Looking back on life a few short years ago, I was still of the mind that my adult background and choices as a young person would forever hold me back from doing what I truly love in love: Making films and becoming an actor.
Well, in a handful of years I’ve been able to stare down the nay-sayers and figure it out for myself. I stood up, found the courage to move forward with my dreams and moved along. Things for me by no means are perfect. I currently operate on a level of film-making that can only exist with constant support and attention from the target audience. While social media and crowd funding websites like Kickstarter and Indie-GoGo are Godsends in today’s world of indie filmmaking, it can be frustrating when fledgling filmmakers are constantly asking of you to promote their up and coming work and even donate to the cause.
But, as you may also know that in today’s world it couldn’t be more true – “If you want to get anything done at all anymore, you’ve got to do it yourself!” If you want to see a certain kind of film made, screened at LGBT film festivals on the big screen, distributed online and sold on DVD, you’ve got to get behind the kind of people who are making the work you want to see. It’s really not that complicated of a philosophy!
I’ve always had this dream of busting open the censorship board and blowing the lid right off of our bullshit Puritanical ideals that have held our social movements back for far too long now. What world do we live in when it’s safe and fair to see people blown to bits, murdered and slashed but if you exhibit even the mildest of sexual imagery you’re done for in the world of filmmaking?! It’s a shame, an outrage, and as a person coming from an adult background and YOU, a fan knowing me from this background – it’s all bullshit for me to run around pretending like I’m not who I am and I didn’t do what I do. I’m proud of Brent Corrigan but I am Sean Paul Lockhart. It’s just a fact. A fact that so many of you have happily embraced as my journey in life continues and I grow from a boy into a man right in front of your very eyes.
This is why for my first directed film, I’m choosing to include as much of that graphic material as I see fit as an artist. “Triple Crossed” is filming in April 2013.
This film is tight, small and very simple. It’s perfect for my first directed position in the mainstream arena.
However, the budget for this project is smaller than some of the PORN FILMS I’ve been on. Sad but true. But, sweetcheeks – that ain’t stoppin’ me.
We are fully funded, with the exception of some monies needed to acquire our own lights and even a camera. Our “Angel Investor” is willing to put up the funds needed to make the film but equipment rentals are expensive and cumbersome when it comes to scheduling.
Am I going back to porn? Not right this minute. Will this be softcore? I’ll leave that up for you to decide. I will tell you the acting won’t be secondary as it is seen in too many of those bad Cinemax films. “Witches of Breastwick”? Seriously?! This is no “Witches of Breastwick”. And you know what I’m talking about if you watch cable late at night.
And yes, if you haven’t guessed already I’m asking for more help.
Two films – my very first directed project TRIPLE CROSSED – is currently campaigning.
The second is Blue Seraph Productions (they made “Judas Kiss” – my crowning acting achievement released to this date).
The film is called The Dark Place. And for once I actually get to play the “evil bitch” that so many people have spent the last 7 years claiming I truly, really was (yes, I’m playing the bad guy you’ll hate to love!)
You can read more about both films on both of their respective crowd funding pages. The “Triple Crossed” Indie Go Go Page is still being developed. You’ll see that the boys at Blue Seraph developing “The Dark Place” really do have their shit together – and though I don’t want to pit the two against each other, if you had a choice of ONE of just the TWO, please know your help will go further to help ME directly by contributing to “Triple Crossed”.
As always, even if you don’t have a lil extra cash laying around this month, you can help in your own way! Share this post, share those two pages on your social media outlets, and encourage your friends who might be a little better off than you are to help out some starving artists that bring a little sex, art, and aesthetic appeal to our LGBT Community.
Brent Corrigan aka Sean Paul Lockhart
If you follow me on twitter @SeanPaulLock or “Like” me on Facebook (Brent Corrigan Fan Page) then you know all kinds of stellar things have been happening lately.
We’re still hammering away at my forthcoming mainstream film #KissingDarkness.
It’s been really interesting working on KD because it’s one of those projects where you get a chance to learn for yourself how badly you want to become an actor. My philosophy when it comes to mainstream (non adult work) is to take whatever comes my way and not look back. You can rest on your laurels waiting for the big one or the best one to come your way but that’s all you’ll ever be doing; waiting. Work is work and each day on set, any set, helps prepare me for what could come next. Spend your time waiting for a certain kind of role, a certain kind of movie, and you could find yourself ill-prepared for the ones that matter most.
Kissing Darkness is a gay vampire film. There, I said it. I admit, it’s another vampire movie. A group of friends skip Los Angeles Pride and take up lodging in their “token” straight friend’s cabin for the weekend. They break out an Ouija board and inadvertently awaken a slumbering demon. One by one she gives each of them the kiss of death and they pass it on to one another. While the vampire motif is part of it, it’s primarily a possession type film. Fewer fangs; more scrapes, bruises, and pale make up with darkened eyes.
We’ve been filming long hours each day including a stint of filming 4 days in Crestline, California outside of Big Bear. One shoot day went from afternoon clear into the wee hours of the morning. We didn’t call it “good” until 5 AM. Obviously this isn’t a union film and one of the things that is holding up progression is the lack of crew and line producer. Films have been made with far less! Despite our scant working resources all of the footage is coming out exquisitely.
We’ve been filming off and on throughout September and still have a day or two left. We’re actually still trying to cast three victim roles where my character stumbles upon a scene in which he finds a pair of sisters and their male lover have been strung up and disemboweled. Shortly there after he becomes the first to become “infected” by the villain, Malice Valeria and her wicked strain. We plan on having it edited and ready by Halloween! While it is a vampire film on the surface, there’s a truly original theme and sub plot from other vampire movies that makes the entire film far more twisted and sick than it appears at first glance.
Immediately after Halloween I go into production for “Truth” – a project extra special to me because not only am I the lead, I’m producing the film and I’m a 50-50 partner on the project. It employs so much of my life experiences, emotions and perspectives for the first time ever. I’m getting a chance to truly bring depth and substance to a mainstream film for the first time ever. Plus, we wrote in a segment with horses!
You’ve noticed I’ve been posting quite a bit about how we can all get involved with getting “Truth” made. We had an Indie Go Go campaign that, on paper, raised “Truth” $12,838 (every dime goes to making the movie and not a penny goes to me or my partners). Our Indie Go Go Campaign also brought us 3 large investors who have issued contributions outside of Indie Go Go because their large sums have officially made them producers on the project. People are taking notice and they want to see this film!
Now, we’re on to our Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is different in that if we don’t reach out goal, none of the money pledged by our supporters will be collected.
Making a film is a large undertaking. We started this campaign for specific expenses during production; a location and added production insurance. These days, large budget films you see in the theatres raise funds through IRA’s and all kinds of funds and complicated financial riggings that are completely unnecessary for a film that only costs about $100,000 to make. That doesn’t mean our concept and screenplay isn’t worthy – that our message, our concept and our lives as filmmakers are obsolete and should falter. If you truly love what you do – you will always find a way to do it.
In our film, there is a key scene which takes place at a horse stable. We found a particular stable we would like to use and your funds will help us secure this location. We’re also wanting to intercut scenes where my character, a wayward young man, is riding his horse and enjoying life for the first time ever. Of course, working with animals requires an amendment to our insurance policy for the film. If you know me, you know how much I love horses. If you appreciate me, you also know just how important incorporating this element into this film is. It’s been a dream of mine my entire life to work on set with these amazing animals!
With your generous contributions at kickstarter, we will be able to bring my hope and vision to the screen to share with all of you.
Please, any little bit helps. If just 1% if you gave us %5 we’d be well on our way.
As you may know already, using the “share” links on the Kickstarter page there – getting the word out about this film and what we’re trying to accomplish – is also a great way to give us a hand. Buzz is far more valuable in today’s day and age than a buck or two! So don’t be shy. Thank you in advanced!
SPL aka Brent Corrigan
Hey friends and lovers!
In the last few months I’ve booked several great mainstream projects to shoot in 2012. One of them up first is a little indie project called “Welcome to New York”. It’s a series of intertwining short films that tell the stories of young New Yorkers and their first experiences in one of the greatest cities in the world!
My segment is the first romantic comedy sketch I’ve ever filmed! I’m ecstatic because it gives me a chance to share high energy and intensity with a fair amount of quirk. The character becomes frustrated and exasperated when he meets the love of his life but somehow forgets his name and has to go on a wild goose chase to get that important little detail without letting on that he’s dropped the ball – for fear that he’ll insult his new dream date.
The project is being put together by a group of young filmmakers just starting out. As you very well know it can be extremely difficult to prove yourself in a field like entertainment. Getting director jobs or selling your writing is nearly impossible earlier on – which is why many filmmakers and aspiring filmmakers find some way – any way – possible to get their work made.
One of the great resources today for new filmmakers is websites like Indie GoGo and Kickstarter. They allow fans and friends to help contribute by talking about the projects in social media or more importantly: showing some financial love. You’ll be hearing a lot about these two websites from me as I embark on the mainstream journey. I fully intend to fund my first short film (written, directed and starring me!) using one of these two websites. They are an invaluable resource for the modern filmmaker!
I know in today’s age it’s tough to be generous and difficult to find anything to spare. We haven’t stopped making art and entertaining people despite and I think that just goes to show the spirit and will people have to do what they love. I hope we can all see the value in that together!
Please follow the link below to get more information on Welcome to New York. We’re running out of time to raise money for this project (SIX DAYS!). I would personally appreciate it if you would consider contributing – ANYTHING HELPS!
Hopefully my little video clip there does something to help persuade you to help Your card will not be charged until the full pledged amount is raised at the end of the campaign (about a week from today’s post or more).
If a money contribution is not possible please know there is still something you can do to show your support! Please use the Indie GoGo “SHARE” buttons below the video playing on the WTNY Indie Go Go page. They help get much needed exposure for the project – who knows, even if you can’t necessarily donate cash maybe you talk about it on your Facebook Page and someone you know decides they have some to spare!
Also, be sure to check out all the great perks and prizes for contributing to the project on the Indie Go Go Page.
I’ll be back again for further news on this great new project! We’re filming in New York (duh ) in March!
Thank you for your love and support!
Your Friend & Lover,
Sean Paul Lockhart aka Brent Corrigan