I was speculating on what would make for a nicely gruesome Halloween post when this 2013 horror short appeared in my Twitter feed and frankly scared the pants off of me. Now, the mindset behind “misery loves company” may not be terribly flattering but all the same.I think you should watch this…
This video won Best Director of the BC Horror Challenge 2013, a competition run in October 2013 by Bloody Cuts, a UK-based production company. ()
Producer Ben Franklin says “Bloody Cuts was originally created following an entry we’d made ourselves into a similar competition a few years back, so we hope to inspire other filmmakers to follow a similar path, and reward them in doing so too.”
Later the following spring Anthony Melton, co-producer/director/editor for Bloody Cuts Films did an interview with the filmmaker, David Sandberg about his short “Who’s There”
AM: What made you want to produce a horror film? Have you done much in the genre prior to the BCHC?
DS: I have always been a horror fan (despite the fact that I think 99% of horror films are terrible). Mostly though I’ve been doing animation and documentary work. It was quite recently that I decided that I want to focus more on what I really want to do, genre films.
AM: How important to filmmakers do you feel competitions like the BCHC are?
DS: I don’t really have any previous experiences but anything that gets you off your butt and actually make stuff is good.
AM: Onto the film, how did you develop the concept and script and how much preparation and pre-production did you do?
DS: I only had my wife and my apartment so I was kind of limited in what kind of story I could tell. I just tried to make the most suspenseful film I could with the limited means I had. I didn’t write a script, I had it all in my head and since there was no crew I didn’t really have to communicate my idea to other people than my wife.
Read the full interview here: Melton on Sandberg – An Interview with ‘Best Director’ Award Winner
The winner of the 2013 competition was ‘PLAY TIME’ by VFX Productions, starring Anjella Mackintosh and Belle Mary Hithersay:
Second place that year was won by ‘A…’ created by Peter Czikrai
You can see more submissions and what Bloody Cuts is up to this year by visiting their site: BloodyCuts.co.uk/whosthere
Shout out to @MyDaughtersArmy for the link and inspiration