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!

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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

  • Jay

Casting Call Notes – 7/19

Yesterday, the producers of The Nursery spent the day in Bay View, WI, holding our first casting session, and it was a great day!

First and foremost, a big thank you to Aaron Kopec and The Alchemist Theater for hosting the casting session! Here he is, in fact:

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What a great venue not only for the stage productions that they host and produce through the year, but also for an event like this. It was the perfect place for our Milwaukee-area auditions!

Also, thanks so much to David Sapiro, who not only helped us with some actor recruiting but also read with the auditioning actors and hung out with us all day long. He was a huge help!

Finally, thanks SO MUCH to all the actors who showed up to meet us and to audition for roles in the film. We had a terrific group of actors and actresses come through yesterday and really give us everything they had. Considering how narrow the age range is for the roles we’re currently looking at (one character is 15, and the others range between 17 and 22), it was really cool to see a whole range of experience and potential walk across our stage. A lot of talent with bright futures showed up at The Alchemist yesterday!

Of course, I can’t get too specific about the various individuals or our decision-making process at this point, but I can say that more than once I saw our characters make the leap off the printed page and onto the stage. It was amazing to watch.

“The Nursery” is a horror movie, first and foremost, but it is written to tap into a whole range of reactions and emotions: not just with tension and fear, but also with humor and genuine poignancy. As such, it was so exciting to see some of our dialogue spring forth and echo with the nuance and impact with which it was written. I can honestly say that, sitting there in the front row watching of the intimate theater watching actors bring various scenes to life for the first time, there were moments when I laughed out loud, when I felt that familiar chill crawl up my spine, and when I was sincerely moved by the emotional resonance of the brief performance. And at one point, I heard the greatest scream I have ever heard in person. Hands down.

At the same time, as the screenwriter, I found the session more valuable than I had originally imagined it would be in terms of getting a sense for what dialogue and language works and what needs to be revisited. Of course, writing IS rewriting, but this was the first chance to hear others outside of our core creative team read and interpret our words, and there were certainly areas where it was clear that a line or word or phrase just simply didn’t work. And knowing that at this point is so valuable.

So, next steps:

Though we have not scheduled it yet, we’ll soon be having another round of auditions in Madison, and we’ll post information about that as soon as possible. Most likely, it will be in the early part of August, but we’re still trying to decide on a venue.

Stayed tuned, and we’ll post more when we know more.

And, again, thanks to EVERYONE who made yesterday’s casting call such a great success for us!

 

We Hit a Nerve!

Well, I’d say that we might have hit a nerve. Our FB page, which went live a little less than a month ago, has over 7,300 fans! Thanks to all of you for your early support and encouragement. We promise to make it worth your while, and we hope that folks continue to share and stay engaged with us/The Nursery.

So who are we? I think Chris did a very good job of explaining that in his Three Friends and a Dream blog and would suggest that you check it out. I will, however, say that Glenn, Chris and I have been friends and business partners for more than 20 years. Our firm, Visuality, has developed creative and effective media for clients and campaigns all across the country. We’ve been extremely fortunate in that we’ve been able to do what we love – with folks we genuinely enjoy working with – for more than two decades. Our hope is to bring our unique approach to media and storytelling to The Nursery…and everything that relates to it.

Speaking of storytelling, we’re looking for storytellers of sorts for The Nursery. That’s right, we’re looking for actors. Our first casting session will be held in Milwaukee on Tuesday, July 19, at The Alchemist Theatre from 10am to 4pm. All the details can be found here. Be sure to check our FB page later this week, as I’m sure we’ll post photos and updates shortly after the session.

Please stay engaged and involved as we plan to keep “hitting nerves” (I think I just came up with the title for our next horror film…).

  • Jay