Jonno Butler

Insidious in 60 Seconds

23rd October 2015 My Work 0

Back in August, I teamed up with SuperfreakMedia to shoot a 60 second version of the James Wan horror film Insidious for the Celluloid Screams Film Festival Bumper competition.  We had some great news last week, we’ve been selected as one of the top 13 to be shown at the festival.

Out of a list of films that also included titles such as Scream and The Blair Witch Project, Insidious really stood out to us. Not just because it is one of our favourite horror films of recent years but because it would be so tricky to condense into a 60 second film. Unlike some of the other films on the list, Insidious doesn’t have a classic, recognisable character or villain (unless you count the demon of course). Scream for example would be immediately recognisable by the inclusion of Ghost Face, or Shaun of the Dead with a glimpse of well… Shaun.

When shooting our short, Liam Banks, the director enlisted the help of as many actors as possible in order to bring the characters to life. Jenn Day, Tonia Toseland and a fantastically OTT  Julia Damassa as Elise Rainier all gave up their time to be a part of the film. Liam and I even make a brief appearance as Specs and Tucker, complete with slightly terrible accents.

Julia Damassa channels Lin Shaye as Elise.

Julia Damassa channels Lin Shaye as Elise.

When it came to shooting the film, Liam, Richard (my camera assistant) and I tried to get as close to the look of Insidious as possible. This meant a washed out, blue/green tinged colour palette and copious amounts of smoke for the scene in The Further.

Charlie Clarke gets her creep on in The Further.

Charlie Clarke gets her creep on in The Further.

The lighting during the seance scene.

The lighting during the seance scene.

Shooting the seance scene was a particular challenge as both myself and camera assistant Richard were needed in front of the camera, but as usual we all pulled together and got the shots.

You can see Insidious in 60 Seconds before the screening of Goodnight Mommy at 21.30 tonight (23/10/2105) at the Celluloid Screams Film Festival before it is released online later this year.

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