directed by Jacob Dawes
“Horror is like a serpent; always shedding its skin, always changing. It will always come back. It can't be hidden away like the guilty secrets we try to keep in our subconscious.“ Dario Argento
I created this proof-of-concept work for the Specialist Study assignment, intending to couple this filming style and atmosphere with the screenplay that I wrote for the Script & Screen project. I had been doing research into the horror genre, looking at how 'the monster' in horror cinema is always changing to reflect the things we are fearful of in society at certain times. There is a continuing preoccupation, currently, in film and fiction, with the breakdown of society and with visions of a post-apocalyptic future, due no doubt to the uncertain times that we live in and in response to climate change and other social and environmental issues. Right now it all feels even more prescient, but when I filmed this - in February - it still felt very relevant: the fields were flooded after heavy rainfall and the telegraph pylons were tiny islands in an inland sea.
Most of my media work starts with research - and making a mood piece like this film, a proof-of-concept, is usually really important to my creative process, as it allows me to grasp more clearly what the finished film will look like; now this piece is serving as the final film I will make for this course and I am really disappointed that I did not get to make what I was planning to do. You can download my script for my Final Major Project at the bottom of this page, should you want to get a clearer picture of what I was aiming to produce.
Filmed on Canon 7D and edited with Adobe Premiere & Adobe After Effects