by Aaron B.
Plot: After arriving at a family gathering, Mike discovers a twisted secret.
Plot: After moving into his new home, Bryce gets more then he bargained for when he realizes his house belongs to demons, what follows is a series of disturbing, satanic events he may not live through… Inspired by such films as “Hereditary” and “The Conjuring“.
Contains Spoilers. After I saw “Hereditary”, I wanted to finally make a paranormal horror movie. That movie is in my eyes, a disturbing masterpiece. I had the plot for this movie in my head for a while (you’ll find out the whole picutre-watch until the end! 😉 ) After seeing “The Conjuring” a few times and getting inspiration from the cinematagraphy and style of “Hereditary”, I felt confident that I could bring my story to life. The one thing I didn’t want to do was make this my usual ‘fast paced’ short film, unlike my Leonard series or even “To the Slaughter” (a movie I’m proud of, but a silly movie.)
I wanted this to be a slower paced, atmospheric movie. Little to no jump scares, they’re moments of quiet and dread (the opening scene really illistrates the type of movie I wanted to make. The camera lingers for a reason.) This movie is evil. I know that sounds silly, but after editing and watching it-yeah, this IS an evil movie. What does that mean?
Unlike a lot of my shorts, even the more ‘grusome’ ones, they’re moments of levity. Moments where you can sit back. This movie? I wanted you to feel a sense of eeriness and terror the entire time. Not only that, one of the characters openly worships Satan, I typically don’t bring religion into my work, but to add to the uncomfortableness, I wanted too push buttons, plus it does serve the plot. From the moment the movie opens, I want you to feel anxiety, and I hope it lasts up until the credits. I feel this movie is special, because of the lack of lightheartedness and I got to relesese some images that freighten even me. However, working with my mom and dad for my birthday, was a real treat!
Plot: Trekking across North Carolina to hunt a creature becomes more terrifying than one could imagine…
I had this idea in my head of ‘what if a found footage movie didn’t end with some scary monster, but rather a creepy serial killer in the woods?’ After reading fan theories on “The Blair Witch Project” (such as this one). I was also inspired by a very eerie movie entitled “The Last Broadcast”, so these two movies I would bounce back and forth on as I was thinking of all the ideas.
Originally, I was going to insert interview footage with the family and splice it in to the found footage, but after thinking about it and trying it out, I feel like it bogged down the movie and slowed the plot down. So, going for a more simple route, I decided to go full 100% found footage.
I knew that my cousin and my dad and myself were going on a road trip to North Carolina and we’d see some awesome sights, so that’s when the idea came up again. Apart from the loooong hours of driving (spending nearly 24 hours in a car wasn’t easy on the trip home!)
Nick and I were able to film without any issues. Everyone seemed fine with me lugging a camera around and maybe looking goofy as we were both acting scared or crazy. The locations were nothing short of amazing, and I have a lot more footage than this movie shows. The waterfall was a highlight as I had never gotten footage of something so grand. I also think cousin Nick was the show stealer, and I’m 100% okay with that. I feel like it was as much his film as it was mine, it’s always nice to have someone else star in a movie so I could focus on more the look and feel, apart from the last half of the movie where the ‘twist’ comes in.
The ending footage (from the bridge with the water) was all filmed in my hometown of Massachusetts, which edited together seamlessly. Dad and I had a great time filming his serial killer sections, and yelling into the night sky really added to the fear and dread my character must have felt, it all felt real (hence why we kept our names, Nick and Aaron the same.) So it felt natural.
I’m quite proud of this movie, and I am especially proud of the ending which I think is one of my most chilling scenes ever-and that’s saying something.
This is a fan film of a classic TV show from the 60’s entitled “Underdog”. I hope you enjoy!
This little movie was something I had in mind for a while, what would the silly 60’s cartoon look like with a Christopher Nolan type feel? Using similar music ques and a darker tone as far as the film making style went. Well, I hope I somewhat did that right. Filming in Philadelphia was awesome and those were the first shots filmed for the movie, including my cousin Nick as the bad guy, Raff. He’s been in a lot of my movies and he is a joy to work with, always has a lot of good ideas! He was in Genesis not to long ago. The drive was long to and from that location, but I think I got some awesome nighttime city footage-which this movie really needed.
The next scene filmed was on Christmas day, with Brian, my other cousin. You’ll remember him from the Daiquiri Christmas Special and the cameo in my other fan film, Alien: Earthbound. We filmed his scene in perhaps 10 min or so in among all the holiday festivities. The scenes with dad and I were filmed a day or so later, so I combined the two scenes and I think they both flow well. Overall, this movie was done for purely fun. I wasn’t tackling some life long project, but as said-fun was the main motivator.
PLOT: Found footage thriller about a Thanksgiving dinner that goes into a dark corner….
PLOT: A cow wrecks vengeance on slaughterhouse workers in this horror / dark comedy. Inspired by Grindhouse Cinema from the 70s and 80s and low budget horror movies such as “ThanksKilling” and Troma Entertainment.
A few years ago, I tried making this movie at my old place with a different mask. I got as far as filming scenes for it-but I didn’t have the right locations and I soon lost interest. The movie always sort of stuck in my mind thoguh as a movie I’ve always wanted to do and sat in the back of my brain for a couple years.
Once I moved to my new home, I knew I wanted to do a project since I had taken a long hiatus. I went through all different types of stories, but nothing stuck (however, I have a lot of future ideas now!)
I then watched a revenge movie entitled “Daddy’s Little Girl”, a dark and grusome movie about a father getting revenge on his daughter’s killer. It sparked an idea I had stored away…the story of a cow escaping a slaughterhouse and getting vengeance. However, I can’t take full credit for the idea. A few years ago, I had watched an animated short film entitled “Killgore”, and I was very much intiruged, but my movie I knew would be live action and not animated. So already, that created a world of difference in presentation. As awesome as that short is, I didn’t want to go with the same style. Killgore I feel is an 80’s action movie type deal, and something I didn’t want to just duplicate.
So, I went for 70’s grindhouse / cheesy horror. It worked for movies like “ThanksKilling” amazingly, so I felt I should do something in a similar light. I love animal centered stories and I love grusome horror plots.
In my new home, for the first time I had access to a large basement, and it proved to be excellent. As far as the script, it went through a few changes before being finalized. My next hurtle was victims. I knew Colin (the cow) couldn’t just kill the one slaughterhouse worker, then it would become to boring. Every year, we go to a huge hallween party, so with the help of my dad and his friend, John-the two agreed to help out and I got his two kids to preform as well. They had all been in a short film I made entitled “Trespassers”. Filming inside a new home is always a bit akward at first, but the folks running the party were awesome and let me use anything I needed.
As far as the female lead, the script had said “Lance’s wife”, but my dad (playing Lance) came up with the brilliant idea of the girl being his daughter. I totally went for it and I got one of his co-workers to be in the movie, it was her first time working on one of my films-but we ended up having a blast from start to finish.
With two new actors on this movie, a few new locations and a story I’m extrmely fond and proud of, I hope you enjoy this movie. It’s certainly one I am very proud of.
PLOT: In a world, full of fantasy and wonder, where animals and humans are separated-one dolphin named Daiquiri goes on a quest to kill a mighty and terrifying dragon who keeps an iron grip over the land of Animalia.
The inception of this fantasy short film was done after I watched the classic film from the 80’s entitled “The Dark Crystal”. A film starring puppets actually seemed like something I could do, on a much smaller scale of course. I wanted to do a fantasy simply because I rarely get to do grand stories, so I thought with puppets and with the holidays coming up and traveling, I knew it would be a good chance to try something a bit more ambitious.
Filming at the very cool furry con in Springfield was a blast, everyone seemed to be interested in what I was doing and I was glad to answer questions. I actually shot that footage before I had a SCRIPT written out, but I spent the next few days tweaking a plot and I knew what kind of story I wanted to tell. I recorded all the audio I needed before filming a whole lot, I did film little things here and there-but in the editing it was much easier to have all the puzzle pieces and just put everything together.
Filming in Lake George was also a blast, but it proved to be very tiring. Having to pack for myself AND for the movie AND make sure I remembered batteries and the puppets and had a place to store everything was a bit of a hard deal, but once I got there things fell into place-for the most part. The weather was quite bad, an overcast looks pretty on camera, but the rain was off and on and that made the shooting schedule tight since we were only there for two days, but it rained 90% of the time. With my mom’s help, I was able to get everything in though.
For the final scene at the party, that was just pure craziness. My aunt holds a 4th of July party, and I LOVE going and thought it would be fun to film there, it was a fun time but carrying around a camera and two puppets for half the time made walking about hard, plus I wanted to make sure to talk to my aunts and cousins who I sometimes don’t get to see a lot, but everyone loved being on camera and I think I juggled everything well. I am proud of this short, for its locations and story. The waiting to get the locations was VERY tough on my ADHD, but it was so worth it.
Along with this new film, came AMAZING movie poster art by the talented Carrie Lindstrom! She was awesome to work with, I met with her and she knew exactly what I was looking for, her work added a whole new dimension to the project for sure. 🙂
PLOT: A naïve young scientist creates an organism that he hopes will change the world. Little does he know that the parasite he has created thrives on human flesh.
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