Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Bristol Bloodbath Film Festival...

  1. #1
    Team Rick MinionZombie's Avatar
    Super Moderator

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    The Mandatorium
    Posts
    21,422
    UK

    Bristol Bloodbath Film Festival...

    Well chaps, it ran from Friday through Sunday - but I only attended Saturday.

    Why just Saturday? Because as part of the "sharp shorts" segment of stuff being shown, my short film "VHS" was screened.

    Now, a rundown of the festival:

    Wasn't a "total f*ck up", but it was adjacent to a "bit of a bugger up". This was the second time the festival had been done (first time was in 2003) and is quite an independent effort, although it was sponsored by Forbidden Planet (comic book etc type store across Britain) and Screen West (among others). It took place in The Cube "microplex", one of those single-screen art house cinemas that are tucked away in the back streets and are advertised on posters and trendily-underground type magazines and fliers etc, hehe. It was a pretty cool venue, a lot of art house charm about it (complete with "under construction" toilet facilities ... which appeared to be unisex I think ).

    Got there around 11am and things kicked off about 70 minutes later with "The Pit and The Pendulum" (Vincent Price version). An old print so there were frames cut out from damage (I presume) dotted around throughout and at one point the projector buggered up and wasn't showing the image correctly, so it stopped and had to get fixed for five minutes. The film was pretty good though.

    Next up was "Darklands" - the Welsh answer to The Wicker Man. Made in 1996 it disappeared into distribution rights limbo after the video release in the mid-to-late-90s. It was pretty good, sagged a bit at times and looked very mid-90s mostly, but there were some really cool bits (the tribal-dance-music-styled sacrifice scenes and a part mid-way through which had the stylings of a slasher film chase sequence - which was pulled off fantastically). Afterwards we saw a couple of 8mm short films the director had made - I think one broke part way in, so they cut to the 3rd of 3 shorts being shown. Then afterwards the director (Julian Richards) did a Q&A session, which was quite informative about the movie and quite interesting too.

    Next up was "Boy Meets Girl", which I was pleased to finally see - it had been banned in the UK for 7 years, but I'm not sure if it's really out there all that much even now. It was a very tough movie to get through in one sitting like we did yesterday, an incredibly twisted movie. After a couple of scenes that set things up, it's essentially 80 minutes of the victims strapped to a dentists chair being physically and mentally abused by his captors.

    After it was shown the director, Ray Brady, did a Q&A session, which was again really interesting. He and some filmmaking friends made it in their first year at film school using a list of 'all the things the BBFC never wanted to see in a film' and promptly put most/all of those things in Boy Meets Girl - including (literally) domestic violence (the use of a microwave to fry someone's hand - inspired by real torture techniques discovered to be used by the Iraqis during the first Gulf War). It was really interesting to hear the story being the film, and frustrating to hear they'd lost 100,000 of royalties they could have had if the BBFC had granted them a certificate. Also interesting to note that Brady suggested Ferman, who ran the BBFC back when Boy Meets Girl was banned, was essentially sacked ("asked to step down").

    Then it was the Sharp Shorts segment. It was a mixture of qualities and weaknesses and was a good experience to see what other people were doing and learn from other's mistakes and successes. There were some really funny ideas in there, some neat little visual things going on and I'm pleased to say (after fretting all day that it woudn't be well received) that "VHS" (my film) was received well.

    Annoyingly the moron operating the DVD player turned the DVD off before the end of the credits, so I had to shout 'there's still some left!' and then the operator spent ages getting it back in position (no idea how he found it as hard as he did!). Anyway, people got to see the post-credits scene, but the humorous effect of it was ruined thanks to that bugger up. It was however, like I said, well received and got some laughs at the right points.

    Interesting that the sound mix appeared a bit different to when I had been editing it (VHS was re-edited, it was just their equipment playing it differently), so I learnt something there - despite that however, I feel "VHS" was the most interesting aural experience on show there. It also looked good and stood in good steed next to the other short films I'm pleased to say.

    I had my camera with me and recorded it being shown (although after fearing all day I'd forget to press "record" - I bloody well DID) - I missed the first 2-ish minutes of it being shown, which was annoying, but it got some laughs in that first segment - people seemed quite amused by the fact the shelves in my bedroom are heavily-laden with DVDs and videos.

    Anyway, after that it was time to screen "Left for Dead" - the filmmakers were supposed to be there, but couldn't make it, so they'd put together an absolutely hilarious double-act-style introduction video. Then the film started and about 10 minutes in the DVD player stopped reading the disc and there was a gap of about 20 minutes to fix it and it came back on, by that time however I had to leave as I was being picked up. So I left at 10:30pm and made my merry way home...

    OOH! I forgot - before Left For Dead screened they did a kind of raffle-cum-first-one-who-answers-wins-competition thing for some items supplied by Forbidden Planet. First up was the question - "who was the principle actor in The Omen?" - my hand thrust forth into the air and I bellowed "GREGGORY PECK!!!" (after the end note of my film being f*cked up by that moronic DVD operator I was gonna get something good out of it to boost my spirits) and I won The Omen Trilogy on DVD - in one of those fancy 20th Century Fox black box things with art cards, stills, one-frame-of-film and whatnot in it. So that was cool.

    Next question I knew, but decided to be kind and let someone else win - it was "who directed Friday 13th" (Sean S. Cunningham - of course) and a guy won a book about the Friday 13th movies. Next and final question was for the Book of the Dead (a book about zombie films) and the question was "who directed The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue" - and everyone let out a collective "ohhhh" as it left the tip of everyone's tongue retarded with lack of knowledge. Then a guy got it with Jorge Grau and won the book - just as he said it I was like "oh yeah, damn". Had I known the answer I would have said in the moment of pause and not felt bad about getting two prizes, but my mind failed me - anyway, I didn't wanna be "that guy who won all the prizes, greedy twat", ha!

    Then on the drive home I got some great night-time driving shots. No idea how I'll use them yet, but it's good to have in the library of footage you know.

    *sigh* A long old post I know, so I'll shaddup now - I'll post a short video of the screening of "VHS" (bugger up at the end included for your viewing pleasure) soon.

  2. #2
    Being Attacked chal's Avatar
    Member

    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Age
    42
    Posts
    56
    Undisclosed
    Quote Originally Posted by MinionZombie View Post
    Next up was Darklands - the Welsh answer to The Wicker Man. Made in 1996 it disappeared into distribution rights limbo after the video release in the mid-to-late-90s.
    I caught Darklands at the Welsh International Film Festival back in 1996, and then went on to work for a year at the Port Talbot steelworks where some of the scenes were filmed. It looked good in the film, but seeing it in the flesh with crucibles of molten steel lighting the place...damn atmospheric place for a film!

  3. #3
    Walking Dead _liam_'s Avatar
    Member

    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    1,585
    Kazakhstan
    whu eh? this was in bristol? thats where i am...wow i need to pull my head of my arse..

  4. #4
    capncnut
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by MinionZombie View Post
    I'll post a short video of the screening of "VHS" (bugger up at the end included for your viewing pleasure) soon.
    I'll look forward to that. Not seen VHS yet though, have you put a link up for this 'cos I've not found one?

    Good news about the Bloodbath, cool to hear you're putting yourself out there MZ. "Sh**ty bollocks REPREEZENT!"

  5. #5
    Team Rick MinionZombie's Avatar
    Super Moderator

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    The Mandatorium
    Posts
    21,422
    UK
    Liam - Bristol lad eh?

    Aye it was near Kings Square just off Jamaica/Dighton Street (or is it Road?), there's a pokey little car park in front of it (for about 9 cars), it looks like someone's house rear, but there's a black gate with a dinky little sign on it.

    Capn - www.deadshed.com - go to the video clips page and you'll find "VHS" there as well as some of my other "literally-no-budget films".

    T'was my first public screening, so that was cool to actually be present in the company of folk viewing it, unlike the way I usually do things by uploading vids for you chaps and chapettes to view. It's a tough old game, but I try to remain in blissful ignorance of the whole picture and concentrate on a very small time frame to keep me from diving into a creative depression . Things are moving, but moving slowly, yet things have been progressing nonetheless - slow, but good and in the right direction.

    If there's another Bloodbath fest next year I'll submit and attend if selected. Who knows, might give Zombie Man himself a public airing...

    I'll get the video up shortly...well, when I get off my lazy arse and knock it together on the 'pootah instead of watching all the downloaded Top Gear episodes and porn I've saved up over the past couple of days...

  6. #6
    capncnut
    Guest
    Just watched VHS and I liked it a lot. Thanks for the link, I'll get around to watching all those vids on that link at some point.
    Last edited by capncnut; 26-Nov-2006 at 11:24 PM.

  7. #7
    Team Rick MinionZombie's Avatar
    Super Moderator

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    The Mandatorium
    Posts
    21,422
    UK
    Glad you liked VHS, it was a black comedy, probably more emphasis on the black. It was subtle jokes, rather than outright joke punches or slapstick like some of the others contained. I was chuffed that there were some people who picked up on the videotape-specific humour of being dropped and then never tracking properly again.

  8. #8
    capncnut
    Guest
    Loved the 'Aliens' joke.

  9. #9
    Team Rick MinionZombie's Avatar
    Super Moderator

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    The Mandatorium
    Posts
    21,422
    UK
    hehe, I don't think many picked up on that one at the fest, but the liked the 'government spying on you' line, I like to drop a little anti-labour jibe now and then.

  10. #10
    certified super rad Danny's Avatar
    Zombie Flesh Eater

    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    simply walking into mordor
    Age
    29
    Posts
    14,157
    UK
    who doesnt?

    yeah sounds cool, ive never actually been to a film festival in my life....yet im hoping to get some freinds to head down to london with me for the next fright fest, i wanted to go this year and get del toro to sign my hellboy dvd but was strapped for cash, ah well.
    still its getting your name out there, and though you may be pissed about the guy screwing up the dvd i wouldnt worry, surely out fo all the films that people saw that one will stick in there heads most becuase of the ..."retard malfunction" , theres ups to everything man.

    and yeah cap'n you should check out some of the other vids on the deadshed site there pretty damn good, hopefully ill finish up my underground productions site soon so i can link my own, btu on the topic of deadshed i just saw my nightmare, but had to wait a whiel cus i put all 4 parts back together in winodws movie maker and it took and hour and a half to save it its quite good, a little slow in the middle but i thought ,dont know how i got the idea, but i thought it was a zombie film, was it actually based on a nightmare then?


  11. #11
    Team Rick MinionZombie's Avatar
    Super Moderator

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    The Mandatorium
    Posts
    21,422
    UK
    hehe, aye, "my NIGHTMARE" is basically someone's nightmares wrapped up in a reality, it's 'the horror after the horror'. The idea is that Knox is a guy who has escaped from a female serial killer's lair and is now 'on the run'. So like when you see Sally Hardesty escape from the house in TCM (although she gets rescued), this time we're seeing what happens after the 'main course' which is what you usually see in films. That was the idea of it, as well as the whole based on my nightmares type thing...

    Aye, made it back in 2004, I finally got some friends to help me out on a film. At uni my film course friends fell through on a project or just couldn't be arsed to make a film (which is f*cking stupid when they're on a film course!), but fortunately my mates back home were much more willing and have remained willing, it's a bit of excitement and a bit of fun to be involved - and it certainly helps me out a lot.

    Indeed, it does sag in places, and there's merely one line of dialogue, hehe. Ever since my projects have been getting increasingly elaborate, but increasingly shorter. It's all a learning process and I'd prefer to have a short piece that's good rather than a long piece that's boring you in between good parts - saw a couple such examples at the fest.

    It was cool to see other people's films, it inspired me on areas I can improve on, but it also proved my points on other issues - like I've said above, films that drag or don't have a clear idea to them etc...

  12. #12
    Team Rick MinionZombie's Avatar
    Super Moderator

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    The Mandatorium
    Posts
    21,422
    UK
    http://media.putfile.com/VHSBloodbath2006

    There's a short video of it being screened for anyone interested.

    Also, a couple of random related pics:

    http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=4116869

    http://www.putfile.com/pic.php?img=4116868

  13. #13
    Banned
    Banned User

    Join Date
    May 2013
    Age
    29
    Posts
    1
    Aaland
    hey,
    I attended this festival.its really interesting and entertaining festival.I also saw the pictures of this festivals..

    - - - Updated - - -

    hey,
    I attended this festival.its really interesting and entertaining festival.I also saw the pictures of this festivals..

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •