Or So the Story Goes: Knock Knock
After the death of his father, Jack Jacobs goes to extremes to help his family find the money to keep their home. His burglaries come with a price when those he stole from show up unexpectedly- forcing his family to fight for their lives to survive the intruders’ games of revenge.
Inclusion StatementThe OSTSG show-runners are a dynamic wife duo and as a series that began as a teen filmmaking program, our goal is to empower young women to become front-runners in the entertainment industry- including our 16-year-old assistant director. Our team also proudly consists of a female & LGBTQ+ majority.
About The Project
Growing up, I was a dweller in the world of make-believe. Long after it was deemed child's play, I was known for living in my imagination. RPGs, writing, acting, TV & movies were my most important outlets for this and at the top of the pyramid was horror movies. Thanks to my mother’s own love for them, I was able to soak up the stories with her. We spent late nights on our couch, eating popcorn and putting ourselves in the shoes of Clarice Starling and Laurie Strode- attempting to decode the endings before they happened. They are memories I cherish. As a young actress, I longed for the future when I would be old enough to play roles like Nancy or Laurie. As weird as it may sound, some of my fondest memories revolve around horror films and I always knew one day, I would somehow pay homage to them.
As everyone does, I eventually grew up and lucky for me, the concept of ‘Outtakes’ came along. Starting as an outreach project to teach teen filmmaking, we slowly but surely grew into the well-known, award-winning series Or So the Story Goes. Four years after its start, the pre-teens we had been teaching were full-fledged teenagers and we were ready to tackle something that is rarely done- a teen slasher with actual teen actors, made for a PG13 audience- Golden Rule. A gateway for younger people to dip their toes into the world of horror in an environment that was appropriate for them. It wasn't easy. It was a summer of extreme heat, long days and endless work- but the end result was a project that I will always hold close to my heart... also a lot of new teen slang words that I had no idea were even a thing.
After Golden Rule’s success, we are ready to create our newest season, perhaps the most horrifying concept yet- a home invasion horror. My hope is that our series continues to light a spark of interest and love for the horror genre in a new generation- a new generation to bring forward those things that go bump in the night...
Or So the Story Goes began as a teen outreach program to teach filmmaking. The program’s summer project was a short retelling of Little Red Riding Hood as a modern day horror titled, Little Rosemary. This was filmed with no budget with creativity and passion- using a painter’s pole as a boom pole and a household camera to film on.
It was quickly discovered that these kids had a passion that could not be stopped. What was once an after school hobby, quickly became a full-fledged web series with the first self produced season, Happy Thoughts- a paranormal retelling of Peter Pan. Following the season’s success, Outtake Productions continued to film its next season, Sweet Truth- a found footage twist on Hansel and Gretel. The most recent season, Golden Rule is the first season fully produced with a professional crew and is a teen slasher spin on Rumplestiltskin. However, it still uses teens (including many from the after school program) in the cast & crew.
This season we focus on retelling the classic, Jack and the Beanstalk in a modern, home invasion setting.
After the death of his father, Jack Jacobs goes to extremes to help his family find the money to keep their home. He quickly finds his burglaries come with a price when those he stole from show up unexpectedly to take back what was taken from them. The Jacobs family must then fight to survive the intruders’ evil games of revenge.
It's a fact that the OSTSG team can make magic when it comes to doing a lot for a little. We produced the first few seasons with a limited amount of equipment and self-taught skills. What we created goes far beyond those limitations. For our most recent production, Golden Rule, we were able to increase the budget and bring a professional crew on board, including our new Director of Photography, Trevor Peckham. With our combined skills, Golden Rule became our most successful season to date, continuing to do well on the festival circuit and airing on Apple TV & Roku via the streaming platform SeekaTV.
The upcoming season, Knock Knock will utilize the same team and more. The money raised will go to fund the crew, cast, equipment, production insurance, craft services, props, wardrobe, travel expenses to get the cast & crew to our filming locations and much more. Production is slated for late summer 2018 with an early 2019 premiere.
Thankfully, due to the generosity of sponsors, we have already been able to raise some of our budget goals. However, we are now looking to you to help us reach the end goal and make the season a reality.
Since its origin, the series has traveled across the country (and internationally) for comic cons and festivals- winning numerous awards along the way. Sweet Truth won Best Horror at Vancouver Web Fest in 2017. OSTSG has also been nominated for seven Indie Series Awards, bringing home the win for Best Original Song (by Composer & Music Supervisor, Judith Avers) in 2016, nominated again in 2017 for two awards and in 2018 for three- including a win for Best Soundtrack. Golden Rule also won Best Horror at Minnesota Web Fest 2017, Best Teen Series at Baltimore Web Fest 2017 and Best Web Series at Independent Horror Movie Awards. It was nominated for Best Actress (Rainni Moran) at New Zealand Web Fest 2017. A full list of awards can be seen on our website!
Horror is simple. Horror needs to grab a hold of you, it needs to make you think twice about turning off the light before bed ... and it always needs to be one step ahead of you. We want to bring that to the new generation in a fun, ratings safe way!
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About This Team
Melissa Malone (Creator/Writer/Cast 'Savannah Jacobs'): An actress in New York City and a graduate of The NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. In addition to OSTSG, she most recently wrapped a strong supporting role in the upcoming film, At the End of the Day and can be seen in the lead role in the horror film, Messenger of Wrath. She is a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association. Official Site
Theresa Labreglio (Director/Writer): Co-owner of Outtake Productions LLC, Theresa studied Theater & Media at Fordham University and is a proud member of AEA. She works as a Production Stage Manager for regional theater as well as for the New York City Fringe Festival. Theresa also currently works as an editorial assistant in NYC and watches way too much TV.
Trevor Peckham (Director of Photography): Trevor made his OSTSG debut with Golden Rule. He is a cinematographer and editor. Other projects include, Killing Time, 2BR02B, Curall & many commercials and music videos. Official Site
Rainni Moran (Assistant Director/Cast 'Sadie Jacobs'): In addition to acting, Rainni has also been working behind the camera since the start of OSTSG at the age of 12. As Assistant Director, she has been invaluable to the team. She would love to direct one day and is thrilled to be learning the techniques needed to accomplish that goal. As an actress, she recently wrapped a lead role in Kira Burning which premiered at SXSW.
Trent Campbell (Composer/Music Supervisor): Trent is the leader of the live-electronic group Tnertle. Originally from Denver, CO, Trent spent his formative years playing mostly rock music but then greatly diversified his musical taste when he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. Initially enrolled as a film scoring major, Trent decided that it required a bit too much classical training and instead pursued a degree in Contemporary Writing & Production which allowed his writing to flourish, free of classical hindrances. Trent now specializes in composing unique original dance, hip-hop and funk music and touring around the country spreading the Tnertle sound.
Lindsay Farrell (1st AD): Lindsay graduated from Sacred Heart University with a degree in Graphic Design. Lindsay is currently a Senior Campaign Manager for Salesforce Marketing Cloud and has been a crew member of OSTSG for the past 2 seasons. She is also the email marketing manager for the series.
Jackie Wheeler-Moran (Boom/Associate Producer): Jackie graduated with a BFA in Dance at the University of Nebraska. She has appeared on Sopranos, Spin City, and Central Park West. She has worked on numerous Commercials and Print. She is a mother of two.
James Reslier-Wells (Assistant Camera)
Sabrina van Vliet (Hair & Makeup/ FX Makeup Supervisor)
Joe Lenihan (Jack Jacobs): Joe is a recent graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. In recent years, he was on stage portraying roles such as ‘Bert’ in Mary Poppins and ‘Macbeth’ in Macbeth for which he won the Montclair State University award for best actor in a classical text. He most recently portrayed Scott in the OSTSG season, Golden Rule.
Tessa Zugmeyer (Joely Jacobs): Tessa is a NYC based actress and a member of Actor’s Equity and has a M.F.A. from American Conservatory Theater. She has appeared on stage in AEA NY productions of Dancing at Lughnasa, The Cherry Orchard, Comedy of Errors, The Clearing and more.
Diann Gogerty (JR): Diann studied acting at Palm Beach Atlantic University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has also appeared in films including Pickle! and Darkness on the Edge of Town. She made her New York debut playing Anna in Anna's Perfect Party. Most recently, she wrapped the feature film God’s Law and portrayed Dillon in OSTSG: Golden Rule.
Hank Morris (Red): Hank has worked in film and theater in the New York area for several years, just recently wrapping short films Anywhere I Lay with Ghostwood Development and Lea. Recently on stage she was seen in Cold Porridge and Grace or the Art of Climbing in NYC. Last season Hank portrayed Matilda Miler in OSTSG: Golden Rule. Official Site
Bryan Civitarese (Bash): Bryan Civitarese is an actor from New Jersey. He is a graduate of The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Most recently he worked on The Jolly Rogers Case Files & Reunion 108, where he was an executive producer and also acted in the film. He last portrayed Nick in OSTSG: Golden Rule.
Penelope Hinds (Mason West): Penelope is a teen actor with many years of experience. She has been deeply involved with theater and is currently is a member of a teen musical theater company in New Jersey where she has been studying since she was a child. Or So the Story Goes is her first on-camera project. She most recently portrayed Joanie in OSTSG: Golden Rule.
Chris Christiana (Ives): Chris studied music and theater at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and he continues to study acting for stage and film with T. Schreiber Studios in NYC. He is also a proud member of Actors Equity Association. He can be seen as a series regular in The Jolly Rogers Case Files and as Bryce Morris in OSTSG: Golden Rule. Official Site
Daron Seaford (Ryker): Daron grew up in Charlotte, NC and studied musical theatre at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has been living in NYC for 13 years and currently hails from Brooklyn. He is excited to be joining the OSTSG Team.
Austin Green (Carl): A NYC actor, photographer and visual artist, Green is also co-founder of the workspace and creative hub Millennial Renaissance Studios based in Harlem. Previous credits include 'Homicide City', 'The Perfect Murder', 'Nefertitty Tv' (Pilot/Recurring), 'Blue Bloods' and 'The Good Fight' to name a few. Be sure to look out for Austin's first leading role as the 'conflicted' Rev. Gerald Roper in the upcoming horror feature film 'God's Law' by The Cremer Brothers. Don't dream it, Be it!