21 Questions: Kelsey Zukowski [Actress, Screen Writer]

Kelsey Zukowski [Actress, Screen Writer]
-Tell us about your career and what you are currently working on or involved with?
I’m a horror screenwriter, actress, and film critic. I write for HorrorYearbook.com, TCWReviews.com, and 2Snaps.tv. I write episode reviews on True Blood and Vampire Diaries.
I am thrilled to have so many film projects lined up for the future as well. Last summer I acted in my first feature film, The Melon Heads, a film based on the myth of a violent cult based very close to my hometown in Ohio. I recently starred in an episode of the web series, The Social Media Massacre, entitled I’m Streaming Death, with Heather Dorff and directed by Ron Purtee. In April Echo Lake, a slasher-mystery web series I co-wrote and co-starred in with Sick Flick Productions’, Jonathan Moody, will be premiering. Moody and I have a number of projects in the making including two horror anthology series, Scream Queen Campfire and Trick or Eat, which profile all types of monsters and things that go bump in the night.

In April production will begin on another (of many) collaborations I have with Heather Dorff, What They Say. We co-star in the upcoming dark drama. I adapted the screenplay from her short story. It will be directed by another person I work with a lot, Justin Romine (Afraid of Sunrise). The short is already set to premiere this fall at The Chicago Horror Film Festival.

Another upcoming project I’m excited about is Kevin Jamison’s Inhumane starring Marv Blauvelt, Heather Dorff, and myself. It’s based on a 37 year-old Ohio-based social outcast and serial killer, following the murder of two call girls he targeted.

-Is this what you thought you would be doing with your life, what was your first passion?
Yes, I think it is more or less. When I was 7 years-old I decided I wanted to be a writer. Even though then I was writing picture books and now I’m writing horror screenplays and film reviews, I’m still doing what I wanted to do. My first real passion was acting, which quickly transitioned in to film. Over the years, I focused on writing more and have recently come back to acting. For quite some time I knew I wanted to be involved with film-making. I love the type of films I am lucky enough to be a part of and the people I get to work with, I’m right where I want to be.

-To whom do you credit your success to, who gives or gave you the most support?
First of all I have to thank my parents for being so supportive. Most parents would at least demand a back up plan as far as college goes. Despite rough financial situations, mine have helped me with my education, majoring in Digital Cinema and concentrating on Screenwriting, not exactly the most reliable career choice. I have never been interested in reliable, steady, or big money making careers. Sure, those are good things to have in a job. You need that to survive, but as far as career’s go I have always felt that you have to have passion and love for what you do, otherwise you are going to have a long, dreary life. I would rather struggle financially but do what I love then be rich and miserable any day. Spoken like the starving artist I am ?

I really have to thank Kevin Jamison as well. He is the first director to ever cast me in anything and this was at a time before I was pursuing acting at all. He offered me a role in one of his films, which encouraged me to get back in to acting and to get involved with the indie horror scene. I was already involved as a film critic, but he helped me take it a step further as an actress and screenwriter. Now being a part of these films is the highlight of my life.

I also have to thank Jonathan Moody for taking a chance on me as a screenwriter who didn’t have any professional credits yet. He sent me a short script to turn in to a feature with the instructions to make it “brutal as hell” and I think he was a little (pleasantly) surprised with just how well I could follow those instructions. Since then we have been working together as co-writers. We really work wonderfully off each other, pushing each other and the material forward.

-If you could meet or work with [living or dead], who would that be and why?
Wes Craven, the master of horror of course! He has been my biggest inspiration as a writer and general horror lover for a long time. Nightmare on Elm Street is my favorite film and a number of his creations rank very close to my heart (as odd as that sounds). I love his perception on horror; intelligent surreal fighting through the mind horror. I’m extremely intrigued by the blurring of fiction and reality and demolishing safety nets that he is known for. I would be honored to work with him in any capacity and be a part of one of his films. Maybe one day ?

-What would you like to be remembered for 100 years from now?
I would like to be remembered for my work, for being a creative, passionate, and determined individual. I hope my films can leave an impact and a social significance or at least spark someone’s interest.

-Who inspires you?
Wes Craven and Roger Ebert have influenced me the most. As I stated above Wes Craven helped me create my style as a horror writer and continues to push my expectations of the genre. I’m influenced by any filmmakers, indie predominantly, trying to make interesting, thought provoking horror films. There is so much that can be done with the genre and seeing people making the most of it inspires me to do the same.

 Roger Ebert is one of my earliest influences. I have always considered myself to be a very optimistic critic. The cynical nature of films has never been for me. I understand there is plenty of crap out there and I have seen a lot of it. Still, anyone who is a critic should have a love of film-making and storytelling, why be so cynical when you’re viewing something by nature that is so full or artistic vision, human emotion, and limitless possibilities? I’ve always appreciated that Ebert was one critic that never fell in to trends and always spoke his mind, especially being more positive about horror films than most other mainstream critics dared to be. Ebert always had such a way with words, being able to see the beauty in films and relate the experience to his readers. I have always respected the hell out of him, but even more so after getting cancer and everything he has gone through with his operations. The man couldn’t even talk or eat and he was still reviewing films with just as much insight as ever. His love of films fuels him, he is a writer to the death! Considering the circumstances I can’t even describe how much that moves me.

-How are things different today, than the same day 1 year ago?
My life is completely different in almost every way, it’s amazing how much has changed. A year ago from today I was still in physical therapy, trying to recover from a severe knee surgery, was taking extra classes to try to graduate early, and was not sure how I was going to break in to film or writing, the two things I knew I wanted to be doing. Now I’ve graduated from school, have a number of my scripts being produced, and continue to act in fun, intriguing horror films while meeting plenty of awesome people. I hope to continue pushing myself forward and being able to tell you of further accomplishments if asked this again another year from now.

-What is the last song you bought or listened to in your musical device [ipod, computer, stereo, etc.]?
Looking at my ipod it looks like the last song I listened to was Equality by Ky-Mani Marley. I’m a huge fan of the Marley’s, such an insightful and talented family.

-Last good film you had seen, and the best movie you would recommend to someone asking?
The one downside to being so busy making movies is I have a lot less time to watch movies. I used to watch between 4-8 new films every week. I’m still a huge film fan and like to watch whenever I can, sometimes just out of curiosity if nothing else. The last really good film I watched (although not for the first time) was Trick ‘R Treat. Aside from the original Halloween and Nightmare Before Christmas, it’s my favorite film that takes place on Halloween. It’s a terrific anthology film, melding characters, stories, and monsters together so wonderfully. It’s spooky, gory, suspenseful, character-driven, intelligent, richly funny, so many things…

-What is the single greatest moment in your life?
Wow, so many thought provoking questions. That’s a hard one. There have been so many great moments through films, on set, recognition, and knowing my work is getting out there. I think a moment that I really took notice of was when I was at Sundance in 2009 as press. Just being in this indie film world, seeing these creative and inspiring films that had made it to that level was an overwhelming but very blissful thing to be a part of. I just remember thinking being so surrounded by films like these was how I wanted to live my life.

-Favorite Horror Film?
A Nightmare on Elm Street. To sum up my love for this film I’m going to quote I review I wrote on the film, “A Nightmare On Elm Street is one of the most iconic and inspiring horror films. It is such a haunting film that has everything; great characters, gory and original deaths, a creative story, and interesting concepts. It merges the lines of reality and fiction, taking away any safety net and taking us in to a dimension where nightmares are a reality and nothing is impossible. You really care for the characters, which is one thing that makes it stand apart from the average slasher. Nancy is easy to sympathize with and one of the stronger female characters of horror. Freddy is such a darkly thrilling villain to watch in action. He is a fun yet creepy villain who takes his victims in to his own world where he is in control.”

-Favorite Book?
Well I love vampire books so it’s probably going to be a toss up between Dead to the World from the Sookie Stackhouse series and Shadow Kiss from the Vampire Academy series. Both take the original conceptions of vampires and play with them, creating their own world in very different ways. They both have very strong female leads, plenty of action, gore and violence that goes along with the supernatural element, yet also have that forbidden allure and sexual tension that is also a huge part of vampirism.

-Favorite Song?
I really don’t have a favorite song, that seems way to particular to have just one. My favorite artists include K’Naan, Matisyahu, The Marleys, and Trevor Hall.

-Favorite Film Character?
Freddy Krueger. Are you beginning to see how much I love all components of A Nightmare on Elm Street? ;) “A Nightmare On Elm Street gave birth to the most effective slasher villain. He is more in your face than Jason and Michael. He has speed and time on his side making it impossible for his victims to get away. He has weapons attached to his body ready to strike at any time. Plus he is often battling his victims in the dream world in which he is the master. Of course his language and sense of humor sets him apart from the rest. Sure an ominous and mysterious killer is scary, but the way Freddy cracks jokes in relation to death and the power he possesses makes him seem even more crazy and out of his mind. Someone like that is even more dangerous and frightening because you never know what is going to happen next. Before you know it, the victims may not even be there left to fear them, but their fear has a way of getting passed on to someone else, enriching Freddy's cycle of fresh meat.”

-Favorite Film Composer?
Probably Danny Elfman. HUGE fan of Nightmare Before Christmas in particular.

-Favorite Thing In Your Home?
What I like to call my “zombie” computer. It’s came back from the dead, has detached parts, and is slow like the old Romero zombies (the only real zombies), but it essentially holds it’s life in its hands…also like a zombie ;) It’s my connection to filmmakers, friends, family, and enable me to write and do what I love.

-Favorite First Pet?
My first pets that were actually mine were two pet African-clawed frogs named Ghost and Shadow, even at age 4, there was clearly a horror lover dying to get out :D

-Favorite Coffee Or Tea?
Ha, I actually hate both, but I hate coffee more. Anything slightly resembling coffee makes me sick. I have tried, I can’t physically make myself drink it. So I guess tea wins, but give me some hot chocolate or hot apple cider over either and I’ll be happy.

-Favorite Phrase?
True Story, yes I stole that one from Barney Stinson….true story.

-Favorite Hiding Place [Not that we are looking]?
Hmm…well considering I live by myself in a studio apartment, there’s not really a need to hide, but I do get comfort by just being by myself and relaxing there in my own world. When I still lived back home in the summers I practically lived in our garage. Every time I hanged out with my friends we would make movies with my video camera and watch movies whenever we weren't making them. It was nice being isolated from everything else and just having fun. Plus the garage was sound proofed, so perfect for blood curdling screams in those early amateur horror films!

-If you could tell someone something someone told you, "words to live by" what would that be?
More of a personal philosophy I live by: Passion is a driving force, it makes life not only worthwhile but a thing of sheer beauty. Find what you’re passionate about, whether that’s a people around you, a hobby, or career, and spend your life dedicated to that thing. If you do you’ll know you made the most of your life and have no regrets. 

21 Questions: Kelsey Zukowski [Actress, Screen Writer] - Films

Kelsey Zukowski, these are some of the items she is involved with, I wanted to thank her again for taking the time to being part of my world.






Horror/Sci-Fi Fans Unite - Howlin' Wolf Records [2011 Upcoming Releases]

Steal Me, and Re-Post Art...

I just got a message from Wall @ Howlin' Wolf Records about some great new "Limited Scores" they will be releasing in the next several months. This label is packing a punch and I am happy to be able to bring the news to you, so I encourage you to getting one or all of these scores. Also please take this post and re-post it on your blog, website, Facebook, etc. I want to get this message heard around the world, who is with me? Please post back here, that you made a mention.

Thanks,
Jeremy [iZombie]

21 Questions: Nicki Elson - Author

With: Nicki Elson
-Tell us about your career and what you are currently working on or involved with?
Currently I work part time as a website administrator and e-marketer for a family of local fashion boutiques.  I also work part-time as an editor for Omnific Publishing and do various events, e-marketing, and such for my published novel.  I'm not sure any of this is a career.  I left what was a career, in investment consulting, fourteen years ago to be able to be home when my kids are.

-Is this what you thought you would be doing with your life, what was your first passion?
The being a mom part was something I always hoped for, and the rest evolved out of passion and luck.   I'd have to say that even as recent as five years ago I'd have been shocked to learn that I'd be doing any of it.  I didn't discover my passions until after having kids. Before that I'd been trying to force my square peg self into the round hole of the financial industry, and it wasn't until I left that I found my groove with more creative ventures like gardening, interior design, and eventually writing.  
-To whom do you credit your success to, who gives or gave you the most support?
God.  I've been graced with wonderful parents and family and friends, and that external support is important, but internal support is essential.  I keep a lot of things close to the vest, and it's the Holy Spirit that points me in a direction and gives me the confidence and ability to run in it.

-If you could meet or work with [living or dead], who would that be and why?
Abraham Lincoln.  Cheesy answer, I know, but he's just so cool---an independent thinker.
-What would you like to be remembered for 100 years from now?
I don't know.  Maybe being decisive...?

-Who inspires you?
Hmm.  That's surprisingly hard to answer.  I take inspiration from so many people for different areas of my life.  My mom inspires me to be more selfless, my dad inspires me to be a steadfast but gentle spirit.  My sister inspires me to not be afraid and go ahead and live out some of those dreams.  Mark Zuckerberg inspires me to think differently and think big.

-How are things different today, than the same day 1 year ago? 
Let's see...a year ago my debut novel had been out for about a month and I'd just come out of the closet with the whole writing thing, so there were a lot of nerves about how people would react to that, how they'd like the book, and I was up to my eyeballs with figuring out how to market the thing.  This year I'm more relaxed because I feel like I've done a decent job of getting the word out, and now it's up to my little book to either take off or not.  And I'm happy because my mind again feels steady enough to delve back into an entirely different story that wants to be told.

-What is the last song you bought or listened to in your musical device [ipod, computer, stereo, etc.]?
The song that just finished playing on my player (from an awesome mix CD a friend just made for me) is The Bloody Bucket performed by Grey Delisle.

-Last good film you had seen, and the best movie you would recommend to someone asking? Movies...movies...oh, that one with Zack Galifianakis in rehab---"It's Kind of a Funny Story"---is the last good one I've seen.  The best movie?  Like ever?  I'm going to have to go with Raiders of the Lost Ark.

-What is the single greatest moment in your life?
I can't...I can't answer that.  There isn't a single greatest, but I do rank especially good ones in my Top 10 Moments.  I probably have about 25 of those.  They tend to happen when I'm traveling, away from the every day crazy and living in the moment.  Like the day my sister and I sat on a terrace carved into the side of a hill in Vernazza, Italy, drinking the local white vino out of plastic cups, and the cat we'd been watching terrorize birds below suddenly appeared behind the lime tree on our terrace---stalking us!  Scary and hilarious. 

-Favorite Horror Film?
The Shining

-Favorite Book?
Gone with the Wind

-Favorite Song?
Today: Misery Loves Company, Emilie Autumn

-Favorite Film Character?
Captain Jack Sparrow
-Favorite Film Composer?
Whoever did the Star Wars Movies.  And Harry Potter.  And Jaws.

-Favorite Thing In Your Home?
The bunny.

-Favorite First Pet?
Sugar Kitty

-Favorite Coffee Or Tea?
Dunkin' Donuts

-Favorite Phrase?
What you talkin' about, Willis?

-Favorite Hiding Place [Not that we are looking]?
The butler pantry nook between the kitchen and dining room.  I may or may not be there right now. O_o

-If you could tell someone something someone told you, "words to live by" what would that be?
Be careful what you wish for.



The Blanks: Go Viral...

No instruments, no problem...

The Blanks’ unique original show appeals to fans of “Scrubs” but just as equally to fans of the TV show “Glee,” The Marx Brothers, The Three Stooges, and Monty Python….

News flash: A cappella is hip! Seriously, there’s a growing interest in a cappella music that has crossed over to the MySpace/Facebook generation. It has officially become cool to be in an a cappella band! There are groups springing up on college campuses across the country, many inspired by The Blanks. Leading this pack of cool is a quartet of friends, The Blanks, who appear on the worldwide syndicated television show Scrubs as “Ted's Band.” In a case of life imitating art (or is it art imitating life?), the group was written into the script as a quartet of friends who like to sing a cappella music. Bizarre, huh? Group member Sam Lloyd played the recurring role of character “Ted Buckland” on all nine seasons of Scrubs on NBC and later ABC, now airing on Comedy Central, TV Land, WGN, and a host of other local/regional channels just in the US. The show is on several times a day everywhere in the US, giving the Blanks a constant boob tube presence. The kids like it. Their parents like it. Sam is joined by Paul F. Perry, George Miserlis and Philip McNiven. In 2004, the Blanks released their debut CD, "Riding the Wave" (Parody Records). In 2008 they began touring. In 2008 they also made shirts.
 

Ps. There could be more, but then these guys would have to pay me for it... kidding, though you guys could send me a "The Blanks" gift basket, or that cash I mentioned.

Strange Movie Titles...

So I found this on the web sometime ago and planed on sharing it then, the great computer disaster of 2011 happened. This brought many lost files, photos and plans to the table... as I still recover from it I find this kind of stuff...
Enjoy!
Jeremy [iZombie]
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RUN-ON SENTENCES
Titles that could have used an editor.

* The Englishman Who Went up a Hill but Came Down a Mountain* The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford* Dr. Strangelove, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
* Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?* Who Is Harry Kellerman And Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?
* Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
* The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the       Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (AKA: Marat/Sade)
* The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?

STRANGE COMMANDS
Movies that seem to demand you do something.

* Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot

* Duck, You Sucker!
* Stick It
* Throw Mama from the Train
* Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
* Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
* Help!

A CLAUSE TOO FAR
Too much punctuation, too many phrases.
 
* Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever
* Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
* Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
* Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
* Anvil! The Story of Anvil
* Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
* Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear
* To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
* Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire

TITLE = PLOT
So self-explanatory you might not need to see the film.
 
* Snakes on a Plane
* Love Happens
* Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
* Mars Needs Women
* Zack and Miri Make a Porno
* Zombie Strippers
* Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla

INSCRUTABLE PHRASES
It doesn't make any sense even after you see the movie.
 
* Quantum of Solace
* Black Snake Moan
* A Clockwork Orange
* Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire
* Reservoir Dogs
* Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
* Gleaming the Cube
* I Know Who Killed Me

HUH?
One-word titles that say nothing.
 
* Cloverfield
* K-PAX 
* ffolkes
* Zardoz
* Sssssss
* Hawmps!
* Phffft!
* Eegah!

21 Questions: Jason Tammemagi [Artist]

With: Jason Tammemagi

Tell us about your career and what you are currently working on or involved with?
I make TV shows for young children. I created, wrote and directed a preschool show called Fluffy Gardens and have directed several other shows. I arrived here by way of animation, moving from animator to director, on commercials then to children's television. I'm currently working on a new show, COSMO, which aims to teach young children the basics about the Solar System through fun, silly adventures.


Is this what you thought you would be doing with your life, what was your first passion?
You know, I had no idea what I would do with my life. I watched a lot of children's television and I was always drawing but it wouldn't have been something I thought of early on. I mean, I don't think I knew that people could do this as a job. I've had a lot of passions and went down a few roads but this is the one that stuck. And I love it. There are few things as rewarding as making children smile and knowing you're giving them something really good.

To whom do you credit your success to, who gives or gave you the most support?
I've had people believe in me at points in my life, probably more than I did. I probably never would have arrived here at all if not for my mother's willingness to allow me to act on my uncertainty, which is probably a lot harder than being supportive when your child is certain. I dropped out of University not because I knew what I wanted to do, but because I knew what I was doing wasn't it. I found animation. In animation, my biggest champion has always been my producer, Gerard O'Rourke, who took a lot of chances on me over the years. He pushed me into writing, for example, believing I could do it long before there was any evidence that he was right. And, of course, my wife is always supportive. She sees all the work that doesn't get out there and knows what I can do (or can't) more than anyone as a result. She understands fully where I'm at and it's so important to have someone like that.

If you could meet or work with [living or dead], who would that be and why?
I'd love to meet William Shatner. That man is a god. He has so much personality and he's comedy gold, something he didn't seem to get much credit for early in his career. I think he's fantastic. Bruce Campbell too. The chin. I'd love to work with both.

What would you like to be remembered for 100 years from now?
If I'm remembered at all, I'll be doing well. But, secretly, I hope I won't have to be remembered because I'll actually still be here. Maybe in a robot body.

Who inspires you?
Most of the people I work with. I'm lucky to work with really creative people. And I have a lot of classic cartoon influences, particularly in UK television: Oliver Postgate, Roger Hargreaves, Bob Godfrey and so on.

How are things different today, than the same day 1 year ago?
I'm older. Little closer to that robot body. But things are less certain. I'm in a fragile business, one I don't even really consider a business. I'm just lucky to be doing what I'm doing. I was still doing my one-a-day zombies a year ago. That was pressure! I have been going a bit easier on myself with the zombies.

What is the last song you bought or listened to in your musical device [ipod, computer, stereo, etc.]?
I just bought Myth, a Xenogears arranged album by Mitsuda. As I'm answering these questions, I have Devlin, a UK rapper, on in the background.

Last good film you had seen, and the best movie you would recommend to someone asking?
Last film I saw in the cinema was Tron Legacy. I loved it. I was so hyped for it and it didn't disappoint. As for best movie I'd recommend, probably Session 9 because I know it's one a lot of people haven't seen. It's a wonderful horror film.

What is the single greatest moment in your life?
I'm hoping I haven't had it yet! I've had some great moments but I'm working towards even greater ones.
Favorite Horror Film?
Day of the Dead.

Favorite Book?
Right now it's an encyclopedia of the Universe.

Favorite Song?
Agh! Do I have to choose? There are too many. Noel Coward's 20th Century Blues is coming to mind.

Favorite Film Character?
That's tough too. McDermott from Day of the Dead.

Favorite Film Composer?
John Harrison (spotting a theme?)

Favorite Thing In Your Home?
My latest handheld (now PSP Go but soon to be 3DS)

Favorite First Pet?
Favourite pet was my dog Reg, who was my best buddy for 17 years. I still miss him.

Favorite Coffee Or Tea?
Coffee. Though I drink more tea.

Favorite Phrase?
Poopy-yuk. My two-year-old keeps throwing that at me and I keep on laughing.

Favorite Hiding Place [Not that we are looking]?
My own head. I spend a lot of time there.

If you could tell someone something someone told you, "words to live by" what would that be?
Strive for excellence.

21 Questions: Jason Tammemagi - Art








So I know what you all are thinking, I am too a Star Trek nut, but I encourage you all to step into Jason Tammemagi world and his great work. I wanted to thank him for giving me the chance to step inside his head.  
Jeremy [iZombie]

Fast Five [2011]



Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five. In this installment, former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race.
Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull off one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail.
Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can't separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey...before someone else runs them down first.  

Fast Five [2011] - Desktops


21 Questions: Danielle Soloud [Artist]

With: Danielle Soloud

When did you realize that you could create art and how did you act on it?
I don't think it's something that necessarily gets realized but that gets done. I've always loved "making art", I'm obsessed with creating and drawing, literally. In a sense it's almost like asking when did I realize I could breathe and how did I act on it!

Who is your inspirations within the art world?
Bruce Timm, J. Scott Campbell, Jim Lee, Chris Sanders, Glen Keane, Adam Hughes, and a more general inspiration would be Disney and 1980's-1990's anime.

What are you currently doing in the art field?
I do a lot of sketch cards for companies, my webcomic Life with Death, and other random projects.

What advice would you give someone trying to accomplish the same things you are?
Draw as much as possible, whenever possible. Try new things and experiment. It's going to be horrible at times, your heart will get broken constantly and you may want to give up, but you can't. Not if you really want to be a good artist.

What is favorite piece?
A piece that I'm really excited and fond of is my Sai O'Nara character poster for an upcoming comic I'm to start working on.
http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/034/3/7/379aaa6736d0a4a09520443701291af7-d38os0x.jpg

How do you decide what is next?
It's difficult! There's so many ideas and things to do that it's hard to find a place to start. Sometimes I'll do what I feel at that time will come out best. Or if I start something that I'm not feeling, I'll switch to something else. I like to work on multiple things at a time to keep everything fresh and avoid feeling complete hatred for something.

Have you ever drawn anyone famous, that has seen your sketches?
Not that I know of, but Soulja Boy contacted me and told me he liked my work.
How do you get your word out in the world?
Conventions and internet!

Have you ever drawn something and immediately threw it out, cause it was just too...?
Constantly. If I think something is terrible I'm not going to keep going on it. I've actually finished things and hated it so much that I had to redo it. It's important to be proud of the work you put out there. Even though that can be difficult since, like most artists, I'm my own worst critic.

Many pieces of your art are very vixen-esque, do you find it helps sells better?
I have no doubt that it helps. I think most everyone can agree that the female form is beautiful.

What is the silliest request you have been asked to do?
A grandpa tentacle monster sitting around, telling a story to young tentacle monsters about how back in his day they only had Japanese school girls. It was awesome.

Where can we find your work [location, web, etc.]?
The sites I update the most are:
My main site: http://www.DanielleSoloud.com
My webcomic: http://www.LifeWithDeath.com
and my DeviantArt: http://dsoloud.deviantart.com

Do you find it tougher being a woman in a sort of man club when it comes to drawing or creating?
No, this hasn't been an issue for me so far. As long as you're doing your best then I think your work speaks for you and that's what matters.

First and last thing you do in the day?
Draw.

Do you use music as a catalyst for creating your art, if so what do you listen to?
Yes! I change it up depending on what I'm drawing and how I'm feeling. Generally I listen to 80's pop, classic rock, surf rock, and electro.

Any shows we can see and meet you at, at the very least say hello?
Right now I'm only staying on the east coast and sticking to local cons for the most part in Florida. Although I do go to Heroes Con in North Carolina and considering Baltimore. I hope to expand to more cons along the east coast and then eventually the west coast. I welcome anyone to stop by my table and say hello!

If you could design the next dollar bill, what would it look like and how would it be different?
Oh dear. I would be a terrible choice for the next dollar bill. It would be neon green with unicorns holding AK-47s shooting rainbows out and they'd be saying, "AMERICA, BITCH!"

Digital art or hand drawn?
Both! I don't think an artist should stick 100% to either. There's plenty of pros and cons to both.

Last film you saw that you hated, but gave it another look cause you thought you may have been to rough on it the first time?
I definitely wouldn't say hate, but the first time I saw The Other Guys, I thought it was just okay. When I watched it again, I thought it was absolutely hilarious. I've seen it more times than I can remember now and it's now one of my favorite movies.

Puppets with or without strings, why?
Without strings. I don't want them to be able to choke me or cut off my head with that string when they come alive to kill me.

21 Questions: Danielle Soloud - Art

Here is Danielle Soloud art samples that I took from her websites, I encourage you to visit and purchase some of the art.  Remember she takes requests and that means you can get some great personal designs that is only for you. I wanted to thank her for allowing us to share in her talent and letting us get to know her.
Jeremy [iZombie]







Joshua Hoffine - PICKMAN'S MASTERPIECE

Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine called "PICKMAN'S MASTERPIECE"
H.P. Lovecraft story called PICKMAN'S MODEL in their upcoming issue.  In Lovecraft's story, Pickman is a brilliant but marginalized artist notorious for his horrifying artwork.

http://www.joshuahoffine.com/
http://www.joshuahoffine.wordpress.com/