John Johnson as a young filmmaker at the ripe old age of 12 used to use Hunts Ketchup as blood in most of his early films. However he would accidentally leave the bottle out on set and it was caught in camera often. This accident would happen regularly. With so many people noticing it, Johnson decided to hide a ketchup bottle in all of his films to this day as a nod to his roots and for good luck...
All of Darkstone films take place or neighbor the town of NILBOG. An ocean side mountain town located on the east coast of the United States.
Created with help from the fans there is some staples to the town that carry from film to film.
I. TOWN SLOGAN
"Loving Hearts & Gentle People"
II. TOWN LOCATIONS
Radio Station WBOG
Fast Food Chain FOOD HUT (With Attribute of SALLY'S SPECIAL SAUCE, Sally being the Mascot. Also carries the slogan "The Finest One-Eyed Burger on the River.)
College UNIVERSITY OF NILBOG "Nilbog U"
Police Department NILBOG P.D.
Pizza Chain JOHNNY ANGEL'S PIZZA
Barber Shop THE CUT N' DYE
High School NILBOG HIGH
Widow's Point MAKE OUT OVERLOOK
III. TOWN'S PRODUCTS
Soda NILBOG BUBBLIES
Ketchup NILBOG CATSCHUP
Tabloid Paper NILBOG NEWS LEADER
Phone Provider NAMAGEMO COMMUNICATIONS
Internet Search Engine LOOKIE LOU
IV. TOWN'S LOGOS
High School Team THE NILBOG HOWLERS
High School Colors GREEN/YELLOW
On every DvD release from Darkstone thus far, there is a hidden short film hidden on the DvD. If you have not found them yet, here is a key...
Shadowhunters: In the Special Features you will find Chapter Selection. Go to chapters 9-12 and let it sit. After a few loops...
Alucard: In the D Zone menu, scroll to Bloopers and left click...
Skeleton Key: In the D Zone menu click Play All and after Premiere Night...
Deceptors: Click on the D Zone and when it starts to play skip backwards...
Skeleton Key 2: In the D Zone click on the Premiere tab. When the video starts, click back twice. A new menu will pop up.
Skeleton Key 3: Go to D Zone, click Interviews. Then skip backwards.
The Lovecraft Chronicles Volume 1: Play All. Then watch through 3 films and all extra features...
Darken: Scene Selection. Highlight Main Menu and click to the right...
The Jester: In the D Zone menu click on the Outro. Watch it, it will go black, then wait...
Darkstone can be summed up in stages of creation. They are as follows...
I. The Early Years (62 Projects)
*This was an educational run where John from age 8 to age 23 made a movie to learn his craft and build up to launching his career.
II. The Golden Age (37 Projects)
*This is where movies made were starting to be released to the masses and John age 23 to age 30 began his career.
III. The Silver Age (68+ Projects)
*The age beginning with Plan 9 where budgets and quality have raised to the next level. This Age is still going...