Blade and Blood

byFaruq Oyekan

Blade and Blood is a dark, gritty, and highly suspenseful short film from the mind of director and writer J.D. Glasscock. 

Blade and Blood is a brilliantly designed and written short film that explores the genre of Neo-Noir. The genre is home to films such as Brick, Fargo, The Dark Knight, and Mulholland Drive.  In Blade and Blood this genre reaches its highest evolution, and the resulting masterpiece is a mix between cinematographic sharpness and narrative brilliance. The plot is J.D. Glasscock’s short is full of tension for audiences and an incredible sense of thrill.

The film’s tense and high threat of danger is thrilling for audiences. When combined with the film’s color palette, audiences are left with an atmosphere that is the embodiment of a film noir film, but with the look of a much newer film, such as Drive or Only God Forgives.

Most of my films come from dreams.  I've always had a lot of trouble sleeping since i was a wee one, and often have toss and turn turbulent dreams which I remember vividly.  Blade & Blood is my fav of my films so far.

- J.D. Glasscock

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Concerning production quality the film is technically great. The setting captures the look and feel of an actual gritty noir landscape, and the use of contrast and a minimalist set design allows for the darkness of the plot to shine brightly throughout this short.

At times I found myself reminded of films such as Sin City or NightCrawler

The acting is outstanding and the dialogue is incredibly sharp and engaging. If you are a fan of neo-noir and its dark, twisted tone of dialogue and character development, be sure to feel right at home with Blade and Blood.

I had 600 dollars to shoot that and edit, which made me have to really strain my creative brain.  Also since all my features I am aspiring to get backing for are big budget scripts, Blade & Blood is one I was thinking about making a feature script out of as it has the story there to do so and I believe I could shoot it for under a hundred grand, unlike my western, sci fi, horror and supernatural thriller all of which would take millions...

- J.D. Glasscock

Looking deep into the film’s plot we can observe a story that is multi-layered and drench in a sense of regret and redemption. This pays off throughout the short by allowing a sense of mystery and discovery for audiences. Essentially, Blade and Blood is a film that creates its thrill not only from the action on screen but additionally from what must be uncovered.

For fans of action, horror, thriller, drama, and suspense! Blade and Blood is the film the complete package. Check it out on Youtube!

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INTERVIEW with J.D. Glasscock (Director/Writer)

First of all how long have you been film making? What got you interested?

Ok first question you seem to want my bio -- JD Glasscock started as a slam poet on national teams in 1990.  6 years later he moved onto being the singer/songwriter/front man of a blues rock band called Sofa King which lasted ten years.  Though he still writes both lyrics and poetry in 2005 he moved onto studying film writing and directing with a special emphasis on lighting, specifically, Noir Lighting.  He moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to finally pursue those aspirations.  He currently has 5 short films to his name and has won awards as a filmmaker at large festivals.  He has a 6th in preproduction.  He also in addition to his filmmaking has 13 self-published books which can be found here (http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=JD+Glasscock&type=)  Those books include poetics, lyrics, video game designs, excerpts from his film scripts, graphic novels, kid's books etc...His current goal is to solicit backing for his first feature film, a western entitled Lonesome Hill.  He has 3 other feature film scripts written and 27 outlined in the wings there’s my bio from my website Home (http://www.stormcrowproductions.com/)

What inspired this short? 

Most of my films come from dreams.  I've always had a lot of trouble sleeping since i was a wee one, and often have toss and turn turbulent dreams which I remember vividly.  Blade & Blood is my fav of my films so far.  I had 600 dollars to shoot that and edit, which made me have to really strain my creative brain.  Also since all my features I am aspiring to get backing for are big budget scripts, Blade & Blood is one I was thinking about making a feature script out of as it has the story there to do so and I believe I could shoot it for under a hundred grand, unlike my western, sci fi, horror and supernatural thriller all of which would take millions...

Any interesting behind the scene stories?

Interesting production stories.  My directorial debut -- Burning Cigarettes which humbly and blessedly I have been able to win awards with.  I had to argue with the DP over and over again to get him to do my noir lighting how I wanted as he kept saying that doesn't follow lighting rules.  I told him to do it anyways and when we were done shooting, he revealed to me he thought that was the best lighting he had ever done.  I found that funny.....I am a hands on director, designing my lighting and camera work.....

Again, thank you so much, very beautiful of you and when the article and review are up let me know and i will promote it and drive traffic to it.

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What is it like film making now after having made this film? Has your approach changed?

I am always learning after every film, specifically on the nuances of noir lighting.  Personally I can't wait till my imagination is not limited by budgets as on every film I've shot there has been numerous creative ideas I haven't been able to do cause of the lack of money.   As an artistyou never stop learning.  I have been writing for 25 years yet still always attempting to get better, the same with film.

Do you have any projects lined up for the future?

I have my 6th short Memory Road in post, my 7th, A Bloody Song (My ode to Tarantino) in pre-production and 2 more on the dockets after that, A God Among Sheep and Courage in the Teeth of Death.  To be honest though my whole focus is to keep shooting shorts till I can find someone to back me in my first feature film.  I have never had a writer’s block so have limitless material to shoot.  I am the opposite.  I have to tell myself to quit coming up with script outlines so I can focus on shooting what I have.

Any advice to filmmakers?

Never give up on your dreams, they are the tools with which humanity betters itself.  Also first impressions are last impressions, so don’t shoot something or show it till you can shoot it in a quality that will win stuff and blow minds.   Also, an addendum to that, shoot within your budget, don’t cut corners to shoot things like action when you don’t have the money to make it believable.  Always keep your audience in the world you created.

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Faruq Oyekan is a San Diego-based screenwriter and filmmaker. Born and raised in California, Faruq dedicates his time to producing and participating in film projects across the region. Faruq's own film work consist of short film narratives that explore realms of fantasy, sci-fi, and the bizarre. To Faruq, short films are just the right length and the prime arena to inspire others with new and innovative narratives.

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Blade and Blood

Directed by: J.D. Glasscock

Written by: J.D. Glasscock

Cinematography by: Ian Feiner

Starring: Adam Michael GoldBec Doyle, & Carlos Aylagas

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Runtime: 14  min

Genre: Drama

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