The Nursery Movie Makes Social Media History

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Photo above:  Carly Sauer as Grace, confronting the darkness in The Nursery.

For Immediate Release

December 9, 2016

The Nursery Makes Social Media History

First Indie Horror Film of its Kind Ever to Reach 50,000+ Social Fan Mark before Production is Completed

Madison, WI  – The indie horror film The Nursery and its incredible fans made history yesterday, becoming the first indie horror film of its kind to surpass 50,000 social media followers (Facebook fans, specifically) before production on the film is even completed. Cameras rolled on the film’s 13-day production schedule on October 31 of this year, and the film is expected to wrap on Saturday, December 10.

The Nursery’s Executive Producers Glenn Chung, Jay Sapiro, and Chris Micklos have made fan outreach and engagement a priority during development and production of the film, sharing with its fans production updates and behind-the-scenes photos, exclusive stills, and more fan-friendly content throughout the filmmaking process. Horror fans have responded enthusiastically by helping The Nursery set its historic mark and build its unprecedented early fan base.

“I’ve been a horror fanatic all my life,” Micklos—also Writer and Co-Director of The Nursery—said. “And since this movie is being made by horror fans, you can bet that it’s being made for horror fans, as well. That’s what this all about.”

Co-Director Sapiro concurred, noting, “We know exactly who our audience is, and we know exactly what scares them, and so we are able to use what we know and what we are learning about them every day through social media to make this a horror movie that they will really respond to.”

Chung said that audience engagement and interaction has been a priority from the start. “When we first began this movie,” Chung said, “we started reaching out immediately to our core audience, keeping them engaged and involved and making sure that they were—and continue to be—part of the process. And they have really rewarded us with their enthusiasm and loyalty.”

 The Nursery is an independent horror movie in the tradition of Halloween, Paranormal Activity, and House of the Devil. When college freshman Ranae agrees to babysit for a family with a tragic past, her run-of-the-mill Saturday night quickly turns into a confrontation with unspeakable horror. Stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past, Ranae and her friends must confront an evil spirit determined to hunt them down one-by-one on a deliberate march toward its ultimate prey.

Find The Nursery’s Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/TheNurseryMovie/ .

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Contact:  Chris Micklos

Phone:  (608) 279-1324

Email:   chris@visuality.com

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Photo above:  (Left to Right) Executive Producer Glenn Chung with technical advisor Jason Knight, as star Maddi Conway prepares for the first shot of The Nursery.

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Photo above:  (Foreground Left to Right) Co-Director Jay Sapiro with Diretor of Photography Daniel Andera, triple-checking the next shot of The Nursery.

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Photo above:  (Left to Right) Writer and Co-Director Chris Micklos reviews the scene with stars Maddi Conway and Emmaline Friederichs during a break in filming The Nursery.

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Photo above:  (Left to Right) Stars Monica Bahr, Claudio Parrone Jr., Maddi Conway, Carly Sauer, and Emmaline Friederichs cheesing out after a late night of filming The Nursery.

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The Nursery Releases First Public Image

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For Immediate Release

December 2, 2016

First Image of The Nursery Movie Released

The Nursery Releases the Film’s First Still Image to its 47,000 Facebook Fans

Madison, WI  – With principal photography expected to be completed in the early days of December, producers of the indie horror film The Nursery yesterday released their first still image from the film, featuring actress Maddi Conway in the lead role of Ranae. The image was first posted on the film’s Facebook page, as an exclusive first-look for the film’s 47,000 Facebook fans.

Executive Producers Glenn Chung, Jay Sapiro, and Chris Micklos said that they were very excited to release the initial image of the film to their incredible social fan base, and they noted that more images—from production photos to stills from the movie—will be posted in the days to come.

“Our fans have been so loyal and enthusiastic,” Chung said today, “that we wanted to give them just a little treat…a preview of the great images and look that we are developing for the film.”

Sapiro concurred, adding, “We have a top-notch team working to make The Nursery look terrific, and day after day, we could not be more pleased with how it’s turning out.”

Micklos hinted that the first image might also give fans a glimpse into the broader tone and feel of the film…and what they can expect from the finished product.

“Maddi Conway has been amazing for us in The Nursery’s lead role,” Micklos said, “and even from this one image, fans should be able to get a feel for what she’s bringing to the table. Intensity. Gravity. Passion. Maddi is putting together a real breakout performance that anchors the entire film!”

The Nursery is an independent horror movie in the tradition of Halloween, Paranormal Activity, and House of the Devil. When college freshman Ranae agrees to babysit for a family with a tragic past, her run-of-the-mill Saturday night quickly turns into a confrontation with unspeakable horror. Stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past, Ranae and her friends must confront an evil spirit determined to hunt them down one-by-one on a deliberate march toward its ultimate prey.

Find The Nursery’s Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/TheNurseryMovie/ .

And check out the image of Maddi Conway as Ranae HERE.

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CLICK HERE FOR A PDF VERSION OF THE NEWS RELEASE!

Contact:  Chris Micklos

Phone:  (608) 279-1324

Email:   chris@visuality.com

Popular “Horror Society” Site Runs Story on The Nursery

The popular online horror site Horror Society has picked up the story of The Nursery‘s amazing fan support.

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According to the story:

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign that ended earlier this month, the in-development indie horror film The Nursery has grown its social fan base in unprecedented fashion, swelling  to more than 35,000 Facebook fans after only a few months of project development.

“Without ‘name’ talent or a brand-name franchise, this level of social media support and following is flat-out unprecedented for an indie horror feature like this!” noted co-executive producer and co-director Christopher Micklos.

“We’ve been blown away by the level of fan support already, before we’ve even shot a minute of the film,” added co-executive producer and co-director Jay Sapiro.  “To have a fan base this big this early gives us a huge boost…knowing that we have such an engaged, built-in audience already.”

There is currently no other indie horror film (a budget of less than $5 million) listed on IMDB as either in-development, in pre-production, in production, or in post-production that has a larger or more engaged fan following than The Nursery.

With a huge horror fan readership globally and 630,000 Facebook fans alone, the coverage in Horror Society exposes The Nursery to a whole new audience worldwide! Along with recent coverage in Horrornews.net and Pophorror.com, The Nursery is receiving amazing early coverage…before the cameras even start rolling!

Click to read the full story at Horror Society here!

The Nursery FB Page Passes 35,000 Fans

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For Immediate Release

October 18, 2016

 The Nursery Builds Huge Facebook Fan Following

In-Development Indie Horror Film Surpasses 35,000 Facebook Fan Mark

Madison, WI  – Following a successful crowdfunding campaign that ended earlier this month, the in-development indie horror film The Nursery has grown its social fan base in unprecedented fashion, swelling  to more than 35,000 Facebook fans after only a few months of project development.

“Without ‘name’ talent or a brand-name franchise, this level of social media support and following is flat-out unprecedented for an indie horror feature like this!” noted co-executive producer and co-director Christopher Micklos.

“We’ve been blown away by the level of fan support already, before we’ve even shot a minute of the film,” added co-executive producer and co-director Jay Sapiro.  “To have a fan base this big this early gives us a huge boost…knowing that we have such an engaged, built-in audience already.”

There is currently no other indie horror film (a budget of less than $5 million) listed on IMDB as either in-development, in pre-production, in production, or in post-production that has a larger or more engaged fan following than The Nursery.

“We’ve worked hard to engage our fans, who have rewarded us by flocking to The Nursery in amazing numbers and helping us move the film forward,” said co-executive producer Glenn Chung.

The Nursery is an independent horror movie in the tradition of Halloween, Paranormal Activity, and House of the Devil currently in pre-production in and around Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When college freshman Ranae agrees to babysit for a family with a tragic past, her run-of-the-mill Saturday night quickly turns into a confrontation with unspeakable horror. Stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past, Ranae and her friends must confront an angry, evil spirit determined to hunt them down one-by-one on a deliberate march toward its ultimate prey.

Micklos, Sapiro, and Chung are partners in the media development and production firm, Visuality. Though The Nursery will be their first feature film, they have been producing creative, award-winning media together for twenty years. The Nursery begins principal photography in early November.

The Nursery’s Facebook page is here:  https://www.facebook.com/TheNurseryMovie/ .

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CLICK HERE FOR A PDF VERSION OF THE NEWS RELEASE!

Contact:  Chris Micklos

Phone:  (608) 279-1324

Email:   chris@visuality.com

Meet the Cast of THE NURSERY!

We are very excited to have our primary cast in place for The Nursery! If you haven’t been following us on Facebook or checked out our recently-completed crowdfunding campaign, here they are! We couldn’t be happier with this talented, energetic group of actors!

Introducing…

Madeline Conway as Ranae

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Emmaline Friederichs as Calista

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Carly Sauer as Gracecarlysauer_600x600.png

Claudio Parrone, Jr. as Jeremy

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Marco Lama as Ray

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David Sapiro as Roman

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Monica Bahr as Blair

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Madison Casting Call – The Nursery

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Production title: The Nursery
Union / Non-Union: Non-Union
Production Type: Independent
Project length: Feature Film (85 – 100 minutes)
Production Company: Visuality (visuality.com)
Film Site: www.facebook.com/TheNurseryMovie and https://thenurserymovie.wordpress.com/

Producers: Jay Sapiro, Glenn Chung, Chris Micklos
Directors:  Jay Sapiro, Chris Micklos
Casting Director:  Jay Sapiro
Audition Location: HopCat Madison | 222 W. Gorham St., Madison WI 53703 (corner of State St. and Gorham)
Email: jay@visuality.com
Compensation: No

Auditions:  Thursday, August 11 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Call Backs: TBD

Shooting Location: Greendale, WI (Milwaukee suburb)

Shooting Dates:  Approximately 7 consecutive days in September (tentative)

 Synopsis: When college freshman Ranae agrees to babysit for a family with a tragic past, her run-of-the-mill Saturday night quickly turns into a confrontation with unspeakable horror. Stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past, Ranae and her friends must confront an angry, evil spirit determined to hunt them down one-by-one on a deliberate march toward its ultimate prey in The Nursery.

Casting the following roles for this session (talent does not have to be exact age of character):

  • RANAE |Female |19 years old
  • CALISTA | Female | 19 years old
  • GRACE |Female | 20 years old
  • JEREMY |Male |22 years old
  • RAY | Male | 15 years old

Character BIOS, can be found at: https://thenurserymovie.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/character-casting-bios/

About the casting session:

While this is an open casting call, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to see everyone who shows up on Thursday, August 11 at HopCat Madison. We will, however, reserve a limited number of audition spaces for those who contact us prior to the session.

If you are interested in being considered for a reserved audition time, please send the following to Jay Sapiro (Jay@visuality.com):

  • Resume
  • Headshot
  • Links to sample work
  • Availability in September and October

Get a PDF of this casting call notice here: 01_madison_casting notice_ACT

The Nursery on IMDB!

For those of you who visit IMDB.com (the Internet Movie Database) for all things film and television, you’ll be happy to know that The Nursery is now listed as a feature film in development. As filmmakers, we’re pretty excited about it. Being on IMDB allows us to reach a wider audience and provides us with another outlet to share all kinds of cool media and information about the film.

If you check us out on IMDB right away, please keep in mind that we’re still building that web presence as we were just approved to be listed (more proof that we keep you guys filled in on everything as soon as it happens!). So please be patient and check back in a few days to see what we’ve added to it. Of course, we’ll do our best to keep you posted via this blog and our FB page.

Before I signoff, two quick “thank you” comments…

Thanks again to Aaron Kopec for letting us hold our first casting session at The Alchemist Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. Aaron is a great guy with a very cool theatre. We encourage all of you to check it out!

Speaking of YOU, thank you so much for all your support for The Nursery. We jumped past 10,000 FB fans a few days ago, and that’s all because of you!

Oh, here’s the link to our IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5903358/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

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