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January 16, 2014

Filmmaker’s ‘Fable’ brings him to Duncan film fest

DUNCAN — Film directors must prepare for anything — even stepping into the role of a singing ghost.

This was the case for Vinnie Hogan, 28, with his film “The Fable of Shannon Cable,”  which he wrote, produced, directed and even acted, though his acting role wasn’t planned.

“Fable,” a comedic horror,  will be shown at the Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan later this month.

The plot revolves around a teenage girl who watches after an old house haunted by a trio of singing ghosts.

“It was my first full-length film to write and my first film to direct,” said Hogan. “I have been making short films since 2007 while at Oklahoma City University.”

To say Hogan made the film on a shoestring budget might be close to accurate if the shoes were flip-flops.

“The most challenging thing, as a producer, was the scheduling,” Hogan said. “When you’re making a movie for no money, you can’t pay people to be there, so we worked around everyone’s schedules.”

There were several points during the 18-months it took to make the movie that Hogan wasn’t sure if he could complete the project.

One actor dropped out at the last minute and Hogan found himself in front of the camera, portraying a ghost who sometimes breaks into song.

The movie’s principal actors, Zach Burns and Duncan native Casey Crowdis,   portray12 different characters.

Crowdis also provided his design talents for the project and his daughter Kiolin has an acting role.

“I met Casey at the Trail Dance Film Festival in 2010,” said Hogan. “When I started writing and preparing for this film, he was one of the first people I called because I knew his talents. I was excited to work with him.”

While Trail Dance will not be the first screening of “Fable,” Hogan said he is eager to hear more feedback from another audience.

The movie premiered at the Austin Film Festival in October. It also has had two screenings in Oklahoma City.

“There has been lots of laughter because the current cut of the movie brings out as much comedy as possible, while still keeping it in the world of a horror movie,” he said.

“One of the coolest things about festivals is you get to hear complete strangers react to the film. Their reaction is really genuine and fresh because they literally walked in knowing nothing about the film.”

Hogan said he was flattered that Anthony Foreman, executive director of TDFF, acceptanced his first feature film.

“Trail Dance is a great place to have the best of two different worlds. You get to be in a cool, creative environment, and have that small town comfort.”

The life of an independent filmmaker is not an easy financial journey.

Since graduation from OKCU in 2008, Hogan has worked as a film industry assistant  Oklahoma, Texas and California.

Hogan was an assistant editor for “Shipping Wars,” an A&E television show, until that gig ended last month.

While shooting “Fable,” he worked as fast food driver.

In the next chapter of his real-life fable, Hogan said he hopes to work for an Austin, Texas, real estate company’s video production department.

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