Recently in a Q & A session I spoke with Tory Wolfe the director of Kids Spooky Movie , and later with Rome Saranto who works with Tory Wolfe Films, here’s the scoop: The Secret Ingredient to their success, these kids are third generation filmmakers.
Alan: Is it true you had a deal with Hollywood and turned it down?
Tory: Actually we had two offers. The first offer, come to L.A., do a complete re-cast and get started. The second offer was, come to L.A., we’ll buy the script and try to work something out so you can produce and direct?
We said no to both of these offers. Look, we had a window of opportunity to get started, if we didn’t get started during that summer the kids would have to start school and wait another year to see what might develop. Neither seemed like good options at the time.
The idea of making this film, aside from giving the kids their first shot was to show kids all over the world, they too could turn their stories info films. So, for us to sell out to Hollywood that early in the game would have been totally counterproductive to our goals.
Alan: There are some folks out there scratching their heads, saying they would have jumped at the chance to sell their films. What do you say to them?
Tory: Well it’s a little more complicated then that. These are friends I’ve worked with so I’m not going to mention names but they wanted to much creative control. They have a formula they believe in and this was not my first party. I was willing to negotiate as long as everyone understood what we were trying to accomplish with the kids and their careers.
Alan: I had heard that NIKON USA, was a big help with Kids Spooky Movie, and you had tremendous support from others, can you tell us about that?
Tory: Yes we did and it was amazing, I called old friends at NIKON USA, and sent them a script and they wanted in. They showed up with equipment and two of their top tech guys, Steve Heiner and Mark Kettenhofer, as this would reportedly be their first shot at a full length motion picture.
NIKON USA, is tops in my book. They brought cameras and lenses that were so fast & sharp that we shot some scenes using those little $2.00 dollar L.E.D., flash lights available at any gas station. The camera work alone is a good reason to see the film.
Skyler Proctor the DP/ Operator was so pleased because most of the film is shot at night with small lights, sometimes just the light from the campfire, so Skyler didn’t need a large crew or a huge grip package to get the job done.
And I might add that we could only work the kids on set for so many hours a night, so Skyler was under tremendous pressure and I really don’t think we could have made Kids Spooky Movie, without NIKON.
Jay May of “Feature This”, came on board, he is the master mind of product placement deals for many films. Jay brought us, Heritage Foods , who kept the cast and crew happy until lunch, KYMCO USA, gave us two, four wheelers to move people up and down the hill and they never missed a beat.
Idaho based, “BUCK KNIVES”, gave all the kids a special edition pocket knife to carve the bows and arrows they needed for the, Big Battle Scene. The Hollywood Stuntmens’s Association gave Tony his wardrobe, it’s wonderful that so many people wanted us succeed and yet there’s no Vampires, no blood or nudity?”
Tashia Johnson-St.Clair, owner of, “Sweet Popins, gave the kids and crew case upon case of her incredible , connoisseur Pop Corn for the “dailies” each night, wait until you see the credits?”
The entire city of Middleton, supported this film and helped make it possible. Mayor Vicky Thurber, the Chamber of Commerce, Becky O’Meara at the, “Gazette”
Tim O’Meara at Greater Middleto Park & Rec., Lori & Don Sprattley at Jim’s Pawn, this was the best film location I’ve ever been to.
Alan: Did you have problems finding cast & crew in Idaho?
Tory: We didn’t have as many choices as one might have in L.A., but found almost everyone we needed right hear and we trained some young people to fill in.
We couldn’t find anyone to play Grandpa’s brother, which was a small part but had a couple of stunt gags which might not be easy for an old guy, so at the last minute I had to step up for that, so we too have a director’s cameo and I’m sure someone will call me out for that. You just gotta do what you gotta do to get the job done, right?
What’s great about Idaho is that it’s a right to work state and they love filmmakers so other than the transpo team, who were great I might add, we had no real problems finding people.
Alan: I know you had a lot of kids in this film, was that a bit challenging?
Tory: I think W.C. Fields said it best, no kids in the next one. No, I’m kidding! You just have to keep them sugared up and fenced in. I’m kidding! Tony & Vinny and most of the cast were great in that regard. When the kids were not acting they went about helping the crew and learning the process. The kids behaved professionally.
Alan: So now that the films is finished do you have an Ad Agency or Marketing partner?
Tory: At the moment we are a little light in the wallet, so we are reaching out to anyone who can get us through the last hurdles, which are marketing and advertising should we not find a distributor. In that regard we will need an Angel or partner who will take an equity position in exchange for the funds or Advertising services. In the interim, we are trying our luck at crowd sourcing and have launched a campaign on Indiegogo.
Tory puts it this way, “We had a window of opportunity to make this film with or without Hollywood before the kids would be back in school. We moved forward and we hope you enjoy it. Life is sorta like that, but you must never give up.”
Kids Spooky Movie, Finding Grandpa’s Gold”, is an amazing film, by 12 year old kids from Idaho. The Trailer:
For further information visit http://kidsspookymovie.com or contact Tory at 208 585-9217
Tory Von Wolfe
Tory Von Wolfe