When it comes to horror films, anyone can think of a famous and evil object that is either a grim warning or a doom. Some of the more popular ones might be that Texas chainsaw massacresaw or Jack TorranceAx in The glow, as well as The Hellraiser Puzzle box that triggers nightmares on someone unwise enough to open it, or the skin-covered Book of the Dead (The bad death). More subtle, The Blair WitchThe childish stick figures scattered around the forest are always a source of discomfort, and you might think of the otherwise innocent button wreaking havoc Drag me to hell. What do you think of similarly memorable props for your own shorts that are bothersome but not for an obvious reason?
Maybe you have a nurse ID at the fictional London hospital of St. Timothy or creepy love letters about cemeteries?
Real life antiques can also help. My short one grandfather I had many of my favorite gifts, including a photo of my great-grandmother on her wedding day in 1918 and her monogrammed silver hairbrush and mug. The last air of the MR Jamesian atmosphere of the 1890s was created with their grandfather clock that stopped five minutes to midnight. The only thing I couldn't find in the script was my inherited 1900s chandelier that I saw. That's why I rented a ruined Miss Havisham style wedding dress from the 1890s to create a shabby shine.
Props can be exaggerated entertainingly, and a personal favorite is a nondescript house sign from Horror corner Reading "Copse Hall", which is eventually turned in blood by ghostly goings-on to read the more demonic "Corpse Hell".
Producer and director Mark Benmore says he used very simple props for his horror short film Fuglywith a young man who visits a woman's house on a first date and sees something unusual in her kitchen.
He explains, “We wanted to use very everyday prop of a scrawled work of art by a child on a kitchen wall, which appears very innocent and normal on the surface and then becomes more disturbing. Finally, at the end of the day, you realize that the drawings predict the bloody fate of one of the characters. "
Andrew Osei-Karmen, who starred in short horror films Loving Emily says he discovered that planning to shoot in a castle has one major benefit. He explains the historical place that will be used next year:
“We didn't need a lot of special props as the castle itself provides a backdrop so that we don't really need anything else. The characters live in their worst nightmare, but it's also the best horror location they could be.
“There is a maze in the garden which was very atmospheric, worn stone statues, authentic armor and swords and of course the forest that surrounds the castle itself, which makes it difficult to escape.
“A scene from Love emily is inspired by the famous scene in Dracula when Jonathan Harker shaves in the mirror in the castle and the count suddenly says good morning. Despite the fact that the Count is so close to him, Harker can't see him in the mirror but doesn't know why until it's too late.
“One prop that will be very important is the mirror that our two main characters, Nicholas and Clara, stand in front of while they talk to each other. Or rather, Nicholas sees himself in it and sees that he cannot see Clara because she has no reflection either – – and suddenly he realizes why. "
Writer and director Fredi Nwaka also filmed in a castle for his horror comedy The living Dead.
Fredi Nwaka said, “When you shoot in a haunted castle, there are horror-oriented props everywhere. Our figures find a menacing porcelain doll, a haunted wheelchair, a treasure from the 20th century and a chandelier that moves by itself! There is also a curse on one of our main characters that they must overcome.
“In my upcoming feature On the other footThe main prop is a black pearl given to the antihero Billy Pitcher. This is a socially conscious dramedy. The pearl transforms him into a different person and this is how he sees some of the mistakes he has made in his life. In the end, it helps transform him into a better person. "
About Nina Romain
Nina Romain is living proof that young kids in Alabama shouldn't be treated as trick or treating in the 1980s – they tend to be obsessed with the creepier side of Halloween! Her horror shorts are typically shot half on the sour side of Los Angeles and half on the darker side of the UK, including the UK's "busiest" village at Fright Corner.
She recently completed her current LA footage of a romantic Valentine's Day going terribly wrong and shot it in Lockdown London (www.raindance.org/shooting-in-a-ghost-town). More information is available at: www.girlfright.com