Crypticon 2013

We’ve been trying to make it to Seattle for 3 years to join in on the fun of Crypticon. It was great that this year was the year we finally made it, coming from Central New York to hang out with the west coast horror scene. 

As with every other convention I’ve been to, I failed to save enough money, loving the handmade items brought by multiple vendors that I would have loved to add to our hold of household treasures. My weakness being books, I spent most of my money in that category, excited to talk with independent publishers Blysster Press and Evilgirlfriend Media, and authors Marie Frances, Eloise Knapp, Peter Clines, and Thom Brannan. (Be on the look out for reviews from all of the above). This is my favorite part about conventions; meeting like-minded weirdo’s who put my geekiness to shame. Seeing others succeed at doing what they love is always an inspiration, and Seattle is packed with people with the entrepreneur bug. Definitely my favorite part about Crypticon over the other large conventions I’ve been to: the amount of indies making a legitimate presence.


Along with meeting others paving their own paths, the opportunity to listen to, and speak with, those more advanced in the entertainment fields, in one way or another, is great. We were able to listen to interviews with Nicholas Brendon (Buffy, TV series), and John Carl Buechler (director of Troll & Friday The 13th pt 7). Playing around in the amateur film-making world ourselves, it’s always a treat getting insights from those who’ve been in the industry, getting it done.


Compound Fracture

A039_C014_01217EWe had the great pleasure of meeting, and interviewing, Taylor Mane, his wife, Renae, and Derek Mears at this past Crypticon. Due to some technical issues, the interview is not available to be heard, but there were some great insights divulged pertaining to Mane Entertainment’s current project, Compound Fracture, a feature film the team has taken on tour.

First of all, though approached by distributors, Mane Entertainment decided to take their first film on the road, much like a band might when touring for a new album release. We found this an innovative, fun idea. Fans get the opportunity to experience the “red carpet” walk, before going to see a new movie not yet released on a mass scale. We thought this a great nod to the changing world of the entertainment industry, especially towards the fan base who make or break an enterprise. Unable to stay on the west coast long enough to attend the Seattle or Portland premiere, we’re hoping they get out to the North-East so we’ll be able to do our own review of the movie.

The greatest part about this interview, was the ability to ask the team about the artistic process, a process typically unique to each individual. Renae, the writer of Compound Fracture, was extraordinarily forthcoming about her journey from idea to writing to pre-production and beyond. Taylor also explained their wish to film in Hollywood, explaining how no one films there any more. People come out to L.A. and Hollywood to pursue their dreams, but there’s no Hollywood in Hollywood anymore [paraphrased from memory by me].

What was humorous to all of us, was how the husband-wife team got Derek Mears to sign on. All hanging out one night, (Taylor and A072_C012_0128URDerek being long time friends), Taylor turned to Derek, asking, “You want to fight me?” Derek’s answer, “Hell yes!” was an involuntary volunteering to be in Mane Entertainment’s first production. Derek did say how it was nice to be able to walk to work, (and we will not mention anything about rainbows).

Another point that stuck with us about this team, and their production, was the idea that when they originally said they were going to make a movie, not many took them seriously. As in our world of no-budget, amateur-indie, so is with the bigger world of those in the industry. More people talk than do, so when things get done, people double-take, which is what happened with a friend of the teams who was willing to help out on multiple levels to ensure the production was a success. It’s nice to see that at any level, great people who have your back, and perseverance, can go much farther than someone’s cash (not to say cash can’t be helpful). From idea to production, Compound Fracture took about 2 years. Our Dollmaker project doesn’t seem to be on such an extended time-line now, which helps our sanity a lot!

Check out Compound Fractures tour dates to see if they’ll be near you! In every city, the team chooses a local charity to benefit.

Crypticon was a great weekend, full of inspiring people on multiple levels. Connected with Swamp Road Trail of Terror, we were also excited to speak with a local Seattle haunter, who displays his own craft at Crypticon every year, along with setting up the haunted house that runs the weekend of the convention. Every horror convention should have a haunted house!

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