WADSWORTH — Local filmmaker Seth Breedlove is looking to expand his Wadsworth-based production company, Small Town Monsters, in the wake of another independent film release, “The Bray Road Beast.”
“It is about basically what amounts to like a werewolf sighting in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, back in the early ’90s,” Breedlove, 37, said Monday of his latest film.
Breedlove said he first gained an interest in the subject because the original person who brought the story to the public eye was a newspaper reporter.
“I was at one time a newspaper reporter, so I felt kind of a weird kinship there,” he said.
Breedlove said the reporter was skeptical in her approach of documenting the tale, and he enjoyed her “wry sense of humor.”
“I thought it would be an interesting story to delve in how she covered that story and how that story evolved over time,” Breedlove said.
The film premiered at HorrorHound Indianapolis in August, and received honors at the Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
“The Bray Road Beast” will be screened Thursday at The Canton Palace Theater in Canton.
After a string of successful independent films, Breedlove is looking to expand to the small screen with the goal of having a project lined up by late 2019.
“The idea is to avoid network TV entirely. I am really not a TV guy so we are actually looking more towards like an original streaming series,” he said.
Breedlove said he is working with “Blair Witch” director Adam Wingard, who is trying to secure funding for the project in Hollywood.
Breedlove, who works for Small Town Monsters full-time alongside his wife and a team of about 15 to 20 people, said he has no intention of forgetting his Ohio roots.
“I have no intention of ever moving the company,” he said. “No matter how successful we get, I really don’t have a plan on this being a Hollywood-based production company and I actually hope it never even really gets to that point just because I like working out of where we are and I like Wadsworth and we have had a lot of support here.”
Breedlove said that any pressure he has while working on a project does not have to do with his films winning awards, but delivering a quality film to viewers.
“The pressure is actually coming from the fact that our audience is noticing an uptick in quality on each project,” he said.
It is becoming more difficult to continue escalating that quality with a typical budget of between $12,000 and $15,000 per film project.
“There is a wall you hit as far as what we can achieve on that budget,” Breedlove said. “I mean that is where the pressure is coming.”
Breedlove, who released his first film titled “Minerva Monster,” in 2015, previously worked as a medical billing employee and freelance writer before taking Small Town Monsters full-time three years ago. His next film, “Terror in the Skies,” will be released in May.
For information about Small Town Monsters and upcoming projects, visit smalltownmonsters.com.