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What... Me... Skeert?

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The ScreamWhile catching up on my blog reading I noticed I had been falling behind on all the latest from PJ Woodside on ThisOldBitchMakesHorrorFlicks. A recent post of hers titled "What Makes Scary" had me thinking about a theory I once studied involving "The Seven Basic Childhood Fears" and how they "play-into" the horror film genre. But then she asked for her readers to tell what has made them truly scared. After responding to her post with a tale from my own life I decided I would rework the reply into a post for BlogDogIt

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You pose an interesting question PJ. What would be some of my scariest moments? What has happened in my life that has caused me to experience honest to goodness fear? ...

Being startled of things that happen “all of a sudden” and without warning is only natural and beyond my control. I think that is why my reaction – following such a start – is to find it humorous; that the gasping for air and the hair raising on the back of my neck only seems to be out of my control when in fact it is my subconscious “autopilot” doing its job. I worry about folks who were not jolted by that hand from the grave (at the end of Carrie.) They are lacking a basic mechanism for staying alive (as far as I’m concerned.)

The scariest moments in a persons life must truly come when their life is on the line. Thankfully as I reflect on my life there are not too many such times. There is however one incident that ranks as a genuine scary time...

In my younger days I was quite the spelunker – a big fan of cave exploring. Sometimes my party and I would become “misplaced” and that in itself was never so scary as it was inconvenient. Although there was one time that we had such a difficult time finding the exit that we exhausted every source of light except a candle and a Zippo lighter. Let me tell you that was certainly nerve-racking but pales when compared to the time that I found myself utterly stuck in a cave.

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The Great Circle Mound - A Video Visit

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The Great Circle Mound

A visit to The Great Mound at Mounds State Park, Anderson, Indiana. Finding truly ancient structures is possible even in the Mid-West. This location gives one a sense of mystical connection to the ancient Adena-Hopewell people.

Plan Your Visit: http://www.stateparks.com/mounds.html
Music Source: http://archive.org/
 

This is BlogDogIt YouTube Video #2

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What a Turtle Wants...

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A pet turtle? When I heard talk of my grandson wanting a pet turtle my thoughts turned back to a time in my youth when I too kept a turtle. He lived in a small "turtle bowl" that had a built-in platform in its center. Under a goose-neck desk lamp that for turtle was Sun. As I recall the turtle was a very interesting pet and seemed to require far less care when compared to the hamsters and gerbils that some of my friends had in their homes. But the fact is, I am sure my turtle was not given the level of care that should have been afforded him and as a result he ended up paying with his life.

Death Bowl My childhood turtle was obviously just a hatch-ling - barely the diameter of a silver dollar. The turtle we found for my grandson was easily five time that size. Of course it was only after acquiring the new turtle that we realized the small reptile tank - previous home to a friendly little cricket frog named Hedy Hopper - would not be sufficient to provide a comfortable existence for the latest member of the family, "Crush."

The internet - not surprisingly - is a wealth of information (and likely miss-information) about the care, feeding, health and habitat of "Sliders" (the only available species of turtle for sale at our local pet shop.) This article is presented here in an effort to [1. Add something to the miss-information side of things] and [B. Encourage anyone desiring to keep a turtle as a pet to do their homework and prepare a suitable home prior to bringing the little guy home.]

Below is a slide show showing the steps we have taken in an effort to give Crush a fighting chance, on a budget perhaps better suited to raising earthworms. While the habitat is not optimal it does show a move in that direction. At this time the requirement for proper UVA/UVB illumination remains to be met. For now at least, he seems to be very happy, adjusting well and eating food.


~click on the image to enlarge~


For more information on the care, feeding, health and habitat of turtles kept as pets please search the internet - that's what it's there for...

 

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Oh, so now I'm THAT Grandpa?

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Ever since attending Fandom Fest, Louisville in July - I think it is safe to say - I have become quite the Pig Head. To avoid confusion I should say - more specifically - I have become a Big Biting Pig Head. I am referring of course to Pig Biting Pig Productions, independent purveyors of Horror and all that goes with it. I have already introduced the reader to this merry band of movie-makers in a previous post [see: Bitten By The Big Pig] and have directed your attention to PJ Woodside's Blog entitled "This Old B1tch Makes Horror Flicks." But it is the preexisting parallels between my life and this outfit that have me pondering - to the point of musing - today.

piglet I think it important to note that I have decided to read PJ's blog from beginning to end (something I feel is required before I can honestly say I am "following" a blogger.) While everything she offers is genuinely fun and insightful, there is a particular post that seems best to explain my fascination with this Big Biting Pig enterprise. I am referring to her post of November 30, 2012 titled "of fans and piglets." I will not re-tell the details of the story here rather I would encourage you to visit her Blog and read it for yourself [see: "of fans and piglets"] (Since I have not yet completed reading the full assortment of the site's articles I reserve the right to draw your attention to another quintessential PJ post should one present itself.)

She talks about it in the above recommended article and it seems to be a recurring topic of seemingly great importance to PJ. It is embodied in the word "collaborative." I suspect it is her awareness and attention to the boundless potential of "on the fly" collaboration during the movie making process that helps to make her such an outstanding director. Far be it from me to try to relate to the life and times of an independent filmmaker the likes of PJ Woodside, but when it comes to admitting that a project owes much of its success to the power of collaboration I think I can speak with some authority.

Please Read On ...

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The Great Race

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The Competetors

Claire and Brodyn racing their invisible cars in a single lap feature. Winner take all!

Luckily Papaw had his camera on hand to capture
this sibling showdown!

 

[Stop-Motion Animation Above is 150X113 scaled to 350X339]
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Bitten by the Big Pig

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When I headed off to Fandom Fest I was on the lookout for a story. With video camera in hand I was able to collect enough shots of the event to give some indication that there was a lot going on. [see: FandomFest GrabShot] There were tons of people in attendance and you never knew what might be in store for you around every turn.

First glimpse - Big Biting Pig Productions Turning around at one point I spied the word "lucid." emblazoned on a jet-black tee-shirt being worn by the red-headed gal that was manning the Big Biting Pig Productions booth. At that very instant I remembered that "lucid." was the title of an indie horror film that I had every intention of seeing. Having lost track of the schedule of events and fearful that I might have missed the screening I inquired at the booth and was told the film was showing "at this very moment," that it probably just started and if we hurried, my brother and I would not miss much (if any) of the feature. The helpful exhibitor in the "lucid." tee added, "I probably should be there too,  seeing how it's my film and everything... I have no idea where it is screening though."

Having scoped out the screening rooms earlier in the day, I knew exactly where it was and said, "if you follow us we will take you right to it." (It was just downstairs from our present location.) Making our way to the screening room we entered the darkened space where the magic was already in progress upon the glowing screen in front of the more punctual attendees. Our red-headed tag-a-long stopped us in the back of the hall and whispered, "this is what you've missed..." and proceeded to explain the scenes we had missed and the development of the plot to this point, then kindly offered us to please have a seat and enjoy the film.

It would not be until the rolling of the credits at the end of this clever bit of cinematic thrill ride that I would learn the name of our friendly host and usher - PJ Woodside, Writer, Director, Producer and more! This was my introduction to Big Biting Pig Productions. This was the story I needed to tell...

The new standard for independent Horror Films

The new standard for independent Horror Films


STEVE HUDGINS & PJ WOODSIDESTEVE HUDGINS is the founder of Big Biting Pig Productions, Steve is not only an accomplished actor in front of the camera and on stage, he is also a director and an award winning writer.
In addition to writing the screenplays for "Maniac on the Loose", "GoatSucker", "Hell is Full" & "Spirit Stalkers" and directing those movies, he also co-wrote the stage play "Killer Cast Party" with creative partner PJ Woodside and directed the World Premiere in 2009.
Steve Hudgins was recently referred to by Friday the 13th writer Victor Miller as a "Horror Meister to reckon with."

PJ WOODSIDE, a co-producer with Big Biting Pig Productions, has won awards as a director, actor, and sound editor. "Lucid", her latest film, featuring Bill Johnson of Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, [has just been released.] She is also the writer and director of the films "The Creepy Doll" & "Widow" and has written several stage plays. Her first screenplay, "Cajun P.I." was selected from thousands of entries to be performed as a Radio Play at the International Mystery Writers Festival in Owensboro, KY.
She holds an MFA in fiction writing from George Mason University and has published in both fiction and non-fiction. In addition to partnering with Big Biting Pig Productions, she runs her own video editing business, PJ's Productions, which produces book trailers, music videos and other projects. You can find her work at www.pjsproductions.com


The Movies The Movies

new THE CARETAKERS (2014)

LUCID (2013)


SPIRIT STALKERS (2012)


THE CREEPY DOLL  (2011)


HELL IS FULL  (2010)


WIDOW
  (2009)


GOATSUCKER  (2009)


MANIAC ON THE LOOSE (2008)


 

This Old *censored* Makes Horror FlicksRead PJ Woodsides Blog

Excerpts from "worm in my mouth"PJ and Worm

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My worm scene was only added AFTER I’d been cast.  Steve Hudgins, the writer and director of this one, said he’d done a revision to the script, and would I, WOULD I, mind putting a worm in my mouth.  Only one.  How could I say no, right?
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I will tell you what worms taste like.  Dirt.  That’s not too surprising, since they come from the dirt.  But wait.  Worms actually make dirt.  And how do they do that?  By processing organic matter through their bodies.

That’s right.  Dirt is worm shit.  And so when you put a worm in your mouth and it tastes like dirt, basically the worm is doing what all your sworn enemies wish they could.
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We got what we needed in about ten takes, and honestly, I would have done it twice as many if asked to.  Once I got the hang of it, it was kind of fun.  The worm and I bonded.
... [ Read It ]

Source: http://www.bigbitingpigproductions.com

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FandomFest GrabShot

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Fandom Fest - (Louisville Comic Con)
Some Random Scenes from Across the Event

Basement Jaxx selections from Rooty
Shot by masodo on Friday, July 26, 2013.

See Related Story: Bitten by the Big Pig

some related links:
95ers:ECHOES (Indie Film Project) 95ers.com/engage/
Bender Comics www.bendercomics.com/
Big Biting Pig Productions www.BigBitingPigProductions.com

BlackWyrm Publishing (experimental fiction) www.blackwyrm.com
Bloodsucka Jones (Bad Ass) facebook.com/bloodsuckajonesthemovie
Body Count Zine bodycountpodcast.com
Butch Patrick (Actor) presents Munsters.com www.munsters.com
Classic Horrors - Steven J Bejma www.classichorrors.info
ComicBook.com Fandomfest Cosplay & Celebrity Photos
David "House" Greathouse (MakeUp/SFX) www.imdb.com/name/nm0337306/
J. M. Dragunas (Author-Illustrator) The-Book-of-D.BlogSpot.com
Jordan's Brains: A Zombie Evolution www.jordansBrains.com
M.B. Weston (Author/Speaker) www.mbweston.com
Michael Rooker (Actor) www.michaelrookeronline.com
Primo Cardinalli www.facebook.com/primo.cardinalli
Samuel Scott Osborne (Producer/Actor) www.imdb.com/name/nm0651743/
Sir Geoffrey Forge (seeking link)
Synapse Films synapse-films.com
Zombie-Guide Magazine www.zombie-guide.com

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Does Not Dissapoint - 95ers: Reviewed

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Internet Movie DatabaseI finally got the chance to see 95ers:Echoes and have submitted the following review to IMDB. The IMDB policy is to hold all review submissions for approval so the actual review may take a few days to be made public. Since I know for a fact the validity of my opinions regarding this film I see no such need to hesitate in sharing with everyone the review I have submitted...

Submitted to IMDB 7/27/2013 by masodo


After I severely edited my submission it was finally accepted! Please Visit: http://imdb.com/ to see my submitted review. Below is the review that was rejected but more accurately reflects my opinion of 95ers:ECHOES...


A Sci-Fi Work of ArtAs Indie As Indie Gets

I have heard 95ers: ECHOES referred to as being "as indie as indie gets" and this may be true. However, after waiting several months and driving over 100 miles for my chance to view this film, my impression is that this film is "big-time" good.

I am a huge fan of the Time Travel film genre and must say that 95er:Echoes has earned its way into my top five all-time favorite sci-fi movies. This film has it all and delivers it in a well paced, believable tale of romance, suspense and intrigue that left this viewer with the sense that he had just experienced indie cinematic greatness of epic proportions.

Alesandra Durham gives a brilliant performance supported by a cast of characters that can hold their collective heads up high with pride in the knowledge of a job well done. I would like to personally thank everyone involved with the production of 95ers:Echoes for their role in the creation of what can only be described as a gift of love to science fiction fandom. Thank you Tom Durham for your hard work, sacrifice and vision.

Dear reader, If you ever get a chance to see this movie please see that you do. If you ever get a chance to purchase this movie please buy two. It is _so_ worth it.

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Recall A New Beginning

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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, In General Congress Assembled.

The Declaration of Independence
Photo: The Library of Congress

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The Declaration of Independence Photo: The Library of Congress

 

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