHOOTING

I’m no stranger to a long, cold night shoot. But, working with Nomadic Pictures, this is the first time I’ve had my characters lit by massive maxi-lights on two 80-foot condor cranes for key and kick light. And I’ve got to say it’s awesome.

Now, you don’t need this kind of light for every sort of night shoot –in Six Reasons Why, we sometimes worked with just firelight and a single kick light– but when you have an entire western town to illuminate, it sure does help move things along at a rapid pace while keeping every frame looking gorgeous.

Our warlock of a cinematographer, Neil Cervin, has conjured up some of the most stunning, beautiful, and terrifying images for Fallout Asylum, and I can’t wait for you to see just what I’m talking about when the first trailers and TV spots start to roll out in the fall!

In other news, my good friends in the Canadian band “Four Letter World”, will be providing the song for the ending credits of the film; I’ve heard it and it rocks all kinds.

Plenty more exciting news to come as we film with Ashanti this week, so keep an eye out for more goodies right here!

~M@

FALLOUT ASYLUM: PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY

After nearly a week of principal photography on the new film I’ve written for the SyFy channel, I’m happy to report that we’re making something friggin’ cool.

So far, we’ve shot with an incredible cast including Spun Out’s Holly Deveaux and Heartland’s Amber Marshall, plus Jason Cermak, Lara Zaluski, Roger LeBlanc, Graham Littlefield and Megan Tracz as our heroes, getting into all kinds of nasty trouble at the end of the world. And some of them even live through it.

It’s been a pretty wild time, with weather giving us the gift of gorgeous snowfalls, and making us pay the price by having to shoot in -15 degrees. You can’t even pay for that kind of production value! Well, I guess James Cameron can…

Between doing some on-the-fly re-writes, running a camera, animating graphics, and supervising visual effects, I’ve actually had some time to do a bit of directing, if you believe it! And working with huge talents like the extraordinary DP Neil Cervin, and David Winning (he directed the Power Rangers sequel), it really is a dream team to have on board to bring this screenplay to life!

As of right now, IMDb is telling us that there’s a September 2014 release… so keep watching here, and keep your eyes peeled on Twitter for the #FalloutAsylum hashtag for updates from all of us!

~M@

SIX DAY ROAD

*2017 UPDATE: Six Day Road has a new life as a feature film, and it will be making some exciting moves very soon… so stay, tuned, and enjoy this sneak peek at this post-apocalyptic western drama.

“When two sworn enemies awaken in the snowy wreckage of an avalanche, their only hope for survival lies in reconciling their differences.”

This is a single episode of a 9-part Post-Apoclayptic Western series that plays in the same univierse as Six Reasons Why. I made it with some very talented folks: Melissa D’Agostino, Caden Douglas and Marco Timpano.

I hope you dig it!

~M@

CA$HI: 7 GRAINS… LYING TO YOU

Sometimes I get political. In the spring of 2012, investigations revealed that Kellogg was using GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in some of the ‘natural’ products they sell under the brand name of Kashi.*

To be clear, I have nothing against G.M.O.’s themselves; I DO have something against trashy ethics in advertising.

And since the FDA does not regulate the word ‘natural’ in the way it does the word ‘organic’, Kellogg’s claim of Kashi being ‘natural’ is not illegal.

And a “Yes” vote on Prop 37 would make this more than unethical, it would make it illegal.

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I hope you dig it,

~M@

*USA Today, April 29, 2012

SIX REASONS WHY SELLS TO SOUTH AMERICA

*2016 UPDATE: You can also watch Six Reasons Why on Amazon Primehttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N468HZ4/

My first western feature, Six Reasons Why, is now available in Argentina! Complete with a sexy new poster and a cool new translation!

And if you feel like scoping out some behind-the-scenes featurettes on Six Reasons Why, you can see some here.

~M@