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Franco-Furies! Film4 Frightfest Ident

 

I met producer James Pearcey while i was on the EIFF Talent lab, James is a fan of all things horror and we got to chatting and he asked if i wanted to submit an ident for the Frightfest horror festival in London.

James Pearcey, James Alexandrou & myself at EIFF 2013

James Pearcey, James Alexandrou & myself at EIFF 2013

The idents were to encourage people to turn off their mobile phones during the films but had to be horror themed. I wanted to do a homage to a couple of films that had iconic characters and i wanted to add a Scottish element to one of them. I told James that i wanted to do two indents one referencing Trainspotting and the other The Warriors, I'm not sure what he thought about it but he said if you can blend the two together into one ident that would be better… So thats were the mash up 'Franco-Furies' came from.

The most difficult part was to make them blend together, after watching the two films i remembered that the remastered version of the Warriors had new comic panel transitions between scenes, i really liked this so i thought that would be the best way to get from the two scenarios and Andrei who created the transitions for the ident said he could achieve this effect in the short time we had.

Gav prepping for the pint throw. 

Gav prepping for the pint throw. 

After roughly storyboarding and casting the piece… we realised Gav (above-Editor/Colourist/Star) was a dead ringer for Francis Begbie when he had a moustache and was willing to be in film, so we were good to go i just needed to get a location for a cinema.

I really picked the worst time to film the ident as it was the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and no-where was willing to let us use their venue. After calling all the cinemas in Edinburgh and having countless chats with people about different venues/theatres we could try we stumbled upon the Gmac in Glasgow that has its own cinema that can be used for private screenings.

Setting up a shot with Danny (Baseball Furies)

Setting up a shot with Danny (Baseball Furies)

Madeline Drewell played our victim and also did all of our SFX Make up. 

Madeline Drewell played our victim and also did all of our SFX Make up. 

Audience at the Motel X Festival in Portugal.

Audience at the Motel X Festival in Portugal.

 

We shot the two scenarios in one night and edited the following few days. We got the ident to James and it went down well, we screened at the Empire cinema in London for Fright Fest and it also screened at the Motel X horror Festival in Portugal! Unfortunately we couldn't go to watch it but James sent some stills of the screenings! 

 

You can watch the Franco-Furies ident at this link...

Check out the other Fright-Fest Idents at this link... 

On set with the crew at Gmac.

On set with the crew at Gmac.