I think it’s extremely important to support indie filmmakers within the horror community because they are the ones who are actually trying to make new and unique films while thinking of the fans each step of the way. These writers and directors muster up all of their savings, blood, sweat and tears to deliver something worthwhile to the fans. One upcoming filmmaker, Sevé Schelenz, was nice enough to talk with me about his recent horror film, Skew, and discuss the fascination that audiences have with the “found-footage” genre.
Skew is a “found-footage” film that follows three friends who are on a road trip to a friend’s wedding. With a camera by their side, the group of kids begin noticing that strange things are happening all around them and danger is right around every corner.
Schelenz, who wrote Skew in 2004, never thought about doing horror films prior to the project. He explained, “To be honest, I never thought of doing a horror feature until the story of Skew suddenly came to me before an actual road trip. I had so much fun making the film and screening it at a number of horror festivals, [and] it opened my mind to working on another. The world these horror fans live and breathe is incredible and I can truly see the honest enjoyment they get from watching a good film.”
In regard to the “found-footage” aspect of the movie, the director states, “Directing a POV (point-of-view) film is quite different than your usual fare. Since the entire story is seen through the lense of a camera, that one or more characters may be operating, you don’t have a chance to shoot outside of this world you are in.”
He continued, “There is no chance for the audience to see our characters holding the camera and reacting to things that may occur around them and outside of their camera’s vision. This style of filmmaking also doesn’t allow you to cut from long shots to close up as you would see in your typical narrative feature. This, of course, limits your options and forces you to become a creative and competent storyteller within the point-of-view device.”
The POV and “found-footage” horror film has become increasingly popular over the past several years, with notable successes such as Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside. Filmmakers and studios are realizing that films can be made with little money and make back way more in ticket sales but for Schelenz, he didn’t have big studios helping him make his film–he had to make it all on his own dime.
He said, “Skew has really felt like one of my children from day one. I have poured all my blood, sweat, tears, and money into the project for over 7 years now. This film would never have been completed without the help of some amazing friends and work colleagues who have stuck with me from the day of conception.”
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