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Deep Redd

"A savvy quick witted narcissist man by the name of Jason Myers, is confronted by his ex-girlfriend about their past relationship and heart wrenching break up, but she finds out Jason reality is more like a nightmare!"

Lionel Monsanto is a director, producer, videographer, radio host, and rap artist based in the US.

The artist graduated from the New England Institute Of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Video and Audio Science. Following his graduation, Lionel continued to hone and develop his craft and is now a professional and prolific artist in both the film and music industries.

With a passion for the horror genre, Lionel has created a slew of vivid and engaging multimedia projects. He founded the company 3rd society entertainment and this year premiered the hip-hop musical short film "Deep Redd".

To date, Lionel has released seven albums under the artist monikers "Shiesty L" ,"King Shiest" and "Barbaric Musik". He has received thousands of plays across multiple online platforms and continues to garner a fan base worldwide.

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What was your inspiration behind the making of your film?

My inspiration behind the making of “Deep Redd,” was the love and admiration I have for horror films. I wanted to pay homage to the classic horror films I watched growing up with my mom. I especially admire the great scores and legendary music that help drive a scene into the viewer’s eyes and ears. My personal goal is to leave my own footprint,vision, and creativity in this genre. Social commentary is very important to me; I want to scare people but also make them think and feel. The more relatable and vulnerable the audience becomes, the more it hits home and it will keep them talking and wanting more.

What is the most challenging aspect of working in this genre?

The most challenging aspect of working in this genre would have to be trying to portray your vision with authenticity and realism without coming across cliche and losing the true essence of a horror film.

When did you realize that you wanted to work in media and make films and what was the first film project that you created as a director?

My first film project that I created as a director is “Deep Redd.” I realized that I wanted to work in media and make films when I was planning on going to college to be a mechanic and when I saw that the college had film courses, I changed my major. I always loved watching film especially horror. I was always curious about the ins and outs of filmmaking. I felt that this was a sign. I felt at home when I attended the classes. I definitely made the right decision. Due to life and circumstances, I did have to put my dream on hold. I always wanted to make my own film and I finally decided that it was the right time and “Deep Redd,” emerged.

How did you choose the cast and the crew of the film and what was the most challenging aspect of production?

My choice for the cast and crew was truly a blessing. I am fortunate enough to be close friends with the lead actor, Rudy Cabrara who played, “Jason Meyers.” While writing the script and knowing Rudy’s work, I was able to tailor the character around his talents. He also suggested the lead actress, Charee Baez. Charee and Rudy had great chemistry during the audition process so I casted her for the role. Rudy also introduced me to Ted Clement, who is the professor of theatre and program coordinator of the arts at the Community College of Rhode Island. Ted was able to organize volunteers to play zombies in the film. I hired my close friend and collegemate, Michael Siergiej as the cameraman and editor. I have collaborated with him on many past projects and it was a no-brainer hiring him. Through family and knowing the make-up artist, Monica Xavier, I knew she would bring my vision to life. Through networking and resources, I was able to fill in the rest of the production crew like Brett McCarron and Thomas Walsh. Shawn Rudolph is a producer on multiple albums that I have released so choosing Shawn to help produce the soundtrack and score was an easy Yes! The most challenging aspect of production was timing. For instance, we had a timeframe to finish the film, edit, promote and release in the beginning of October. We had to get everyone’s schedule in tact and make sure the shoots took place in an organized and timely fashion. We ran into a few obstacles but we definitely persevered and met our deadline.

What genre of filmmaking fascinates you as a director and which genres do you prefer to work on?

Horror fascinates me as a director and writer and it will always be my favorite. I am fascinated by anything that enables me to push the boundaries; however, I do want to tap into other genres as well. The other genres that pique my interests are drama, western, crime, thriller, and I wouldn’t mind working on dark comedy as well. ]

How can cinema change the world and have an impact on society?

Cinema can change the world and have an impact on society in many different ways. With everything that is going on in the world today, it can serve as a distraction and entertainment. To reiterate the statement made earlier, social commentary is very important. Cinema enables discussion and different perceptions that can impact society , whether it be through the different characters, dialogue, visuals, scores, realism that can be very relatable to the audience. It gives a sense of vulnerability that people may experience in certain situations. All in all, cinema can be a breath of fresh air in a world of unfortunate circumstances.

What is your next film project as a director?

Due to the success of “Deep Redd,” part 2 is in high demand which I will gladly work on and deliver, if the script makes sense to me. I also have other film scripts and projects that I am currently working on and possibly collaborating with other scriptwriters. I also would like to debut a theatrical play that I am very excited to see come to life sometime in the near future. I can not wait to show the world everything I have in store. Stay tuned!!!


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