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New Survivor Mascot

Posted: 28/02/2012 by survivorproductionsfilm in Uncategorized

As of last Friday afternoon, Survivor Productions gained itself a new member. I would like to introduce Wilbur – our 8 month old black Labra-doodle who is a fun-loving, bouncy bundle of nerves. God help anyone who passes the window unprepared!! Image

Although he acts like a toddler on Red Bull, I promise that one day our little mascot will have a cameo role  in one of Survivor’s top selling films. Just a heads up for the crew to hold onto the equipment because this little guy is one curious menace!

Survivor Newsletter – Feb 2012

Posted: 21/02/2012 by survivorproductionsfilm in Uncategorized

Here is Survivor Production’s newsletter – so take a gander and see what we are up to. All comments/suggestions are welcome

Newsletter Vol 1. Issue 2

Much like one of our major sets, the Survivor Productions Blog is undergoing a major refurb at the moment; things are going to look a little sketchy for a while but bear with us; our blog will be ship-shape and Bristol fashion much sooner than one of the scary houses we’re filming in this year!

We’re Back!

Posted: 17/02/2012 by RJBayley in Uncategorized
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The blog has moved home to the far more accommodating and customizable WordPress format, so be sure to get rid of the tumblr blog and add https://survivorproductions.wordpress.com to your favourites list!

The Slate – 17.10.11

Posted: 17/10/2011 by RJBayley in Uncategorized

So we mentioned Survivor Productions has quite a few projects in various stages of production in the last post. Now contrary to what the skulls all over our twitter and our company name itself might have you believe, we don’t just have horror projects lined up.

So, to give a very brief rundown of the projects you can look forward to, we present you with The Slate vers.1.

Pre-Production:

·         Knock, Knock, Knock (filming early 2012)

·         Deadly Romance (filming early 2012)

·         Forced Perspective (filming summer 2012)

·         Come Die With Me (filming summer 2012)

Drafting/Researching

·         Ladybird, Ladybird (experimental animated short)

·         Untitled Dundee Treasure documentary (documentary about the inaccessible £2.5 billion in the River Tay)

·         Whaling Songs (Documentary on the oral history passed down from whalers in north Scotland)

·         Cain & Abel (biblical story played out in the Mexican civil war)

·         Untitled Falkland Palace Period Gothic Horror

Early Stages

·         Seven Stages (theological, tautological short)

·         Untitled Cambodia Documentary

·         Which is Right? (working title) (Theological documentary)

·         Human Target (gritty exploitation film)

·         1000 Times Goodbye (revenge drama)

·         Jekyll Vs. Hyde (working title) (Nightmarish psychological thriller)

·         The Final Girl (where would the film trope character be 20 years later? – horror)

·         Catherine (period drama set around the 1938 U-Boat disaster)

·         12 Children (Ghost story)

·         The Place (Haunted building horror – short)

Well that’s the slate, to keep up-to-date on these projects follow us on Twitter or sign up for the newsletter by e-mailing survivorproductions@gmail.com with Newsletter in the subject line. And as always, keep checking back here.

TTFN

Reshoots and Reunions – 17.10.11

Posted: 17/10/2011 by RJBayley in Uncategorized

Gone is that awful balaclava mask picture. While Suzi is working away on the Survivor Productions logo proper, here’s a place holder skull. You can’t copyright a skull, can you?

Its time for another ‘story so far’ post. That’s what I’ve begun to scrawl them on my whiteboard to do list as anyway. That post, just below, that goes on about The Burning? Well that would generally go at the end of a post like this, except slightly truncated, much like the last post that had the suggested viewing of Halloween.

Perhaps that’s a better way of doing it however, have a more ‘regular feature’ type format, I should talk to the rest of Survivor Productions about this. Let us know what you think; separate section for the ‘watch with us the films that influenced our own’ stuff?

So what’s been happening between this and the last big post? Well most recently I’ve decided to write much shorter entries for our company blog. I made that decision just now, when I realised how much you’ll be potentially reading.

But that’s now, and it’s not a good idea to start at the end unless you’re that brilliant trailer for Dead Island and even then you’ll end up packing much more of an emotional punch than the actual thing you’re promoting (seriously, if we’d have thought up this piece of genius, done it live-action and entered it into festivals as a short we’d have won every award going, well done to whomever created this).

Do you see why I said this would be rambling in the first post that I didn’t want to call introduction because introduction was too boring? No? Well that’s because you probably can’t navigate back there unless you’re really dedicated because this layout only has back and forward arrows and it takes an age to get back to the first page. I mean it’s suitably creepy, but then is that worth sacrificing navigational ease? Probably not. If you’re not reading this in the week it comes out this won’t make any sense, I’ll have changed it.

So skip the last part you just read.

If you want some relevant stuff, instead of just witnessing me enjoying just spitting words here start here:

A ripple went through the Survivor Production ranks when a call to arms* (*reshoots) went out from Cinematik Productions for the film which originally brought us together, Morning After. Due to that I popped over to Producer Jenny’s place and signed the company papers (whooh!) before the shoot began. Soon I will be writing off the tax on everything I possibly can left right and centre. Coffee? Sure, I’m writing. Horror dvds and books? That’s research. Batman: Arkham City and Uncharted 3? Erm… I’ll get back to you on those.

Actor and fellow Survivor Drew stayed at mine for the duration and we dutifully took his method acting seriously by giving him an authentically hung-over look for the mornings.

Finishing late on the first night and living in Scotland we weren’t able to buy booze at shops post 10PM (don’t ask me why they’re not allowed, I don’t know either) so we had to appeal to the good nature of the lady behind the bar at one of my locals to sell us a bottle of wine to take home. Only however, as long as her landlady didn’t see and as ominously and strangely heavy footsteps approached I had to flick my coins across the bar at her like a rich, insane ninja while Drew smuggled the contraband under his coat.

The next night we finished on time and Jenny came back for a three-way meeting where we discovered our tally of projects in various stages of production now number 19!

We’ve also got, I am happy to report, two projects scheduled for summer shoots, both shorts; the stoic sci-fi Forced Perspective and the horror spoof Come Die With Me. We thrashed out this schedule towards the end of the meeting as Jen, myself and an increasingly bladdered Drew (it must have been the red wine and ten percent Paradox beer) scribbled notes and makeshift calendars which now dot the landscape of my living room.

Jen also sent out issue 1 of the rather brilliantly written and designed Survivor Productions News letter, so if you’d like to be one of the enlightened and also be the proud recipient of one, send an e-mail to survivorproductions@gmail.com with Newsletter in the subject line.

After shooting and meetings I went back up to Jenny’s place in Falkland. We’re currently trying to get a project going with the owners of Falkland Palace to shoot a gothic period horror in their building and grounds. The place is apparently rammed with ghosts. Notably there’s a ghost goat (technically called a ghoast) that lives in a tapestry and the one we’re interested in turning into something, a ghostly woman who roams the corridors, waiting for her husband who left her too soon for war.

We went up and had a look around some of the area so I could get an idea what I’ll be trying to incorporate into the script and I’ll put those pictures up shortly.

So that’s what’s been happening the world of Survivor Productions.

As ever, follow us on twitter and keep checking the blog for more updates on Knock, Knock, Knock, Deadly Romance along with tidbits from the pre-pre-production stage Forced Perspective and Come Die With Me.

TTFN.

Well I feel like such a stereotype, sitting here in Starbucks, typing another draft of an indie horror film script on my laptop on my fourth large coffee of the afternoon. 

Just to balance that image in your head, to clarify and clear me of any assumptions that image brings to mind, I am A) Not using a macbook and B) listening to Metal Daze by the majestic purveyors of True Metal that are Manowar. Thank you Manowar, thank you for being so manly. I could be the least manly man ever and just by listening to you I could leech from your own vast, overflowing supply and fight a bear. No, many bears, many, many bears. Armed with cannons.

Well, its been a while since the last post and I’ve had a bit of to do that doesn’t revolve around these films. I’ve been working more on an upcoming ARG, a review for Culture Bomb as well as some copy-writing and re-shoots on the film that brought us together.

Along with that my car was taken and returned to me, which caused some stress and wasted a good chunk of time, but then I have had a nice bit of compensation for that.

So there’s my apology.

Anyway, aside from an apology here’s another viewing recommendation, the more disturbing than I remember;

The Burning

Our official twitter account tweeted about this film a while ago during a viewing and I’ve chosen this film because, hokey as it may seem from that wonderful poster, its actually rather upsetting. Coming towards the end of the slasher cycle, the film didn’t do well financially at the time but nowadays its regarded as a very satisfying little indie shocker. 

The reason I’ve included it is because of the shears-wielding slasher Cropsy. 

While most slasher and horror films work well by keeping the villain as blank and un-understandable as possible, The Burning elaborates on this slightly more. Its not told in back story, its right there, taking place in ‘real time’. We see a normal, if unpleasant and perverted man, transformed into the slasher of the film. Part of what makes this so effective is that he’s not a hulking, hockey mask wearing monster or a dream-demon kiddie killer, he’s a severe burns victim, disfigured by teenagers. This is a real thing that does happen and lends the film a slightly too-real element that pervades the rest of the more slasherrific plot and characterisation.

This relatable, real-world aspect is something we’re endeavouring to try and capture. That rather unnerving sense that this happens in real life, and in the case of Knock, Knock, Knock all the time.