CONRAD JOHN* (producer, writer, director) makes his directorial debut on a feature film. With a background in law (practiced as a trial attorney), consumer advocacy (a published author and frequent radio talk show guest), and business (several successful start-up companies), he began a transition four years ago to turn his long-time avocation as a writer and filmmaker into a full-time career.
A graduate of Writer's Bootcamp and it's invitation-only graduate program, Think Tank, Conrad has written six screenplays, one of which (Alien Kids, a family film) has been optioned, and another of which (working title: Clifford: The Final Chapter, a psychological thriller) is currently in pre-production with named actors attached.
He has written, directed, and produced two short films, One Dalmation and Ace and Deuce Ventura, Sport Detectives, both family comedies.
In preparation for his first feature film, Conrad turned to Eric Sherman as his technical consultant.
* Conrad John is the pen and screen name for the fictional works of MERRELL
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SCOTT PEARLMAN’s (co-producer) career in the film industry started at the tender age of 16 when the Calabasas CA native got a post production apprenticeship on the independent feature, Fatal Pursuit. This experience influenced him to make short films and videos throughout his high school years. Upon graduating high school, the aspiring producer decided to explore the corporate aspect of the industry. In his first year of college, Scott worked for companies such as Capella International and Miramax. Soon after, he entered the world of independent films, working in all facets of production. Some of his credits include, Roadkill, Dragon Tales, and the 1999 release, Mascara, where he acted as Location Manager.
Haunted House marks Scott’s debut as a producer on an independent feature film. He is currently finishing his film studies at CSUN, as well as putting the final touches on a short he produced entitled, 30 Minutes or Less. He is also the co-founder of two production companies, Fourth World Productions (with co-producer Jonathan Engel) and PTR Productions, which produces commercials, industrials, and infomercials.
JONATHAN ENGEL (co-producer/Jerry), also a California native, began performing on stage at CSUN. His passion for theater has landed him roles from Shakesphere to romantic comedies. He continued his studies at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Hollywood. The multi-faceted Engel also writes and directs. He recently completed a short which he directed and produced entitled, The Sea Turtle, which he plans to turn into a feature film. In July, 1999, he and Scott formed Fourth World Productions, which accepted roles in Haunted House, first as casting director and location scout, then later--after the site of production switched to Southern California shortly before the start of principal photography--as co-producers. Jonathan also plays the timid pledge Jerry, who was sent into the house alone as part of his initiation into the fictional fraternity /1/ (eta-theta-eta).
KEVIN JONES (Director of Photography) began his career in filmmaking as a teenager in the cliched “Spielberg” fashion of shooting 8mm movies with friends and borrowed locations. In one case this led to his near-arrest when concerned neighbors saw Kevin and company shooting a battle scene which entailed a bunch of kids running around with WWI-era rifles at an abandoned house.
In his 20's, he became a firefighter for the city of Glendale, and later, the city of Santa Barbara. Working in the fire service allowed him time to return to his interest in film production. He researched and studied the camera extensively, which led to his first professional job, a documentary on the fire department.
In the late 80's, Kevin founded Alamo Studios in Santa Barbara. It currently houses the largest soundstage in the area and caters to a multitude of major production companies. Although the bulk of his business is in music videos, PSAs, educational films, and documentaries, Kevin has lately ventured into feature films. He was Director of Photography on The Pharaoh Project, as well as Duality, a Star Wars fan film that is currently showing on theForce.net.
Kevin’s clientele have included Whoopi Goldberg, HBO, Dennis Miller, and the Santa Barbara News Press.
GEOFF LEVIN composed the original score to Haunted House. Geoff began his musical career in 1968 on the hallowed stage of Bill Graham’s Fillmore West in San Francisco as part of the rock band People! and continued it in the 1970's as he recorded and toured playing opposite such people as Bruce Springstein, Richie Havens, Kansas, Seals & Croft, and Phoebe Snow with Epic Recoding artist Jimmy Spheeris and banjo player Larry McNeely. He was also a studio musician and his guitar playing can be heard on such albums as Rita Coolidge, Buffy Saint Marie, and others.
In the 1980's, Geoff launched the innovative and internationally successful troupe “Celestial Navigations.” The ensemble also features the renowned character actor Geoffrey Lewis and crafted multi-media renderings of Lewis’ story tellings with score and effects. The group to date has charted 3 top selling CD’s on Billboard Magazine’s “New Age Album” charts and has garnered an Academy Award Nomination.
During the ‘80's, he also began his career in film and television scoring. His music can be heard on all the major networks as well as in thousands of commercials and video productions all over the world, 15 independent feature films, and the animated short, The Janitor, which received an Academy Award Nomination. Geoff has his own songwriting and composing company in Burbank.
ERIC SHERMAN (Technical Consultant) is the owner and president of Film Transform, Inc. of Los Angeles, since 1976 a full-service film and video production company. In addition to being Chief Consultant -- Motion Picture Industry, The Gallup Organization since 1993, Eric is a published author on the subject of filmmaking ("Directing the Film", "Frame by Frame", and "Selling Your Film," are three among six, in addition to numerous articles, reviews and interviews in film anthologies and magazines). Moreover, he has taught at every major film school in Southern California.
Eric is an award-winning and critically-acclaimed director/producer of documentaries (Charles Lloyd--Journey Within, 1968, for example, about which Variety stated: "Perhaps the best film ever made about a jazz musician."); home videos (Pete Rose--Reach for the Sky and Babe Ruth--The Legend and the Man, hosted by Mel Allen, among them); and corporate videos (Profiles on Mary Astor and Tony Randall, for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as an example).
Among his many consulting clients are Art Linson, Producer of The Untouchables, and Paul Haggis, Writer/Producer of "Thirtysomething" and "Family Law".
Eric has also been involved in the production of 10 feature films, including (with Eric's role in parenthesis): The Other Side of the Wind, directed by Orson Welles (actor & cinematographer); Where The Buffalo Roam, Universal, (technical advisor); Going Ape, Paramount, (Production Executive); Stealing Home, Warner Bros. (Technical Advisor); Train to Fight, Starlight Prods., (Director, Production Services); and, Mystic Nights and Pirate Fights, Tacamo Prods., (Executive Producer).