My original location in North Weald got permantly
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.
• Fake blood
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 as well.
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
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.