To find the perfect music for your movie Velvet
Vengeance, you had The Reel Battle of the Bands - would you at all
like to elaborate on that?
Last year in early spring we had a online battle of the bands. Bands
from around the world had the chance to submit music and have it judged by
Johnny Solinger of Skid Row and Richie Faulkner of Judas Priest. This was made
possible by one of our cast members Paula Marcenaro Solinger [Paula
Marcenaro Solinger interview - click here] who is married to
The judges narrowed it down to 5 bands. On that list was a young rock
band from the UK with an old school sound named Hex. They ended up being
the winners of the contest by getting the most votes on the official
Velvet Vengeance page. Their music was such a perfect fit for the movie
that we ended up using at least 3 songs and their T-shirt.
What can you tell us about your
contest's winners Hex, and about their distinct sound? And how will their
songs be used in Velvet Vengeance?
to me is a return to real hard rock. No major thrills just stripped down
raw rock. Which is a really amazing when you consider their ages. I don't
think any of them are over 20 years old. Overall I think we end up
using at least 3 of their songs in the movie and 1 for a music video. It
was really a perfect fit cause I wanted Velvet Vengeance to be a return to
old school action and horror. The movie is a mix of Jean Claude Van Damme
and 80s slasher films, so having a true blue hard rock band like Hex
perfect. It's a fun movie that is very proud of its influences.
shot a music video for Hex - so do talk about that one for a bit, its
style as well as the shoot as such? And to what extent will Velvet
Vengeance be featured in the video?
Hex is located in the UK and I am in the US they had a separate director
shoot their performance and I edited the raw footage. They decorated a
space to look like our killers layer and I cross faded the performance in
with the movie footage. I used a technique where you layer the performance
over the video, so over the performance are scenes of horror. Good times.
The influences on the video was Dokken's Dream Warriors. It came together
The cross over
promotion of bands and movies, now where did that idea come from?
has been around since MTV. Late 80s horror films were all about that.
Friday The 13th Part 6 had Alice Cooper, Nightmare On Elm Street
3: Dream Warriors had
Dokken and Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre
III had Laaz Rockit. I love those
soundtracks and wanted to give my movie that same vibe.
we have mentioned Velvet Vengeance quite a bit already - give us a
recap, what is it about?
Voorhees, the crazy family from Texas
Vampire Slayer and Rambo, put them at a 4 way intersection and
make them crash into each other in a horrific explosion you would have
Velvet Vengeance. It's the story of a girl whose brother is murdered. A
year after his death she goes to hunt the killer down herself. Little does
she know that she is the one being hunted. The movie is based off of a
award winning short .
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When and where will Velvet
Vengeance be released to the general public?
Vengeance comes out this May via Amazon. Other than that we are planning a
film fest run. We are also talking to different companies about a VOD and
future projects beyond Velvet Vengeance?
am so busy right it's unreal. I am currently in pre production on a
romantic comedy called One Perfect Night. That movie is a fun little
project about 3 friends that have one perfect night. Last I am working on
a feature script that I am really hoping I can make early next year. That
one is a pet project that I have been carrying around for awhile.
movie's/Hex's website, Facebook, whatever else?
can check out Velvet Vengenace on Facebook. Small things like shares and
likes go a long way. When you are an indie film maker you really rely on
the support of fans. Hex can be found through Facebook also.
else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
you to everyone that has supported this project for so long. It started as
a short more than 2 years ago. To everyone that has stood by the project I
am forever grateful.
for the interview!
you. It's always a blast to talk to you guys.