Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Case Study No. 0515: The Mad Librarian

September 2010 Installment of Lost Trailer Park: Never Coming Attractions. Watch out for the Mad Librarian in "LIBURIED". Are you ready for the next chapter in terror?
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[scene opens outside of the Albert S. Cook Library, then cut to inside the library as a young female librarian (glasses, hair in a bun, yellow cardigan sweater) runs her fingers along the spines of the books on the shelf]
NARRATOR: She seemed like such a sweet lady ...
[the scene freezes, and the camera zooms in on her face as ominous music plays]
NARRATOR: But you can never judge a book by its cover!
[cut to the librarian at the front desk, as a young female patron hands her a book and smiles]
[the librarian stares at her coldly, as the patron's smile slowly fades away]
MAD LIBRARIAN: [calmly] This book is overdue.
NARRATOR: Are you ready for the next chapter in terror?
[cut to a young male patron sitting in the library, talking on his cellphone]
MALE PATRON 1: Nah, it's cool, man. I'm at the library.
[the librarian walks up behind him]
MALE PATRON 1: Yeah, that place. With the books.
MAD LIBRARIAN: No talking in the library!
[she gets a crazed look on her face, then grabs him and pulls out his tongue with her bare hands]
[cut to the librarian pulling a book off the shelf, as the camera zooms in and "Liburied! (c) 2010 Midnight Crew Studios" appears on screen]
NARRATOR: Liburied!
[cut to another male patron opening a book, but he opens it too fast and the spine rips]
MALE PATRON 2: Aw, fiddlesticks!
[the librarian suddenly appears and grabs the book out of his hands]
MAD LIBRARIAN: You broke the spine!
[she grabs him with one hand and tears his head clean off (with the spine still attached), then laughs maniacally]
[cut to the librarian walking calmly through the stacks, as the female patron from before is quickly trying to back away and screams in fright]
[she puts a finger to her lips and forcefully shushes her, then cut to a closeup of the female patron as the scene freezes]
NARRATOR: Liburied!
[cut to the librarian violently stamping a book ("Due Date Oct 31 2010")]
NARRATOR: Check it out!

Midnight Crew Studios presents ... "Liburied"
Starring Leana Chamish, Lauren Lakis, Kyle Watson, Wade Brown
Written, Directed, and Edited by Chris LaMartina
Voice Over by Andrew Shearer


From blogspot.com:

On set, they call me the "PUN-isher"... its a badge I wear proud and with that in mind, get ready for as many book/library puns as I could come up with for...


To be completely honest, I wasn't inspired by too many other trailers for this one. I didn't watch anything before I shot it... and I can't really think of any "library" horror flicks... which I find pretty shocking, actually. I do, however, really like the weird distortion of the image that occur when I shot with HVX fully zoomed out at close range... it looks like the opening scene from that long forgotten 80s trash-slasher flick, "Matthew".

I guess the closest influence would be stuff like "Ice Cream Man" with Clint Howard or "The Dentist"... all those "great" mid-90s quasi-slashers. So... okay, they're not exactly from the grindhouse era... but I can't break my cycle of mucking up the trailers with scratches, dust, and gate weave. So, get over it...


We didn't have permission to shoot in the library... duh. It was that of my alma matter, Towson University... where I also shot part of my first flick, "Dead Teenagers" and a scene for my second, "Book of Lore".

We snuck in with a cast/crew of six and proceeded to take over the fifth floor... until some eager students and a few tours of prospective freshmen showed up. We shot the gore scenes pretty quick. As you can tell, Lauren's scream is dubbed in (poorly)... because despite being otherwise completely irresponsible... I do value the "quiet" rules of the library.

Kyle (tongue-cell phone dude) and Wade (spine guy) have small roles in "Witch's Brew" and Lauren (our "final girl) is one of the lead witches in "Witch's Brew". Leanna, our mad librarian, is a staple of the East Coast microbudget scene and she kicks ass! She was in my film, "Grave Mistakes" and I love seeing her act crazy!

Leanna Chamish... Mad Librarian
Lauren Lakis... Final Girl
Kyle Watson... Cell Phone Guy
Wade Brown... Spine Breaker

Written, directed, and edited by Chris LaMartina
Voice-Over by Andrew Shearer

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