Zombie “SHOTGUN” short is a Fessenden family affair


A new generation of horror filmmaker debuts with RIDING SHOTGUN, a short film directed by Jack Fessenden, son of New York genre mogul Larry. The younger Fessenden talks and we share some behind-the-scenes photos after the jump.

RIDINGSHOTGUNFESSENDENNEWS1The half-hour RIDING SHOTGUN was written by Jack and Alex Hoffman, who also star as a couple of teenaged friends driving through upstate New York in the wake of a zombie outbreak. Jack edited and scored the movie, while Larry (who also co-stars) served as director of photography, and the two produced the movie with Beck Underwood.

“The idea for RIDING SHOTGUN originated when Alex and I found the prop guns used in STAKE LAND in our barn upstate,” Jack tells Fango. “We both agreed that we had to make a movie with them one day, but it didn’t amount to much until a few years later, when we finally wrote the script over the course of a few months leading up to the March shoot during our spring break. The entire film was storyboarded and shot-listed, but there were many adjustments made on set, with my dad shooting on our Sony video camera and me directing and acting at once. We did have a lot of help from friends and family, including Brian Spears on makeup.

“The shoot was an exhausting but exhilarating five days,” he continues, “and then came postproduction. I handled most of that; I edited the film on Avid and composed the score and recorded it through GarageBand, with mixing help from our friend John Moros on Pro Tools. The movie was finished in July, and it premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival in October. I don’t know what the future is for RIDING SHOTGUN, but I have many other projects in the works—none of which are horror—so we’ll have to wait and see.” You can watch the movie’s trailer below the photos.




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Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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