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The House on Black Lake Filmed Book Trailer - Sammy and Alexandra arrive at Black Lake

Photograph by David Wilson

House on Black Lake - filmed at Chateau Tivoli B&B in San Francisco - Actors Morla Gorrondona, Anastasia Blackwell and Benny Duskin -Photograph by David Wilson

Greeting Friends:

Sorry for being  off site  for the last week. I spent the time networking in Los Angeles with my sister, Kathleen, and working with her in sifting through photographs to use in the book's interior. Also, I have been commiserating with Robert Aulicino on the interior design of book and incorporation of visuals. David Wilson shot photographs during filming and I will be sharing these images with you on a daily basis.

The trailer is now complete and ready to be aired once the book is published, which should be very soon. Peter Busboom did an amazing job of creating an evocative film score that creates an emotional journey that is both intriguing and truly frightening in the best sense of the word.

So now we begin the visual journey, and a taste of what is to come. 

We find Alexandra and Sammy welcomed into the Sandeley's home.

Benny Duskin protrays Samuel and Morla Gorrondona the unstable, but alluring Ruth Sandeley. I protray the role of the fragile /nearly broken, Alexandra Brighton, who is about to take the journey of a lifetime.


Filmed Book Trailer of House on Black Lake - Alexandra and Sammy approach the door to the Sandeley's Manor

House on Black Lake novel - photograph by David Wilson

House on Black Lake novel - filmed at Chateau Tivoli B&B in San Francisco - photograph by David Wilson

Greetings All:

I have been remiss in keeping you up-to-date with recent activity regarding HOBL. In recent weeks I have been working with Robert Aulicino, formerly of Random House, on creating a book cover and interior design. I have also collaborated with Maggie Shuhy in the final copy editing of book.  In addition Peter Busboom has been at work to create an original score for the the trailer. And I'm happy to announce he has completed the project and it is in the hands of Jesse Spencer, my editor, who will marry the sound with visuals.

I'm extremely happy with the artwork for book cover, and the trailer is awesome!

Beginning today I am going to post a single still picture from the film trailer, and add daily. So, the journey begins today, as I unveil the mysterious journey we took when filming the piece. Yet it is only a sample of the journey that Alexandra takes in her quest towards transformation.

Hope you enjoy the ride!




Frazer Bradshaw - Cinematographer for House on Black Lake Trailer

Frazer Bradshaw, cinematographer for House on Black Lake trailer, recently produced a film that's winning indie awards worldwide.  Following is info regarding upcoming film festivals:

Everything Strange and New is screening at BAM in Brooklyn on Sunday the 21st at 3:30 and Tuesday the 23rd at 9:30. BAMcinemafest is in it's first year, but we're playing with just 13 other features, some of which are pretty high profile; the fest is by invitation only.

Next stop is Munich on June 30 and July 2. Then on to Karlovy Vary, an A-list EU festival in the Czech Republic (supposed to be a particularly fun festival, or so says programmers). Playing in Karlovy Vary on July 7 and 8.




The presence of psychic phenomenon resonates throughout my book.  Alexandra has powerful dreams she does not understand and a dream of a diseased woman handing her a trio of spheres, with Ramey Sandeley's eyes blazing through her sunken orbs, is the catilyst for her to make the journey to Black Lake. 

Later,  when Ruth takes Alexandra into the underground, she is told some very frightening pieces of information from  Kevin, a clairavoyant from an ancient Scottish clan who have carried on "the gift" for centuries.  In fact, it is Alexandra's denial of her own gift that has led her to her despair and near self destruction.  It is not until she sees the trio of spheres in the glen that she realizes that her destiny is actually a path that has been laid out, and the road is in fact her own personal truth.

As I finished writing  the book, I realized that although I was very aware of  my own psychic abilities and sought to understand dreams and honor synchronicity and premonition, it was very difficult for me to let go and trust that these indicators were realistic.  However, every step in the writing of the book, photography and filming of the trailer have been steeped in messages and helping hands, none of which would have occurred had I not listened to the messages of dreams, intuition and the blessed souls who met me with perfect timing in my journey and offered their personal gifts.




The genesis of House on Black Lake Lake did not come in a dream, as did Stephanie Mayers, Twilight, although many dreams conbributed to its execution. The beginning of my story began with an actual experience not unlike that of Alexandra's.  I was a newly separated mother invited to holiday at the summer home of friends.  On the night of our arrival, my son and I were rowed out to stay in a decaying house on an island in the middle of the lake.  The remainder of my stay was steeped in drama and mystery, and when I returned I told the story again and again, until one night years later I told the story to a man who would encourage me to set the story to paper.

In a seaside bar in Venice Beach, California the elderly poet, who was a muse to younger writers, told me to go home and describe how it felt to be rowed across the lake to the house on the island.  The story would  take its own shape once I started, he told me.  When I returned to my home in the San Francisco Bay Area, I fell while watering a plant and landed in bed or on crutches for over a month.  I felt terribly sorry for myself, and began to write The House on Black Lake.  As the old man advised, the story did take on its own life, in a way I could not have possibly imagined.  None of the scenes were designed by me - they all came unbidden.  As example, I dreamt that a handsome French looking man approached me in an antique store, and as I admired a French armoire he said," just because it says its French it doesn't mean it actually is" - then he said the name Labat's.  There are endless stories and anecdotes for nearly all of the scenes in the book.  They are all interwoven with experiences, and yet separate, with a life of their own. 

What has surprised me most about setting out to write this book, is that it has rewritten the script of my own life.  The journeys I have taken to bring truth to the book have enriched my life with incredible experiences, and many new friends who are still in my life.   Goethe's quote about boldness having power and magic is true - if you have something inside that aches to be brought to life - begin it now!



House on Black Lake Trailer and Manuscript Development

Jesse Spencer, Frazer Bradshaw and I have been working together to tighen the lastest draft of the trailer.  We've added more voice -over and are reworking the music.  It's really tightening up and I think I'm close to achieving what I set out to accomplish.  Overall, I would say it lends itself to becoming a film, but first things first!

I've recently found a great book designer, Robert Aulicino of Aulicino Design, a former designer with Random House for over twenty years.  He plans to use the original artwork created by myself and David Wilson for the cover, while adding intriguing titles and completing the layout for the interior of the book.  The manuscript is in the hands of Maggie Schuhy, who's giving it a final copy editing in preparation for print. 

 Every aspect of the process is a form of art, and I've been fortunate to have collaborated with great artists throughout my journey on this project.  Every individual has helped illuminate the world of Black Lake.



The House on Black Lake Trailer

I've recently seen the first cut of the trailer, edited by Jesse Spencer, and it's stunning.  Frazer Bradshaw has shot visuals that are of major motion picture calabre.  It is now our goal to cut and edit the piece into an alluring alter universe, filled with drama, danger and erotic tension.  I'm searching for French Canadian singers that can bring passion and soul to the piece, drawing out what can only be found in that part of the universe.  I'm also looking for background music to resonate with the intense internal conflict of all characters, and in particular, of Alexandra and Ramey.

At this moment in my journey, I'm filled with awe and appreciate every person who brought their talents to the table to make this trailer a unique work of art.  To visually experience what I imaged in my mind on film and to see the characters come to life is an experience I really can't explain.  I can only intensify the ride and draw in the the best sound effects to create an experience that will move  the audience and drive them deeper into the world of Black Lake.




Monday night was the third meeting of WAM JAMS!, a Writers, Artists and Musicians jamming group I formed to collaborate and create new forms of art.  Since its inception in January, the group has grown to nearly 150 members and has brought together some very talented people.  Our first meeting was primarly social and networking., and it was at this meeting I met Jack, an incredibly talented artist and musician, who has seen become a valued Assistant.  Following the success of a public jam at Project One, a lovely art gallery in the lower Protrero area of San Francisco, that we decided we wanted to create a revolutionary performance ,combining music, dance, visual art, and the spoken word.

At this point in time we provide a monthly venue for all kinds of artists to get up on stage, create u-tubes, network, socialize, rehearse and learn from others more experienced.  We are extremely supportive to all and are fortunate to have a wonderful core group of performers who are beginning to create alliances and develop work with other members to help each other promote their work.

The artists of the world must rise up and take their power - that is one of the primary issues of my book - and I strive to live that truth and help others find their own unique voice.



Frazer Bradshaw - Director of Photographer for The House on Black Lake Trailer

Frazer Bradshaw,  Director of Photography for the book trailer was a delight from the beginning of pre-production and I look forward to working with him in final editing.  He is a consummate professional with a artist's eye and an even temperament.  An accomplished and versatile artist as well as cinematographer, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the business and has also developed a highly accomplished indie track record.

His own film, Everything Strange and New, was featured in the Sundance Film Festival and is now being shown in film festivals internationally.  Also, he filmed, Lost in the Fog, a beautiful  about a very special San Francisco race horse that is currently being shown in film festivals and theaters across the country www.lostinthefogthe

Frazer's work is now in the hands of editor, Jesse Spencer , and we will be working on shaping the piece, with an eye for the unusual and unexpected.  I'm confident that in Frazer's hands we will soon have a beautiful introduction into the provocative world of Black Lake.



Golden Gate Park - Film Site For The House on Black Lake Trailer

The day we shot the outdoor celebration scenes, the magic glen, lake and island scenes at Golden Gate Park was absolutely glorious.  I've never experienced such a beautiful day at the park.  It was very warm and no breeze, unlike the other times I've visited the park when it's blistery and freezing.  The rowboat scenes with me playing Alexandra and Tosh Yanez as Andre were very romantic (once Tosh got the hang of rowing).

When we moved to Stanyon Park off Sloat, it was easy to move into a more mysterious and foreboding frame of mind as I (as Alexandra) met the challenge of facing off Ramey Sandeley (Wade Gotsal) and Andre Labat (Tosh Yanez).  When we wrapped that day I was covered with bruises from the intense scenes.  But, very satisfied.

Due to the hard work and total commitment of the actors, Frazer Bradshaw, Isaac Ebersole and the entire crew, I felt we  had accomplished what we set out to do - create a great trailer for the book.