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Another piece of info - emerging Californian pop star Mandi Leigh ( [sign in to see URL] ) has a cameo role in the film as an almost-rape victim (rescued by The Wraith), and sings the film's beautiful love song, Home of Darkness, which will play over the end credits. Stephen Semones, the film's director, also directed the music video for the song, which will appear on the DVD.
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Details have been on the movie site for awhile now, but I thought I'd also post them here and get some discussions going on them. So, here are the DVD specs:

* The full 45-minute (approx.) film
* Three trailers
* Outtakes
* Deleted scenes
* Interviews with cast/crew (video & text)
* The Wraith press functions (eg. Cinemall release... etc.)
* 'The Making of The Wraith' documentary
* 'The Wraith Visual Effects' documentary with visual effects supervisor Marc Kimball from The Troupe
* 'The Clothes Maketh the Man' documentary with Wraith costume effects personnel Lance Coulter & Jeremy Colyer from Xtreme Design FX
* 'Home of Darkness' music video with Mandi Leigh
* Audio commentary from director Stephen J. Semones
* Audio commentary with various cast/crew members
* Audio commentary from executive producer, Trinity Comics publisher & The Wraith writer/creator Frank Dirscherl
* Stills gallery


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Thought I might add some pics to show just a small sample of the visual fx appearing in the film, all courtesy our visual effects supervisor Marc Kimball from The Troupe.

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Just a few more days until the bigscreen premiere. Check out the Cinemall website for screening information :) - [sign in to see URL]
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Looking forward to seeing it Frank, but haven't heard back from your director yet.

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My apologies, he should have. The only thing I can think of is time got away from him. The actual 7pm August 19 premiere is now sold out, but the rest of the screenings later that night and over the weekend are all open and available :)
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Well, The Wraith: Eyes of Judgment - The Official Script Book and Movie Guide is now available to buy by going to the below link:

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Read the film screenplay in its entirety, read interviews with myself and the film's director, read the director's regular blogs from the nearly two year period of principal photography, view behind the scenes photos never before seen and, as an extra bonus, a small Wraith comic story detailing the origin of the character.

All available now via the above link, or from your local bookstore (just give them the book's title, the author's names and the ISB number, and they can order it in for you).
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Well, the official big screen premiere was last night, and here's a report from the film's director, Stephen J. Semones on how the event went... suffice to say, it was an outrageous success!! emoticon emoticon

I woke up after about five hours sleep to my wife getting my son off to school. I was expecting Jonathan Wall and his wife Carmen at any time, so I figured it was time to get on with my (Birth)day. I had to be at the television station at 11:45 with Ryan Basham to do a spot on the noon news, so I just had a couple hours to get ready. Jonathan called and said he'd be in after lunch. He and his wife drove up 10-12 hours from Orlando just to come and be a part of the premiere. He was driving over-night but got really tired and had to stop to rest, so that eased me up for the TV station.

Ryan and I went to the local station and were immediately greeted by a reporter and her cameraman. They took us around so we could do some interviews where we shot some of the film. Then we headed back to the station for an on-set interview. We were interviewed for about five minutes and then left. (NOTE- I'll be sending Frank all three news spots they ran on us from Friday soon!!)

When I got back home, the phone started ringing off the hook. Apparently, everyone had nothing to do but watch us on TV. Rolling Eyes J/K After about an hour and a half of talking on the phone, Jonathan called from across town, so my wife and I bolted to go have lunch with him.

After a late lunch, we came back to get ready for the premiere. At 5pm, David and Stacie Cooper arrived at my house so we could all meet and leave together. After 30 minutes, we arrived at the Cinemall.

Upon pulling up, I noticed that they had "THE WRAITH" on their marquee out by the road with the other films. Basically when we arrived, most of the cast and crew were shortly behind us, so we were off to set up for the reception and get the film ready.

Ryan Basham set everything up for the reception as David Cooper and I went to the HUGE projector hall up in the attic and got the projector ready. From up high in the projector room, we saw for the first time our film on the BIG SCREEN. After that, it was on to getting Jonathan Wall into the theater with a walkie-talkie for him to relay sound levels back to us upstairs. Once we had everything ready to roll, Coop and I went back downstairs. This was also about two minutes before seating, so when we went out to find everyone, the lobby was PACKED FULL OF PEOPLE. I asked Coop if these people were here for our movie and he thought so. When we got closer to the crowd, we noticed they were ALL in line for our film. Friends, family, and people we didn't even know were filling the lobby for our little film.

Everyone but the cast\crew was let in shortly after Coop and I made it back to everyone else. As the people walked that long hall, then onto the red carpet, and into the theater... I felt my stomach start to drop. I could feel pressure like someone sitting on my chest. Panic was starting to set in. I paced around the cast and crew in the reception area. An hour later, I thought, and all those people who just went into the theater would be standing where I'm at now telling me what they thought. A nervous flutter of energy swept over everyone. Then it was time.

Ryan led the cast down into the theater with me bringing up the end of the line. He walked in and greeted everyone in attendance. Then, he introduced the cast and they all came out together to a roar of applause. They took their reserved seats while I waited in the hall leaving the theater. It took forever before Ryan introduced me and then he said it... "Ladies and gentlemen... The Director of The Wraith, Stephen J. Semones". I waited about two seconds because I was shocked when he said my name. As soon as he said my last name, the theater absolutely roared with applause and cheers. It was deafening.

I walked out waving to the crowd and introduced myself. I'll save what I said for the DVD, but I briefly introduced the film and thanked everyone including the cast and crew. Then as I was going to sit down, David Cooper stood up, announced it was my birthday, and caused me to be taken back by another wave of deafening applause. I took my seat and sat nervously as the lights dimmed... then POW! It came on.

I was in complete awe and filled with shock at seeing The Wraith on the screen. As the opening to the film went into the main credits, applause rang out again. People cheered throughout the opening credits and then got quiet as the film began. They laughed at all the humorous bits, jumped in fear (Cobra scene), ooohhed and ahhhed at the CGI and sound fx, and cheered like mad when it was over. It was such a rush and a high sitting there taking it all in.

After the film, I hung around and talked to people as they were headed to the reception. I didn't want to leave the theater until I saw everyone else leave. As I talked to people on their way out, the response was all the same... "Awesome." "Great!" "Wonderful" Impressive". I made my way to the reception with a great feeling of relief. Success had just been achieved.

At the reception, everyone was taking pictures with the cast and crew and getting them to sign newspaper articles of us, the scriptbook, comics, etc. Everyone wanted their picture taken and camera flashes were abound. People were also interviewed for the DVD after the film, so there are some great comments about us and the movie. Everyone was absolutely in love with the film. William Wright, my buddy for over 9 years and journalist for Film Threat and Penny Blood magazines, came up to me shaking his head and my head at the same time.

William made my night. As he shook my hand, he looked me dead in the eye and said: "Thank You. Thank you for making a comic book film that was smart and visually pleasing. " He also told me that the camera work was nothing short of genious and amazing and what I did shooting on video, pros in Hollywood can't do on film. That was a cool thing to say and it made me feel good about my overall style. He told me that I was now one of his favorite filmmakers and that Film Threat is going to totally eat us up with coverage. Good to hear. Very Happy William is a great guy, but most of all... he's a critical bastard when it comes to movies, so his approval HAS TO mean something. I mean, he's a film journalist.

Anyway, after the reception, we were greeted outside by a small crowd of kids\teenagers just hanging out. When they found out that WE were the ONES responsible for The Wraith.... well... we had to all break out the sharpie's and start signing more stuff. Really weird kids... had us signing skateboards, body parts (don't ask.. ok?), shirts, foreheads, and anything else they could find. I think I even signed a napkin at one point.

We all left and went out for dinner and drinks. A great time was had by all. William finished his interview for Film Threat by talking to me, David Cooper, Rick McVey, Trevor Carter, and more.... After dinner, we all said our goodbyes and thank you's. It was bittersweet and something I'll never forget.

The premiere was PACKED full of people. Very few empty seats were seen. However, as we came out of our show, there were already about fifty people in line for the second showing. It was amazing... simply amazing.

I DID however walk into the second show to see how the crowd was taking it. Cooper and Randy (Eight Ball) went with me. As I peeked around the corner during a Latham\Grieco scene I noticed something... there wasn't an empty seat in the whole place. Coop and I started jumping up and down in the little hallway like little kids. The crowd was really into the film and were laughing at a classic Grieco moment. Wink

All in all, it was a bittersweet experience. Ryan said he went to see the second show crowd, but was late getting there and caught them all leaving. Funny thing is, for both shows... everyone stayed until the end of the credits. That was supercool!!!!!! Anyway, Ryan said he heard two guys talking as they came out of the theater. He said one of them mentioned that he heard there is a sequel in the works. Ok, at this, I laughed my ass off.

Let me go on record as saying this: The Wraith: Eyes of Judgment, as of right now, is the ONLY Wraith film in or out of production. Will there be a sequel? Not sure. I have a script I've been toying with, but nothing solid. Especially as far as Frank is concerned. Not even sure if he's read the few pages I DO have for the sequel. Anyway, if we do a sequel, it won't be until at least 2007 when we start. WE DO WANT TO DO ANOTHER ONE, and probably will, but not for a few years. Will it be a sequel or feature? Not sure. Only time will tell.


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Sweet!
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Yep, the entire weekend was a great success. Seems we have a winner with this film emoticon
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