Your upcoming movie The Jitterman - in a few words, what is it
The Jitterman is
about how fear can control you. Set
in a suburban house over one night, a babysitter is tormented by the
titular character. I canít
really say more than that but itís a unrelenting series of shocks and
twists. That should be a real thrill to watch.
What were your inspirations for writing
It definitely fits in
with the slasher/home invasion genre of horror, but it was also inspired
by the great horror icons Michael
/ Freddy. I wanted to see if I could
make my own character that could get inside your head.
talk about the titular character, the Jitterman himself for a bit: What
kind of creature is he, how will he be achieved?
developing the Jittermanís backstory for a while now. Heís a
malevolent spirit, hell-bent on destroying the lives of his victims, but
thereís a richer backstory of tragedy where it all stems from. The
Jitterman acts out of vengeance. He wants the world to know his name!
The Jitterman himself
is human in form but has a cool/grotesque disfigurement which will be
achieved with practical effects. Itís a symbol of the things he endured
in life and the reason for his fury.
also promise quite some effects work for The Jitterman - care to
It was more
correcting the mistakes we made on The
Tour. Iíve always been a fan of
practical effects, and when we went into making The
Tour we planned on
keeping the FX 100% practical. We spent a load on the retractable knifes
and fake blood but no one on the team had the right experience to do it
all. When we were shooting Cassieís death scene it was about 2am on the
last day of shooting in Wymering Manor and it was freezing. The blood was
too thick to squirt and we couldnít get the gusher we both hoped for. So
we had to do it in post.
It has always
annoyed me so on this project, so Iíve invested in a proper make up and FX
The Jitterman will
have gushers for sure but also the character requires some delicious
prosthetic work, to make him hideously disfigured. So Iím hoping to have more toys to play with this time round. To
put it simply it wont be anything like a Herschell Gordon Lewis film [Herschell
Gordon Lewis bio - click here], but
it does have its moments.
What can you tell us about your movie's
approach to horror (as in suspense vs sudden shocks, atmosphere vs all-out
gore and the like)?
The Jitterman is more of an atmospheric horror film than a gore
film. Whilst developing the script I was really impressed by Joel
Edgertonís The Gift. It was brilliant at creating a chilling atmosphere
and framing negative space. It kept the audience on edge the whole time.
I really want it to have a sustained sense of impending doom.
In horror I love the tease
and the build up more than the act itself. The imagination is a powerful
movie's currently still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell
us about your campaign?
Once the budget's in place,
what's the schedule - and any idea yet when and where the film might be
released onto the general public (though I know it's probably waaay too
early to ask)?
Weíre shooting at the end of April and hoping to hit the
summer festivals. I work as a promo director where project led times are short
and turnaround is fast. In my opinion every project has an energy, a well
of enthusiasm it feeds off if you will. So for me Iím aiming to turn it
around as fast as I can.
Any future projects beyond The Jitterman?
I have a short Iím desperate to do called The Dying of the Light, about the
Then we have Darkmoor,
then a feature version of The
Tour written, which Iím convinced would be an
incredible watch and really unexpected. Think Kill List on steroids!
Iím also working on a TV series, which is a horror comedy cross
between The Inbetweeners and the classic 80s film Monster
ďWolfmanís Got Nards!Ē - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu6L9pG_E6o
And even a script outline for the Jitterman feature if anyone likes
But it is all about making these short films to prove to people
Iím a gamble worth taking.
I donít want these stories
to stay on the page but Iím realistic enough to know that they only way
thatís going to happen is if I show enough drive and God willing talent
for someone to take a chance on me.
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else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Since doing The
Tour the one thing thatís really blown me away is
the support of the horror community. Itís been so great to see the film
and shared it around the festivals, but the good will toward the genre never
Iím just proud to be a part of it.
for the interview!