Just WOW! I’m still in complete shock, and my hands are still trembling with happiness (not as much as last night mind and definitely not from the cold weather!).
Around a month ago, The House of Screaming Death was nominated for both BEST FEATURE and BEST SOUND in the 2018 Midlands Movies Awards. I felt very honoured to even be nominated for such a prestigious event, especially one that celebrates the local filmmaking scene in the region. Even more so was the fact that the amazing and insanely talented cast and crew I had the pleasure of working alongside for one happy summer (as well as one week of pickups the following February, which were equally thrilling), were being given a massive dose of attention, something each and every one of them deserves! Everyone was a volunteer on this project, so a film festival that nominated them for their unique talents at helping bring this project to life, was just stunning to see for me.
So the event was last night, myself and Karen-Jensen Clark, one of our amazing sound crew (and amazing human being), were in attendance along with the brilliant Darryl Griffiths from Movie Marker, a great supporter of local films! I was there to represent the film, just being glad to attend and be in attendance with the other unique local filmmakers from around the region, and all celebrate each other’s projects.
I NEVER expected we’d win BEST FEATURE. Not in a million years! But we did, and I remember, I just froze for a few seconds, thinking nah, really, this is a joke. And then everyone started clapping, and Karen nudged me to go up and accept the award we’d received.
I can’t remember what I said, it’s frankly still a blur (I remember thanking the ghosts of the Manor House though ha ha), although Karen filmed it all. But I do remember sitting back down, and my hands were trembling with joy and happiness. Not for me, but for the cast and crew (some were eagerly awaiting news on social media as well). I had to let them know immediately. And whle doing that, me and Karen just continuously hugged and celebrated with champagne with Darryl!
Because this award is for every single one of our amazing cast/crew. Every single amazing, bloody talented one of them! And I’m still overwhelmed! So I’ll finish by repeating what I’ve posted on my own facebook page below;
“Shall we make another film? And this time shall we make our own Hammer Horror film?”
That was said 5 years ago! And last night after one of the best summers ever making the film, and with a bunch of insanely talented people both in front of and behind the camera, we picked up the BEST FEATURE FILM spot at the Midlands Movies Awards
Thank you to all the judges and editor Michael Sales for all sitting down to watch the film and seeing what we were trying to achieve on such a small tiny budget.
We just wanted to make a good Hammer/Horror film, and you’ve helped make all the hard work pay off immensely! I’m genuinely still in complete shock and shaking still when I think of it all and try and allow it to sink in.
More than anything though, this Award, this Recognition is for every single person who contributed to the film and the staff at the Manor House, whether you were on set one day, a week or four weeks (being chased by the spooks as well), you ALL did this! And you ALL deserve this. You are ALL part of this project and this success.
And you’re all just stunning, insanely talented and an incredible team who I’m so very honoured to have gotten the opportunity to work alongside, to see your talents.
Please pat yourselves on the (bloody screaming) back!
An incredible humble Dave x
(Here’s to the next adventure in film land).