Mar 12, 2014
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Fairfield Murders: Not Real but Plot of Horror Movie by Trinity College Student

Fairfield Murders: Not Real but Plot of Horror Movie by Trinity College Student

Joy Del Valle and Alex McAuliffe star in the trailer for "Founders Day" released at the end of January.

There’s a serial killer in Fairfield.

At least there is in Trinity College theater and dance student Erik Bloomquist’s suspenseful horror feature "Founders Day."

 A high school student is brutally murdered, shaking the Fairfield County town to its core. But when bodies continue to turn up after the prime suspect is jailed, everyone in town becomes a suspect.

The plot line of the film is timed to Fairfield’s bicentennial celebration, which town leaders hope will restore normalcy to the community. (The real Fairfield is celebrating its 375th anniversary this year.)

Bloomquist began writing the script nearly three years ago and has been focused on refining the storyline and getting the project off the ground ever since.

“I’ve always been looking for a certain kind of movie, but I’ve never found it, so I decided to write it,” says the 22-year-old (right).

While he enjoys the horror genre, he feels like it sometimes gets “a bad rap.”

“This is not horror straight up,” says the young filmmaker. “For me, it's part murder mystery, part contemporary horror film.”

At least it will be when he begins filming the full-length feature in the fall. At this point, he has created a conceptual trailer for the film.

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Shot over five days in August, the trailer features locations in Waterbury, Hartford, Berlin, Middlebury, Willimantic, Newington, West Hartford and Farmington. Sometimes it takes six towns to create one complete movie town with the right look, says Bloomquist.

He chose Connecticut as the location for his film because of his familiarity with it – he grew up in Newington  – and because “the people here are great.” 

“The scenery here is unlike anywhere else,” says Director of Photography Thomson Nguyen of Trumbull. “I want to capture the state to the best of my abilities. It fits the story well. I’m just hoping people will watch the movie and be able to say that it was filmed right by here.”

The trailer features many Connecticut actors. Some were friends of the director, while others came through recommendations or were found through casting calls.

“This trailer was an incredible experience,” says Joy Del Valle, who plays Samantha in the trailer. She was a last minute replacement for an unavailable actress, something that affected other roles too. “Since I went into this project knowing nothing, I was so surprised to see how big of a deal and professional everything was … . It gave me a great idea of what it is like to be in the film industry with such long hours and numerous takes, but it was overall very rewarding.”

Bloomquist admits it was ambitious to shoot a full trailer for "Founders Day," but felt it was necessary. “I wanted to create something that would capture the essence of it and the scope,” he says.

The resulting trailer is moody and action-packed, leaving the promise of what’s to come.

Since releasing the two-minute teaser Jan. 30, the director has been making the rounds to drum up support – and not the monetary kind. He’s done interviews on Better Connecticut, WGCH of Greenwich, “What’s Up With Wendy,The Horror Nation and others. Bloomquist has been promoting his publicity tour on the Founders Day Twitter page

“There’s a lot of momentum behind it,” he says. The trailer just exceeded 10,000 views on Youtube, and he hopes to capitalize on the buzz that has begun. He's happy that there’s been good response from the horror and slasher communities since the launch. 

“Now I just want to share it with as many people as possible to legitimize it,” says Bloomquist.

He's also looking at his options for funding the film, but chose not to elaborate on who he's in talks with. He hopes to begin shooting the feature in October, with a release in 2015.

Visit the Founders Day website for more information and follow the progress of the film on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

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Fairfield Murders: Not Real but Plot of Horror Movie by Trinity College Student

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