31 March 2010

Quirk update

I’m taking a very short break from filmmaking. Do not panic, I’m not stopping altogether, but rather taking a temporary break from writing/directing/shooting to finish editing projects that should have been done a long time ago (which will result in brand new shorts – YAY!) I’ll also take advantage of this hiatus to submit SNUFF and HOLLYWOOD SKIN to more film festivals, design the official Quirk Films website and create the posters/DVD sleeves for the films – activities that are quite time-consuming, but need to be done (oh if only I could afford a personal assistant!)

Also at the top of my to-do list: my documentary! According to my original plans, it was supposed to be completed by now… which is not at all the reality of things. When I started, little did I know that I would meet amazing and influential people who would help give a boost to my own short films career and that there would be a ‘Women in Horror Month’ along the way! I got sidetracked from the doc, but took an important step toward the future which is and has always been my #1 priority. All this to say that I pondered a lot about the constant evolution of the doc and I’m in the process of reshaping it altogether to make sure it gets maximum visibility and has the possibility to expand. I’m not saying more right now, just stay tuned for updates!

I should announce my next short film project at some point in June. Last fall I fell in love with an idea and I’m currently in the process of making it as good as it can be, if not perfect, and assembling the dream team to work on it. But in order to do it correctly, I need to complete the pending works which are sucking my energy and focus. Hence the hiatus.

5 March 2010

2nd review for HOLLYWOOD SKIN!!!

It seems like this is the week when the reviews are coming in! :)

Here is the lastest one from Peter Hall/Horror Squad:

"Hollywood Skin, directed by Maude Michaud
Hollywood Skin is, to say the least, bold. Maude Michaud's short holds an unflinching mirror up to Hollywood, reflecting back at it the extreme measures some aspiring actress will go to in order to be thin and pretty enough to make it in the movies. It's exaggerated for maximum impact in all the right places and I have a feeling it could make a solid reputation for itself as a viral success on the web were it a bit shorter. On the flip side, were it any longer (and this the early '90s), Hollywood Skin would have made for one hell of a memorable Tales From the Crypt episode."

You can also check it out in context HERE.

Interestingly enough, the 20-minutes version is coming soon, I think it will make it all the more interesting to see how people respond differently to it!

4 March 2010

First review of HOLLYWOOD SKIN!!!

Check out the first review of my latest short HOLLYWOOD SKIN by John Gholson from Cinematical.

"Hollywood Skin
Directed by Maude Michaud/Canada/Short

I really liked Michaud's Hollywood Skin, a film that has something to say, while also being completely horrific. In it, an aspiring actress moves to Los Angeles and struggles with her body image while trying to land a decent role. She's overweight, yet completely desirable, completely sexy in fact, and the pressure to be a certain type leads her to some very dark places. Michaud handles the material with an intimacy that never makes you feel like she's beating you over the head with her pointed message."

You can also check it out HERE, in context and surrounded by the reviews of the other great shorts that screened during the Pretty/Scary Bloodbath Film Festival.

1 March 2010

I'm now tweeting!!!

I'm giving Twitter a try.  Dunno if I'll get the hang of it or just get tired of the useless repetition... 

Add me (quirkfilms)!!! :D

Also, you can get quick, easy access to it by using this nifty little box, right here ==========>