When Autumn Comes in North Carolina
by Bill Perkins
Filmmaker, Joseph D. Peters (seated) along with his crew, (from left to right)
Steven Lindquist, Christina Aldridge, and Nicole Jannai Martinez.
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|Joseph D. Peters always knew that someday he would make a film in North Carolina. He got his opportunity with his
twenty-one minute drama short, "When Autumn Comes". With the help of Piedmont Community College in Yanceyville, he shot
his film in six days and completed it one month later. It's a haunting tale about a young married couple whose relationship
begins to crumble when the husband loses his job and they're forced to move into his mother's house with tragic results.
Joseph originally comes from Los Angeles where he studied art, music, writing, theater, and film. After graduating from the
University of Southern California, he formed Renaissance Productions, Ltd. and went on to make a number of films that have
received awards from several film festivals. These films include "Seniors and Alcohol Abuse", "Eskimo Ice Cream Shoes",
"Rachel", and "Emotions".
"The best way to learn about filmmaking is to be involved in the creative process of making a film," said Joseph. "I think what
sets Piedmont Community College apart from some of the other film schools is the actual hands-on experience that the
students receive by working on various film productions. I really enjoyed collaborating with the staff and students. They put a
tremendous amount of time and effort into Autumn and made my job as a filmmaker much easier.
One of Joseph's goals was to limit expenses by fully visually the film before production began. He drew detailed storyboards
which not only saved time and money during the actual shooting of the film, but also reduced the amount of time spent in the
editing bay. Essentially with the script, storyboards, and completed score, Autumn was completed on paper. The only thing
left was to execute what was planned out and follow a tight production schedule.
He credits his Director of Photography, Jonathan Quade, his editor, Richard K. Allen, and his composer, Gilbert Bottcher, for
elevating the film to a higher level. The actors, Trevor Wilde, Krisha Song Parkey, and Jan Kerr all gave memorable
performances. "I was very pleased with end result," stated Joseph.
For more information, Joseph can be contacted through his website at www.josephdpeters.com.
Bill Perkins, the publisher of "Reel Carolina" magazine, has been covering film and television for over 15 years.
|Argentine Horror Comes Alive!
| Daniel de la Vega has made some of the most interesting horror films over the past few years. His work as a director
includes “Jennifer’s Shadow” (Chronicle of the Raven) (2004). American actress Jennifer Cassi (Gina Philips) travels to
Buenos Aires, Argentina, to claim inheritance of her recently deceased twin sister’s house, only to find herself in conflict
against her grandmother Mary Ellen (Faye Dunaway). Jennifer soon realizes she has an illness that has taken the lives of
her family, painfully caused by ravens coming into her dreams and stealing her organs. Convinced it is her grandmother’s
doing, she must try to stay alive and destroy the evil consuming her. This film brings the audience into another world by
combining both horror and haunting Buenos Aires locations which concludes with a shocking ending.
Rodrigo Aragon star in the Argentine horror film, “Death Knows Your Name”
His follow-up film, “Death Knows Your Name” (2007) tells the tale of a psychiatrist, Bruce Taylor (Rodrigo Aragon) who
finds a skull that has been buried deep within the tunnels of an insane asylum … only to discover that it is his own.
Hitchcockian camera angles and special effects make this one worth watching. Daniel is currently working on a
documentary called, “Bathory: A Cruelty Portrait” which detail the life of a bloody countess.
Rodrigo Aragon and Salome Boustani star in the Argentine horror film, “The Last Gateway”
Demian Rugna made his directorial feature debut in the horror film, “The Last Gateway” (2007). Michael (Rodrigo Aragon)
and Marianne (Salome Boustani), recently married, come to discover that their peaceful lives are about to be turned
upside down. Michael discovers he has a gateway to hell … hidden deep within his stomach. There are those who are not
only after the gateway, but want to escape from hell, through the same doorway. And so the nightmare begins. Shot on a
very small budget, this film has good production values and interesting special effects. Demian is currently working on a
new project called, “Maltidos Sean”!
A few other notable Argentine filmmakers to mention … Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s “36 Pasos” (2007) as well as Sergio
Mazurek’s “Lo Sienestro” (2009).
A number of these filmmakers are part of an underground movement whose work can be discovered at the Buenos Aires
Rojo Sangre Film Festival which takes place every November. There you will see films made in both English and Spanish
that delve into the horror, fantastic, and the bizarre.
Many of these young directors have begun to make the leap into bigger productions that are designed for a worldwide
theatrical release. Besides Argentina, a new movement of Latin American horror films has come out of Chile, Mexico,
Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain and other places. And this movement is gaining attention from distribution companies around
Some of these Argentine films may be hard to find. However, if one loves mystery, suspense, horror and thrills …
perhaps a trip to a local DVD store in Buenos Aires might allow you to discover horror films that are both interesting and
There will be blood!
Joseph D. Peters is a filmmaker who writes, produces, and directs. His recent feature film projects have inspired him to
explore his Latin American roots in Colombia as well as his interest in shooting in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Spain.
You can visit his biography/resume at … http://www.josephdpeters.com/Photos.html
Joseph D. Peters creates promo music video for La Salle High School with a Flip
Camera and Final Cut Pro 10
(I-Newswire) - Independent filmmaker, Joseph D. Peters, has created a promo music video for La Salle High School. The school,
which is located in Pasadena, California, recently had their Decades of the ‘70’s Reunion on campus. Joseph was able to capture the
images of the reunion by shooting with a small Flip Camera. He also used both digital photos from the event and archival photos
from the 70’s yearbooks. He then went into post and completed the project with his editor on a Final Cut Pro 10 system
Joseph remarks, “Reunions are not only a place to reconnect about the past, but also to share our common experiences on this
journey called life. Some of my classmates had asked me if there would be photos or a video of the event”. After getting the
greenlight from the school, he set out to complete a three minute music video that features the song, “No Matter What” performed
by Badfinger. This group was the very first band signed on the Beatles’ Apple label.
Joseph has been involved in film production for many years. He has been able to seamlessly move from Super 8mm, 16mm, video,
and now digital. His creative skills as a writer, producer, and director all came into play as he conceived the look and feel of the
three minute piece. The film transports its audience into another world of pure cinema with high quality visual images, interesting
and unique transitions, and classic rock music.
Joseph adds, “The HD quality of the Flip Camera was unbelievable. Being able to work on the Final Cut Pro 10 editing system took
the music video to the next level.
“Decades of the ‘70’s Reunion” is intended to be emailed as a link to the alumni of La Salle High School. It is designed to promote
the school as well as future reunion events. The project can be seen on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/74935736
Joseph is currently working on several feature film projects for the Latin American market. His website now includes a four minute
promo video, ten page preview of each completed script as well as sample storyboards and sample demo music: http://www.
Joseph D. Peters is available for consultations.
Press Contact: Joseph D. Peters – Producer, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Gina Philips and Faye Dunaway star in the Argentine horror film, “Jennifer’s Shadow” (Chronicle of the Raven)
Argentine filmmaker, Emilio Vieyra, was one of the earliest pioneers of horror in the southern hemisphere. His last
exploration into the horror genre was his film, “Blood of the Virgins” (1967). It is a wild 1960's exploitation film that
combines horror, go-go dancing, and a distinct Latin flavor. While on vacation, a group of young swingers
experiences car trouble. They seek shelter at an abandoned mountain lodge, only to fall victim to a very lonely pair
of vampires. It is still the only vampire film that Argentina has ever been produced as of this date.
In more recent years, many of these small budgeted horror gems from Argentina can now be rented through Netflix
and purchased at Amazon. Daniel De La Vega and Demian Rugna are some of the Argentine filmmakers who
continue to make their films despite the difficulties they have faced with small budgets and tight production
Walter Kliche and Susana Beltran star in the Argentine vampire film, “Blood of the Virgins”
Argentina has always had a strong and historic presence in the world of cinema over the years.
Now, thanks to the DVD rental and online streaming market, one can enter into this macabre and
strange world of Latin horror in Argentina.
Explore the World of Cinema from the Past to the Present
by Joseph D. Peters
This particular month of July is a special one for me. I made my very first film, “Mais Que Nada” in July of 1985. Since that
time, I have made several films and was fortunate enough to receive several film awards at various film festivals for my work.
Over the past several years, I have been developing several feature film projects for the Latin market which is currently being
As a small boy, I was introduced to the arts when I received my first comic books, The Amazing Spiderman and The Incredible
Hulk. I was immediately fascinated with the amazing drawings and fantastic stories. The artist placed the heroes and villains
within the comic book panels in many different and interesting ways. The taut and crisp plot lines moved the story towards to
its suspenseful cliffhanger or final conclusion.
In later years, I was looking at various books and magazines at the local book store. I spotted a large book, Raiders of the Lost
Ark – The Illustrated Screenplay. The book contained over two hundred selected storyboard drawings from the action
adventure film. This book was very influential in my life, because it provided examples of storyboard drawings that I would
later incorporate into my own film projects. All of my films have been carefully storyboarded, shot for shot, which then enables
me to visually communicate my artistic vision to my cast and crew.
One of my major influences in film was the work of the acclaimed British film director, Alfred Hitchcock. I read a film biography
about his work. Hitchcock always had all of his films storyboarded before he began production. Long before the days of
downloading and streaming films from various Internet sites, I walked in a local video rental store and spotted a foreign film,
“Confidentially Yours” by the French film director, Francois Truffaut. I had read about an interview that Truffaut had conducted
with Hitchcock back in 1962. Truffaut had been a long admirer of Hitchcock’s work. I rented the film and saw many of the
Hitchcockian film techniques that Truffaut used throughout the film. Even though the film was in French with English subtitles,
I enjoyed the film’s images, story, music, editing, and acting performances.
Hitchcock himself was influenced by the early silent films and talkies of the German Expressionism movement. He observed
that the images were filled with high contrast shadows and light, various distorted camera angles, fast cutting, and suspenseful
music all of which contributed to the style he would later develop as a director. During World War II, many film directors left
Germany and came to the United States. They brought with them the same dark psychological style and expressionist
techniques which the French film critics later called, film noir.
Steven Spielberg, who directed “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, was also influenced by Hitchcock. Francis Ford Coppola and George
Lucas were both influenced by the Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa. Martin Scorsese was influenced by Orson Welles and
Hitchcock as well.
Scorsese was once asked in a film class about why he had to look at old motion pictures from the past. He replied, “I still
consider myself a student. I’m always looking from someone or something that I can learn from. Do it like painters used to do.
Study the old masters. Enrich your palette. Expand the canvas. There’s always so much more to learn.”
I began to take classes, read film books, and rent videos in order to learn different film techniques from around the world. This
journey has led me to an exploration of my own background. My father of German descent made me want to experience the
cinema of Europe. My mother, who is originally from Bogotá, Colombia, has led me to explore the world of Latin American
cinema. Regardless of our origin, we are all connected in some way. The languages from the many countries around the world
are different. But the language of film is universal. The moving images, compelling stories, underscored by music and
gripping performances create an emotional reaction. It speaks to us, touches us, and forces us to look deep within. Many of
the films that you watch today will affect you in a certain way. Later in life, when you watch them again, you’ll experience new
ideas, thoughts, and emotions. The films themselves haven’t changed. The films are still the same as the day they were
completed. But you as an individual have changed and grown with your own life experiences.
I just recently revised and expanded a web page of my favorite films.
Here is the link … http://www.josephdpeters.com/Favorite-Films.html
There are many more films that I have seen and enjoyed. This is just a sample of the many films from world cinema that may
inspire you to look and explore other film connections and influences. So, whether you venture into your local multiplex,
revival Cinema Theater, Netflix rental, streaming online, cable television, or simply watch a film from your iPhone, please
consider exploring the world of cinema from the past to the present day. The language of film and its history and culture has
much to offer and provides us a look into the past, present, and where we might be in the future.
Joseph D. Peters is a filmmaker who writes, produces, and directs. His recent feature film projects have inspired him to explore
his Latin American roots in Colombia as well as his interest in shooting in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Spain. You can visit his
biography/resume through his webpage … http://www.josephdpeters.com/Photos.html
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