"Rarely has paranoia been so much fun... Jay Holben has created a stunning and artful rendering of madness, turning a poem by Stephen King into a vivid and compelling nightmare vision."

- David Wild
Rolling Stone

"Moody and atmospheric... A first rate, stylish and compelling example of the short film."

- Stephen Pizzello
American Cinematographer

"Sensually creepy... Directed with considerable visual flair, the film's nuanced sound design and stylized cinematography firmly establish it as a cut above the norm."

- David Williams
The Hollywood Reporter

"An existential visual masterpiece The overall effect of the film is hypnotic. This is without a doubt one of the finest "dollar babies" to date. A+!"

- Stephen J. Spignesi
The Essential Stephen King

"Great visuals, editing and soundtrack... purely a work of atmosphere and emotion captured on film. The imagery alone is well worth the price of a festival ticket. Creepy."

-Mark Engle
CultCuts Webzine

Dear Constant Readers, Casual Fans and the Morbidly Curious -

     Welcome to the official site for Paranoid. Thank you all for your continued interest, support, and - to those who have been following the process for quite some time - patience.
     The time has finally come. We've completed the full official Paranoid website, including an extensive behind-the-scenes look into the Director's Notebook. It has taken a good number of months and a great number of people who have dedicated their valuable time and resources to bring this project to fruition.
     As before, I'd like to extend special thanks to Otto Kitsinger for his extraordinary work in creating this site, and I'd like to add thanks to Eric Berger of Black Box Digital for his endless patience in dealing with my meticulious demands during post-production, and - most certainly - to Stephen King for his continued support and generosity.
     Thanks for visiting and remember,

They are out there
I tell you man, I hear.

All the best,     

Jay Holben     
Director/Director of Photography     

An archive of past Press Releases is available here.

Keep Up To Date

September 11, 2004

As part of the 1st Annual Dollar Baby Film Festival, Paranoid will screen at the University of Maine at Orono on September 25th at 7:00PM in the Corbett Business Building's 300+ seat theater. The event will include two hours worth of rarely-seen adaptations of King's works and a Q&A with directors following. Tickets will be $5 at the door and the proceeds will be donated to the Wavedancer Foundation, to support artists injured in accidents. Tickets are on sale the night of the show on a first come, first serve basis. No reservations.

October 22, 2003

As part of the Los Angeles Film School's Friday Night Shorts, Paranoid will screen on October 24th at the facilities state-of-the-art screening room with other spooky shorts (including Mindgame which was co-produced and photographed by Paranoid's director Jay Holben). This is the first public screening since the Internet run finished in 2002.

August 30, 2002

Eight months ago Paranoid premiered in a limited run on the Internet. In that short time, there have been more than 6,500 downloads of the high-resolution version from this website and more than 36,000 views of the film from iFilm.com. Additionally, Paranoid has remained one of iFilm.com's top rated drama shorts during its full run.

Adakin Productions would like to thank all of Paranoid's loyal fans for their amazing support. We would also like to extend an additional thank you to Stephen King for his extraordinary generosity and support of this film. This website will still remain online indefinitely, but the full film will no longer be able to be viewed or downloaded from the Internet.

Currently Adakin Productions is deep in post-production on Jay Holben's next short endeavor - The Night Before. The trailer is now viewable online at www.adakin.com/nightbefore.html. More information on that project will be available here as well as at www.adakin.com soon.

March 29, 2002

Since the release of Adakin Productions’ short film Paranoid in Total Movie magazine’s Inside DVD (Issue #6), it has been brought to our attention that many subscribers failed to receive their December/January issue containing Paranoid on DVD.

Investigation and diligent pursuance of this dilemma with Versatile Media One (parent publishing company of Total Movie), has led to an offer extended by the publication to reconcile the situation. Readers, who subscribed between November 1, 2001 and January 1, 2001 who did NOT receive issue #6, should e-mail us directly at ParanoidDVD@adakin.com with the following information: name, address, and date (or approximate date) of when you subscribed and the information will be forwarded directly to Total Movie so that compensation can be made.

In order for this resolution to take place, information must be forwarded to us no later than April 15, 2002 to ensure prompt delivery of your magazine and DVD.

February 3, 2002

With just shy of 2,000 downloads in the first day of being online, Adakin Productions had to pull the high-resolution version of Paranoid offline and employ additional servers to accomodate the tremendous demand. Now, after working quickly to restructure server resources, the full high-resolution version of the film is back online - a little earlier than expected - and available once again for download.

February 1, 2002

Due to the overwhelming demand (more than 1,600 downloads in less than 8 hours!) for the high-resolution downloadable version of Paranoid, further downloads have been suspended to reorganize and gather more bandwith allotment to accomodate the demand! The downloadable version will not be available for the weekend, but is expected to be available again by Monday, February 4, 2002.

Keep checking back here for more information!

February 1, 2002

After just one week on iFilm.com Paranoid has been ranked the #1 Most Popular Drama Short and #6 Most Popular Short Film out of iFilm.com's more than 80,000 films online!

With just a mere seven days online, Paranoid has been viewed more than 21,000 times!

If you'd like to help spread the word about Paranoid's online success, tell your friends about iFilm.com and be sure to rate the film once you've watched it!

February 1, 2002
Paranoid High-Resolution Downloadable Version now available!

Now Stephen King and Paranoid fans can download and save a high-resolution (640x272) version of the full film in QuickTime format from right here!

January 25, 2002
Paranoid premieres online!

That time has finally come! Officially hosted by iFilm.com, Paranoid has made its World Wide Web debut!

Right now, the Internet audience may view and rate Paranoid in its entirety on iFilm.com.

In addition, very soon we will be providing an extremely high-resolution downloadable version of the film right here on the official website. Director/Director of Photography Jay Holben worked closely with MAP-Media.com CEO, Miles Imel to author a nearly pristine QuickTime version of the film. Keep your eyes on the site here for news on that version's availability.

If you'd like to help spread the word about Paranoid's online premiere, tell your friends about iFilm.com and be sure to rate the film once you've watched it!

December 2, 2001
Paranoid DVD News

Well folks, the verdict is in. The Total Movie Entertainment issue #6 has hit the stands across the country and Paranoid's on their InisdeDVD - BUT - the only way you can get it is to be a Total Movie subsriber. Not the best of news, but TME is a great publication and subscribers get 40 free movies on DVD! If you'd like to become a Total Movie Entertainment subscriber and get your 40 free DVDs along with the InsideDVD featuring Paranoid - you can link to them through here http://www.insidedvd.com/subscribe/index.html.

The Dark Delicacies book signing with author Stephen Jones for his book Creepshows: The Illustrated Stephen King Movie Guide went wonderfully. Thanks to Stephen and Sue, the owner of Dark Delicacies for all their work and a great event (for a recap of the event courtesy of Chud.com's Creature Corner, take a peek at http://www.creature-corner.com/columns/creepshowsign.php3). I learned on Saturday that Stephen has an American version of his book coming out in February so that will mean that more state-side fans can get their hands on this wonderful volume. Keep your eye on the page here for more information and a chance to order your own copy.

Don't forget to take a peek at the brand new The Director's Notebook section of this website!

December 1, 2001
Paranoid Online Hits 1 Year!
The Director's Notebook launches online!

We've hit the one-year anniversary of the official Paranoid website. In the last year we've had more than 35,000 hits, more than 15,000 downloads of the film's trailer (numbers adjusted 12-6-01 based on official log reports) and visits from over 75 countries around the world!

In celebration of the release of Paranoid on the Total Movie Magazine DVD, we're launching The Director's Notebook an intensive look into the behind-the-scenes details of the film's creation. A true delight for King fans and film students (both academic and casual) around the globe - Jay Holben has allowed visitors inside his creative process and provided detailed notes from the production of Paranoid. From pre-production research to script notes to the creation of the sound design and score, The Director's Notebook is sure to satisfy your curiosity on the making of this short Stephen King epic.

Thanks to all the patient King fans who've helped to make this site a true success. Look for more information on Paranoid's on-line release soon!

November 26, 2001
Book Signing with Jay Holben

We've got a fun event coming up this Saturday December 1st in Burbank, California. Director/Cinematographer Jay Holben will be on hand with director Mick Garris to help British author Stephen Jones sign copies of his latest tome: Creepshows: the Illustrated Stephen King Movies ** an exhaustive examination of all the King's tales that have made it to celluloid and the tube. The Signing is at:

Books & Gifts for the Horror Lover
4213 W. Burbank Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505

2:00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.

Also joining Stephen, Mick and Jay will be artist Bernie Wrightson, actors Miguel Ferrer and Cynthis Garris as well as screenwriter Dennis Etchinson.

These are specially imported copies of the book currently only available overseas (they will be selling for $29.95). (But you can grab your copy by linking through here) The book features a passage on the making of Paranoid included in the wealth of other King adaptations including those for TV and the Stage - it's a wonderful volume for King fans.

November 11, 2001

Hello Friends and Neighbors.

The Dark Man with No Face is lurking around the corner again. We've got good news on Paranoid.

First off - We've been told by the "powers that be" over at Total Movie magazine that the DVD has been completed! The issue will hit the newsstands on November 26th. The catch, dear friends, is that the DVD will NOT be included with the magazine on the stands. If you're a subscriber, it will come with your magazine - but if you're a common folk who's looking to pick up the magazine at your local 7-11, you're in for an unfortunate surprise. With the last issue you needed to flip through the magazine to find the "details" about the free DVD. The "details" were that you needed to send in the subscription card for your free DVD to be mailed to you. That didn't mean that you had to subscribe (there is an option to select at the bottom of the card that says simply "No, I don't want to subscribe now, but send me my free DVD"). However, A conspiracy is amongst us. At this time we don't know if they're making that option available this go round or not. The DVD may only be available to subscribers. We'll update you all as soon as we know for sure. You can subscribe, if you like, online at http://www.insidedvd.com/subscribe/index.html or by calling 1-800-310-7047.

Thanks, once again, goes to Stephen King and his lawyer Arthur Greene for making this DVD deal a reality. Mr. King's support has been without bounds for this little film.

Secondly, this month's (November) American Cinematographer Magazine features a little tidbit that director/cinematographer Jay Holben was invited to write about the photography of Paranoid in their Short Takes section. It is on the newsstands now (the cover features a shot of Wil Smith from Ali). You can subscribe to AC magazine from www.cinematographer.com.

October 11, 2001

It's official! Paranoid will finally get its DVD release - and right back where it started! Versatile Media One, the company that produces Inside DVD has purchased Total Movie magazine and is re-launching the top-notch genre magazine back where it left off! Which includes Paranoid on its DVD with issue # 6 (right where we were supposed to be!). Issue # 5 is on stands now! Keep your eyes out for # 6 to hit the stands in late November.

Additionally, Versatile Media is also launching a Japanese edition of the magazine and Paranoid will be included on that DVD as well with Japanese subtitles! The circulation of the magazine is being kicked up to 1,000,000 issues starting with # 6! That means that more and more fans out there will be able to get their hands on the best digital representation of the movie possible!

Be sure to lock in your subscription so you don't miss your chance to see the film! Check out Total Movie's website at www.insidedvd.com!

Additionally, once the Total Movie issue # 6 hits the stands, right around our one-year anniversary of the official Paranoid website, we'll finally be launching the Director's Notebook section of this website filled to the brim with behind-the-scenes information from pre-production through post-production including information on production design, research, storyboards, the script, score and sound design and editing! Those lucky few who have been allowed an advanced peek at the new section have given it wonderful reviews. If you're into "making of" details, this new expansion is for you!

As promised, we will still be releasing Paranoid on the Internet for all to see online - but it will be after the first of the year - thanks to everyone for being so patient with that release.

Collectors, keep your eyes out for the special edition The Essential Stephen King by Stephen Spignesi, which includes Spignesi's brief review of Paranoid as well as an essay on Stephen King by Jay Holben and autographs from Jay Holben, Stephen Spignesi, Tyson Blue, George Beahm, Mic Garris, James Cole, Charles Fried, Michael R. Collings and Bev Vincent! Limited to 666 copies these will be true collector's items! Be sure to get yours from Betts Bookstore today (www.bettsbooks.com)!

July 3, 2001
Happy Fourth of July!

Just when you thought it was safe, Paranoid is alive!

A few good pieces of news this update - King expert Stephen J. Spignesi has released the third in his trilogy of King books entitled The Essential Stephen King *, which is his ranking of the 101 most important writings by the prolific master. He ranks King's poem "Paranoid: A Chant" in the 99 slot and includes a brief glowing review of the film. Many thanks to Stephen for his kind words and support (See quote above).

In addition, the world premiere for Paranoid will be at the Hollywood Shorts screening on July 8th.

We've also been in talks with iFilm.com to host the film online. We are also investigating offering a fairly high-resolution downloadable version from the official Paranoid website so that fans can save their own copy. However, in order to qualify for Academy Award® consideration (one of our loftier goals) the actual Internet release for the film will be further delayed (as we cannot premiere on the Internet before an official theatrical presentation to qualify for consideration). We should know more details by mid August and will hopefully have a firm date for release at that time.

May 14, 2001
Popularity of the Paranoid website grows. On Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001 - just a scant five and a half months online - we broke 10,000 hits. Today, we have had more than 12,500 visits and more than 5,000 downloads of the trailer. We appreciate all the visitors to the site, and those presenting information about the film on other sites.

This month's Rue Morgue magazine, a Canadian publication, featured an insightful article by editor Mary-Beth Hollyer on the film.

The Director's Notebook, an extensive addition to the Paranoid website, is an exhaustive and in-depth look at the making of the film and is near completion. Keep your eye here for news on that.

We've been in a bit of a holding-pattern as of late with the film. Due in part to complications as our post-production facility, relocates their offices in Santa Monica and the final sound mix has been delayed somewhat, in part to awaiting word on film festival submissions and in part due to Jay's extremely hectic schedule as he moves further into pre-production on his next project entitled Lost Angel, a macabre thriller that will be produced and photographed by Jay.

March 11, 2001
Music for Paranoid is completed.
Composer Buck Sanders, in collaboration with singer/songwriter Dawn Fintor, has completed the final score elements for the film. Final mixing is scheduled for this coming week.

February 21, 2001
Curses... Foiled again - DVD CANCELLED!

Well, Constant Readers, it would seem that we've been thwarted yet again - this time by those 'powers that be.' As most of you know, Paranoid was scheduled to appear on Total Movie's DVD this summer. Unfortunately, due to money problems, Imagine Media, Inc. (a US division of The Future Network, plc), who publishes the magazines Total Movie, Business 2.0, Digital Foto, Games Business, MacAddict, Maximum Linux, Maximum PC, Next Generation, Official Sega Dreamcast Magazine, PC Game, PSM, Revolution, T3 and Total Games has closed the doors on six of their publications - Total Movie being one of the half of a dozen victims on the chopping block. The Future Network stated that closures were "designed to streamline the company's portfolio, reduce operating costs, pay down debt and enhance profitability." The UK based publishing firm closed a total of 20 of their 134 titles across the globe, with six in the US (including Total Movie, Revolution and T3) and six in the UK alone.

SO! Where does that leave us? On the cutting room floor, folks. Originally we were set to appear in Issue # 4 of Total Movie, but with the music problems we were bumped to # 5 or # 6. As it turns out, the production staff had just completed issue # 4 and was moving on to # 5 when the directive came to shut down. Total Movie # 4 will never see the light of day. It would seem that we were lost either way (insert sigh here).

However! Do not despair, true believers, Paranoid will still get an Internet release (date yet to be determined) and we're investigating other opportunities to provide the highest quality presentation possible. Keep your eye on this page for more information as it comes. Thanks, once again, to you all for your patience.

For more information on The Future Network - try www.thefuturenetwork.plc.uk/pressinfoframe.html.

February 19, 2001
News of the Dark Man is spreading...
- The Official Stephen King Web Presence (www.stephenking.com) has now linked to this site from their Future information and links page.
- On January 31, 2001 the extraordinary Hollywood news and information site Dark Horizons (www.darkhorizons.com) listed information about Paranoid.
- And a new interview with Director Jay Holben appears on the Italian King fan site Inside View (www.insideview.it).

February 9, 2001
At our two month anniversary online, the official website for Paranoid has logged over 3500 hits from 45 different countries around the world and more than 1100 downloads of the trailer. Thanks to everyone who has written in with wonderful comments, and thanks for your patience while we finalize the film's music.

February 8, 2001
An exclusive interview with actress Tonya Ivey is now accessable through the About the Filmmaker's page.

January 15, 2001
Composer Buck Sanders' bio has been added to the About the Filmmakers page.

January 14, 2001
The chronology of Paranoid: Following The Faceless Man (below) has been updated and expanded.

January 12, 2001
The E-mail problem has been fixed! All is once again at peace in the Cyber-Universe. If you sent an e-mail to any of the Paranoid cast or crew between the dates of 12/4/00 and 1/10/01 - we didn't receive it. Please feel free to resend your comments or questions to the addresses on the About the Filmmakers page.

January 12, 2001
Actress Tonya Ivey's bio is now on the About the Filmmakers page.

January 8, 2001 - DVD DELAY
Not so great news today. There will be a delay in the DVD release of Paranoid.
When the first draft of the movie was completed, two pre-existing pieces of music were chosen to bookend the film. Quite obviously for the film to be widely released on DVD, we needed to obtain the rights to those two pieces of music. The first asked for a sum fifteen times that of the film's complete budget and the second, asked for a plump twenty five times the film's budget. Please forgive our bitterness, but due to the extreme greed of musician's rights corporations, we've had to make a change to the film's music selections. We are in the process of replacing these songs. Fear not, Paranoid will still be darkening your doorways on Total Movie Magazine's DVD - unfortunately, just not this March. Keep your eyes here for updates on the film's progress. This will also delay the Internet release until shortly after the DVD. Thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding. If you're upset by this - we might recommend writing a letter to musician's societies and licensing corporations imploring them to consider a separate agreement for short and no-budget films. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

January 8, 2001
Even more bad news - we've discovered that there has been a problem with all e-mails sent to the paranoidthemovie.com addresses since our moving to a new server. We're working to solve this problem - but if you've sent an e-mail to us we're very sorry - we didn't get it. A temporary address has been set up to receive all e-mails at paranoidthemovie@adakin.com. Please use this address for the time being. Thanks.

December 15, 2000
This morning Jay Holben, Alek Vila and Buck Sanders were all on hand at Laser Pacific's Hollywood facility to record the two audio commentary tracks for the Total Movie Magazine DVD release of Paranoid.

December 9, 2000
Thanks to David Wild from Rolling Stone magazine for his enthusistiac endorsement of the film (see quote above).

December 9, 2000
At the end of week 1, we've loged more than 400 hits on the site and nearly 250 downloads of the trailer, thanks to all who've visited. We're continuing work on the Director's Notebook - which looks to be an extraordinary addition to the site and we're doing all we can to make it a completely immersive look into the making of the film. Keep your eye here for updates.

December 2, 2000
RealPlayer versions of the Paranoid Trailer for Modem and Broadband connections are now online on the trailer page.

December 1, 2000
The official Paranoid website is "on the air" with information about the film, the filmmakers, behind the scenes, and the trailer. We'll be filling in a few blanks as we go along. Check back often for more.

A Chronology of the production
UPDATED and expanded January 14, 2001

Mid-April 1999
Pre-production begins for Paranoid.

April 22, 1999
The first rehearsal with actress Tonya Ivey and director Jay Holben.

April 28, 1999
Work begins on the set of the Woman's room by art director Jennine Dwyer and Jay Holben.

May 1, 1999
The first two shots for Paranoid -- of the faceless man smoking and in the rain -- are taken on the backlot of Sony Pictures Studios after wrap is called on a twelve-hour day shoot for a different production that is produced and photographed by Holben. The star of the other project plays the man behind the mask and the other project's director acts as dolly grip for the two shots. The trio are all that are present during this sequence.

May 7, 1999
Voice-over with Tonya Ivey recorded by Alek Vila.

May 7-8, 1999
During the evenings, more insert work including the light bulb, toilet, and Dung Beetle shots are taken.

May 9, 1999
Principal photography for Paranoid is completed.

July 28, 1999
Telecine transfer session (film-to-tape) with colorist Beau Leon.

August 20-22, 1999
Editing with Eric Tozzi is completed.

May 12, 2000
Sound design by Alek Vila is completed.

June 6, 2000
Score by Buck Sanders is completed.

September 9, 2000
Post Production is completed.

September 30, 2000
Stephen King grants permission, and his blessing - Paranoid is his newest "Dollar Baby."

December 1, 2000
The official Paranoid web site in launched.

March 11, 2001
New Music for the opening and closing cues is completed.

October 4, 2001
Final details are solidified with Stephen King's lawyer, Arthur Greene. Paranoid is cleared to be the first "Dollar Baby" to be released on DVD.

November 26, 2001
Paranoid makes its DVD debut on Total Movie & Entertainment magazine's Inside DVD.

January 25, 2002
Paranoid makes its Internet debut on iFilm.com.

February 1, 2002
Paranoid hits #1 Most Popular Drama Short on iFilm.com and makes high-resolution downloadable version premiere online. (The high-resolution version of the film is quickly pulled offline after just 10 hours as nearly 2,000 downloads choked down server abilities. Adakin Productions worked quickly to allocate more server space and the film was back online on February 3, 2002.)

A much more indepth look into the production of Paranoid is now available in The Director's Notebook.


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Paranoid: A Chant © Stephen King. Used by permission.
All rights reserved.
Last Update 22 Oct 2003