‘Annotated’ – The TerrorScribe Mafia’s First Film

Here it is…
Quite honestly, it’s left me speechless. Not because it’s any great cinematic achievement but because it’s like a monumentally bad cook suddenly discovering he can successfully boil water.

OK, maybe it’s not that bad either.
Still, here it is.

“Annotated” began life as a piece of Lovecraftian flash fiction I wrote for a site called MicroHorror. Basically, it was an experiment to see if I could write a story of 666 words or less. Really, it was more of an experiment to see if I could just still write. A crisis of confidence in a writer inevitably leaves a trail half-finished thoughts and dangling participles. After much massaging, I finally finished it. It wasn’t perfect, but it was mine and it was done.
That was two years ago.

Since then, I’d been watching, reviewing and analyzing films and if I learned anything, I learned that I wanted to make one. At first, I started writing a very ambitious feature script. Then, I had an idea for a shorter, but still fairly tough shoot. My ideas seemed to keep getting smaller until one day; the fine folks at DOA Bloodbath announced they were going to host a local Lovecraft film festival. Then it hit me. I had a very short story that could be shot with one person on one location. It was the easiest shoot I could possibly think of. Certainly, three months to shoot would be plenty of time.

What could possibly go wrong?
Well, that’s a story for another time. Right now, we’ll give you a glimpse of our teaser trailer.

Annotated (2011) 9min | Short, Horror | 20 August 2011 (USA) Summary: A rare book dealer receives a strange book with a small note that reads only, "The world must know." As he attempts to decipher the contents, he finds himself faced with deeper and darker ... See full summary »
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Joe Lopez
Dubbed, "TerrorScribe" by a former editor, Joe made the conversion to horror sometime in the mid-2000s. Little did he know he'd favored the genre all of his life. When not struggling with short stories, he provided genre film reviews for local entertainment sites and later genre sites who could suffer his cynical views.

It was that same cynicism - and some might say hubris - that lead him to have a brief flirtation with filmmaking. His first two efforts, "Annotated" and "Antes Que Seja Tarde (Before It's Too Late)" both premiered at a local H.P. Lovecraft film festival. A third short, "Survivor Girl" proved to be his undoing though plans are in the works to revived the cursed project.

Born and raised in Dallas, TX., Joe now resides in a small Texas town. Statistics say more dead bodies turn up in small towns that big cities... though he claims to have NOTHING to do with that.
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