Sometimes great news comes our way that is just too awesome to wait on. So, I get the email, I jump on the computer to pass along the best thing I’ve heard all day. One of the most influential women in horror, Jovanka Vuckovic, is preparing her first film “The Captured Bird” for public consumption. As if that weren’t cool enough, you can count Guillermo del Toro on board as the film’s executive producer.
Normally, we don’t pull directly from a press release, but because I wanted to get this news out to our readers as soon as possible, I’ve included the official press release, which was released today by producer Jason Lapeyre, but know that I am not the only person here at The Blood Sprayer excited about this news, as I was personally sad to see her time at Rue Morgue Magazine end. Knowing that she’s got some great stuff coming down the pike is not only exciting personally, but should be considered exciting news for the horror genre, period. A truly original voice who will be offering her truly original perspective, Jovanka Vuckovic’s first debut film should be considered a beacon of hope for horror’s future. Read the official press release below:
TORONTO, CANADA (Tuesday August 24th, 2010) – Former Rue Morgue editor-in-chief Jovanka Vuckovic is preparing to shoot her debut short film, The Captured Bird, with Guillermo del Toro, director of the Academy Award-winning Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy films, in the Executive Producer chair.
Vuckovic was recently named by the Horror Society as one of the top thirteen most important women in the history of horror, alongside genre heavy hitters Mary Shelley, Kathryn Bigelow and Vampira. Now, in a return to her creative roots, she’ll make her own horror/fantasy film after years of writing about them in the popular horror genre magazine, Rue Morgue.
“Jovanka’s vision has been honed to perfection and combines true poetry with savage instinct,” says del Toro. “[It’s] lyrical and brutal. Just what the doctor ordered.”
Adds Vuckovic, “Having Guillermo [del Toro] on board as Executive Producer is like a dream come true for a first time filmmaker. His well of inspiration is as limitless as his generosity. Plus, The Captured Bird is just too ambitious to make without his guidance. I’m very grateful to have him as part of the team.”
Oscar-nominated special make-up effects studio Spectral Motion (Hellboy II, X-Men: The Last Stand) in Los Angeles will provide creature effects for The Captured Bird. Also on board are Emmy Award-nominated visual effects supervisor Tammy Sutton (Avatar, Spider-Man 2) as well as filmmakers Douglas Buck (Sisters) and Karim Hussain (La belle bête), who will be serving as editor and director of photography, respectively.
“The Captured Bird is inspired in part by a childhood nightmare, the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, the fables of the Brothers Grimm and the paranormal phenomenon referred to as The Shadow People,” explains writer-director Vuckovic. “It’s sort of a dark fable that I hope people will find haunting, poetic and beautiful.”
The production has just launched TheCapturedBird.com, a feature-packed website that will track the development of the film with regular blog updates from Vuckovic. The site will also feature videos of the film’s progress, including location scouts, production meetings, and interviews with well-known genre filmmakers about how to approach making your first movie – filmmakers such as del Toro, George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) and Mick Garris (Masters of Horror).
The website makes use of “crowdfunding,” a growing financing trend for filmmakers outside of Hollywood. Fans and supporters who visit TheCapturedBird.com can make a donation in any amount towards production, which to date has raised thirty per cent of its budget through Canadian broadcaster Bravo! All funders will receive a thank you credit in the film and donors of a certain amount are given special rewards, some of which include an autographed copy of Jovanka’s forthcoming coffee-table book on zombies or a Pan’s Labyrinth script autographed by del Toro.
The Captured Bird is scheduled to shoot in the spring of 2011 for a film festival tour through 2012. It has already been accepted – sight unseen – to the prestigious Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and several international festivals have also already shown interest.
For more information on The Captured Bird visit http://www.thecapturedbird.com