The Test

It’s a rainy Sunday morning, which means perfect timing for a little blog post! How are you all doing out there?

Well, I got great news – we filmed “The Test” exactly one week ago today, out in the rough wilderness, and it all went shockingly smoothly! We even got done early. Nobody got hurt or snake-bit or swarmed by killer bees, yay! It was basically a ‘family’ reunion with almost all of the crew from my previous short films. Ohh, that’s right… filmzzzz, as in plural! My third one. And this one was the easiest and quickest to set up and produce. Of course, it couldn’t happen without the help of my team and I feel like a spoiled little movie brat! It felt so good being on a set again and all of us couldn’t have been more excited to get to work! It helped that we were all fully vaccinated and outside.

Setting up that shot!

“The Test” is sort of a continuation from my first short film “The Appointment“, bringing back my character ‘Alex’. This time, she deals with another ’employee’ (played by my wonderful co-star Deepti Kingra Mickelsen); and the short film has a very different feel compared to The Appointment – fast paced and much more action! If I must pick a genre, I’d say it’s a crime thriller.

Deepti Kingra Mickelsen as ‘Raj’ and Pia Thrasher as ‘Alex’ in “The Test”

I’ve been digging through BTS photos and I’m already missing the good times with my cast and crew. Is it too early for on-set nostalgia?

Light(n)ing master Jimly Teiper dropping bodies everywhere. Poor 1st AD gotta do the clean-up, as usual.
DP Peter Mickelsen and 1st AD Stephen Mickelsen make a great father/son duo on any set!
Stunt-driver and producer J.R. Thrasher meets drone

BTS photog Elsa Mickelsen and co-star Deepti Kingra Mickelsen having a moment…
Yours truly caught acting and directing! Photo by my hubby J.R. Thrasher

To see a whole bunch more BTS photos, head on over to ‘The Test’ Facebook page and remember to give it a like!

Next up: post-production!

Stay tuned for more and have a great weekend!

May I…

…toot my horn a little? Since I don’t have hordes of fans (yet) to do it for me, I’ll just have to promote myself, knowwhaddimean? I’m sure once people make money off of me, that’ll change…at least I hope so!

Oh, did bitter Pia just slip out? Ohhh, or is it self doubt rearing its ugly head again?

But really, I SHOULD pat myself on the shoulder a little! Since this is a first for me, here it goes:

This is the first time that I have one project – a short film I wrote, directed and acted in, “Things We Dig” – in film festivals…

…another project – a screenplay I wrote, “Parcopresis” – in screenwriting competitions, mostly during film festivals…

…AND a third project – a short film I wrote, will direct and act in (universe willing..!) ‘The Test‘ – in pre-production and about to be filmed!

Talk about feeling just a teensy bit productive!

But you know me…never satisfied and never resting long on my laurels. It still irks me that my “painting phase” hasn’t come back yet since the pandemic hit. Le Sigh.

So, for those who give a damn, here’s the latest roundup and info on previously mentioned projects:

I just found out that my horror short script “Parcopresis” has been selected as a Screenplay Finalist for the Die Laughing Film Festival, which runs from May 28-29,2021 in Hollywood. Details are still being worked out. This one seems to be having a really good run right now! I actually had to fill out my profile on Coverfly (it’s a writer’s thing I wasn’t aware of until recently). So, Yay! Somebody wanna produce it? I can’t share the whole thing here, but this is the logline: When a quick trip to the restroom turns into your worst nightmare.”

THAT should give you an idea, haha!


Film Festival news for ‘Things We Dig’:

We just got selected for the End of Days Film Festival in Orlando, Florida. No screenings for this one due to the ongoing pandemic, but we are a Finalist for an award…I just don’t know yet which one! Official award winners will be announced via their Facebook page on May 15th, 2021. Crossing fingers!

The Night Terrors Film Festival in Denmark has been postponed a few times due to Covid19, but so far, it seems to still be on for May 13th (Aarhus) and May 14th (Copenhagen) with in-person screenings. Again, fingers crossed! The line up for their film selection is here. This will be our Denmark Premiere!

Update 5/6/2021: Just got the news the festival is happening as planned on May 13th and 14th – in person! Woohoo!


I’m not gonna say much about ‘The Test‘ because I’m superstitious and learned my lesson talking about my last project before we filmed it! So, in the meantime, you can ‘like’ its Facebook page, which will probably be the only social media source beside my blog. Hopefuly more updates with great news soon! Again, fingers friggin’ crossed!!!

Ok, that’s it for the latest news for this so far very exciting Spring/early Summer 2021! Cheers!

Immortaly yours,

Pia de los Muertos

Bats in Austin!

Get ready, vamps! We have the info for our next film festival appearance!

Things We Dig will be screening at the Austin After Dark Film Festival on May 14th! It will be our Texas premiere!

Check here for the line-up, location, times and tickets!

I also found out that we were nominated for Best Dark Comedy Film and Best Director!

Digging (pun totally intented) the comments from judging coordinator Caleb Wells: This film has phenomenal production design and a laugh out loud script! The film is shot incredibly well and is also edited and paced perfectly.”

Kudos again to our production designer Elsa Mickelsen, DP Peter Mickelsen, our editing wizard Peter Stoll! And of course, being the writer and director, this is music to my ears!