KAMINSKI INTERVIEWS BRIAN JUDE - FULL VERSION
Denise Kaminsky has recently interviewed Dragon Rider Productions'
Brian Jude for an article for the Student
Operated Press. A slightly
longer version is now up on Denise's personal site... or you can
read it here!
"Dragon Rider Productions"
|Brian Jude grew up in the '70's and '80's in the Jersey Shore
area, then moved to northern New Jersey to attend Montclair State
University, where he studied broadcasting, with minors in music
When Brian completed college he began working
on a variety of independent films. His first job was as a parking
P.A., then moved into craft service on a film called "Caught,"
which was shot in Jersey City, New Jersey. He soon worked his
way up the production ladder into production office coordinator,
A.D. and production manager working on a variety of independent
films, commercials and music videos.
After spending several years of working long hours
on other people's projects, Brian decided it was time to do
his own thing. He had been working on a screenplay called "Ride
with the Dragons ," an '80's heavy metal homage to "American
Graffiti" and "Dazed and Confused." The story
was based on his senior year of high school, during which his
step-brother, who was three days younger than him, had been
killed in a car accident less than two weeks after his best
friend committed suicide.
In 2001, his friend Richard Legon decided he wanted
to get behind the project and help launch their production company,
Dragon Rider Productions. They entered the script into the 2002
IFP Market, trying to shop it around to various producers, financiers,
investors and distributors. "It was a great learning experience,"
says Brian. " However, we ended up learning the hard way
that you should NEVER pay someone to raise money for you who
can't even pay their own phone bill."
Brian and Rich soon came to the realization that
the best way to really get the film made was to do it on their
own terms. But in order to do so, they needed to rethink their
approach, put "Dragons" on the shelf for the time
being, and go after smaller, simpler projects. Brian began producing
commercials, industrial videos and webcasts to keep the company
running, while developing low-budget feature scripts and working
on short film projects.
In 2002, Brian helped to form Exit 131 Productions.
Within six months, three shorts were produced, "A Taste
of Better Days," which Brian directed and cast his wife,
Melanie Canter, as the leading lady, "The Interview,"
and "The Collector's Item," which Brian produced.
Exit 131 has since evolved into an online networking outlet
for New Jersey filmmakers. Brian is the moderator for the organization's
Yahoo Groups and MySpace sites.
Through Exit 131, Brian met Jesse Kaye. Jesse
asked him to produce his short, "Cruel to be Kind,"
in which Melanie also co-starred.
In 2004 Brian co-wrote, produced and directed
a short called "The Last Days of Frank Whyte," co-written,
produced by and starring Franklin Correa. After an extended
post-production process, the film will be released this year.
"This is a story of a young drug dealer who
seeks revenge for his best friend's death, Brian says, "and
the journey is a karmic unraveling of his entire life. The ending
still surprises people... despite the fact that the film is
called 'The LAST Days of Frank Whyte!' It's a great little film,
of which I'm extremely proud."
In 2005, Brian was asked by fellow filmmaker Jeremiah
Kipp to produce his short, "The Pod," which recently
played and the New York City Horror Film Festival.
"The script was brilliantly written by Carl
Kelsh, and it takes you on this journey of introspection of
love and relationships through the main character's drug trip.
Jeremiah did a wonderful job directing it, and the cast was
Early in 2006, Jeremiah brought Brian and their
friend Rachel Gordon on to produce Alan Rowe Kelly's "The
'The Blood Shed' is as much a comedy as it is
horror. It's absolutely brilliant, from the script, to the cast
and everyone else's talent and dedication that impacted the
film." Brian is looking forward to completing the behind-the-scenes
documentary he produced and directed for it, as well as seeing
some "Bloody" sequels come into fruition!
On the set of "The Blood Shed," Brian met actress/filmmaker
Susan Adriensen, who brought him on to produce her recent film,
"Under the Raven's Wing."
the Raven's Wing
||"The film is a pseudo-documentary
about three girls who create a cult, in which they believe they
must "transcend" people into higher realms of existence...
through the serene act of stoning them to death. The script was
a great character study of why people believe what they do, how
people can be manipulated into doing things that are completely
against their nature, and how people can exploit the most horrific
situations. The entire cast brought the perfect amount of realism
to the characters that the film demanded."
Brian enjoys directing and producing stories that
grab him on an emotional and/or philosophical level and present
interesting challenges. "It might seem that I have an affinity
for horror and thrillers, based on the projects I've been doing
recently, however I'm really not a huge fan of those genres.
But these projects were just so riveting, I couldn't turn them
He also has a true affinity for the Garden State,
especially when it applies to film. "Before there was a
Hollywood, New Jersey was the filmmaking capital of the world.
It is the birthplace of film, and I'd love nothing more than
to see the film industry boom here once again."
Brian's current project is a departure from narrative
filmmaking, but one that combines his passions of music and
visual arts, and fulfills a long-time dream with a contemporary
approach an internet-based music video series called
The Digital Café Tour.
While in college Brian interned at Batfilm Productions,
where he met singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Walker. Brian and
Tom became immediate friends, and soon Brian became a fan of
Tom's music. Tom formed a "power-acoustic rock" band
called Friday's Child, which quickly grew a large following
locally, as well as up and down the east coast. The band became
the listener-favorites of internet radio stations and sold thousands
of CD's through their national tour of Borders Books and Music
"For years," Brian says, "I dreamed
of shooting a live concert video for Friday's Child. Their CD's
were great, but everyone loved the energy of the live show."
In 2005, Brian decided to make his dream a reality.
He hired a group of camera operators to shoot a concert at the
Luna Stage in Montclair, New Jersey. Tom was blown away by the
result, and posted a few early clips on his web site. The overwhelmingly
positive response inspired them to create The Digital Café
"Independent bands have had a tough time
finding new audiences in the past few years," Brian says.
"People aren't going out as much any more. They're staying
home, surfing the web, and looking for new friends and new music
on sites like MySpace. The DCT bridges the gap. We capture live
performances of a variety of bands, playing a variety of genres,
in a variety of locations. We then put them out on the internet,
and soon we'll have them available for iPods and cell phones
In 2006, the DCT featured preview clips of concerts
by Friday's Child, along with other local artists such as Carrie
Engdahl & The Dark Marbles, Nashville favorites such as
Laura Dodd & Secret Gossip and more.
Brazilian jazz artist Monika Oliveira performed
a concert backed by jazz legend Portinho, Lincoln Goines &
Klaus Mueller. World- renowned blues artist Rab McCullough was
recently featured in the DCT's clip of the week. In December
the DCT captured the debut performance of The Blue Jackets,
which features actor/director Edward Burns on guitar.
In addition to concert clips, the DCT also provides
interviews and on-line "how-to" clinics in a series
called "Broaden Your Band."
"Right now, we're just scratching the surface
of what's possible," Brian adds. "2006 was a stepping
stone for us. 2007 will be a catapult. We have a lot of things
up our sleeves for this year." Keep checking their website
here for more information
Thanks Brian, Best of luck!
-Denise Kaminsky 2007