Blood White

Michael Bauer is feeling the squeeze from all sides: his business of selling pre-fab warehouses is going bust and his pitch to his wealthy father-in-law for funding of a low-budget horror movie has fallen on deaf ears. Desperate, he hatches a last-ditch plan to murder his wife, Brenda, in order to collect on her trust fund.
Michael calls in a favor from an old partner-in-crime, Quarro, to actually do the deed and from there on out, everything goes wrong. Step by step, bit by bit, the whole scheme backfires with dangerous complications — Michael’s mistress is killed by her jealous husband… Quarro mistakenly kills Brenda’s sister… and now Quarro is demanding payment (regardless of who he killed). As events race to a tense and exciting climax, all of these headaches converge in a final confrontation between Michael and Brenda — with a shocking twist.

  • Ernest Farino
    Writer
    Terminal Force, Demonsword, Beverly Hills Vamp, The Ingenious Adventure of Benjamin Gale, Lost Vegas
  • Ernest Farino
    Director
    Steel and Lace, Planet of the Dino-Knights, Journey to the Magic Cavern , Land of the Lost (1991-7 episodes), Monsters (4 episodes); 2nd Unit Director: From the Earth to the Moon (miniseries), Dune (miniseries), Supernova (miniseries).
  • Ernest Farino
    Visual Effects/Main Title Design
    The Terminator, T2, The Abyss, Lady in White, From the Earth to the Moon (miniseries), Dune (miniseries), Children of Dune (miniseries).
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Number of Pages:
    108
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
    Los Angeles, CA
    September 8, 2001
    Emmy Award - Visual Effects
  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
    Los Angeles, CA
    May 10, 2003
    Emmy Award - Visual Effects
  • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
    Los Angeles, CA
    August 29, 1998
    Emmy Nomination - Visual Effects
  • Writer's Digest Writing Competition
    New York, NY
    May 1, 1988
    Honorable Mention - Scripts
  • International Film & TV Festival of New York
    New York, NY
    June 3, 1982
    Silver Medal Award
Writer Biography - Ernest Farino

Ernest Farino has directed three feature films, 11 half-hours of television, and extensive 2nd Unit (including not only action sequences but full scenes with principal actors). His episode of the syndicated series Monsters, “Mannikins of Horror,” based on a story by Robert (Psycho) Bloch, was touted as the top episode of the premiere season. Consequently, Farino directed the premiere episode of the second season (“A Bond of Silk” with Lydia Cornell and Marc McClure) as well as “The Offering” starring Orson Bean and “Talk Nice to Me” starring Ed Marinaro and Tina Louise.

The Monsters episodes lead Farino to directing the feature film, Steel and Lace (Fries Entertainment) starring Bruce Davison (Oscar® nominee for Longtime Companion), Clare Wren (The Young Riders), David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) and Michael Cerveris (Tony nominee as Tommy in The Who’s Tommy on Broadway and recent co-star of The Good Wife) and written by Emmy® winner Joseph Dougherty. Following its theatrical release, Steel and Lace recouped over $1 million in foreign sales alone on its first offering, had an initial pre-buy of 20,000 video units, was then released on laserdisc, and has played extensively on Pay-Per-View, HBO, Cinemax, The Movie Channel and Showtime.

“Steel and Lace is a cool, inventive take on the revenge thriller … the Pulp Fiction of its time. New concepts and turns of fate abound, integrating a lot of genres into a well crafted/shot/edited film. An excellent example of good direction and control of the production.” —Online review

For network television Farino directed seven episodes of ABC’s top-rated Land of the Lost starring Timothy Bottoms, including the premiere episodes for both seasons. He then directed the comedy play Dub by Henry Slesar, voted “Best-of-the-Fest” at the Attic Theater’s One Act Play Festival in Hollywood.

Farino directed Planet of the Dino-Knights and Journey to the Magic Cavern, two of the feature-length installments in the family sci-fi film series Josh Kirby: Time Warrior! for Kushner-Locke/Paramount, and filmed in Bucharest, Romania.

Farino has also directed extensive 2nd Unit, including action sequences and dramatic scenes with principal actors, for such productions as for the Tom Hanks/HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, major sequences for NBC’s Noah’s Ark in Australia starring Jon Voight (“The Destruction of Sodom” and “The Big Flood”), Sci-Fi Channel’s miniseries Dune (comprising over one hour of that program), and Supernova for Hallmark, filmed in Cape Town, South Africa, starring Luke Perry and Tia Carrere.

As a screenwriter, his produced screenplays include Terminal Force, Beverly Hills Vamp and Demonsword. His action/thriller First Strike placed in the Top 10 out of 1,000+ entries in the annual Writer’s Digest magazine national screenwriting competition. He recently completed two screenwriting assignments, Lost Vegas and The Ingenious Adventure of Benjamin Gale, slated for production in 2015 with Farino directing. His available spec screenplays include an adaption of a well-received coming-of-age novel, a Hitchcock-style suspense thriller, a true-crime miniseries and an animated family Christmas TV special.

As a director, Farino brings knowledgeable production expertise to every project as a result of his extensive work as a visual effects design/supervisor/producer for films such as James Cameron’s The Terminator, The Abyss, and Terminator II, HBO’s Citizen Cohn starring James Woods, Brian DePalma’s Raising Cain, Snow White–A Tale of Terror starring Sigourney Weaver, Screamers with Peter Weller, and From the Earth to the Moon, for which he was nominated for an Emmy®. Farino won consecutive Emmys® for his work on the miniseries Dune and Children of Dune.

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