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Ever want to get intimate with a filmmaker?  Have a burning question or issue regarding Pirromount that has led to cold sores and sleep loss?  Well here’s your chance to relieve the burden.  You can post a question or comment for Mark Pirro here. Then check back later. Mark usually responds within 24 hours.


784 Responses so far.

  1. Dee Martin says:

    Mr. Pirro-I am a fan. If you doubt, I bet your largest video rental outside of California is New Braunfels, TX. Just check. LOVE your work.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hey thanks. I have no way of checking where orders come from or where they go, but I appreciate the support. It’s always great to hear that people out there appreciate our little dog and pony shows.

  2. Mikari says:

    I recently stumbled across Curse of the queerwolf, I was expecting a low budget exploitation movie sold purely on it’s name and not it’s content. I was wrong, very very wrong, it was absolutely bloody fantastic. A self aware comedy that left me aching with laughter and several of my friends at the same time. We do a movie night a couple of times a week and have decided we’re going to try and watch one of your movies every week until we have seen them all and can look forward to the greatness that Celluloid soul must entail.

    > Thank you for your movies, they are truly a gem in Western culture. Please keep up the good work and know you have at least 12 new fans today.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Glad you enjoyed Queerwolf. Of course, it was almost 30 years ago since we made it and technology has certainly improved. Back then, we were lucky to just get an exposure. Things have come a long way since then, and I’d like to think our filmmaking has improved substantially. Please keep me posted as you discover our other works. Hopefully you will find them as entertaining as you found QW.

  3. Daniel Dodd says:

    I found an original “The Spy Who Did It Better” t-shirt at a thrift store in central Connecticut! Hilarious! Looking forward to catching up with your work.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Really?? Wow. What were they selling it for? That’s gotta be an almost 40 year collector’s item. I wonder how it made it all the way to Connecticut.

  4. C Gavin Roberson says:

    Sir! brother and I were wondering if the costs of HD remastering and processing exceeds the costs of original production and processing?

    Any possibility of a future “definitive collection”? Thank you for making manifest your creative visions.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    If you’re talking about our early films, since their budgets were so low; yes, the HD remastering would definitely exceed the original production and processing costs.

    We’re always looking into putting out remastered versions of our early works. There is an HD remastering of Deathrow Gameshow, which comes out the end of October 2016, and the Queerwolf master footage is being looked at by a restoration company in Rochester, NY.

  5. JW says:

    Did you keep the film’s:

    Missing Finger
    Dr. Lie
    You only love twice?

    Have you stay in touch with anyone from Ithaca?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Wow. You must be quite the insider to know about those films. Yeah, I still have them in the archives.

    I’m Facebook friends with about a half dozen folks from Ithaca. Tony Cicchetti, the star of Nudist Colony of the Dead, comes from Ithaca and we’re friends (although we didn’t know each other when I lived there).

  6. Lovechop says:

    Lord Pirro,

    I have the DVD’s, but would like very much to buy the films again in a digital format. I’m far too lazy to keep changing the discs – though I do have a DVD player that permanently houses a copy of Queerwolf (it still works and I still watch it often… just can’t find the remote).

    Amazon digital or the like, something along those lines a possibility?

    Jovus bless you,

    Lovechop

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We’re looking into digital downloads, but unfortunately aren’t quite there yet. Deathrow Gameshow is coming out in October on Blu Ray, and we’re looking into the possibility of an HD remastering of Queerwolf, but for the time being, that’s about all we have to offer.

  7. Hello Mr. Pirro –

    My name is Elijah Drenner and I’m working on a new special edition of DEATH ROW GAMESHOW for Blu-ray.

    We’d like to know if you are available for an on-camera interview and/or audio commentary to discuss your involvement with the film. Looking to complete this in the next couple weeks. We hope you will consider this request.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best,
    Elijah

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m working on a film right now, but I’m sure we can work something out. I hope the Blu-Ray will be the remastered version of the movie. The 1987 version is pretty flawed.

  8. Salute Green says:

    HELLO SIR,

    Im an ex army soldier Iraq war veteran
    (2003-2004) looking to shoot my first film. I have also been doing music for quit sometime as well. I’ve built really good relationships with some well known musicians and actors over the years touring and being a stunt man for several well accreted films. I’m looking for the best route to take as far as distributing my project. I read your piece on how our songs, and projects are like our babies and I totally agree! I’ve considered the idea of making my film a SAG film, but after reading your column i have second thoughts. I’m shooting an action comedy that has all of my entertainment and music friends eager to be a part of after reading the script! I’ve been inspired to take a different approach in releasing my film after reading your story. If i could get some pointers from someone as passionate talented and ambitious as yourself it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your time and consideration,
    sincerely,

    Salute Green

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    All I can say offhand is to keep the passion for your project going. If your cast and crew see how devoted you are, that will spill over to them. Sure, there will be problems and setbacks and flaky actors along the way, but never lose your focus. Make sure you plan your shooting days well (an unprepared director can frustrate a team, especially if they’re not getting paid). Treat everyone with appreciation, and listen to their input (even though you have the final say in all decisions). You’re correct in not going SAG. There is absolutely NO reason to bog your production down with their rules and regulations. Unless you’re putting a name actor in your film and are forced to do it, it’s completely unnecessary. Best of luck with your project.

  9. Colby says:

    Hi. I have been a fan of Polish Vampire since seeing it on USA Up All Night many years ago. The DVD looks and sounds fantastic. I am an avid collector of movie soundtracks, and just curious if the soundtrack could ever be made available. Thank you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I believe we had the soundtrack available on audio cassette years ago, maybe even on CD. However, we have no plans to release the soundtrack at this time. Hell, we probably wouldn’t even be able to find any of the original tapes.

  10. Tom says:

    Hello Mr. Pirro,

    I have been a fan of yours for quite some time and have been wanting to get some basic advice from you for a while now, so I am hoping you have some tips for me. I am currently planning to make a very low budget movie between $1,500 to $5,000.
    What in your opinion would be the best way to obtain distribution for a project that low in cost (if cost matters)

    Since the landscape is changing for the ways of distribution, how do I get something like a low budget horror distributed globally. Do I have to pay for e/o insurance and the thousands it cost to have a movie put on digital platforms or is their another way? Thank you in advance sir for any tips you could throw my way!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hey Tom,

    I wish I had the answers for you. Distribution is probably the most difficult and unpredictable part of the filmmaking process. Some of my films have had wider distribution and some have been self-distributed. The delivery items required will vary from distributor to distributor. Some may require E&O insurance while others may not. I am currently looking into new outlets, and many involve streaming content, which I think is where the future lies. I still distribute my films on DVD, but that market is drying up. I suppose at the end of the day, the goal is to get your project in front of as many eyeballs as possible, even though the chances for making a profit are relatively slim. There are more people out there doing exactly what you are doing, which really fills up the playing field, and makes quality films get lost in a sea of garbage. Anyway, hope that helps.

  11. richard eadie says:

    Are their different versions of “A Polish Vampire In Burbank” Another website has a version at 84 minutes and your DVD at 80 minutes. Your website says 83 minutes. Are these just typos. I want to get the best and most complete version. Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There aren’t different versions, per se. In early video transfers, when the film went through the telecine, splices would catch, causing the picture to rise up for a couple of frames (this is painfully obvious in the VHS copies). Those frames were removed for the 2004 DVD remastering. Removing two frames on each cut resulted in a few minutes lost throughout the length of the movie. The remastered DVD has less of those jumps, less scratches, sharper colors, better titles, etc. So, although the remastered movie runs a few minutes shorter than its original 1983 release, it’s the same movie…just better quality and easier on the eyes.

  12. logan says:

    More cartoonist murdered in the name of MoHappy. Please bring MoHappy (pizza be upon him)out of retirement one more time.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    As you can see…we have.

  13. cyndi buckley (garcia) says:

    I can’t believe it! You made your dreams come true !!! Congratulations.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Still dreaming, darling. Still dreaming.

  14. cyndi buckley (garcia) says:

    Is this the mark Puerto that I went to IHS with and even then, was making movies with his friends???

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    That is correct. Class of 1974.

  15. Wernski says:

    “I didn’t see anything newsworthy there.”

    I swear it’s not a delusion! haha Deathrow Gameshow special edition – here’s the direct link: http://codereddvd.bigcartel.com/product/deathrow-gameshow-collector-s-edition

    I’m waiting for my copy to arrive.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I clicked the link. Site said it was down for maintenance. It’s just not my day.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    ok, found it.

  16. r4roger05 says:

    I just went fi-core. I know that the name “SAG-AFTRA” is copyrighted. This makes me nervous about putting “SAG-Core” on my resume. On Casting Networks, however, the only check-box for me under “Representation” is “SAG-Core”, so it doesn’t look like I have a choice. “SAG-Core” does have the advantage that people are more likely to understand what I’m talking about. I’d appreciate if you have any thoughts on this dilemma. Thanks!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You can put anything you want on your own resume. Don’t sweat it.

  17. Wernski says:

    All good – look what just got posted to the Code Red store tonight! =) Maybe I finally summoned it with my mind…

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I didn’t see anything newsworthy there.

  18. Wernski says:

    I’m the guy who asked about the Code Red DVD of Deathrow Gameshow last year. Thanks for answering my question; I’m back with another one… Is there any chance you could put out the commentary you guys made for that movie somehowm like you did with the making of? …Unless the Code Red DVD is still actually coming out, in which case: awesome, any news on that?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’ve heard nothing from them. The last time I was contacted by them, they were having trouble syncing up the commentary with the remastered picture. Unfortunately, I don’t have a copy of the commentary we made.

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    Mark Pirro Reponds:

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  20. Please let me know if you’re looking for a author for your blog.
    You have some really great articles and I think I would be a good asset.

    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d love to write some
    articles for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please shoot me an email if interested. Cheers!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Well, first of all you didn’t leave us your email. But secondly, I’m not sure how your blogging would fit in here. I’m always willing to listen to new ideas though, so if you read this, get back to me and explain in a bit more detail what you propose.

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    Mark Pirro Reponds:

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  22. Rogerio says:

    Hello Mr. Pirro

    I’ve seen some of his movies, and I like his work.
    There’s a movie in particular buford’s beach bunnies that I would like to know the name of the song.
    Exists in this film, a music of the 80s when it comes to Lauren and Jeeter a love scene.
    I want to know the name of the song or the name of the singer ??
    I’ve tried to find this song but I could not.

    I thank you for answering me.

    Rodrigo – Brazil

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    The song was written for the movie. It was called “One Tender Moment” and it was written by Gregg Gross and performed by Joyce Mordoh, who was the early voice of Pirromount in the 80’s and 90’s. Joyce also sang the theme songs from “Nudist Colony of the Dead” and “Deathrow Gameshow.”

  23. Hey Mark,

    I put together a monthly queer cinema night here in san francisco. It would be awesome to show “curse of the queer wolf” as the mystery feature at our october spooktacular.I have not seen the full thing but i just watched the trailer and think it would be perfect. What would it take to make this happen?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Pick up a DVD and let ‘er rip. I have no problem with your running it at your show.

  24. My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different web address and thought I might check things out.
    I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to exploring your web page yet again.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    glad you found us. Now you’re ours forever.

  25. Mark-I forgot to ask you a very important question: How did you get your films on the “Movies Unlimited” website? Did you have to go through a distributor?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Years ago, I had a distributor handle a few of my films. They worked a deal with Movies Unlimited. When my contract with the distributor ended, I kept the relationship with Movies Unlimited and now whenever they want any of my movies, they order directly from me.

  26. Mark- I’ve seen several of your films over the years (Polish Vampire my favorite). I even have your book that was published in the eighties. Questions: How are you advertising your films? Do you have a day job or is this enough to support you and your family? I’ve struggled for years making Super 8 and now digital films and it’s tough! Even paying actors has become expensive. If you have any helpful tips please let me know. -Thanks Arnie

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I don’t really do a lot of advertising, other than social media. I don’t have a day job. Filmmaking is a full time career for me. I do, however, sometimes freelance on other peoples projects. For example, I recently shot a commercial for a product called “Better Bakery Pretzel Melts.” As far as paying actors, well…you can always find actors willing to work for free. Most will understand if you’re funding a movie out of your own pocket. My most recent film, “Rage of Innocence” cost less to make than Polish Vampire did.

  27. Maddy says:

    Hi, Mr. Pirro. This isn’t a question, but I just wanted to tell you how much I love your movies. When I was 12, I ordered a copy of ‘Polish Vampire in Burbank’, and subsequently ‘Curse of the Queerwolf’, and since then you were really my inspiration to pursue film making as a career. I’m 24 now, and I don’t think I would have realized how much I love it if I hadn’t found your movies. 🙂

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hey Maddy,

    I’m happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed our early movies, and that I was an inspiration to your pursuit of filmmaking. You’re roughly the age I was when I started “Polish Vampire,” so I hope you have a long and successful career as a filmmaker. Don’t ever lose the passion for it.

  28. Artie Bigley says:

    Hi,

    I contacted the Raven Williams you did a story on your site… This was about her topfree activism…

    I was very polite, of course.. Now she is writing false stuff about me on her facebook, twitter and youtube… My impression of
    here is that is a man hater!!!

    Now I nervous because of this nut case!!

    Thanks, Artie

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m sorry to say, Artie, that by contacting this troubled individual, you have now become an unwitting member of an exclusive and detrimental club. Any man who comes into contact with this snake, be it in person or over the Internet, automatically becomes tainted by her poisonous venom. Don’t be nervous though. The good news is that with a little bit of research, anybody can see that her rants carry no weight. She’s just an angry person leading a miserable, abused life, jealously lashing out at anyone better off than her. And if people are stupid enough to believe her elementary school vocabulary and slander, then do you really care what they think? The irony in my case is that her blogs have actually brought people to my website, like yourself, and has been responsible for some increased sales. I find that kind of funny.

  29. Someone says:

    hey is there any way you can email us the episodes of south park 200 and 201? having a hard time finding both! Extremely curious as to why its been censored.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    200 you can find uncensored on the DVD. Episode 201 is available at the torrent website listed in the description.

  30. Kev says:

    Hey Mark

    Long time since I was last on your awesome site and left a message!! Are you still planning the Nudist Colony remake? Also any chance of the stage show happening in the Northeast of England (UK)

    Anyhow have a good one dude 🙂

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I would like to do a remake of NCOD, however, “Rage of Innocence” got pushed to the front burner, and we’ve been working on that for the past year. We may consider doing NCOD somewhere down the line, but not right now.

  31. Lukas Jones says:

    What kind of camera do you use? What camera would you reccomend?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We’re currently using a couple of Canon cameras: 5D and Vixia, I believe. As far as recommending one? They all pretty much do the same thing. As long as you’re shooting 1920X1080, you’ll be in pretty good shape, no matter which camera you choose.

  32. Lukas Jones says:

    Just thought you might want to know, you famous location page for the “ed wood street” has a small error. It says Martin Balsam instead of Martin Landau. Or maybe it`s Martin Balsam playing Martin Landau, playing Bela Lugosi?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Oops. Senility sets in, I guess. We’ll get right on fixing that. Thanks.

  33. Lukas Jones says:

    How do you sell your movies these days? Do you send copies to studios? Do you do festivals or is it all internet now? Thanks

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We primarily sell them via the Internet on this site as well as Amazon.com and Ebay. Occasionally we will deal with a distributor, but not a big fan of going that route since most of them are dishonest. Sometimes we’ll do festivals, but there are really only a handful worth pursuing.

  34. I sed to be able to find good info from your content.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    uh…thank you?

  35. Wernski says:

    Is the Death Row Gameshow special edition still slated to come out on Code Red? I’ve been dying to see the DRGS extras since I saw them mentioned on this site a couple years ago.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I have no idea. We delivered all our materials to them over a year ago, and haven’t heard anything. In fact, we got tired of waiting and decided to put the behind the scenes documentary we produced on Youtube. You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtOw75FraMo

  36. Ryan again says:

    Hi Mark, I found answer from old post so never mind unless you have another opinion thank you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:
    —-If you ever decide to rejoin SAG after going fi core, they’ll most likely assess you with fines/penalties, but if you’re willing to pay, it’s my guess they’ll gladly take you back—

    but i have an another question is that if i’m ficore status, some one said we can’t log in to the SAG website. is that true? I always checking residual tracker. is that same situation on SAG Health site too?

    Many thanks!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I don’t know how SAG has their website rigged up, but it wouldn’t surprise me for them to do whatever they could to discourage members to go fi-core.

  37. Ryan says:

    Is that possible to go back to regular SAG status after fi-core?

  38. Mat again... says:

    Ah, but what if I’m not a member yet? I was a must-join until I finally booked a SAG commercial. (Sweet!!) The initial person I talked to on the phone said: “You want to start a relationship with us by becoming a Paying Non-Member? Is that really what you want to do?” I said yes and got the ‘sigh of irritated annoyance’ as a response. Then it was all phone numbers that go to nowhere. Special blacklistable paperwork I need to file with X, Y or Z who are not in today and so on and so forth and.. Ok, you get it.
    So what is the next step you suggest I take?

    Help me, Pirro Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There’s a saying that I just made up that goes: “You don’t ask a barber if he likes the idea of your cutting your own hair.” Forget any false advice SAG may give you. Anything they do will be to discourage you from going fi-core. All you need to do is write the letter requesting to enable your financial core status, send it registered to their legal department (if you’re local, you can hand deliver it – and get a receipt), and you’re finished. Any paperwork that needs to be created is all on their end. It really isn’t as complicated as they would like you to think it is.

  39. Mat Lageman says:

    Hey I was just read your awesome article on SAG versus financial core. Is it really that easy once you’re accepted to go financial core by sending a certified letter to their legal department? I just did a job and every time I try and call them to initiate my status I keep getting the runaround. Help!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Or course you’re going to get the runaround. SAG is not particularly enamored with Financial Core, so they’re going to do the best they can to discourage their members from enacting it. Once you’ve sent the letter, you are done. You will then legally be free to pursue non-union work. They will eventually send you a letter (reluctantly)confirming your Fi-core status. They’ll probably ask you for your SAG card back. But even if you never get the letter, you have done your part.

  40. Dear Mr. Pirro
    what a fabulous site you have! thank you! I want to go fi core as I’m getting offered a lot of non-union films but a woman at SAG threatened me a few weeks ago and said I would be out of SAG and demanded my SAG card back. Then she called when I got home denigrating fi-core and making me feel so ashamed. I still intend on going fi core.My question is do I HAVE TO SURRENDER MY SAG CARD??

    With gratitude,

    Laurene Landon

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Asking for your SAG card is a futile and symbolic gesture on SAG’s behalf. It’s kind of like a jilted boyfriend asking for his key back. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. Most importantly, don’t feel ashamed. You have every legal right to go fi-core and SAG knows it. However, their only defense is intimidation.

  41. Martin says:

    Just an observation of minor interest: My wife introduced me this week to the series Orange is the New Black. The series theme song’s melody and tonalities are very reminiscent of the theme in Nudist Colony of the Dead.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I checked it out. If the theme song is called “You’ve Got Time,” I didn’t really make the connection.

  42. marcy taylor says:

    Thank you for your kind thoughts and encouragement. Ican clearly see why so many look up to you. You have a very positive outlook.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There’s no point in negativity. It repels people and holds a person back. I wish you the very best with your story.

  43. marcy taylor says:

    Wise council true, but if you just stand by and let someone kick you in the teeth aren’t you just asking?”may i please have another?” He still hunts me..Truth is stranger than fiction. This was bizarre I thought people found a true horror story even scarier He told me of other vict ims.He poured a giant concrete slab in his backyard. The next day there were dead tats, big ones all over it. This was days before i left. Maybe a book would be a better way to say it all. Thank you for you reply.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Whatever you decide to do: book, novel, screenplay, etc. the most important thing you can do is start it. Nothing gets done by just thinking about it. You have to act on it. Best of luck however you choose to proceed.

  44. Forgot one funny thing, this particular sociopath had no sense of humour. He would pretend to laugh, but could not tell a joke. And i tell jokes all day. He had no timing. One time he gave me a listof jokes. I started to notice he was only trying to mimic any emotions and facial expressions. Of course real laughter and joy were as impossible as they would have been for a robot.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’ve only met one sociopath in my life, and she’s more sad than scary. People like that tend to see themselves as the normal ones and in their eyes everyone else has the problems. There’s nothing one can do but just ignore them and get on with one’s own life.

  45. Would you like to do your Silence of the Lambs? I am asurvivor of a real serial killer. He poisoned me with mercury and lead over a 4 month period of time when i lived with him. He kept me a prisoner. I escaped but still almost died. I have poison reports, pictures, my hair fell out. I dropped to 90 lb.s. He is convicted felon. Stole $915,143 in sweepstakes scam.Smooth talking snake became a paralegal in jail. Slap a suit on him, a few smoke and mirror tricks, most people think he is a sweet old guy. He has stalked me for a year now since, even paying my manager and coming to my job. For a while i was homeless when i escaped. Now i am unemployed and still fighting for my life. But i am joyful to be alive and i wake up every day with a sigh of relief to have left the horror. Try and tell people u have been poisoned , they will treat you like you are crazy. It is called gaslighting. This man is a malignant narcissistic killer.. I tried to stop him. Police don’t listen. When you are so sick like that and unable to afford medical care they just assume you are on heroin, sure looks like it, even after bloodwork they just drop the ball. No insurance. There is a lot more to this story. I wanted to write a book, expose him. He is free and preying now on another woman, her days are numbered and this is sad. Doesn’t anybody care? Well, sounds like a great horror movie. Personally i am so traumatized i can’t watch anything scary. I only watch comedy now. Contact me if you want the story. I liked the style of your movies, you sound like an artiste. Found your site by chance while looking for South park,

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    So sorry to hear about all you’ve gone through, but sounds like you are a strong survivor. The movie I’m currently making, “Rage of Innocence,” is my one and probably my only journey into the suspense thriller genre. I prefer producing comedies and will most likely return to that genre when this film is done. I suggest you write in detail about your experience as a book or screenplay and then see if you can generate interest. There are plenty who might leap at the opportunity to bring your story to the screen.

  46. Martin says:

    One of the production pics for Rage of Innocence looks like you’re using a touch pad as a slate. If so, is there software for that, or did you improvise your own? Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Yes, that is a touchpad slate. There are many movie slate apps for the tablet, many are free, some are better than others. I think I tried three or four different ones before I settled on the one we’re using. Just go to the ‘app store’ and type ‘movie slate’ or ‘movie clapper’ in the search window. You’ll find a wide selection to choose from.

  47. calmano charlene says:

    Dear Mark,

    I’m currently working on a TV channel project that should be launched by the end of Q2 2014.
    The editorial line of the channel is to broadcast B movies from everywhere. I had a look at the movies mentioned on your website and I would be very interested in broadcast them on our channel.

    Could you please let me know your phone number or email address in order to give you more information about our project ?

    Thanks in advance,

    Best regards

    Charlène Calmano

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Sounds interesting. Send your info to pirromount@hotmail.com

  48. Jeff m says:

    Thanks for sharing best information related to different type of loan in Colorado..,

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Not sure if I know exactly what you’re referring to, but…you’re welcome.

  49. frederick iannone says:

    do the same tactics apply to IATSE as they do to SAG when going financial core??

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Yes. Fi Core is Fi core, no matter which union you belong to.

  50. Julian says:

    I just started getting into seeing your work In which I have to say it’s not bad. I don’t have time to look over 684 responses to see if this question has been ask but I was wondering what is your religious beliefs. I ain’t know Jesus Freak or Mohammad I’m gonna bomb you because I’m a offended. Actually to be honest I got a fucked up sense of humor excuse my language.I was just curious from watching your films (GOD COMPLEX)along with your min videos on (Mohammad Speaks) what your religious factors maybe and your views. Thank You for your time hope to her back from you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I was brought up Catholic until I reached the age of reason. At about 15 or so, I became agnostic. Today I would call myself an atheist. The only value any god has for me is satire, which can be comedy gold.

  51. Rolando says:

    Mr Pirro,

    Big fan! When you used prosumer camcorders to shoot (Canon HV20) did you use the on camera sound with a mic or was it recorded separately and then laid in during editing? If the on camera sound was used, what type of mic did you use?

    Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    My last three films were looped in post. We recorded live sound on set with the camera mic, but only used that audio as a reference track to put in clean sound later. For the film we’re currently doing, “Rage of Innocence,” we plan on capturing live sound as much as we can, but we will most likely still loop here and there, since it’s tough to get really good live sound all the time. We’re using a Q3 Zoom microphone which records audio onto a SDHD card which I’ll then sync up in post.

  52. Camille says:

    My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and
    find almost all of your post’s to be precisely what I’m looking for.
    can you offer guest writers to write content for you personally?
    I wouldn’t mind producing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write in relation to here. Again, awesome site!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thank you. Glad you like our site. Sure, we would consider guest writers. Give it a shot.

  53. Your style is unique in comparison to other folks
    I have read stuff from. Thank you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity, Guess I’ll just book mark
    this web site.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks for stopping by.

  54. Frustrated filmmaker says:

    I’m jealous of you. You’ve been making movies since the late 70’s and I can’t even make one. How is it you can keep making movie after movie without spending a lot of money and whenever I try to make a movie, I go broke before we even shoot a week? By the way, I have yet to finish my first film, which I’ve been trying to make for the past three years!!!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    No need to be jealous. Just stay true to your own path. One of the reasons I’ve been able to make movies for so long is I insulate myself with positive people. Your letter comes across a bit negative, and who would want to be around that? Negative begets negative. If you are a likeable individual, you will attract other likeable individuals. It’s worked for me all these years and it can work for you too. Remember, stay positive. If you are positive and likeable to everyone you meet, you’ll see how much more cooperation you will get. Good luck.

  55. Richard K. says:

    Hi Mark,

    We knew each other way back in the early 80’s and I got to thinking about you this evening. I’ve always wished you well my friend – you had such drive and humor and I was always this serious guy who wished I could be as funny as you. Anyway, I’m just here to say hi and glad, very glad to know you’re still making movies and making people happy.

    Your friend from 1981,
    Richard Kilroy.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Very nice to hear from you. I never thought you were all that serious, in fact, I remember you helping us out with one of our movies: making a miniature moon through a window and creating a superimposed flower in one of our character’s hand.

  56. Nick says:

    Hi Mark. When you had a distributor, did they ask for copies of signed actor/location releases? I remember you mentioning something about having E&O insurance for Polish Vampire when it was running on USA network. Do you feel that it’s necessary or worth it?

    Thanks in advance!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    No distributor has ever asked me for any releases. I never felt the $1 million coverage of E&O insurance I was forced to purchase was worth it, but USA network saw it differently. Their reasoning was that if anyone came out of the woodwork with some lawsuit, they would go for the deeper pockets (the network), and therefore insisted on it. I think it’s overt paranoia, but these people probably get their share of dumb lawsuits and like to over protect themselves. It’s the same as seeing “professional driver on closed track, do not attempt” on car commercials, even when the car is doing nothing but driving. Some idiot probably brought a lawsuit once and now car companies are paranoid and put on the disclaimer.

  57. Greg says:

    Mark, I’ve always LOVED Polish Vampire and Queerwolf, and was thrilled when they came out on DVD some years ago…but was very disappointed to find out you had artificially cropped those (although not by much) to make them widescreen! They were obviously shot full frame without any notion of widescreen at the time…now I wish I had kept my old VHS tapes from the 80’s. Do you ever intend to release remastered versions of those on DVD in their original full frame full-screen versions?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hey Greg, glad you like the movies. We have no plans of releasing full frame versions. Sorry. I know there will always be purists out there, but the wider screen version works better with today’s televisions.

    Of course, you can always find old VHS copies for sale on Ebay.

  58. Ron La Manna says:

    Hey Mark,I am a electrician/grip/dolly grip..for 20 years I live in Glendale..would like to come and work on some of your upcoming projects ..for free..have some movie equipment also….Ron…714-726-0772…Anaheim number used to work for Disneyland…cell

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks Ron. I’ll keep your number handy. Normally our productions are so small that we don’t require traditional equipment and workers, but you never know.

  59. Peter Havel says:

    Dear Mark: Didn’t know whether to send this to you directly, or the “contact” button.

    On Jan. 7, I ordered Deathrow Game Show from Amazon, which shipped directly from your company. It was a birthday present for a buddy who has been quoting your movie for years. He was thrilled to receive it, and said he was gonna save it for a special showing, when a couple out of town friends could join us to watch it. That was this last Saturday night, March 23rd. We put in the disc with great anticipation…

    And the disc contained Curse of the Queerwolf!

    It’s labeled correctly, but has the wrong movie. So I wanted to know whether to return to you, or Amazon. Or if I could… ’cause I can’t find the receipt! I thought I’d put it somewhere to keep until we’d watched the movie, but it’s nowhere to be found.

    If I can’t return it, that’s okay, ’cause even though I already own Queerwolf, I can pass this one along to someone who doesn’t… and just reorder Deathrow later. But I thought you’d want to know about the mistake anyway.

    By the way, we’re all huge fans down here, in good ol’ Paducah, KY, so once the initial shock of having the wrong movie wore off… we just watched Queerwolf anyway! And had a blast as usual!

    Sorry to talk so long. Just let me know what to do about the disc. Thanks, Peter!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You just can’t get good help these days! So you say the packaging and labeling were correct, but the wrong movie was on the disk? Wow. I bet that’ll be worth something someday. Although that is a pretty rare occurrence, when you have DVDs being mass produced, I suppose every once in awhile there’s bound to be a screw up. Allow me to offer my apologies and make it right. Please send me your mailing address (you can send it to the pirromount@hotmail.com address) and we will send you out the correct Deathrow Gameshow DVD, and as a bonus for your inconvenience, we’ll include one of our other movies as well. Just tell us which one you’d like and we’ll get them both right out to you.

  60. Pirroite for life says:

    Hello. I love your movies!!!! Ever since I saw Curse of the Queerwolf when I was 15 I became a Pirromount fan for life. I have copies of all your movies except Color Blinded, which I hope to get soon. Rectuma is da bomb! Your movies are so unique and original, and in many ways so much more entertaining than the multi-million dollar blockbusters that Hollywood churns out. I can see how much you love filmmaking in your work, and I eagerly await your next film.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks for the kind words. Fans like you are the reason we do what we do.

  61. The Dude says:

    Hello Mr Pirro
    Thank you love the site. Big supporter for what you stand for. I am a huge South Park fan I am a little curious how you got the words for the monologues at the end of 201. Wanted to know what they have said since it aired and you are the only person that has posted ANYTHING that was not the same bull shit.
    Thanks muhammed muhammad muhammad
    The Dude

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hey Dude,

    Glad you enjoy our site. We got a transcript from an early draft of the script from someone that worked on the show. Was this the speech that would have made it to air? I guess we’ll never know. But it was what we had to work with so we went with it.

  62. A Concerned Fan says:

    Hey Mr. Pirro, did you know that some girl put a blog up on the internet calling you a sexual predator? After reading her blogs, I can see that she is mentally ill, but still, I wanted to make you aware of it.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Yes, someone else had mentioned it to me. I’m pretty sure who did it. And you’re right. She does have some mental problems. In 2008 she asked me to help her with a show she hoped to produce. Once I began to see how crazy she was, I backed off (I actually have video of her doing an insane rant of a monologue). Spreading lies on the Internet is her feeble way of attempting to ‘get back’ at me for not helping her. Anybody who knows me and/or my reputation will immediately know that her words carry no weight.

  63. Brian Wilson says:

    I help represent conrad brooks. I’m taking conrad to chiller theatre movie convention in jersey come april 26-28. Can we get a few titles for conrad to sell at the show.

    Sincerely,
    Brian Wilson 586-904-1227

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We can offer you Polish Vampire and Queerwolf at our wholesale price ($10 each). I don’t handle the sales, but if you let us know how many copies you want, we can invoice you for the wholesale amount via Paypal.

    Contact us directly at pirromount@hotmail.com with your quantity and order info.

  64. klakkin says:

    hey, man..i have a question about the creepy puppets song from loooong time ago when you were still on the yooutube…there was a video with a song that i want to hear again and i remember it was a cool one …but you didn’t post to metacafe account …i remember you had it on youtube one before ..please help me find that song again ..i think you know what i am refering to ? yes ? take care man

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We’ve done many Creepy Puppet videos, you’ll have to be a little more specific about which song you’re referring to.

  65. Rich Rubin says:

    Hey Mark,
    It’s been forever but I was reading Ask Mr. Pirro on your newly discovered website (you do good work) and saw an old post from Mike May. Wow!
    Hope you’re well.
    Been wondering about our old days and whether you’re still connected with any of the Universal crowd. I remember calling you a couple of years ago but your number has since disappeared into the endless void.
    Send me an E when you have the time as it would be great to catch up.
    Later,
    Rich
    As Ron C. used to say…Det Da Daa!!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hey Rich, Nice to hear from you. I forgot about that Mike May posting. That was quite awhile ago, and haven’t heard from him since. I still keep in touch with many from the Universal crowd: McCafferty, Elton, Cheryl, Darwyn, Ron, Dori, Zach, Rick, etc. Many come over each week for Sunday movie nights (I have a theatre in my house). Where you living these days?

  66. Lawrence Wilson says:

    Any chance we might see your Super-8 movies on Blu-Ray? I’ve been an admirer of your work since the early 90’s when I started to get serious with Super-8!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It’s hard to say. As technology goes, Blu ray isn’t the end of the trail, and most likely won’t last a heck of a lot longer (relatively speaking). The foreseeable future is hard drive storage and streaming video. It’s likely our films will wind up there at some point. However, at this time it’s just not cost effective for us to release any of our titles on Blu ray.

  67. Okay, So if a story came by that was good enough, Would you consider making a sequel to “Curse of the Queerwolf”?
    “Queerwolf 2: Operation Al Qaeda Ewwwww!”

    And I would even help co-produce the film/aka money and stuff.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I suppose I’d consider anything if the script was right. However, if I were going to remake any of my earlier films, it would most likely be “Nudist Colony of the Dead.”

  68. withheld by request says:

    Dear Mr. Pirro,

    I’ve been a fan of your work for many years and I respect your opinion, so I’d like to get your take on this. I’ve been an independent filmmaker for about 10 years. I’ve made shorts and features. Some have gotten festival recognition and some haven’t really gone anywhere. What has come to bother me over the years are derogatory comments from people who feel compelled to condemn what I have done. I hear comments like, “nobody will ever see these films,” or “you’re wasting your time,” or “why bother doing these movies?” I know it shouldn’t matter but I find these comments hurtful and discouraging. I’m sure in the decades you’ve been making films, you’ve gotten a few derogatory comments. How do you keep your spirits up when you do? Thank you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Dear Withheld (that’s a long name),

    Thank you for your letter. First of all, let me tell you that there is nothing wrong with the way you feel. Films you make are your children and how can someone not be affected by negative comments? However, here’s the antidote: Look at the source of the comments. I would be willing to bet 1/2 all my assets (which are considerable), that at least 99% of these comments come from people who have creatively accomplished way less than you.

    Let me explain. We are kids in a sandbox. We’re having fun. We are doing what we enjoy doing: being creative, expressing ourselves, entertaining audiences. Maybe we’re making a living at it, maybe we’re not. But regardless, we are enjoying our life. I dare say that the people who feel a need to condemn whatever we’ve accomplished are either unsatisfied with their own lives, are in a go-nowhere job, have few real relationships, if any, or are just living a sad life and trying to up themselves by trying to take you down. Would you really care if someone who never bathed told you that you smelled bad? I hate people whose job isn’t making films telling me what film is worth making.

    Anyone who is successful in life knows that a key to success is making people feel better about themselves, not worse. Positive actions attract positive people. Negative actions attract losers. This is why I can get the same actors, crew, artists, technicians, etc. to work on my movies whether there is a budget or not, over and over again – many going back with me over 30 years. They do it because they have a positive experience in being a part of a fun project. Anybody negative gets exiled out of the Pirromount universe immediately, and there haven’t been many since I choose my associations carefully. I have relationships that have lasted decades. I bet these people who put you down don’t.

    You will rarely hear Spielberg, Scorsese or Cameron condemn anybody’s work. It’s not in their character, and it’s rare to find that in the character of anybody who is successful (ok, excluding Donald Trump maybe). One thing I’ve learned over the years is that whoever puts down what I do, whether they’re a postal worker, pool cleaner or crack-whore, none of them appear to be happy about where they are in life. If they put you down as a bad filmmaker, or dismiss what you do entirely, you can take solace in the fact that they are most likely a failure at life. And that, my friend, you will never be as long as you continue to create.

  69. chris cox says:

    considering how satirical your fims are, do have a religous faith and simple able to take a joke and make them simultaniously?

    you my remember me from amazon.com “deathrow gameshow” 2010 and “rectuma”, when i lived in caldwell, idaho. i now live in nampa, idaho

    please,if you could email me back directly outside your site, if you will.

    thank you
    chris cox
    11/28/12
    11:10 pm

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m not really sure I understand your question.

  70. Nino Gvelesiani says:

    Hello
    I live in a small post-Soviet country. I am a journalist and observe the life is my profession. In my script I am describing real life situations. Does it make sense to send the script to your company?
    Logline- Amazing things, which happening during a rich American businessman journey in a small developing country that aspires to be like America.
    Thank you Nino

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Probably not. We pretty much deal in surreal and offbeat comedies.

  71. Tony Young says:

    Hi Mark,
    I’ve been trying to get a hold of you for some time. We have some mutual acquaintances, critic Luke Thompson, filmmakers Young Man Kang, Gregory Hatanaka.

    I have a film set in a nudist part and I have one of my characters singing a line from your song, “Kill all the Zealots” from Nudist Colony of the Dead. I’d like to get your permission to use it.

    I cannot pay any royalties, but it will be credited. If I do not secure permission, I will cut the line. I need to hear from you by Halloween, 2012.

    Thank you,

    Tony Young

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    No problem. Sing away.

  72. Hey Mark, why is it that my prayers get answered more so when I pray to Mark Pirro than to that God fellow?
    Oh and is it too soon to make a comedy/horror movie about the Islam/Muslim religion?
    And I love all your MOVIE!!!! I thank USA up all night for that LOL.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Probably because when you pray to Mark Pirro, you have a much better shot at getting a reply. If we or anyone else were to come up with a good enough screenplay for a Islam/Muslim movie, we wouldn’t hesitate to make it. Glad you enjoy our films.

  73. Cecil McD says:

    Long story short, I agreed to take charge of a sci-fi conventions video room before finding out that they were not going to give me any money to cover licensing fees. I have been begging for permission to show movies for free and have managed some success with Full Moon, Troma, and a few independent filmmakers. But I am still having to get a majority of my movies from Public Domain. Could you please let me show one, or more, of your movies at my convention? I am willing to leave the choice up to you, but would love to show “Nudist Colony Of The Dead” as part of a double feature with Troma’s “Terror Firmer”.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m all about having films shown. Be my guest.

  74. A.j. Spencer says:

    Many thanks for the quote. That will be perfect to put on the poster! If youd like to see the whole thing Ill send you a dvd copy when it has been completed. In the meantime If a dvd is purchased on here do you care to sign them? Thanks again!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Sure, feel free to send it along when it’s done.

    And I’d be happy to sign anything you get from here. Just make sure that you request it at the time you get it.

  75. A.J. Spencer says:

    You hear this one everyday. Your a huge inspiration to me and have taught me that you dont need film school to make a movie. I recently made a film with an ultra low budget (an action/comedy) about a drunk who works in a soup kitchen that one day decides he is going to be a crime fighter. I was wondering if I sent you the trailer and you watched it if I could get a quote from you to put on the dvd cover when it goes to video? This would thrill me to no end!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyvobKlP2Q4

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It’s kind of hard to offer a quote based only on a one minute trailer, but I’ll try with something a bit generic. How’s this? “keeping the independent spirit alive.”

  76. Jd says:

    Hey, when i swim in the water, my weener gets smaller how do i fix this?

    thx,

    jd

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Sex change.

  77. Hello Mr. Pirro,

    I hope all is well. I’m sure you have heard this thousands of times before but I’m going to tell you anyway. I am a huge fan of your work. Deathrow Gameshow is one of my favorites as is Curse Of The Queerwolf. I’ve watched these probably a hundred times.

    I’m writing as I was wondering if you would sign an 8X10 photo for me. I would love to have your autograph for my collection. If you could provide your mailing address I will send you a photo and a self addressed stamped envelope to return it in. I certainly appreciate your time reading this and hope to hear from you.

    Keep up the great work! I hope John McCafferty is doing better!

    Thank You!
    Jason

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Yes, it’s been said thousands of times before, but one never gets tired of hearing that someone is enjoying our films. I would be happy to sign a picture for you. PO Box 7520 Van Nuys, Ca. 91405

  78. Chris says:

    Do you do custom videos for people? If so, I was wondering if you would be able to do a custom video involving a nude girl getting thrown into a mudpit. I am interested in 4 girls. I want a scene from the movie Caveman re-enacted with all girls, one nude one thrown into the mudpit. The scene is below. It starts at 5:48. If you can do it please let me know and I will discus further details. Can you do a knee deep mudpit? If that’s a tall order, let me know.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McvbHHOltKg

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We don’t have the budget for mud. Sorry.

  79. Paul H. says:

    You advertise the Submissive Jesus as having a “realistic mouth,” but mine has sharp plastic edges that caused abrasions. It hurts to walk. Can I get a refund?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Pray for it and see what happens.

  80. Christy says:

    My friends and I do (drunken) movie reviews. Two of them you have posted on this site. We plan on doing one for Rectuma soon. I’m currently bidding on one of your Ebay auctions for The God Complex which we will also review. If I win it would you be kind enough to sign it for me?
    Thanks.

    Keep on making kickass movies! 🙂

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Absolutely. If you win the auction, please REMIND me when you purchase it, as it’s sometimes hard to keep track of these things.

  81. Film Man says:

    thank you for the ‘lay’ perspective on SAG fi-core. you presented the information clearly and provided examples of why and why not. i feel that i have a clear head now-heading into the SAG office to do the paperwork. cheers,

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Glad to be of help. Now watch how much more work you’ll get!

  82. Mark Pirro says:

    MP: First of all, an agent should only receive 10%, not 20%. However, if that’s the arrangement you made, then they are still entitled to the fee whether they get the job for you or not. That’s just the price of doing business with representation. Even if you get the job yourself (which probably would happen more than not), the agent is still there to negotiate the deal and, in essence, watch your back. So I’m sorry to say that the right thing to do would be give the agent his percentage. Anyway, I’d look into that 20% thing though if I were you

  83. Nick says:

    Mr. Pirro, first off I’d like to state that I’m a huge fan. I own a Polish Vampire in Burbank (I’ll be buying your other titles soon) and have watched every interview of you that I can find on the Internet.

    I’m working on a full feature, anthology-based horror film. I’ve researched a lot and bought a few books on marketing the film, but there’s nothing that states what a film like that “generally” makes. There’s a video on youtube (shot around 1990) where you stated that “there’s no way that a film won’t make $10K.” I realize that everything has changed in the ~22 years since you said that, but is there anything that you would expect a film to make nowadays? It’s being shot on DSLRs with good sound and lighthing, as we’re trying to make it as professional as possible. I’m also shooting a ton of behind the scenes footage, including the casting auditions, as I want to have a ton of special features to include. Thank you for your time!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Back around 1990 it was conceivable that a low budget movie made could make most, if not all, of its money back. Today, everybody’s shooting movies with their cell phones and ipads, and the market is now saturated with content. There are no guarantees how a movie will do once it’s completed. It’s all about getting the word out and hopefully getting your film to go viral on the Internet, leading to other, preferably paid, gigs. So the trick is to make your film as inexpensively as possible and try to get it seen by as many as possible. If it doesn’t work out, at least you didn’t lose much, and hopefully you had a fun time creating it. By the way, thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoy our work.

  84. Brian says:

    Mr. Pirro, I have a question about talent agents. I signed with a boutique agency for hosting in november. They get me out occasionally (1-2 times a month) and are good people. However, I got a call from a good friend who works in production as a development producer. He invited me to audition for a cable hosting job. I went and it went well. I do not know if I have the job but in the event I book it, do I still owe my agent 20% even if they did absolutely nothing? I asked my agent this question as a hypothetical and of course they said “yes”. It doesnt seem fair to me to have to pay a commission. I have a family and every penny is extremely valuable. I am all for paying commissions if they get me the audition, but not if I did it myself. Is there any way around this situation?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    First of all, an agent should only receive 10%, not 20%. However, if that’s the arrangement you made, then they are still entitled to the fee whether they get the job for you or not. That’s just the price of doing business with representation. Even if you get the job yourself (which probably would happen more than not), the agent is still there to negotiate the deal and, in essence, watch your back. So I’m sorry to say that the right thing to do would be give the agent his percentage. Anyway, I’d look into that 20% thing though if I were you.

  85. Chris Cox says:

    glad to know bufords beach bunnies is still avaliable for purchase. given a little more time i will be able to buy it.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    MP: Make sure you get the 101 minute director’s cut, unavailable anywhere but through special order by us. Any other version out there is 90 minutes and poorly cut.

  86. Zombie Paul says:

    Hello Mark: Cool Movie list. I just got hold of Nudist Colony of the Dead and will see it this weekend. My friend recommended it and he heard about it on Rue Morgue. Anyway, it looks like your early films went through distributors. I just completed my first film recently and I believe having a good distributor would be better than going it alone (i.e. create space-amazon). Do you agree? If so, are there any out there that you might recommend? OK Thank you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    A few years ago I would have said that the only way to get a film into the marketplace is through a distributor. However, today we have ways of promoting and distributing films ourselves. I distributed by last three films myself, utilizing the power of the Internet. My earlier movies had various distributors behind them, but it was a different time then. Also, every distributor I’ve ever been with would hold back money due me. In some cases, I even had to hire lawyers to chase them down for payment. I’d suggest putting trailers up on video sites like Youtube, put up featurettes on the making of, behind the scenes, etc. Have a website promoting and selling the movie. Try to build an audience. That’s not much more than what an actual distributor would do. I sell my movies quite well through our own website, and you can too.

  87. James (aka great white north fan says:

    HEY MARK 😀 thanks to you youtube is gonna pay me for the videos i make 🙂 so id like to thank you for being an inspiration. oh and my question. what was the budget on the god complex?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Happy I could have been of service. The God Complex was shot for under $1000 (but don’t tell anybody)

  88. Tim B|Hi says:

    Mark! Ok, so I know you have received about a million questions similar to mine, but really…mines a little different! 🙂 I live in NYC, and have found alot of productions here are AFTRA. I’m still very new to the business, so in trying not to restrict myself, I have not joined yet. Lately however, I have been toying with the idea of going Aftra Fi-Core, so as to hopefully open up a few more doors and help me get more work, as well as emjoy the increase of pay while doing extra work on the side. What is your take on this move? Would you suggest this as a good move for my future, or still suggest living in the non union world? Im very torn here!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Nothing to be torn over. Going financial core is probably the best decision an actor can make regarding his career. Unions had their place in the 40’s when studios literally ‘owned’ their actors. In today’s world, that’s no longer the case, and unions have become more of a liability to a performer, restricting projects they can an cannot take. Going Fi-core allows you to work in anything, union or not. It’s really a no brainer.

  89. chris cox says:

    glad to know bufords beach bunnies is still avaliable for purchase. given a little more time i will be able to buy it.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Make sure you get the 101 minute director’s cut, unavailable anywhere but through special order by us. Any other version out there is 90 minutes and poorly cut.

  90. Bengt Wahlstrom says:

    Hello. A question about Creepy Puppet Theatre #3. Is the nice drumsolo at the beginning from Kathy Lindens record or had you added it? On my record Felsted 8554 there is no drums at the start. I’m a Kathy Linden fan, have all her records.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    The drum solo was added. Her song starts with the horns.

  91. Natali says:

    I am SAG and considering going core. A couple of questions though… Alot of the background work I do, they ask to see your SAG card… so if I have to send it back to SAG is that going to be an issue? Also, is it true it’s a permanate thing? Or do you pay the full dues once you want to join again? It does give me comfort knowing that there are successful actors that are fi core. Thank you for your feedback!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    When you book a job and tell them that you’re fi core, they won’t ask you for your SAG card. If you ever decide to rejoin SAG after going fi core, they’ll most likely assess you with fines/penalties, but if you’re willing to pay, it’s my guess they’ll gladly take you back.

  92. Paul says:

    Hi Mark, just wanted to say kudos for all the responses to budding filmmakers, I’m not one myself but “Deathrow Gameshow” put me on the road to Cultsville at the age of 13! It’s good to see people mix with their audience rather than scoff at them

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I live for my audience. If I didn’t know that there were people like you out there who appreciate what I do, I wouldn’t do it.

  93. Mike says:

    Mark,
    Do you know or recommend any insurance companies for micro-budget movies?
    Thanks! Mike

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    MP: Sorry, I don’t. Never use the stuff. However I have a colleague named Hank who does. You can contact him and tell him I referred you. email: hankgrover@gmail.com

  94. Steve says:

    Hi Mark,it was such a pleasure meeting you in Tampa.Thanks for the gift and pics.It was truly a honor to meet you and talk to you.I hope you had a nice time visting everyone and had a nice trip back.I am going to purchase the Rectuma film and can’t wait to see it.I will get around to sending the pics to you also,thanks again for everything and I can’t wait till your next movie.Steve

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Great meeting all of you as well. I’m honored that you traveled all the way from Pennsylvania to Florida just to see one of my movies. We need more fans like you.

  95. Ivan Borgnino says:

    hello. im a film freak. i would love to screen Rectuma and the God Complex as a double feature. how long will shipping take to get to Australia and is safe delivery guaranteed?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Shipping to Australia can take up to 10 days, unless you put some rush on it, which would probably be expensive. As for guarantees, unless you purchase shipping insurance, once it leaves here, it’s out of our control.

  96. Tim says:

    We’re having an argument here at my house. Is the guy who played the robber at the resturaunt in Curse Of The Queerwolf Frank Conniff from Mystery Science Theater 3000?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Nope. It’s Gregg Gross, the music composer from the movie. It’s in the credits.

  97. Mike says:

    Mark,

    Could you please give me your opinion on this: If I shoot a feature set in an office, and I rent an office and sign a lease and shoot there, do I still need a location release from the owner of the building?
    Thanks!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I wouldn’t worry about it. Besides, if you tell the owner of the building your intentions to film there, he may slap unnecessary fees on you, or worse, tell you that you can’t do it.

  98. Steve says:

    Hi,Mark I was wondering if you were going to the Tampa to see the God Complex and then do a Q&A afterwords.I love your movies and keep up the great work…Steve

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It’s possible, but not very likely. A lot depends on if I can easily get away. Regardless, someone from the film should be there.

  99. James says:

    Hey Mr pirro its me again 😛 My HighSchool is doing a mentorship program for jobs we want to do when we get older. I want to be a low buget film director. And i was wondering if you would like to be my mentor? All i would have to do is ask you some questions and that is it 🙂
    Thanks. 🙂

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Sure. Let the menting begin. Send your questions to pirromount@hotmail.com

  100. Mike says:

    Mark,

    I just read your book, which is available in the Los Angeles library system, and I enjoyed it. A lot of the info is still relevant.

    I have two questions. 1) Do you do any consulting for no-budget movie projects? 2) Are you interested in attending a script reading on April 17?
    Thanks!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Wow. I’m amazed that book is still available. I stopped selling it though my website a few years ago. It was written over 20 years ago, before digital technology became available to all. I’m glad you still found it relevant. Yes, I do consulting. Thank you for your invitation to the script reading, although I must confess I rarely attend things like that, unless it’s a project I’m directly involved in.

  101. Michael W says:

    What was the specific super 8 film stock that you shot polish vampire on? Is it still available?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We used Kodachrome 40 and Ektrachrome 160. Those film stocks, like the incentive to shoot in that media, are long gone.

  102. Mike says:

    Mark,

    If you were off the truck today, with $1,000 to shoot your first movie, what would you shoot on and what camera and equipment would you use?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hell, today you could use a cell phone with HD capabilities to shoot your film in a pinch. Either that, or an inexpensive HD camera with flash media. You can get lights at Home Depot. Most computers now come with their own editing programs, so not much expense there. That’s about it.

  103. James says:

    Hey mark Im a huge fan of your films.. So i decided to do movie reviews on all your movies. I decided to call the special “Mark Pirro Week” I was wondering if you can look at my review if you got time 🙂

    (Nudist Colony Of The dead)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2MCMImpDYw

    Thanks and have a great day 🙂

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Very nice review. NCOD doesn’t get a lot of positive reviews, since your average movie viewer doesn’t necessarily understand satire. Glad you like our films. You’re the reason we make ’em.

  104. James says:

    Are you going to have a film festival in Toronto 😀 for the god complex

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Nothing scheduled for Toronto. The next festival for God Complex is the International Freethought Festival in Tampa, Fla. in May.

  105. Mike says:

    Mark, If you have a moment, I wanted to ask you a couple of questions about Financial Core, which I am considering. I saw an article you wrote about Financial Core on the internet that looks to be dated around 2006. My questions are, has anything changed since then, and do you know where I can find any new or updated info on going FInancial Core? Thank you very much! Mike

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    MP: I don’t believe Financial Core has changed at all since it came about in the mid-80’s. Any information you find on it from any date pretty much holds true today. As to where you can find info, I’d say your best source is Google.|

  106. Mike says:

    Mark, If you have a moment, I wanted to ask you a couple of questions about Financial Core, which I am considering. I saw an article you wrote about Financial Core on the internet that looks to be dated around 2006. My questions are, has anything changed since then, and do you know where I can find any new or updated info on going FInancial Core? Thank you very much! Mike

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I don’t believe Financial Core has changed at all since it came about in the mid-80’s. Any information you find on it from any date pretty much holds true today. As to where you can find info, I’d say your best source is Google.

  107. Lynann says:

    in “curse of the queerwolf” larry is watching a movie with a bunch of talking skeletons. is it from a real movie? and if it is what is the name of it?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Yes it is. He is watching a scene from our 1983 film, “A Polish Vampire in Burbank.

  108. Joel Kazoo| says:

    Hey, Mark!
    Was curious if you knew about The Cinema Snob’s reviews of Nudist Colony of the Dead and Death Row Gameshow, and if so, what did you think of them?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I think I saw part of the Nudist Colony of the Dead one. If memory serves me correctly, the reviewer dances naked somewhere in it, doesn’t he? I recall it being kind of funny.

  109. Harry Stottle says:

    OK, where do I buy “The God Complex”. I want it now!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Look no further than this very website. Just click the “Shop Pirromount” link from any page (except this one) and order it. You won’t be sorry, it’s pretty damn funny, if I do say so myself. Of course, if you actually trust the bible, this movie will put you in a coma.

  110. Simon says:

    Have you heard from Esther Alise (Elise?) in the 20+ years since she appeared in Deathrow Gameshow? Just wondering as she was very cute!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    She was a sweetie, wasn’t she? Unfortunately, I haven’t heard from her since we shot the movie almost 25 years ago.

  111. Michael says:

    HEY mark i was watching some old tv shows and they had a segment with your film Nudist Colony of the dead and there was an interview with u… Just letting u know :p

    I found the interview on youtube also

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjkTZ_Vok9M

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks for the info. Cute little bastard, wasn’t I?

  112. Dave says:

    i have a chinon 200 8XL and would like to sell it anyone interested send email to davesfilms@gmail.com
    and a stereo projector Elmo too

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    When did we start taking ads on this site? Seriously, in today’s day and age, who besides a museum would want a super 8 camera?

  113. Bryan says:

    Thanks for the fast response. I guess this means I know what to ask Santa for this year…….the 25th DVD. I don’t suppose you could sign it for me could you? It’s ok if not, just wishful thinking. Also, are you on Facebook? I tried finding you with no luck. There seems to be a musician named Mark Pirro also though. Ok, I’ll leave you alone now.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’d be happy to sign a DVD for you, if you’re not concerned with devaluing it. When you order it through the website, make sure you specify the autograph. I am on Facebook, listed under “Pirro Mount.”

  114. Bryan says:

    Mark,
    First let me just say how much of a fan of your work I have been for 25 years. I kid you not, I watch “Polish Vampire” at least once a week. Am I a sad individual or what? LOL. My question is this, what exactly are the differances between the 2002 release of that film and the 25th Anniversary edition? One more thing, do you know what ever happened to Bobbi Dorsch? I have had a crush on her almost my whole life. Thanks in advance!!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks for the kind words. Glad you enjoy Polish Vampire enough to watch it once a week. The 2002 DVD version was rushed out by MTI Home video and wasn’t a very good video transfer. The 25th anniversary DVD was meticulously remastered and supervised by me, so the quality is far superior to its predecessor. There are also one or two additional extras on the disk. Regarding Bobbi Dorsch (I had a crush on her too): I lost touch with her after we broke up in 1986 (we dated from 1984 to 1986). As far as I know, she got married and moved to somewhere in the bay area of northern California.

  115. Jack says:

    I see on amazon rectuma is selling from a seller named pirromount- is this actually you guys?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It had better be!

  116. Dave Andrews says:

    Hi Mark,

    I’m part of a new company called Syzygy Productions. We’re about to film a TV pilot. It will be non-union, but we’d like access to some actors with good TV experience. Do you know of a resource to find FiCore actors? Is there a list or website that you know of?

    Thanks!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m not aware of any such list. That would be like trying to find a list of actors who like pizza. My suggestion would be to just put out a casting call and request experienced non-union and fi-core actors. They’ll find you.

  117. Brandon says:

    Hey, Mark. I was thinking about visiting southern California sometime in the next two weeks. Is there a particular time when you might be available to meet for lunch?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There’s a good possibility. Contact me through regular email (pirromount@hotmail.com) to set it up instead of this forum. I have stalkers.

  118. Marcos says:

    Hi, Mark. Let me ask you… Was “A Polish Vampire in Burbank” completely shot in super 8 negative? Which of your movies were shot in super 8? Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There was no super 8 negative in those days. PV was shot on super 8 reversal. Not counting the shorts I made as a kid, Polish Vampire, Queerwolf and a large portion of Nudist Colony of the Dead were the only films I shot on super 8.

  119. Brian says:

    Thank you for the DVD, Mohammad. I hope to be watching your video series FOREVER!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Allah Crunchbar

  120. Brandon says:

    Unfortunately, I won’t be down there the following week. I may be down in December, though. I’ll let you know a date or two, and hopefully one will work. It’ll be great to meet you!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Ok, maybe we’ll see you then.

  121. Brandon says:

    Hello Mark, about a year ago i talked to you about a superhero comedy movie i was working on, about a ninja and a pot-head. i have shown it to a few people and they seem to like it well enough, so i wanted you to take a look at it and let me know how you feel about it. My friend and I are planning a road trip out your way next week, and wonder if you would like to meet for lunch. There we could chat, and hand over the movie to you as well. We were thinking maybe Tuesday, or Wednesday. Would you be able to meet?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You caught me on a bad week because of Thanksgiving. I’ve got so little free time that week. How long do you plan to be in town for? If you’re in town the following week, maybe we could arrange something then.

  122. mike says:

    hey mark. just gotta say that i have been a fan since watching deathrow gameshow on hbo back in the day. my friends and i made a movie, and i wanted to send you a copy just to say thanks for the inspiration. where should i send it?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Always happy to hear my movies are inspiring for something. You can send your film to:

    Pirromount Pictures
    PO Box 7520
    Van Nuys, Ca. 91409

  123. Dimitrios says:

    Hello Mark i’m a 15 year old teen hoping to shoot a movie with a budget of $1000 that i made from work (It took a long time).. Do you have any advice on how to get the film noticed

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hold screenings, post trailers on video sites like Youtube, have a Facebook account for it, enter festivals (preferably the ones that don’t charge entry fees), get it reviewed. Doing all those things, plus a little bit of luck will give you just as much opportunity as the next guy. Oh one more thing, make a great film.

  124. James says:

    HEY Mr. Pirro
    I am a huge fan!!!! I love your movies Nudist colony of the dead and Deathrow Gameshow..
    Have you ever thought of remaking those cult classic film of yours..
    Oh and i hope you make more films From: James

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Funny you should mention that. We are considering a remake of “Nudist Colony of the Dead,” this time with real singers, real dancers, real make-up, etc. Of course, we’d want a bit of a budget this time. No point in remaking a low budget movie with another low budget. Anyway, keep checking the update page of this website. If it comes to fruition, we’ll announce it.

  125. Ken says:

    Thank you for that advice. I have several of other questions if you don’t mind. How do you get affiliated with big companies like Netflix, Hulu blockbuster online, on-demand companies, cable, satellite etc… I imagine it is not relatively easy to knock on their doors without proper representation/ agent. How does this work?

    What are some good avenues to go down to raise even a small amount of capital for a project? Is it possible to make a movie on NO budget?

    Finally (until I think of some more questions) when establishing a new film company what should one do to protect their company?

    Once again, thank you Mr. Pirro for all the help! I read alot on producing and all facets of the business but I much rather discuss the industry with a pro.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    If you’re looking for a pro, why are you talking to me? Actually, you have too many questions to answer in this little forum. Send me your email and I will try to address your questions more thoroughly there. You can email me at pirromount@hotmail.com

  126. Ken says:

    Hi Mr. Pirro,
    I am a fan and like to know that if in years past films like yours and other filmmakers could find success in video stores, etc.. What is a profitable outlet for independents like myself to go through in today’s world? I understand that many filmmakers like to stream their productions over the Internet 100% free but I really like to see some kind of investment and ownership of my own film! I appreciate any advice you can give me sir. I really like to start an independent production company in the new year. I have lots of ideas ready to go. Thank You!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Video stores are a dying breed. DVD sales are declining, but not completely dead yet. The future is in online digital distribution and video on demand. Making a profit on an indie film was never easy, and today it’s even more difficult because there is so much out there. If I had any advice to offer, I would say, make the best film you can, spending as little as possible, put trailers for it on sites like Youtube and then offer DVD copies through your own website and sites like Ebay. We posted numerous trailers and the first 8 minutes of my last film, “The God Complex,” on Youtube and that made our DVD sales shoot up.

  127. Mark Pirro says:

    a polish vampire in burbank is a cult classic and equals to the rocky horror picture show.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Glad you feel that way. Tell a friend.|

  128. Jay says:

    If someone already appeared in a non-union film and then wants to go fi-core, will sag investigate them? Can they just kick them out instead of granting the fi-core status?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I wouldn’t put anything past those sneaky bastards. However, it’s rare that they would kick out a member. If they did that, they would lose the dues, which are still payable even if a member is financial core.

  129. Julia Scott says:

    Mark-
    I am the president of a GLBT club at a college campus and I would love to hold a free screening of “Curse of the Queer Wolf.” Is this a possibility? What would be involved?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Well now that you’ve told me, you’ll be hearing from our lawyers. Just kidding. Not much involved at all: just a good DVD player and enough popcorn to go around.

  130. Jim McKeny says:

    Mark,
    I’ve been in SAG since 1980. I’ve lived in North Carolina since 1990. I was thinking of going Fi Core and then read that this decision is final and that should I ever go back to LA or to NY, I’d be S.O.L in getting work. It feels like saying goodbye to an old friend, but a old friend who has largely ignored me for 20 years. If there was more union work here-the question would be moot. To go Fi Core or not is a scary one for me.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I don’t know what you’re worried about. I have yet to hear of one filmmaker, union or not, who has refused to hire an actor because they’re financial core.

  131. Mary says:

    Thank you for your reply to my previous post. Who really needs to know my Sag F-core status? Do my agent (when I get a new one) & film/tv/commercial producers need to know about it? Also, when I work on a SAG job, I want to fill out the union paperwork on the set, in order to report my income (for the union benefits , etc) . Without filling out those union paperwork, how do you report how much$ of SAG projects you work for the year, etc? (obviously I am getting just small parts at this point). Thank you in advance.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    The only one you might as well tell is your agent. The rest will work itself out on its own. If you’re applying for a SAG job, nobody needs to know you’re fi-core. If you’re applying for a non-union job, nobody needs to know you’re SAG. I’m a non-union company, and I couldn’t care less if an actor is SAG, Fi-core, or unaffiliated with any union. My only concern is that an actor can remember his lines and hit his marks. You can still fill out whatever paperwork you need to fill out when working SAG jobs. Actors tend to make this more complicated than it is, and it really is very simple. A good rule of thumb: don’t volunteer information on yourself unless it’s asked. And if asked, be honest.

  132. Mary says:

    I became a F-core last year, and my SAG number stayed the same as before. As a F-core, I have worked on a couple of SAG films. On the set, when I was asked if I was SAG, I said Yes, and filled out the SAG paper work with my SAG ID number for those production. Do you see if SAG would have a problem with this??

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Of course they would. They have a problem with members going Fi Core in general. Have you seen some of the previous postings? But don’t worry about it. Aside for intimidation, there’s nothing they can do to you.

  133. Harvey says:

    Hey, Mark.
    I sent in the letter to SAG and stated that I wanted to enable my fi-core status.
    They sent a letter back saying they could not change my membership based on the letter I sent. They now want a statement of resignation from SAG with intent on being a fee paying non-member, my membership card and “should advise whether or not I object to paying the portion of SAG fees that is allocable to non-representational activities. This statement must be over your signature.” What the heck does that mean? Sounds like they want to collect a portion of my non-union pay! “Statement over your signature” Huh?
    Seems to me they are trying to confuse people to coerce them in to staying with the union.
    What are your thoughts?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    As I have never heard of anything so ludicrous,it is obviously a new tactic on their part to make it more difficult and confusing, which I’m sure will be successful in some cases. Technically, you have done your part by sending the original letter, and their returning it is proof that they received it. You are now free to pursue non-union work. If they want you to jump through hoops before they recognize you as financial core, that’s their problem. You’re covered. If you really want to seal the deal, I would get a lawyer to draft up and send them THE EXACT SAME LETTER you sent them stating simply that you want to enable your financial core status AGAIN! If they see that letter sent by a lawyer they will be less apt to play games with you. You can probably find a lawyer to draft the letter for under $50. Believe me, it’ll be worth it. Regarding the ‘fees allocable to non-representational activities,’ I have never heard of anything so desperate. Now they’re trying to collect money from your non-union work? You can say in the new letter that you’re DAMN RIGHT you object to paying a portion of those fees. Don’t let them bully you. The wording they are requesting from you is stating the same thing as as your saying that you wish to enable your financial core status: you are now a dues paying non-member. Whether or not you return your SAG card is irrelevant. Jesus, they try to make it more difficult than resigning from the Mafia…which may not be all that different!

  134. Tony Young says:

    Hi Mark,
    I’m working on a film set in a nudist resort and I wanted to make a sly reference to your song, “Kill all the Zealots.” Can I get your okay? Don’t know if you remember me, but I used to work with Young Man Kang.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You actually don’t need my permission, but be my guest. I’m honored.

  135. Lovechop says:

    lol, you sound like a salesman. Is cool though cause I already have Rectuma and think its the SHIT. I do need a new copy of Deathrow Gameshow though, only one I have is laserdisc and haven’t had a working LD player for the better part of a decade.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    “It’s the shit.” That’s a good thing, right? Reminds me of when I was a kid and ‘bad’ meant ‘good.’ So confusing. Anyway, the laserdisk was another example of a bad transfer: picture was dark, blurred, and was made at the wrong speed. Everyone’s voice sounded like they were on helium. Another thing fixed in the remastering.

  136. Lovechop says:

    Oh my, the way you say that! You misinterpret my meaning, Sir. Much the same way a child likes to be put to sleep with a favorite book, I am comforted going to sleep with my favorite movies. A child will hear their favorite stories all day and still want to hear it at bed time. kinda how I feel about Queerwolf 17 years after first seeing it 🙂

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I knew what you meant. I was just being a smartass. Anyway, Queerwolf is such an old movie. You need to update your Pirromount material. I recommend Rectuma. Same edgy humor, less bad cinematography.

  137. Lovechop says:

    meh, she just doesn’t understand why I continue to put your films on repeat when I go to sleep. she say’s “don’t you get tired of watching the same movies time and time again”? Nope, I love em! thnx mang

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Refreshing to hear that my films can help put a man to sleep.

  138. Lovechop says:

    Asylum? Not for some time 8) Really though, whats with the “disastrous 2002 version with the mosquito on the cover”? I started watching your movies when I happened upon Queerwolf (best movie ever and Kent Butler is still my hero) back in the early 90’s and also found Polish Vampire shortly thereafter and now I be wondering how this unauthorized release came to be.btw, the wife is still buggin me about you being perched up on top of her dresser most nights, she don’t listen

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    The 2002 mosquito cover DVD of Polish Vampire was very poorly produced, with an inferior transfer created. Color balances and exposures were off. All those were fixed in the 25th anniversary version. Glad you like Kent Butler (who can also be found in our films,’Deathrow Gameshow’ and ‘Buford’s Beach Bunnies’). Finally, if your wife has issues with me, maybe it’s time to just cut her loose.

  139. Harvey says:

    I am about to change my SAG status to fi-core. Should I list this on my resume and websites, like Actors Access? I’m afraid it may hurt my chances of getting SAG work if I list fi-core status. Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Most filmmakers’ main concern is getting their film made with the best possible talent, union or not. I’ve never heard of a case where a filmmaker shooting a SAG film said, “I’m not going to use that bastard, he’s fi-core.” However, if you’re really worried about it, just have two versions of your resume: one saying Fi Core and one not. That way, you can send the resume catering to the project that you’re submitting to. On your website, just list yourself as SAG. If a filmmaker’s looking at your site, he’s already considering you.

  140. Tammy says:

    Hi I’m was thinking about joining SAG or AFTRA but someone was telling me to go FI core. Do I have to join one of these unions or can I just go straight to Ficore?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You can’t be financial core if you’re not a member of a union to be financial core from. That’s like asking if you can get a discount on auto insurance, but you don’t have a car. Once you join the union, you can immediately apply for financial core status.

  141. Lovechop says:

    Mr. Pirro, My wife wonders why you sit in our bedroom nightly (on top of her dresser) sometimes for just a couple of hours, but often ALL NIGHT. I have tried and tried to explain, but I’m not sure that she hears me.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    MP: Do the nurses at the Asylum know that you’re using their computer?

  142. Phil South says:

    I just saw the trailer for Color-Blinded and was surprised to see it in color. I thought this movie was in Black and White?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It was shot in color, but initially released in black and white (primarily to conceal the video look the color had) in 1998. Around the year 2000, technology advanced and allowed us to create a film-look in color, so we remastered it.

  143. Sharon says:

    My agent wants me to go SAG fi-core. He thinks I’ll book more work that way. If I do go fi-core, how difficult is it to rejoin SAG at a later date?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You have a smart agent. There’s really no point in ‘rejoining’ once you’ve gone fi-core, but if you decide to, they’ll most likely hit you up for a fine or penalty or whatever whim hits them. It probably won’t be too severe since they DO want you back.

  144. Matilda says:

    Hi! I’d like to know if you have any information on the current regulations as to going back to being a full SAG member once you’ve gone FiCo. I know that a couple of years ago you had to go in front of a committee and then they would decide whether you’re let back into the union as a full member. But I keep reading different answers to this question and i also feel like SAG has been changing these regulations over the past couple of years back an forth. Any ideas on the current status? Thanks!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    SAG is like the IRS: they can change the rules at any time. My understanding is that if you go fi core and then one day decide to relinquish that status, SAG will levy a fine on you. This fine could also be waived at their discretion. Understand, they would WANT you to give up your fi core status, so it behooves them to get you back. When you’re fi core, you’re holding all the cards, regardless what they would want you to think.

  145. Rex M says:

    Hi there, Mark!
    I’ve got two questions for you about SAG Fi-Core. I’m terribly sorry if you’ve already answered these.

    1. Could you please tell me the full information I’d need to go SAG Fi-Core? IE, what address to send the Fi-Core request letter to, what the letter should say, what information it should include, etc.
    I’d just like to make sure I’m doing it right, so they can’t pull anything on me. “Well, you didn’t sign and DATE this, so it doesn’t count! :P”

    2. Let’s say I’ve already worked on a non-union TV show as a SAG member, using an alias. If I go Fi-Core and then resume work on the same non-union show under my true name, can I get in trouble with SAG? Meaning, can they say, “Hey, wait! You did THESE episodes BEFORE going Fi-CORE and LIED about it by pretending to be someone else! You’re out of the union, Jack!”

    Thank you so much for your time, Mark, it’s greatly appreciated!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You should be able to find all the info you need regarding what to do on the sag section of this website.
    If you’ve already worked a non-union film as a SAG member, you could be found out, but it’s pretty unlikely. Depending on how big the show is and how prominent you are in it, you’re probably safe. I wouldn’t worry about it. With all the independent productions going on, SAG’s teeth aren’t as sharp as they once were.

  146. Jim C. says:

    Hey!
    Thinking about going Fi-core but have a couple ‘O questions. I am sometimes asked to do SAG extra work here in Philly and when I’m called, the casting director asks for my SAG ID # ahead of time. Will they know from this that I am fi-core? I am assuming I will get paid a union wage either way, correct? Also, do you think it wise to join AFTRA after I go fi-core? Would AFTRA know I am fi-core by submitting my paperwork? Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Technically SAG wants you to surrender your card when you go financial core, but many members ignore that. Once you are fi core, you can work for any wage negotiated between you and the producer (which can be as much as possible to free). Whatever the pay offered for the job is what you are entitled to get (some SAG jobs now even go for $100 a day, so that’s not much of an indication). Regarding joining AFTRA, my opinion is to avoid joining any union if you can help it.

  147. D Watson says:

    Hi again – and thanks so much for the info. This board is so helpful and informative. I have a couple other questions at the moment:
    1. Is it possible to join a calling service if one is AFTRA Fi-Core? I mean, would they not take you on b/c they think you are a “scab” (which I’m not, I just made a dumb rookie mistake by joining too soon) or do you never even have to advise them of your Fi-Core status? I would think you would have to advise them, otherwise they would assume that you could NOT be booked for non-union background right? Which, in turn, presents the problem of possible discrimination/retaliation.

    2. If you declare your Fi-Core intentions with the Legal Dept. of AFTRA, do you have to speak with them also or is the matter concluded with their Receipt of the Certified Letter?

    3. May you begin non-union work the moment you have AFTRA’s signed Return Receipt back?

    Thanks again so much! It’s so nice to be able to ask someone who has some answers! I’m sure I’ll have more questions!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    #1) Yes you can join a calling service. Your financial core status shouldn’t even be an issue with them. #2) The letter should be sufficient. There is no need to talk to anybody. It’s possible that someone from the union may try to talk you out of it, but that’s pretty rare. With all the actors going fi core, they’d have to hire a full time staff to try and contact everyone. #3) Technically, you can start working non-union as soon as you mail the letter.

  148. D Watson says:

    I recently made the mistake of joining AFTRA too early. I don’t have enough experience and now I can’t even work non-union background. I may never work again. What is the process for going Fi-Core in AFTRA Los Angeles? Who do I address the letter to?
    Thanks for any info you may have!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You’ll work again. Don’t panic. Just send a certified letter to Aftra’s Legal Department stating that you wish to enable your financial core status. That’s it. Your opportunities to work are reinstated.

  149. Damon Brazzell says:

    Thought you and the other fans might be interested in this article I found about an actor who has gone fi-core. http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/ggraham/2010/10/05/the-hollywood-lock-step-why-i-quit-the-screen-actors-guild/#more-401369

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    A brilliant article indeed. Thank you for sharing that, Damon. I couldn’t have worded it any better myself, although over many years and several questions and comments on this forum, I’ve sure tried.

  150. Dublin says:

    I know you may have already said this in a million different ways, but if I am fi-core, will I have any trouble getting hired on major network TV shows? These are the majority of part I audition for. Also – I plan on keeping SAG on my resume. How would the network even find out I was fi-core if I was cast in a part.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Whether or not you are Fi core will have little effect on your ability to work for major networks. Many actors put too much thought into this. It’s really a simple issue. Most filmmakers only care if you as an actor can remember your lines and hit your marks. If someone wants to hire you, they’ll hire you: SAG or Financial Core. I don’t know one actor who has not gotten a job as a result of being financial core.

  151. Brian says:

    I have heard that you need a letter to send SAG requesting o go Fi-Co. Is there any links you can point me to this form letter so that i can use it? I don’t want to skimp on sending the appropriate information. Thanks

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There used to be some sample letters online, but I can’t seem to find any right now. However, it’s really simple to do. Just say in your letter that you wish to enable your financial core status immediately. Date it and sign it, and that’s really all there is to it.

  152. Ken C. says:

    Wondering if there is any way to contact Bobbi Dorsch – she is an old friend with whom I have lost touch. any e-mail address??

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Her name is now Bobbi Fagone. I believe she has a facebook account http://www.facebook.com/bobbi.fagone

  153. Gaby says:

    Can a TV reporter who needed to become aftra to be able to work at the station, decides to go Financial Core, can he? Does he need to let the station know? Or this is something private between aftar and the talent? Once your aftra, and go go from full member to Core does it affect the reporters status at the station? being Financial core still mean being Aftra? Thank you

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You can go Fi-core at any time. My understanding is that your employer should be made aware of it. It shouldn’t affect your status at the station, unless you have some big hairy knuckled flag waving union-for-life fella running the station, but even then, he can’t legally harass you for going fi-core, or he could have a nice lawsuit on his hands. Once you go fi-core, you are considered a ‘dues paying non-member,’ but are still entitled to the same position.

  154. Alex C says:

    I joined SAG three years ago.
    Now considering fi-core, but don’t have agent yet.
    If I fi-core first, what do I tell potential agencies when I contact them for representation? SAG or SAG-eligible or Fi-Core?
    Thanks very much!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Just say you’re SAG Fi Core. This would make you more appealing to an agency, since they can submit you for more jobs than if you were not fi core.

  155. Jacob W. says:

    A friend of mine and I were talking the other day and made mention of “Buford’s Beach Bunnies.” So I went looking for full length, un-cut copies and couldn’t find any anywhere. I came to your website and notice you make mention of it, but don’t sell it. What gives? If it all possible I’d like to purchase two copies of the full length, un-cut movie for my friend and I. Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Techinically we’re not authorized to advertise it, but we can get it to you. Send us an email at pirromount@hotmail.com and we’ll take care of you.

  156. Logan says:

    Best holiday present I received was “The God Complex” on dvd

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m very happy to hear that. Tell a friend.

  157. Jeremy says:

    Mr Pirro, thank you for your time.
    I am an Indie Filmmaker from AZ. I was writer/producer of an 1800 dollar farce comedy that we have recently distributed through a small distributor with mostly online outlets.
    Tell me sir about effective indie self distribution. I have had friends who have been distributed through major houses and have waited years to see any money, though their film is now everywhere. I have also seen smaller distributors who who sell by way of online stores like amazon and dvd universe, barnes and noble etc. I call these “no relationship” outlets because it seems like they are completely accessible to the new filmmaker.
    If you were brand new, wanted to maintain an indie, no permission system of values and have complete control, would you sell on amazon, dvd universe/planet, barnes and noble? Any others? How would you promote the film without spening a lot of potentially wasteful time and money on festivals? How have you managed to make money off of your small budget films. I would like very much to emulate you.
    Any advice from a man of your experience would be greatly appreciated. Go indie.
    Jeremy

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Going with a distribution company might get your films in more places, but you won’t get your fair share of money – if any. Self-distribution may not get your film wide coverage, but you will retain control. The internet has made it easier for independents. Any online outlet you can get your film into is worth looking in to. Amazon, Ebay, Movies Unlimited, DVD Universe, etc. are all good places for the indie filmmaker. Many of my earlier films were handled by distributors and I have gotten ripped off and/or short changed every time. A couple of times even involved my taking legal action to get earned money that the distributors refused to part with. With our newest film, “The God Complex,” we are self-distributing and doing quite well. Now, how to promote? What is working for us are video websites like Youtube, Google Video, Funny or Die, etc. We run trailers, interviews, clips, etc. and generate sales that way. We upload content and put a link to our website at the bottom.’ In fact, we posted the first eight minutes of The God Complex on youtube, and that too has helped generate sales. How I make money on these films? Well, it’s not too difficult to make money on one’s films when the budgets hover around $1000. I keep the manufacturing in house and whenever a movie of ours is ordered, we burn, package, shrink wrap, label and post without involving any middlemen. So for every film of ours that sells for $20, we receive $20. If we sell any of our films to retailers for $10-$12, we receive $10-$12. It’s just that simple. You won’t get that kind of return with any distributor out there. Best of luck and I’m flattered that you find me one worth emulating.

  158. aluk says:

    I have heard sag is going after actors doing non-union work. I became sag and aftra from doing back ground over 15 years ago. I now want to act, but the only people who will hire me are non-union. Can I go fi-core after I get the job or do I have to do it before?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You can go financial core whenever you want. Most non-union productions don’t care what your union status is. If they’re non-signatories with sag, it really shouldn’t matter to them.

  159. anonymous says:

    fc question|I went Fi-core and the local SAG office sent me a letter saying I had to take my “SAG” status off of my Agency pro profile (a website database listing with a casting company.) I don’t want to and I think that they can’t make me. What can they do to me? This particular casting company likes me and does not mind that I am Fi-core.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Of course they can’t make you. Just ignore them.

  160. James Bourke says:

    With regards to the book that you wrote about film-making, is the title of the book Mini Motion Picture Making? if not what is the title and is the book still in print?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    No, that was the title of a documentary I made around that 1994. The book was titled Ultra Low Budget Movie Making and no, it is no longer in print. It originally came out around 1989, I believe.

  161. Nina B|yo says:

    what’s up with getting deathrow gameshow on DVD??? i’ve owned like 2 different copies on vhs, and they’re nowhere to be found, aka claimed by other friends.i would like to buy the DVD, is that available?? count me in ha

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Technically we can’t sell it, but if you order any of our other films and put DRGS in the message area of your order, we will throw a remastered version in for free. This remastered version isn’t available anywhere else.

  162. Jody Frandle says:

    Hi Mark! I worked with Dan and Rick here in the city. I’m some of the people on God’s monitors.
    I was wondering if I could get a copy of the movie. or if you might be showing it in the city soon. The trailers look AWEsome. I’m proud to be in it. Jody Frandle

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Yes, the premiere was quite the event. I could send you a DVD screener any time if you’d like. Give me your address and I’ll send it out to you.

  163. Gary McLean says:

    Hey Mark – it’s the token Canadian checking back. Polish Vampire in Burbank is still WAY better than Lawrence of Arabia. I’ve lost your email address and mine has changed as well.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Pirromount@hotmail.com

  164. Joel says:

    Wondering if the full moon shots in Queerwolf are stock footage?.I think one may’ve been stock and the other may’ve been a lamp? I’m shooting a werewolf movie on super 8 and wondering how to pull off the shot. Thanks!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    If memory serves me, and it rarely does, I think there may have been one or two stock shots in that film, but there were also a few shots that were a 35mm slide of the moon that was re-photographed. I believe the beginning and end moon shots were those. Shooting the moon today is a snap. A good HDV camera and a clear night is all you need.

  165. Dennis says:

    Hi, I played Jesus in “The God Complex”. I had a great time, thank you for casting me. My question is: will you please hire me again at some point? I’ll try and do my best to get you some great directing gigs. 🙂 Thanks, DK.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hey Dennis. Without question would I hire you again. You were professional, always knew your lines, took direction well and were generally great to work with. If all my actors were as professional as you, I’d spend less time in the editing room. Don’t lose touch.

  166. Logan says:

    any idea on when the god complex will be out on dvd? Also I had a Nudist colony of the dead party last night. Great Success!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Sorry I couldn’t be there. Regarding God Complex, After our August 29th premiere, we will do the obligatory shopping around for a reputable distributor (contradiction of terms), and see where that leads us. In the meantime, we will have limited edition DVDs available through our website. You’ll probably start seeing them available sometime in late September 2009.|

  167. Kim McKinney says:

    How can you make a feature film on $500.00 budget?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Elegantly.

  168. NewEnglandActor says:

    The union claims that was once you go Fi-core, you can’t put “SAG” on your resume or other materials. Is this just a scare tactic? How could they actually stop you from doing this? When I go on a union audition, I like to have SAG on my resume.<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Of course it’s a scare tactic. Nobody can tell you what you can and can’t put on your resume, no more than they can tell you what you can put on your business cards, photos, demo reels or underwear.

  169. Stacey says:

    Thanks for the reply 🙂 I PA a lot for producers so I see what you mean, but it appears that the industry doesn’t take you seriously if you’re not a member of a union, like you’re an amateur despite your extensive work. Do you ever come across such mentalities? If so, how do you prevent it from affecting you professionally?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    The moment your movie earns someone money, you are taken plenty seriously. George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez don’t carry DGA cards, and I’d say they’re doing fairly well.

  170. Stacey says:

    Hi Mark 🙂 Just curious: are you a member of the WGA, DGA, and/or AMPTP? Why or why not?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m not affiliated with any union. I work with no restrictions and I find unions (and their fees, rules and restrictions) very binding.

  171. john says:

    I AM A STUDENT FILMMAKER AND I PLANING ON SHOOTING A FEATURE FILM BEFORE I GRAUATE WHAT IS THE BEST GENRE TO START WITH?<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Start with refining your grammar, punctuation and spelling. Once you’ve gotten that mastered, it doesn’t matter what genre you start with. Make the movie you’re passionate about making. You like comedies, make a comedy. You like horror, make a horror film. You like action, make an action flick. What you shouldn’t make is a film that you have no interest in just because you think that’s what you’re supposed to do.

  172. Nichole C says:

    I love Nudist Colony of the Dead, I recently found it and fell in love with it. I am a recent graduate with a theatre degree and was wondering if you would mind if I gave a crack at writing a theatrical version? I totally understand if you say no. Thanks for your time 🙂

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We did a theatrical (stage) version in 1995.

  173. Ben says:

    How wide spread will the god complex be? Will I be able to see it in theatres? Online?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    One never really knows how wide a film will go once it’s completed. Anything is possible. I just make the movies and then throw them out there. Where they wind up depends on Jesus, Allah, Buddha, Muhammad and the Tooth Fairy (all personal friends of mine).

  174. Brandon says:

    I know this is a broad question, but how would you recommend getting my film out there and actually turning a profit. Also, Mike from Pleasanton and I plan to make a trip to southern California after the film is completed. Would you be interested in meeting up for lunch? We’d love to chat with you. I can remember watching Death Row Game Show at Mike’s way back in the late eighties- he’s a loyal fan, and so am I.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    An independently made film has about a 3% chance of making a profit. It shouldn’t be about the single film, or even about profits, it’s about the passion and the body of work. One film leads to another, and another. If you make more than one movie, it’ll show that you’re not just a flash in the pan. Eventually, you will find your way into the industry or you’ll give up and become a Realtor, where the real money is. I’ve been making films for over 30 years, some make money, some don’t. But it’s never been about the money for me. If you really enjoy what you do, money is secondary to the joy of creating. This is why so many artists are willing to work for free. Contact me when you’re in town and schedule permitting, I’d be happy to join you for lunch.|

  175. Brandon says:

    I’m currently in post-production on my first feature- a movie made after your own heart! When it’s finished, would you mind taking a look at it and suggesting any distributors you think might be interested?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’d be happy to take a look at your film. However, recommending distributors isn’t something I could do. They’re all crooks.

  176. mike says:

    how many outtakes do you have of beano burping up the spaghetti in deathrow gameshow? do you still have an outtake reel of that show?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Unfortunately, few, if any outtakes have survived that film.

  177. Mary_San says:

    Hi, Mark, I am currently seriously considering becoming F-Core, and I still have one question left to be answered. I appreciate your input in advance. *** When you become F-Core, you still pay the dues, but you don’t get the SAG card mailed to you? I have not been asked to show my card in the past, except one time I saw a breakdown (internet) the actors need to state the color of current SAG card, to verify you’re a paid-up SAG member. Are there any possible problems on not having a CARD when you audition or work?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You pay reduced dues and must surrender your SAG card (you can always find out what the current color of the card is if you find a need to). Rarely, if ever, will you be asked to produce a SAG card for a job. If you are, it would most likely be by an amateur producer who is making his first SAG film and is overly zealous.

  178. Rolando says:

    I was watching Behind the God Complex online and noted you were using a consumer camcorder to shoot. What camera is it? Does this pass television broadcast standards? Are you shooting a filmlook 24fps if the camera is capable?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I used a Canon HV20 which shoots HDV at 24fps. Picture looks great, perfectly within broadcast standards and very inexpensive.

  179. Martie Ashworth says:

    I am in need of work and wonder about going fi-core. If I do this, can I ever go back to being just a sag member?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I don’t know why you would ever want to, but my understanding is that you can be re-admitted into SAG if you pay some form of ransom to them in the form of penalties and fines. Hardly worth it, since it doesn’t increase your chances for more jobs.

  180. Steve Judge says:

    Mark,

    You’re fantastic for answering all of these questions. I am in preproduction planning on a pico-budget project and have a question related to talent. I read on your site that God Complex took a year to shoot. My project may have a similar extended production schedule. One of my concerns is the availability of actors over such a long time; paid or otherwise. You know people die, move, get real jobs, etc. Any advice for mitigating this risk?

    Thanks in advance. When we win an Oscar I’ll say “Mark Pirro taught me everything I know”

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Actually, it took The God Complex two years to shoot – over 40 speaking roles and only two flakes. I think the best bit of advice I can give you is to make sure your lead actors are motivated and really into the project. Let them know that it will take a long time, but assure them that you will always accommodate their schedules and will give them footage of their performances as soon as possible. If the lead actors are friends of yours, you have a better chance of success. Always have a plan B to prepare for an actor flaking (there’s always at least one per picture). Best of luck.

  181. Anna B. says:

    I am considering going SAG fi core. What do i put on my resume? I kind of feel a little vague.and am scared to put fi-core on it. How many people would you say are going this route? Will i have a hard time getting big union jobs if i go fi-core? To be honest, i am a little scared. Are there name actors who have done this? Do you know of people that have advanced their careers to the next level by switching to fi-core? Thanks for your help and this message board! Just want to make sure i find out all the facts.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Don’t be scared. It is your legal right to go financial core. It is supported by the supreme court. It’s up to you if you put fi-core on your resume or not. It really doesn’t matter. Most filmmakers don’t care, and the ones who DO care are probably not worth worrying about. I’m a filmmaker and I certainly don’t care. Personally, I’ll use people whether they’re fi-core or not (in fact, many actors I use are still SAG). It’s doubtful that going fi-core will have any negative impact on your getting union work (unless the filmmaker is a complete dick). The biggest names I know that went fi-core are Jon Voight, Wilford Brimley and Charlton Heston. George Clooney is financial core, but I believe as a writer. There’s no reason for anyone in any profession to talk about it because it’s not pertinent to them doing their job. It’s like being an atheist. If asked, you’ll probably find that most intelligent people you know are, but they have no reason to broadcast it. Switching to fi-core is not a guarantee to advancing ones career (just like leaving your SAG status alone also doesn’t guarantee it). All being fi-core does is advance your opportunities because you’ve now increased the number of movies you can try out for, so it puts the odds more in your favor of getting work.

  182. Lisamarie Jones says:

    I need help, my son is 12 and he is in SAG. He has been not getting even an audition or bookings. Since he joined Can my son at his age join the SAG Core???

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There are no age restrictions on going financial core.

  183. Anthony Ferreri says:

    I just wanted to drop you a quick note and tell you that I LOVE Nudist Colony of the Dead. It’s one of my new favorites and I can’t help talking about it to people I know.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thank you. I hope you have the 2007 remastered version. The original 1990 release looks like crap.

  184. hippie_nerd says:

    Hey Mark, I’m non-union right now but thinking about going fi core once I’m eligible for AFTRA and SAG, but this decision is mostly because I hate politics and don’t want to be funding the factions with in the unions when all they seem to be doing is bicker all day and royally screw up negotiations with AMPTP.

    My main concern with Fi Core though is its long term effects: if eventually there are more FiCore members than there are actually members, won’t that hurt actors in the end? The lack of unity might allow AMPTP to pay actors in peanuts and force us to work in unworkable conditions: can this be prevented even if the majority is Fi Core?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    SAG is an outdated system, created in 1933. SAG came at a time when studios ‘owned’ the actors. They were under contract, and couldn’t pick and choose the projects they did. They were bought, sold, traded and leased to studios like cattle. Today, actors are more in control. Many have their own production companies and call the shots. Anyway, the reality is that many independent films’ wages ARE low, if any. But that’s not what its all about, is it? As an actor, you need to get footage, even if you’re acting for free. Hopefully, the footage will help you get future jobs and that’s how it works. The most valuable thing an actor can get from an independent filmmaker is the footage he’s in. SAG’s days are numbered and they know it. That’s why they discourage people from going financial core. Don’t be sucked in by propaganda. Work as much as you can, whether it pays or not. If you are true to your craft, you will get the opportunities and hopefully work for indy filmmakers who will treat you right. Yes, there are abusive filmmakers out there, but you don’t need a union to battle them. If the conditions are unworkable, walk off the set. If the wages are minimal, you should know that going in. My current film has NO wages for cast and crew. We had over 40 speaking roles and not ONE complaint. The people that work on my films do it because they want to, and for the experience. I don’t deceive them, I don’t overwork them (my typical shooting day is less than four hours), and I certainly don’t abuse them. When a project is done, I make sure they get footage of themselves if they ask for it. Bottom line: You want to be in a union that still has teeth, become a teamster. You want to work as an actor, go fi-core and WORK WORK WORK.

  185. Jim Lavine (lavineproductions@yahoo.com) says:

    Mark- I haven’t talked to you for some time. I was one of those guys who used Super 8 cameras until they broke. I have recently shot a promotional video USING VIDEO! Check it out and tell me what you think. Most people think I used film. It’s on youtube: “Tiffany Stone Private Investigator”. -Jim

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks Jim. I’ll check it out soon and leave a comment on the video.|

  186. William Jones says:

    Hi,
    I sent my certified letter requesting financial core status and current SAG card to Sally Tich at the Screen Actors Guild on Feb. 5.

    I have not heard anything form them. Today is the 12th. I am still able to log into the SAG web site which I should not be able to do as a Fi-Core member.

    I’m wondering how long it normally takes them to respond or show any indication that they recognize to my new Fi-Core status.

    The post office tracking states the letter was delivered on the the 9th.

    I will feel easier when I know that they acknowledge that I am Financial Core.

    Do you have any idea how long it takes for SAG to process fi-core requests?

    Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Be patient. You may not get acknowledgment from them for awhile. But don’t worry about it. If you have confirmed delivery of your request, you can now consider yourself fi-core. You are now free to pursue all types of film work.

  187. W. Scott Prestwood says:

    Mark,
    Are you presently accepting query submissions? My latest is in line with your body of work. Thanks!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Not really. I’m just finishing up my latest film and probably won’t delve into any new features for awhile. Even with that said, I create my own scripts. But thanks for the thought.

  188. TTTWLAM says:

    I have the ‘Nudist Colony Of The Dead’ soundtrack cd (is it out of print?), but I have no idea who sang the title song. Who did the vocals, if you please?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    The CD is still available by special order through the Pirromount website. The theme song was performed by Joyce Mordoh (www.suninthe9thmusic.com).

  189. Rebecca says:

    I am SAG and AFTRA and am seriously thinking about going Fi-core. I also do a lot of theatre work, and have not yet joined the theatre union, Equity, though. I am eligible to join it since it is a sister union, but am not quite ready. If I decide to go Fi-core, do I ruin my ability to cross-over to Equity later, since I will not be a full Sag/ Aftra member anymore?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m not familiar with Equity’s guidelines. However, if you had a problem with them admitting you, I’m certain that you could legally challenge it and most likely win. If you have any reservations about it, then just join Equity first, and then go Fi Core.

  190. Frank Budelman says:

    Mark, I am a current paid-up member of SAG and am considering going Fi Core. Will I keep my SAG member number if I am still paying dues even though I have to return the card?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I believe they assign you a new number and you are considered a dues paying non-member.

  191. SP TIRONE says:

    Hi quick question, I live in Florida where it would financially benefit me greatly to go Fi-Core BUT, my concern is if I move to a major market like LA or NY what are the draw backs? in Reg markets it would seem an appropriate move, but in a larger market what could i face (negatively) regarding my fi-core status?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It doesn’t matter what city you live in, big or small. You have the same rights and benefits of Fi Core no matter where you are located.

  192. Jeri Ott (Senor) says:

    Hey Mark. How are you these days? I am relocated in Asheville, NC. Would love to have an update on your goings on

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hey darlin, nice to hear from you. Send me your email address and we’ll catch up.

  193. David Richardson says:

    Whatever happened to Michael Palazzolo?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I don’t know. I believe he became a segment producer for ‘Unsolved Mysteries” in the mid-90’s. After that, who knows?

  194. Becca says:

    SAG vs Financial Core- Here is yet another question regarding this issue.I want to be a stunt performer in the film industry. I am currently a member of SAG but seriously considering declaring Financial Core status so I can build my resume on various projects. Is there anything that says that I have to be a SAG member to work in stunts? Or is Fi- Core considered to be equal in that venue? Thanks for any info you can provide!<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    The rules are the same for actors and stunt performers. If you are financial core, you can work on union and non-union productions. It’s really that simple. The only thing fi-core changes for a SAG member is that it opens up a wider range of job opportunities. And with yet another SAG strike lurking on the horizon, wouldn’t it be comforting to know that you can still pursue work?

  195. Martín Vilela says:

    I’m from Argentina and I’m dying to see your movies but I can’t find them anywhere.what should I do?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I don’t believe we’ve sold any of our films to Argentina. You could always order them through this website. They are recorded in the NTSC system and Argentina is on PAL. However, you should be able to play them on your computer. Hope that helps a bit.

  196. Alabama says:

    Is it worth it to shoot on a Panasonic DVX100B? Will no one release the movie unless it’s HD?

    And is it suicide to go Ultra Low Budget Sag to cast one union actress on a movie with less than $5000 bucks?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It’s tough enough to get a movie released these days in any format. Shooting it in standard def just decreases your odds even more. Why not start with the best quality you can afford? At under $1000, HDV cameras are a better bet. Regarding your SAG question: unless the union actress you’re using is Julia Roberts, there is no logical reason for an indie filmmaker to get into bed with SAG on any budget.

  197. jay says:

    I just found about SAG FI-Core!?? I am in SAG and wanted some more info. I just paid a substantial amount of money to join the SAG union and would not want to destroy a career before it gets started. Is there any info that I could get from SAG regarding the issue? I really want to know the ends in outs before I make a move. Are there any draw backs, will it affect my union status in anyway, besides some people giving me a hard time. I am interested becuase of the number 1 reason.work.jobs were not knocking down my door when I was non-union but I was getting work. I don’t know if things are just slow now or what but since I joined SAG I have not done anything and missed a few opportunities, recently this past weekend, to work on a non-union project.
    Also, how does/would it work when the call is for union and non-union but I have SAG Fi-Core on my resume.would I be hired as SAG or non-union wages or would the casting agent just go to next person.
    Thank you

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You’re not going to get much info on financial core from SAG, certainly not much positive info. Naturally, things appear slower now that you’ve joined SAG – you have cut out a substantial margin of your work opportunities, non-union projects. I’ve said this many times throughout this forum and I’ll say it as many times as it needs to be said; when you are financial core, you can now work in BOTH union and non-union films. It’s just that simple. Regarding your resume’, you don’t have to put fi-core on it if you don’t want to. If there’s a casting call for a part you feel you’re right for, no matter whether it’s union or non-union, just apply. If it’s SAG, you qualify. If it’s non-SAG, you still qualify. That’s it. This is the age of the internet, SAG can no longer conceal this (which has been around for over 20 years) from their members. Regarding wages, that’s a case by case basis negotiated between you and the filmmaker. Even SAG can’t help you there (have you seen their low-budget agreement? It’s a joke to the actor AND the filmmaker). Relax. Go fi core and keep doing what you want to do…ACT.

  198. Jess says:

    Hi Mark: I was reading all your fi core information. I’m was planning on sending a letter to SAG soon to go Fi core but was looking for a name to send it to. Do you know of a specific person at in SAG’s legal department that handles this? I want to make sure my certified letter gets to the right person, and really don’t want to call SAG and get into some type of energy draining argument about why Fi Core is not the way to go. A source a while back said to send it to:
    Asst. Mngr. Member/Guild Relations, not the legal department. in any case, the less contact with SAG the better.so a name would be great. Thanks for all the great information!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I don’t have a specific name to give you, but it doesn’t matter. Whomever gets the mail in SAG’s legal department will do just fine. Just send the letter certified, keep a copy, and you’ve done your part. If anyone contacts you to argue about it, deal with them the same way you’d deal with a telemarketer: Say you’re not interested and hang up. You don’t have to argue with anyone from SAG, you’re within your rights.

  199. mike stansbury says:

    Deathrow Gameshow was one of my favorite movies. I caught it on HBO back in 1988, or somewhere in that era, and was just wondering what Beano is up to. Do you still keep in contact with him? If so, will he ever be in another movie? What about John Mccafferty, plan on using him . Thought he did a great job as Chuck Toedan, and would like to see him in some upcoming movies if possible.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I last saw Beano around 2006. I think he still acts, but not so much in features. I believe he does commercials. Regarding McCafferty, he’s appeared in more of my films following Deathrow Gameshow. In fact, you’ll see him again in my upcoming, “The God Complex.” He too does commercials. In fact, you can see him in the trailer for the video game “Fallout 3” here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg9t7uXkLyA|1222067671|

  200. |Chuck Garcia says:

    Mr. Pirro, I’m a big fan, who, like you have worked on many Super 8 films. My question to you is this: After your shot at working within the studio system (Deathrow Gameshow), were you ever offered to direct any other 35mm movies? If so, have you turned any offers down?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I did direct another 35mm film, Buford’s Beach Bunnies, which was a big disappointment to me. As with anything in life, I’ve turned down some things. I turned down the opportunity to direct “My Mom’s a Werewolf,” and got aced out of directing a 35mm movie called, “The Mayor of Sunset Strip.” Maybe they ended up shooting that one in 16mm, I’m not sure. Although I try to never say never or never say always, I discovered that I have more control over my filmmaking when I just make them myself. There’s no money man lurking over your shoulder telling how the movie should be made, which to me is what’s it’s really all about.

  201. Adrian says:

    Hi, Congrats on your body of work! I have tons of production experience (directing, lighting, shooting, editing, mixing, etc.) and am itching to make my first no budget film. How much should I make my movie for to keep it profitable if I’m planning on self-distributing? Thanks!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There really is no specific figure. The mathematics of no budget filmmaking are: the cheaper it costs you to make, the quicker you’ll see a return. My last film cost $1000 to produce, so naturally, I was in the black rather quickly. The film I made before that cost around $500, so that would make a return quicker. If you can make it for $50…well, you get the idea.

  202. Steven Spielberg jr. says:

    Talking muhammad? You`ve got balls!! I `m a huge fan!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thank you. They clang when I walk.

  203. Anthony says:

    Hey Mark. It’s Anthony from the stage production of Nudist Colony. Just found out about you’re new film The God Complex and can’t wait to see the final product!
    Hope all is well and we have another reunion someday!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You JUST found out about it? We’ve been working on it for over a year. You’re just not keeping up with the Pirromount news, are you? Yeah, however, we should all get together one of these days. It’s been too long.

  204. John Barnes says:

    Please put me down on your list of prospective orders for your Talking Mohammad. (I was on your list for Submissive Jesus, and I’m delighted with it!)
    contact me at jobar2 at earthlink dot net

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Happy to hear you’re enjoying your Sub J. So far, we haven’t gotten enough interest to merit production of a Muhammad head. I suspect no store would be willing to carry it for fear of a suicide baby with a diaper on their head coming in and blowing the place up. It costs about $40,000 to launch a new toy like the Submissive Jesus, and Jesus is a bit easier to market. We had no doubt we’d make our money back on it. However, the Suicidal Muhammad is a little riskier. Anyway, thanks for your interest and if it ever goes into production, you will get one!

  205. Matt says:

    Hi Mark,
    It’s a shame you don’t have a 1-900 line to answer questions about Financial Core. It could be a retirement income.

    So, I wanted to ask you if since spoke to Eddie Deezen or if he’s ever complained about profit sharing in your films. I think he’s a typical actor d*ck that never made it anywhere but had a huge ego.

    PS. Your films are inspiring and funny as hell.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You ain’t seen nothing yet. Wait till “The God Complex” comes out. I ran into Eddie at a celebrity autograph convention in Burbank around 2005. It was very cordial. In fact, he actually spoke about how much fun it was working on the film and admitted that sometimes “you do crazy things.” He also spoke of the many fans he’d run into over the years who have seen the movie and loved it. As for any complaints he might have: of any of my actors, he’d have the least right to complain. He’s the only actor who’s ever quit any of my projects.

  206. Kevin Lozinski says:

    I ‘ve become aware of your films only recently. I own Nudist colony of the Dead and Polish Vampire. They’re both really funny and smart.
    I’ve seen so many big budget films that are total crap, because they have neither of these features. Money is wasted without a story, and with a story, even humble productions are worth rewatching.
    I’m glad to hear you are working on a new film. I see you are still going the frugal DIY way. Have you ever been offered a bigger buget production, or do prefer your own style of guerilla film making?
    Best regards,
    Kevin Lozinski

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Glad you enjoy my films. However, if you’ve just discovered them, you should discover some of the funnier ones (like Rectuma). Polish Vampire and Nudist Colony of the Dead are way back in the archives. Regarding bigger budgets – Deathrow Gameshow and Buford’s Beach Bunnies were bigger budgets (relatively speaking)made for outside companies. They are my least favorite films. When someone else puts up the money, that usually gives the filmmaker less control – which was the case in both of those movies. In my biased opinion, my best films are the ones I can claim 100% control over.

  207. Mr. E says:

    I was doing some random Google searches and I came across your site. I became excited because I thought I might be able to finally get one of my all time favorite flicks Deathrow Game Show on DVD. But all I found was the poster. Will this movie ever be available on DVD or should I treasure my VHS copy?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Technically we are not able to ‘sell’ Deathrow Gameshow,’ however, contact us via email and we’ll tell you how it can be made available to you.

  208. Billy Borrelli says:

    Hello Mark! I played the Weenie Wagger in RetarDEAD, and your character describing what I was doing while oogling that girl had me in stitches! Would love to be in one of your films someday! Cheers!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Rick Popko and Dan West up there will be doing 2nd unit for the movie I’m currently working on, The God Complex. Maybe they can use you, and you won’t have to travel to be in it.|

  209. anonymous says:

    I pray for you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Great. And I’ll THINK for you.

  210. Tony Cicchetti says:

    Mark! It’s finally great to see that you got Nudist Colony of the Dead on DVD! Since I was one of the stars of the film, does that mean I get a free copy or do I have to buy one like everybody else?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hey Tony!! Where you been hiding out? I’ve been looking for you. Email me.

  211. Jennifer says:

    I’m eligible to join SAG but am considering SAG Core. At this point in my career I need to be working both union and non union. If in the future I am successful enough to want to be totally union, what is the process of switching from SAG Core to SAG? I head they may not let you at all.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Their ‘rules’ regarding fi-core change constantly…like the IRS. And like the IRS, it all boils down to you giving them money. If and when the time comes you want to relinquish your financial core status (although I can’t think of one good reason why), it’s most likely that giving them money will get you back in. They may refer to it as a fine, garnishment, levy or any other polite name, but you can think of it as what it really is: ransom.

  212. Tony Young says:

    Mark,

    I’m doing a film set in a nudist resort. My distributor referred me to you. I have SAG actors who were wondering what the penalties would be if they worked on a non-union film. I told them our films are so below the radar, they’ll never find out. Or will they?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It’s not likely that SAG will find out, but if your actors are worried, their two best solutions are: they can use a fake name, or they can go financial core. SAG once came down on many of my actors (they were trying to make an example of me – since we’ve utilized SAG actors in our non-union films for over 25 years and continue to this day) and NONE of them got more than the equivalent to a slap on the wrist. Tell your actors not to panic. With all the SAG actors working non-union these days and all the independent opportunities out there, SAG’s teeth aren’t as sharp as they used to be.|

  213. Donald Miller says:

    Do you remember one of your first 8mm films in which I starred as an evil professor? We shot it in your garage, bedroom and yard in Ithaca.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Holy shit! Of course I remember. Don! How the hell are you? Although I think *I* was the evil professor. You invented a machine that could see into the future. Drop me a line at pirromount@hotmail.com

  214. Ben Linbrink says:

    Wow, what is going on in your lives? What drives a person to spend his time and efforts doing a work like this. I hope you find the truth in all your searching.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Who says we’re searching for anything? You found US.

  215. Daniel Meza says:

    hello guys, ive been in one of your films, i wrote my name down, Its Daniel Meza, i signed a contract to be in your film. it was filmed in palmdale. so i saw one of your videos, it is really great, good editing. everything came out perfect. check out my videos on youtube when in this website seach tagdata12 in the search bar. watch the following videos, FIGHT NIGHT, THE LITTLE ROCK MASSARCRE, WATCH YOUR BACK, DANIEL GOT HIT BY A CAR, GRREEN SCREEN TEST. The rest of the videos arent really movies. but i edit and Directed all of them. thank you!!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks for the info, Dan. I will check them out. Also, thanks for your help in our latest opus.

  216. Jim Lavine says:

    Mark-
    Just curious about what cameras you’re using these days. Have you gone from 8/16mm film to mini DV? If so, what are you using Canon GL2, Sony? Please advise.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Currently we’re shooting HDV using a Canon HV20. Great little camera. Pristine picture and completely inconspicuous.

  217. Michael May says:

    Hey-remember me from the good old Universal Days. I live!!! I might be visiting L.A, this summer. How can I contact you without all my fans knocking at my door

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hey Mike! Of course I remember you. You did a killer Brando impression! I’m still in touch with many of the old gang. Send me your email address (to pirromount@hotmail.com) and I’ll give you all the pertinent info.

  218. Scott says:

    Do you have any new footage from “The God Complex”?
    I love what you have at your site so far, and am wildly aroused to see where this classic tale is heading.
    When will you be making your next addition?
    Keep up the great work!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Keep checking the update page. We’ve just finished the Abraham/Isaac scene and are now moving onto Job, then Jesus and friends.

  219. sandy says:

    Since I wrote last I got a letter from SAG saying I have to write another letter and turn in my SAG card. And then I would be a dues paying non member. It seems scary.but I can do union and nonunion work right?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Don’t be scared. you have now quadrupled your chances for acting work. Now start submitting for everything. Congratulations.

  220. sandy says:

    I wrote to the SAG ranch In LA requestingto “to go Fi-core”
    I have been SAG more than 10 years. Its beeen a week and no response. How will they respond and how long?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Did you send the letter certified? If not, just call SAG’s legal department and see if they have receipt of it. If they say they don’t, tell them that you sent the letter 10 days ago and demand to go financial core immediately. That should get you started. How they will respond depends on the lemming you get on the phone. Traditionally, they’re not fond of financial core.

  221. Sara says:

    Hi Mark.I am truly considering CORE after 20 years in SAG as I am so tired of not working and seeing all the non-union auditions out there. So ONE: can a SAG production refuse to audition a CORE actor just beccause they are CORE?(I’ve heard they do), and TWO: can you still serve on SAG commitees if you are CORE, as I am on one that will meet in the fall, but I would like to go CORE now!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    First question – It’s very unlikely. I don’t know where you’ve heard that they do. A production can audition or not audition whomever they want, but I have never heard of a case where someone who is financial core was refused. 2nd Question – If you go Fi Core, you can’t run for any SAG office or committees. That’s the trade off for more acting opportunities.

  222. John says:

    I’m Just wondering, if you look up a movie like “Pauly Shore is Dead” in the SAG Signatory database (can’t post URLs here, but it’s available on SAG’s website) and the production doesn’t appear there, then is it safe to assume that this production is a non-union film?

    Alright, now if you plug “Pauly Shore is Dead” into IMDB’s database, you’ll get a list of actors who appeared in that film. (There are some pretty big names.) So, if this project isn’t a SAG signatory, yet these celebrities have appeared in other SAG films, then would it be correct to assume that the likes of Pamela Anderson and Snoop Dogg, and even Pauly Shore himself have ALL gone Fi-Core? If so, then KUDOS to them all!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I don’t know what criteria SAG uses to post on its website, but many celebrities are financial core (at least progressive celebrities). The thing is, actors don’t have to announce their fi core status to the world. In fact, the only people who need to know if an actor is fi core are SAG and the filmmakers they work with. When I run a casting notice, about 75% of the respondents are financial core. With those kind of odds, I have no doubt that some if not all of the celebrities you speak of in the Pauly Shore movie are fi core.

  223. slattery dean says:

    you say all health and other benefits are not affected by going sag financial core.i have 13 pension years in sag and would like to know if these would be affected if i go financial core, and if i would be able to continue to earn pension years while financial core.and while i greatly appreciate your lead in making available information on this important issue, would you be able to refer me to your source material for statements on health and pension benefits being retained (or not) under sag financial core.thanks much, i know personally that many fellow actors in sag need to know this information

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    This is the internet age. Just go to Google, type ‘financial core questions’ and enjoy the plethora of information you will acquire. Unlike when it was first started in the 80’s, info on financial core can be found anywhere today (for example: http://www.amptp.org/wgastrikefaq.html,
    and
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_core).
    Most of my sources are personal; friends who have studied and gone financial core, actors who have appeared in my films (like John McCafferty for one), etc. The important thing is: relax, your pension is safe.

  224. dan says:

    thanks for the advice two years ago
    you said work on my punctuation and communication skills i was using joke slang
    as many do i have since made two films that have sold on dvd and broadband i have made the money i need to open a £300,000 animation studio and have four projects i am working on inc one i hope to sell via cable/and sky.not bad for a stupid git from england

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Congratulations. You see what you can do when you learn to speak goodly?

  225. Bev says:

    HI Mark,

    I’m still not sure what Fi-core is. I have been non union on films in Philadelphia. I’ve done two SAG exempt movies so far. I would like to get in on another movie starting in April. The casting director put this Fi-core designation on people submitting for roles. Can you explain further?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    If you are non-union, then don’t worry about financial core. It’s only for union members who want to work more. If you are not a member of SAG, you’re probably already working more. Once you become a member of SAG, you can read all about financial core on the SAG page of this website.

  226. James Plumer says:

    I saw that you have a remastered copy of Nudist Colony of the Dead on DVD, I just wanted to know what is the DVD region for this product?
    Cheers!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I believe they are region free. We’re not so greedy that we’re paranoid about piracy.

  227. Suzanne Donahue says:

    Dear Mr. Pirro,

    A few years ago you wrote a couple of pieces on A Polish Vampire In Burbank and Curse Of The Queerwolf for our book on independent 80’s films. The book is now finished and we’d like to send you a copy. If you could email your mailing address to succubuspress@hotmail.com, we’ll get the book right out to you. Thanks!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Hey, congratulations on getting your book finished. I look forward to seeing it.|

  228. Rod says:

    On the “rectuma” preview, what is that music that plays in the background at the very beginning, as it says something to the effect of “sometimes an audience looks for a film with elegance and taste.” and shows the couple by the beach in the moonlight?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    That’s from the original score of the movie. Vocals were by Suzanna Griffith. It’s a parody of the Mothra song from those old silly Japanese monster movies.

  229. Mike Hunter says:

    Thanks for your fast response. I was asking, because I will be auditioning for a new animation studio soon, and I believe they will be non-union. It is also good to know that you intend to take care of your crew. Kudos

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Non union doesn’t necessarily mean non-payment. A production should be dictated by budget, passion and talent…not by unions.

  230. Ben says:

    Hey Mark, I went fi-core 2 and a half years a go, but recently made a poor decision. I let sag scare me back into being a full sag member with their letters this past fall. Here is my situation: I sent them a letter in December, but have not heard anything definite yet, but they said as long as it got in before 2008 then I was good. I would have to pay $400 to re join that I haven’t paid yet. Now, I am being asked to do some good non-union jobs that I want to do. Could I get in trouble at this point for doing non-union work? Can I still stay fi-core? Please let me know your advice. Thanks

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You gotta love intimidation with a time limit (hurry! Your answer must be postmarked by midnight tonight). Look, you made a mistake. It’s simple to fix and save yourself $400 in the process: Just send them a letter telling them that you changed your mind again – after talking to Mark Pirro…they love me – and plan to continue your financial core status. Yes, you’ll get more nasty and intimidating correspondence, but in today’s day and age, it is pointless to not be financial core.

  231. Mike Hunter says:

    So, reading what I have read, you pay no residuals whatsoever, even if it becomes a blockbuster and makes million$. Is this correct? What is the average non-union payment for an actor in a film?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Believe me, if any of our films become blockbusters and make million$, everyone involved will be rewarded; not because some union requires us to, but because it’s the right thing to do and we are all good friends (some of our actors go back with us over 30 years). There is no ‘average’ non-union payment. Some filmmakers pay $500 a day, some pay $100 a day, some pay $50 a day, some pay nothing – maybe lunch. Actors who do smaller films like ours don’t necessarily do it to make money, they do it because they enjoy their craft.

  232. Emilio Alcantar says:

    Good afternoon,

    Browsing the internet, I came across your website (most impressive I might add). As a hobby-of-sorts, I collect memorabilia from “B”-grade monster flicks, mainly from the 50’s-60’s timeframe. I would like to inquire whether you are able to obtain/sell any 8 x 10 images (stills) from a movie entitled “Beach Girls and the Monster” (aka “Monster from the Surf”), in particular of a certain actress (Sue Casey)? I do own the DVD (which has an excellent film gallery) but would like to obtain 8 x 10 movie stills (including “behind-the-scenes”, etc.); unfortunately, I do not have a home computer at this time. I have already exhausted the most obvious sources (Google & Ebay) to no avail. It’s my understanding that Corinth Films distributes this movie.perhaps with your insight in the industry, you could obtain this?

    I can be reached at this account normally from Monday-Friday (8am-5pm CST) or through my regular Yahoo account (emilio_alcantar@yahoo.com), also by phone @ home (708-754-3589).

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Sorry Emilio, I don’t have any sources into that film. Have you tried contacting Forrest J Ackerman? He has quite a collection of film memorabilia.

  233. Bob says:

    Hi Mark and crew!

    I am an actor who has not been able to get an acting gig for a quite some time. A friend of mine just told me about Financial Core. I put it in Google and your page popped up on a couple of links. Thanks for the great info! I am filing for it ASAP! How many hundreds of non-union projects have I missed out on because I am SAG and did not submit!??!!!

    I am sending you my picture and resume in hopes that you will consider me for future projects. I look forward to getting back to work as soon as possible.and I think the financial core info will help me do that! Thanks again.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Smart move. Watch how much your workload will increase now that you’ve opened up more opportunities. Since we’ve posted fi core info on our site, I would estimate that over 1000 actors have filed for it. Will any of them thank me in their Academy Award speech?

  234. Dan Fabian says:

    I used to have a copy of Deathrow Gameshow in the VCR format. Loved it! Been looking for a DVD copy for some time.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It never officially came out on DVD, and we don’t have the legal right to sell it. However, we offer a remastered DVD which we make available here. Just order one of other the video titles we sell (Polish Vampire, Queerwolf, Rectuma, etc) or a Submissive Jesus Head toy, and in your order say, “included DRGS” and we will add a DVD-R of Deathrow Gameshow free.

  235. Madeliene says:

    Did you pick out the drag outfit you wore at the end of Queerwolf? And is there anyone who’s been working with you on your movies since roughly the beginning? (I’m not referring to the things you did as a kid)

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    If memory serves, the drag outfit came from a gal I was living with at the time. There are many that were there with me at the beginning and still with me today: Actors John McCafferty, Pat Hunter and Tyrone Dubose, Cinematographer Bruce Heinsius, Special Effects artist Glenn Campbell, audio designer Sergio Bandera to name a few. They were all there from the beginning. Some of them, like McCafferty and Campbell, were there as early as my 1978 short, Buns.

  236. JACQUE PEDERSEN, Maier Management says:

    I have not seen any of your work but I applaud you and your company for helping actors act and giving them opportunity and information.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    No applause necessary. Everyone should be able to express them self creatively and we’re happy to support them.

  237. Lukas Jones says:

    How and where do you sell your films? How do you find distributors?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I do most of my selling through this website and sites like Ebay and Amazon.com. You can find distributors anywhere – do a Google search. Now, finding a reputable distributor is another story. I prefer distributing independently.

  238. Madaline says:

    I went fi core last July and now I received a letter from SAG that states that I have until Dec 31 of this year to reapply or I won’t be eligible to reapply. I know they are wonderful with their scare tactics and with their legal double talk, do you know if I should take this seriously or should I ignore them.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Ignore it. I don’t know one person who, after going financial core, has ever felt the need to go back to regular SAG membership. Why would they? Enjoy your new found freedom and get more acting jobs!

  239. Manoj says:

    Hi Mark.I am fi core and have not yet qualified for health and pension.If i do qualify next year,am i entitled to these benefits

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    All health and pension benefits remain the same. Any union job you do qualifies you for these benefits, any non-union job you do does not (but it doesn’t count against you).

  240. Stevie says:

    Thank you for your Fi-core info. I have until Friday to change my mind with SAG/AFTRA. How do I list my resume? SAF – Fi Core? Also they have asked me to return my cards.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Congratulations on going Financial Core. You’ll find that you have opened the door to a lot more work opportunities. You don’t have to put anything on your resume relating to SAG or Fi-Core. Most filmmakers don’t care, and the ones that do will specify on the casting notice what they’re looking for, but as a financial core actor, you can now submit to ALL films. As for the Friday deadline and the demanding you to return your card tactics, it’s just feeble way of making you realize that the relationship is over. I’d ignore it. It’s the equivalent of an ex girlfriend asking you to return her apartment keys after you break up with her.

  241. Jim says:

    Just wondering if you know what the form to be sent into WGA for Financial Core looks like as I am seriously considering it.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m not aware of any ‘forms’ per se. All you need to do is send a letter to your union requesting to enact your financial core status. They may send you some specific paperwork (and loads of propaganda telling you why you shouldn’t do it), but it’s really very simple to engage.

  242. Laura says:

    Can Sag ever for any reason kick you out permanently if you go financial core. Do you have to take a leave of absence then reapply to get member status?<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Being the bullies that they are, they can try anything in or out of the law to intimidate. If they refuse you re-entry, you can fight it legally and most likely win, but why bother? Once you’re financial core, what’s the point in giving that up? You can still work in SAG films, so there’s no logical reason to reinstate your membership.

  243. Constantinos says:

    Keep up this great resource.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We’ll do what we can.

  244. Joel Potrykus says:

    Hey Mark-

    Wondering if “Queerwolf” is your only super 8 movie? What kind of camera(s) did you use? Were sound cartridges still available in ’88?.Sounds sync. Or am I wrong, and it was all MOS? Was it shot on super 8 for cost reasons or asthetic reasons, or both? I gotta know what you know.

    Thanks!<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We also shot Polish Vampire in Burbank and most of Nudist Colony of the Dead in Super 8. For Queerwolf, we used a Chinon and Beaulieu camera (both sucked). We did use sync sound, but re-looped it in post for better quality. The only reason we used super 8 was for cost. At the time, it was the most inexpensive media around. Today, digital video has it all over super 8, if it even still exists.

  245. Dave Wilson says:

    Sorry to bother you again, but the SAG people say that if you go financial core and do a non-union film, they won’t help you if you are mistreated on set or don’t get paid. Is that valid?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    What are you, twelve? You need your daddy to fight battles for you? Like with any venture, you evaluate the people who you are working for, you talk to people they’ve worked with, you feel them out. There are reputable filmmakers and there are disreputable filmmakers (union and non-union). I know a filmmaker who produced a union film, then ran out of money to pay ‘back end deals.’ People are still chasing him down (I don’t know if the union is helping or not, but does it really matter?) I also know non-union filmmakers who use the same actors over and over again (myself included) because we don’t make any promises we can’t keep and all are treated fairly. Even if we don’t have a budget and the actors are making peanuts (or peanut shells), they still return from project to project. A TRUE actor wants to act. SAG was created at a time when there was no independent filmmaking. It was to protect actors from the studios that controlled them. It has no place in today’s digital age of filmmaking where everyone with a camcorder is a filmmaker. You want union loyalty, become a teamster. You want to act, go financial core and act, at every opportunity you get.

  246. Dave Wilson says:

    Have you seen SAG’s page on financial core? It says things like “If you go fi-core, You can’t put you’re a SAG member on your pictures, headshots, resumes, etc.” Is that a true statement? How can they do that?<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I looked at the SAG FI-CORE page. I laughed so hard I practically fell off the toilet. Nobody can dictate to you what you can and can’t put on your pictures, resumes, submissions, websites, business cards, lunch boxes, or underwear. Your resume can say that your name is Queen Latifah the 2nd and you starred in GONE WITH THE WIND if you want it to. Everything on that page of theirs is designed to prey on fear and intimidation. There’s even a section that says, tell us about the non-union project you’re aware of and the guild will “organize the project for you.” That translates to, “We will try and strong arm the production for you.” They tried it with me seven years ago, by harassing actors I’d used in movies dating back to 1981. You’ll note that there is nothing on their intimidation page that tells you the BENEFITS of going financial core – like doubling your work opportunities. Did I say doubling? How about quadrupling…or more. Non-union films outnumber union films by a wide margin. Don’t let your union treat you like a child and don’t be afraid of the big SAG monster under the bed. Use your spine while you’re exercising your right to work on any film you qualify for. Here endeth the lesson.

  247. Richard says:

    Dear Mark,
    How do you apply for Financial Core? I need to do this within the next week. I am working on a non-union project that will eventually turn union. But when I called SAG they bithced at me. So, now I’m sick of their harrashing and negativity and want to have the freedom to do any prject I choose. What are my steps?

    Thanks,
    Please email me at rickogrey12@gmail.com

    Richard

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It’s very simple. You can get all the info on our financial core page

  248. Yakov Levi says:

    Hi Mark, many years ago I saw “Curse of the Queerwolf” and I loved it, but forgot the title and would later mistakenly search for a gay vampire film (it had lots of biting the neck). Finally, a friend told me that my films remind him of you and I looked at your website and discovered that it’s true. Where have you been all my life?!

    I am now in Toronto and I cannot find Rectuma for rent anywhere, but I won’t give up. I can’t believe that Blockbuster doesn’t have at least 100 copies on their shelves! They are a bunch of cockbusters! Even the little weird video shops don’t know who you are.how do you keep making films? I want so much to make a living doing it like you!

    Please accept from me a small gift – my DVD compilation of short films from Ukraine starring granny prostitutes and other things you will like. I will not bother you to watch it or ask for a job, this is a pure gift with only good hearted intentions because I want to share my films with you. I wouldn’t ask for more. I know you are too busy to take care of a basket case like me. Feel free to tell me your address.if you’re not afraid.

    I love the commercial for the JesusHead with all the gods at a conference table. Muhamed blowing himself up was more laughs than that Danish comic strip. And Buddha battling Jesus, the fight of the millenia. You made me believe in the toothfairy again. She’s nice!

    Okay, bye for now until you write back!
    Sincerely, Yakov Levi

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks for the nice comments. I look forward to seeing some of your films. You can get our mailing address off this site.

  249. Jane says:

    Some Core people are being harrassed (literally) by SAG representatives to re-join the union. What action can be taken against these people? They have even taken steps to send lists of Core actors to the production companies in our area telling them not to hire us.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    When you say harass, what do you mean? Physically? Verbally? If you can, ignore it. They can’t stop you from working. If it becomes a nuisance, and they are pressuring local film companies and literally causing you to lose work, I would consult a lawyer. Any bullying they try is illegal and the desperate act of a dying cult. If they get a letter from an attorney, I wager they’ll back off…for now.

  250. Wilson says:

    HI, I am financial core and getting letter threatening from SAG that the law has changed and that financial core does not apply to SAG anymore.any truth to the rumor.or is this just SAG’s way of bullying unsuspecting non member members?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    100% bullshit. So SAG feels they’re above the law? Ask for proof. Better still, send us a copy of the threatening letter they sent you. We’ll post it on our site.

  251. madyen says:

    i need sex movis and sexy girll

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You obviously need a dictionary too.

  252. Dan says:

    I am thinking about going financial core. How doing must actors list there unions on their resumes?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You phrased that question as if Arnold Schwartzenegger had asked it. I believe you’re asking how you put the information on your resume. That’s up to you. You can either say financial core or not on your resume. Most indie filmmakers couldn’t care less if you’re SAG or not. It could go either way. If you DON’T say financial core, you may get passed over for a non-union job. If you DO say financial core, you might be passed over for a union job because of some militant SAG operative who dabbles in casting. Personally, I’d put it on and throw caution to the wind. You’ll probably get more jobs than you’ll lose that way.

  253. Jim says:

    To The Good People At Pirromount:
    I just want thank you for ALL the great information re: Financial Core.
    I was recently on the set of feature film here in Philadelphia & the SAG
    “leaders” felt it necessary to ostracize the Fi-Core actors. This kind of behavior was not only highly unprofessional (especially while on set) but it was illegal.

    As you already know – we have a legal right to pursue non-union work w/out being threatened & intimidated. It was shocking & disappointing to see the negative approach that was being taken by the local SAG leadership.

    There was so much “purposeful dis-information” being circulated by the SAG leadership about the “dangers of going Core”.all to keep other SAG actors “in line” & to scare the Fi-Core actors into coming back to the union.

    Regards,
    Jim

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Don’t take it personally. The ones who intimidate you do it out of fear. More and more actors are going financial core because it just makes sense. Actors want to act, and non union projects out number union ones by a substantial margin. Now, with hundreds of thousands of projects being produced for internet exhibition, SAG is losing its teeth. Some of the die hard members realize that and this makes them lash out. Next time some SAG member intimidates you, just smile politely and say, “Today I’m making $1500 working on this union film. Tomorrow I’m making $300 working on a non-union film. The next day, I’m working for $100 on another non-union film. The next day, I’m doing a freebie. That puts me $400 and three film credits ahead of you. Then, laugh and walk away.

  254. Travis says:

    Is there someone at Rhino that we could contact to advocate the release of DRGS on DVD?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Not to my knowledge. Even if they did put it out, it wouldn’t be the remastered version which we discreetly offer through this site. If you’re interested in getting a good DVD copy of Deathrow Gameshow, just order one of the titles that we sell (Polish Vampire, Queerwolf, Rectuma, Color-Blinded, Nudist Colony of the Dead), and in the comments section of your Paypal order, write in “add DRGS.” We will include a free DVD-R of Deathrow Gameshow. We can’t legally sell it, but we can throw it in for free.

  255. Irene Georgerian says:

    Hi Mark,

    I am financial core. I’ve heard that if I don’t relinquish my fi-core status and go back to SAG before the end of the year that I won’t be let back into SAG. Does this mean SAG is taking away my ability to work as a SAG actor? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Irene

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There is no reason for you to ever relinquish your financial core statue (unless you want to run for sag office). You CAN work in sag productions right now. That’s the whole point of financial core. You can do BOTH union and non union films.

  256. tolikimer says:

    Real nice! I found lots of interesting things here. I will bookmark!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Yay!

  257. Rich Coale says:

    I have seen at least one of your movies. It was pretty hilarious. Curse of the queerwolf. Great stuff. A few years ago. Maybe we can do a film together later. I have a new one coming out after this one and several straight to dvd scripts.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Glad you enjoyed Queerwolf. We’ve made a few better films since, though. If you haven’t seen “Rectuma,” that’s the one I’d recommend. It’s my “Gone With The Wind.”

  258. Rich Coale says:

    Check out my movie Hotel Horrible. It may be weird enough for you. Do a search. My videos are on uncut and youtube and livevideo and sumo and google. Do you want to distribute it? Shoot the second segment? Finance the second segment?
    Thanks,
    Rich
    info@hotelhorrible.com

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks Rich, I’ll try to check it out. However, I’m not in the distribution, financial or 2nd unit business.

  259. Bill Danner says:

    I like your movies, and I REALLY appreciate the fact that you do them on a shoestring budget. But, do you pay the bills with what you make from making movies? I mean (and I do NOT mean this in an insulting way)–do you have a day job?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I haven’t had a ‘day’ job in over 15 years. I own most of the movies that I make (no investors, shareholders, etc.) so whatever comes in goes right back into the pot. Also, I sometimes work as consultant, producer and/or editor on other people’s projects. I also created a toy called “The Submissive Jesus Prayer Answering Talking Head,” which is selling well. All that, plus a low overhead, is what keeps me going.

  260. SicCoyote says:

    What do you think of the works of Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’ve met them both. To be honest though, I haven’t seen many of their films. What I have seen appear to be very ‘formula’ (we need action by page X, we need nudity by page Y, etc.). There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’ve never had much interest in formula films (obviously, right?)

  261. James Magnum Cook says:

    I just wanted to say Thank You for posting the information about working SAG and Non-SAG members on a film. I have a small production company as an off shoot of a modeling company I own and have concerned myself about this with a recent contact from a SAG member. Your posting of the information and brining it to the public attention is great. Its a shame we can’t just all work together and make films period!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We can and we do. Keep doing your projects and don’t let anyone tell you how, why or whom you can or can’t hire.

  262. Sebastian Wolf says:

    I love your films. I would love to be a part of one, even if it is a small role. What do you need from me in order to make this happen?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It’s not that easy if you don’t live in Hollywood. We always cast locally. Makes things less complicated for the actors and for us.

  263. Paul Caruso says:

    Where can I send my picture and resume?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    If it’s via email, send it to angela@thehennessygroup.net. If you need a physical address, send it to: Pirromount Pictures/Casting PO Box 7520 Van Nuys, Ca. 91409

  264. Mark Martin says:

    Oh, yes, of course. There are crane shots in the teaser, and they look pretty good. I should’ve made that connection on my own.

    So far, what little you have of God Complex looks really professional. We seem to have climbed the mental ladder a few rungs since Adam came on the scene.<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    And shooting in HD doesn’t hurt either.

  265. Mark Martin says:

    I see you’ve improvised a camera stabilizer for God Complex. Is that essentially a monopod with an L-bracket? I ask because I’ve made a simple stabilizer from a Sunpak monopod, with a 2.5 lb exercise weight at the bottom, and a one-foot length of pre-perforated steel sandwiched between the camera & the mounting screw. I have stacks of steel washers attached to the ends of the steel beam. At just about exactly the center of mass there’s a tightener for the monopod’s telescoping section, which serves as a very handy grip. it has a good moments of inertia in three axes, making handheld shots pretty smooth. (Not absolutely perfect, but good enough.) It only cost about $50, with no cutting, drilling or welding. It’s about like a low-end Glidecam, but with the T-cross at the top instead of the bottom. It’s like wielding a huge crucifix!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Yours sounds a bit more elaborate than mine. I’m using it primarily to get that ‘crane shot’ look. With it, I can raise the camera about 20 feet high. Looks pretty impressive.

  266. Scott says:

    I am doing a low budget with SAG Fi-Core actors. DO you know whether there is any need to contact SAG about this or can the Fi-core actors just do a regular non-union actor deal memo?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    If your movie is non-union, there’s no need for you to contact SAG. If your actors are already financial core, they are free to do whatever they want.

  267. Mark says:

    When you loop dialogue in post-production, do you have anything resembling a recording studio with controlled acoustics? I ask because [1]- I’ve seen a few no-budget indies that looped in bedrooms, etc., with pretty good results, and [2]- you’re probably a bedroom kind of guy.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Only for casting. Actually, all looping is done in a post production studio that I have built in one room in my house.

  268. McHolsten says:

    Will NUDIST COLONY OF THE DEAD ever be published on DVD?

    By the way: DEATHROW GAMESHOW was released in germany with english language! [Title: DEATH GAME]

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Currently there are no plans to release NCOD on DVD. I would love to see it happen, but nobody wants to take the initiative and do it. I would do it (as I have with four of my other movies), but I don’t hold clear title to it. Re: Deathrow Gameshow – I am aware of the German release. In fact, I used their DVD to remaster it for me and my friends (so at least we could all have a pristeen copy of it).

  269. Jan Berggren says:

    Looking for more movie investors. Our team of global professionals have received a flood of scripts from around the world ranging in production costs from US $1 million to US $90 million. What are your thoughts.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thoughts about what: your receiving a flood of scripts or your looking for investors? You’d be better off if you received a flood of investors and were looking for scripts. If you’re looking to us as investors, we barely invest in our own films.

  270. Lukas says:

    I read that you own 80% of polish vampire and only 40% of your other films. Who owns the the remaining 20%-60%of your movies? Do you give your cast and crew a cut? Do your distributors take a percentage? Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Some of your percentages are a bit off. I own 82% of Polish Vampire, 100% of Rectuma and Color-Blinded, about 50% of Queerwolf (shared with a producing partner of the time). The other films were either ‘works for hire’ or sell outs. With regard to payments, each film is different. In some cases, some of the people who worked on them get a taste, in other cases, not. However, distributors ALWAYS take a cut, and in many deals, a very large cut.|

  271. Mark Martin says:

    When you documented the Rectuma premier, did you use the same mini-DV camera that you used to shoot the feature?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There were two cameras shooting the premiere. One was the same camera used to shoot the feature, the other wasn’t.

  272. Lukas says:

    Now that you are using an HD camera, will you still need to use “pirrovision” like with your other vids?<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    With the camera I’m currently using, yes. Although HD gives you a higher resolution, it stll looks and moves like video (unless you use one of the 24p cameras out there).

  273. Thomas says:

    Where can I get my sitcoms and books onto the screen?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Uhh…Universal, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox, MGM, Columbia Pictures, The Weinstein Company, Warner Brothers, Disney. That should keep you busy for some time.

  274. Les says:

    Whats is wrong with the mosquito version. I just got it from ebay, did I get cheated?

    ps. love all of your movies

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    The DVD compression is poorly done, making an inferior transfer. We remastered it for the 25th anniversary version. Glad you enjoy our films.

  275. santiago rodriguez says:

    I am trying to purchase a dvd of RECTUMA. Can you tell me where I can go to buy this? Thank you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You can get it here at this website. Click on the “Shop Pirromount” link and place your order.

  276. Steve says:

    Regarding Joe’s question:
    Hey Mark, do you mean true HD or HDV? Like the Panasonic AG-HVX200? Please tell me what the heck I could get my hands on for 1K. Any recommendations helpful. Keep on, keepin’ on.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I got a Sony HC-3 for about $1000. I’ve even seen them cheaper these days. It’s an HDV camera. Now I know there are various versions of what’s considered HD and HDV isn’t considered ‘true’ HD, but whatever the difference is, all I know is the pictures are sharp, crisp, clear and beautiful. However you slice it, it’s a great entry camera and will get you into the HD world. If you prefer a filmlook you can add it in post.

  277. Joe Meils says:

    Speaking of the HD cameras, can you still produce marketable work with consumer DV cameras available, or do I need to take the plunge and buy an HD?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It is virtually impossible to sell a video today if it’s not shot in High def. Take the plunge. You can get a good entry level HD camera for around $1000.

  278. Brian Conway says:

    How can we get the soundtrack to “A Polish Vampire”? Especially the title theme, I need that for a Halloween compilation! If not on CD, you should make some mp3’s, that would be sweet.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    The Polish Vampire soundtrack CD should be available through this website. It may not be listed in the products page, but I know CDs were made. Send a request to Pirromount@hotmail.com and they should be able to send you info on them.

  279. Concerned says:

    I just saw an ad for your submissive Jesus product on Youtube and am very upset. Isn’t it bad enough that you make insulting movies without having to move into the rhelm of religious novelty items? Do you honestly believe that creating a toy ridiculing Jesus is productive?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    More productive than getting upset over it.

  280. Josh says:

    I saw two videos of your Stan Freberg puppet videos, “C’est Si Bon” and “Yellow Rose of Texas.” I cracked up so hard. I had just got the TIP OF THE FREBERG CD yesterday, and so my day was GREAT. Who did those videos? Whoever it is, I’m waiting to see his treatment on “Sh-Boom” or “The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise.” I would crack up at how they would depict how fast the banjo player would play and the smoke rising from the analog recording equipment. That would be so funny.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You are referring to the videos we had put up on youtube.com. Glad you enjoyed them. Even when we’re not in production on a film, we still like to be creative. We also have the Freberg bits “The Great Pretender” and “John and Marsha” up there as well.

  281. Wendy Brooks says:

    Is it still possible to get a Nudist Colony of the Dead poster? My husband was actually in the film and I’d like to surprise him w/a Christmas gift of the poster all framed and everything

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There never was a poster. The best that film ever got was an 8X10 sell sheet. Sorry. Can we interest you in a lovely “Rectuma?”

  282. Dave says:

    I think it should be stressed that the producers of South Park don’t tell such irreverent stories just to aquire fame. They are filmmakers with a message to tell, and that message has to do with the terminal neuroses wallowed in by most of the adult population of the world.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’ll drink to that.

  283. Mark Martin says:

    I see you’ve purchased HD cameras for the upcoming God-flick. Are those off-the-shelf prosumer models? Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Yep. Sony HC3 for now. Maybe the Panasonic AG-HVX200 later.

  284. robert yerzy says:

    we are now scheduled for fliming across the nation summer of 2007. our funding is needed. what we thought we had for funding no longer exists. can you guide us?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I would need a lot more information before I could offer a helpful suggestion. I don’t know how much funding you were counting on, what format you planned on shooting in, whether or not name actors or unions were involved, what equipment you already have or don’t have, and what else was expected by you. All I can suggest is what we would do: If outside funding is gone and you don’t want to spend the next three years chasing money, I would re-think your project and work towards shooting it on a shoestring. Now that may take a bit of re-writing and re-planning, but it can be done. Then make all plans to put it in motion. You can contact me via pirromount@hotmail.com and we’ll see if we can help get your project back on track.

  285. William Sledd says:

    Hi Mark, I’m just curious whether shooting on DV harms the marketability of your films. For example, Polish Vampire is a classic but in part because it was super-8. Are you positive that you will never use film again while on your own money?
    Spike Lee’s Bamboozled was shot on DV but he took the extra step of transferring the whole thing to film. How can a feature sell without that extra step?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    If it’s a good film, it’s marketable, whatever the medium it’s shot in. Amazing improvements have been made in the seven years since Bamboozled was shot. Many films are being produced on HD video today and only a unique few individuals can see the difference. Some of the new cameras (like Panasonic’s HVX200 for one) are phenomenal in creating a filmlook and blow up nicely to 35mm, if required. If I’m making a movie for a few thousand dollars, DV (or now HDV) is the only way to go for me.

  286. Lukas says:

    I looked you up on imdb.com and I see you have only made seven features. How many films did you make before you could quit your day job and live off of your film profits? Thanks Mark.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Just one. I live very frugally.

  287. flinnie says:

    I have been trying to find Buford’s Beach Bunnies for about 5 years or more now. I saw it for the first time when I was in college, i think on “skinomax”. Bravo My roomate and I would stay up, get drunk, and laugh our asses off. When I came home I would rent it, and showed all my friends. In my little hamlet of Pennsylvania everyone under 30 probably saw it once. I wish I would have bought a copy, any idea where I can find one?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Those are tough to get. The best we’ve got ourselves are old VHS copies. Tapes turn up from time to time on Ebay. In fact, there’s a copy selling there now. We just checked.

  288. Anonymous says:

    I just saw the world premier of Rectuma over on YouTube. What’s the title of that music you laid in? Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Music from “The Untouchables.”

  289. Brad says:

    You have inspired me. i stumbled upon “Nudist Colony of the Dead” at a local ma and pops rental place going out of busness, so i bought it along with about 300 of the last of their films but your title stuck out the most (except for the porn but granny gang bang 3 and stuff him full of pipe sticks out a little more) but anyway i watched your movie every night while i slept recorded your songs onto a tape and play them in my car. i am a huge fan. i was in a huge slump in my film carreer and you picked me back up and thanks to that my newest film is playing at the Rhode Island International Horror Film Festival. and im now in pre production for my new film, sort of dedicated to you its a semi musical but a little more ugly and uncomfortable then your light hearted films. thank you.

    -brad. ps do you have a myspace i know its sounds bad but its a free way to get your name out there i got one for red rooster.

    your welcome to come up and see the next film i would greatly apriciate it. your one of my heros.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Glad to have been an inspiration to you and congratulations on your film. No ‘my space’ for me yet. I’ll get into it eventually, once I figure out how to communicate with those 16 year olds and not get caught by Dateline.

  290. Luciana Costa says:

    I love you. I really mean it. You’re so amazing. You don’t even have to answer this.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    How can I not respond to a compliment like that? You made my day. Thank you.

  291. sally vernon osti says:

    I’m trying to track down a VERY good friend of mine, Greg Gross. Could you help me? I noticed he has written a lot of music for you. Thanks, Sally

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Your message and email address has been forwarded to him.

  292. Lukas Jones says:

    Have you ever thought about teaching a low budget filmmaking class? Maybe put it on dvd? Or writing a how-to book.<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I did a how to book in 1994 called “Ultra Low Budget Movie Making.” Although it’s a bit dated, it’s still available on this site. I also did a corresponding documentary called ‘Mini Motion Picture Making’ the same year. I’ve lectured at libraries, high schools and colleges in the past, but teaching is not something I’m really into.

  293. Thomas Dunne says:

    any plans for putting death row game show on DVD?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I would love to see Deathrow Gameshow on DVD, but we don’t control the rights to that film anymore. Rhino video controls it and so far don’t seem to be interested in putting it out. Too bad, we have a newly remastered version if they wanted it.

  294. Pattie Harris says:

    Did you go to Batavia High? If so, I was a year behind you and I don’t remember you. I’m living in North Hollywood now.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I didn’t go to Batavia High, but my sister did. I went to elementary school in Batavia, then moved to Ithaca.

  295. Michelle says:

    Hello! I am so glad I found this website. I am a non-union actress, yet I want to become famous. I am very serious, I try hard. Should I join the union or not? I don’t have an agent, do you know where I can get one? Thank you very much!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    15% of the members of the Screen Actors Guild make a living from acting. Those numbers increase for non-union or financial core actors since they now have a broader playing field to work in. There’s no point in joining SAG until you are required to do so (then just go financial core afterwards). Getting an agent is not easy, getting a good agent is nearly impossible…UNLESS you don’t need one. A good agent will only want you if you’re already getting work. My suggestion is to work in as many non-union productions you can, get experience, build up your body of work, put together a great demo reel, do whatever you can to get noticed. I believe recognition in this business takes about 10% talent, 30% preparation and 60% luck. Good luck.

  296. Mark Pirro says:

    SAG Supporter|Karen Borell, who is the National Executive Director of Entertainment Contracts for Screen Actors Guild was a financial core member when she was a Business Representative in the Hollywood Theatrical Contracts Department. The Business Representatives at SAG are themselves unionized.

    Financial Core members are considered anti-union scabs, so why would a labor union promote someone who spit in the face of collective bargaing to a leadership position at SAG. I am sure that this can easily be verified and SAG board members as well as the membership will be interested in knowing who is representing them.
    Pass this on to Jon Voight

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Financial Core members are considered anti-union scabs. And Mel Gibson is considered an anti-semite. Yet, he’ll still get more work than most union actors, as will the thousands of actors who have chosen to enable their financial core rights. Go lead a protest march somewhere, we’ve got movies to make.

  297. Aron Kudzinowski says:

    Thank you for a very informative site.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Tell a friend.

  298. Anonymous says:

    Nudist Colony was the last thing you did with Super-8. Did you have any more projects in the works for 8mm before DV made that format a moot point?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    After NCOD, I never would shoot super 8 again. My next project was hi8 video, then came DV.

  299. Kathy Fisher says:

    My boyfriend told me about this movie (Rectuma)and indicated he would force me to watch it. I said I’d give it 5 minutes and was hooked in the first 30 seconds. But what did the opening written monologue say? Damn these bifocals!!!!!<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You have a smart boyfriend. Everything but the last page of text can be read in freeze frame mode. The final page is nothing but jibberish.

  300. Anonymous says:

    Mark|In one of your interviews it says that Nudist Colony was shot on three film formats: 8, 16 & 35 mm. I was under the impression it was all 8mm. What did you use the other larger formats for? Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Most of it was super 8mm, but when the super 8 wasn’t cutting it anymore, we switched to 16mm. The 35mm was used for the titles.

  301. Mark says:

    It’s really amazing what can be done with nearly no money. There’s an indy on the web called “Counseling Day”, a comedy. The director shot it on 16mm for about $21,000. That’s not a lot by some some standards, but it’s still overkill compared to what you tend to accomplish on fractions of this. (And Counseling Day, although a bit cute & funny, still looks and feels rather bare in comparison to your products.)<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Not to blow my own horn (and believe me, don’t think I haven’t tried)…the fact that I can make a feature film for $1000 or less is a culmination of over 30 years of honing in on a process which consists of knowledge, skills, patience, and most importantly, relationships. I couldn’t do it without a good support system of friends (in front and behind the camera). If someone’s just starting out, with no knowledge or connections, $21,000 is not such a bad price for a feature film.

  302. drea says:

    I was just wanting to ask that I have
    written a movie and I just wanted to
    ask if you look over it one day to see if you can film it one day I was just asking please its a real nice film you can produce with me It can be real nice if you can.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Unfortunately, EVERYONE has a script in their back pocket that’s the best thing to come along since Casablanca. Truth be told, a script by itself – no matter how great it is – is practically worthless in this business. Unless you have elements attached to the script (ie name stars, established filmmakers, distribution and budget in place, etc.), there is little we can do for it. The good news is that you can set yourself up with a digital camera, editing suite and some friends and make the movie yourself. That’s exactly what we do. It’s less costly than you’d think.

  303. Kev says:

    kev (again soz 4 stalking u!)|I noticed someone on ebay is selling a copy of NCOTD on DVD I never thought u cud get it on DVD is this a genuine copy and if so whats the quality like? Cheers dude

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thank you for bringing that to our attention. No, it is not a genuine copy. It has to be a dub from the VHS. Caveat Emptor.

  304. Laura Jean Shultz-Dreshfield-Ahmad says:

    Have you ever considered distributing other peoples’ indie films? You could at least double the number of honest distributors. You might even raise that number above zero

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Wow. Is that your real name? You’re a real hyphenate, aren’t you? Although I’ve toyed with the prospect of promoting other people’s films under a ‘Pirromount Presents’ banner, the idea of physically distributing films is a bit out of my reach. A successful distributor does it full time. They’ll go to all the film markets and festivals, and I just don’t have the time or expertise to do it.

  305. Mark Martin says:

    So do I gather accurately that, when someone makes a purchase directly from this website, someone in your entourage just burns & labels the DVD right there at the Pirromount Ranch? Thanx.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Depends on what is being ordered. We usually have about 20 or 30 copies of our films ready to go. If we run low, then another batch is burned. In the case of the person who wanted the NCOD CD, that was specially made, since we took those off the market years ago.

  306. Mark says:

    Hey, do you have any advice for getting really good chroma-key composites? Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    If I knew how to do that, I would have done a better job of compositing with my film. Light it well, think the shot through carefully, let the background dictate the way you light the foreground, use a good compositing program (like Primatte). Good luck.

  307. Kev says:

    Where can I get a soundtrack for Nudist Colony? I only just discovered the film and I love it man and the songs rock!!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    There was a time when we offered CDs through this website, but the demand wasn’t that great and we just stopped when we ran out. We may offer them again in the future, but we would prefer to redo them with people who can really sing.

  308. dick says:

    Mark|I haven’t yet seen Nudist Colony Of The Dead, but have of course seen the music video on this site. I know you’re infamous (You’re not just famous. You’re IN-famous.) for borrowing things to enrich scenes. How did you cough up the Bell helicopter?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    The helicopter was donated because the owner liked the project. All he charged us for was the gas.

  309. Karen Kanotts says:

    Hi Mark, I want to file financial core but I’ve worked a few nonunion films in the past. Will my filing f.c. now cause them to investigate my past? Thank you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    When it comes to the SAG vultures, ANYTHING could trigger an investigation. However, that’s no reason to fear them. Going Financial Core is your legal right and without retribution. If they try to bully you, just ask them why THEY never told you that Financial Core was even an option? You won’t find anything pertaining to it in any of their propaganda. Ask them why they hide the information from its members? That should keep them off your back.

  310. Lukas says:

    Do all theaters have digital projectors now? Can any film shot with a digital camera be projected on a digital projector? Thanks Mark.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Not all theatres are equipped with digital projectors at this time. Anything that exists on video can be projected through a digital projector.

  311. Troy says:

    I noticed a previous thread mentioning digital projection, and I’d be grateful if you could share some of your experiences with it, in greater detail.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    What can I say? I have a digital projection system in my living room. Love it. There’s nothing like watching a movie projected. When my last movie, Rectuma, played theatrically in Hollywood in 2004, we used a digital projector. It looked great. Not much else I can say.

  312. Lukas says:

    Hi Mark. I was wondering is a screener copy that you send to distributors the same thing as a movie trailer? Thanks

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Nope. A screener is the entire movie with superimposed warnings that run throughout it (ie. For Screening Purposes only, Property of Skadoodle Films – don’t copy this or we’ll hurt you).

  313. Ken Hayakawa says:

    Hiya, Mark, just rewatched the Polish Vampire movie again last night and this time on DVD with the documentary. Did you use mostly Kodachrome 40 on that? Noticed you had a Chinon 200/8XL or similar. Anyway…man, you are missing out on a HUGE opportunity here…with that whole Jesus Meets the Martians thing. Who cares about Jesus?? The christians are just going to ignore it and turn the other cheek. Nah, man, the answer is on your own pages! Why not MOHAMMED MEETS THE MARTIANS instead?? It’s a lot more in-topic these days. The trouble with christians (well one of the troubles) is that they are taught peace and love and other weird stuff but the muslims, now there’s a different story. You’d be on the cover of TIME if you made a Mohammed movie!! Remember, they already made JESUS CHRIST VAMPIRE HUNTER, and most people never even heard of that. I’m all for a Mohammed-in-a-bomb-turbant flick. Picking on christians is fun, but that’s like hitting on a fly with a baseball bat. No challenge. So I really think you oughta try A Muslim Mohammed in Burbank or something. 😉

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We shot Polish Vampire with a combination of K40 and Ect 160. Regarding Jesus and Mohammad, thanks for the suggestion. Mohammad might be a funny topic, but right now we’re committed to Jesus. Who knows? Maybe we’ll tackle it one day. We’re not making the Jesus movie to piss anyone off or even get a reaction from Christians. We’re writing it because just the concept of Jesus battling Martians seems funny to us.

  314. Anonymous says:

    That happened to William Dozier, the producer of the Batman TV series. But he was also the narrator. As I recall, he was simply filling in that role for the pilot. But he ended up saddled with the job by some twist of fate, and was required to join SAG, even though he wasn’t even credited onscreen. After that he had to sweat bullets when SAG threatened a strike one season.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Holy Intimidation! But that was 40 years ago. I don’t think as many filmmakers are that easily pushed around today. We had the teamsters visit our set once and sent them on their merry way (minus a few doughnuts).

  315. Former Friend's Brother says:

    Well….I was trying to be discreet….My name is Steve….his name is Brad. He is short, bald…..and…..well….an angry old man. I think you two were friends up until around 1996.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Ahhhh yes. Brad. The only friend who ever tried to screw me without the courtesy of a reach around. The ‘angry old man’ label threw me a bit. Around here, we just refer to him simply as ‘Pond Scum.’ He had a cute girlfriend though. We always thought he was blackmailing her somehow.

  316. Former Friend's Brother says:

    Mark:

    It has been a long time since we have spoken but years ago you were friends with my brother, someone you now affectionately refer to as the “angry old man”…..a label with which I totally agree.

    Lately, I have segued from my legal career to video-related work, and it has become my passion. If possible, I’d like to talk to you sometime when you are available.

    Thanks.<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You’re going to have to give me more to go on, my friend. I have no idea who you or your angry old brother is. Do either of you come with a moniker?

  317. dana dubovsky says:

    Mark, I’m putting together a cast for a non-union film shooting in Prague late July. Any known names I can go after for 3 leads that are financial core or willing to work non-union anyway?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I have plenty of actors SAG, non-SAG and financial core that will work non-union. The only problem is that I wouldn’t exactly call them ‘names.’

  318. Lukas Jones says:

    I can`t wait to see Jesus and the Martians. How long will it take you to shoot and edit? How long have you been in pre-production?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    As of this date (5/22/06), we’re still writing it. We have a first draft, but I’m not completely happy with it, so we’re embellishing it. Once I’m satisfied with the script, it’ll most likely take us about 30 days to shoot it. Mind you, that 30 days could be spread out over many months. The actors usually dictate the length of the shoot by their availability. I’ll edit it as we go along, but my guess is that it will take at least a year from the start of shooting before it’s a finished film. Possibly longer. Such is the life of a no budget filmmaker.

  319. Larry A. Cole says:

    Mark,
    I haven’t kept up, but what other projects are you working on?
    If you ever need a non-talented extra for a one-time gig, let me know.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Right now, most of my time is devoted to Jesus and the Martians. Thanks for the offer, but currently I have more non-talent than you can imagine.

  320. Bill says:

    Hey Mark….

    Netflix can’t seem to locate their copies of “Queerwolf” and “Polish Vampire”. For those of us too cheap or poor to purchase a copy, could you loan them a couple of yours? Would be much appreciated.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Sorry Bill, we had our films pulled from Netflix for reasons too complicated to get into here. If you don’t want to spend much money (although I can’t understand why, for such classic cinema), you can sometimes find our films cheap on Ebay or Amazon.com.

  321. John says:

    Hey Mark —

    A big fan of yours… love NCOTD and Deathrow Gameshow… I was curious with your work on Jesus Christ Conquers The Martians, just what your take on The DaVinci Code is and will you go see it?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I will probably see DaVinci, although I really know very little about it. Opie’s a great story teller, so I’m sure it will be entertaining.

  322. Lukas says:

    Hi Mark. Does Roger Corman use SAG actors on his low budget films? If not ,why doesn`t SAG go after him the way they go after you?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I don’t know if Corman’s company is a SAG Signatory, but I know Corman himself is a SAG member. Here’s a quote from him regarding his appearances in movies: “I finally had to join the Screen Actors Guild because Jonathan Demme had cast me in Silence of the Lambs and SAG called me up. I said, “this is just a joke between the directors and myself.” The guy from The Screen Actors Guild said, “The joke’s gone on long enough-now you have to join the union.” – end quote. Now he doesn’t say how they strong armed him into joining or if he just did it to avoid conflict. SAG hasn’t bothered me since 1999 (they didn’t really bother me then, although they targeted my actors). Nothing has changed in my filmmaking. I still use SAG and non-SAG actors in my feature films. I’ve shot several TV spots using SAG actors. I suppose the union discovered that I won’t buckle on this one.

  323. Hugo says:

    Hey Mark and Team,
    I just watched Rectuma and it made me want to die. It is possibly the worst creation known to man and it makes me feel like slashing my eyes and ears just to disable any sensory contact to the film. Please Mark, don’t ever pick up a camera again. Please? I’ll pay you. I’ll actually send you money if you promise not to make another film. It got 7.6 on IMDB, but I have a feeling that you had something to do with this. Sweet lord and all that is holy, pain us no more Mark. I don’t know how you managed to get this into videoshops. Man … this cost me $7.00 bucks!!!! Why… WHY!!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Let me make sure I got this straight. A movie about a giant mutant ass is powerful enough to make you want to self-mutilate? I’m flattered. However, my guess is your eyes and ears are safe. Judging by your ranting, I doubt they let you keep anything sharp where you reside. Get the inmates together and go rent a Disney movie, Hugo.|

  324. Dr Floyd says:

    How did you secure the church where the preacher tells about Jesus bringing out a plate of sausages?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You’re referring to the church scene in Rectuma. A friend, who had keys to the church, let us in there to shoot one afternoon.

  325. Anonymous says:

    In this business, anything is possible. Treatments have been bought and sold. Ideas have been bought and sold. People have sold concepts based on only a poster. In fact, we got funding for Nudist Colony of the Dead simply from the title. What one gets can vary; whatever the buyer is willing to pay.

  326. Christian says:

    What is your problem?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Well for one thing, you.

  327. dick says:

    Are you a Jew?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Only when it’s time to grab the check at a restaurant.

  328. Anonymous says:

    How can a guy who makes what he calls a submissive Jesus at the same time make a movie about Jesus and the Martians? If Jesus is fighting against the Martians, then logically he can’t be submissive. And, if he’s submissive, he can’t very well be against Martians, now can he? Seems like your interpretation of Jesus is pretty inconsistent. Guess I got you there, huh?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You sure do. How could I have been so careless? Now let me ask you a question: Does your nurse know that you’re using the sanitarium’s computer?

  329. Danielle says:

    I’m sorry if this has already been asked, but what happened to the South Park episodes? Clicking the link no longer works. Unfortunately, not enough of my friends have seen the Virgin Mary Episode yet lol. Please help me spread the satire.<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Those episodes were downloaded so many times that we exceeded our allotment of monthly bandwidth. Although we removed them from here, we created a link to the site where we originally got them from (youtube.com). When you went there their site was down for some reason, it is now back up.

  330. Ted says:

    Hey Mark,

    My name is Ted and I collaborate with Susan Olsen, who is best known as Cindy on “The Brady Bunch.” I live in Los Angeles.

    We are currently trying to contact some of the people that worked with Susan on “The Brady Bunch,” and I noticed one of them appeared in your film “Rectuma.”

    If you could please let me know how I could call you to discuss this further, I would appreciate it. We have been looking for this individual for several months with no luck. It is very important that we get in touch with the person to let them know about Susan’s upcoming project.<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Since you posted this, we’ve spoken. I’ve passed the info onto Robyn and you’ll probably be hearing from her soon.

  331. Tiffany Dang says:

    Hi Mark, I have learned about financial core actors. I’m planning to shoot my feature and would like to get a few name actors, who are financial core registered. Would you know how I can find the contacts to those actors? Thank you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m not aware of any official way of knowing if an actor is financial core or not unless they publicize it themselves (which they usually don’t since it’s nobody’s business but the actors). My suggestion would be to simply contact any actor (or actor’s agent) you want to consider for your movie and tell them up front that it’s a non-union film. As a non union filmmaker, you don’t have to concern yourself of an actor’s union status so long as you tell them your position from the beginning.

  332. Charles Balcer says:

    if you are sag & opt to go financial core do you still receive your sag card bi-annually?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    No. When you go financial core, you become a ‘dues paying non-member.’ That’s a meaningless title, but it’s SAG’s form of identification. You just keep your previous card and your receipts from your dues paid.

  333. Dan says:

    hi you all i am from the uk and am looking to make a small film any advice would be great also anyone from the uk?that may want to help cheers and keep up the good work living the dream ding dang do for me kid

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    My advice would be to work on your punctuation and communication skills before tackling something as meticulous as filmmaking.

  334. geoff maguire says:

    Hi, is it possible to purchase movie off this website for australia delivery?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It is. Just make sure you include enough postage. Also, note the region code difference. All our DVDs are coded for Region 1, Australia is Region 4. I know that region 4 DVDs will play in America. Not sure about vice versa.

  335. Anonymous says:

    Mark|If it’s not too proprietary, I am curious to know how well your DVDs sell off your website. Would it be accurate to say that you’ve sold a few thousand? A few hundred? Nineteen? Thanks.<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    All of the above. If you’re a tax assessor, just kidding. We don’t sell a thing.

  336. Mark Alan Effinger says:

    Thanks Mark! I appreciate the “triangulation” response… it’s a tough battle, as we have great channel relationships, but don’t want to radically dilute our upside by taking money from them now. You know the gig.
    And If I can throw my hat into the ring on the Rectuma DVD gig, let me know… I need some of your stuff anyhow, just to wear at coctail parties and Kurt Cobain memorial events.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m not sure if I know what you mean by ‘throw my hat into the ring on the Rectuma DVD gig,’ but if it involves promotion or press, be my guest.

  337. J. Remy says:

    Don’t sell yourself short, Mark. You are clever enough by half to make such a film. In fact, you can even have a little fun with the conventions of film making and make a part of the storyline involving the Muslims who were offended going after your head, only to be turned back when you inform them that they didn’t have to see the film to be offended. I’d love to see that.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Let me take care of Jesus first, then when that film’s done, we’ll regroup and see what’s worth doing next. Who knows? By that time the middle East may be a smoldering parking lot.

  338. Anonymous says:

    Mark|I was watching the :30 spots for Rectuma, and was wondering how you got the shots of cop cars & motorcycles rushing down the litter-strewn street? Did you just go to a messy 4-H fair parade? Thanx.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Not quite so simple. A friend was working on another show where they took over a couple of blocks. He called me and said, “Get down here with your camera.” I rushed down, shot ‘second unit’ footage and seamlessly edited it into my film. It was on a public street so no copyright laws were broken (as if that would have stopped me anyway).

  339. K. Sloan says:

    please sell deathrow gameshow on dvd. i lost my vhs copy lending it to someone to see. i would give anything to see it again……….. thanks

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We are not legally able to sell it on DVD, but if you look about seven comments down from here, you’ll see one possible solution.

  340. Anonymous says:

    Mark|Hey, what make & model camera did you use to shoot Rectuma? What are you using for the next project?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Rectuma was shot with a Sony PC100, then run through the “Pirrovision” post production process. I have no idea what camera we’ll be using for our next film. It will very likely be High Def though.

  341. J. Remy says:

    I laughed until my sides split over the idea of your upcoming Jesus film. Really, it was too much. I’m still wiping the tears away. Will you do one about Mohammed next?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks. Let’s hope the movie turns out as funny as the concept. A Muhammad movie? I don’t think I’m clever enough. If someone can come up with a funny enough script though, I’m game. Standing right behind you…

  342. Lukas Jones says:

    How did you get hold of the banned South park episode? Do you have the rights for that episode? Will you be putting other South park episodes on your site? Thanks Mark.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Getting the episode took a lot of hunting, digging, bribes, payoffs, blackmail and unnatural sexual favors: not a pretty tale. No, I don’t have rights to it, but then I’m not profiting from it. I’m not selling it, I’m not pirating it, I’m not auctioning it, I’m not distributing it. I’m simply displaying it. Censorship yields no power here. Will I be putting any other SP episodes on my site? Only if anyone successfully bans them from being seen elsewhere.

  343. Mark Martin says:

    How much attention have you typically paid to detailed lighting setups? Do you go for the classical key, fill, etc.? Or do you just go mostly for whatever ambient lighting is there for free during a shoot?

  344. Shane Price says:

    where can i get a dvd copy of deathrow gameshow, that was a hillarious film back in the day

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I recently remastered it. We can’t technically sell it because we don’t control the rights, but if you order something else from us, maybe we can accidentally slip a copy in for free.

  345. Mark Alan Effinger says:

    Hi Mark! Hey, we just started production on the trailer for a film involving a Hall of Fame B-Ball player (right in your own backyard, no less!) and some Jazz great of the 30’s, 40’s and current. We’ve raised over 25% of the funds needed to do the film “right”, based on the directors plan numbers. Like you, I’m more a bootstrapper who would rather shoot on Hi8 and get a product out than go begging… but my partners are committed to doing it “right”. Any ideas how we can keep the funds coming in? Do we “sell” the letters of commitment by our distribution partners (resellers and industry champions)? Any morsel of insight is much appreciated. Thanks

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Since I don’t deal with investors, I don’t know if I can give you any pearls of wisdom here. How’s this? Draw a triangle, on one side put cheap, on another side put fast, and on the remaining side put right. Now pick two of the sides. There’s your answer.

  346. Pedro says:

    On the issue of the banned south park episode… i dont think its funny to mock a sacred figure like the Virgin Mary. Where´s the fun in mocking what the Virgin is telling us? i think its pure evil to make something of such bad taste just to get atention and publicity. I watch South Park, one thing is to make a joke or two about Jesus, but this time, they went too far. It is exactly the kind of debate is going on worldwide: use freedom of speech in a responsable way. freedom of speech doesn´t mean freedom of agression

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I didn’t create the episode, Pedro. All I’m doing is making sure that those who WANT to view it have the opportunity. Since we uploaded that show in January, it has been viewed over 2,640 times, so I’d guess someone is interested in it, wouldn’t you say? But are you ready for the really cool part? You, and people like you that are offended by it never have to click on the video link. Isn’t that awesome? Click no evil, hear no evil, see no evil. Get it? Have a nice day.

  347. Lukas Jones says:

    How do you cast your films? Do you use a casting agent or do you still just hire your friends for your movies?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We try to use actors we’ve worked with before. Many of them are friends, or have become friends over time. Sometimes we consider friends recommended by actors we know. Occasionally we will run an ad in a trade paper like Backstage West. Sometimes we go to comedy clubs (where we found Rectuma’s Jean Black, for example). Do we use an actual casting agent? No.

  348. Mark Martin says:

    Do your actors use makeup? I don’t mean FX makeup, but “invisible” makeup, the foundation, etc., that is applied to actors’ faces to make them unobtrusively normal looking.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Some do. Some don’t. If they do, they apply it themselves.

  349. Lukas Jones says:

    Who devlops your film? Do you use the same people as the studios?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Our last two films were shot on video, so there was no processing involved. For our 35mm films, we used FotoKem – a processing lab in Burbank, Ca. In the days when we shot super 8, we’d use ThriftyMart.

  350. Lukas Jones says:

    Have you ever heard of anyone who has sold a movie treatment? Did they get much for it?

  351. Lloyd Kaufman says:

    Hey Mark,
    wanna buy sum sqiuibs cheap?
    Michael keeps throwing them off of the roof of our bldg in Hells Kitchen

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks, but I’d probably just wind up blowing off my hand with them.

  352. tony says:

    how do i get in touch with a porn star for a movie?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Anyone specific? Maybe I’m dating her.

  353. Mark Alan Effinger says:

    Hi Mark — First, this is both amazing AND excellent that you will take the time to manage and respond to this forum. Didn’t your mama teach you to be a bit elitist?

    OK, here’s the Q: What are your favorite software programs for writing and creating storyboards (do you use storyboards), and…

    Have you ever used a service like PRWeb (www.prweb.com) to drive your market? I ask because we’re using it as a way to drive sales of niche products (we put out 4-8 releases per month and it drives radical traffic, and a few interviews from the media our way… and they seem to pull for a long time… since 2003 for some of our stuff).

    Just curious. And thanks for sharing both your views, and your wonderful talent with us through your works. Your bootstrap mentality is such a refreshing and valuable asset in this day and age of Big-Budget Boredom.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Mama never took the time to teach me to be an elitist. She was more concerned about me undressing and molesting my sister’s Barbie dolls. To answer your questions, I don’t use a storyboarding program as I don’t have a need for storyboards. Regarding the PR company. I used a PR firm once (for Rectuma) and although they were quick to cash my check, they did nothing to promote the movie. The things that the cast and I did on our own were 1000 times more successful than what the PR firm… did. It kind of made me gunshy about hiring a PR firm again. I suppose one day I’ll consider it again. Maybe I’ll start by checking out the one you suggested.

  354. Jack Sergio says:

    HELLO MR. PIRRO, IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE WE LAST SAW ONE ANOTHER, SAY ABOUT 20 YRS AGO. I HOPE YOU ARE DOING GREAT WITH YOUR FILM CAREER AND HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON AND MAYBE HAVE LUNCH. I WAS A GREAT FRIEND OF JIM CLARK FROM UNIVERSAL, GOD REST HIS SOUL, AND YOU AND I ARE GOOD FRIENDS AS WELL. I WORKED WITH YOU ON YOUR MOVIE A POLISH VAMPIRE FROM BURBANK. I WAS YOUR RAT WRANGLER. TAKE CARE MARK AND HOPE TO HEAR AND SEE YOU SOON

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Wasn’t your maiden name Jack Robinson? Nice to hear from you again. I think you owe my mother $25 for an ceramic E.T. bank that she made you in 1982.

  355. W.H. says:

    I recently heard that I should have “distribution in place” before I make my movie. Can you tell me what that is and how to get it? Thanks Mark.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Distribution in place means that you have pre-sold your film to a distributor based on the strength of the package, (i.e. high concept, director, the stars attached, etc.) For example, you go to Image Entertainment and say that you have a project ready to go and Ben Stiller is attached to it. Based on Ben Stiller starring, Image says we will license the film for North American distribution. It’s pretty much guaranteed that it will get a theatrical release, therefore it takes a bit of the risk out of the investment. The truth however is that many small time filmmakers who work to get a distribution agreement before they start their film, never start the film. They spend all their time and energy chasing after the elusive distribution deal. How do you get it? Well, not with a script alone. You need to somehow package it with a name actor or director. Something needs to be there to make it appealing to the distributor. Not all of our movies have been blessed by the Goddess of Distribution, but today through direct sales and internet marketing, you have the power to reach an audience yourself. Personally, I say make your film as inexpensively as possible and let the distribution cards fall where they may.

  356. Thoman A. Bowe says:

    I am directing Mark E. Rogers “The Dead”.Of course the biggest problem is FUNDING!Any wisdom or sources for funding?Anything you’d be interested in?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    If your biggest problem is funding, then you need to rethink your approach. There are thousands of filmmakers out there where financing is not the problem, because we work without budgets. Romancing investors has never been something I embraced. One winds up spending more time raising funds than making movies. Since most of my films’ budgets are what the average American spends on utilities for a few months, I fund all my films myself. Thousands do too. You can too. Technology available today makes filmmaking easier and more inexpensive than it ever was. Stop thinking about conventional studio filmmaking. Get a camcorder, computer, editing software, an external hard drive or two and just start creating. For less than a couple thousand dollars, you can be a filmmaker.

  357. W.H. says:

    What kind of sound equipment do you use on set and also for adr? What types/brands of recorders, microphones, software etc. Thanks Mark.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    What we use varies from film to film, budget to budget, and old technology to new technology. We’ve used Nagra recorders, DAT recorders, and even Fullcoat Magnetic Recorders in the past. As it’s extremely difficult to get clean location sound, our last two films were entirely looped in post. Whatever on set sound we got was used only as a reference track. We’d match up cleanly recorded dialog later under more controlled studio conditions. For post audio work, we’ve used “Cool Edit Pro” and “Sound Forge.” Even Premiere Pro, our editing software, has some nice sound related tools.

  358. Bainbridge says:

    Speaking of your Jesus project, have you seen the six part series, “Jesus Christ, Supercop”, on undergroundfilm.org? It’s obscenely funny.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    No, I haven’t seen it, but I’ll make it a point to check it out.
    UPDATED RESPONSE: I just saw them. Quite funny, and has the feel of what I’m trying to do with my script. These guys are very clever. Pity I don’t have budgets for screenplays or I’d give them a job.

  359. pat rogers says:

    where can you buy a copy of the deathrow game show

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We’ve spotted it on Amazon.com. Copies also tend to pop up now and then on Ebay.

  360. Tim says:

    I was looking at the credits for Rectuma. Was the music composed by the same Andrew Gold who did pop hits back in the 70’s (“Thank You For Being a Friend”, “Lonely Boy”, etc.) Just wondering.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    One and the same.

  361. Tim says:

    I have been following your notes on the Jesus film, and how the storyline has changed to a visit to hell. Honestly, I look at this with a bit of dismay: Even if you don’t believe in His divine nature, He was the coolest person that ever lived, what with trashing the tables of the crooked moneychangers, telling off the phony religious leaders of the day; turning water into wine was pretty cool… well, you get the point. As for going to hell and finding it “not that bad”, perhaps that storyline would be more plausible and appropriate for someone like Judas… just my opinion, thanks for your attention

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks for the opinion. Actually what I believe concerning the whole Jesus mythology isn’t important, and truth be told I’m not doing this to be historically accurate. The only divinity to me is comedy. If it’s funny, anything goes. I’ve changed the concept over and over again simply because the paths I had taken weren’t funny enough to sustain. This current road I’m traveling appears to be the funniest so far. But who knows? I may get bored with this concept and trash it as well. Ahhh, writing was so much simpler when I didn’t care as much.

  362. Tim says:

    Hi Mark; I am interested in purchasing a copy of Rectuma, and possibly some of your other works. As I have a policy of not giving out my credit card number over my broadband connection (which has proven less than secure in the past,) I was wondering if you have a telephone number available, whereby I might phone in my orders. I prefer to use this method to do business. Thank you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I don’t get involved with items sold through this site. I believe the site is not set up to take credit cards anyway(I could be wrong, as I don’t manage the site, but I think I’m right). I think the only thing they take is Paypal. You could always just send a check or M.O. Hope that helps.|

  363. Marie McMullen says:

    Just wanted to say hi..I was Marie Pappalardo in my “past life”….yeah, the cousin. Got married a few years back. Have seen most of your movies, when I could find them…and of course they are pretty cool.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Really? The ol’ ukelele player herself? It’s amazing how many relatives (or those willing to admit it) find this site.

  364. Lukas Jones says:

    If I made a video similar to A Polish Vampire, how much money could I expect to make?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You can ‘expect’ anything you want. How much you will actually get, nobody can answer. An indie film, produced well, can make millions…or nothing…or anything in between.

  365. Matt Sexton says:

    I was wondering where the best place for movie investors might be? I have a $250,000 credit line approved through a loan company in Colorado. The Credit Line must be bonded with cash or real estate. The studio is considering putting 10% to it, but I will be needing to secure the other $225,000. I have stars, director, studio, editing and music commitments. I was going to offer a percentage of gross, equal to mine, to the investor or group of investors. I was going to approach a local cinema chain and offer the premieres of this and any other projects (I would like to do two to three a year), along with the gross points, in exchange for their bonding of the loan. Where would these investors be and does the bonding idea seem as though is will meet with success? Sorry so long, but you have helped me with your suggestions in the past. If it would help to direct me to the right investors, I can send you my Business Plan, postal

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m not really the best source for finding outside investors, as I haven’t relied on investors since 1992. Raising money and actual filmmaking are two different animals. Some people are able to combine those animals, I’m just not one of them. Because I was never good at soliciting funds, I decided to do my ultra low budget projects where I don’t have to depend on anyone. As many of my films are produced on budgets less than the cost of a 45 year old hooker on a Tuesday night, I’m probably no good to you on this one. Sorry.

  366. Bob Asta says:

    Hi Mark, Just want to say I perform comedy with your brother Jack Nicholsen, he’s a great guy

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Shhhh. Don’t tell everybody. Then they’ll all be hitting me up for money.

  367. Joe Pirro says:

    I was just curious about your family, since we share a fairly rare last name and both seem to have an artistic streak. My father is from Syracuse, NY, and shares my name, as does my grandfather. Just wondering if there was any relation.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I suppose if one goes back far enough anything’s possible. However, unless I’m in your will, I doubt there’s a connection here.

  368. Matt Sexton says:

    I am a first time motion picture producer. I have an opportunity to hire an actress with prior motion picture experience. She is excited about it. I recently found out that she did some soft core. I was wondering if this might hurt the project. I don’t care what she has done, everybody needs a job, and I’m not going for the conservative crowd anyway. What is your opinion on this?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Some of the best b-movie actresses have dabbled in soft core – Debbie Rochon, Linnea Quigley, Ashlie Rhey, etc. Unless your target audience is the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, having an ex-porn star in your film won’t hurt it a bit.

  369. W. says:

    Do you get E&O insurance when you shoot a movie?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Not usually. We have on occasion picked it up after the fact (for example when Polish Vampire in Burbank aired on USA Network)

  370. L. Jones says:

    I see you advised a filmmaker to “get as much up front if you can” what should a filmmaker ask for up front? What would be a reasonable amount? Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    What to ask for would depend on the territory and what your film is worth to your potential purchaser. Let them throw out the first figure. If you feel comfortable with that and it’s the best offer you’ve gotten, take it. However, today it’s tough to get an up front advance, so if they offer you 75% royalties with nothing up front, tell them that you’ll take 35% royalties WITH something up front. It’s most likely whatever you get up front will be all you’ll see, so the percentage you give them really doesn’t matter.

  371. Scab says:

    Jesus: The Revenge?? Shit, coming from Pirro, that HAS to be gold!

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks for the vote of confidence.

  372. Matt Sexton says:

    I haven’t shot the project yet, should I still go after Distribution before my first product or should I at least wait until somethings in the can? My script isn’t even out of rewrite, although the Director, Clarke Lindsley, has written out a scene montage we could film. Also, assuming I do get interest, what would be a good back-end percentage, if I get the opportunity to have one. One more thing, have you heard anything of AMVF Productions, out of Wilmington

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    You can try to chase distribution any time you want, although it’s unlikely you will get a commitment without a track record or a finished product. It doesn’t matter what percentage you ask for on the back end as you will unlikely see it. Try to get as much up front if you can. I’ve never heard of AMVF Productions (and they’ve probably never heard of me).

  373. William Sevilla says:

    In Hollywood, California, who at the SAG offices do I send written notification of my intention to go SAG Financial Core? Thank you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Simply send a certified letter to the SAG legal department. It doesn’t matter who gets it so long as it goes through SAG Legal.

  374. Paul B. Waschke says:

    I just pulled out my good old copy of Nudist Colony OF The Dead a few days ago and had almost fogotten how much I appreciate your flicks Mark. This is my first look at this website, and I’m glad to see your still rolling. In fact I just put an e-bay bid on Rectuma. I see many influences from you in movies that I have made and would like to thank you.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Thanks for the kind words and glad to hear my work had an influence on you. Good luck on getting Rectuma off Ebay. If you lose the auction, don’t despair. You can easily get it through our website. Either way, I think you’ll enjoy it. I feel it’s my best film.

  375. Robert Yerzy says:

    I have a movie short i am producing…i am a song writer and the “idea guy”….right now the budget is 400,000.00 its a 28 minute short going to be flimed across the nation….i would like to have a chat with you about how to make this all happen.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I’m amazed that you can time it right out to the minute – 28 minutes – not 25, not 30. Second: if you’ve already secured $400,000 to produce this short, it appears that you’re already making it happen. Third: All that being said, I’m here if you need my infinite wisdom.

  376. Anonymous says:

    I saw your movie Death Row Game Show I don’t know how many years ago and have been wondering how I can get a copy. Can you help?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Unfortunately we no longer control the rights to DRGS. I believe Rhino Video now controls the video rights, but for some unknown reason they have yet to release it on DVD. We have seen old copies pop up on Ebay from time to time. Anyway, we DO control the rights to many of our far superior films (like Rectuma, for instance). How about that one?

  377. Joey says:

    When you show your digital productions at theaters, do you use digital projectors, or bite the bullet and have a film print made?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Color-Blinded was originally released in black and white in 1998, two years later it was re-released in color.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I will definitely check it out. As for what we have going on this year, it’s on the front page of this site, “Jesus Christ Conquers the Martians.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We’ve generally gotten away with using digital projectors.

  378. Mark Martin says:

    Is it generally true that you don’t get location releases & permits for your movies? Have you ever gotten into trouble for publishing a scene without a release?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We’ve only gotten permits if the budget exceeded $200,000 (can’t fool around when you’re spending that kind of money). On our lower budgeted films, no. We’ve never gotten in any trouble. I’m sure if our movies started grossing $50 million, that would all change.

  379. Thea2b says:

    I think Jean Black is incredible. She is so funny and sharp. I really like her presence. I hope you use her in your future endeavors. She could be the next “Queen of the Low Budgets”

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We love Jean too, and would not hesitate to utilize her talents in the future. She is a professional through and through and an absolute joy to work with.

  380. Jones says:

    Do you know where I can find a Producer`s rep/Sales agent? Have you ever used one?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Many companies that call themselves “distributors” are nothing more than sales agents. These people can be found by reading the trades whenever there is a film market going on (American Film Market, Cannes Festival, Mifed, Etc.). You can also find them in the “Hollywood Distributors Directory.” Another option is to go through legitimate agencies, who do, on occasion, represent producers. The trick, of course, is to get them to accept you. Unless you’re Oliver Stone, it’s not easy. We have used sales agents in the past, but I must add that we haven’t had success using a sales agent since 1985. They may take your completed films to the various markets, but unless you have something with Julia Roberts starring in it, the film will get lost in a sea of other films they represent.

  381. W.H. says:

    Are there any distributors that you can recommend? Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    In all honesty, I have not dealt with any that I can recommend. I’ve walked away from every distribution deal with some form of disappointment. Few of them will offer up front deals, and EVERY one of them will have expenses that exceed the income (real or fabricated). It’s just a game they all play. That’s why we self-distribute now.

  382. W.H. says:

    How do find your distributors? Thanks Mark.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Distributors are everywhere. However, HONEST distributors are as rare as an intelligent politician. I find them through the trades, film markets, internet, or just going into a DVD store and taking the information off the backs of the cases.

  383. Daniel D. says:

    Your information on SAG Financial Core is priceless. I’ve been a SAG member for over fifteen years and have been forced to turn down great roles that were in non-union films. I am so upset that I didn’t know about this years ago. Since reading your information, I have gone financial core (along with six of my other fellow actors), and have worked in more films and have had bigger roles in the past year than I have in the fifteen years I’ve been a member of SAG. You’re right. A true actor wants to act, not be a lemming for the union. Bless you, Mr. Pirro!<

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Glad to be of service. If one wants to act, they should be able to. Plain and simple. If one wants to feel like “Norma Rae,” and play in the union’s world, they can do that as well. That simply leaves more parts available to the actors who would rather act. It’s not that hard to understand.

  384. Sal says:

    I recently purchased , “Cinemaker: The ultimate guide to low buget film” dvd set. At http://www.cinemaker.net/ . You are interviewed and on the 3rd dvd ( the post production dvd) you are composing a musical score on a pc. I was wondering what software program you use to compose your music. Thanks.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    I never saw the video, so I didn’t know what it was. Thanks for filling me in about that. The program I used to compose music was a program called “Orchestrator Pro.”

  385. Linda Brown says:

    i need help!can you please? how can iand or we get into movies and commercials or modeling?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Get pictures of yourself. Try to get an agent to submit those pictures around. Move to Hollywood. Be serious about it. Learn your craft and be the best at it you can be. Work hard. Be persistent. And if all else fails, just sleep with a director.

  386. JOEA PIRRO says:

    HI MARK , I SAW YOUR NAME AND WONDERED IF THERE IS ANY RELATION BETWEEN OUR FAMILYS.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    It’s pretty unlikely. Most of my family members are forbidden by law to reproduce.

  387. Nair Haile says:

    Hi Pirromount, I’m a budding actor whos very committed and focused on beginning an actor career in LA – dont care about becoming famous-but wondering how I can audition for a role in your non-union films? I am a non-union actor. please e-mail me at: comedic_actor4life@hotmail.com

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    If you don’t care about becoming famous, you picked the right place. Oh, I crack myself up. Anyway, just keep checking our update page. When we’re casting our next picture, drop us a line and we’ll let you read for a part. It’s that simple.

  388. Indie Filmmaker says:

    Have you ever worked with a distributor that was trustworthy?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Never

  389. Sag Actor says:

    Why do you guys hate SAG so much?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We don’t hate SAG. We use SAG actors all the time. We’re just not interested in making union

  390. Billy from Boston says:

    Do you keep in touch with your actors after they’ve been in your movies?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    Some of them.

  391. Dracula's Daughter says:

    Have you guys ever considered releasing a boxed set trilogy DVD of Polish Vampire, Queerwolf and Nudist Colony of the Dead?

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    We’ve considered it with Polish Vampire, Queerwolf, Color-Blinded and Rectuma. We don’t hold clear title to Nudist Colony of the Dead, so that wouldn’t be part of the set.

  392. Your Biggest Fan says:

    So when can we find Rectuma DVDs on the shelves of our local video stores???Jacksonville, Fla.

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    So far it’s being distributed in Japan, Australia, U.K.and Israel. As of yet we have not made a North American distribution deal, so all we can do is offer it through our website. However, we’re still working on getting it out there through a distributor.

  393. Mark Martin says:

    I see that Rectuma has made it to Movie-Mistakes dot com. Consider it a badge of honor. If Kubrick’s 2001 can have pages full of gaffes on MM, then you’re entitled to have at least one. 🙂

    Mark Pirro Reponds:

    At least they didn’t suggest that making the movie itself was a mistake.

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