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The First Vampire motion picture, 2004
- Ipson, Jason Todd; Weiss, Randy
- The First Vampire motion picture
- 2004 (inclusive)20042004
- 1 DVD
- Collection Number
- The film The First Vampire is a narrative short produced by Randy Weiss and directed by Jason Todd Ipson while he was a student at the University of Southern California. The movide was flimed largely in Utah using local extras and equipment from Salt Lake City's Redman Movies and Stories. This collection is part of the Utah Independent Film Archive (UIFA).
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
- Access Restrictions
Materials must be used on-site; no use of original material, access copies will be made available for viewing. Five business days advanced notice required. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law, condition of the material, or by donor.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Randy Weis (b. 1975) was born in Manalapan, New Jersey. He has worked as a producer or production coordinator on numerous films since 2002, including The Illusionist (Neil Burger 2006), The Painted Veil (John Curran 2006) and Hannah Montana: The Movie (Peter Chelsom 2009) as well as several lower profile projects.
Jason Todd Ipson began his career as a plastic surgery resident in Boston before resigning to attend the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California (USC). In 2002 he directed the short "Peeping Tom." He went on to write, direct and produce his own films, including "The First Vampire: Don't Fall for the Devil's Illusions," Unrest (2006) and Everybody Wants to Be Italian (2007).
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The First Vampire motion picture is a narrative short produced by Randy Weiss and directed by Jason Todd Ipson while he was a student at the University of Southern California. The movide was flimed largely in Utah using local extras and equipment from Salt Lake City's Redman Movies and Stories. This collection is part of the Utah Independent Film Archive (UIFA).
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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
The First Vampire: Don't Fall for the Devil's Illusions
A narrative short set in 14th century Sweden. After something attacks a little girl outside the small town of Bergholm, other victims soon display similar symptoms. The characters Father Anderson and Ingrid try to take care of the victims, but soon the condition grows serious that they need to send for a physician. As the number of patients mount, the townspeople and Father Anderson work to capture the demon responsible while Dr. Jörgen claims that the patients' illness is not due to a monster, putting medicine and religion at odds as the panic-stricken town tries to save itself. Only one villager, Erik, holds the secret to the truth. 24:00. Awards: National Alfred P. Sloan Foundation scholarship Bialis Foundation grant Golden Reel nominee finalist 2004
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- Independent filmmakers
- University of Southern California
Form or Genre Terms
- Moving images