Starting to feel like we're really moving forward with the new project now, and I'm super excited about it! The script is finally in a position where it feels like it's a story I really want to tell and the ideas and themes are quite important to me. I'm itching to begin proper, but first we have that pesky business of fundraising.
We've managed to cobble together enough to get the thing shot and made, but we're going to start looking for other backers now in the hopes that we might be able to create something really special.
But what's it all about?
Well, unfortunately I can't really tell you the ins and outs of the story because, well, then there would be much point in you watching it, would there? But what I can start to tell you about is the inspirations, the ideas and the genre.
So, to begin with, this is a horror.
Before you roll your eyes and look the other way, hold on and let me exaplin in a little more detail. Yes, it's a horror. And yes, it's quite proudly a horror. But no, horror does not immediately equate to an over the top, campy gore fest (although I do love me some Jason Voorhees).
Specifically the movie is a "folk-horror". And if you're wondering what that means exactly, don't worry, it's a fairly new term.
As far as I'm aware the phrase "folk-horror" was popularised by Mark Gatiss -as in The League of Gentlemen - during an exceptionally well made and interesting BBC4 documentary called A History of Horror. If you've not seen it and you have a passing interested in horror, I strongly recommend you check it out. You can watch it here.
Gatiss used it to describe three films from the late 60s and early 70s - Witchfinder General, Blood on Satan's Claw and The Wicker Man.
Now, I'm sure you've heard of at least one of those movies. Together they make what is commonly referred to as the 'Unholy Trinity'. They're excellent films with some genuinely upsetting and unsettling moments, and I enjoy them immensely.
While writing the script for my next feature I drew heavily on those films as a source of inspiration and, while the finished screenplay doesn't exactly resemble them in terms of visuals or story, they share a lot of common thematic ideas and a similar tone. At least, I hope they do.
But those aren't they only key sources of inspiration. Ira Levin's excellent book, and Roman Polanski's eerie film adaptation, Rosemary's Baby was also a big influence on the film.
Like Rosemary's Baby, my film follows a character who slowly begins to find herself caught in a web of paranoia, deciet, uncertainty and, ultimately, potential madness. Are these things really happening to her or are they in her head? It's on of the main questions running through the script.
Finally, for now at least, another big influence on my script was the work of Clive Barker. To be more specific, Barker's brilliant debut feature Hellraiser.
That's not to say the film features a puzzle box, blurs the line between pleasure and pain or stars a bunch of cenobites , but the imagery and ideas present in Barker's work was something I wanted to capture in my own story. Specially the more surreal and bizarre moments.
So, there you have it. That's a general overview of some of the key inspirations on my next feature.
We're seeking more funding right now and if you're interested in getting involved please don't hesitate to get in touch over at my contact page to see what you can do. It really is an exciting project!