Tom Savini Checkin' Terror Tickets at The Baggage Claim
With so many big screen productions happening at the speed of a mile a minute, it's nice every so often to go back and look at the gory glory of the short film. Especially when they star one of horror's living legends.
From the Press Release:
Legendary make-up effects artist, filmmaker, and actor Tom Savini has accepted the leading role in director Irene Miracle’s short film The Baggage Claim. Based on the screenplay by Tim Lucas, The Baggage Claim is a production of The FACTORY Digital Filmmaking Program at Douglas with program director Robert Tinnell and film student Jason “Cartman” Baker serving as producers.
Savini’s ties with the FACTORY run deep, as the film school is part of the Douglas Education Center in Monessen, PA, alongside the Tom Savini Special Make-up Effects Program. “Whenever possible I try to work alongside the students at DEC, but in this instance it was the material that attracted me - it was simply too good to pass up. Viewers are going to see a different side of me as an actor,” said Savini, whose next big screen appearance is in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete alongside Robert De Niro.
“Tom was my all-time first choice for our leading man," says director Miracle. "No one has given Tom the chance to show his romantic side so this will be a page turner for us all. Talk about a director's dream! I'm over the moon!"
Also making a special appearance in the film is actress Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni, best-known for her work in Dario Argento's Opera, Phantom of the Opera, and Mother of Tears, as well as Lamberto Bava's Demons 2: The Nightmare Continues and Ghost Son. She recently gave a tour de force performance in Simona & Claudio Simonetti's The Dirt.
Coralina is looking forward to this wonderful adventure. "I am honored that two very gifted artists like Tim Lucas, whom I consider a brother, and Irene Miracle called me on board to create something special alongside Robert Tinnell and The FACTORY Digital Filmmaking Program at Douglas Education Center. This is a chance to be part of a memorable experience and witness a new generation of film-makers as they go towards their bright artistic future."
Providing an original score for The Baggage Claim will be Steven Severin, legendary bassist/songwriter/lyricist of Siouxsie and the Banshees, who will be writing the film’s music in collaboration with his wife, American composer Arban Severin. Steven’s music has been heard in such films as Visions of Ecstasy, The Craft, Showgirls, and Batman Returns.
"Irene and I are humbled and inspired to have attracted performers of such stature to our project," said screenwriter Lucas. "These are artists we've admired for years, and it's thrilling to look forward to working with them and to be told we're giving them an opportunity to show sides of themselves their past work hasn't allowed them to explore."
“This is precisely the sort of interface between professionals and students we strive for here at The FACTORY,” added Tinnell. “Although I must admit I’m pretty stunned at the caliber of talent we’ve managed to attract for the production, it represents a tremendous opportunity for these kids.” Production on The Baggage Claim is scheduled to begin in late July in the studios of The FACTORY.
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