Family members will tell you that Adam Dunning can‚??t go 10 minutes without talking about his original movies.
‚??I can probably make it about eight minutes,‚?Ě the 23-year-old director from Carbondale said with a laugh.
That never-ending drive to make movies is just one part of the formula that helped Dunning pin down the Best Director award at the 2012 San Antonio Horrific Film Festival earlier this month for his second feature-length movie, ‚??Laughter.‚?Ě
The film was also nominated for Best Feature and Best Makeup for the special effects work done by Dunning, Jessica Lindgren, Danielle M. Quinn, and Carolyn Seibert.
The plot of ‚??Laughter‚?Ě follows Joey (Rocky Petroziello), a young man ridiculed at school and home for his obsession with clowns. At a going away party following their high school graduation, several of Joey‚??s classmates stage a prank that turns fatal.
The friends swear themselves to an oath of secrecy about the events of that night, but they‚??re gruesomely picked off by a mysterious man dressed as a clown.
‚??Laughter‚?Ě follows Dunning‚??s film career that began with the local premiere of ‚??the inFected‚?Ě in Feb. 2011. Writing for the most recent movie occurred between April and Oct. 2011, and a casting call was held in Moosic in Jan. 2012. Filming began in March and wrapped in June, Dunning said.
Assembling a cast allowed Dunning to control all of the action from behind the camera. With 14 main cast members and about 40 extras, he never had to fill in as an actor like he had in ‚??the inFected.‚?Ě
The accolades he received in Texas weren‚??t limited to the Best Director win. Several horror fans in attendance told him he could do ‚??dangerous work‚?Ě with some new production equipment.
For now, however, he‚??s focused on bucking the Hollywood trend of recycling old characters with reboots.
‚??I don‚??t have to have a $150,000 budget or a $200 million budget to make a movie and worry about whether people are going to like it or hate it. I just made a movie for $3,000 compared to what they can do $200,000,‚?Ě he said.
‚??If you have a good story and a good cast, it doesn‚??t matter what kind of equipment you really use.‚?Ě
‚??Laughter‚?Ě will premiere locally at Marquee Cinemas (301 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton) on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5, and Dunning recommends purchasing one of the 500 available seats in advance by reaching him at (570) 903-7427 or [email protected]. Additional showings may be added if the film is popular, he said.
In addition, DVDs of ‚??Laughter‚?Ě and a companion CD with music from both of his films will be available at the premiere for $15.
‚??Laughter‚?? premiere, Sun. Oct. 28, 6 p.m., Marquee Cinemas (301 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton). Tickets: $5, available in advance from director Adam Dunning at (570) 903-7427 or [email protected].