This Saturday night, the folks behind Foolish Henry Films are screening Death to the World at the historic Capri Theatre in Montgomery, Ala. It starts at 9:15 p.m., and standard Capri ticket prices apply. Click here for the Facebook event. And if you haven’t seen the trailer it’s on YouTube and Vimeo.
Painting by Tracy Tapley based on photos by Missy Gillis. Logo/font and layout by Brandon Marvin.
This project has been over a year in the making.
Director/co-writer Shane Gillis and producer/co-writer Rick Gardner had the script ready by the end of 2012, and a chance encounter with Shane during an after-work trip to the grocery store began my involvement with the film.
A teaser was filmed one weekend in January 2013 to begin fundraising for the full production. Even with the fundraising and generosity from a number of great people, the film was still being produced in the “no budget” category. (Apparently, “micro budget” films start out around $7,000 to $10,000; the budget for this film wasn’t even close to that.)
What Shane and Rick called “Hell Week” was in April 2013. Filming began on a Wednesday night and went almost non-stop through the upcoming Sunday. Who needs sleep, anyway? We’re making a movie!
After the initial “Hell Week” came a “Hell Weekend” with some pickup shots and a very frantic scene in the film. (When you see it, you’ll know – just remember the house alarm.) And after that were a few more pickup shots and a couple of re-shoots.
During this time, Shane began editing, handling post-production duties and then scoring. (Seriously, when viewing, take in the score; he did a fantastic job.)
The initial cut of the film was about 2.5 hours, much longer than the approximately 90 minutes that was assumed from the 90-something page script. Unfortunately, some scenes had to be cut – some really good stuff with great performances – but those cuts and more editing got the film down to its current time of 124 minutes.
So after more than a year of work, work, work (mostly on Shane, admittedly), the nervousness of the cast and crew is gearing up as the product of that work – the final version of this piece of art – is ready to be seen.
We hope you’ll join us this Saturday night for a one-time showing in full HD 1080p, 16:9 format, in the way it was intended. Thanks for the continued support, and we hope you enjoy it.
*EDIT* Disclaimer: while the film is not rated, it would most likely get an ‘R’ if it were, in case you were thinking, “Oh, let’s bring the kids to a local movie night!” There is blood, violence, strong language and nudity – all the things you expect from a horror film.