“A family staying in a secluded mobile home park for the night are visited by three masked psychopaths, to test their every limit.”
Directed By: Johannes Roberts
Starring: Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Hendersonuel
Release Date: 9th March 2018 (No official UK date yet)
“In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, his latest victim.”
Directed By: Sylvain White
Cast: Javier Botet, Jaz Sinclair, Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles, Annalise Basso
Release Date: May 18th, 2018
“A teenage Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other inmates, kidnapping a young nurse and taking her on a road trip from hell while being pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge.”
A brand new trailer for ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ prequel, ‘Leatherface’, has been released ahead of it’s Frightfest debut later this month. The trailer doesn’t offer anything promising if I’m honest, and the fact that it’s premiering first on TV in the US and then releasing on DVD, is definitely a sign that this isn’t going to be on the same level as the ‘Halloween’ film Danny McBride is currently writing.
The trailer and film itself are likely to appeal to fans of the ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ franchise, who will learn the origins of the chainsaw wielding Leatherface as they witness the events that lead up to his first killing spree…
Directed By: Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury
Cast: Finn Jones, Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, James Bloor, Nicole Andrews
Release Date: 25th August (FrightFest), 20th October 2017 (USA, DVD Release)
Whilst you’ve all (hopefully) been enjoying our latest short film ‘Harlequin’, our filmmaking team has been working hard behind the scenes developing our next project. Now, we can tell you a few things about our upcoming short film, titled ‘Conscientia’.
‘Conscientia’ is a short, mysterious, horror film, which will see Nick Deal make his directorial debut, as well as Jakob Lewis Barnes making his acting debut, alongside Hannah Thomas. Nick and Jakob wrote the screenplay for this film, after collaborating with Naim David to develop a story. The film will also see JumpCut UK Productions join forces with Felix Mater Society once again, after a successful collaboration on ‘Harlequin’.
Synopsis: As Samuel once again struggles with his inability to sleep, his grasp on reality is challenged when the events of a single night lead him to question his own morality.
If that wasn’t enough to get your tongues wagging, we’ve also got this wicked poster for ‘Conscientia’, courtesy of our Art Director, Oscar Barnes. Filming begins on 19th February 2017. Release date TBC.
Interview by Jakob Lewis Barnes
The horror genre is a tricky place to make your name, but Oliver Park is an up-and-coming director taking the independent film scene by storm. Stepping behind the camera, after making his name as an actor, the future is bright for Oliver Park, with his short film ‘Vicious’ enjoying success on the festival circuit, and upcoming short ‘Still’ set to do the same. We caught up with Oliver to speak horror, filmmaking and the future.
Great news! A month earlier than we originally planned, our first short film is now available online for everyone to watch. At just 10 minutes long, you can easily squeeze a viewing of ‘Layla’ into your busy schedules. Please support indie film and give it a watch (as many times as you want) and spread the word. You can watch ‘Layla’ in full, free of charge here.
Interesting facts: we made this film on an iPhone 6 (because you can do that kinda thing nowadays) and shot the whole thing in just one day. This first venture into filmmaking from directors Jakob Lewis Barnes and Samuel James is rather experimental, and with a budget of just £200, ‘Layla’ was always going to be a challenge, but hopefully you’ll enjoy the film. Please let us know your thoughts.
Layla (2016); Drama – Horror – Fantasy
Synopsis: Trapped and mistreated by her oppressive captor, Layla longs to escape and enjoy the freedom of the outside world. Will the mysterious woman in red offer Layla everything she wants?
Jennifer Nicole Stang is a multi-talented, award-winning film director. From a career in theatre and film acting, Jennifer has now moved behind the scenes to create music videos, a web series and short films, all whilst hopping back and forth across the pond. We had a chat with Jennifer about the changing culture of film in her various stopping points and the rise of the female film director.
Interview by Jakob Lewis Barnes
Q. What inspires you to work in the film industry?
A. I’ve always liked to tell stories as a writer, actor, and most recently now as a director. I love so much about making a film, from conceptualising, to actually shooting the film, and continuing onto post-production, editing, score work, etc. So many great films made over the decades inspire me to make movies.
Q. You are quite the globetrotter, having lived in England, Canada, the US and Spain. Is there a big difference in the way the art of filmmaking is approached in each country?
A. Oh yes, there is a great difference in the way filmmaking is approached in each country. At least in terms of funding, the US focuses more on finding private investors, whereas in Europe, it is more common to find funding through grants. Also, the way stories are told in Europe, as well as in Argentina, have a different focus. I think that’s also cultural. England has started to create more “Americanized” productions, so that’s changing the way they look at film and television as well.
Q. Short films clearly play a huge part in your acting and filmmaking career, even winning awards for El Lago (The Lake). What attracts you to these short projects?
A. It’s not that I’m attracted generally to short projects. It’s simply a means to show the industry what kinds of films you want to do, to show your “style” in filmmaking. Short films are simply a way to do what you love when you have limited funding. Although, I have to say, creating ‘The Dream Series’ has been a very fun platform to explore various visuals and concepts, so it’s been a good workout for the creative mind.
Q. Have you encountered any difficulties whilst working as a female director in the film industry?
A. I haven’t personally encountered any trouble as a female director in the industry. I’ve been able to work with people who want to be a part of the project based on the story or concept I present. I wouldn’t work with anyone who thought I wasn’t capable. The gender issue never crosses my mind while working.
Q. According to statistics, only 9% of Hollywood directors are female. Why do you think there is such a lack of opportunity for women directors in Hollywood?
A. This is a tricky question, and I don’t necessarily have an answer. The industry has been a very male-dominated industry since the 1970’s. Prior to that, during the 30s and 40s, women apparently had greater roles in the industry. I think there’s a big change going on in the industry currently, and the fact that people still have to raise the issue of a gender divide is ridiculous. In my mind I work with someone based on their capability, talent, their willingness and work ethic, regardless of gender. In terms of working with others though, I like to have both a male and female perspective when it comes to various aspects of productions. I think a balance in that regard is healthy.
Q. Can you tell us a little about your upcoming projects?
A. I am pretty excited about what we’re currently working on. We’re in post production for a short film – finishing up the soundtrack and CGI work – and that’s really exciting because it’s the first time I’ve worked with green screen on a project. And the images that we’re getting from our CGI programmer are pretty incredible; I can’t wait to release it! We’re working on a horror feature as well which is also exciting. We’re currently in pre-production, and have been tuning up the script and actually our composer has been producing some beautiful pieces already! We’ve discussed the film in great detail in terms of style, what type of soundtrack, what dynamics there are in each scene, so it’s a great way to think about how the film would flow, and actually has inspired me to change a scene based on the music. It’s been a great experience! And we’ve been documenting our experience making the film on a video blog we’ve put up on YouTube.
Q. What is the best piece of advice you can offer to budding filmmakers?
A. My advice to filmmakers breaking into the industry is to learn what each department does in the making of a film. It will greatly benefit you, even if you don’t wish to focus on a particular department. At least, it has been really helpful for me. As a director, it’s imperative to understand how each department functions, because you want to know how to speak to each department head, to get your idea across. It also makes you appreciate what everyone does on a film set. I worked craft services once, and it was much more brutal than I thought, but it made me appreciate that side of filmmaking as well. Every single person on a film set is essential to the making of a a movie. More than anything though, do what you love to do, and follow your inspiration. That’s the most important thing.
To find out more about Jennifer, head to her IMDb page to see her work and follow her on Twitter @La_Yeni