Posted on 18 June 2011
Serinda Swan is one of the hottest new actresses in Hollywood and one of the sexiest women to ever come out of Canada – period. This Vancouver native was most recently seen in Disney’s “Tron: Legacy.” In “Creature”, Serinda plays Emily who is engaged to Nile, (Serinda’s real-life boyfriend Mechad Brooks), an on-leave Navy Seal.
What starts out as a fun getaway to New Orleans, soon turns into a nightmarish fight to survive in the swamps of Louisiana. As the brutal locals target Emily hoping that ‘Lockjaw,’ (As the Creature is known), will accept her as his latest sacrificial bride.
Serinda (named after a Tibetan flute) has built an impressive film and TV resume, already appearing in Chris Columbus’ blockbuster “Percy Jackson and The Olympians” as Aphrodite (she originally auditioned for Medusa). As well as a re-occurring role as tough-as-nails bounty hunter Erica Reed on the TV Series, “The Breakout Kings”. Her guest-starring roles have included “Hawaii Five-O”, “Supernatural”, “Psych”, “Blood Ties”, “Smallville” and “Reaper”. (BTW, this isn’t the first time Serinda has had to deal with a water based and mysterious creature, she was also in the TV movie, ‘Beyond Loch Ness!’)
No stranger to the camera, Swan has been acting since the tender age of three. She got her first break and the opportunity of a lifetime, by being hand picked by director Joel Schumacher to star in the film “Cousins”. Since then she has appeared in over a dozen commercials, including Milky Way, Macy’s, Much Music, Absolute Poker (where she was the named their spokesperson) and as one of the faces of Guess watches. Her exotic looks, a mix of Spanish, Scottish, Irish and English decent catapulted her success in the fashion industry. She’s modeled for famous labels Dorinha Jeans, Miss Sixty, Diesel, Kusuiko, Aritzia and Venus Swimwear. It’s that undeniable beauty that has not only gained attention on the big screen, but has also secured her multiple shoots in Maxim magazine. Recently Serinda was ranked as one of the “Top 100” most beautiful women by Sports Illustrated magazine.
When she’s not burning up the pages of Maxim or on location, she’s an avid surfer and comic book fan. Naturally athletic, Serinda has 13 years as an accomplished gymnast under her belt, which helps when she has to learn her choreographed fight scenes. That and the Krav Maga (hand-to-hand combat style used by Israeli special forces) she picked up in training for one of her most popular TV roles.
Serinda Swan is currently in the process of completing her latest movie with Paul Wesley and Billy Bob Thornton.
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Posted on 18 June 2011
“True Blood”s Mehcad Brooks, is a SAG award-winning actor who won for outstanding performance in an ensemble cast as the murderous Matthew Applewhite on the ABC Comedy “Desperate Housewives”. He was also nominated for an Image award as outstanding supporting actor for the same role.
Daily Variety named Mehcad as one of the “Ten Young Actor’s to Watch” in 2005 and you can’t help but notice Mehcad shirtless as one of the recent faces of Calvin Klein underwear. This former fashion model is creating quite a buzz around Hollywood, his role as Benedict “Eggs” Talley on Alan Ball’s “True Blood” has won him rave reviews and legions of new fans. He also just landed the part of “TK King” the frequently fumbling wide receiver, in USA’s latest drama “Necessary Roughness”.
In “Creature” he plays Nile, a trained Navy Seal on leave from Iraq who decides to get some R&R on a road trip with a group of friends. Including his fiancé Emily, (Real-life girlfriend Serinda Swan who Mehcad met on the set). On the way to New Orleans, they take a temporary pit stop in the Bayou, which quickly turns into a brutal nightmare where they become hunted by the local swamp legend “Lockjaw”.
The thirty year-old has already landed re-occurring roles on some of TV’s top shows, including HBOs “True Blood”, ABC’s “Desperate Housewives”, UPN’s “The Game”, Fox’s “Boston Public”, “Dollhouse” and the critically acclaimed “K-Ville”. As well as guest starring spots on “Cold Case”, “Ghost Whisperer”, “One on One” and “Malcolm in the Middle”. His segue into movies seemed only natural and is proving to be a run away success, he’s already worked with A-list directors James Gartner on “Glory Road”, Paul Haggis’“In The Valley of Elah”, Sanaa Hamri’s “Just Wright” and the highly anticipated new Chris Carter movie “Fencewalker”.
Mehcad is not just another pretty boy turned actor, he was accepted by Yale but opted instead to attend the prestigious School of Cinema at USC. In his spare time he still plays basketball, (Back in Texas Mehcad was an all-state basketball player in high school). On his down time he likes to add to an extensive vintage Playboy collection and enjoys strumming on the acoustic guitar. Look out for Mehcad Brooks with supermodel Selita Ebanks in latest hilarious State Farm commercial.
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Posted on 18 June 2011
Q) This is a story you have been working on for awhile. Where did you first come up with the idea?
The creature had been kicking around in my head since 2000. In 2002 my friend, writer/director Tracy Morse, shared with me a script he had written called ‘Lockjaw.’ It was a story set in the Florida everglades about a serial killer with alligator teeth. I suggested that the killer become a creature, a force of nature, something closer to the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” and it clicked with both of us. We began writing a new script together focusing on the monster. Then in 2009, I started creating a graphic novel based on the origins of the creature and out of this came BLOOD IS BLOOD.
Q) How different were the storyboards you created from the actual footage you shot and then what was edited as the film?
BLOOD IS BLOOD was originally conceived as a graphic novel, so I had a ton of material to start with. All the drawing I had already done prior to the film being green lit, allowed me to storyboard about 90% of the film, so the actual footage and final edit are pretty close to the original boards. There are some changes, of course, most of the changes were cuts made in editing. Like all films the actual footage changes from the boards in one way or another, for a myriad of reasons, as you shoot, but my DP, Christopher Faloona, and I worked very hard to keep the framing of the film as close to the sequential art as possible, really trying to give the film a graphic novel quality with its composition and visual style.
Q) During the casting, did any of the characters change based on the actors you met with?
Oh, most definitely! The two biggest examples of this are with Dillon Casey, who plays ‘Oscar’ and Aaron Hill, who plays ‘Randy.’ In Dillon’s case, I had written Oscar as slightly overweight, bespectacled, geek – the exact opposite of Dillon. When I met with Dillon and we discussed the role, he changed the whole way I viewed ‘Oscar.’ Dillon’s got a quick, sarcastic wit and a natural charm that puts people at ease when you first meet him. So I rewrote ‘Oscar,’ trying to capitalize on Dillon’s knavish personality.
Aaron’s character of ‘Randy’ had initially been scripted as the older brother to ‘Emily’ (played by the enchanting Serinda Swan). He was more of the Alpha Male of the group. In my original script ‘Randy’ and ‘Niles’ (played by the fabulous Mechad Brooks) had an ongoing tension between them that finally erupted into an all out power struggle. Then I met Aaron. He is a very tall guy and very funny. He just brought such a kind and boyish quality to the character that it made me stop to think: “Have I been going the wrong direction with ‘Randy’?” It was a huge change to the script but Aaron was so believable in his performance that I am glad I made it.
Every actor in this film really brought something to the table and I tried to incorporate their views of the characters into the script. I was truly blessed to have such a fantastic group of artist across the board.
Q) What did Daniel Bernhardt bring to the role of Lockjaw and what was the monster suit like?
Mr. Bernhardt, Wow, I could speak volumes on this man. Daniel brought EVERYTHING to the role of Lockjaw! He was Lockjaw and ‘Grimley.’ Daniel and I spoke at great length about the creature during prep; how he thought, how he moved, what he ate, why he killed or didn’t kill, everything. Daniel’s ideas were amazing; he even developed a language for Lockjaw! As a world famous martial artist, Daniel was able to bring a physicality and grace to the creature that no one else would have been able too, but it was his amazing talent as an actor that allowed him to imbue the character with very tragic and human qualities that set Lockjaw apart and make him so much more than just an unstoppable killing machine.
Being in a creature suit is hard and very physically demanding work for anyone, but Daniel made it look easy, never a complaint, even after hours of sitting in the makeup trailer every day. Daniel had started a rigorous work out routine months before the shoot, just to prepare himself for the long hours in the suit. He and Jerry Constantine (the incredible make-up artist who made the suit) worked together from the very beginning stages of the makeup process. Every piece was sculpted to Daniel’s form and various mechanics were tailored to him. The suit itself weighed upwards of 60 lbs and when wet could weigh as much as 120 lbs! Daniel had to be very careful not to become dehydrate with temperatures topping 100 and 100% humidity in the swamps of Baton Rouge. He was a soldier! I’ll never get that lucky again.
Q) Not only is this film your directorial debut, but it is your first film that you are able to work with your wife, who is listed as a co-producer. What was that like since she has seen you work on the material since it was just an idea in your head?
I wouldn’t have been able to do this film had it not been for Kerry, seriously, I can’t say this enough. We have been married for 15 years and are still best friends, so having Kerry as a producer really wasn’t all too different for me; she was still the boss.
Kerry has always been supportive of projects of mine and deserves a medal for being married to an obsessive, perfectionist, such as myself for this long. She was there from the inception of this project; helping me put the package together, doing budgets and schedules with me, so it didn’t take long before we both knew she would have to be there for the project if it was to see completion. It was very natural having her work with me; she is use to my creative process. I can’t speak for her, but it was a great experience working with her creatively; very freeing, because I really knew that she believed in the project as much as I did.
Q) There is a rich back-story to the monster. How does that set this film apart from other horror movies?
I think the back-story helps set this film apart from other horror movies because it really allowed me to know the characters on an intimate level and convey this to the actors. This was very important because I had always seen BLOOD IS BLOOD as a very different type of horror film, and it is. It is a character-driven piece of horror, not a kill-driven film, and the back-story helped the cast and I add another layer to the characters. You really care about them, even the ‘bad guys’ and especially the monster; every character in the film has a personal motive for what they do, as opposed to just upping a body count. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of the red stuff, but the violence in the film has reason and meaning.
Q) What was it like shooting down in the swamp in Louisiana?
Oh man, Louisiana is awesome! Sure it is hot, muggy, and full of life, but the food and the people…the best! Seriously, everything is alive down there; it’s like the forest primeval. You can’t walk five feet into the swamp without asking yourself “What just slithered over my foot?” But it was incredibly helpful and realistic to BE in the swamp; to actually be afraid to stand too long at the water’s edge; it really set the perfect mood. As awe inspiringly beautiful as it was, it was also tough conditions to shoot in. Thankfully I had such a great crew!
Q) Most of the cast is comprised of younger actors but Sid Haig also stars in the film. What was it like directing him with his long history in the horror genre?
A DREAM COME TRUE! Man, hands down, Sid Haig is the best; a legend; a personal hero of mine. I am a fan always have been. I have been watching him since I was a kid on “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and when I got the chance to work with him I was so excited! I kept telling my kids “Do you know who your dad is going to see today? Well do ya?! Sid #@*!%ing Haig, kids! Sid #@*!%ing Haig!!”
Sid gets it, man. He is such a professional and such a great actor. Sid really inspires everyone he works with; certainly that was the case with me. Having him on set was a dream, and the guy knows horror. Sid is such a natural leader, I could tell that the younger actors looked up to him a lot. I am honored beyond words that he was able to be such a large part of the film! Directing him was a lifelong dream of mine and I am thankful to have worked with an actor as gracious and talented as Sid. What he brought to the film, to his character, really set the bar high for the other actors and established the entire tone of the film.
Posted on 17 June 2011
In CREATURE, six friends are on their way to New Orleans for a memorable adventure but their road trip soon turns into something none of them will ever forget.
The group – Niles (Mehcad Brooks), a Navy Seal finally home from combat, his shutterbug girlfriend Emily (Serinda Swan), her brother and Marine Randy (Aaron Hill), Randy’s main country bell squeeze Beth (Amanda Fuller), trickster Oscar (Dillon Casey) and his sister Karen (Lauren Schneider) – is taken on a detour into Lockjaw Country after visiting a rustic gas store owned by a congenial hillbilly named Chopper (Sid Haig).
He tells the tale of a fabled god-like creature who haunts the depths of the swamps and insists they all must check out the old Beautine shack where the monster was born. Their faith is put to the test when Lockjaw turns out to be more than just a myth and they realize the locals are hiding a terrible secret that jeopardizes them all.
Directed by Fred M. Andrews, CREATURE gives new meaning to the term local tourist trap and introduces a monster legend that is just the beginning.