Nearly 5 years ago I was a budding film maker, and one that loved the thrill of tackling challenges. And challenged I was when I was tasked with making a horror film for Bryan Enk’s Sinister Six Film Festival. The theme that year was exploitation, and I was a director that had never made a horror film, or really anything as long format as this 10 minute movie.
So I challenged myself. I decided early on that I wanted to make my exploitation an exploit of a gimmick first and foremost. I didn’t feel strong enough to exploit violence or sex, plus I really wanted to make some budget practical effects. At first I thought I would try my hand at a POV film, but I quickly learned that another film maker had his sights set on that – so I decided to increase my challenge by making a 3D movie.
There were a few tutorials online, but all required fairly complex or expensive rigs. I was still new to all this and mostly broke, so I set to work creating a wooden rig that would allow me to attach 2 Flip Camcorders side by side to create the stereoscopic image I needed to edit the film. I bought 2 flips (one black and one white so I could keep track of which held the footage of the left and right eye respectively) and measured and cut the wood myself. I even painted it black so it would look a little bit better while shooting, despite the fact that it was just wood and wingnuts holding it together.
The amazing thing was that it worked.
So with a successful test under my belt and about 128 dollars worth of plastic spiders, I shot AracAttack! In 3D!!
I even William Castle-ed it, by tossing plastic spiders on the audience at the last part of the film. It was a hilarious success that was one of the highlights of the festival run.
And I thought that was the end of it. I parked it on a dusty corner of Vimeo and barely looked at it again.
That was until this past weekend, where I dusted it off (along with a bunch of custom 3D glasses I made for the event) and screened it as part of the 1st Annual Bad Film Festival!
It was a huge success again, and that’s why I’m proud to present for the first time publicly AracAttack! In 3D!!
This film DOES require anaglyph 3D glasses (red/cyan), but there’s a few places online you can get a single pair from for free or for very cheap. Namely the AMAZING folks at Rainbow Symphony which offer one free pair of 3D glasses through the mail if you write to them.
THE ORIGINAL BLURB:
Ace exterminator, Deuce Johnson, has been hired to to take care of a spider infestation at a residential laboratory, only to discover the deadly truth – a truth so terrifying, only screams can describe it! Come experience the startling story based on scientific fact, proudly presented in Emerge-o-Vision – a groundbreaking new film making technique that will bring the thrills and dangers of the motion picture into the theater itself! All those attending this once in a lifetime event will receive a free pair of high tech Emerge-o-Vision glasses from film maker Douglas MacKrell himself!
Josh Lay as Deuce Johnson
Stuart Metcalf as Dr. Archimedes Martin
Sarah Bisman as Gert VanLandingham
Betsy Sanders as Molly Martin
AracAttack! In 3D!! Theme by
Brynen A. Sosa
Original Music by
Brynen A. Sosa
Written, Directed, and Edited by
Special Effects created by
with special thanks to www.indymogul.com
Lighting, Sound, PA, Grip and Effect Support