Kevin Smith Wraps Red State, Releases First Teaser Poster
11.01.10 by BJSprecher
Indie filmmaker Kevin Smith announced on his personal website that his latest movie, the horror thriller Red State, has wrapped after just 25 days in production. Not only that, but Smith, who wrote, directed and edited the low-budget indie movie, revealed that he screened the first cut of the movie at last night's wrap party, a mere two days after putting a wrap on principal photography, which has to be some sort of record in the annals of movie-making.
Kicking back and taking in the very same flick we all worked so hard to get in the can with the very same cast & crew that made it a mere 48 hours back more than makes up for the low budget (4 million) and the complete lack of salary. But you do a movie like RED STATE because you love it; everyone’s there because they wanna be there; there’s not-a-one of those disgusting, soul-f*cking paycheck players in the mix. Passion calls us all together, love of what we’re doing/saying bonds us, and the film is the result; the movie’s a love child.
In keeping with his do-it-yourself attitude, rather than "sell out" to an ad agency to help him promote the movie, Smith revealed that the first teaser poster for the movie was actually designed in-house by a production assistant.
[The poster is] moody, weird, and pitch-perfect for the tone of the film. If I went out to an ad agency here in town, I’d be billed close to 20 grand for a campaign that’d maybe… maybe… include this poster. But this piece of artwork (I call it “The Holy Ghost”) didn’t come from a top-tier ad agency: Jon Gordon is my RED STATE producer, and this poster was created by his assistant, Melissa Bloom. So we’ve got a marketing image that was put together by someone who was on set every day, integral to the process that produced the film which inspired this image.... That’s what I mean by self-reliance: why go outside the family for sh*t we can do ourselves?
Red State does not yet have a release date, but it is aimed at a 2011 theatrical debut.