(First Person Action) Witness to a Cloning Conspiracy

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POV clone title cardIn the sleepy little town of Danbury, New Hampshire a lone hiker stumbles upon a secret human cloning experiment. First he tries to avoid conflict, but the lone clone he discovered strikes first and then our protagonist goes into defense mode. The clones chase him to an abandoned farmhouse where he must fight off several clones until the final confrontation with the original.

Warning: Video does include some strong language


This is the latest short video from Sam Kench of Brickwall Pictures. Click Here to visit his Youtube channel and watch more of his original short videos and movie reviews. The video stars Sam Kench and Emmett Morrell.

Some Behind the Scenes Information

This short video was shot in wooded areas of Bristol and Danbury, NH.

It was shot in one day with no script. All the dialogue between Sam and Emmett was improvised.

It was filmed entirely on a Go-Pro.

The “abandoned” farm house was the same one where “Til Death” was shot. Click here to watch that short film.

This trailer for Til Death was filmed in one shot

Now available online – Til Death – Sam Kench’s latest short film

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On Friday, October 31, 2014 Sam Kench released his latest independent short film on Youtube. Til Death” follows the mentally unstable Mrs. Crowley as she plots to murder her husband but the unforeseen guilt that chokes her mind drives her to her breaking point. 

The movie stars Danbury, NH residents, Cathy Nolan Vinčević and her husband Seval Vinčević , and was filmed in various locations around New Hampshire. The natural beauty of the area plays a sharp contrast to the hauntingly dark nature of the film. This frightening psychological thriller/horror short film was written and directed by local film maker, Sam Kench.

“Til Death” premiered at The Purple Pit Coffee Lounge in Bristol, NH on October 17, 2014. The movie was shown again during the opening night reception of Sam’s art show at The Gordon-Nash Library in New Hampton, NH.  Following each showing the director and actors held lively Q & A session with audience members who asked questions about special effects, motivation, and how different shots were done. Most viewers said they would never look at Cathy (who is the director of the Gordon-Nash Library), the same way again.

So, what’s up next from the creative mind of Sam Kench? He’s working on writing and filming a project called “Tales from the Wasteland”. It’s a feature length film, set in post apocalyptic New Hampshire, comprised of a series of vignettes. If you’d like to be involved and help give this project wings, follow this link https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tales-from-the-wasteland to support the Indiegogo campaign.

Watch “Til Death”

‘Til Death’ to premier in Bristol on October 17, 2014

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On Friday, October 17, 2014 The Purple Pit Coffee Lounge in Bristol, NH will host the movie premier of “Til Death”. This frightening psychological thriller/horror short film was written and directed by local film maker, Sam Kench.

Til Death” follows the mentally unstable Mrs. Crowley as she plots to murder her husband but the unforeseen guilt that chokes her mind drives her to her breaking point. The movie stars Danbury, NH residents, Cathy Nolan Vinčević and her husband Seval Vinčević , and was filmed in various locations around New Hampshire. The natural beauty of the area plays a sharp contrast to the hauntingly dark nature of the film.

Watch the movie trailer

This young film maker is one to keep an eye on. In addition to “Til Death” Sam Kench‘s has written and directed four short films including “The Soon To Be Deceased” which was included in the 2014 NH High School Short Film Festival. He also create the sketch comedy show “Yes Son That Is A Lion“. The first two seasons are available to check out at The Gordon-Nash Library, or you can CLICK HERE to watch them online.

Til Death movie premier at The Purple Pit in Bristol, NH

Stuffed animals inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’

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The team of Re-Cyco Dogs has been fully assemble and ready to rock their first movie trailer parody.

As you all know, S is an aspiring film maker and his favorite director is Quentin Tarantino. I started making these little guys and popped a collar and tie on one and bang, an idea was born. I asked him to recreate one of the official “Reservoir Dogs” movie trailers using these cute guys.

But of course there are more than just Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Orange, Mr. Brown, Mr. White and Mr. Blue in the trailer so other characters were needed.

Joe and Nice Guy Eddie put the team together in the movie, but Sam thought they should be Bulldogs rather than Scotty Dogs. I decided to use a left over log cabin quilt block of blues and purples to make Nice Dog Eddie to sort of match the windbreaker worn by Nice Guy Eddie played by Chris Penn in the movie.

Speaking of left overs. All the stuffed animals are hand sewn using recycled materials. That’s why I call them the Re-Cyco Dogs.

There is a scene with Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, pulling a woman out of a car when he was running away from the cops. This scene was used in all the movie trailers. Below is a still shot from the movie. Below that is a photo of my version of Mr. Pink and a very surprised cat.

There is a scene with Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, pulling a woman out of a car when he was running away from the cops. This scene was used in all the movie trailers. Below is a still shot from the movie. Below that is a photo of my version of Mr. Pink and a very surprised cat.
We also needed four police officers to complete the trailer. Three that chase Mr. Pink when he makes his getaway and the one officer, Marvin Nash, who is kidnapped by Michael Madsen‘s character, Mr. Blonde.
Given we were making a spoof on a Tarantino movie where the criminals have zero respect for the cops, we made the cops pigs.
 Here’s my little handmade version of Mr. Blonde and police officer Marvin Nash with a quote from that iconic scene where he cuts his ear off. I stitched long strands of red thread for the blood where that little pig’s ear should be. Now I’ve got “Stuck in the Middle with You” stuck in my head.

Thank you Quentin Tarantino for all you do.

The Soon to be Deceased (Original Western Short Film)

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I recently released my western short film on youtube titled “The Soon to be Deceased” I wrote, directed, edited, and acted in the short. The other actors in the short are Shaun Hathaway, Andrew Fortier, and Emmett Morrill.

Here’s a little written behind the scenes.

The Soon to be Deceased was filmed in one day and we actually shot this and then went to a different location and filmed “Max Payne: A Reason to Live” in the same day. Emmet who played Pete in The Soon to be Deceased went on to play Max Payne and Andrew and myself played henchmen in Max Payne. Shaun didn’t come with us, but we were joined by Logan Frye and Eli Redcloud at the Gordon Nash library where the other short was shot.

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The guns in the video have a variety of different backgrounds. None of the guns are real. The double barrel shotgun is a knockoff Nerf gun. The brand is called Airblast, and is actually better because they look more realistic. I hand painted the gun myself and gave it a rusty look on the barrels by using metallic gold paint and then stripping it off with electrical tape. The shotgun shells in the gun were however real. The shotgun shells were real, but were empty, and instead filled with little magnet balls to give them a little extra weight.

There are 3 other shotguns in the video, but there were only 2 other prop guns. two of the shotguns you saw in the video are actually the same prop being used by both actors, and cut together to make it look like two separate guns. This shotgun cost 5 dollars and was meant to fire little suction cup darts, and after I painted it, it was ready for filming.

The remaining shotgun was a malfunctioning Airsoft gun with the stock removed and the orange tip painted black.

The revolver is a a plastic replica that I’ve had since I was a little kid. It’s actually one of my favorite prop guns to use because it looks realistic and has a really nice feel so it’s easy to work with. Plus you can do all the cool western spinning.

Both Emmett and Andrew each play two parts in the video, it’s pretty easy to tell if you know the people.

The rain featured in one quick part of the video was real. It spontaneously started to rain out of nowhere, we kept filming and got that shot done, then it stopped. The rain only lasted for a few minutes and then it was sunny again. We didn’t plan on this but it ended up adding a nice little something to the video.

The Soon to be Deceased was filmed at Shaun Hathaway’s house and the barn and horses in the video are his.

Max Payne: A Reason to Live – by Sam Kench

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This is a short that I wrote, directed, edited, and did the cinematography on inspired by the Max Payne video game series.

The Max Payne games are fantastic and I highly recommend them, I might get around to an actual review of these games eventually but this is my tribute to the series. It’s not a recreation of the game, but more of a side story revolving around the title character.

We shot this a while ago, over the summer actually, but it got stuck in post production for a long time. Once I got After Effects and learned how to do the VFX I was able to get the muzzle flashes, smoke and blood dones. This is the first video I’ve done VFX, so there was a steep learning curve. Now it’s finally finished and public.

Max Payne is played by Emmett Morrill, I provided the voice for the narration, and Elias Redcloud played Walter Santiago. The goons are played by myself, Andrew Fortier, and Logan Frye. I hope you’ll all check it out and enjoy it and maybe leave some feedback.

Here’s a little background information about the making of the video:

  • This video was shot in one day coming hot off the heels of another larger scale project which I hope to be able to release in the future.
  • Max Payne’s costume was a joint effort by Elias Redcloud and the owner of Green Carbon 2112. The jacket belonged to Eli, and the Max Payne tie was custom made for the video by Amy Lyn.
  • The day before filming I sat down with Emmett Morrill who played Max Payne and we played the game. I had him pay close attention to Max’s mannerisms. The way he walked/ran with/without guns, the way he takes cover, and especially the way he jumps. The trademark of the Max Payne games is the slow motion diving and shooting and this is something that I strove to recreate for the video. It was important to me that we were faithful to the dives and that meant getting serious height and flying backwards into the ground. This is hard to do from a stunt person perspective as it is very hard to stop your body from instinctively putting your hands down and catching yourself. We used a crash mat for Emmett to dive onto to make it a little easier on him.
  • Max Payne’s signature emotion is his trademark hyper frown, it’s not quite a Dredd hyper frown but it’s pretty close. Max is a guy who has no joy in his life so we spent a great deal of time working on Emmett’s frown.
  • The video was filmed downstairs at the Gordon Nash Library in New Hampton New Hampshire which is where we held our film club meetings over the summer.

A sequel video is currently in pre-production but it could be a while before that takes off. The rate at which it happens depends largely on locations and actors as well as the editing, but if enough people are really itching to see the sequel I can make that priority.

 

A Descent Into Insanity Double Feature Movie Premiere

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The Newfound Film Making Club (NFMC) will host a double-feature movie premiere event on June 26 starting at 6:00 pm at the Gordon-Nash Library in New Hampton, NH. The club will be showing two of it’s original short films. Both are horror movies with a similar theme of “descending into insanity”, but each is filmed in a very different style.

The two original, short films being featured at the event were written, directed, edited by and star members of the NFMC. The Club was founded in 2012 by Newfound Regional High School students, Sam Kench andShaun Hathaway.  Since its inception, in addition to making short films, the club has filmed several short comedy sketches and action shorts which can be viewed on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/user/tamguardians2.

The first short film of the evening will be “Fading Humanity”. The original screenplay was written by Kench and Hathaway. They drew inspiration for their short film from the book “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding and the movie “The Shining” directed by Stanley Kubrick based on the Stephen King novel with the same name. The film stars Kench and Hathaway as well as local theater favorite, Rebecca Turmel who starred as Peter in this year’s Newfound Community Theater production of “Peter Pan”. The gorgeous colors of autumn along the Pemi River are a bold contrast to the dark subject matter of the film.

The second film of the evening is the premiere of “A Lapse in Sanity” written and directed by Sam Kench. This is short black and white film with a very creepy,Darren Aronofsky feel. The director described the movie as “ a surreal nightmarish descent into insanity.” Kench gave further insight into the film saying that, “Some say your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. “A Lapse in Sanity” can be seen as an allegory for what your mind creates in those precious seconds before death. The mind creates a false, dream-like, reality to try and escape the imminent death, but the mind cannot fully distance itself from the true horror and instead throws the main character into a demented frenzy of horrifying images and brings him along a trail of his deepest phobias on his path towards death. A lot can happen in the blink of an eye.

A Lapse in Sanity

"A Lapse in Sanity" short horror film by Sam Kench
"A Lapse in Sanity" short horror film by Sam Kench
“A Lapse in Sanity” short horror film by Sam Kench

I have recently completed my latest short film, titled “A Lapse in Sanity”, A 25 minute horror short starring Shaun Hathaway and Cathy Nolan Vincevic.

The short focuses on the idea of something Mrs. Crowley says “When you blink your mind shuts off. For that fraction of a second, your brain is off, and your mind is left wide open.”

The short is an allegory for what happens to the mind when you are not in control of it. What can “enter your mind” if you will.

“A Lapse in Sanity” is a surreal journey following the main character’s descent into madness. Full of stark and jarring images. It aims to get inside your mind, and unnerve you.

Now available on DVD.

ATM (2012)

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*Spoiler alert*

I have stated before that I really like horror films. I even tend to like very sub par horror films. I used to go out of way to see bad horror movies. I stopped doing this for a while, because, frankly, I just didn’t have the time to watch bad movies, but I went out of my way to watch this film. I knew that it would probably be terrible, but it was a B-horror movie that starred Josh Peck of Drake and Josh fame. I had to see it.

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Let me start off with the acting. There are 3 main actors and then the killer. There are two guys and a girl. The girl is Alice Eve and she is… just awful. I mean really bad, and it doesn’t help that her character is poorly written. The guy who isn’t Josh is Brian Geraghty. He’s… passable I guess, most of the time, but in certain moments he shows a severe lack of talent. Overacting to the point of unintentional comedy.

Josh Peck is the best actor in the film. I actually think he’s a really good actor, and I josh peckwould like to see him getting better roles in the future. He’s very underrated. He makes the most of his lines, but he can’t salvage the terrible writing. The killer doesn’t really require much acting. He doesn’t say anything and they keep his face hidden for the entire movie (except for one shot in the beginning of the film where you can clearly see his face, but the movie pretends that didn’t happen.) So really he could’ve been played by anyone.

Okay, time for the story. It’s exceedingly weak. The writing is just dreadful. This movie is honestly just really stupid. I’m  going to be saying that word a lot. That’s the best word to describe it. As the movie goes on, there are more and more just plain stupid moments, that I will talk about later on. The characters are somewhat developed, but only through heavy fisted exposition. The plot can be summed up as such: 3 coworkers go to an ATM where an extremely convoluted killer lies in wait. That’s basically it.

The problem could be remedied at any moment through a number of means, but it never happens. There is no tension in the film, because there is no real danger. The characters are too stupid to realize that they could very easily get away. In fact they do. Multiple times. One of the characters even gets into a working car and instead of driving away, sits in the passenger seat for 30 seconds, then gets out of the car and runs back to the Goddamn ATM. There are plenty of opportunities where the killer is behind the ATM and it’s a straight shot to the car and there is no reason why they don’t just run. The killer does not have super speed. The killer can not see through the ATM. They could just quietly walk out of the ATM and the problem would be solved.

The killer is remarkably nonthreatening. He’s just a regular guy. He doesn’t even have a weapon. He just stands there staring at them, and they get scared for some reason.ATM killer When they first see the guy, he’s just some dude walking to an ATM, and they’re already scared. One of the characters says “Something’s wrong with this guy, why would he be at an ATM at midnight” Seriously? YOU are at an ATM at midnight. Why would you assume he’s a killer?

Multiple times in the movie Josh’s character says “He’s just some guy, there’s three of us and only one of him. Why don’t we just rush him?” Yes. Why not? There is no reason. The guy is not a super hero they could very easily deal with him, and they don’t.

The killer doesn’t actually do anything to them. He just looks at them from far away and occasionally knocks on the back of the ATM. For some reason this scares the crap out of the people in the ATM. There is another line in the film which once again points out a plothole , so obviously the writers knew it was there and chose to ignore it. “He isn’t coming near us, why don’t we just stay here until morning?” Seems like a reasonable solution. Not as reasonable as just walking away, but still, it would work I suppose. Well the movie does actually try to answer this, but they do a terrible job. Their answer to the question is “Because we’ll freeze.” Really? You’re not in the antarctic, you’re in an ATM, you have suitable clothing. They wouldn’t freeze to death by spending the night in an ATM, that’s just stupid.

The plot is very shallow, and seems better suited to a short film. There are several short films called ATM but they have no relation. The plot is just a mess and is filled with stupid and pointless moments.

The killer has no known motivation which is fine, but he doesn’t have much of a plan either. The ending of the film has a “Plot twist” which is hard to do when there isn’t much plot for twisting. It ends by showing that the killer has all the ATMs in the city mapped out. He even has the range of the security cameras marked out, which explains why he doesn’t get too close to the door.

Now, the problem with all of this is that the killer’s convoluted plan consists of a group of idiots showing up at an ATM at midnight, parking ludicrously far away, none of them have a working cellphone, and none of them have enough common sense to do anything productive. Also keep in mind the fact that the killer did not lure these specific people here. They just happened to wander by.

Is there at least any good gore? It is a horror film after all. Well the answer is a resounding no. Only a few people die, and there’s nothing new added to the formula. It’s just the same old slasher game plan. They even try to add drama through the deaths of certain characters. The film completely fails on this count. It tries to invoke the emotion of sadness, while actually invoking laughter.

What can I say that’s good about the film? The cinematography’s not bad. Yeah, it goes overboard on the shaky-cam sometimes, but there are some nicely framed shots. That’s honestly about it though. The film’s well compiled I suppose. Conversations flow well and all, but that’s something that every film should have and for the most part does. I can’t think of anything else that was of high quality in the film.

There are copious amounts of plot holes, and inaccuracies in the film. ATM takes an odd approach to solving this problem. Instead of remedying the screenplay and fixing the errors, they elected to give that task to one of the characters within the film. Josh’s character constantly points out plot holes, and then the film just moves on, without giving an explanation to the contrary. I guess they figured that by having a character point out plot holes that the plot holes ceased to exist. That’s really screwed up logic

Near the end of the film the extremely forced female character dies. This is supposed to be the most dramatic part of the film and it completely failed on all counts. The characters on screen are crying in anguish as the audience is laughing at the stupidity of the moment. I’ll explain what happens but it needs a little lead up.atm

The killer starts pumping water into the ATM, to freeze them I guess as convoluted as that sounds, and for some reason the people in the ATM think that the only solution  to water being pumped into the ATM is to trigger the sprinklers and have even more water be pumped into the ATM. The fire alarm would trigger the police, but they didn’t just realize that, they figured it out much earlier on in the film.

While they try to trigger the fire alarm the girl gets on the guy’s shoulders and they stand up on a counter and then hilarity ensues. The guy slips off the counter and bashes the girl’s head off the counter. It should have been set to cartoon sound effects.

At one point Josh tries to run out of the ATM. He is clothes lined by an invisible tripwire. Yes the movie is that stupid. At some point the killer set of a trip wire in the middle of the parking lot, yet he and the other characters have walked through the same spot without interacting with it some how. Josh lies there on the ground like an idiot and waits for the killer to come over and stab him to death. Or at least you’re meant to think that for a while. Later on in the film he arrives back at the ATM. Yes, he comes back to the ATM again. He crawled through the parking lot just to get back to the ATM. Why? Why? Did he just feel like dying in the ATM instead of in the parking lot? And if he felt like crawling, why would he crawl back to the ATM? Why not to the car? Or just away from the ATM?

There is another “Plot twist” that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The film ends with the police thinking that the one surviving guy from the ATM killed the others, which doesn’t make any sense. The police come to this conclusion from the fact that he’s the only one alive, and from the footage from the ATM camera. I’ll start by addressing the first reason. I don’t see why they would come to the conclusion that he’s the killer and not another victim. They shouldn’t just assume that. They have no real reason to think he’s the killer other than the fact that he’s the only one alive. I wouldn’t consider that probable cause. The other bit of supposedly incriminating evidence is the security camera footage. At the end of the film they show some clips of the footage that’s all cut out of order and makes it look like the survivor is the killer. This makes absolutely no sense when you think about it. First off, security camera doatm not just record little incriminating snippets of footage, they record everything, so the police would see everything. They would see all the times that the people work together, they would see someone else crash a car through the side of the ATM, so it obviously couldn’t be him, they would see that it was clearly an accident that the girl died, they would see that all the people in the booth are clearly afraid of something else outside of the booth, not the guy in the booth, there’s such a ludicrous amount of plot holes that it’s really hard to keep track of all of them.

This film is absolutely dreadful. It does have many moments of unintentional hilarity, so I would almost says it’s worth watching because it’s hilariously bad, but it’s not worth enduring. Don’t watch ATM unless you want cheap and dirty laughs at the expense of a bad film.

 

Community Movie Night

NFMC February Film Blues Brothers

Sam and his friend Shaun started the Newfound Film Making Club  (NFMC) in the spring of 2012 with me, Amy Lyn, as the adviser. The group has grown in size over this past year and has done a lot of fun projects together.

In October we hosted a triple feature horror movie night at the high school.  A scary good time was had by all but due to licensing restrictions, only students from the high school were allowed to attend. So we are branching out. In conjunction with the Gordon-Nash Library in New Hampton, NH we are hosting our first Community Movie Night on Tuesday February 19. The event will start at 4pm with some movie trivia, a short film created by the NFMC and then on to the main feature the ‘Blues Brothers‘. Refreshments will be available and all are welcome.

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