David's story

by David Alanson ["Vogel"]
The first time I heard about the concept of Bite Marks was Camping in Carmel with Mark, Dennis and a few close friends about a year ago. Everyone was slightly smashed and deeply occupied by Mark's scary stories. As the evening progressed, the pouring hand gained weight and the creative juices started overflowing. By the end of the trip I put the idea of acting in a feature aside as cocktail talk and got on with my life in DC. Fast forward several months and I receive a phone call from the producer explaining that Bite Marks WAS going to happen and that I should say hello to my old friend Mark as he would be directing.

Once I made contact with Mr. Bessenger, I discovered that I was actually already being considered for a part in the film and shockingly to me - one of the characters (Vogel) had actually been based off ME! However, I would be required to audition for the part (gasp!). Luckily for me I had already made plans to head out to LA for a separate project of my own, so e... continued...

The Southern Indiana Recycling Yard

by Benjamin Lutz ["Brewster"]
I’m at an outdoor café in sunny LA, but all I can recall about the BITE MARKS shoot is rain & mud & rain. So much rain, that the first thing I did in the morning was check my i-phone radar to see what the possibilities for shooting were for that day. And we were working at a real junkyard with real dirt ready to become mud. I wish the audience could smell the finished product on screen. So many movies are about famous stars battling a studio green-screen monster, and putting on synthetic dirt between each take. We definitely didn’t take that direction, and I can’t think of a better place than where we went to shoot.

Because…

It rains in Indiana junkyards! Its rains mud, blood, and shirtless-muscled-up grips. It rains bugs never seen outside of Pandora. It rains a sort of lead smelling sludge that is probably still in my hair. I got oil and in places that one should never find oil. At one point I asked Windham if the blood on his neck was real or fake? ...He responded, “I... continued...

Getting dirty for Bite Marks

by Windham Beacham ["Cary"]
No, I’m not talking about doing full frontal nudity like so many desperate-for-attention gay actors. I’m referring to (thus far) the most fun I’ve ever had on a film set. Obviously, I read the script. Actors should do that in most cases. I knew that my character would fight a vampire in the junkyard where most of the movie takes place. The scene was vividly painted in my damaged brain, and it was already the one that I most looked forward to shooting. Finally! Some action! This would be no weepy relationship drama. I grew up watching horror movies. That genre is and always will be my favorite. Reading this passage in the script, I knew this would be my first (and possibly last) chance to emulate Bruce Campbell in Evil Dead 2. That’s all I ever really wanted as an actor – to get bloodied, bruised, and tormented by my directors. Of course, this would be one scene and not an entire movie, so I figured that Mark Bessenger would put me through a lot less than what Sam Raimi did to Bruce Cam... continued...

Getting started

by Mark Bessenger [Director]
On a movie night out with Sam Park, I had asked his opinion about the value of having a horror celebrity as part of the cast. I knew it couldn't be someone too big, because of our budget, and I wasn't sure if I needed anyone at all. Sam thought it couldn't hurt, and if I could afford someone, I should try and get someone. We ran through a list of possibilities: Tony Todd, Josh Leonard, Clu Gulager, Thom Mathews, Niciholas Brendan, Trent Haaga, etc. Then it came to me: I knew exactly who to ask and I was sure he'd say yes. More on that, later...

Recently, my mother in the midwest had a pacemaker put in, and I visited her for the operation. I also used the visit as an excuse to do some location scouting. We needed a junkyard that would accommodate us, and it so happened that my cousin had recently married a guy whose father owned a scrapyard! They took me on a tour of the place and it seemed as though it would work very well. They had buildings for the junkyard manager's office, piles... continued...

Auditions 4

by Mark Bessenger [Director]
So the day came when I had to make the phone call. My cousin had warned me that her father-in-law was the quiet, stoic type and that he would probably say very little when talking to me but not to be put off by that. So I dialed his number and waited as the number rang. He picked up and I introduced myself. He remembered me (I had him perform the ceremony at my Mom & Dad's 50th wedding anniversary when they renewed their vows), and I thanked him for letting us use his junkyard. Then I told him about the things that he might find objectionable. The phone was silent on his end as I reiterated the fact that the junkyard was crucial to the making of the movie. Finally, he said that he co-owned the junkyard with his brother, and that they would have to talk it over before making a final decision. Damn. I had hoped to settle this one way or the other right then. But I thanked him and said I would call back in a few nights to hear what he had to say.

Meanwhile, I had the best actor, Olev, ... continued...