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Published on Sep 21, 2010
Director: Laura Lee Song: "Living Walls" by Midnight Syndicate from the CD "The 13th Hour"
This is the winner of the Midnight Syndicate Halloween Video Contest (www.MidnightSyndicate.com).
"Voodette is a dead ballerina called back to be toyed with. Marwin and I have been partners since we met about two years ago. We both write, direct, and edit. I wrote Voodette a while before I knew about the contest. I picked the song because its changing flow fit the changing pace of my story. Our main actress is my little cousin Jazmine, whom we bribed with $50 to get into the swamp (that was a spur of the moment decision). She eventually did it and got her 50 bucks. We followed that by going out to eat after filming (where we all got a lot of looks at the restaurant because we were covered in blood). Cade, the boy who played Devin, is a great kid. I worked with him previously on another short with Marwin and we all got along so well (including his parents) that I couldn't see anyone else doing it. When he found out it was a story about voodoo though, he did not want to do it, his parents persuaded him to finally commit. Tim, the corpse, is a buddy of mine who actually likes to screen write. But when I first met him, he would always be re-enacting funny skits from the Blues Brothers, so I thought he would be fun to have around and do a good job. Our production assistants are Sam and Matt. Matt is my best friend. He writes a lot of comedy but is always on board for my stuff. Sam wants to be an agent so he asked if he could help us out. Also, he is Marwin's younger brother, so of course we gave him a shot. My family, especially my aunt Vero, who is Jazmine's mother, helped out more than anyone. Our first day of shooting was ruined, it was a nightmare. Marwin's GPS took him to the entirely wrong side of the city and the whole day was wasted because he had the equipment. I was left there with all the actors looking like somewhat of an a**hole. But the other two days we filmed went by really smoothly. You can see pictures from the shooting on YouTube "Voodette slideshow" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjAWV_...) and the behind the scenes to Voodette at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3fkFS...."