a friend of mine led me to this glorious Fangoria.com post:
No, it isn’t turning bisons into burgers; the latest movie monster is terrorizing Buffalo, NY as SNOW SHARK: ANCIENT SNOW BEAST is currently shooting there under writer/director/cinematographer Sam Qualiana. Read on for his comments on his new creature feature.
The 24-year-old Qualiana, who received a “Filmmaker to Watch” award at the Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival, came up with the title, poster and even the first teaser (one of two you can see below) for the project before the script was finished. Said screenplay begins with a group of biologists making a discovery that turns tragic; years later, a bunch of cryptozoologists team up to track down the truth about the Snow Beast that appears to be claiming human lives. The cast includes Jackey Hall, Michael O’Hear, Robert Bozak, Chris Wroblewski and John Renna, the latter of whom is also providing makeup FX.
“Production has gone smoothly so far,” Qualiana says. “It’s been rough with the cold weather and trying to keep snow out of the camera lens, but we’ve had a pretty good setup so far to prevent the snow from ruining any shots. I’m hoping to have it filmed before May and ready for the festivals soon after.
“I always have had a fear of sharks,” he continues. “Not a lot of things scare me, but sharks terrify and fascinate me at the same time. I can’t go very far into the ocean without turning around, and even swimming in a lake gives me the willies. No other creature has freaked me out so much. Crocodiles never even bothered me, and they can go on land and water. But the thought of a shark on the land seemed like something insane but horrifying to me. It was going to just be a short to reboot something I had made years ago, but all the buzz and support I got made me turn it into a feature.”
Qualiana is still raising money to complete that transformation. “We have started a fundraiser on Indiegogo.com, where we are asking for a goal of $3,000 to put toward helping fund the film. It’s a great way to get in touch with other independent filmmakers and fans who want to help support the film even if they can’t be around to lend a hand.”
You can learn more about SNOW SHARK: ANCIENT SNOW BEAST at its Facebook page.