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Newborn Dead

As the short film continues to grow in popularity, The NewBorn Dead column is a Horror Short Film showcase. Since short films are typically a first step in filmmaking for new independent filmmakers, writer Marla Newborn peeks behind the scenes to understand the emotional blood, sweat and guts, that the director, writer, actor, or crew experiences as they create their latest “baby”. NewBorn Dead links directly to the specific horror short or trailer so readers can see the piece for themselves. At the same time, the column provides each subject with maximum exposure.

 

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    Newborn Dead: Robert Haulbrook, acting and “DEVILING”

    The best actors are those who are willing to let themselves be consumed, physically becoming the role.  When it comes to performance, short films require just as much preparation as others, as it’s essential that the audience believe in the world of the film. The credibility of the character is a fundamental portion of that believable world. While the direction, camera work, lighting, sound and production value are all of major importance, let’s face it: it is the acting that needs to come across as real.

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    Newborn Dead: “REMOTE” access

    Back in 2009, I was coordinating a short film screening at the FANGORIA Weekend of Horrors in Los Angeles. It was my baby and naturally, I wanted only the best films to be showcased. During my search I came across the short REMOTE. I was riveted. However, I knew no details about the making of the film nor did I know about REMOTE’s Canadian Director Marc Roussel.  All I knew is that I had a fantastic picture in my hands and I was going to show it. The response was terrific and I was happy. I could never have known then that I was showcasing a film that would go on to the festival circuit for the next four years, soaking up 41 “Official Film Festival Selections” across the globe, along with 11 “Winner” Awards, plus a very prestigious nomination for Best Short Film by the Director’s Guild of Canada.  REMOTE went on to have a life of its own, and a good one at that!

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