Lost Creek, Writer Director Colin Adams-Toomey – Interview
Lost Creek, Colin Adams-Toomey Discusses Upcoming Horror Film
Modern Horror cinema is an evolving medium. Today, the independent circuit offer films that rival most mainstream releases. While Hollywood is stuck in a perpetual loop of remakes and reboots independent filmmakers are redefining the genre. Contributions to Horror, Thriller cinema are on a rise more than ever before. With emerging visionaries come innovative ideas and new degrees of storytelling. Independent films are the driving force that is redefining the landscape in Horror cinema.
This progress is greatly attributed to the financial support of the community. Funds were once impossible to secure. With the availability of crowdfunding platforms movie enthusiasts, the filmgoers themselves can invest on projects. Obtaining funds is now an achievable goal. These outlets provide a connection between filmmaker and consumer. In turn, these publically funded projects have steered the Horror, Thriller genre to what it is today.
“Lost Creek” Crowdfunding
In 2014, filmmaker Colin Adams-Toomey did what many indie creative artists did prior. Toomey established a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for his supernatural Horror film “Lost Creek”. The following is an excerpt of the “Lost Creek” crowdfunding campaign:
“….With your help, we can make it all come true. We’ve got a great script and have assembled an amazing team of talented artists who truly believe in this project. But you’re part of that story. This film can’t happen without a supportive community rallying behind it. We want you to become part of our team, and by backing our film, you truly will be….”
Through one hundred backers the funding goal of eight thousand four hundred two dollars ($8,402) found successful completion. Funds obtained through the crowdfunding campaign aided the small production budget to “Lost Creek”. Financial resources were also provided by the film’s producers and primary team members.
The synopsis to “Lost Creek” reads as follows:
As they approach the end of childhood, three elementary school kids must brave the woods on Halloween to face a monster born from their nightmares.
Colin Adams-Toomey Interview
“Lost Creek” is more than a film production. Filmed locally in Newark, Delaware the film encompasses the life of the community. Actors were not selected via casting calls. Instead, casting occurred via a local performance at The Newark Center for Creative Learning. Selected for the roles were Oliver Stockman, his brother Henry Stockman and Brynna Bartoo. The production crew assembled perhaps by coincidence or by destiny.
Audiences are unaware of the dedication, and personal struggles to achieve a successful production. More often, it is the end product that is of concern. “Lost Creek” faced its own set of tribulations.
“….While the shoot lasted for 50 technical days, scheduling conflicts and the small budget stretched the actual shoot for 4 months, from July to November. As more than half the film is set outdoors, there were many nights shooting outside in cold November weather….”
This upcoming Horror film is more than ninety minutes of on-screen entertainment. The venture is not another example of talents assembling to achieve a common goal. “Lost Creek” is a community-driven production. The film is an exhibit of childhood imagination and the love of Halloween.
The film is an exhibit of childhood imagination and the love of Halloween.
On Friday the 3rd of June 2016 Ken Artuz, Founder, Editor at DecayMag.com had the pleasure of Interviewing “Lost Creek” Writer, Director; Colin Adams-Toomey. Discussed in the hour-long interview are cast, crew and the underlying concept for “Lost Creek”.
Below is an excerpt from the interview:
DecayMag.com You touched based on how you found the actors through the elementary school. How did the crew come together to make this film? How did you find Dan John Witherall, Kevin Eikenberg?
Absolutely yea, again this is a part of approaching this as the idea of.. the idea first like making it as good a version of this idea first and trying to get people interested in that more than anything. So it’s kind of a very organic process.
I usually live in New York and I had been involved as assistant director nd screenwriter to a number of short films. None of which were originally my production, I had been hired unto them. I’ve been working as a playwright for some time in Delaware. I got hired by a company to write a series of plays and while in the middle of that is when I started to kind of really get involved in the idea of Lost Creek.
With Dan Witherall who is the producing partner and my writing partner. He and I have actually known each other for yers and years we went to college together. The two of us have embarked on several writing projects of varying kinds. When I lived in New York we actually worked a pilot and pitched it to HBO. They met with us but they did not end up buying it.
From that point on we realized as writing partners, we worked really well together. Which is a really hard thing to find I will say. From a writing standpoint, it’s like trying to find the person you’re going to marry in some ways. Like some people you work well with and some people you just don’t. Dan and I tended to work extremely well together as writers. So from that point on we realized we’re going to collaborate a lot. With that, he and I started working on the script. I wrote up the script and I sent it to him to edit different parts.
Once we had a decent treatment, a decent first draft of the script I actually very by chance a friend of mine he’s an actor in Baltimore happened to be good friends with Kevin (Eikenberg). This started to be at the point where I was gearing up to produce the film. We had made this a priority as a project. We had just finished my third play and Dan and I were; “yeah, we should go forward with this new project”.
In kind of just by chance, my friend Elizabeth said; “My friend is a cinematographer, he’s really good”. She sent me his demo reel I really liked it, his aesthetics really perfectly meshed with the visual aesthetic I had in mind for Lost Creek anyway. I pitched him the treatment for Lost Creek, he really liked it. He agreed to come on board as DP and editor.
We were lucky to find Sam (Nuttle) who is the sound designer through one of our producers, Ted Ford who is also a very good actor I worked with him in several productions in the past. He came on board as producer..one of the producers. He said “Oh By the way, I just finished an indie film in Philly with this guy Sam Nuttle. He’s a really good sound guy you should talk to him”. So I talked to him (Sam) and again he happened to be the guy that got what we were going for in terms of the vision of the film. He understood; “Its a small production, it’s only like thirty thousand dollars but I really like the script, I really like the idea that you got going I’ll totally come on board”.
We were really lucky with the soundtrack, the soundtrack is..I love the soundtrack to Lost Creek. That’s Evan Chapman, who is an accomplished musician in his own right. He tours the world all the time with his band. He (Evan) happens to be childhood friends with Kevin (Eikenberg) the DP, they grew up together. When we got to the point of post production and we were thinking about a soundtrack, Kevin threw the film over to Evan and said: “Hey would you be interested in maybe composing an original score to this?” ad Evan loved the film and he said: “yeah”. It just so happens that Evan just started to get to the point where he was interested in film composing. So we hit kinda him at the right time. He said; “This is the kind of project that I’ve been interested in doing for a while”. So he came onboard.
With the rest of the crew, we kind of gathered them slowly. Again creating this community, involving this community around us we found people without needing to. For example; Chris Testa, he does post production, visual effects. He happened to go to my High School. I never knew him then. He was friends with people who worked in the film industry and they threw his name across my desk. I said; “Wait a minute, I’m kind of familiar with this name”. I met him later on and we went to the same high school. I just so happens he had gone into visual effects and visual editing for film.
Same thing with the make-up designer, the main make-up designer Andrew Kiess. He’s a local guy, he went to school for film makeup. A woman who works in theater in Deleware knew him and had worked with him on several productions. So I gave him a call and he sent me some examples of his work. It was great so, I was like; “If you want to come on board.”
Another thing, I’m a huge fan of practical effects, especially in horror films. I always feel like…I know there’re some things that aren’t possible to do practically. Some things would have to be CGI. But I always feel like if you can do practical effects you should do them because they’re always more effective. One of the things I was really excited to find was a really good practical effects guy. He really did some cool work with us.
That’s kind of the way we found the crew, by increments as the film got bigger as we kind of started getting ourselves out there we started producing PR. People we knew started saying; ” oh if you need this person for this job, I know somebody who does that, you know and so forth..”