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    • Now available: The Lovecraft eZine 2014 Megapack! August 10, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, So for the brief week off. But I had a case of life. I was on a bit of a mission and it went quite swimmingly. But fear not wicked ones. I am still here to bring you the strange and spooky! Today we have some news from a wonderful ezine […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • A Conversation With Craig Yoe August 1, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, Today I was fortunate enough to sit and have a chat with the wonderfully fascinating creative genius, Craig Yoe. Craig and I met at HeroesCon this summer when he accepted an award at The Inkwells on Steve Ditko‘s behalf (sort of). I was beyond thrilled when this incredible talent agreed to […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh —- The Review! July 29, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day seven of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean Strauss […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh: Interview (/Happy-Hour) With Actress Tara Walker July 28, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day six of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director –Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean Strauss – […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh: An Interview With Director of Photography Ryan K. Johnson July 27, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day five of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin II – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh – Zombies Need Love Too July 25, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day four of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and yesterday’s interview […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh – An Interview With Documentarian and Location Manager Sean Strauss July 24, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, It is day three of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director of the film and yesterday’s article written by yours truly!  Today we will be talking with […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh – Through The Eyes of the 2nd Assistant Director – Madness, Mayhem, and Love July 23, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, Welcome to day two of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out yesterday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director of the film.  Today you get to hear me ramble on about my time on the set. […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • Flesh of my Flesh – An Interview With Writer/Director Edward Martin III July 21, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, Those of you who know me personally and professionally have probably at one time or another been regaled with the stories of my time on the Flesh of my Flesh movie set. For those who are not aware, I was 2nd Assistant Director (amongst other things) of a feature film shot […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt
    • So Long For Now and Hello Again! July 11, 2015
      Hello Ghouls and Boils, Today is both a sad and joyful day for us at She Never Slept. Our Assistant Editor Sean Lee Levin has stated he would like to step down for personal reasons… we hate to see him go, but we wish him the best of luck in all of his endeavors and […]
      Sarah L. Gerhardt

Now available: The Lovecraft eZine 2014 Megapack!

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Hello Ghouls and Boils,

So for the brief week off. But I had a case of life. I was on a bit of a mission and it went quite swimmingly. But fear not wicked ones. I am still here to bring you the strange and spooky! Today we have some news from a wonderful ezine I am sure will stir some eldritch delights! Stay tuned this week for a new review and interview. As always – Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Gerhardt

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Now available: The Lovecraft eZine 2014 Megapack!

Includes all stories from issues 29 through 33, the 2014 issues.
>>Get it here!!!<<

This megapack contains 39 tales of Lovecraftian horror, plus columns by Robert M. Price. Also includes our popular “King in Yellow” issue.

Included in this volume:
Echoes from Cthulhu’s Crypt, #6, by Robert M. Price
The Mouth of God, by Gary Myers
Burning Stars, by K.G. Orphanides
The Time Travelers’ Ex-Wife, by Pete & Mandy Rawlik
The Chamber, by Jonathan Richardson
The Carrion Birds and the Drone, by Harry Baker
The Establishment of the Doctors Hamilton, by L.T. Patridge
The Groaner in the Glen, by Eric Ian Steele
Adrift in Black Seas, by Michael Matheson
The Eldritch Force, by Peter Rawlik, Glynn Owen Barrass, Brian M. Sammons, Bruce L. Priddy, Robert M. Price, Rick Lai, and David Conyers
Echoes from Cthulhu’s Crypt, #7, by Robert M. Price
The Queen’s Speech (poem), by Ann K. Schwader
O Skies Above O Earth Below I Love The Best, by Jayaprakash Sathyamurthy
The First Act, by Pete Rawlik
The Masks of Hastur, by Rick Lai
Stairsie, by Tom Lynch
No Mask to Conceal Her Voice, by Michael Griffin
The Yellow Sign, by Robert W. Chambers
Echoes from Cthulhu’s Crypt, #8, by Robert M. Price
Stone Cold Fever, by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
The Shadow Under Scotland, by Cameron Johnston
alligators, by Scott Nicolay
Pick’s Ghoul, by Ross E. Lockhart
Changes, by Lars Kramhøft
Pawn to E4, by Jenna Pitman
War Gods of Men (A Harrison Peel Adventure), by David Conyers and David Kernot
Spectacles, Tentacles, Wallet, and Watch, by Wayne Helge
Echoes from Cthulhu’s Crypt, #9, by Robert M. Price
Beyond the Wakeful Senses, by W.H. Pugmire
The Presence, by William Rasmussen
The White Cathedral, by Robert Karol
All Within the Tender Bones, by Jason Rolfe
Leviathan’s Wake, by Mark Howard Jones
The Power of a Name, by David Anthony
Princess and the Bee, by Greg Norris
King Kane, by John Howard
Echoes from Cthulhu’s Crypt, #10, a monthly column by Robert M. Price
Rain Blush, by Neil Murrell
Song in the Dark, by Andrew Jack
A Sense of Time, by Pete Rawlik
That Which Dwells Beneath, by Andrew Nicolle
The Pnakotic Puzzle, by Josh Reynolds
Books (Misc.), by Steven Prizeman
The Story of Herr Hackenschmidt, by Benjamin Welton
Monarch of the Mountains, by Matthew Warner

A Conversation With Craig Yoe

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Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Today I was fortunate enough to sit and have a chat with the wonderfully fascinating creative genius, Craig Yoe. Craig and I met at HeroesCon this summer when he accepted an award at The Inkwells on Steve Ditko‘s behalf (sort of). I was beyond thrilled when this incredible talent agreed to interview for SNS. Not only has he had his hands in a little bit of everything that permeates our pop culture, he is just a genuinely nice and interesting man. So, grab some popcorn and settle in. This is a fascinating and lengthy interview. I hope you fancy it half as much as I did. Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Gerhardt

PS – Please check out Yoe! Books and buy your own piece of comics history today!

So, since this was a lengthy interview wordpress is throwing a fit. Fear not, readers… this is part of the joy of having my own domain. *winks* Listen to the interview now!

Flesh of my Flesh —- The Review!

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Hello Ghouls and Boils,

It is day seven of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean Strauss – documentarian and location manager extraordinaire! Friday we posted a wonderful zombie love story… I took a break Saturday to go see Macbeth in the cemetery, more on that after this series is through. On Sunday we talked with DP Ryan K. Johnson! Monday we listened to actress Tara Walker and I babble at McMenamin’s downtown. Today, the long awaited review by Minion A.P. Weir — and a bonus surprise… this week is getting extended and sprinkled in over the coming weeks with interviews with FomF allums Gil Luna and Heather Rose Pearson! There will also be a follow up interview with Edward Martin III! Check out Flesh of my Flesh and get your copy today! Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Gerhardt

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Once upon a time, I was a huge fan of the zombie genre. But somewhere between the remake of Dawn of the Dead and Land of the Dead, it stopped being a horror subgenre I actively sought out. I didn’t even discover the Walking Dead comic until after several months of “You would love AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ series.” I think a big part of that was that shortly after “28 Days Later” and “Dawn of the Dead” suddenly zombies were faster, scarier, and trendier and everyone and their momma were making low-budget zombie flicks. Romero‘s vintage Dead movies, the original Return of the Living Dead, several of the Fulci Romero rip-offs of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s re-viewings and the original three Playstation “Resident Evil” games remain my preferred way of consuming zombies outside of the various multimedia offerings of “The Walking Dead.” So yeah, I’ve almost turned into that “You Zombies Get Off My Lawn !” Old Lady that lives at the end of your street. So it was with a bit of trepidation that I offered to review “Flesh of My Flesh” for Sarah. I’m happy to say that I was actually rather pleased with the viewing experience.

So, first: Let’s get the obvious out of the way. This is a shoe-string low-budget movie. It’s obvious from the get-go. However, I’m of the opinion (and you should be too) that when budgeting falls short, passion, dedication, and good-old-fashion gumption will carry the difference. “Flesh of My Flesh” has plenty of passion, dedication, and good-old-fashion gumption. You get a sense from the cast and zombie extras that they are bringing their A-Games here and pouring the same amount of enthusiasm that you’d expect in a bigger budget movie.

From a visual place, while it’s clearly not shot on the most expensive film equipment or stock, it is clear that a lot of time and energy went into setting up the shots and there are some great visual effects. There was a pretty fun effect I have dubbed “zombie vision” used in the zombie scenes that help give those scenes an otherworldliness. The filming locations go a long way to making this movie look better. If this had been filmed on bad sets, then some of the look and feel of this movie would have been off. But it’s clearly filmed in a real place and real rooms and it looks better because of it. Also there are several practical effects on display in this movie that are really cool. This movie may be low-budget, but it never looks cheap. It also doesn’t sound cheap. There is some really great music used throughout.

I’m not going to get spoilery here as a lot of the things I want to talk about that “Flesh of My Flesh” brings to the zombie mythos I feel would take away from the fun of discovering it while watching the film. Rest assured there are some fun twists to this movie’s take on zombies and these are twists that make sense and also help this movie stand out from other additions to the zombie subgenre.

I was impressed by the cast and slightly bummed when a quick trip to IMDB.com didn’t give me a lot of information on other projects where I could find the majority of the lead actors. I was very impressed by Heather Rose Pearson, Rex Irae, Matthew Martin, and Ron Richardson as Herbert West –yes, I’m pretty sure it is intended to be THAT Herbert West. Also kudos to all those zombie extras. They are clearing loving the f**k out of being zombie extras.

Final Thoughts:
If we were getting more zombie movies like “Flesh of My Flesh” I think my love of the subgenre wouldn’t be in a state of malaise right now. I definitely would love to see more work from Edward Martin III. I think the concepts and ideas he puts forth here show great potential from him and remind me of what I’ve been missing from the horror genre for years — some new ideas and imagination. Someone in Hollywood needs to watch this and give this man a budget to match his imagination as imagination. I give this film a four out of five tentacles!

4 Tentacles

A.P. Weir  –  Reviewer/Monthly Movie Tweet-a-thon Co-host

Flesh of my Flesh: Interview (/Happy-Hour) With Actress Tara Walker

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Hello Ghouls and Boils,

It is day six of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director –Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean Strauss – documentarian and location manager extraordinaire! Friday we posted a wonderful zombie love story… I took a break Saturday to go see Macbeth in the cemetery, more on that after this series is through. On Sunday we talked with DP Ryan K. Johnson! Today hang out with me and Tara at McMenamin’s downtown during happy hour for a chat about the film and her current work (we get a bit babbly and side-tracked as old friends often do). Tomorrow, the long awaited review by one of our Minions — and a bonus surprise! Check out Flesh of my Flesh and get your copy today! Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Gerhardt

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Flesh of my Flesh: An Interview With Director of Photography Ryan K. Johnson

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Hello Ghouls and Boils,

It is day five of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin II – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and Thursday’s interview with Sean Strauss – documentarian and location manager extraordinaire! Friday we posted a wonderful zombie love story… I took a break Saturday to go see Macbeth in the cemetery, more on that after this series is through. Today we will be talking with DP Ryan K. Johnson! There will be more interviews this week, a review, and maybe a surprise! Check out Flesh of my Flesh and get your copy today! Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Gerhardt

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She Never Slept: How did you become involved in Flesh of my Flesh?

Ryan K. Johonson: I was asked by my friend Edward Martin III if I would shoot his zombie feature movie, which was my first after shooting many short films over the years. Edward later said he was very relieved when I said yes, which was a nice compliment.

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SNS: Dumb it down for those who don’t know about film (especially indie projects) – tell our readers what you did on set.

RKJ: I was the director of photography, basically responsible for the lighting and camerawork–essentially everything you see in the movie.

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SNS: What was the first scene you shot?

RKJ: We were on a rooftop in downtown Portland in driving rain shooting the scene where a helicopter has just crashed and our commandos are trying to escape. We didn’t have a helicopter of course, so I faked it with a light.

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SNS: What was the most memorable scene to film?

RKJ: I’m fond of the “Fred” scene because it involved a visual special effect that we did live on set, literally with mirrors, to create the appearance that a severed head was alive.

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SNS: What is your fondest memory on set?

RKJ: I had a lot of fun shooting our second teaser trailer that featured a collection of cinematic badasses being systemically eliminated by an unseen force. We were able to get on a roof via a cherry picker for a high angle. I hung from a lot of roofs during the making of “Flesh Of My Flesh.”

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SNS: I know you and Edward have worked together quite a bit. How did you meet him?

RKJ: We were teamed up in 2000 for the first-ever “Let’s Make A Movie” panel at Norwescon where we put on a filmmaking workshop and shot a movie in two hours. We’ve been at it ever since, having produced over two dozens movies in the past 16 years at workshops across the country.

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SNS: What are you currently working on?

RKJ: I just shot and edited a “48 Hour Film Project” movie where teams get two days to make a complete movie. We shot in one very long 16 hour day but the finished movie looks pretty good. I’ve also shot two other feature movies for Edward this year and look forward to seeing them come out.

Flesh of my Flesh – Zombies Need Love Too

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Hello Ghouls and Boils,

It is day four of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director – Edward Martin III – of the film, Wednesday’s article written by yours truly, and yesterday’s interview with Sean Strauss – documentarian and location manager extraordinaire! Today we will be discussing movie magick and love with Liv Rainey-Smith and Michael C. Smith. There will be more interviews this week, a review, and maybe a surprise! Check out Flesh of my Flesh and get your copy today! Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Gerhardt

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Flesh of my Flesh – An Interview With Documentarian and Location Manager Sean Strauss

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Hello Ghouls and Boils,

It is day three of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out Tuesday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director of the film and yesterday’s article written by yours truly!  Today we will be talking with Sean Strauss – documentarian and location manager extraordinaire. There will be more interviews this week, a review, and maybe a surprise or two! Check out Flesh of my Flesh and get your copy today! Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Gerhardt

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SNS: How did you initially become involved with Flesh of my Flesh?

Sean Strauss: It was Fall 2004. Hungry, temping, doing pro bono video and getting fed up. My roommate mentioned a Craigslist post for a zombie movie needing people.
Attack!!
I emailed right away saying I’d do it.
A few days later
I drove to the director Edward’s house in Tigard for a production meeting and realized we worked at the same office. So there that is.

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SNS: So, what was your main role on the set? Also — tell us about Dammasch!

Sean Strauss:  When I showed up for the first meeting I brought a Digital-8 camera and asked if I could produce a making-of. Everyone seemed cool with the idea.

Aside from that I just did what needed to get done. A big one was locations. Most of the dialogue scenes for the movie were in open abandoned spaces.
I’d just been to Dammasch filming ghost hunters and thought it might work. The place is enormous and delightfully weird.

So I brought a six-pack out there one night and met up with the groundskeeper. We talked it over and, after a few phone calls, the production basically had carte blanche. Team Flesh went in there and got to work.

By the end of production, I’d jumped into a bunch of positions; Leopoldo called me the Strauss Army Knife.

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SNS: What is your favorite on set memory(memories)?

Sean Strauss:  Ron Richardson, who plays Herbert West and also donated the production cameras, came down from Seattle in a big RV. Ron’s hilarious and likes to party so we became fast friends. Throughout production that RV became the VIP chill space. Hanging out in that RV rescued my sanity a few nights.

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SNS: Tell us about the documentary included in the special features!

Sean Strauss:  I just wanted to shoot shit.

I was teaching myself how to make movies by making them.

I love behind the scenes movies, especially the ones that are more porn than advertising.

A zombie movie felt like a great chance to mess around with a making-of porn.

Edward and I were location scouting at OMSI and I asked if I could get fifty or seventy-five bucks to fund the documentary. He turned me down. 

For a minute it’s like “American Movie” and it’s Oh shit really? Then you meet Edward Martin, and you’re like — Oh, this is real. He can write and he’s already strapped in for the rocket launch, um, better help him out. 

Edward is the intellectually hulked out straight-edge Oregonian version of Mark Borchardt!! 

Naturally he became a friend. Lots of us became friends. Everyone was sweet as pickle pie

Anyway, shooting friends is cake. No one minds if there’s a cam in their noses. 

There was a lot of time spent walking around Dammasch looking for things.  I found a room that had been painted blood red and looked cool; I got bored and painted it as if it were a promotional display for the movie. And decided to shoot the interviews to give the crew a chance to say their thing. 

The Digi-8 got freeze-fried during the Clackamas Blizzard shoot, so the interviews have these digital drop outs and white balance shifts.

Hilarious.

So the footage became a birthday montage for Edward, then a 27-minute half-finished thing filled with inside jokes and raunch dressing.

Then I kinda left the making-of alone during the deep space stretch of visual effects and company,  but then ten years later when Edward was like, “I finished the movie. Think you can finish the documentary?” it became a necessary thing to make something of merit because a lot of people had worked their butts off. 

I yanked the hard drive out of the closet, launched iMovie for the first time in seven years and found 400 clips I hadn’t catalogued yet.

So I told Edward to give me a month, he asked for two weeks, I asked for two hundred bucks. He said a month would be fine.

In the end, it’s a rushed and crude piece but I hope it makes the FOMF peeps happy and got some other Flesh fans juiced.::

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SNS: We all worked so well together. There was such a sense of camaraderie. Is there anyone you’d like to work with again?

Sean Strauss:  When Flesh was in post, I worked with a bunch of the crew on a couple of music videos. Travis, Leopoldo, Propmasta T were all there. Edward loaned out Flesh gear. The DIY Home Depot dolly affectionately donned Big Blue Bastard came in handy once or twice.
Mark Vetanen and I worked together on a few things. It was like family for a while. A lot of stuff got made as a result of the Flesh collaboration.

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SNS: What projects are you working on now?

Sean Strauss:  Wrapped/screened a five-year music documentary, writing a narrative feature, being a family guy.
I’m sure I’ll be in touch with a few Fleshers when it’s time to re-engage.

 

Flesh of my Flesh – Through The Eyes of the 2nd Assistant Director – Madness, Mayhem, and Love

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Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Welcome to day two of Flesh of my Flesh week! FomF was a zombie movie filmed here in Portland, OR. Please check out yesterday’s interview to hear about it’s inception and long awaited release from the Writer/Director of the film.  Today you get to hear me ramble on about my time on the set. There will be more interviews this week, a review, and more! Check out Flesh of my Flesh and get your copy today! Enjoy, my fiends!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Gerhardt

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There I am. Zombie Sarah. It was the winter of 2005 when someone I knew came across an ad, a call for extras… for a zombie film! Knowing, in part because of where I grew up, that I always wanted to be a zombie they shared this ad with me happily. My eyes lit up with delight and I immediately called my best friend Liv and asked her if she and her boyfriend would like to become zombies. I knew she would. So we did. It was a very cold winter. The first shoot we showed up at there had been an ice storm. When we emailed about coming in they suggested we bring a few outfits to try for the shoot. I, of course, came with piles. As soon as wardrobe saw my pink wig, vinyl dress, and vinyl boots I was utilized pretty quickly. Liv and I became zombie guards of sorts and were having a grand old time! It was a long day. They usually are on low budget indie sets. While we were playing the hurry up and wait game, a common thing with extra work, there was an announcement made. They were looking for people to join the crew and help out with the production. Immediately my ears perked. I had been a lover of movies… horror movies in particular… since I was very young. Though I had only ever done some tiny extra roles here and there, I was definitely interested in trying it out. I walked over to the Assistant Director, Leopoldo, and asked him what they needed help with. When he mentioned 2nd AD I asked him to explain to me what the job was. As he was talking I could tell he was tired and stressed. It sounded like a position that was right up my alley. I knew I could do a decent enough job to lighten the load and I was already falling in love with the behind of the scenes work after a few hours. I said, I can do that… and that was it. I came in as an extra and left as the Second Assistant Director. It was pretty much non-stop after that for me. When I wasn’t working on set I was often working on paperwork or just hunting down people with the right look to be our zombies. Flesh of my Flesh was my world for the rest of the shoot.

 I learned quickly what it meant to be held by magic. Sure there were many late hours, many long days… It was cold and rainy and miserable… But everyone there loved what they were doing and while many of us were new to filmmaking, everyone was quite talented and worked very hard. Most of all, everyone (pretty much) got along like family. So — even when faced with difficulties — it was an amazing experience filled with joy and love. There are so many fond memories that I could write for days and days and still not recount them all. Singing Brady Bunch with Heather Rose when the sun came out. Giggling when the cops were called about the zombies in the abandoned mental ward. Teaching the boom operator to see ghosts. Entertaining extras with games and prize. All the hugs and cuddling for warmth in the wee hours of the morning. Again… I could go on and on.

A hefty portion of shooting took place in Dammasch, an abandoned mental facility located in Willsonville, Oregon. This place turned out to serve us quite well. It was dirty, there was a lot of broken glass, dust, asbestos, and more… they were tearing it down around us. But, it was free (magic words for a low budget flick) and the space was perfect for what we needed. In some ways it was as if they left in the middle of the night. There was still medical equipment scattered around the facility. We found clean towels and socks with the Dammasch name sewn in. There were faxes and paperwork for patients. There was even a bed or two scattered about. Sean found the location through some ghost hunting pals. This didn’t surprise me one bit, because that place was filled with all sorts of weird energy. One of my many secondary positions on set was “set witch”. I did protection spells, smudgings, read cards and runes… We really needed it. (Fun fact: First ever IMDB credit as set witch!).

Fast forward quite a few years after the last day of shooting and we come to the release of Flesh of my Flesh. I was, sadly, unable to make it to the premier. I was not living in Portland at the time. But when I got home from a recent trip and found my copy in the mail I was so excited. I must have bounced up and down like a child with delight. I immediately watched it. I am so proud of all the work we did. There is some great acting, the practical fx are a ton of fun, the story is solid and cohesive… Are there things I would change about the job that I did? Perhaps… now that I know a little more about this kind of work… but what I did then was pretty amazing. I am beyond thrilled.

I loved everyone I worked with on that set, each quirky and weird and wonderful in their own way. I made many lifelong friends. It was such a great experience. It is the spark that ignited my passion for being more involved with my creative side in the community. I look where I am at today and know that, in a way, I owe it all to this little local zombie flick. I have been on other sets, but working with Edward — truly nothing like it. I am hoping he gets my butt back on a set soon. I am back home and I am feeling the itch.

Flesh of my Flesh – An Interview With Writer/Director Edward Martin III

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Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Those of you who know me personally and professionally have probably at one time or another been regaled with the stories of my time on the Flesh of my Flesh movie set. For those who are not aware, I was 2nd Assistant Director (amongst other things) of a feature film shot in Portland, Oregon somewhere around ten years ago. I loved my experience on that set. It sparked a fire in me and I owe a lot of my professional career to what I learned while making this movie. I made lifelong friends as well. The experience, even when painful, was magical. So my many thanks to everyone who brought me on board and let me spread my wings. I am very pleased with the way the film came out. We all worked very hard on it. This week we will be running a series to celebrate the DVD release! Today we have an interview with writer/director, Edward Martin III. We will have several more interesting talks with actors, crew, extras, and there will even be a little romantic undead tale! Minion Allison Troy (bio coming soon) will be reviewing the feature. I am sure I will not be able to stop myself from sharing a personal memory or two *wicked grin*, so stay tuned. Without further ado, I bring you me and Edward talking about Flesh of my Flesh — get your copy today!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Gerhardt

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So Long For Now and Hello Again!

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Hello Ghouls and Boils,

Today is both a sad and joyful day for us at She Never Slept.

Our Assistant Editor Sean Lee Levin has stated he would like to step down for personal reasons… we hate to see him go, but we wish him the best of luck in all of his endeavors and hope he knows he is always welcome back with open arms. Sean has a great imagination and wonderful attention to detail. We are sure he will do well!

In the meantime, it is also time to announce the triumphant return of our very first Assistant Editor – Floyd Brigdon! We are pleased as punch that he is back with us and ready to hit the ground running. He is working on his first new review right now! He is also cooking away at scoring us some great review copies. So be on the lookout for new content soon!

Tonight I will continue reading The Starry Wisdom Library  – my first new review for the revival of SNS. I am also working on some new and exciting interviews and news articles. Stuff is brewing… so pay attention wicked ones!

Abstrusely,
Sarah L. Gerhardt

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