From the get-go, the script for comedy short The Vampire Formerly Known as Dracula was in good shape.
Three of the five directors who participated in the final pitch-phase of last summer's Milwaukee Film Collaborative program chose the screenplay written by local High School for the Arts freshman Ian Walls as the one they wanted to make. Out of that prospective group, Nathaniel Schardin – a recent graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) – won the honors and guided an industry-mentored Friday-to-Sunday single weekend shoot.
After premiering last fall at the Milwaukee Film Festival, The Vampire Formerly Known as Dracula will screen at the 2013 Beloit International Film Festival this coming Friday and Saturday, (February 15th-16th). The well-received short chronicles how the old-school titular vampire tries to adapt to the popularity of new-breed Twilight blood suckers.
At the time of Milwaukee Film pitch-off, education director Susan Kerns had this to say: “Ian’s script immediately won over the Collaborative Cinema screenwriting mentors with its wit. In Nathaniel’s pitch, he followed the script’s lead and sold us on an amusing, historically based tale of past meeting present and cultures colliding.”
[Image of Schardin and lead actor Rick Pendzich courtesy Third Coast Digest/YouTube]
Update - 02/18/13: The Vampire Formerly Known as Dracula won the Beloit Film Festival's prize for Best Student Film.
Previously on FilmStew:
A Kinder, Gentler Vampire
A Multimedia Dracula