October was a busy month, but sadly not in the way we wanted. There was supposed to be a live event for Halloween here in Sweden and then that sadly didn’t happen. What was annoying is that there was an event to go to in the US on the same day and we opted for the local event, because it would have been the first Swedish screening – and then by the time we found out the local event wasn’t happening it was too late to go to the one in the US… doh!
However, other than watching bucketloads of horror films for Shocktober / 31DaysofHalloween – there has been some good news.
MR CLEAN is having a busy time of it with online screenings. The short horror film was part of the FIXION Fest Halloween special /especial de terror: https://www.fixionfest.com/noticias/especial-de-terror-halloween-2021/ where it was being screened for free. But sadly that short run / possibility to see the short is now over. However, MR CLEAN is also going to be screened on the FILMIN LATINO platform, which is run by the Ministry of Culture of Mexico, and will be visible from November 17 to 21, 2021 (to anyone using a VPN to get around the geoblocking – you’ll need to appear to be visiting and watching from within Mexico).
For all those people who’ve been following the Blog long enough to know what SVEN GUNNAR is, I”ve got some great news for you. Well two things actually.
SHORT FILM youtube premiere – As the film festival run is almost complete. Darwin is releasing the short film on YouTube. Click on the link below to book a place for the premiere. It will also be released on Instagram and Facebook.
2. Feature film – secondly, there now exists a SVEN GUNNAR feature film script. At long last, after hinting at working on the plot for a while, and being blocked on it, I have a feature length script.
It wasn’t easy. For one, I had to write it around my day job. For another, I still had a massive gaping plot hole. But needs must, and I had to get this done now or risk pushing other planned projects behind. I almost gave up a few times, due to exhaustion, sickness, and work pressures. But it was important to see if I could get it done in 30 days and replot the end of the 2nd act and start of the 3rd act to make it work, to hit my self-imposed deadline of doing the script in 30 days. And I had to get it done now to clear the decks for other things.
I failed the 30 days part. Had to take a day off due to sickness, and then completed it on the 31st day. But it’s done now.
And it definitely feels like its grown beyond the original short proof-of-concept.
Future of SVEN GUNNAR?
Who knows. For now, I have to get well, then move onto other things, and revisit it when I have some clarity on what works and what doesn’t work from a structural perspective. But also, now I can wait and see what people think of the vomit draft, to see how much appetite there is to take this script further and to find out what people love about it and what doesn’t work / needs fixing. And to have a few discussions about when, if and how we’re making it.
The script is currently treading a fine line between Slasher film and Action Thriller genres. It wasn’t planned, but it’s how these things can sometimes change course in the writing – especially when your characters start getting inventive when put under pressure. It’s also completely beyond the original no budget roots of the original short above. It will require a reasonable budget to proceed as currently written. But I think the script definitely delivers plenty of thrills and spills, as well as an entertaining body count.
The other thing is that I have a good choice of 13 potential names for the feature. I was never really much of a fan of the name SVEN GUNNAR to tell the truth. It’s different. But it doesn’t really hint at the content / tone and genre of the piece. But we’ve got some corkers, with one potential strong contender / early favourite to consider for the future.
However, I may yet scale it back a bit, take it more into horror territory in the next draft. But for now, I’m happy that another goal has been achieved for this year. And that people can finally see the short above, and we can find out if despite its flaws, is there an appetite for a feature?
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it. Click on the link above and enjoy the short!
We have two great news items to share with you all, that we’re super happy about!
Firstly, paperwork has been signed, and MR CLEAN is going to be included in a Troma compilation – GRINDSPLOITATION 9 (Grindsploitation 9: Revenge of the Schlock). Release date TBC.
The creators of 60 Seconds to Die film series, Tony Newton (Vestra Pictures) have decided to create a new anthology horror film full of 60 second scares!
Secondly, Inspired by MR CLEAN getting onto that release, I noticed another release and wondered…. could I cut COMFORT HIM down to that original target for it to be a 60 second film? Would it still work that way? and would it get onto the intended compilation release…..
Well, in answer to that…
“Countdown the horror! – a compilation of 60 SECOND HORRORS is coming!” – yes a new 60 second cut of COMFORT HIM is now also going to be included in the upcoming SIXTY SECONDS TO LIVE!
It was fun to try and cut the film down. Essentially, the main elements removed, were some of the comedy aspects, so the film plays a bit more straight horror than comedy. But it works. 🙂