There isn’t much you can do with under a 100 bucks nowadays. Have a cheap night out, go the pub for a few drinks, make a movie that kills them at Cannes…Whoa, what the?
Amateur filmmaker, Marc Price, has done the unthinkable and made a “no-budget” movie that looks set to be picked up by Hollywood after wowing the critics at Cannes.
Price came up with the idea for his film after a drunken night watching horror flicks…as one does. Deciding to take a bit of a twist on the traditional, he wrote and directed COLIN from the zombie protaganist’s point of view.
From the Nowhere Fast Production website:
Without funding it was very important from the start of production to make COLIN using more enthusiasm and inventiveness than dependency on a budget to solve any problems (technical or otherwise).
It was difficult trying to come up with an original idea using zombies when everything has been done so perfectly in the films of George Romero, Shaun of the Dead and even non-zombie epics such as 28 days later and Planet Terror. So Nowhere Fast has always considered COLIN a distant, switched at birth-disowned and adopted cousin of these films.
Using Facebook to find volunteers with a little ‘come hither’ advert that stated, “We don’t have any money, so bring your own equipment.” Price shot the whole thing on a handheld camcorder and now US studios are apparently hot on his heels to snap it up.
He was quoted as saying: “I was hungover and wondered if a film from the zombie’s perspective had been done. Rather than the humans trying to escape the zombies, COLIN picks up the story from the new creature’s point of view trying to understand what is happening to him. “It’s about a guy who’s bitten, dies and returns from the dead. We follow him for the rest of the movie.”
He said: “Cast-wise we had more than 100 people. The budget consisted of £45 for a crowbar, video tapes and cups of tea for the crew”.
It’s rumoured that a couple of Japanese film companies have made bids for a distribution deal for the film but Price is hoping, like any budding filmmaker, for a Hollywood contract.
Price, a Welshman now living in London, has no formal training in film-making and said he picked up most of his skills from the ‘extras’ on DVDs, including directors’ commentaries.
The film is shot on location in both Wales and London. The makeup belies the true budget of the piece, with skillfully bloody zombies and sweaty and dirt-caked humans battling out in epic daylight zombie versus human street battles and a housebound siege.
This movie truly has character.
COLIN is the first independently financed low (no) budget feature from Nowhere Fast Productions and winner of the 2008 Revenant Film Festival Special Jury Prize.
So far the reviews have offered positive critical acclaim and fans of the horror genre across the internet are all abuzz.
Without any further ado, here is the trailer for Colin starring Alastair Kirton in the title role.
For more information go to nowherefast.tv
I’m looking forward to this hitting the cinemas. I hope COLIN shows us that you don’t need big bucks to make a good movie, just big kahones an interesting twist on the genre and whole lot of people doing it for fun.
Go Marc, I hope hope COLIN kills them…
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