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About

We decided our first feature film should be rooted in a true story- something very close to our hearts that our community would support us in bringing to life!  We figured what better way to show this than to tell a tale about a gruesome local urban legend that has never seen the light of day?  The Devil's Tree was spawned right in our small town of Port Saint Lucie, Florida.  Based on real events, we will probe the disturbed mind of a psychopath in a time when the term "Serial Killer" wasn't even coined yet!

Please help us make a really cool old school horror film that's as authentic as they come and put yourself in the Director's Chair !  Help us make a movie that you yourself would want to see!

Do you Remember the Horror Films you grew up on?

What we're attempting here is a first in terms of micro budget film making.   We want to put you, the Backer ~ our BIGGEST FANS- in the director's seat!...Involving you in every step of the Pre and Post production process. From on-location shoots using real-time software apps to right beside us on the cutting room floor, we plan on using your input to help guide the creative direction of the film.

Motivated Recent Graduates of a local University with the vision, the drive...and the creative Cahoonas to make a kick ass old-school Horror Flick for almost no Money! 

At our small-town college we've been learning the tricks of the trade in terms of story development, creature design, digital editing and compositing....and now that we have been flung out into the Wild...we figure its time to make our mark on the world!

We even have access to an amazing Green Screen facility for special FX shots .  We have most of the equipment and software programs needed to make a Great Feature Film but still require funding for Pre and Post production work. 

Most importantly we need your support to help us obtain the plugin licenses necessary to bring our creative ideas to the next level!

Signed by Cast Movie Card
Signed by Cast Movie Card
2014 Signed Petrifed Calendar
2014 Signed Petrifed Calendar
Signed Storyboard Prints by Artist Pamela Noguera
Signed Storyboard Prints by Artist Pamela Noguera
Signed Petrified Devil's Tree T
Signed Petrified Devil's Tree T
Petrified Mascot Ralphie
Petrified Mascot Ralphie

Petrified Port Saint Lucie Devil's Tree T

Signed Petrified Shirts
Signed Petrified Shirts
Signed Petrified Print of Script Draft
Signed Petrified Print of Script Draft
On-Location Facetime Session
On-Location Facetime Session
Port Saint Lucie Devil's Tree Wrist Band & Sticker
Port Saint Lucie Devil's Tree Wrist Band & Sticker
Ash Copy "Petrified" Dark Graphic Novel
Ash Copy "Petrified" Dark Graphic Novel
Petrified DVD & Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
Petrified DVD & Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
Co-Director: Lance Camp
Co-Director: Lance Camp

 We are honored to welcome Award-Winning Short Film Director Lance Camp to the Petrified Team.  In association with Turtle Junk films Lance has also produced several featured music videos as well as the short Zombie Death Island, which won first place at last year's Spring Expo.

Zombie Death Island- Award Winning  Short Film

Writer/Co-Director/Editor: Eric Jonathan
Writer/Co-Director/Editor: Eric Jonathan

Eric is a published author, sound engineer and editor with several screenplay credits. He won multiple awards in film & photography including IRSC's coveted Spring Expo Best Film in 2012, Best Photo and placed 2nd in 2013 for his transit documentary "Wheel of the World".

Executive Prodcuer/Technical Advisor: Matthew Ellison
Executive Prodcuer/Technical Advisor: Matthew Ellison

Matt formed DC Studio Productions with Eric in 2004, working as chief sound designer for commercial and personal projects.  As an Army Veteran in Afghanistan, Matt served a tour as Grenadier, Long-Range Marksman, Military Intelligence, & Military CSI.  He has been Eric's right hand man on all Audio/Video Production Projects and guides the team as lead technical and systems coordinator.

Actress: Jessica Cameron
Actress: Jessica Cameron

Jessica was Co-Writer & Director of Truth or Dare and has played many memorable roles such as Princess Areola in 2011's Potpourri .

Actress/Model/Scream Queen:  Chey Rala
Actress/Model/Scream Queen: Chey Rala

Chey has appeared on the Southern Bike Night TV Show as well as commercial modeling venues. 

Marketing Strategist:  Lee Solutionary Gaddies
Marketing Strategist: Lee Solutionary Gaddies

Lee will be helping Team Petrified solidify an effective Marketing Strategy and Plan for Distribution post release date.

Director of Photography:  Chad Perry
Director of Photography: Chad Perry

Chad is CEO of WTF Productions.  His bold & creative signature cinematic style can be seen on commercial projects including print photography and model cover shoots.  Chad also heads up Petrified's Detroit -Based Headquarters of Operation.

Actress/Model:  Christina Topp
Actress/Model: Christina Topp

Every Horror Needs a Resident Scream Queen and Petrified is No Exception.  Christina Topp plays Evelyn Myers and is sure to get your blood curdling~ after its done boiling that is!

Special Make-Up FX:  Renee Sadie
Special Make-Up FX: Renee Sadie

 Renee has been applying beauty and FX makeup since graduating from Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center in Orlando in 2011. She has so far completed one other film and assisted on South Florida's Fright Nights and the Run for your Lives Zombie 5k

Actress: Angela Di Pasquo
Actress: Angela Di Pasquo

Angela has two acting credits listed on IMDbShe has performed on stage playing roles such as Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Glory in Almost Maine, the Purser in Anything Goes, and the lead role of Emily in the dialogue intensive That Other Woman.

Actor:  Alex Yahn
Actor: Alex Yahn

Alex has performed in theater companies all around South Florida.  He won a Best Actor Award in the play "Juvie" which also won for Best Play and Best Supporting Actor in "If Men Played Cards as Women Do".  He also received a performing arts scholarship to Elon University in North Carolina.

Actor: Jexx Livzin
Actor: Jexx Livzin

Jexx performs locally in South Florida as an actor and musician.  He has appeared in numerous T.V. commercials and stage productions including the play Moonchildren.  He also attended the Ft. Lauderdale Academy of Acting and co-produced the original recording "Petrified" for the film's title track.

Illustrator:  Pamela Noguera
Illustrator: Pamela Noguera

 Pamela was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the States when she was four, developing a propensity for drawing at an early age.  She is currently seeking a Bachelors in Applied Science in 3D Modeling at Indian River State College and is working as an illustrator for a soon-to-be released novel.

Makeup FX Artist: Gina Rooney
Makeup FX Artist: Gina Rooney

Gina went to Full Sail for 3d Modeling.  She has worked on feature films, created unique special FX Makeups for numerous festival and theme events as well as completed competitive Makeup challenges.

Arborist/ Stunt Coordinator: Victor Rodriguez
Arborist/ Stunt Coordinator: Victor Rodriguez

Victor is a local sculptor and stuntman/arborist.  His medium of choice, the Chainsaw, brings to life the spirit lurking deep inside the living wood.  His totems are masterfully honed and awe-inspiring and appear in the film.

On January 8, 1973, a deputy for the Martin County Sheriff's Department named Gerard John Schaefer sexually assaulted two 19 year old hitch hiking girls, hanging them from an old oak tree, and then buried their bodies in a shallow grave.  Over the next five days, the "Killer Deputy" returned to the scene to commit sadistic forms of necrophilia.

It wasn't until 1977 that the bodies were discovered by a couple of fishermen who came across a tree with two ropes tied around a low branch and bones protruding from the ground. Since the discovery of the girls' bodies, the area has been plagued with reports of hooded satanic worshipers dancing around the tree, a number of suicides and an actual exorcism that was performed on the Oak in 1993 by local Priests!

Some people even claim to have been chased out of the park by these mysterious hooded figures. Other reports claim that screams of the girls who were murdered so long ago can still be heard in the area.  Several witnesses over the years have even heard slamming stall doors and strange screaming pleas coming from the women's restroom, which is believed to be haunted by the girls' spirits!

 As the Urban Legend goes, when Port Saint Lucie decided to turn the area into a park, workers tried to cut down the Devil's Tree down to no avail.  They say chainsaws lost power, axes were never sharp enough and when a two-man team tried to use a crosscut saw, the saw lost its teeth! Then a handheld axe was tried, but it bounced off without making a mark and split open the head of the chopper, killing him where he stood!

The tree still stands today in a small opening down an assuming nature trail on a haunted stretch of Oak Hammock covering 49 Acres!

Risks and challenges

Risks are a necessary part of living on this planet. If you don't buy a lotto ticket, as the saying goes~ you'll never stand a chance of winning! The same is very true in producing a film or in any creative endeavor. Production delays in the form of bad weather, technical issues or crew/cast missteps are all apart of the movie making process. Overcoming these obstacles is crucial and the effects can be minimized by utilizing redundant backup systems, running an organized production and shooting indoors in a controlled environment as much as is possible. When unforeseen problems arise, as they often do, maintaining a professional attitude is always key, while realizing the importance of open communication between departments of cast and crew.

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