Today, Scream Franchise Examiner has a brief update from the set of Scream 4. Also, a revealing interview with Joshua Dudley of StabMovies.com…
Scream 4 continues to film on Lincoln Ave. between Wells St. and Cambridge Rd. in Ann Arbor, MI, with most of the action taking place in the evenings and overnight.
On Tuesday night, David Arquette was photographed on set by Bananadoc. He was seen in character as Sheriff Dewey, along with actress Hayden Panettiere. (You can view a photo here.) Neve Campbell, Emma Roberts, and Marley Shelton were also seen on set, in addition to a “horde” of extras that were brought in. To read more about Bananadoc’s experiences, you can read his newest guest-post for Scream-Trilogy.net.
Additionally, R.J. Torbert of Fun World had some more fun with fans via Twitter, asking, Can you guess what this is hanging in my office? This post was accompanied by the link to a picture that reveals his personal GhostFace® display, which includes both a mask and photo signed by legendary director Wes Craven. Torbert also unleashed another of his infamous cryptic messages: deep within us, there is a HERO in every heart. Care to speculate on what that means?
Scream Franchise Examiner is happy to welcome Joshua Dudley.
The webmaster of StabMovies.com, Dudley is also the author of the Lost in Oz trilogy, which has often been described as “a darker side of Oz.” Recently, he decided to try his hand at scriptwriting. The result, Stab 4: Fresh Blood, is an ode to his favorite horror series: the Scream films. The movie, which continues the “film-within-a-film” saga initially introduced in Wes Craven’s trilogy, is scheduled to debut online on October 10, 2010. (But you can check back with SFE tomorrow for an exclusive first look at the trailer.) Dudley’s ultimate goal is to create Stabs 4-7 in the next year and a half.
Now, Dudley offers a diabolically delicious perspective that’s a cut above the rest…
1) What is the origin of StabMovies.com? How has the site evolved over time and what is your vision for the future?
I created the website solely for the purpose of housing the films and promoting them! It’s been on the internet for about 4 months and already my email inbox is overflowing with responses to it! I have yet to hear a negative comment! The fans of the site are growing in numbers and they are so supportive, always offering ideas, praise and kind words! The site is getting more in-depth over time. Each of the page gets new details added to it frequently and soon, we will have a few new sections opening up, like the downloads section and possibly a forum.
2) Are you aware of anybody involved with the films monitoring your site and/or have you received official feedback? If so, are you at liberty to discuss details?
I’m sure somebody involved with Scream has checked out StabMovies.com. I have spoken with R.J. Torbert from Fun World (who you did a fantastic interview with) about licensing and copyright. He’s a great guy and a pleasure to talk to! But beyond RJ, I don’t know! I’m hoping Wes knows about us, as obviously this is mostly a tribute to him. I would never compare my abilities to Wes Craven’s but I just want to show him I care! But Wes, Kevin, Neve, Hayden, Emma, David, Courteney… if you are out there… watching… reading… following… Say hello!!!! I’d love to use you all for some cameos!!
3) STAB 4: FRESH BLOOD will continue the “film-within-a-film” concept that was introduced in the original SCREAM trilogy (with STAB 1-3). What challenges did this pose to the creative process? Conversely, what inspiration did you draw from the SCREAM/STAB movies?
The film-within-a-film concept is a great idea, but incredibly challenging to execute. When I first wrote the script, it was apparent it was set in a “Stab-Universe” but upon deeper thinking, I realized that it must then be set in the “Scream-Universe,” treating Sidney Prescott and the other characters in Scream as real people. So in Stab 4, we are in the same realm as Scream 4. A world that doesn’t know Scream films, but has an obsession with the Stab films. Like my obsession with the Scream films. I drew so much inspiration from the Scream films, I’m almost ashamed to put my name on Stab 4. The concept isn’t mine, the idea isn’t mine, just the dialogue, characters and new location are truly all I can claim! Again I say, I do this merely out of respect for the Scream-team and their fans! I’m trying to show some support and get some creative exercise at the same time! We played a lot with being outside for scenes, because a lot of the actions in the Scream films takes place inside. We really wanted to show GhostFace in different lighting, literally. Some of the outside shots are so scary. GhostFace appears to be a floating head because some of the background is so dark… it’s truly eerie. We played a lot with shadows, too.
4) What can fans of the SCREAM franchise expect from STAB 4: FRESH BLOOD? How will the films compare? How will they differ? And how much pressure do you feel to deliver a project that will meet expectations?
Fans of the Scream films can expect to be reminded of “the rules” to survive, see characters deconstruct and talk about their own supposed fates, and hear the names Sidney Prescott and Gale Weathers in casual conversation… but never see them. Clever references to Scream films, disguised under the Stab titles, should keep the audience on their seats! Obviously the biggest difference between our film and the Scream films is the budget. They get millions, I get hundreds (haha)! But we really worked with what we had and I think fans of the Scream franchise will certainly enjoy Stab 4! But I do feel a tremendous amount of pressure! I really don’t want to disappoint anyone. The pressure keeps me motivated and on my toes. I stay up to 5:00am every night editing and re-editing until I think things are perfect. I’m sure in the end I will be very happy with the results, but I’m sure I’ll still find quite a few things I think I could improve on. Stab 5 will be better and Stab 6 and so on…
5) Rumor has it that you are trying to replicate the secrecy surrounding the production of SCREAM 4 on your own set. Care to elaborate? What measures have you taken to keep plot details under wraps?
Heck yes! If I said “Hey, I’m making Stab 4 and this person’s the killer” nobody would watch it. Maybe a few fans that want to see the death scenes (which, I will warn you, are bloody) would watch, but the film wouldn’t have any sort of impact as a tribute to the Scream films. The cast of Stab 4 only received the sections of the script that they were in (sides) and those that did get the ending… didn’t get the real one! I’m that crazy. I wrote three endings to the script, showed the cast two of them and kept one of them a secret until the day before we filmed it! “Surprise!” We had a crazy night that night. The cast and crew involved didn’t leave the set until around 5am and there was blood everywhere. Around 3am in the morning, just about everyone was covered in fake blood and laughing hysterically. They took tons of pics… but then came the bad news. “Sorry guys” I said. “You can’t post those pics anywhere, not Facebook, not twitter, nowhere until after the movie comes out.” The looks I got from everyone scared me… I thought I was going to see real blood for a second. But eventually, everyone understood. So expect to see a lot of crazy behind the scenes pics after the film comes out!!
6) What can you reveal about your future plans for the STAB 5-7?
Tricky question. What do I want to reveal is the real question… haha I can reveal that Stab 5 will be out April 5, 2011. (10 days before Scream 4!) It may or may not follow some of the characters from Stab 4. It will definitely take place in winter…. with snow… bloody snow! And as for Stab 6 and 7… you’ll have to wait and find out!!
Stab 4: Fresh Blood Synopsis: After being accused of her family’s murder, Sarah Campbell (Audrey Marquee) has moved from her home in Odessa, Texas to the smaller, peaceful town of Manchester, New Hampshire. Stuck in an unfamiliar place, Sarah rediscovers joy in her oldest hobby: dance. Sarah joins a local dance-team run by dance legend Jay McConnell (Joshua Patrick Dudley) and befriends her teammates Haley Graham (Amanda Constant), Shannon Lewis (Shannon Nightingale), Mandy Meyers (Reanna Warnock) and Nikki Summers (Alicia Vigeant).Trouble soon finds Sarah, again, when a local news reporter, Heather Gale (Jennifer Sue Mallard), from Texas follows her to New Hampshire, revealing the dark secrets of her past and accusing her of a new string of local murders. Could Sarah and the murders be connected? Or has someone else taken their love of the Stab movies one step too far?
Coming tomorrow: Your exclusive first look at the Stab 4: Fresh Blood trailer.
If you missed Scream Franchise Examiner’s exclusive interview with R.J. Torbert, Director of Licensing/Product Development of Fun World (the company that changed the face of fear forever with the inception of GhostFace®) , you can now read an updated, full-length version here.
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