Monthly Archives: October 2012

ADVICE FOR INDEPENDENT FILM MAKERS

Here’s advice from film maker John Singleton, director of , “2Fast 2 Furious”, amongst others.  Watch the highlights from his keynote address at the 2012 Film Independent Forum.

OPENING SCENE

I finished the first draft of my script, to read it you can go to the “Script and Storyboard” menu on my blog. I left out the last ten pages, can’t give away the plot, you will have to wait for the movie! The full script is currently being edited by a lecturer at UCT,  (University of Cape Town) when you read my original draft, you will know why.  I also changed the name of the movie, it’s now called, “THERE WILL BE BLOOD.” It might sound a little familiar, but I’m going to stick with it for now, unless, Paramount, Miramax and Ghoulardi, the production companies for, There will be blood – 2007, have a problem with it.

I would like to explain how I’m going to shoot the opening scene. Below you will find the script’s opening scene and below that, the shooting script for the opening scene and below that, what it will take to shoot the opening scene.

SCRIPT

INT. DOOR – NIGHT

It is pitch black, a flickering light appears underneath the door.Dim at first but growing brighter as it moves closer. The chrome door handle turns and the door opens slowly with a faint screeching sound. A young woman is visible in the dim light, she is holding a candle, the flickering light reveals her naked body, covered in blood, trembling. She can hear moans coming from outside the window, she approaches slowly and pulls the curtain to the side. She puts her face closer to the window, her nose almost touches the glass.

She lifts the candle higher when a woman’s face appears on the other side of the window, her two bloodied hands, pushed against the glass, followed by an earth shattering scream. Her face disappears in the darkness again and her hands slide down the window, leaving a bloody trail. The candle falls from the young woman’s hand, the flame dies as it hits the floor, leaving the room pitch black.

It is quiet, apart from the young girls anxious breathing. A muffled voice from the dark disturbs the silence, the woman starts to cry, she knows that someone is behind her.

VOICE IN THE DARK

You spilled the blood…

The young woman’s screams fade into the dark.

 

SHOOTING SCRIPT

INT. BEDROOM DOOR – NIGHT

SCENE 1 – (Wide angel on door, light on other side of door.)

It is pitch black, a flickering light appears underneath the door.

Dim at first but growing brighter as it moves closer.

INT. BEDROOM DOOR – NIGHT

SCENE 2 – (Close up on door handle.)

The chrome door handle turns.

INT. BEDROOM DOOR – NIGHT

SCENE 3 – (Close up on bottom of door.)

The door opens slowly with a faint screeching sound, light spills into the room. We see the feet of a woman entering the room.

INT. BEDROOM DOOR – NIGHT

SCENE 4 – (Close up on top half of door.)

A young woman is visible in the dim light, she is holding a candle, the flickering light reveals her naked body, covered in blood, trembling.

INT. BEDROOM DOOR – NIGHT

SCENE 5 – (Close up on talents face.)

She can hear moans coming from outside the window.

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT

SCENE 6 – (Camera follows talent, wide angel from waist up.)

She walks across the room towards the window.)

INT. BEDROOM FLOOR – NIGHT

SCENE 7 – (Close up on talents feet passing, bodies in background under the bed.)

She’s walking across the room.

INT. BEDROOM WINDOW – NIGHT

SCENE 8 – (Wide angel on talent in front of window.)

She pulls the curtain to the side.

INT. BEDROOM WINDOW – NIGHT

SCENE 9 – (Close up on window, can see talents reflection in window.)

She puts her face closer to the window, her nose almost touches the glass.

INT. BEDROOM WINDOW – NIGHT

SCENE 10 – ( Over talents shoulder, see candle’s reflection in window, lights up talents face.)

She lifts the candle higher.

INT. BEDROOM WINDOW – NIGHT

SCENE 11 – (Close up on window. Show both talent’s faces in the frame.)

A woman’s face appears on the other side of the window, her two bloodied hands, pushed against the glass, followed by an earth shattering scream. Her face disappears in the darkness followed by her hands sliding down the window, leaving a bloody trail.

INT. BEDROOM CEILING – NIGHT

SCENE 12 – (View from the floor up towards talent, candle falls into camera lens)

The candle falls from the young woman’s hand.

INT. BEDROOM FLOOR – NIGHT

SCENE 13 – (Close up on floor, seeing embers fly, before candle goes out.)

The flame dies as it hits the floor, leaving the room pitch black.

INT. BEDROOM – NIGHT

SCENE 14 – (Close up on half of talents face, blurred movement in the background)

It is quiet, apart from the young girls anxious breathing. A muffled voice from the dark disturbs the silence, the woman starts to cry, she knows that someone is behind her.

VOICE IN THE DARK

You spilled the blood…

The young woman’s screams fade into the dark.

SHOOTING THE SCENE

Actors/Actress

Leading (Actress)

Victim in window (Actress)

Body under bed # 1 (Actor)

Body under bed #2 (Actress)

Body under bed #3 (Actor

Blurred figure in background (Actor or Actress)?

Make-up

Fake Blood

Props

Candle and holder

Set Decoration

Bedroom door

Double Bed

Curtains

Location

House/Bedroom

Crew

Director

Cameraman/lighting

Boom operator

Sound engineer

Make-up artist

So, it will take, months of planning,  five crew members, six actors and fourteen scenes to create the first minute of the movie.  I think I need a drink.

INDEPENDENT MOVIE MAKERS

I’ve just been made aware of a site, intending  to promote independent films. 15toGo will be initially entirely dependent on independent pledges fromtheir supporters and crowd funding.  You can pledge a contribution to the development of 15toGo. You will find a full list of the perks that you’ll get by pledging to the project – many are particualy helpful to film makers. If you can’t pledge you can still help. Your support by helping to spread the word about 15toGo , will be massively appreciated, they want to involve anyone and everyone who wants to be involved… The more the merrier. To find out more about their ambitious project, feel free to explore the blog. Steffan Lewis, himself, will be finding the time to frequently contribute and update this blog, along with others – so feel free to comment, request to contribute to this blog, discuss ideas or ask questions.

They also made a rap video:

 

 

 

BLOOD EXPERIMENT

I experimented making fake blood, for the South African market, meaning the ingredients.  This is my recipe:

The Ingredients:

1 x Cup of sugar

3/4 Cup water

1/4 Teaspoon Maizena

1 Teaspoon Coco

1 Teaspoon red crimson food colouring

 

Place sugar and water in pot, boil until syrupy. Wait until cool, ad Maizena for thickness and coco for darkness. Then add the red crimson food colouring. For a darker colour add a little bit of blue food colouring.

Example of Fake Blood:

 

 

 

HOW TO MAKE A LOW BUDGET HORROR FILM

According to the experts this is how you make a low budget horror film.
(Full article on ehow)

Instructions

    • 1

      Figure out what kind of budget you have to work with, and plan your film around it. Decisions must made early on regarding what type of horror film you can afford to make. Above all, do a high estimate of costs to avoid going over budget.

    • 2

      Find a good script that you can work with, or write one yourself. A decent script is the backbone of any film, and this is no exception with horror movies. You can spend all your time on blood and gore, but without a good plot and believable characters your audience won’t care. Keep your locations to a minimum, and make sure you have access to locations. Get creative, and avoid the typical clichés found in the horror genre.

    • 3

      Cast your film according to the script you have chosen. If you’ve decided to make a campy, cheesy horror film, grab any actors who are willing to follow you on this journey for little to no pay. However, if you’ve chosen the high-concept horror script that depends on quality actors, then take the time (and what money you can afford) to nab the best actors you can find.

    • 4

      Purchase or rent a decent video camera that you are comfortable using. Some great horror movies have been shot on video instead of film, which is far more expensive. Research all of the cameras that are in your budget, and be sure to account for all of the filming situations called for in your script such as low lighting or wide angle shots. Back in the days of “Clerks” and “Reservoir Dogs,” all action was shot on film and if you lived in places like Boise, Idaho, you were screwed because no one rented pro-level cameras. But now, almost every small-budget indie film is being shot on handheld digital hi-fi cameras-you can get a great rig at your local electronics store-you don’t even have to rent them anymore, you can just buy them. The other advantage to digital is no traditional film, and you can ask any film producer and they’ll agree, film will drain your budget almost immediately. With digital, you can shoot and erase whenever you want.

    • 5

      Gather the materials needed for your special effects and make-up. Fake blood is easy to make with most recipes that you’ll find on the Internet consisting of food coloring and corn syrup. Get creative with your effects, like using ground beef to simulate mutilated flesh or condoms full of fake blood to simulate intestines and entrails.

    • 6

      Storyboard your film, and create a feasible shooting schedule that works for your cast and crew. Many horror movies are set at night so you need to account for some late night shooting schedules.

    • 7

      Edit your film using one of the computer-based editing programs out on the market today. Make sure to set the tone of your horror film during the editing process. If the indie film you produced was shot on film (and if you’re a smart producer, it was), you don’t even need to rent an editing bay. If you have a good computer (it has to be a Mac in this case), you can load it with Apple’s Final Cut Pro. You’ll be able to professionally edit your film with synched sound and everything–it’s an amazing program. It’s a little difficult to learn at first, but if you can master it, you’re in business. It’s also expensive and if you don’t have a Mac, you can rent a editing suite with a Final Cut Pro rig and rent by the hour, day or week.

WILL YOU TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES FOR R3000.00

As I am nearing the end of my script, I am starting to think about actors. I know I am still far from casting. First I must get some money and then there is the pre- production stuff, etc. I still do not have a clue  how I’m going to get the money, but I’m sure it’ll come to me. But,  I can’t help wondering,if I maybe bit off to much. The problem is not finding actors, I think, but the problem is finding actors, willing to take off their clothes, to get fake blood poured all over them, having to wait hours for make-up and so and so on. South Africa still seems very conservative when it comes to nudity.  It is acceptable to the  South African public for overseas stars to go nude. But let one of their own do it, then they become hyenas – hooooho, hooooho  (Casper Devries – Comedy sketch).  Overseas stars are also getting paid lots for what they are doing and when they get nude, it is because the nudity in the scene is justified, and portrays the emotion of the character and all that mumbo jumbo! in other words Crap! The  has-beens do it because they need to get back in the limelight.

The reason for nudity in B-movies is obvious, if their is no nudity, you loose 50% of your audience. Do yourself a favour, upload a clip on Youtube and call it “Boobs” or “Nudity”, the clip can contain anything, ant farming, how to trim your nose hairs, but I bet you will get more hits on that clip than all the others you uploaded. Their is no motivation or character development or any of the other reasons, directors like to use when they ask their stars to go nude. The nudity in B-Horror movies and the blood in B-Horror movies, go hand in hand, it looks good and the more the better.

The actual point I am trying to make,  is,  is their anybody in South Africa that will star in a B-Grade movie, work six to seven days ( 4 weekends), take off their cloths in front of the camera, for R3000.00?, Oh yes, and act.

FAN BASED FUNDING

This site (Indywood Movie Project) was brought to my attention by James – The B-Horror Blog. For those who do not know what fan based funding is, this site will explain.

JUST AN OBSERVATION

Since I started this blog, back in August, I realised that it would be easier to start this project in America or Canada. Their seem to be more support for B-Movie projects in America and even in England. I have not heard of anybody attempting anything like this in South Africa. So what I need is more publicity, more followers on my blog, more input from local people. To achieve that , I will have to come up with incentives for people to join and there is  no better incentive than money or free stuff. To the three followers I have: you can leave a comment if you think it is a good idea or bad idea!

STORYBOARD

Red Riding Hood and The Wolf Man Storyboard

Wendy and Professor Taylor s Murder Scene

SLIT THROAT EFFECT