Short Q&A with Elliander Pictures for 23Zillion.com

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23Z blogIn June 2014 we were lucky enough to be interviewed by Nuno Teixeira for his awesome blog 23Zillion which explores creativity and shares the experiences of the people doing the creating.

We received a great message from Nuno via our Vimeo account and hooked up to piece something together for 23Z about ghost stories, the Twilight Zone, creating small budget films, and our 16mm Short Film The Mysterious Disappearance of M.M. Bayliss

23ZillionLogoYou can read the full interview via 23Z but here’s a short snippet about our inspiration for the Short Film :

Nuno: I’m going to open this interview up with two topics that are the inspirational backbones of your short film: Victorian ghost stories, and the Twilight Zone’s weird tales! I’m a sucker for Victorian ghost stories and openly admit to regularly emptying out local thrift store collections back in my past. I’ve slowed down, but thanks to e-books, my phone is now jam packed with creepy goodness. What is it about the Victorian ghost tale that you guys find fascinating?

Elliot: I’m literally the last person who should be reading ghost stories; I’m so easily scared it’s comical. Zander will tell you, I jump at everything. He can walk into the room and say “hi” and I’ll leap out of my chair. I just can’t watch horror films, they won’t leave me alone so I avoid them at all costs. I’m a true scaredy-cat, but weirdly I find it fun to try make other people jump! It’s a kind of a childish payback – “I’m scared of this… and so should you be!”. So I hate ghost stories… and that’s why they’re so great.

Zander: The Victorians were particularly good at telling ghost stories, with all their creepy science and fascination in the supernatural. So when you’re trying to develop a cool little story for a short film, the Victorian ghost story is a great place to start. The genre doesn’t need you to be outright scary; people are afraid of what they don’t understand so you just have to present an eerie or unnerving situation and you’re going to hook people in.

Read the full interview…


 

Zand & Ell

Zand & Ell

We just want to thank Nuno and 23Z again for contacting us and taking such an interest in our work. It was brilliant working with you and we look forward to following the growing success of your unique website.

E & Z

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How to Load a Film Camera – Arriflex 16SR

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Recently we discussed 10 Lessons Every Filmmaker Learns When Shooting On Film and as a follow up to that article, I thought I’d piece together something on how to load a Film Camera – specifically the Arriflex 16SR.

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Arriflex 16SR

It goes without saying that digital cameras are superb, but for many filmmakers (including myself) shooting on film is still something to aspire towards. And if you’re one of those filmmakers thinking the same, then you need to know your way around a film camera and know how to load it.

This isn’t meant to be a pro-film/bash-digital article — everyone has their opinion and they’re entitled to them — this is purely and simply a walk-through on the best techniques for loading film with some handy does & don’ts, if you are interested in giving film a go… or generally just interested. (more…)

The Mysterious Disappearance of M.M.Bayliss – 16mm Short Film

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The Mysterious Disappearance of M.M.Bayliss is an homage to classic Victorian ghost stories and the weird tales of the Twilight Zone serials.


A young man is woken one night by a set of haunted keys that float before him. Guided through his empty house by the possessed keys, he discovers a dark room hiding an even darker secret. 


This short film was shot on only 800ft of 16mm FujiFilm (Eterna 500T) to achieve the distinct and unique aesthetic audiences associate with the classic ghost films of the past.

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