My original location in North Weald got
permanently fenced up, making it impossible to
access even with permission due to health and
safety issues. I have now changed it to a location
I have previously used on a photo shoot.
Although this has meant changing my plot and
trailer plans slightly to fit around the new
location, it has positive points as well such as
easier access, have contact details to get hold of
owner, and safer.
This new location is an abandoned Motel in
Takeley, with an adjacent restaurant. As I have
previously shot at the location before I know it
better giving me more ideas for shooting there.
The location also has more covered up buildings
which allows me to continue filming even in
harsh weather and will be better for plot.
The lighting I want to use for my filming is quite
dim, but at the same time harsh to make sure its
not too light to give it a mysterious, dark feeling,
but bright enough for to be able to see what is
happening clearly. Some lighting inspiration I
have got is from the Hostel movies, as they have
a similar indoors set up with no windows and
similar theme of torture and gore.
However, this has been the main problem
throughout my planning, no matter what location
as the majority would be shot at night meaning
that it would be very dark and a light source
would be needed. As well as inside, there will be
no light due to the location being boarded up.
I have managed to get hold of a petrol power
generator and some lighting to use which will be
powerful enough to light the areas needed. The
only problem there could be is if the lighting is
too harsh which would contradict the horror
themes. or there is noise complaints from the
generator. If this happens, I have got candles
that would work in lighting inside areas and also
give a slightly more creepy effect.
There are quite a few props I am going to use that are typical of
the horror genre, and more specifically the slasher genre. These
• Axe; I will be borrowing one from a family friend.
• Chainsaw; I can borrow one from a family friend, as they are
expensive to buy or hire.
• Knifes; I will be using my old kitchen knifes.
• Table; There is already one at the location and using one
already there will keep it more realistic, rather than bringing a
• Rope; I am getting some off someone I know as then it will
look old and tatty compared to if I bought some which would
look too clean and new.
• Fake blood; I have some, but I will be buying some more to
make sure I have enough. I will get this from eBay.
The costume for the three main girls, and the dead girls is
simple – just plain comfy clothes that you would wear
when spending the day outside walking, for example; a t-
shirt, hoodie, jeans and converse. This helps the film look
more realistic and the characters more widely relatable
with a teenage/young adult age range.
In terms of the murderer, the costume is more fitted
specifically to the horror genre and the role of a typical
horror movie antagonist. He will be wearing a boiler suit,
Boots, and a mask. This relates to previous iconic horror
characters such as Jason Voorhees from Friday 13th, as
well as helping mask the antagonists identity. In terms of
the mask, a proper store bought mask would not fit with
the rough, grimy themes, and may are copies of existing
horror icons. Therefore, I am using a heavy woolen sack
tied round the neck with rope. This fits well with the
themes of this movie and the horror genre more generally
The only costume item I have to get is the sack for the
mask which I will get from eBay. I will use the prop rope I
mentioned on the previous slide to secure it. The actresses
are wearing their normal, comfy everyday clothing and the
actor has a boiler suit and
HAIR AND MAKEUP
The hair and makeup I will be using is initially quite
simple in terms of the characters have just got to look
normal, and look like they would every day with
simple makeup and disheveled, messy hair. As the
antagonist is wearing a mask he will not need any
makeup or hair done.
However, as this is a horror film, special effects
makeup will be used such as blood, liquid latex and
prosthetics wax. As I have done similar makeup
before, I know what I am going to do and how to do it,
as well as what will look good – for example grazes,
bruises and cuts on the victims. This makeup needs
to stay consistent throughout shooting to avoid any
continuity errors, so I will have to make sure that the
makeup is how it should be for each individual shoot.
I already have a range of special effects makeup, so I
do not need to get much, only some special effects
wax to make solid wounds. This will be by Snazaroo
and come from their website snazaroo.co.uk
As I am doing a horror teaser trailer, there is a list of stock
shots for the genre and trailer style that I am going to use.
The main thing to consider when shooting a horror teaser
trailer is the pace and what you show. For example, it needs
to be really fast so a lot of panning and tracking won’t work
on the faster parts. As the pace of my trailer will be
increasing, I can include an establishing/panning shot at the
beginning as well as some zoom shots.
I will be showing a lot of emotion and interaction in this
trailer, so close up shots and over the shoulder will be used,
as well as long shots, mid shots and extreme close up to get
in a range of emotions, and actions in the short trailer.
An example I have referred to is the Hostel teaser trailer,
which there is a link to next.