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Meet Kyle Porter – Kyle Frost

Kyle Porter will be a guest this weekend at GeekFest at Shock Pop Comic Con, so I wanted to let him share a little bit about what it was like to work on Chomp, screening Saturday, February 14th at noon. (Event details here.)

Kyle Porter threw himself headlong into the role of Kyle Frost, bringing with him fantastic instincts and natural talent that brought the character to life in ways that most directors can only dream of. I know you’ll enjoy this opportunity to get to know him a little better.

Lynne’s Interview With Kyle

Q: Why on earth did you agree to work with a new director on her very first short film? Are you insane?

A: I agreed to perform in Chomp based on the same criteria I use for all my prior roles: the script. Lynne’s script was original with great character arcs. It was refreshing to read a short with such a strong story and real characters. The real question should be, how could I say no?

Q: What was the hardest thing you had to do while making CHOMP?

A: “What’s the hardest thing I had to do” is a loaded question. While I thoroughly enjoyed every moment, I was actually chained to a cinder block in an itchy zombie costume for about ten hours on my birthday weekend. I had an inch of thick zombie makeup constantly sweating into my eyes because we couldn’t run the air conditioning. CHOMP was a long, hard and fulfilling day at work, and I love my job.

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Kyle being released from his sweaty costume and heavy chain for the very last time.

Q: Lots of things went right while making CHOMP. Tell me about something that went right that surprised you.

A: We had one take to get an important shot and limited time to finish filming. With only one chance, we not only got our shot but we were also able to keep the scene going through the next shot, saving us at least an hour of extra work. The collaborative effort of the amazing director of photography, Daryn Murphy, and the director, Lynne Hansen, and myself came out to be better than the original plan. That should be the concept behind all films–art through collaboration.

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Kyle in the middle of his one-take-wonder scene. The director swears it cut at least 2 hours out of the shooting day. He’s far too modest.

Q: Why do you think people will like CHOMP?

A: I think people are going to like how funny and original it is. It stays true to its genre while stepping outside of itself.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: I just wrapped a web series called Everyday Spooky which I acted in and helped write. It’s a sitcom set in a supernatural town. Check out the Facebook page Everyday Spooky for more details.

About Kyle

Kyle Porter SquareKyle Porter is making his glorious return to film in the soon-to-be-classic, “Chomp”. He is a natural jack of all acting trades, from portraying characters on stage such as Tom in “Night of the Living Dead”, Benjamin Braddock in “The Graduate”, and Woody/The Hustler in “Six Degrees of Separation”, to his work on films like “Chomp” and various shorts and commercials. He will be featured as Topher in the upcoming web series, “Everyday Spooky”, to which he is proud to have contributed as both an actor and a writer. He is grateful for the opportunity to pour his blood, sweat, and brains into this character and excited to see it come to life. Favorite zombie movie: 28 Days Later.

The Director Says: Kyle brought a wonderful combination of vulnerability and wise-assed humor to the role of Kyle (named before he was cast!) He was game for anything, including wallering all over a grungy garage floor with a heavy chain around his neck for hours at a time. (He called the scar on his neck a “chain hickey.”) Kyle’s creativity and amazing instincts as an actor wowed me time and again.

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Joel D. Wynkoop – Dr. Jon Croft – Part 1

Joel D. Wynkoop was incredibly kind and giving during the CHOMP shoot–and in this interview, so much so that I had to cut it in half. I’ll share the rest soon. So here it is, part 1 of my interview with Joel D. Wynkoop, who played Dr. Jon Croft in CHOMP.

Joel D. Wynkoop during the Dr. Jon Croft Pit Bulls and Zombies Hour
Joel D. Wynkoop during the Dr. Jon Croft Pit Bulls and Zombies Hour

Q: Why on earth did you agree to work with a new director on her very first short film? Are you insane?

A: I met Lynne many years ago and have been a friend and a fan of hers ever since. When she asked me to be a part of CHOMP I was honored. She has so much enthusiasm it is hard to say no. I gave her my all, and then some–coming back for re-shoots, ADR, whatever–to help see her dream become a reality. And I would do it all over again too. Lynne is a lot of fun to work for, she knows her vision and will see it through to the very end. Her script was also fun and I like doing something that is lighthearted but at the same time be a little scary so it was GREAT to be able to do CHOMP.

Insane? Yeah some say so, but not for working with Lynne. If you are EVER given a chance to work with her my advice is take it, she is an awesome lady and a great producer, director, writer, my hat’s off to you Lynne. (And yes, occasionally I wear a hat.)

Joel D. Wynkoop (Dr. Jon Croft) on Day 1, scene 1, take 1 of CHOMP!
Joel D. Wynkoop (Dr. Jon Croft) on Day 1, scene 1, take 1 of CHOMP!

Q: What was the hardest thing you had to do while making CHOMP?

Getting up in the morning to be on set on time. That’s it. It was a fun shoot. I learned my lines and Lynne even let me improvise a little which I love when a director will just let me run with the role. Working with Kyle Porter was also awesome. He is so talented and I was lucky enough to work with him again on the set of “Everyday Spooky”. The hardest thing I had to do was walk away when it was all over. Here’s hoping I can work again with Lynne in the future. It was a lot of fun.

Q: Tell me about something that went right while making CHOMP that surprised you.

A: The location was GREAT. Talk Wad Studios was a perfect location for Dr. Jon Croft’s TV show, thanks to owner Alex Wadsworth. I’d actually hosted my internet TV show there for years. On the day, it looked great. I even helped Lynne and Kyle put posters on the wall to help dress the set. It was awesome.

Kyle, Alex, Joel, Lynne and Jeff at Talk Wad Studios.
Kyle, Alex, Joel, Lynne and Jeff at Talk Wad Studios.

Q: Tell me about a time when you didn’t think CHOMP would ever get made, and how the challenge was overcome.

A: I think I knew it would always get done. I have been on sets before where I have said “This is never going to be completed,” but I knew Lynne had a vision and she was not going to let it NOT happen. Most of all was the completion date because ADR had to be done or some re-shoots or some sound issues or music post stuff but I still knew Lynne was going to pull this off, there was no “Quit” in her vocabulary! It was no challenge for me. I stood by Lynne and told her “These things happen sometimes you just have to keep pressing on and everything will work out.” And they did!

Q: What’s one of the funniest thing that happened while making CHOMP?

A: Working with Kyle. He and I hit it off right away! At one point Kyle and I just went off on our own dialogue and Lynne never stopped us. In fact when we stopped she said, “What are you stopping for that was GREAT! Do it again!” That was the best!!! Kyle and I were having a BLAST and Lynne was enjoying it and I think even our sound guy was cracking up at our performance. The whole thing was a lot of fun for me and I think personally everyone involved!

Kyle and Joel hamming it up on set for CHOMP.
Kyle and Joel hamming it up after filming.

Q: Why do you think people will like CHOMP?

A: It’s a fun story. It’s kind of scary in an innocent way. Does that make sense? Well yeah, look at Shaun of the Dead, scary but funny. It will make you laugh.

Susan O’ Gara who plays Millie is GREAT in this. She is very funny and plays her role to a “T”, taking it so seriously that it becomes funny. Also is the little star of this Ellah Durliat who also does a great job!

There really is something for everyone. You like to be scared? Then this movie is for you. You like to laugh? (And who doesn’t?) You’ll love this movie. Don’t take my word for it. Come see it at The Tampa Pitcher Show this Sunday, October 19th at 12:00 pm. It is going to be a zombie BLAST!

About Joel

Joel D Wynkoop SquareJoel D. Wynkoop has been acting…well since he was a little kid, but graduated into Super 8 movies in the 70’s. In the 80’s he teamed up with Tim Ritter to do Twisted Illusions–the movie and the company–followed by Truth or Dare, Lost Faith, Dirty Cop No Donut and over a hundred other films including Herschel Gordon Lewis’s The Uh-Oh Show. He’s also well-known for his TV shows, “Joel D. Wynkoop’s The Other Side” and “The Joel Wynkoop Show”  as well as countless TV commercials, infomercials, and stage plays. Joel Wynkoop has definitely paid his dues. He continues to act today wherever the movie takes him. Favorite zombie movie: George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

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The Director Says: With all the experience Joel has, he went out of his way to make a first-time director feel at ease. Professional, funny and kind, he did everything possible to make “Chomp” a success, including bringing his own bazooka to the set!

Joel D. Wynkoop (Dr. Jon Croft) posing with his bazooka during the photo shoot for the Pit Bulls and Zombies book cover.
Joel D. Wynkoop (Dr. Jon Croft) posing with his bazooka during the photo shoot for the Pit Bulls and Zombies book cover.

Doomsayers: Local Authors Predict the End of the World – Tampa, FL – October 1 @ 7pm

Join members of the cast and crew of “Chomp” as they read Lynne Hansen’s screenplay for “He’s Not Looking So Great” during the Doomsayers event in St. Petersburg, Florida on Wednesday, October 1st at 7:00 pm at Studio@620.

Kyle Porter SquareTwo of the stars of “Chomp” will be taking on the largest roles in “He’s Not Looking So Great.” Kyle Porter, who plays Kyle Frost in “Chomp” will read the part of the self-absorbed lead Brad, (played in the actual short by Matt Story.)

SusanO'GaraSquareSusan O’Gara, who plays Millie in “Chomp” will find herself in a much milder role as the narrator in the script.

Lynne Hansen SquareLynne Hansen, who wrote and directed “Chomp” and who wrote “He’s Not Looking So Great” will read the part of the determined Natalie (played in the film by Kat Lindsay.)

Sally BoscoJeff Strand SquareThe cast for the script reading will be rounded out with “Chomp’s” associate producers, Jeff Strand, who will play the athletic Chuck (Max-Jay Dixon in the film) and Sally Bosco, who will play Chuck’s girlfriend Mary (Mallory Logan in the film.)

A crossover for the ages, this is not an event to be missed! And if that wasn’t enough motivation for you, the night will be rounded out with apocalyptic readings from other local authors, including Jeff Strand, who will be reading a solo piece as well.

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From left to right: Kat Lindsay, Matt Story, Mallory Logan and Max-Jay Dixon.

More details on the event below. A portion of the proceeds go to Edible Peace Patch, a nonprofit that helps students in Title 1 schools in Pinellas build vegetable gardens.

 About the Event

The end is nigh! At least a few local writers seem to think so.

Find out what kind of demise they think is in store for the world at our Oct. 1 event Doomsayers: local authors predict the end of the world at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

Readers:
John Henry Fleming
Jeff Strand
Heather Jones
Cole Bellamy
Lynne Hansen
Juliana A. Torres
David Z. Morris
Edward P. Morgan III

Entry is $5 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the The Edible Peace Patch.

There will also be an “opportunity drawing” with a chance to win books by our readers and other prizes.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings begin at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.wordierthanthou.com or email Tiffany Razzano at wordierthanthou@gmail.com.

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