The Captured Bird

The Captured Bird

September 10, 2010 00:20 ET

Jovanka Vuckovic to Film First Short With Guillermo Del Toro as Executive Producer

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2010) -

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Former Rue Morgue editor-in-chief Jovanka Vuckovic is preparing to shoot her debut short film, The Captured Bird, with Guillermo del Toro, director of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and the Hellboy films, in the executive producer chair.

Vuckovic was recently named by the Horror Society as one of the top thirteen most important women in the history of horror, alongside genre heavy hitters Mary Shelley, Kathryn Bigelow and Vampira. Now, in a return to her creative roots, she'll make her own horror/fantasy film after years of writing about them in the popular horror genre magazine, Rue Morgue

"Jovanka's vision has been honed to perfection and combines true poetry with savage instinct," says del Toro. "[It's] lyrical and brutal. Just what the doctor ordered."

The production has just launched, a feature-packed website that will track the development of the film with regular blog updates from Vuckovic. The site will also feature videos of the film's progress, including location scouts, production meetings, and interviews with well-known genre filmmakers about how to approach making your first movie – filmmakers such as del Toro, George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) and Mick Garris (Masters of Horror).

The project makes use of crowdfunding, a growing financing trend for filmmakers in and outside of Hollywood. Veteran director David Lynch has turned to crowdfunding to raise money for an upcoming documentary about the filmmaker's career. Fans and supporters who visit can make a donation in any amount towards production, which to date has raised thirty per cent of its budget through Canadian broadcaster Bravo!, which has first-time Canadian broadcast rights. All funders will receive a thank you credit in the film and donors of a certain amount are given special rewards, some of which include an autographed copy of Jovanka's forthcoming coffee-table book on zombies or a Pan's Labyrinth script autographed by del Toro.

Adds Vuckovic, "Having Guillermo on board as Executive Producer is like a dream come true for a first time filmmaker. His well of inspiration is as limitless as his generosity. Plus, The Captured Bird is just too ambitious to make without his guidance. I'm very grateful to have him as part of the team."

Oscar-nominated special make-up effects studio Spectral Motion (Hellboy II, X-Men: The Last Stand) in Los Angeles will provide creature effects for The Captured Bird. Also on board are Emmy Award-nominated visual effects supervisor Tammy Sutton (Avatar, Spider-Man 2) as well as filmmakers Douglas Buck (Sisters) and Karim Hussain (La belle bête), who will be serving as editor and director of photography, respectively.

The Captured Bird is scheduled to shoot in the spring of 2011 for a film festival tour through 2012. It has already been accepted – sight unseen – to the prestigious Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal. Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and several international festivals have also already shown interest.

For more information on The Captured Bird visit You can also follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.


Jovanka Vuckovic is an award-winning writer, artist, film critic and cinema historian. She spent five years as a digital effects artist at CBC Television, where she earned a Gemini Award for Best Visual Effects. She also became a noted expert on the horror genre during her tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Rue Morgue Magazine. The Captured Bird is her first film.


Guillermo del Toro is the Oscar-nominated director of The Devil's Backbone, the Hellboy films and Pan's Labyrinth. He is currently developing The Haunted Mansion for Disney and H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness with James Cameron producing.

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