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.
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.