Our latest short is a return to horror for both us and our star, the amazing Alex Reid who’s best known for her role of Beth in The Descent. Urn was commissioned by Fox Network Group’s digital content arm All City for Hulu’s inaugural online horror festival, Huluween. We were inspired by the classic BBC Christmas ghost stories which are spooky rather than gory and have a very strong character focus.
We're over the moon with this award and how fans of THE STOMACH have taken to CLANKER MAN despite the two films being so very different. Thanks everyone!
We're thrilled to announce that the feature adaptation of our multi award winning short film The Stomach is now in development with Creative England. Over the next few months we'll be honing the script, which is already at advanced draft stage, while approaching actors for the juiciest supporting roles. Kaleidoscope Film Distribution remain on board as sales agents and we'll be pitching the project at the Film London Production Finance Market in October. The Stomach rumbles on!
Since going online in June, Clanker Man has racked up 60K views across various channels and been described as 'hilarious' (Metro), 'pure genius' (Monologue Blogger) and 'an excellent modern satire' (The Slaughtered Bird).
As the film begins its festival run, we chatted with Lift Off's Claire Richardson ahead of a screening at Vancouver Lift Off on August 7th: http://www.lift-off-festivals.com/lift-off-filmmaker-interviewclankerman/
In early 2017 we'll be shooting CLANKERMAN, a dark comedy short created in collaboration with actor and comedian Eli Silverman. You can see Eli in one of Ben's early shorts INSECTICIDE here and in the infamous OFFICE PARTY RESCUE here.
CLANKERMAN is a mockumentary following Terry Lothian - played by Eli - who claims to work for the secretive government department in charge of 'urban ambience'; single gloves on railings, misspelt abusive graffiti, dubiously stained mattresses slumped against alleyway walls and so on. Over the course of a day, Terry performs his various duties while bemoaning the effects of austerity cutbacks on his working life. As his whining becomes less tolerable, his behaviour becomes more unhinged...
We'll be shooting in Palmer's Green having been awarded a commission by Talkies, a community cinema whose annual festival is held in that part of north London. The film will be premiered along with the four other commissioned projects at the HERE Film Festival on March 26th 2017. See you there!
We're heading to Montreal in July to pitch the feature version of the multi award winning short of the same name. Exciting times!
Sam Zimmerman, former editor at Fangoria, was an early champion of The Stomach (read the article here: http://www.fangoria.com/new/fantastic-fest-shorts-preview-ben-steiner-and-the-stomach/).
He recently moved to Shudder to be Head Programmer and we were very flattered when he asked us if The Stomach could be among the first shorts available for streaming.
Of course we said yes and it seems like the film's going down very well with Shudder members with quite a few five skull reviews. See for yourself: https://www.shudder.com/watch/the-stomach/389/1
We're delighted that DEAD WINDOWS has been voted third out of over 1800 scripts by a judging panel including the likes of Tony Grisoni, Stephen Wooley and Michelle Wright.
Read more here: http://www.shorescripts.com/2015-winners/
This is great news! Not only will our haunted house feature script will be read by the likes of Shore Script judges Tony Grisoni and Stephen Wooley, but it will also be sent out to 100+ production companies and literary agents.
Here's lead actor Simon Meacock, producer Dan Dixon and DoP Dom Bartels at the 9.30am launch of LFF 2015. I guess Dom's not a morning person.