When I wrote the script for The Wendigo Effect, I had an animated science fiction horror movie in mind because I knew that I could never get together the money needed to produce a life action movie. At least not considering the location where The Wendigo Effect takes place.
By now I have come to understand why first time indie movies are always of the same kind: five young people walking into the woods or doing nasty things in an apartment: Young actors are considered cheaper than Tom Cruise. And if you shoot in the woods you do not need to build the corridors of the Death Star. Building a set costs money.
As neither of the two possibilities was an option for me I thought “Let’s make an animated horror movie instead.” And this is where Echoes came into life as a concept test for a full length project.
Now, lots of working hours later and knowing of a lot more mistakes I do not want to do again, I’m sitting here aboard the train that brings me to work, thinking about how to spend the weekends of my next three years. There are too many factors that can go wrong with an animated movie like Echoes. Especially in postproduction.
One option is doing everything in some kind of digital puppet animation style. Sitting in front of my computer, all on my own, minimizing the risks. That’s what FSudol, the creator of City of Rott, did. He worked as an assistant technical director on South Park and then decided to do his own film in his spare time. It took him 3000 working hours within two years. The result was an enjoyable full length animated horror comedy – which I honestly would have never bought if I was not into animation. And horror. And animetd horror movies. See the point?
The animation style of City of Rott is very crude, like the animations you know from South Park. It is surely a question of how much time (or money) you can put into creating one second of animation footage. Nonetheless, it was a huge effort from FSudol creating City of Rott, but I’m not sure whether I want to go this route. All the images from today´s post are from this film by the way.
…to be continued.
By the way: FSudol did another full length horror film called Dead Fury. I’ll check it out for sure! 🙂
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In a similar vein, I recently saw a screening of the “Puppet Monster Massacre” at a horror movie convention. Definitely more comedy than horror, but it was so enjoyable that I immediately picked up a copy of the DVD and I believe that the feedback was favorable enough that they are doing a sequel.
If you’re looking for a good example of straight-up horror, though, the “B-17” segment of “Heavy Metal” was pretty creepy (albeit short). So, it can be done.
Thank you for the hints, Larry. I think, I´ve herad of Puppet Monster Massacre. Is it a zombie thing in the wild west? I´ll definitelly check it out.
And I just found a trailer of Heavy Metal B17 (from 1981) on youtube. I´m going to see, if I can get it anywhere 🙂
“Puppet Monster Massacre” is a monster flick – crazed scientist breeds giant monster in the basement. If you want to check it out, be prepared – it’s VERY corny and full of tongue in cheek moments. It’s more to show what can be done with the medium than to show how scary you can make something using it.
B17 is pretty creepy, but short (Heavy Metal is an anthology and most of the other stories are more of the erotic/fantasy/sci-fi genres).
Some very interesting stuff. It isn’t everyday I find something worth reading on the web.
Thank you, I’m glad you like it 🙂
Thank you very much 🙂
I think animated films have a much higher potential for horror. A great example is the french anthology film Fears of the Dark. Not every one is great but I highly recommend renting it for the final segment alone – http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear(s)_of_the_Dark
Cool, thank you very much for the hint. I’ll check it out. It is really hard to find well made animated horror films. One of the last ones I saw was the first part of Dead Space which was ok 🙂