• C. Spinney

Updated: Nov 2

Books can activate the imagination - but are these visions products of the mind or something more sinister? ​

This gothic horror short was shot entirely on 8mm film, using a Revere Eye-Matic CA5 wind-up camera from 1958. I purchased the camera and then devised this short as a means of testing it. This meant that for the entire shoot, which lasted one full day, we were unsure if we were even capturing any images.

YouTube's compression did not play well with the natural film grain and gate weave, so for best picture quality, check it out on Vimeo. Stay tuned later this week for an in-depth making of, with an exposure(!) of the film process.

  • C. Spinney

Updated: Nov 2

Last May, we had the great joy of participating in the Washington DC 48 Hour Film Project for the first time. We wrote, shot, and edited this film in one blurry weekend, finishing the competition cut in the back of the car on the way to the venue and turning it in one minute before the deadline!

Buddies had a successful screening at the competition and was even nominated for a couple awards, but we knew it could be even better. So now, we're excited to present the extended edition of our award-losing short film - now with three minutes of extra material, improved visual effects, and a sub-woofer-wrecking score from Zach Clausson.

You're bored, you're stuck at home... Why not hang out with your Buddies?

  • C. Spinney

Updated: Mar 2

After three years of tinkering and laboring, The Mennonite of the Living Dead is finally finished and available for rental!

This film was born from frustration and failure. The majority of the cast and crew had worked together on no-budget productions before, and we were gearing up to produce our most ambitious feature yet. After the script was finished, this project quickly revealed itself to be a little too ambitious and we sidelined it until more resources could be put together.

That’s when I began joking around with Steven Lowry and Marcus Lawrence, two of my best friends and most frequent collaborators. “We should just rent a cabin and film a sleazy horror movie. We could all stay there for a weekend and just crank it out.” Famous last words.

A story quickly began to take shape, and it started to seem like we could channel the momentum of the old project into this new, more spontaneous venture. We nailed down a weekend in August, 2016 - at the height of the full moon - and started planning for the shoot. Or should have started planning, really.

Instead we quickly learned exactly why nobody tries to shoot an entire movie in a weekend, but the fruit of our breathless, frenzied labor was this fun little film. It’s a love letter to all of the no-budget horror films I adore, which clog up my DVD shelves and cause friends to question my taste. Now they have further reason to do so.

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