“The doors of the great house open…”
And so it begins. We officially began shooting some teaser minisode/prequels for our next Anthology Feature ‘The House of Screaming Death’, last Saturday and continuing up today.
Last weekend we shot a teaser prequel for director Alex Bourne’s story, the final in the eventual film itself. And while details are still a closely guarded secret, the filming went ahead with great effect! We shot this segment in the town of Bilston, in an old abandoned hall, a creepy place in itself. It starred my work colleague and very good friend, Lucas Vale (who played Michael Myers in my feature last year Halloween One Good Scare… more on that in a future blog entry). Images from the shoot are below and feature Alex himself directing Lucas while Matthew Wood was our fantastic DOP!
Image I: Director Alex Bourne and DOP Matt Wood with actor Lucas Vale.Image II: (l-r) Lucas Vale, Matt Wood and Alex Borne after a successful shoot.
Above: An abandoned hall sets the scene for this eerie and mysterious scene. But what is going on here & what will the consequences be for others at the mysterious ‘House’?
Which brings us to today, Sat 1st February.
We filmed another prequel today, written and directed by myself. This one will be for story 3, which is to be the ‘oldest’ of the segments in terms of the time frame it is set within (around 1888 if you want a teaser!). However, this prequel takes place about a year before what you will eventually see in the final feature, and sets the scene for the horror to come!. We set up the shoot, and despite initial set backs (the weather is foul isn’t it!!!), we eventually began filming. Starring in the minisode is John Faber, a very talented and local actor in the Midlands, who gave a tremendous performance in the face of cold winds and wet muddy patches! On DOP duties was producer Kaush Patel of Pat The Bull films, and special FX were handled by the fantastic talents of Alex Bourne!
So, what can you expect? Well, that would be telling, but it is a very dark short segment that sets the tone and atmosphere for the on going narrative to come… oh and that Vampyre problem too…
FX artist Alex Bourne test shot for some supernatural beings’ hand perhaps?
More pictures to come, but a fantastic couple of days shooting with some very talented and amazing actors and crew! We can’t wait to start releasing some of these, and allow you to begin getting a peek inside ‘The House of Screaming Death’.