I have just been sent the first production photo from Emily Hagins‘ new movie, My Sucky Teen Romance, which is currently in production in Austin, Texas (wrap is scheduled for the beginning of September). Some of you might remember Emily from the popular filmmaking documentary Zombie Girl: The Movie, which Hagins attempt to film a feature length zombie movie at the age of only twelve years old. Emily is now 17 years old and for her third feature, she has chosen to script a teen comedy, but with vampires. Her latest effort has her biggest budget yet, and a number of local Austin professionals have stepped forward to help her achieve her vision on film.
“I’m really excited about this project,” said Hagins. “It’s the most professional crew I’ve ever worked with, which is enabling me to focus on getting great performances from the teen cast.”
I think the concept of the film is kind of clever. Where can real vampires prey in a world obsessed with fictional Vampires? How about a sci-fi convention filled with Twilight fans. The vampires don’t even need to disguise themselves, as they blend in with the vampire cosplayers walking the floor. Hit the jump to see the first production photo released from this independent production.
“I want the characters to be real geeks– they know about Twilight and the teen vampire phenomenon. But these vampires are the real deal, and more than everyday teenagers can take on. The comedy comes from the awkwardness of regular kids dealing with monsters who have been over-romanticized in recent pop culture,” says Hagins. “This is a teen comedy written, directed, and acted by teenagers. It is a unique opportunity to capture the genuine teen experience.”
The special effects make-up was created by Doug Field (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, Machete) and Susan Benson. Click on the image below to enlarge:
Logline: In a culture that is currently overrun with romanticized vampires, it is up to four geeky teenagers to defend their friend and beloved sci-fi convention from a group of very real, and very blood-thirsty vampires.
Synopsis: On 17-year-old Kate’s last weekend in town, she and her friends plan to spend it together at SpaceCON– the local science fiction convention they attend every year. At the convention Kate meets Paul, a recently turned teen-vampire (who is also dressed as one). But when Kate tries to make a move on him, he accidentally bites her in the neck. Kate and her friends soon discover Paul is not the only vampire at the convention, and it is up to them to stop the vampires and find a way to turn Kate back before it is too late.