I’m not sure if I ever posted this one, I probably did. This was a zombie-horror-student film I made back in 2009. I had a whole crew together to make a film I wrote and everyone backed out at the last second. I called my friends in Orlando to see if they could get me out of a bind and in three hours I wrote and shot this film.
In the editing room I encountered a problem when I realized that none of us could act worth shit. So I turned it into a black and white silent film and this is the result. I’ve watched a few of my older student films and they’re embarrassing - it’s like watching a train wreck. But this film, I still feel very pleased with. Sure, it’s poorly made and it’s a student film - but I’m happy with how this one came out.
I came up with the idea for this short after watching a horribly made Christian film called A Thief in the Night, one of those it’s the end of the world you better believe in Jesus films from the 70’s, it’s great you should watch it (don’t buy it though it’s like $100). There was a scene I cut from my film where we tied up the victim and forced him to watch A Thief in the Night. A few remnants from that scene do remain in the short though.
If you like zombies and amateur films, you might like this.
Currently watching 666 Revealed, a doc streaming on Netflix. There’s nothing I love more than cheesy Satanist/Demonic/Occult fear mongering documentaries. It was produced in 2006, but feels more like 1996. It’s super cheesy, super misinformed. The reenactments are incredibly bad. I highly recommend it.
This film has a re-sounding theme of the ‘Sankofa‘ spirit from the Ashanti tribe in Ghana meaning ‘we must return to the past in order to move forward’. A young kid returns from a post-apocalyptic future, back to the present to awaken the people by showing imagery, proverbs, quotes and sayings from the past. This African kid takes the role a seer had in traditional African society of bridging the gap between the past and the future. The ‘TV-head’ was a subtle metaphor on how our perception of the world is heavily influenced by what we see either within ourselves or how others see us – like how Africa see ‘the west’ through the eyes of Hollywood and how ‘the west’ see Africa through the eyes of CNN. This metaphor serves to encourage people of African descent globally to rekindle their inner spirit and reconnect to their past. (Source)
See the film in it’s entirety here; making of article and more behind the scenes images from here.
Camelot film poster by Bob Peak. I’m a sucker for this movie; it’s so damn good, and fun to watch. And can we can take this minute to appreciate the work of Bob Peak please? And while we’re appreciating things, let’s appreciate a young Professor Dumbledore, Richard Harris, singing in the trees.
Happy First Contact! 50 years from now on this day, April 5th 2063, Zefram Cochrane will make first contact with the Vulcan’s after the successful run of humanity’s first capable warp drive vessel, the Phoenix.
In honor of this event, lets all get drunk, put on Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride,” and admire the stars tonight!
"Don’t try to be a great man, just be a man. And let history make its own judgement." - Zefram Cochrane