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She played in Dave Brock‘s Dollar Baby The Road Virus Heads North as Judy Michaud.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Sylvia Hutson: I have been an actress for over 40 years on stage and in film, I originate from Ireland and moved to the US in 1985. Now I own and operate a Talent Agency in Virginia USA

SKSM: How did you become involved in The Road Virus Heads North?

Sylvia Hutson: I saw an audition notice in Backstage for the film, and I sent them my headshot and resume.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Sylvia Hutson: The producer called me on a Tuesday and asked if I could be in New York to audition on the Friday for the role.

SKSM: You worked with Dave Brock on this film, how was that?

Sylvia Hutson: Dave Brock was a wonderful director, very easy to work with and was very creative.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Sylvia Hutson: Yes, the first night I got there the makeup girl had to dye my hair jet black and put blonde highlights in it, we accidently spilled the hair dye on the hotel room floor so spent time frantically cleaning it before the hotel people saw it, so it was hilarious if anyone would have been watching us scrubbing the carpet in a panic.

SKSM: Is there some part(s) in the film where you now say “I wish that I have done this different”?

Sylvia Hutson: As an actress when we watch ourselves we always think afterwards ” Gosh I wish I had played that a little different”.

SKSM: What are you thinking of the end result of the film?

Sylvia Hutson: I received my copy of the film, it was wonderful watching the end result and seeing all of it put together.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with those from that time?

Sylvia Hutson: Yes I occasionally talk to Dave (director) and Vinque (producer) via email and play catch up.

SKSM: What did you do after The Road Virus Heads North?

Sylvia Hutson: the film, I came back to Virginia and continued acting until I opened the agency.

SKSM: Are you (or where you) a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Sylvia Hutson: I absolutely adore Stephen Kings work, I have read every book and watched all the films.

SKSM: You are now the owner of Hutson Talent Agency how did that happen?

Sylvia Hutson: I had been working in the industry and teaching TV/Film acting and with support of my fellow actors and casting director friends decided to open the agency.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Sylvia Hutson: You are welcome it was a pleasent surprize to get asked to do the interview. To the fans, keep on supporting Stephen King and his work, he is an extremely talented writer.

SKSM: Do you have anything you’d like to add?

Sylvia Hutson: I would like to add a huge thank you to Dave Brock, the crew and the actors of The Road Virus Heads North for making it a wonderful experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life, and wish huge success to all who were involved.

 

He played in Doveed Linder‘s Dollar Baby Strawberry Spring as an Police Officer.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

Adam Hackbarth: I am a writer/producer from Saint Louis, MO. I am currently working on a couple of animation projects, all while shopping around our project, Full-Time Ninjas (see www.fulltimeninjas.com)

SKSM: How did you become involved in Strawberry Spring?

Adam Hackbarth: They were casting for the film and I had met the director before, and I decided that it would be nice to be involved in one of his films.

SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?

Adam Hackbarth: I didn’t have to audition. They picked me out of a crowd because they felt that I had the right look.

SKSM: You worked with Doveed Linder on this film, how was that?

Adam Hackbarth: My work with him was very minimal. He’s a great guy, and I have met with him several times after the experience. A few years later, he sent me a few scripts to read and critique. He’s a talented fella.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?

Adam Hackbarth: I remember this day when a huge gust of wind caused one of the trailer/truck doors to swing open and it slammed against a poor bystander. I felt so sorry for her, but the crew acted very swift and very professionally.

SKSM: Is there some part(s) in the film where you now say “I wish that I have done this different”?

Adam Hackbarth: My part was so small that there wasn’t much more that I could have done.

SKSM: What are you thinking of the end result of the film?

Adam Hackbarth: I think it was refreshing to see a short based on something other than the same ole short stories that you see remade over and over again.

SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time?

Adam Hackbarth: Saint Louis is a very tight film community. I see several of the crew members from time to time.

SKSM: What did you do after Strawberry Spring?

Adam Hackbarth: I’ve written/produced works that have appeared on Showtime, Cinemax, FOX, Comedy Central, IFC… and I’ve also been hired to write some very cheap b-movies that have screened all over the world. What can I say? Ya gotta pay the bills.

SKSM: What do you think about the idea that Strawberry Spring is still submitted to Film Festivals after all those years?

Adam Hackbarth: It should. It is a great little short.

SKSM: Are you (or where you) a fan of Stephen King’s work?

Adam Hackbarth: My favorite King book is “On Writing” but film wise, I’m a big fan of Misery, Stand By Me, and The Shawshank Redemption.

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

Adam Hackbarth: Be sure to visit www.fulltimeninjas.com and don’t forget to find me on Facebook.

SKSM: Do you have anything you’d like to add?

Adam Hackbarth: Be sure to check out Voltron Force on Nicktoons in 2011.

Title: One for the road (2014) Bandera de Estados Unidos
Runtime: 22′
Director: Michael Floyd
Script: Michael Floyd & Caitlin Halliburton
Cast: Lawrence Benedict, Michael Floyd, Don Mack, Mark E. Ridley, Daniel Roebuck.
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Title: Cain rose up (2010) Bandera de Estados Unidos
Runtime: 10′
Director: Jeven Dovey
Script: Jeven Dovey
Cast: David Tolemy, Cole Gamero, Mark Sande, Dan Mason, Doug Locke, Alexander Aquino, Lee Biolos, Jim Dovey, Stacy Dovey, Rebecca Nashleanas.
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He is the man behind King’s short story Sorry, Right Number.

SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?

John Harrison: I am a filmmaker that has written and directed for both movies and television. I started my career back in the ’70’s in the city of pittsburgh where my good friend and mentor, George Romero, was making some of his most memorable films: ‘Martin’,’Dawn of the Dead’, ‘Creepshow’, ‘Day of the Dead’. I had been a fan of George’s since i saw ‘Night of the Living Dead’, and I made it a point to meet him when I moved back to the ‘burgh after living in boston and new york.

I had a small prodcution company at the time with two of my best friends. We did commercials, industrials and (inspired by Romero) we produced our first film, ‘Effects’. Then we teamed up with George on his projects.

I was his assistant director on ‘Creepshow’ and ‘Day of the Dead’. I also did the score for both of those movies and that’s what got me started.

SKSM: One of the 8 Tales from the Darkside episodes was Sorry Right Number, Why was that and why not just an ordinary production without them?

John Harrison: ‘Sorry Right Number’ was Steve’s first original television script. The series producer, Richard Rubinstein, asked me to direct it because Steve knew my work on the other ‘Tales’ I’d done, and because he knew me from ‘Creepshow’.

‘Sorry Right Number’ is one of the favorite ‘Darksides’ I did because it’s more of a psychological suspense tale set in an inimitable Stephen King ordinary family. We had a great cast.

SKSM: When did you make Sorry Right Number? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?

John Harrison: ‘Sorry’ was no different than any other ‘Tales from the Darkside’ episode production-wise. The budgets were in the neighborhood of $100,000 for a half hour program, which was even then pretty low budget.

We shot it mostly on the soundstage in Los Angeles where we had made studio in an old mattress factory. We did one day of location shooting which was highly unusual for a darkside episode. We shot it in five days.

It was the last darkside episode I did. I think that was 1985.

SKSM: What do you think of the 2005 version of Sorry Right Number?

John Harrison: I think it is pretty good, although it’s a bit truncated from Stephen’s original story.

SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie(s) that you would like to tell me about?

John Harrison: When I was making ‘Tales From the Darkside, The Movie’, one of the stories was ‘Cat from Hell’, which was a Stephen King story adapted by George Romero. It was my favorite tale in that movie because my cinematographer, Rob Draper, and I designed a very creepy style that I’m still proud of to this day. It involved going back and forth in time while the character ‘Drogan’ tells the hit man why he wants the cat killed. We designed these very cool shots where action would seamlessly continue from past into present using only lighting cues and camera moves instead of special effects.

Rob and I are huge fans of the great italian cinematographer, Vittorio Storaro, and we really went to school on some of his techniques, particularly his use of dimmer board lighting in ‘One from the Heart’.

Interestingly, when it came time for me to do the tv miniseries, dune, I was able to talk Vittorio into doing it with me, and I had great fun telling him how I had stolen his techniques for ‘Cat from Hell’.

SKSM: In 1990 came Tales from the Darkside: The movie. How did this happen?

John Harrison: Producer Richard Rubinstein had wanted to do a movie based on the successful tv series for some time. He was finally able to raise the money independently soon after the series came to an end. It was a perfect way to make the film because we didn’t have any studio interference. Only after we were finished did Richard sell it to Paramount.

I was lucky to be the one he chose to direct it. We shot it in 1990. Did it all on a soundstage in New York except for the mansion in ‘Cat from Hell’ which was a huge estate once owned by the Italian Government as a place for Mussolini.

Had a great cast, full of terrific actors like James Remar, Rae Dawn Chong, Debbie Harry, and some which went on to become even bigger stars like Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater.

SKSM: Did you have any personal contact with King during the making of the movies? Has he seen it (and if so, what did he think about it)?

John Harrison: I had very little contact with Steve during production. I think there were some occasional notes back and forth about ‘Cat’.

Steve has a very healthy attitude about film adaptations of his books. His novels and the films made from them are very different creatures. When asked about whether he’s worried filmmakers will ruin his books, he simply points to his bookshelf where all the novels are and says, “no one can ruin my books. they’re right there. exactly as I wrote them.”

As far as I know, he never interferes with filmmakers. Some adaptations turn out great, others not as much.

Fortunately for me, he’s seen ‘Tales’ and liked it.

SKSM: Do you have any plans for making more movies based on Stephen King’s stories? If you could pick – at least – one story to shoot, which one would it be and why?

John Harrison: At the moment, there are no plans for me to do any adaptations of Steve’s work. I spent some months in 2009 developing a miniseries adaptation of “Cell” for the Weinstein Company, but that fell through. (see below).

I love that book and would do anything to revive the project at some point. But I think Steve and his people have other plans at the moment.

SKSM: In 1981 you had a role in George A. Romero “Knightriders”. Stephen King had also a role, Did you meet/spoken him on the set?

John Harrison: One of the great things about working with Romero is his willingness to pull together all the people he knows and gives them opportunities on his projects.

Since I had gone to university to study theater and acting, I auditioned for him when ‘Knightriders’ came up. (I had already done bit parts for him in other films, and had a major role in the film, ‘Effects’, which my partners and I produced.

George was very gracious and gave me the role of Sir Pellinore which allowed me to be on that production from start to finish. A great learning experience.

SKSM: How did you ended up in Creepshows (1982) as an composer?

John Harrison: Producer Richard Rubinstein asked me to be George’s 1st assistant director on that film. I had never done that job before, but again it was a great learning opportunity.

I had been a musician all my life before conentrating on film, so during the shoot George and I would discuss what the music would be like. Originally he intended to use library cues from old 50’s horror and tv shows. But when we got down to it, some of them didn’t sound very good, or they didn’t work well with the film.

I had some musical gear, so I started to improvise themes and cues to ‘Temp’ the movie. George liked them. One thing led to the next, and by the time we were through, I’d scored the movie.

SKSM: On your imdb page is a statement about King’s Cell. What is your role in this production?

John Harrison: At the moment, I’m no longer involved. I developed a tv miniseries adaptation for the Weinstein Company at the beginning of 2009 after they decided not to go forward with it as a movie.

Although Bob Weinstein really liked my take on it, the company didn’t move forward fast enough on setting it up with a network. Their option on the book expired and Steve decided to go a different direction.

I still think it would make a fantastic tv miniseries. There are so many ways to explore that story. It’s got great characters, a really compelling theme, and some of the scariest moments I think Steve’s ever written. Ah well….

SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?

John Harrison: Thanks, Bernd. thanks again for the interest.
– John Harrison / Official website

 

Title: Project Nine (2010) Bandera de Estados Unidos
Runtime: 1h 15′
Director: Brianna Colleen Byrne, Romeal Hogan, Bendan Nagle, Jonas Pachuski, Keri Rommel, Adam Schonberg, Jason Stoy, Dan Sullivan & John Theroux
Script: Dan Sullivan
Cast: Carl Hoffelder, Stephanie Motta, Chris Wojcik, Jacob T. Emery, Steph Young, C. Alexander Martin, Danielle Griffis.
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