This weekend, The Ringmaster’s Realm had the chance to catch up with writer / director Erik Bloomquist of a new project entitled Founders Day. This layered mystery has an awesome concept trailer that boasts both atmosphere and characterization; a sample that make us want to see more. After you check it out, you too should be amazed this project is in its infancy, as it already delivers more than some horror that it is already on the shelves.
In FOUNDERS DAY, the quaint, suburban town of Fairfield is shaken by the shocking murder of high school student, Melissa Thompson. The prime suspect is jailed, and the residents look to the town's bicentennial celebration to provide a sense of strength and normalcy. When more bodies turn up, however, the citizens of Fairfield grow increasingly suspicious of one another. With no clear motive, everyone is a suspect.
From watching the concept piece, this appears to be a layered storyline, is that the case?
We’re telling an intricately plotted murder mystery, so there are definitely several things going on at once. But always in an accessible, thoughtful, and fun way.
Is this more of an action or character driven film?
I would say it’s both. It’s the characters that drive the action though, and that’s what makes those heightened moments really fun. This is a film whose intimate moments are just as compelling as the action sequences. The stakes are always high.
What type of response has the completion of the concept trailer for FOUNDERS DAY generated?
Uniformly positive, which has been extremely gratifying and humbling. What’s especially great is that it’s not only fans of the genre are excited to see this. We’ve tapped all sorts of demographics that have expressed a desire to see FOUNDERS DAY. Comments like “I don’t like horror movies, but I want to see this!” or “This might be the first scary movie I actually like” are music to my ears. And I think that all boils down to the story being something that appeals to people on a human level, rather than being something that is polarizing or stale.
How close is the project to becoming a movie?
We’re hoping to build enough momentum and interest in the project to allow us to shoot the feature this upcoming autumn.
The concept trailer had an IndieGoGo and Kickstarter Page. Can fans who want to see more still contribute?
Absolutely, and you would have they team’s sincerest gratitude. If fans would like to make a direct donation to the development fund for FOUNDERS DAY, they can e-mail us at info@FoundersDayMovie.com
What is the plan moving forward with FOUNDERS DAY?
To continue to share the trailer with as many people as possible to get them excited to see the feature film. After being produced, like all movies, we would ideally love some sort of theatrical release paired with other distribution outlets.
Is there anything that you would like to tell people about the film project?
This project is something special. Please share the trailer with your friends, and encourage them to do the same. Join us on our social media pages to stay in the loop. These things are absolutely invaluable to the process. The more people talking and sharing, the faster we can share this story with everyone.
More information on this project can be found from their official Press Release. Swing by one of their links and check it out!
‘Founders Day’ Concept Trailer Premieres Online
Hartford, CT - MainFrame Pictures is proud to announce the release of the official concept trailer for their forthcoming feature film Founders Day. Principal photography on the trailer took place entirely in the state of Connecticut from August 14-18, 2013. Production included 18 actors, 20 crew members, and dozens of extras from across the northeast.
The trailer is viewable at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx6CX4eP6vw
Photos are available at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u8jedvcfhobky06/h8mA0wtya8
In Founders Day, the quaint, suburban town of Fairfield is shaken by the shocking murder of high school student, Melissa Thompson. The prime suspect is jailed, and the residents look to the town's bicentennial celebration to provide a sense of strength and normalcy. When more bodies turn up, however, the citizens of Fairfield grow increasingly suspicious of one another. With no clear motive, everyone is a suspect.
Founders Day is written, directed and produced by Erik C. Bloomquist, a Connecticut-based actor and filmmaker. His recent film Midnight Brew, starring Kyle Edward Cranston and Greta Quezada, recently played the Trinity Film Festival and took home the Screener’s Choice Award. Another project, Laundry Night, will soon enter its third year on international television on ShortsHD TV.
Bloomquist and his team expect to shoot Founders Day in Connecticut in Autumn 2014 and release the film in Autumn 2015.