I do realize I need to post more on here. It was the main purpose that Rough Ride Creations put together this wonderful site, that and as a one-stop platform for all things Scream Park. But I just wanted to take a moment and reflect on all the work, time, money, and effort that has gone into making it a reality.
In May 2011, I was determined to make my first feature film and in a matter of days had the first draft of the film completed. It all just seemed to come together like they always claim in screenwriting books it does. By August, we were scouting, casting, and putting all the pieces together. Two years later, the film is done, getting great reviews, a distribution deal, festival spots, and a growing presence on Twitter, Facebook, and the internet. I look back at the scope of it all and where the film is today and all I can say is: "It worked!" Scream Park was a proof-of-concept for me: that I could write, produce, and direct a film from start to finish. And from those 88-odd pages of paper to the shelves of stores, it was an incredible ride.
I certainly could not have done it alone. There were those who were with me from the very beginning, including my wonderful wife, who helped keep things in perspective...this is very important when making a film as it becomes your world, your reality. All thoughts and actions revolve around the film and what needs to be done. It becomes, I've found, very easy to lose your concept of what else is going on in the world, in life, etc. But that's what I love about it. The tired old Chinese saying everyone has heard is "Find a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life." It couldn't be more true. The 20-hour days, the grueling pace, the stress...all worth it. It never felt like work.
And with that, I'd like to thank all those who made it possible. My faithful crew who came back night after night to shoot. The extras. The people and workers at Conneaut Lake Park, University of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Community Television who all made it possible. And of course, the phenomenal cast of actors, models, misfits, and friends who brought the characters to life on screen. My favorite feedback from those who've watched the film is always which character they loved and "were sad when they died." This is what makes slasher films so fun! It always tells me we did the job right in honoring that golden age of horror, the 1980s. Kudos to the actors that played the roles.
For those that haven't heard, the film has been accepted at a number of festivals and horror conventions. Last was the Eerie Horror Film Festival where we reunited with Doug Bradley (always a pleasure to see him). These things have proven to be a blast and are worthwhile making films just to be part of them. We've also signed a distribution deal with Wild Eye Releasing out of New York/New Jersey area. These folks will get Scream Park to shelves, online stores, and television around the world and I thank them for it. Hopefully, we wont have to wait much longer to see it there.
Lastly, thank you very much to all our fans and followers out there. You're the other reason the film was made. I wanted to prove I could do it, but I also wanted to see some quality, fun product in the oceans of poor or half-baked low budget horror that Netflix and Best Buy seem so keen on stocking their shelves with. It truly was a passion project with a mission statement.
Cary Hill Producer/Director