Over the years vampirism has gone from scourge to sexy. Sparkling forever-teens and brooding bushy-eyebrowed emo kids who shit broken hearts have romanticized the creatures to the point of envy so it was only a matter of time before some form of cinema examination would be made of this phenomenon.
Deadline reports that management-production companies Caliber Media Co. and Benderspink have teamed with Simplicity Media to launch an experimental feature film and social media project. Called Bloodloss, the concept is to stage a full-scale production within the modern-day subculture of “sanguine vampires”, a close-knit community with a spiritual obsession to drink human blood to maintain physical health. The feature narrative will be constructed from pseudo-documentary scenes using a combination of actors and true participants in this lifestyle (both human vampires and their blood donors) shot in real vampire-fetish nightclubs. A social media campaign of status updates, blog entries, and video posts will allow viewers to receive daily updates on Bloodloss, while being directly engaged with each character and their experience in this dark world.
The film will be produced by Simplicity Media’s Les Lukacs and Amanda Cryer and Caliber Media’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller. JC Spink, Chris Bender, Chris Cosmos, and Jake Weiner will executive produce for Benderspink. Brad Jensen and award-winning VFX supervisor Rik Shorten will also serve in a co-producing capacity. Casting is under way, and a director will be set shortly.
Caliber-repped scribe Jason Dolan conceived the current version of the project with the producers and did a page-one rewrite to the original script by Jeffery Potts. Bloodloss focuses on a documentary television producer as she investigates her sister’s sudden disappearance into an underground culture of self-proclaimed “vampires” in Los Angeles. As she discovers how these people actually live, their world of sex and drugs is beyond any addiction she has ever experienced.
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