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plans to shoot second movie in county
By ANDREA JOHNSON
Lebanon Daily News
independent movie The Creek, created by Cedar Crest High School
graduate Erik Soulliard, was released to DVD recently. Shown in
a still frame from the thriller are actors (from left) Melissa Rhoads,
Tim Jesiolowski, Kathryn Merry, Nancy Soulliard, Dave Foster, Brian
Jesiolowski and Erik Soulliard. (Photos courtesy of Erik Soulliard)
Lebanon County must have that certain something filmmakers like
Erik Soulliard can appreciate.
Riding the success of the independent movie thriller “The
Creek” that was filmed here last year, Soulliard plans to
come back in the fall to Jonestown to shoot his next project, “12
Sure, maybe this 1992 Cedar Crest High School graduate’s adoration
for the county is biased because he’s a native, but the county
does have a wide array of scenery that comes in handy when shooting
a low-budget film.
“I think Lebanon has a broad appeal,” he said. “There’s
a nice variety of architecture, a city atmosphere and great farmland.”
Since the DVD release of “The Creek”
The Creek, recently released to DVD, was created by Erik Soulliard,
a Cedar Crest High school graduate who plans on returning to the
county to film his next movie 12 Bells.
on Oct. 28, Soulliard, of Clifton, N.J., said the movie has been
well-received but requires a considerable amount of time for promotion
and marketing. The DVD has sold out on Internet sites Blockbuster,
Best Buy and Overstock, but moving the 3,000 copies of the DVD has
proven to be a time-consuming challenge.
Fast forwarding through 2007 to present day, Soulliard has done
everything to garner support from a sold-out premiere showing at
the Allen Theatre in Annville, to a meet-and-greet for the DVD release
at Pop Video in Pine Grove on Halloween, to working the film-festival
circuit where the movie won the 2007 Best Horror Feature at the
Illinois International Film Festival.
“We’re just pushing the movie as much as we can,”
he said. “You realize now, ‘OK, I made this movie, it
seems like people like it, but then, how do I get anyone to know
about it?’ That has been my mission.”
Soon, Soulliard will be able to shift his focus on his next thriller
and shoot scenes in the Jonestown area, including the third floor
of Creter’s Guitar Shop at 19 W. Market St., where he also
recently directed a music video for local band Shift Seven for the
release of its new album “1.5 Days.”
The budget for “12 Bells” will be in the $500,000 to
$1 million range, a huge jump from “The Creek,” which
had a budget of $25,000.
“The plot is also much more ambitious,” Soulliard said,
adding that the film is the first in a trilogy.
Residents of an apartment building vanish without a trace, one-by-one
as they walk through their front doors. As they find themselves
transported to a dark warehouse, the story begins to unravel as
they realize a shut-in neighbor holds the key to their escape.
“‘12 Bells’ is much darker and is more of a thriller,”
he said. “I’m really excited because it’s a lot
bigger to tackle.”
Soulliard said Indie-Pictures, the distributor for “The Creek”
is giving him a letter of intent for the distribution of “12
Bells.” Soulliard likes to keep things local and even hires
locals for his film crew including “The Creek” special
effects artists Justin Harrell and Michael George, and score composers
Tim Jesiolowski and Andrew C. Strauss. Now, he’s looking for
nearby investors for the new project.
Hoping to keep building on the success of future film endeavors,
Soulliard and his wife, Nancy, a graphic artist and graduate of
Northern Lebanon High School, want to “create their own jobs”
so they can move back to the county but still do what they love.
“I love the area, I love the people, and hopefully, we can
move back and make lots of movies here,” he said.
“The Creek” may be purchased through online retailers
listed on http://www.thecreekmovie.com.
To preview the movie “12 Bells,” visit http://www.12Bellsmovie.com.
Shift Seven CDs may be purchased on http://www.ShiftSeven.com.
Visit http://www.annubisproductions.com to view other Soulliard