Location recce: SVEN-GUNNAR

I am happy to announce that the rural short horror film SVEN-GUNNAR (IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10515598/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_2) is in production! Pre-production is mostly done now and the shoot is next week. More details to be announced on the film soon.

And yesterday we did our location recce for the film and so I got to spend the day in beautiful Hälsingland and hang out with Director Darwin Reina and lead actor Jonny Vikeväkorva Johansson (IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10780320/?ref_=ttfc_fc_wr2) – and to meet the inspiration for the name of the movie in person. Although I don’t fear that the actual production might kill me, the mosquitos might.

The purpose of the trip, was to check the location – to plan which parts of the area to use for which scene and to do a preliminary run through of the blocking, but also while filming (sans lights) to gauge how doable the shoot will be, and to try and pre-empt any production issues that may arise e.g. such as needing antihistamines and the strongest repellent known to man etc 🙂 . But also for running through what you’ve scripted, to try and make it work in a run-through, to see if it has the desired effect.

The countryside was indeed beautiful in the sunny weather, as we passed a large lake and fields full of wild flowers and crops and many forested areas. And the main location is situated on a substantial and attractive period property (from the 1800s) – thanks very much to Jonny’s father-in-law and Mother for the use of their house. It was impressive and more than what we needed. As was the land all around it. We then found a forest location nearby at another relative’s house (where I was rapidly feasted upon by flying vampires) and later viewed some potential vintage cars for the film, and found a picturesque field behind that other property that could be perfect for the film too. It was great and the fact that his parents fed and watered us, let us have the run of the place and also helped us secure other important items was a huge help. Meanwhile Darwin took us through his ideas for the shots and we rehearsed / blocked out a few scenes.

It wasn’t all good. I think I’ve counted around 11 bites – all within a 20 minute stint in the forest. But may have missed a few. Thanks to the shingles, I am now allergic to such bites, whereas I never really was prior to last year. Dammit. But I will come more prepared next time. Top tip: don’t wear shorts and t-shirts just because it’s hot.

I am sure that there will be snags and challenges – especially with casting. But so far, as production has begun, things are looking good for this horror short. And we can’t wait to share more with you asap.

I’m just not looking forward to my next tussle with those mozzies….

Roseblood – location request

Please please please – pass word on about this request!

Hello one and all!

This is Chris Broadstone, and I’m trying to put together a new short film called ROSEBLOOD.  Please check out the RB Podcast at:


(Let me preface this email inquiry with: You need not respond unless you know of a location in Southern California or Texas [preferably Dallas, maybe Houston])

Currently, I’m seeking a controllable location for next to nothing –– a donation to the art and sheer love of horror would be wonderful.  There is practically NO budget.  At any rate, let me briefly outline what we need to make this flick:

1. A living room with visible foyer.  A separate kitchen.  Minimal set dressing would be required.  No drilling holes in walls or anything like that.  This would be a one-day shoot.  With maybe a little prep (set dressing, equipment setup) the day before.

2. A staircase of a two-story home.  Several holes would have to be drilled.  However, trick or faux walls could be constructed to avoid any damage to said stairwell.  This stairwell does NOT have to be the same location as the previously mentioned location.  This would also be a one-day shoot.  With a MOST DEFINITE prep (set dressing, equipment setup) the day before.

3. We need a large storage space, garage, or loft (at least 20×30 feet) that could be taken over (rented for next to nothing) for up to two months.  A set would be built in this location and, thus, electricity would be required and nearby facilities that would allow for the flow of urine and solid waste material that tends to insist on evacuation from the human body at regular (and sometimes unexpected) intervals.

4. All of the above could be a rundown/condemned/abandoned home.  A unique fixer-upper that could be used and abused by Black Cab Productions and no one would care in the least.

So, those are all the basics.  If anyone is willing to offer up such locations, knows of such locations, knows of a lead to such locations, has a friend who might have access to such locations, or who knows a friend of a friend who might have such access/knowledge in regard to such locations, PLEASE let me know.

Any help is appreciated.  And please feel free to forward this proposal to anyone living on the planet Earth and/or in any neighboring solar systems.  Thanks!


Again, please please please pass this on!