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From Los Angeles to New Orleans to Lima – Mike Lyddon talks Indie Filmmaking

Mike Lyddon interview Monster DiggareIn the latest interview from the Swedish genre site MONSTERDIGGARE, filmmaker Mike T. Lyddon goes back in time to recount tales of filmmaking and inspiration from Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Lima, Peru.
“My early influences included Harlan Ellison, Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling, Roger Corman, Forrest J Ackerman, and of course the late great Don Dohler.”
On filming First Man on Mars in Louisiana and Mississippi –
“I wrote the original First Man on Mars story while there was a lot of excitement about NASA sending people to Mars. So I thought it would be timely to make a film about Mars, but of course, make it a horror-comedy about a billionaire astronaut who funds his own expedition to Mars…”
On DIY filmmaking –
“You MUST rehearse the script with your cast prior to getting on the set to shoot the film. You MUST block out any needed action as well as you can before you get on the set. You would be surprised at how many low budget films do not do these things, and they suffer for it.”
CLICK HERE to read the entire interview.

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Mike Lyddon Interview at Halloween International Film Festival

Mike Lyddon with Sue and Matt ArtzDateline: Kill Devil Hills, NC. Watch video of the Q&A with filmmaker Mike T. Lyddon after a screening of his new film Cuentos de la Bruja (Witch Tales) at the Halloween International Film Festival in Kill Devil Hills, NC.
The interview was filmed by Festival director Matt Artz and the interview was conducted by co-festival director Sue Artz.
Besides talking about his latest indie horror film, Lyddon also talks about the New Orleans made “Zombie! Vs. Mardi Gras” (1999) as well as his previous feature “First Man on Mars” (2016) which is currently available on Tubi TV.  Parts of First Man on Mars were filmed in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Click HERE to visit Mike’s indie film page, Reel Progress on FB.

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Horror Film Thing in the Shed Returns to Film Festivals

thing in the shed film festivalMike Lyddon’s short horror film THING IN THE SHED is returning to the festival circuit for a short while in conjunction with the new horror anthology book MONSTER PARTY which contains Lyddon’s adaptation of the same story.
The indie film will be playing in Short Block #2 at the 2020 Days of the Dead horror convention in Atlanta, Ga.  Reels of the Dead, which is the film festival wing of the show, will be hosting the film early Saturday afternoon.

Thing in the Shed was originally part of Horror Anthology Movie Volume One, and is available on DVD HERE.  The anthology was filmed in various locations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and New York.

Monster Party is now available on Amazon and Indiebound Books and contains the short story “Thing in the Shed.”

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