As you can tell from the dates between my last two posts, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything. Why you may ask? Because I’ve been working on my first short horror film “Yours Truly.” I always knew I’d do something with horror movies someday, but the way this came about was completely organic. I was literally chilling in the studio getting stoned with a friend of mine Zach making jokes about Valentines Day, when I asked if he could shoot a horror skit about a Valentines Day slasher for me entirely on Iphones. He thought the Iphone idea was horrible, so we asked our friend Murkem, who happens to own the studio we were at if he could shoot a skit for us. He told us to write it and he’d film whatever we had in mind, so we smoked more and started writing. We wrote the script in a day thinking we could have it out by Valentines Day, but boy were we wrong.
Everything you can imagine to go wrong on a movie set did, and there were times I thought that we just wouldn’t be able to pull it off. We had actors quit at the last minute, expensive camera lenses break, got threatened by dorm security that we would go to jail if we brought cameras in, and me ruining a laptop by spilling beer all over it while in the process of editing. It was almost like this project was cursed in some senses, but looking back now I realize that without all the misshaps we wouldn’t have learned as much as we did. I know now that all the difficulties you have to endure to make something actually makes the finish product that much more worthwhile.
This film is my homage to 80′s slasher flicks. It’s not intended to have the greatest acting, the most thought provoking dialogue, or the most epic HD cinematography. It was made to be a tribute to B movies, films I grew up watching as a kid at sleepovers that I would fast forward to see the death scenes or the nudity that they had. (Although this film sadly doesn’t have nudity in it) Movies that I had to hide under my bed so that my mom wouldn’t find out. Aside from that, it was made as a tribute to those who are usually alone on Valentines Day. People like me who watch all the other happy couples holding hands and kissing, secretly a little jealous that we don’t have a Valentine of our own. If you watch closely I’m sure you will find many funny mistakes and blunders that we made, and to me, these mistakes just make me want to work harder with my friends on more films in the future.
All in all, this film was a learning experience. Something to fuel the burning desire to make films that I’ve had in me since I was a kid. A way to work better with my friends, to showcase so much of their creativity with one simple idea. A journey into the genre of horror and the use practical special effects. A step out of our comfort zone. Learning new ways of overcoming obstacles as they present themselves and a crash course in video editing and working with money and budgets. I urge you to watch this film with an open mind and enjoy it for what it is. I urge you to comment and tell us what you thought. If you hate it, I urge you to tell us that you hate it. If you love it, do the same! Either way, this is our first short film and there will be plenty more where this came from.
I’d really like to thank everyone involved in making this project happen. I could not have made this without all of you.
Especially Zach, Murkem, Luis, Dave, Kozmo, Zannie, Raven, Lyna and Peter! You guys rule.