The Captured Bird
September 17, 2010 8:01 AM   Subscribe

The Captured Bird
I'm producing a short horror film that's being directed by a female horror icon, and Executive Produced by Guillermo del Toro. In order to promote and fundraise for the film, we're producing a series of videos entitled "Horror Film School", where we interview the Masters of Horror about how to make your first film. First up: George Romero.

Jovanka Vuckovic, former Editor-in-Chief of Rue Morgue Magazine, approached me to produce her first short film last year. I knew she had a lot of friends in the industry as the result of her job, so I suggested she get some kind of name to attach as Executive Producer, to raise the profile of the film and help fundraise. She came back with Guillermo del Toro, who had promised her years ago that he would shepherd her through her first film. I picked my jaw up off the floor and we were off and running.

We're going old school - it's a monster movie with practical special effects, not CGI. We have about 30% of our budget for her ambitious film from a grant, given to us by a Canadian broadcaster, Bravo. We're crowdfunding for the rest. But we're working for it. We're producing a series called "Horror Film School", where Jovanka asks legendary horror filmmakers for advice on making her first film, including George Romero, John Landis, Clive Barker, Mick Garris and of course, Guillermo del Toro.

Please check out the first installment, with George Romero. It's great, George is totally chill, just drinking a rum and coke and smoking and dropping wisdom on how to become a filmmaker.

You can also "like" us on Facebook to keep up to date, or join the Twitter feed, and if you're feeling really generous, consider making a donation towards getting the film made. There are some awesome rewards, including an autographed Zombie coffee-table book written by Jovanka, and an autographed copy of the Pan's Labyrinth script.

posted by Bobby Bittman (5 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I got tingly reading this post. I wish I had $5,000 to drop to get my name listed with Guillermo del Toro.

How much does a film of this length cost?
posted by cjorgensen at 9:00 AM on September 19, 2010

Well, it depends on the film. Jovanka's script is pretty ambitious, as is her determination to have practical special effects rather than digital. Our budget is around $60,000.

But you can make a six-minute film for $5, if the idea is right. I've done it myself!
posted by Bobby Bittman at 1:33 PM on September 19, 2010

Part two of the George Romero interview is up now. George talks about what happens when you fire a shotgun next to a digital video camera. What a nut.
posted by Bobby Bittman at 9:29 PM on September 20, 2010

We got some great news recently. Academy-award nominated Production Designer Anastasia Masaro found our site and has offered to come on board to design the film for us! Yes, we're still shaking our heads in disbelief.

You can read more about it here and you can check out some of Anastasia's amazing work at the 2:30 mark of this video.
posted by Bobby Bittman at 6:31 AM on September 28, 2010

Jovanka's posted a guide to watching one horror movie a day for the entire month of October, leading up to Halloween. It's great, lots of stuff on there I've never seen, and a couple I've never *heard* of (and I have a Masters in Film Studies). She really knows her shit.

We'll be doing our storyboards soon, so stay tuned for video and artwork from that process. They're being done by a prominent feature storyboard artist.
posted by Bobby Bittman at 8:58 PM on October 1, 2010

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