So... What Happened To Carpenter Hill?
It's the question we are probably asked most often these days, so, I thought it best to set the record straight. Come hither, dear children, as I spin you the tale of how a duo named Carpenter Hill Productions became Creepy/Cool...
I, Ryan Shovey, have been making films for year, before moving out to Los Angeles to pursue greater content (Check out more in my Bio). Upon moving out here, I met an awesome writer, who, not only wanting to venture into Film Producing, nay, also ended up being well versed in the ways of the horror film, as well as being from the magical land of Orlando, FL. This, was Nicole Bird (who ends up having a rad Bio as well). We both had a similar goal in mind, to stop waiting for people to give us permission to make our films and just go out there and create. That's when we made our first film together for the My Rode Reel Challenge, Cecilia. At this point, it was time to take ourselves serious. We had both been HUGE fans of old John Carpenter films, especially the ones produced by Debrah Hill. So, since I essentially have always wanted to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Carpenter, and Nicole really admired Ms. Hill, and we couldn't stop watching and analyzing Halloween and reflecting on the effect it has on us as artists, we decided to legally make it office and become Carpenter Hill Productions in 2014.
As time went one, we created more films. We formed an LLC in Los Angeles and started taking meetings with scripts we had. Let me tell you, getting an LLC out here is not at all for those who make like no money with their art. We had to pay $800 before even starting our business. Then, after buying a camera and a few necessary items to make it work, we made no money at all. But, we sure did pay a lot out. Nevertheless, we made movies. The first film to go under the Carpenter Hill Productions banner was Mirrored. While in post-production, we decided to make Lover, which was for the following years' My Rode Reel. We developed 4 feature film screen plays, expertly penned by Nicole, each meant to go out as a request from several interested producers. Then, things got rocky.
As stated earlier, we made no money. The life of an independent film makers rough, as I'm sure you all are aware. There is so much content out there these days that everything has to pop just right to be seen and remembered. Mirrored played in several film festivals, having it's premiere at Screamfest 2015 in the Chinese Theater. Lover started to get recognition. We made another short films about our holiday woes entitled I'll Be Alone For Christmas. Alas, we were still broke. Time came to renew our LLC license, and we were met with a decision to make. Should we renew? We weighed the outcome, and all signs pointed to the negative. We had no money in the bank account, we never made revenue, and we were staring at another $800 to pay the government yet again with no income. We decided against renewing.
We were, however, at this time, still going by Carpenter Hill Productions, using the website, Facebook page, and YouTube banner, but something just wasn't clicking with the identity any longer. I had the hardest time creating a new logo and animation for our films, and the name wasn't clicking with the social circles that we ran in. It just felt odd to move forward. The final nail in the coffin happened during a July 4th party. A friend of a friend told us this story about how he was filming some amazing content and received a letter from the freaking man, John Carpenter, himself! He was so excited to read it, since he was also a huge fan. The letter that he read, however, was nothing to be happy about at all. In fact, it was upsetting because Mr. Carpenter wanted to make a film based off the same property this guy was making, but he couldn't because of the rights that went into this production. Nobody was happy. Mix that story with the recent court win that John Carpenter had over Luc Beson for copyright infringement, and the signs were starting to get clear. We did not want to get on one of our heroes' bad side. So, respectfully, we decided to drop the production title altogether.
This was a hard decision, since we really admired what happened to in the mid 1970s when John Carpenter and Debrah Hill took the world by storm with Halloween, then back to back classic horror films that we still watch religiously when in need. We didn't take their names in vein. It was pure respect, and, in doing so, a reminder of what we needed to do as artists to make a name for ourselves. Alas, we weren't going anywhere...
Our films have this unique and quirky tone that we love creating. Our stories are about very real people in supernatural situations and how they handle it as part of their day-to-day lives. The stories and situations were always rather creepy... The telling of the stories was always kind of cool... We weren't making torture porn, or having bloody messes for the sake of having a bloody mess, we were telling off fashioned, slow-burn horror stories that are meant to be enjoyed in a crowded theater full of like-minded fans. What better name to embody everything we ever were and forever will be moving forward than Creepy/Cool Pictures!
This is who we are, and this is what we do. We are here to entertain and make you think about life through the art of film. We are here to talk about what excites us in genre content. And, we are here to promote and support our friends who have and continue to help us along the way. Moving forward, this website will be the hub for everything Creepy/Cool. Thank you so much for visiting. Please, make sure you watch our films, subscribe, and tell a friend. Without amazing people like you, we would just be a couple of crazy film kids from Orlando, FL with the insane dream of making it in the picture business. However, with you walking with us, we're family.
Thanks for reading. Until next time, my friends...