The first episode of our exclusive insight into the making of The Outer Darkness is now live at the Kessler University website. The ‘Script to Scream’ series will show the development of our new short horror film throughout the whole film-making process.
This first slice focuses on pre-production – and includes some advice from my good self on writing for the short horror film.
Made over 48 hours a few weekends back with some chums from Bloody Cuts for the Sci-Fi London 48 Hour Film Competition.
We had some actors, a load of costumes and rubbers guns and a big robot suit.
I wrote the script in about 2 and half hours in a busy room, plugged into Fade In and Wu-Tang Clan on iTunes.
This is what resulted – a rather bonkers, cool, post-apocalyptic thing that has made the Top 10 of the Competition.
(I also feature three times – as a guard with a shotgun, a goon who gets shot in the neck and a Bong-Faced Alien who also gets shot. Unfortunately shots of me stroking a mutant fish were excised. Rumours exist of a Director’s Cut however).
‘Death Scenes‘ is the 7th film in the Bloody Cuts series of short horror films and my directorial debut. For those interested in a little peek behind the scenes or in screenwriting here’s a link to the PDF of the Shooting Draft of the script.
This is the 4th draft of the script and isn’t really very different to the 1st draft which I wrote in around a couple of hours. The following drafts changed some dialogue to suit the actors and altered/added to the action such as the flickering lights and train noise seen in the finished film.
There is a difference in structure towards the climax, with the revelation of John’s kills being inter-cut in the script but coming in a burst in the film itself. This is one of those examples of the script being changed to suit the pace of the editing and the actual footage.
It’s been out for a while but if you haven’t already, check out the 7th short horror film by Bloody Cuts – Death Scenes.
I had the great privilige of writing and directing this episode so I hope you enjoy it! A very big thank you to everyone involved in its production and to all those who’ve viewed, supported and shared it.