Lauren Clarke chats with the guys behind Bloody Cuts and new web series The Outer Darkness.
If you haven’t checked out Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton’s The Outer Darkness Part One you are really missing out. I must confess I am not always a huge fan of horror, but these two killed it with this short film. There is intensity, moral dilemmas, intrigue, and of course some gore. The execution of the film is brilliant and visually stunning- I think I am a newly converted horror fan and I cannot wait for Part Two!
Please tell us a bit about yourself and what sparked your career in Filmmaking.
AM: Ben and I are both worryingly committed movie fans who both pursued media degrees with the hope to end up in the movie business. We independently found ourselves several years after graduating working in the corporate video business calling ourselves filmmakers, without really having made a single narrative piece of note.
We’re both from the same home town, but had never met growing up, I’d moved back to the area for a while 5 years ago and when I saw an ad for team members to join a filmmaking collective taking part in the sci-fi London 48hr film comp, I jumped at the chance to get in touch.
Thankfully Ben and a group of friends from London had taken the initiative to get out there and make a film, and fortunately for me they took me on board to do a touch of vfx for the short.
The film our team made called Two Years of Summer made it into the top ten and we were hooked… We were so surprised at the quality of the film we were able to create within 48hrs, so we hatched a plan to do it again, not once, but many times and thus Bloody Cuts was born…
5 years on, 9 short horror films, 3 short sci-fi films, an international film competition run by BC Horror and now our newest TV horror pilot, we’re going stronger than ever.
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